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12 October 2018

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10 October 2018    Crew: BarryB, GaryM, KentS, GerryG, TomG & DanG

Cleora
GaryM & DanG began touching up the scenery starting at Red Hill tunnel, and a patch on the corner past the stockpens.

Salida
TomG worked on switches in the transfer yard.
  

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  • BarryB installed handset wiring for the Dispatcher headset and two Salida handsets.
  • KentS and DanG mounted the two Salida handsets, and KentS connected hook switches.
  • GaryM made some more handset cradle plates, and help from KentS painting them.
            


    6 October 2018    Crew: BarryB, GaryM, KentS, DanG, GlennG & DaveV

    Tennessee Pass
    GlennG continued scenery at Tennessee Pass.
      

    Grays
    GaryM spiked down rail for the track under repair.

    Marshall Pass
    DaveV added more scenic touch to the pass.
         

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  • BarryB, KentS and DanG installed handset wiring.


    3 October 2018    Crew: BarryB, GaryM, KentS, DanG, GlennG & DaveV

    Tennessee Pass
    GlennG continued scenery at Tennessee Pass.

    Grays
    GaryM painted new ties and rail for the repair track.

    Marshall Pass
    DaveV added more scenic touch to the pass.

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  • BarryB worked on designing the switch panel holders for the NG staging deck & Cimarron.
  • KentS worked on the Handsets.
  • GaryM mounted a pair of new throttle holders and mounting plates for the handsets.


    22 September 2018    Crew: BarryB, GaryM, KentS, TomG, & DaveV

    Salida
    TomG worked on the hankscraft replacement project in the Salida Transfer Yard, and added switch ties to some of the switches.

    Grays
    GaryM and DaveV removed the flextrack ties and added Mt Albert Narrow and Standard Gauge ties. The SG ties were cut to length and are thicker, filling the "dip" in the rodbed -which is the reason for repair. The rails are also out of level on the switch and lean towards the backdrop. The goal will be to lay the rails and get back to level. The area was causing derailments.

    Marshall Pass
    DaveV worked on the scenery.

    Shawanno
    DaveV worked on redoing the scenery next to the track.
         

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  • BarryB worked on designing the switch panel holders for the NG staging deck & Cimarron.
  • KentS wired more tortoises.
  • GaryM made three mounting panels for the three phone handsets.
               


    19 September 2018    Crew: BarryB, GrantC, GerryG, GaryM, KentS, TomG, DaveV & GlennG

    Salida
    TomG, GerryG and KentS worked on switch motors in the Transfer Yard.

    Tennessee Pass
    GlennG worked on scenery.

    Grays
    GaryM and DaveV decided to remove rails from the east switch causing derailments.

    Tank 7
    DaveV planted more vegetation.
         

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  • BarryB worked on designing the switch panel holders for the NG staging deck & Cimarron.
  • GaryM finished the Cimmaron and NG staging deck switch panels.
  • GrantC worked on 3D print designs.
      


    15 September 2018    Chow: BarryB, GaryM, KentS, GerryG, GrantC, TomG, DaveV & GlennG
    15 September 2018    Crew: BarryB, GaryM, KentS, TomG, DaveV & GlennG

    Cleora/Barrel
    GaryM added labels to the Carcardholders.

    Salida
    TomG replaced the short point on the Transfer Ladder Switch No. 6 and replaced the hankscraft motor with a tortoise. KentS worked on hankscraft replacements.

    Tennessee Pass
    GlennG worked on scenery.

    Poncha Junction
    GlennG worked on redoing the scenery next to the track.

    Shawanno
    DaveV worked on redoing the scenery next to the track.

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  • BarryB worked on designing the switch panel holders for the NG staging deck & Cimarron.


    12 September 2018    Crew: BarryB, GaryM, KentS & GlennG

    Gorge
    GlennG blasted away and repaired the rock overhanging the track from the newest castings.

    Parkdale
    KentS repositioned the slide on the tortoise west switch.

    Barrel
    GaryM repositioned the load drawers and added stops. Hooks were added for drawer holding.

    Poncha Junction
    GlennG cut back the outcropping to the edge of the track near the Otto Bridge and sculpted back the hill.

    Monarch
    GaryM added hooks for drawer holding.

    Grays
    KentS and BarryB replaced the old switch motor and mechanism with a new tortoise motor on the west turnout.

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  • BarryB installed a new fan in the aisle on the I-Beam next to Red Hill tunnel.
  • KentS recommended placing the NG staging & Cimarron switch panels in the aisle instead of on scenery buildings.


    4 August 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS & GlennG

    Salida
    GlennG continued working on scenery.

    Cleora
    GaryM painted the new cardholder pockets with new fascia Grande Gold paint.

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  • KentS put in new LEDs and connected the switches to the Staging Deck Reverse Loop control panels.
  • GaryM worked on the Std Gauge Dispatcher panel and started making a Callboard for SG trains.
      


    1 August 2018    Crew: GaryM, GlennG, GerryG, DaveV & KentS

    Salida
    GkennG worked on the West Salida scenery.

    Shawanno
    DaveV grew more foilage into the scenery.

    Parlin
    GerryG painted more backdrop.

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  • GaryM made new switch panels for the staging deck, Poncha Jct wye, Cimarron and the Montrose staging.


    21 July 2018    Crew: GaryM, GrantC, GerryG & BarryB
    21 July 2018    Chow: GaryM, GrantC, GerryG & BarryB

    Salida
    GaryM worked further on Switch #17.

    Monarch
    GaryM and BarryB worked on the switchback turnout. We adjusted the slide, replaced the throw wire with a .047 wire, bent the wire to center the points. We found out that the motor was shorting even while the points were not touching the stock rails. Next step, remove the wires on right pickups and solder to the left pickups.

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  • GrantC presented his clinc on 3D Printing.


    18 July 2018    Crew: GaryM, GrantC, GlennG & KentS

    Howard - Cleora
    GaryM added some scrubbrush to the scenery in spots.

    Salida
    GaryM inspected some of the turnouts. Switch #2B was inspected and found to be working OK, but the turnout works very slowly. Switch #17 was found out of gauge (NG too tight) such that the stock rails will need to be filed (notched) or the switch rebuilt. Switch #6 was fixed- the slide bar on the Tortoise had falled out of position.

    West Salida
    GlennG made and installed a berm between West Salida and Tennessee Pass.

    Monarch
    Upper tail of switchback, turnout not fully closing.

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  • GrantC worked on 3D Charcoal Kilns and worked on wood stacks and loads.
  • KentS installed and connected up an awesome new TV antenna on the shed, we now get 60 channels perfectly.
  • GaryM installed additional floor mats along the Royal Gorge.


    4 July 2018    Crew: GaryM, DaveV, BarryB & KentS

    Barrel
    KentS made rock castings for the river cutout.

    Monarch
    DaveV continued ballast work.

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  • KentS installed some new "Safety Flag" holders at Barrel, Cleora and Parkdale (to prevent roll-aways!).
  • GaryM painted the holders and adjacent tie yellow for visibility, as well as the safety flag poles.
  • GaryM laid down some new foam matting at Cleora.
  • GaryM started cleaning some loco wheels and entered in the Service Log.


    30 June 2018    Crew: GaryM, DaveV, BarryB & GlennG

    Salida
    GlennG put in the Dual Gauge hand car shed.
      

    Mear's Junction
    DaveV continued ballasting the track.
      

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  • GaryM made some carcards and cleaned up another scenery shelf.
  • BarryB experimented with the phone system.


    27 June 2018    Crew: GaryM, GerryG, DaveV, KentS, TomG & BarryB

    Royal Gorge
    DaveV did a magnificent job blending the new molds into the rock wall.
            

    Salida
    GlennG worked out the layout in W. Salida along Sackett Ave.
      

    Monarch
    DaveV continues to resculpt and ballast the roadbed.
      

    Parlin
    GerryG painted more of the backdrop between Parlin and Tank 7.
      

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  • GaryM and TomG laid out more floor padding and cleaned up scenery shelves.
      


    23 June 2018    Crew: GaryM, DaveV, KentS, TomG & GlennG

    Salida
    GlennG worked out the layout in W. Salida along Sackett Ave.
      

    Monarch
    DaveV worked on the ballasting on the Monarch line.
      

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  • KentS upgraded the Stereo System with a brand new used $15 receiver.
      
  • TomG and GaryM installed additional new foam matting in the main Salida aisle to the Monarch platform.
            


    20 June 2018    Crew: GaryM, DaveV, KentS, & TomG

    Gorge
    GaryM installed a couple signal masts (protecting Hel Junction), and a third at Portland.
         

    Salida
    TomG painted the rails on the new Arkansas River switch and rails into Salida.
      

    Monarch
    DaveV ballasted the roadbed along the switchback and line from Mears.
      

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  • TomG completed two new coaches; Closed Vestibule #319 and Duckbill Coach #311.
         


    16 June 2018    Crew: GaryM, DaveV, & GlennG
    16 June 2018    Chow: GaryM, DaveV, GlennG & GerryG

    Royal Gorge
    GlennG and GaryM made two large Bragdon molds and applied to the large gaps in the gorge.
            

    Monarch
    DaveV added sculpting along the roadbed along the switchback.
      

    Shavanno
    A few more trees have sprouted up from DaveV's "seeding".
      


    2 June 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, DaveV, GlennG & BarryB

    Salida
    KentS, BarryB, and GaryM repaired switch motors. GlennG worked on the scenery pull-out next to the river.

    Monarch
    DaveV ballasted along the line.

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  • Everyone spent a lot of time cleaning track and the layout to prepare for next week's operating session.


    26 May 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, DaveV, GrantC & BarryB

    Barrel
    KentS sculpted from the foam the Arkansas riverbank in front of the mainline.
         

    Salida
    GaryM worked on the left NG Roundhouse deck. GrantC worked on the SG roundhouse.
         

    Mear's Junction
    DaveV completed the ballasting to the roadbed.
            

    Grays
    DaveV completed the ballasting to the roadbed.
      

    Shavanno
    DaveV worked on the scenery and planted several more trees along the line.


    24 May 2018    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GrantC, GlennG & 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".


    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 installing a tortoise to replace the worn out Hankscraft motor.
      


    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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