March 1 Work Session Update
March 3rd, 2014
Saturday's work session was a bit quieter than normal, but we still got plenty of work done. Matt G., Phil, David S. and James continued finishing work on the backdrops in Albion and Lockport, sanding and priming the surfaces and getting them ready for sky blue paint. Meanwhile, Phil and Otto shored up our sagging helix with additional beams and legs. Matt G. installed feeders on the B&O branch, and Otto installed another layer of street surface over the Rochester Subway scene. We played around with some possible scenarios for the Niagara Food Terminal and put together a list of parts to order. David S. continued work on our scenery diorama, applying a plaster hardshell with help from Otto and Matt. Otto also rationalized our giant tub of scenery materials to help save space.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 4.
We will be attending the Rochester Model Railroad 75th Anniversary Club Open House on Saturday, March 8.
February 22 work session update
February 23rd, 2014
Alumni member Otto continued detailing his abandoned sidings in the Niagara Falls scene. He also did some preliminary planning work laying out some ideas for the Niagara Food Terminal at the far end of the scene. Later in the day he worked with Jimmy to install the first supports for Broad Street next to and over the Rochester Subway scene. David S. continued work on one of our practice scenery dioramas.An R&IT switcher descends the interchange ramp down into the Rochester Subway to deliver a boxcar of newsprint to Gannett. The two tracks at right are the B&O's Main Street terminal.
Phil and David S. worked on backdrops in Albion and Lockport. Joints and screw holes were spackled and sanded in Lockport, and David S. applied two coats of primer and the first coat of sky blue paint. Meanwhile, Phil and Jimmy fit in the final pieces of masonite for the backdrops in Albion. In the middle of the day, Otto fit in a tricky curved piece to complete the last of the backdrop installation in Lockport. Max and his friend Dave also helped cut masonite panels for this project.
Matt G. worked on wiring up power feeders to the staging yards all day, while Elliot worked on fitting in the last pieces of track to connect the B&O branch to the interchange at CP 373. Elliot then began to work on power feeders for the B&O branch. Otto's shiny new B&O wagon top caboose from Spring Mills Depot
was unloaded onto the branch to test out the new track connections. The Rochester & Southern (B&O) track now connects to the CSX/R&IT main line at CP 373. Falls Road Secondary diverges to the right. Truss bridge will carry the old B&O "Belt Line" over the main line.
J.C. and David S. worked on reviving our old master equipment roster. This will help us catalog all of the pieces of equipment located in the club room, and help us generate reports that can later be used for maintenance, ownership, and waybills.
We are preparing to host a special "Golden Spike" ceremony with RIT president Bill Destler on March 11, and a open house for the Lakeshores Division NMRA on March 22. Our goal is to have the entire railroad functional end-to-end in time for these events.
Our next meeting is Tuesday and our next work session is Saturday. See you there!
Congratulations to our new club officers!
February 16th, 2014
Congratulations to our new club officers!
Matt Glazer - President
Elliot Courtney - Vice President
Jimmy Paterniti - Treasurer
David Stavans - Secretary
A big thank you to outgoing club president J.C. Mayer who worked very hard over the last few years to guide our club through a difficult transition process from old layout to new layout.
More progress was made at our February 15 work session. Matt, Elliot, and Phil worked on wiring up the staging yards below Niagara Falls. We'll need to purchase some more wiring supplies to complete this project.
Otto installed the last customer siding on the B&O branch, and Elliot and Matt worked on wiring feeders and blocks. The B&O branch will not be fully operational until the block detection wiring is completed later this year.
David S., Elliot, and Phil put the first coat of plaster on the backdrops at Albion and Lockport, with the help of Corey and Nick.
Otto and E.J. discussed some solutions to address some sagging structure in our helix. Relief came in the form of some additional spans and relocated legs. Discussions also included the installation of a small workbench and computer station for an operator inside the helix.
Nick and Otto leveled out the subroadbed just east of CP 373 to eliminate a slight rise in the tracks. David S. and Nick made repairs to the superelevation in the area to compensate.
Last week, Phil made extensive repairs to Albion, including an adjustment of the Falls Road Secondary track all the way back to CP 373. This helped compensate for a poor transition from the mainline into the curve. A few customer sidings need to be installed here, but that is contingent on the design of some buildings.
Matt G. made an adjustment to the yard and brewery lead at High Falls to compensate for a similar bad transition that was a bit too sharp for some equipment.
On Sunday, February 16, several members paid a visit to the WNYRHS Train Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, and made the purchase of many trains and artifacts. Lunch was at Duff's in Amherst for tasty wings and weck. A supplemental to-go order was later delivered to club advisor Otto because we felt sorry for him not being able to go to the train show.
Next meeting is Tuesday, February 18.
Next work session is Saturday, February 22.