#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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#119 May Status Report

May 12, 2017

In this article, we’ll look at the recent upgrade to the Habush Grocery and Delicatessen in the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Middle Period City (Figure 1).  It’s located right next to the Grand Hotel, and is across the EJ aisle from the big locomotive wheels.   Figure 1.  The Grocery and Deli before Upgrade   […]

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#118 April Status Report

April 6, 2017

In this article, we’ll look at what’s new on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout since the last such report in Part 116.  As usual the order of the items described is as you would encounter them as you proceed along the layout’s aisle. First, there is now water in the lower part of the canal […]

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#117 January Status Report

January 6, 2017

An interesting coincidence: this article is Number 117, and it’s for January 2017 (01-17).  The change to a new year is a good time for a look-back at how far the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout has come since work started in 2006.  An interesting area to showcase the evolution of the layout is the Modern […]

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#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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#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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#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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#104 December Status Report

December 2, 2015

Christmas is coming, and the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) team has again set up the Christmas layout in the EJ display area. This is available to visitors free of admission charge. The layout has three loops of track on three different levels, a canyon that runs across it from one side to the other with a […]

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#103 November Status Report

November 21, 2015

This month’s article about the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout’s Elwood Grill upgrade finishes the series on that subject. You’ll be able to see what the interior looks like installed in its Middle Period City building. For orientation, the Grill’s building is shown in Figure 1, with the Grill in its lower right corner, just to […]

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