Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wrapping up November work

We had a good work session on Saturday, November 22, to wrap up our progress before heading into Thanksgiving Break. A number of projects were completed or started, giving us a leg up on the work we have to finish before we host Tiger Tracks Train Show & Sale on December 13-14.

Elliot, Matt, David S., and Otto finished up the majority of the ballast work in Irondequoit Yard. Some holes and patches were filled, and other areas completed. Otto scratchbuilt a concrete platform from styrene strip and sheet. This platform was installed alongside our caboose track, and the ballast and soil was worked up around it.

Spencer and Alex fixed a clearance issue near CP 373 where the B&O track was just a little too closed to the CSX/R&IT main line, which was causing some problems when two trains passed on the curve. The B&O tracks were realigned, glued down, and returned to service.

Elliot and Joe installed all turnouts and active tracks in the Niagara Food Terminal. Elliot and Matt started installing the wiring to power up these tracks, but ran out of time to finish.

Spencer installed, wired up, and programed two Tortoise switch machines to power up the crossover on the CSX/R&IT main line at CP 373.

Otto shaped the styrofoam hillside leading down into the Erie Canal at Lockport and gave it a coat of earth-brown latex ("No pink foam for open houses" is his rule). One of the pieces of foam came loose, so it was re-glued and clamped until dry.

Matt also took some time to work on a diorama of his own, adding a black wash to the rocks in his riverbed and then pouring a thin layer of Woodland Scenics' water into the scene.

We'll return during the first week of December, and then it's a mad rush to get ready for Tiger Tracks! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meeting Schedule

For the next few weeks, we will be holding regular meetings on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., in Room A420 (lower level of the student union). We usually work on the layout on Saturdays starting at 10:00 a.m., though sometimes that is subject to change if we decide to go out and take pictures of trains or go to a train show or buy stuff... So check out our Facebook page or give us a call at 475-2227.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Another work session this Saturday

We will be having another work session down in the club room (Room A420, lower level of the Student Union) starting around 11:00am. Matt Glazer will be working on wiring and installing switch machines, Elliot Courtney is going to be working on Irondequoit Yard to prepare it for ballast and other scenic elements. We will also be inspecting freight cars, cleaning locomotives, and preparing to remove the desk out of the club room to get ready for building a new workbench.

Our next club meeting will be Tuesday at 7:00pm.