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8 May 2018

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5 May 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, DaveV, TomG & BarryB

Helix
BarryB worked to improve the tilt of the track in the helix where passenger cars derailed. A bracket was added near Tennessee Pass such that the California Zephyr cars now make it through 100%. Lights were also added in the helix and reverse loop to aid in "railfanning".
              

Barrel
KentS laid in base between the mainlines and the Barrel site, and sanded down the cut fascia for riverfront.
     

Salida
GaryM continued painting the DG turntable pit walls with acrylic washes.
  

West Salida
TomG built and replaced the troublesome DG curved turnout leading to the Arkansas River bridge.
  

Mear's Junction
DaveV painted the new sculpted roadbed.
     

Grays
DaveV painted the new sculpted roadbed.
     

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  • GaryM ground up more Salida cinders but found too much iron in the grinds with a magnet. Recommend using the the Fine Black Woodland Scenics ballast and use brown and gray washes to add color.
  • The Cowcatcher cover with a picture of the layout's Mear's Junction.
      


    2 May 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GrantC, GerryG, TomG & BarryB

    Barrel
    KentS and BarryB cut out the fascia for the riverfront of the Arkansas River next to Barrel.
      

    Salida
    GaryM painted the DG turntable ties with acrylics and acrylic washes. TomG airbrushed the rails and new switches in the yard.
         

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  • GrantC worked on transferring the Gunnison Freight House drawings to CAD.


    28 April 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GrantC & BarryB

    Barrel
    KentS started laying in base between the mainline and Barrel tracks.
      

    Salida
    GaryM continued painting the DG turntable with acrylic washes. TomG airbrushed the rails and new switches in the yard.
                     

    West Salida
    BarryB leveled some twist in the roadbed to Tennessee Pass.
      


    25 April 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GrantC & BarryB

    Portland
    BarryB found a hump/twist in the west Portland switch. He remounted the roadbed supports to the frame to improve the track. GerryG's California Zephyr Observation car previously consistently derailed. It was noted that the Observation Car's trucks were very "flat", and with little vertical translation capability.

    Salida
    GaryM worked on the DG turntable rails.

    Crested Butte
    KentS completed the replacement of the worn out Hankscraft motor with the installation of a new Tortoise at the end of the tunnel.


    21 April 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, DaveV, GrantC & BarryB

    Helix
    BarryB and GaryM ran GerryG's California Zephyr up and down the helix looking for derailment spots with the 85' cars. In a couple spots it was found that the track was slightly out of level, and was repaired with light shimming.
         

    Salida
    GaryM worked on the DG turntable rails.
      

    Mears Junction
    DaveV added sculpting to the cork roadbed.
      

    Grays
    DaveV added sculpting to the cork roadbed.
         

    Crested Butte
    KentS began working on the


    18 April 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS & BarryB

    Cleora
    GaryM added a point guard on the Main #1 switch NG track.

    Salida
    KentS replaced the shot Hankscraft motor on Switch 17 with a new Tortoise, and connected up the wiring. GaryM helped to replace the switch tie that gave out.

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  • BarryB reprogrammed the Amp trip level on the staging deck reverse loop, now permitting the FT A-B-B-A led California Zephyr unabated transit through the loop.
  • BarryB installed the monitor extension cord through the ceiling and wall. BarryB repaired the drywall, and added a floor cover for the wire going to the Dispatcher Monitor. KentS helped with the fishing.
  • We enjoyed a pre-work fest at North Shore Restaurant & Bar at 4:15 PM.


    14 April 2018    Operations: GaryM, GrantC, KentS, TomG, GlennG & BarryB


    4 April 2018    Crew: GaryM, GrantC, DaveV, GerryG, KentS, TomG, GlennG & BarryB

    Salida
    GaryM laid out the 4 rails across the ash pit to the DG turntable, and laid cement walk out for the Monte Cristo. One section of walkway will be made removable for when we display the 1941 Depot (modern art-deco). GerryG placed styrene between the tracks to "flatten out" the yard.
            

    Shawanno
    DaveV worked on redoing the scenery.
                     


    28 February 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, TomG, GerryG, GlennG, GrantC & BarryB

    Salida
    TomG and KentS worked on replacing turnouts and switch motors.
         

    Shawanno
    DaveV worked on redoing the scenery.
      


    24 February 2018    Crew: GaryM, GlennG, GrantC, TomG & BarryB

    Gorge
    GaryM worked on some tight spots on the curve.
      

    Salida
    GlennG worked on the bridge fittings and scenery around the mirror backdrop. TomG laid in the shinohara switch between the turntables and spiked in the 3rd rail. Grant painted the left SG roundhouse stalls. GaryM worked on the SG turntable bridge.
                  

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  • BarryB figured out the issues with the staging deck reverse loop "short" - basically amounting to the gaps needs to be at least 3/4" apart on the left vs right rail. It turns out the auto-reverser senses one rail at a time, so the gaps on the rails need to be apart enough for the reverse to be "sensed". BarryB re-connected the Staging Track power switches and added indicator lights.
      


    17 February 2018    Chow: GaryM, KentS, GerryG, GlennG, GrantC & BarryB
    17 February 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GlennG, GrantC & BarryB

    Cleora
    GrantC and GaryM reviewed Charcoal Kiln design and GrantC displayed his 3D shapes program (INSPIRE).

    Salida
    GaryM worked on the 105' Turntable bridge. GlennG added the mirror on the backdrop under the plate girder bridge, and repainted the plate girders grimy black.

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  • BarryB worked on the programming for the staging deck reverse loop, still getting a momentary short.
  • KentS cleaned up the area around Salida.
  • GaryM photographed some of the locomotives for the web roster.


    14 February 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, DaveV, GlennG, GrantC & BarryB

    Cleora
    GrantC discussed Charcoal Kiln design for the 8 kilns existing there.

    Salida
    KentS connected the track feeders to the coaling tower switch and mainline. GaryM continued working the transition to 4 rails on the ashpit/turntable track.

    Tank 7
    DaveV continued scenery work.

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  • BarryB worked on the NCE hookups at Crested Butte.
  • BarryB worked on the programming for the staging deck reverse loop, still getting a momentary short.
  • GlennG experimented with airbrushing in the booth.
  • GaryM further inventoried the NG rolling stock roster.


    10 February 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GlennG & BarryB

    Salida
    GlennG built a mock-up of the "female boarding quarters" at 130 Sackett Street. GaryM worked on the rails to the turntable. KentS connected track feeders to Switch #19 and on the mainline.
            

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  • BarryB worked on the Royal Gorge route NCE PCS switches.
            


    7 February 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GerryG, GlennG & BarryB

    Salida
    GerryG worked on the mainline and removed the shinohara switches on the coaling tower leads. GaryM made a mock-up of the Salida Sand House. KentS worked on tortoise installation on the mainline. GlennG worked at West Salida.
      

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  • BarryB worked on camera installation.


    3 February 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, DaveV, GrantC & BarryB

    Salida
    TomG worked on the new mainline switches next to the Coaling Tower. GaryM spiked in new rails for the Ash service track. KentS completed the #30 crossover hookup. GrantC painted the SG roundhouse extension brick red.

    Tank 7
    DaveV continued working scenery.

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  • BarryB hooked up cameras and tied into the TV monitor - nice coolness factor.
  • TomG and GaryM inspected the SG track from the helix to the Hanging Bridge, finding some wide and tight spots, including a tight spot on the bridge and a kink, no doubt responsible for derailing our 85' passenger cars.


    31 January 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GlennG & GerryG


    26 January 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GlennG, DaveV, GrantC & BarryB

    Salida
    GaryM connected a track feeder. KentS worked on track switches. GlennG worked on the Power Plant grounds.

    Tank 7
    DaveV continued working.

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  • BarryB worked to power distribution panel at Crested Butte.
  • GaryM worked on car cards.


    24 January 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GerryG, GlennG & BarryB

    Salida
    GaryM and GlennG worked on the foundation to the Steam Plant with much head scratching. Total make-over, rebuild the entire Steam Plant from scratch.



    17 January 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GerryG, GlennG & BarryB
    Portland
    Ideal Cement Plant back in its home.
      

    Parkdale
    TomG worked on motor installation for the replacement turnout on the west end of Parkdale siding.

    Cleora
    GaryM set up the stockpen mock-up, and attached the carcard holder.
         

    Salida
    GlennG sceniced around the new steam plant foundation and worked on the pullout section across the track. Water in the Arkansas River with some help from GerryG. GaryM added the foundation to the original structure in the "open" corner. TomG's replacement mainline and ash conveyor DG switches have been placed. TomG also had the Barrel switch installed.
               

    Shawanno
    DaveV busy ballasting track.
      

    Parlin
    BarryB working on switch motor contacts.
      

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  • BarryB worked to power distribution panel at Crested Butte.
      


    13 January 2018    Crew: GaryM, TomG, KentS, DaveV, GlennG & GerryG

    Portland
    GaryM weathered Portland's Ideal Cement Plant.
            

    Salida
    TomG's replacement mainline and Barrel DG switches. TomG worked on the switch next to the coaling tower. GlennG resculpted the ground around the final foundation to the Steam Plant.
               

    Tank 7
    Resculpted grounds at Tank 7 with "temporary trees".
         

    Parlin
    DaveV ballasting track at Parlin.
      

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  • BarryB worked to power distribution panel at Crested Butte.
      



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