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O Scale Progress-2014

Our layout operating sessions continue to be very good. We have had very few electrical or track problems which made for enjoyable and fun times during our Sunday run days. Thanks to all our members for helping to make the layout as trouble free as possible and to all our crew members who keep the trains running!

During winter break period, the O Scale group completed framing work on the south mountain, now called Mt. Heller, and applied the first plaster coat. Continuing in the spring and summer, we have been busy adding rock castings and applying coloring, vegetation and trees. The mountain is quite impressive and gets a lot of nice comments from our visitors. Also this February, we attended the O Scale West convention and hosted OSW visitors.

On the interurban railroad, we have motorized the interchange to the SFW and other turnouts in the Churchill yard area, plus added power to the yard leads and turnouts. Remote control of some turnouts makes it easy to control train movements from either the Churchill or Post Rd. panels.

Since the O Scale Computer Interface is able to control all signals with JMRI, we have been adding DCC signal controllers to replace the Integrated Signal Inc. signal controllers. The ISS controllers were difficult to wire program for some of out complicated turnout situations. With OSCI-JMRI all the signal logic is built in and extremely easy to program special situations. So far, Departure, Arrival, Post Rd., and Passenger area signals are converted, and Midway is in progress. Along the way, additional signals were added at Post Rd-Interurban crossing, and Passenger yard leads. Also for OSCI, the entire system was installed on a newer PC and it now auto starts and shuts down from Departure panel. A DCC 10amp booster was added for the Midway division.

We have installed a 42inch flat screen for our video camera system at Departure and also an OSCI layout display monitor on the walkway.

On the Eureka and Empire On3 layout, several new buildings have been added at the Eureka yard. There are two sidings which interface E&E with SFW which have remote control from either Eureka or Passenger yard panels. Those sidings, plus those at Churchill will add to our future way freight switching possibilities. Eureka yard area is also receiving more scenic work, ground covers, road work, and vegetation.

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John Engle, Mark Francis 3 Jan 14
John Engle, Mark Francis 3 Jan 14
Jeff Heller 3 Jan 2014
Jeff Heller 3 Jan 2014
John Engle, Mark Francis 3 Jan 14
John Engle, Mark Francis 3 Jan 14
Mark Francis, Jeff Heller, John Engel 3 Jan 14
Mark Francis, Jeff Heller, John Engel 3 Jan 14
OSCI Computer Table, 3 monitors, jr 26Dec13  - 1
OSCI Computer Table, 3 monitors, jr 26Dec13 - 1
O Scale DCC&QSI Programming Track
O Scale DCC&QSI Programming Track
John Engel, 17Jan14,by Jeff Heller
John Engel, 17Jan14,by Jeff Heller
Rowe working at Post Rd. 24Jan14
Rowe working at Post Rd. 24Jan14
Jeff Heller contouring Heller Mt. 24jan14
Jeff Heller contouring Heller Mt. 24jan14
Work on Heller Mt. 24jan14
Work on Heller Mt. 24jan14
Work on Heller Mt. 24jan14
Work on Heller Mt. 24jan14
Eureka Street work,  by Mark Francis, Winter 2014, - 1
Eureka Street work, by Mark Francis, Winter 2014, - 1
OSW, 7Feb14 - 3
OSW, 7Feb14 - 3
OSW, 7Feb14 - 1
OSW, 7Feb14 - 1
OSW, 7Feb14 - 4
OSW, 7Feb14 - 4
OSW, 7Feb14 - 6
OSW, 7Feb14 - 6
View from top of Mt. Heller, 14Feb14 - 07
View from top of Mt. Heller, 14Feb14 - 07
John Engel, Josh Carpoff, Friday Workday, 21Feb14. contours for  Mt. Heller - 2
John Engel, Josh Carpoff, Friday Workday, 21Feb14. contours for Mt. Heller - 2
Friday Workday, 21Feb14. Finish framing Mt. Heller - 4
Friday Workday, 21Feb14. Finish framing Mt. Heller - 4
Finish mesh, 18mar14 jr - 3
Finish mesh, 18mar14 jr - 3
Hotel Pilkington - 6
Hotel Pilkington - 6
Hotel Pilkington in Pt. Richmond - 3
Hotel Pilkington in Pt. Richmond - 3
March 2014 Cleanup and BBQ - 23
March 2014 Cleanup and BBQ - 23
Plaster cloth layer, 28Mar14, Francis, Rowe - 1
Plaster cloth layer, 28Mar14, Francis, Rowe - 1
Light work, 4Apr14. Dave Illich, Walt Freedman, Bill Begley,  Jeff Rowe, John Fagel,John Fagen - 2
Light work, 4Apr14. Dave Illich, Walt Freedman, Bill Begley, Jeff Rowe, John Fagel,John Fagen - 2
Light work, 4Apr14. Dave Illich, Walt Freedman, Bill Begley,  Jeff Rowe, John Fagel,John Fagen - 3
Light work, 4Apr14. Dave Illich, Walt Freedman, Bill Begley, Jeff Rowe, John Fagel,John Fagen - 3
View from ceiling, 4Apr14, by Rowe. - 2
View from ceiling, 4Apr14, by Rowe. - 2
View from ceiling, 4Apr14, by Rowe. - 4
View from ceiling, 4Apr14, by Rowe. - 4
View from ceiling, 4Apr14, by Rowe. - 5
View from ceiling, 4Apr14, by Rowe. - 5
View from ceiling, 4Apr14, by Rowe. - 6
View from ceiling, 4Apr14, by Rowe. - 6
 
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