Toasting the main line, getting ready for Tiger Tracks!
December 9th, 2013
Just prior to Thanksgiving break, the first train made a complete circuit of the entire new main line under its own power for the first time! Not a bad benchmark of progress since just a little more than a year ago we were faced with an empty clubroom in need of a layout. Upon our return from break, we had a brief organizational meeting on December 4 to discuss details related to our upcoming Tiger Tracks Train Show this weekend. Following the meeting, some local alumni members joined us for a special toast celebrating the completion of the new main line.
Phil pours sparkling cider for the toast on December 4.
Many RITMRC alumni joined us for this historic event celebrating the completion of the new main line on R&IT v2.0.
RITMRC co-founder and past president Tom Rohatsch admires a long mixed freight traversing the crossover and curves at CP 373.
The RIT Model Railroad Club is proud to present Tiger Tracks, the largest train show in Rochester! Fun for the whole family, you'll enjoy two days of vendors, museum displays, operating model railroads in all scales, exciting door prizes and more. Trains and tracks, scenery, accessories, books, videos, gifts, railroad memorabilia, and more. See progress on the new HO scale Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal. Free parking. Handicap accessible. Refreshments available. Close to many hotels and malls, and only 20 minutes south of downtown Rochester. ALL ABOARD!
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Admission: $5.00 Adults - $3.00 Seniors (65+)
Children under 12 FREE with paid adult
RIT students, faculty, and staff FREE with I.D.
Main line track completed!
November 22nd, 2013
Well, it's been a busy couple of weeks down in Room A420! During the weekend of November 9, we completed the main line subroadbed, with the last section going in between CP 373 and High Falls. This past weekend we finished laying cork roadbed from Lockport through CP 373 to High Falls, which meant that we were ready for track! With two teams working throughout the day, track was installed from Lockport, through the CP 373 interlocking, all the way to High Falls.
An unofficial "golden spike" was driven on Saturday, November 16, at 7:15pm at a location in between Albion and CP 373 by vice president Matt Glazer. Everyone was very excited, since it was a little more than a year ago that we were faced with an empty room ready to be filled with a new layout! The electrical team will continue working over the next few weeks to get much needed power to our tracks. Our goal is to run trains on the main line as a demonstration during our upcoming Tiger Tracks Train Show & Sale
This coming weekend we have cancelled the work session so that we can attend the WNYRHS 32nd Annual Greater Buffalo Train & Toy Show
at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The weekend after that is Thanksgiving, and we'll be home celebrating with our families. We return in December, and we'll be making the big push to clean up the layout room and get ready for Tiger Tracks on December 15-15! Follow along on our Facebook fan page
as we get ready for the big show. See you in December...
Completed subroadbed leading from CP 373 around the bend towards High Falls. At this location, the roadbed is supporting the two-track CSX/R&IT main line as well as the parallel Rochester & Southern (ex-B&O) line.
Jimmy lays cork on the CSX/R&IT main line.
We're told this jumble of wires is what makes the trains go.
Kyle and David S. install track on the CSX/R&IT main line near High Falls.
Laying track through the future Albion scene on the R&IT Falls Road Secondary.
The "golden spike" uniting all of the main line trackage was driven on Saturday, November 16, at 7:15 p.m.
Club members gather at the site of the "golden spike" to celebrate.
Main line subroadbed completed!
November 11th, 2013
On Saturday, November 9, at 3:03 p.m, Chief Engineer and alumni advisor E.J. Ryder drove in the last screw to join together the main line subroadbed at High Falls, completing the route from end to end! A crew consisting of Nick, Corey, James, and Otto completed the plywood subroadbed supports and began to lay cork to support the track. Elliot, Jimmy, and David S. worked on track in Niagara Falls. Charles and Matt Glazer started enforcing the wiring plan. Phil Tifone stopped by and offered assistance building a wooden cabinet to hold our power boosters and provide a place to mount auto-reverser components. A very busy day indeed! See more photos on our Facebook
page. Don't forget, our 2013 Tiger Tracks Train Show is only a month away! You won't want to miss Rochester's largest train show, held on campus at the RIT Gordon Field House on December 14-15. Please visit our web site for details.Our next meeting will take place Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Room A420 in the basement level of the Student Union.
Come down and join us!