#163 April Status Report

April 5, 2021

This month’s report is about a new addition to EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’s) American Railroad Museum. It’s John R. Hixson’s collection of live steam machines and mechanical threshers, now located in the American Railroad Museum’s theater. John was born in 1900 and grew up in farming country in Pennsylvania, where he had the opportunity to work […]

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#162 March Status Report

March 8, 2021

This month’s report is about another significant feature of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  It’s one whose significance could easily be overlooked.  It’s the “live water” feature, which, for most of it, is not very visible from the EJ aisle. It provides such an amazing variety of scenic opportunities, most notably in the Early Period near the […]

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#161 February Status Report

February 8, 2021

Last month’s report looked at some of EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’s) big “wow” features. This month is focused more on impressive features that express certain feelings or give certain messages via the modeling. This report is ordered in the more usual way, showing items in the order visitors would see them as they progressed along the […]

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#160 January Status Report

January 12, 2021

With the end of the most unusual year 2020, I thought it a would be good to take a look back, not at 2020, but farther back to happier times. There is a lot of “art” in the EJ layout. I’m talking about things that are beautiful or have emotional content, are technically impressive, or […]

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#159 December Status Report

December 4, 2020

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 159) This month’s report describes a scenic element that was recently applied to the vacant area on the shelf on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) mezzanine wall. This shelf is the destination of the Aerial Tramway and the location of the Cliffside Restaurant, which were the subjects of previous […]

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#158 October Status Report

October 13, 2020

This month’s report goes back to a previous style, reporting things that are new or interesting at EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) since the last such report, which was well before the Covid19 shutdown. One of the last events before that shutdown was the EJ Modeling Expo, which included a large number of 1/6th scale models, some […]

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#157 September Status Report

September 15, 2020

As mentioned is last month’s report (Part 156), We needed to simulate an elevator in the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) upper Aerial Tramway Station. Figure 1 shows the two related doors which would be “visible” on the model. The door on the left is the ground-level access door leading to the elevator waiting area inside the […]

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#156 August Status Report

August 31, 2020

With the move of the restaurant to some distance away from the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Upper Aerial Tramway Station, as described in last month’s report, the idea of an elevated walkway from the tram station to an upper floor of the restaurant has become unrealistic. A more realistic solution is that tram customers would ride […]

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#155 July Status Report

July 23, 2020

In last month’s report I introduced the Cliff-Top Restaurant, which is the destination for customers of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Aerial Tramway. The restaurant has now been installed, initially as shown in Figure 1. However, it was decided that this location didn’t give the building the visibility it deserved, and so it was moved farther […]

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#154 June Status Report

June 18, 2020

Most of these recent reports have focused on the new Aerial Tramway at EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) with only cursory mention of what its purpose is in the world of the layout. It’s there to transport customers from the main level of EJ’s Middle City up to a cliff-top restaurant. That linked their development schedules, their […]

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#153 April Status Report

April 30, 2020

The previous report (Part 152) looked at the track wire and haulage rope connections with EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’s) Upper Aerial Tram Station. In this report, I’ll show how those connections transition their functions through the station’s structure and how the external building interfaces with that structure. Figure 1 is just a reminder of what the […]

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#152 March Status Report

March 28, 2020

     As we transition the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Aerial Tramway from development to operation, the time has come to document the system as it is in its “final” form, primarily so that future maintainers will know not only what it’s supposed to look like, but also why it is the way it is.  Saying, “It […]

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#151 February Status Report

February 11, 2020

The EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Aerial Tramway has at last been functionally tested on the layout, and by the time you read this, it should be hooked up to the EJ computer control system and functional for visitors to operate at the touch of a button (which has also already been installed). Like many systems that […]

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#150 January Status Report

January 24, 2020

The EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Aerial Tramway has at last been installed on the EJ layout!  While more remains to be done to make it work, Figure 1 is very close to how the tramway will look when it’s fully operational. Figure 1.  Aerial Tram Installed   The first step in the tram installation process was […]

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#149 December Status Report

December 7, 2019

The EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) employees and volunteers have outdone themselves again this year in setting up their gorgeous Christmas holiday display.  This is an open-to-the-public no cost exhibit in EJ’s expo area.  The central feature is the massive multiple-track, multiple-level G-gauge holiday layout, this year surrounding one of the main roof support columns in the EJ building.  Figure 1 is a […]

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#148 November Status Report

November 24, 2019

This month’s report describes the finishing work done on the lower tram station access stairs and roadway.  Also, I’ll share some lessons we learned during assembly of both of these items. Figure 1 shows the assembled stairway with the lights installed.  The objective was to make this item a single unit that could be moved […]

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#147 October Status Report

October 28, 2019

This month’s report describes the work underway to provide lighting for customers of EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) aerial tram on the paths to the tram stations.  After constructing the stairway described in Report Number 146, the Tram Project Team realized that the restaurant, which the tram serves, would very likely operate beyond just the daylight hours.  […]

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#146 September Status Report

September 24, 2019

This month’s report describes the work underway to prepare the site for installation of the Lower Aerial Tramway Station on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. In preparing last month’s article, I realized that there was no reasonable way for pedestrians or trolley riders in the Middle City to get safely down to the Aerial Tramway’s […]

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#145 August Status Report

August 27, 2019

This month’s report describes the planning and beginning preparations for the installation of the Aerial Tramway on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. As different as the upper and lower stations are in appearance, so different too are the characteristics of the two sites on which they will be located. Figure 1 shows the elements of […]

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#144 July Status Report

July 23, 2019

This month’s report looks at the final details of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) aerial tram uninstalled system in its test fixture: the tram cars. The finishing touches for the tram cars were painting, adding doors, adding passengers, and balancing the cars. Balancing was necessary so that each car would consistently avoid having unintended collisions with […]

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