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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tuesday Night at the Huff & Puff

Lots of rail traffic last night and many different trains were run. I watched as Glen backed a string of hoppers through several turnouts without any problems, I guess the track work is in good shape. We are still encountering rolling stock problems, but we keep working on them. When people follow the 2 card rule with a limit of 8 cars per train, the layout runs well. The Elsewhere/Wellington aisle is still a bottle neck at times, we will have to consider that when Wellington is redesigned.
Jim & Jim work the main yards

Roland runs his train as John aligns the switches, Glen got in the middle of the action

Don & Don (OK who took these pictures?) switch in Heron's Landing
No one is going on Sunday, don't forget next Tuesday is meeting night.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tuesday night at the Huff and Puff

Got my camera out to document some of the changes to the layout. The town of Wellington is mostly finished now. Glen had to do a lot of reaching to get all the details in place, and it looks great. A storage tank was modified into an oil tank and added to the refinery. Jim brought in another tank, a steel grain bin. It was added to the Mutual Grain facility. An N scale laser cut house was brought in by Colleen and it along with a couple of small type buildings were added to the hill behind Warwick Station. We decided that the log siding at Hay Co. would be better used for LaFrance. It only had to be moved over to make room for the building.

New oil tank in Springbank.

New location for LaFrance

Town of Wellington with details added

Looking down main street

new steel storage bin

Warwick taking shape, the house is N scale

Monday, June 20, 2016

Wismer's Is Back!

Any oldtimer around Woodstock
will speak fondly of the good old days when, as young bucks in their first car, they cruised up and down Dundas Street looking for whomever wherever during week ends and summer evenings. 

Wismer's Drive-In was the east terminus where the Dundas cruisers could pull in for excellent food and shakes and to compare Ford flatheads and fender skirts and perhaps pick up other skirts before heading back west. 

So, it only seemed appropriate to model Wismer's on the road leading out of Wellington [the layout's equivalent of Woodstock]
just to bring out nostagic memories of good times and good food.  

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Meeting night

After a discussion about operations and train length, we decided to try limiting trains to 2 cards. We will try that for a month to see how it works. The ore train will be shortened also. With a switcher stationed at Lincoln we will put cards back into the system, we had removed. Youth membership was brought up. Because each new youth means there is 2 new people, congestion becames a problem. Also using the crates to see the layout, causes a trip hazard for older members. So it was decided to hold youth involvement to its present level, and that when space is available that the youth should be tall enough to run without using the crates to see, eg a head higher than the bench work at Lincoln. It was agreed that remodeling Wellington will be next years first big project. The members were busy over the last 2 work days. A couple of areas needed fill along the tracks, the Town of Wellington ha vehicles, trees and people. Track was cleaned and a couple of turnouts were adjusted. We are going to try uncoupling magnets on some of the hard to reach sidings. This continued work should improve trouble free running.