#116 December Status Report

December 6, 2016

This month’s article covers new things on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As is usual in these articles, the order of the items described is in the order in which you would see them as you progressed along the EJ layout’s aisle. The first new item that’s been in work for some time is the […]

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#115 November Status Report

November 16, 2016

This month’s article covers the most recent project completed by the Miami Valley Garden Railroad Society’s EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) volunteers: the upgrade of the Rexall Drugstore in the Middle Period city.  The drugstore is located at the left corner of the same building which houses the Elwood Grill in the right corner.  You can find […]

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#114 October Status Report

October 14, 2016

A train layout as large as the one at EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) needs a lot of figures of people to provide some “life” and realism.  There are a number of ways to provide them, some easier than others.  This month, we’ll follow the process and the logic applied to one example and show how it […]

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#113 September Status Report

September 2, 2016

One of the challenges that comes with upgrading a building on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout with a lighted interior is the need for the exterior features to also be a consistent part of the upgrade.  That means having lighted signs identifying the businesses whose lighted interiors are modeled.  This month we’ll look at the […]

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#112 August Status Report

August 2, 2016

This month we’ll look again at new additions to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As usual, the order in which the items are presented is in the order visitors would see them as they progress along the layout’s aisle. At the far end of the town of Riverbend, just across the aisle from the children’s […]

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#111 July Status Report

July 2, 2016

This month’s article finishes the entire tale of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Fox Theater upgrade. This time we’ll look at the interiors that were added to the street-level front half of the building and the signs that go with the businesses there. Only the front half of the building was upgraded, because the rear […]

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#110 June Status Report

June 3, 2016

This month’s article finishes the tale of lighting the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Fox Theater marquee and sign.  Figure 1 shows how it looked in “daylight” lighting before its upgrade. Figure 1 The Unmodified Fox Theater Sign and Marquee (14 Dec 2015) To avoid leaving a “void” where the original sign and marquee had been […]

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#109 May Status Report

May 4, 2016

This month’s article describes the second part of a project recently completed on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout—lighting the marquee on the Middle City’s Fox Theater (Figure 1).  As mentioned last time, this EJ building was modeled roughly after the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan.  (See http://buildingphotos.com/venues/fox-detroit.php if you’re interested.) The key to the planned upgrade […]

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10 Picnic Spots In Cincinnati Every Family Should Enjoy

April 29, 2016

Clocks have officially sprung forward our days are growing longer and evening hours lighter. Flowers are blooming and spring is in the air. The season of picnics is here for all to enjoy. EnterTRAINment loves Cincinnati, we love everything about the city and we love the deep history and beautiful places for families to enjoy. […]

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#108 April Status Report

April 4, 2016

This month we’ll look at a project still in work at the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout—lighting the theater sign and marquee on the Middle City’s Fox Theater.  The EJ building was modeled roughly after the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. (See http://buildingphotos.com/venues/fox-detroit.php if you’re interested.) When the MVGRS EJ volunteers upgraded the interior lighting of […]

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#107 March Status Report

March 4, 2016

This month’s article shows some recent changes to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As usual, the order is as you would see them as you walk the aisle through the layout. The first change, took a lesson from European landmarks, which during restoration had a full-size picture of what was being worked on hung on […]

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#106 February Status Report

February 8, 2016

This month’s article is about making multiple matching items and how to use fixtures to help to consistently replicate each item.  The interior of the tavern to be located in the Fox Theater Building in EnterTRAINment Junction’s Middle Period city needed bar stools, and it was determined that about twenty-four stools would be the right […]

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15 Best Juices for Kids

January 25, 2016

Most Juices claim to be 100% juice, but what are your kids really drinking? Choose water. The Institute of Medicine recommends that kids ages 4 to 8 get about 5 12-ounce glasses of water each day, and that older kids and teens get between 5½ to 8 glasses, depending on age and gender. Use pure […]

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7 Awesome Toy Organization Ideas

January 19, 2016

 1. Double Duty Play Mat! You can find these awesome Lay-N-Go Mats at Kohl’s! 2. Storage Bins Storage bins are great for helping with clean up! Keeping everything out of site while still being accessible! 3. Wall Holders 4. Easy Lego Storage and Play Table DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ourweefamily Keeping Lego fun on […]

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7 Kid’s Albums That Won’t Drive You Crazy

January 12, 2016

 Now that Christmas is over I’m sure all moms are glad to be done with Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph on repeat! If you’re not ready to go back to listening to Let it Go and the Wiggles over and over again, test out some of these albums for kids by artists you’d actually listen to! They Might Be Giants […]

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#105 January Status Report

January 2, 2016

This month’s article shows you some new additions to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. The order is as you would encounter them as you walk the aisle through the layout. In the area of the Middle Period Engine Servicing Facility across the tracks from the train station is a newly added gas station and liquid […]

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