The Big Train Project

#82 January Status Report

January 21, 2014


#82 January Status Report This month we’ll look at some recent changes to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. As usual, they’ll be shown in the order in which you’d see them as you follow the aisle through the layout. The first change is in the lumbering area across the aisle from the town of River Bend in the Early Period section of the layout. It’s a lumber camp It has a crane for loading and unloading logs and lumber, and it has simple bungalows for the workers...

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#81 Decemeber Status Report

December 21, 2013


#81 Decemeber Status Report This month we’ll look at two things of note on the EnterTRAINment Junction layout. The first is the annual Christmas layout, the second shows some of the methods of upgrading the interior lighting of buildings in the Middle Period city. The Christmas layout is an annual feature, set up at each November in EJ’s display area. This year’s layout has three loops of track on three levels, a waterfall, some towns, and a number of bridges..

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#80 November Status Report

November 21, 2013


#80 November Status Report This month we’ll look at two things of note on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. The first is the variety of camouflage methods used to hide switch machines (the actuators that set the points of turnouts). The second is the latest major scenic feature to be added to the layout. In the Early Period, at the town of River Bend, where the two trains running in opposite directions pass each other at the town’s station, the operating computer-controlled switches are the key to making that pass possible..

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#79 October Status Report

October 21, 2013


#79 October Status Report This month we’ll look again at recent changes to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. As usual, we’ll look at the features in the order in which you’d see them as you follow the aisle through the layout. The first new addition comes from the “founders” of the town of Mott Junction. Unlike the bear on the cliff overlooking the town, the good people of Mott Junction will no longer have to poop in the woods...

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#78 September Status Report

September 14, 2013


#78 September Status Report The theme of this month’s report has got to be “fixing things left undone.” There are a lot of changes that have been made to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout over the years. Most of them don’t happen instantaneously. This article looks at two features of the layout as examples of the continuous improvement philosophy that’s applied to the modeling on the layout. The first example is part of the Coney Island model. A lot of the details of the model...

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