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O Scale Progress Winter-Spring 2011

During Winter-Spring 2011, the O Scale group undertook a major project to rebuild  the Arrival west ladder and thereby extend the yard tracks about 15ft. This enabled the five yard tracks to be divided into two 32 ft. sections each for additional train storage and further improve operations. All the ladder turnouts were rebuilt using number 8 and 10 frogs. The Arrival panel was updated for the new track arrangements and push buttons controls added for the new west end track routes, along with OSCI -O Scale Computer Interface- wiring. The OSCI panels were updated and the JMRI computer program has been updated for the latest version of JMRI. At the Midway industry area, two spur tracks were added along with new industry buildings. Our way-freight operators will enjoy the new switching possibilities! Stall tracks are being added to the five-stall engine house at Midway. Signals were added for the Zenith block 12-13 block boundary. Our south mountain extension scenery supports are installed and ready for plaster support webbing. This will be one of our big Winter 2012 projects.

Interurban: Wiring of the control panel for the Churchill yard area and interchange to SFW continues.

On the Eureka & Empire On3 layout, work progressed on the lower Eureka yard including laying and ballasting the yard trackage, adding several buildings, wiring the yard tracks and turntable, and adding control panels.  A custom built brewery was added to the Eureka industrial area. Scenery from Eureka towards Empire is underway.

Additional video cameras were installed in the Arch Bridge area and around the Pt. Richmond passenger yard area. Over the winter the camera train engine was rebuilt to use long lasting Li-ion batteries and a new 19” flat screen was installed for guest viewing. Our train operators can also view the cam train output on other monitors around the layout via our main video switch. Lastly, we spent out March cleanup day removing much of the surplus lumber, old electrical equipment and other obsolete items which have collected under and around the layout since 1985. New storage shelving was added for our wiring supplies.

--Jeff Rowe, O Scale TrainMaster

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O Scale Progress-Winter-Spring 2011

Sanding towers at Diesel yard.  Rowe 7 Jan 11
Sanding towers at Diesel yard. Rowe 7 Jan 11
Diesel yarrd oil storage tanks,JR Jan 2011
Diesel yarrd oil storage tanks,JR Jan 2011
Arrival west lead pre rebuild
Arrival west lead pre rebuild
Arrival west lead pre rebuild
Arrival west lead pre rebuild
Cab Selector Board  Zenith Block 10
Cab Selector Board Zenith Block 10
Cab Selector Board  Zenith Block 10
Cab Selector Board Zenith Block 10
Zenith Block 10 Cab Selector PushButtons
Zenith Block 10 Cab Selector PushButtons
Midway Block 10 Cab Selector PushButtons
Midway Block 10 Cab Selector PushButtons
Arrival lead extension track base work
Arrival lead extension track base work
Robin Graham, Jeff Rowe, Bob Brown
Robin Graham, Jeff Rowe, Bob Brown
Bob Brown, Jim Dox, Mark Francis
Bob Brown, Jim Dox, Mark Francis
Turnout from Midway yard lead, Jan 21, 2011
Turnout from Midway yard lead, Jan 21, 2011
Arrival West lead beam removal 23 Jan 2011
Arrival West lead beam removal 23 Jan 2011
Arrival West lead post removal 23 Jan 2011
Arrival West lead post removal 23 Jan 2011
Arrival West lead post removal 23 Jan 2011
Arrival West lead post removal 23 Jan 2011
On3 Eureka Yard, 23 Jan 2011
On3 Eureka Yard, 23 Jan 2011
Eureka Yard 12 Feb 11
Eureka Yard 12 Feb 11
Workday 12 Feb 11-Arr. W. Lead teardown and new turnout tie installation- Jeff Rowe, Robin Graham
Workday 12 Feb 11-Arr. W. Lead teardown and new turnout tie installation- Jeff Rowe, Robin Graham
Workday 12 Feb 11-Arr. W. Lead teardown and new turnout tie installation- Jeff Rowe, Robin Graham
Workday 12 Feb 11-Arr. W. Lead teardown and new turnout tie installation- Jeff Rowe, Robin Graham
Workday 12 Feb 11-Arr. W. Lead teardown and new turnout tie installation- Jeff Rowe, Robin Graham
Workday 12 Feb 11-Arr. W. Lead teardown and new turnout tie installation- Jeff Rowe, Robin Graham
Workday 12 Feb 11-Arr. W. Lead teardown and new turnout tie installation- Jeff Rowe, Robin Graham
Workday 12 Feb 11-Arr. W. Lead teardown and new turnout tie installation- Jeff Rowe, Robin Graham
Workday 12 Feb 11- Arrival West Ladder turnout tie install
Workday 12 Feb 11- Arrival West Ladder turnout tie install
Workday 12 Feb 11- Robin Graham, Bob Brown working on Arrival West yard extension.
Workday 12 Feb 11- Robin Graham, Bob Brown working on Arrival West yard extension.
Workday 12 Feb 11- Bob Brown working on Arrival West track extension
Workday 12 Feb 11- Bob Brown working on Arrival West track extension
Workday 12 Feb 11-Jeff Heller's work on block 7 bridge piers.
Workday 12 Feb 11-Jeff Heller's work on block 7 bridge piers.
Workday 12 Feb 11-Jeff Heller's work on block 7 bridge piers.
Workday 12 Feb 11-Jeff Heller's work on block 7 bridge piers.
Installing Arrival West ladder turnouts, 16 Feb 11, jr
Installing Arrival West ladder turnouts, 16 Feb 11, jr
Arrival West Ladder work, 18 Feb 11
Arrival West Ladder work, 18 Feb 11
Arrival West Ladder work, 18 Feb 11
Arrival West Ladder work, 18 Feb 11
Arrival West Ladder work, 18 Feb 11
Arrival West Ladder work, 18 Feb 11
 
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