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Friday, August 28, 2020

Club news

 All my posts about the club will be on Dave's Facebook page/group. No one ever comments on the blog, so as a transfer of information between us it is useless. Email is more cumbersome to work with, and not everyone receives them. There has been more exchange on the Facebook page than anywhere else. All the plans are on that page also.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Move meeting


We made the first big decision, the layout is shut down. The tear down has started in earnest.

We had Don S. Tell us about what we know for sure about the Wallace building and a few of us will be going up to check it out. We will also take detailed measurements, and give anyone who wants, a floor plan. We can then start planing, with Don P., Mike L. And me tasked with planning. I do not think this should stop anyone else from coming up with a new track plan.

Some suggestions/requests were tabled all ready. Even though it was nice to see everyone joining in, with about 18 people there, it was sometimes hard to keep up with all the conversations.

1. We will need a 1 month overlap in both places for moving all the material, hopefully scrapping unnecessary stuff before we go. The target date is October.

2. Adopt Don P. and Jim F. Idea of a bus wire channel, in the front of each deck. Keeping all the soldering to the bus wires out in the open.

3. Strict adherence to keep the decks in sections so the layout can be taken down in sections next time. This does not mean each section will be the same dimensions, but they will be of a easily moveable size. Not sure but I guess there would be a definite joint in the deck, wiring, track and backdrop. All the joints will be a pain, but I guess it is the prudent way to go.

4. Rick O. Suggested he would like to have a space for a 4 x 8 layout, separate from the main layout. This could be used to run DC equipment and as a kids display if we have open houses. This was thought to be a good idea if there is room for it. We also need room for a lounge.

5. The main DCC control electronics should be easy to get at to work on, maybe on a roll out cart or shelf.

6. We may have to work on the lighting, but that is an unknown until we see it when it is dark out.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Things to think about.

 Things to think about if we rebuild.

Single deck or double deck layout. (If like our "single " deck we could put another deck over it creating 3 runs.)
Lighting lower deck
Supporting upper deck
Build in sections
Road bed, 1 foot square or 2 foot x 4 foot ceiling tiles, Styrofoam, other

Single or double mainline
Branch lines
Multiple railroads, interchanging with each other, or single railroad
Helix with storage tracks, or long grades to change levels
Point to point or oval or dog bone, (ours is loop to loop/point to point)
Siding/train length(ours is 6.5 feet. )
In/out industries. (Coal/power plt., gravel/cement)

Card system
Delivery requirements, switch like for like, trains remain intact, one card to hold, as now.
Cards for each type of rolling stock, pulling all cars from industries, several cards to hold, as before (automatically corrects switch mistakes).

A channel for all bus wires in the front of the benchwork. (Easy soldering to bus wires)
Number of quad units.
Each bus run identified and separate from each other.
Use different feeder wire colours like orange/green, blue/white.

Lounge area and how big/seating
Locked tool/equipment/programing room, (we have a door.)
Blog, Facebook group or other platform
New name?

Wallace building.

 The Wallace building is located at the fair grounds. The fair board uses the ground floor, we my get the second floor, depending on the rent. The stairs is not as steep as at the club and it and the second floor are carpeted. There are windows that open and his and hers toilets. The size is good, lots of lights and plugs, and parking. Just waiting on a reply from the fair board. I have not seen the building but from all accounts it is quite suitable.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Items for sale

From Joseph

 I am still interested in buying a couple of the buildings that had price stickers on them. But for the club equipment, why not make a list of the items for sale, then we can have an auction night for those interested in buying anything. I am interested in the main controller (BD240?), cars, people, maybe some other items, but it would be nice to know what will be up for sale. I will be there this Tuesday and sorry I missed the last meeting.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Meeting and New Facebook page.

The Jonkers building was decided to be too small and above our budget.  Other options are being explored.

 Most of the buildings and scenery were removed from the layout, last night.

After the track was removed from the peninsula area of the branchline, demolition started.

Dave has set up a Facebook page, The Woodstock Model Railroad Club, for us to post our own modeling, please join.