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O Scale Progress Summer-Fall 2009

During Summer-Fall 2009 the GSMRM O Scale group has continued work on the scenery area between Midway and the Zenith yards. Texturing, foliage and trees have been applied to most of the upper Midway area. Most of the trees are custom built using native materials from our area. Several new factory buildings have been installed along the Midway station area. Some rock-work was added to the oil refinery spur. The canyon area behind the south mountain is being prepared for plastering. A track maintenance scene with lighting effects was built inside the long tunnel below Midway and is visible from the walkway. Also, a new gas station was added at Churchill yard. Pictures are available at the O Scale web site link below.

Work on the O Scale Interurban layout has progressed. All the mainline blocks and most of the turnout motors are wired and operational.

Block detectors were installed in the Zenith division for all mainline blocks. A turntable was installed in the east Zenith yard and is waiting for a power supply.

On our On3 layout, electrical work in the Palisade division is being completed. The lower yard is being raised to better interchange with the standard gauge.

 We also purchased some small high resolution pin-hole TV cameras to replace the low resolution X10 wireless cameras we currently use. The first cameras cover the south Midway area and the Post Rd. - Passenger yard area. The new cameras will be hardwired to multi-processor video controllers so operator can easily flip between cameras or view several pictures together.  

Design work on the computer interface prototype (OSCI) also continues. A new PC was donated and moved to the layout for OSCI-JMRI use  (Java Model Railroad Interface). The older PC will be used for on-line train throttles and engine setup. The Arrival, Midway and Zenith screen panels are being built, as well as a single panel showing the entire layout. These panels will show signal aspects and block occupancy as trains progress.

--Jeff Rowe, O Scale TrainMaster

The O scale public and member web sites have been updated. Take a look at http://www.gsmrm.org/o_scale/index.shtml or http://www.gsmrm.org/members/o_scale/.

-> Click thumbnail image for larger view and more information, click < or > on top menu bar to scroll pictures, or home icon to return.

--Pictures by Jeff Rowe unless otherwise noted.

Departure panel OSCI interface board.
Departure panel OSCI interface board.
Inter-Urban Panel construction
Inter-Urban Panel construction
Zenith Turntable.
Zenith Turntable.
Harry Critchfield at work on Zenth scenery
Harry Critchfield at work on Zenth scenery
Midway scenery work by Bob Brown, Harry Critchfield
Midway scenery work by Bob Brown, Harry Critchfield
Midway scenery work by Bob Brown, Harry Critchfield
Midway scenery work by Bob Brown, Harry Critchfield
Snyder Dedication Event with Rob Fassano.
Snyder Dedication Event with Rob Fassano.
Crash over Skyway turnout
Crash over Skyway turnout
Station folks by Andy Olson.
Station folks by Andy Olson.
Midway building fronts by Ambrose, Rowe, Critchfield.
Midway building fronts by Ambrose, Rowe, Critchfield.
Midway building fronts by Ambrose, Rowe, Critchfield.
Midway building fronts by Ambrose, Rowe, Critchfield.
 SVAT CCDCO Mini Indoor CCD Pinhole Camera (36mm x 36mm, 420 line, 90 degree view)
SVAT CCDCO Mini Indoor CCD Pinhole Camera (36mm x 36mm, 420 line, 90 degree view)
New monitor arrangement at Departure
New monitor arrangement at Departure
Harry Critchfield, Bob Brown working on the tunnel scene
Harry Critchfield, Bob Brown working on the tunnel scene
Harry Critchfield showing working figures in tunnel scene
Harry Critchfield showing working figures in tunnel scene
O Scale Detectors
O Scale Detectors
Tunnel scene- Harry Critchfield
Tunnel scene- Harry Critchfield
Long Tunnel action scence- by Bob Brown and Harry Critchfield.
Long Tunnel action scence- by Bob Brown and Harry Critchfield.
 OSCI Layout Panel
OSCI Layout Panel
OSCI Intel PC with full Layout Panel and Departure Divison panel.
OSCI Intel PC with full Layout Panel and Departure Divison panel.
Midway Diesel and Industry Plan
Midway Diesel and Industry Plan
Harry Critchfield's gas station at Churhill yard. Dec 2009.
Harry Critchfield's gas station at Churhill yard. Dec 2009.
New On3 yard base.
New On3 yard base.
 
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