#139 January Status Report

January 11, 2019

As promised in Report 137, this month’s report provides a closer look at the completed installation of the canal lock in the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Early Period.  Limited for some time by leaks in the canal bed, the lower portion of the canal (near the appropriately-named “Canal Town”) has finally gotten the canal lock […]

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#138 December Status Report

December 11, 2018

This month’s report is about the 2018 Christmas layout in EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’s) display area.  This “snow-covered” layout is an annual free-to-the-public feature of the “Christmas at the Junction” celebration that runs from the weekend before Thanksgiving until January 2nd.   The layout has a unique design each year and is constructed using a basic […]

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#137 November Status Report

November 11, 2018

This month’s report provides an update on new additions and improvements to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.   As usual, the items in this report are in the order a visitor would encounter them while progressing along the EJ layout’s aisle.   The first item is an introduction to a long-awaited improvement: the addition of a […]

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#136 October Status Report

October 11, 2018

This is the fifth installment in these articles about the development and construction of the Aerial Tramway for the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.   This time we’ll look at the passenger stations at the bottom and top of the tramway.  The purpose for the station buildings is to provide some degree of protection from the weather […]

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#135 September Status Report

September 11, 2018

Time again to report new items that have been added to EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’s) layout.  As usual, the order of the pictures and descriptions is in the order an EJ visitor would see them during progress along the layout aisle.   Figure 1 shows the housing area on the mezzanine across from the Middle Period’s […]

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#134 August Status Report

August 11, 2018

This month’s report is the fourth status report on the development and construction of EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’) aerial tramway.  The test fixture has been modified by raising the bottom of the lower station’s  base plate to the height of the bottom of the layout table on which the station will ultimately be located.  This enables […]

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#133 July Status Report

July 14, 2018

For this month’s report, we’ll go down a different track.  A new display has been added to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) display area.  It’s a beautifully executed model of Cincinnati’s Union Terminal and adjacent railroad service and maintenance facilities, as they would have appeared in the early 1950s (Figure 1).  It was built by EJ […]

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#132 June Status Report

June 14, 2018

This month’s article is the third in the series describing design and construction of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s aerial tramway.  With the tram cars now functionally complete and needing only cosmetic enhancements (painting, décor, and passengers), the focus changes to the more difficult functional aspects: the running gear.  This time, we’ll look at the […]

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#131 May Status Report

May 10, 2018

This month’s article continues the description of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s aerial tramway, currently under development.  This time, we’ll explore the design concept and how it’s being implemented mechanically and electrically on the tram cars.  Figure 1 is a repeat of same Figure used last month to show what aerial tramway terminology means. One […]

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#130 April Status Report

April 10, 2018

This month’s article describes a new project being worked on for the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  It’s an aerial tramway from the lower level of the Middle City, near the drive-in theater, up to the shelf on the cliff adjacent to the EJ mezzanine (Figure 1).  The stylized image shows the basic concept and its […]

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#129 March Status Report

March 31, 2018

This month’s article is a further update on what’s new on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As usual, the order that items are shown is in the order a visitor would see them while following the aisle through the layout. The improbable parking structure (see Part 78) in the Modern City is now gone.  It’s […]

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#128 February Status Report

February 27, 2018

This month’s article is a further update on what’s new on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As usual, the order that items are shown is in the order a visitor would see them while following the aisle through the layout. A model of the Boeing 747-8 is now “flying” above the “Free-View” alcove between the […]

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#127 January Status Report

January 30, 2018

This month’s article is another update on what’s new on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As usual, the order that items are shown is in the order a visitor would see them while following the aisle through the layout.   The lake at River Bend in the Early Period has a new visitor: a side-wheel […]

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#126 December Status Report

December 12, 2017

This month’s article is about changes made at EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) for the Christmas celebration, called “Christmas at the Junction.” The first and most obvious change was the creation of the Christmas train layout.  It was located in the EJ expo center (Figures 1 and 2).  As in past years, this layout has a different […]

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#125 November Status Report

November 12, 2017

This month’s article is about changes that were made at EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) in the features of the Halloween celebration, called Jack-O-Lantern Junction. The first and most obvious change is the addition of a Halloween train layout, visible from both the entrance and the exit of  the Jack-O-Lantern Junction indoor maze in the EJ display […]

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#124 October Status Report

October 12, 2017

This month’s article is about the completion of the upgrade described in the Part 123 article.  It shows the installation of the first floor interior of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Middle City “Piano Building,” shown in before and after views in Figure 1.  There’s not much difference between these views, but read on.   […]

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#123 September Status Report

September 12, 2017

This month’s article is about the latest upgrade of a building in the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Middle City.  It’s located two doors down from the Deli and Grocery described in Part 119 of these articles.  It is what the EJ volunteers call the “Piano Building” because it has a grand piano being hoisted up […]

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#122 August Status Report

August 12, 2017

This month’s article looks at small details on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout, the figures modeling the inhabitants that populate the layout.  As usual the scenes shown will be in the order a visitor would see them while progressing along the EJ layout aisle.  However, this look will confine itself to a very limited area: […]

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#121 July Status Report

July 12, 2017

This article looks again at a feature reported in a previous article.  It’s the inclined railway in the Middle Period engine servicing facility area of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout, (Figure 1).  It’s located behind the roundhouse to the left.  The job of the incline was to transport passengers to and from the roundhouse level […]

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#120 June Status Report

June 12, 2017

This article explores the details of a recently added feature in the Early Period logging area of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout (Figure 1).  It is what’s called a “Tight Skyline Logging System.”  It’s located across the EJ aisle from the lakeside town with the steamboat. The purpose of the Skyline was to pick up […]

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