#98 June Status Report

June 10, 2015

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 98) This is the final report in a four-part series of articles describing the work the EJ volunteers are doing to provide an interior for first floor of the Middle City’s Grand Hotel.  The previous articles dealt with the furniture, people, restaurant tableware, and the interior’s structural surroundings.  […]

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#97 May Status Report

May 4, 2015

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 97) This is the third in a series of articles describing the work the EJ volunteers are doing to prepare for the installation of an interior for first floor of the Middle City’s Grand Hotel.  The previous articles dealt with the furniture, people, and restaurant tableware.  This article […]

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#96 April Status Report

April 6, 2015

April 06, 2015 This is the second in a series of articles describing the work the EJ volunteers are doing to prepare for the installation of an interior for first floor of the Middle City’s Grand Hotel.  This interior will include a lobby, a main staircase, and a restaurant.  Last month’s article addressed the furniture […]

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#95 March Status Report

March 5, 2015

The MVGRS team of EJ volunteers recently completed the upgrading of the lighting in the buildings in Middle Period City.  As we did this, we noticed that some of these buildings, especially those facing the large locomotive wheels across the aisle from the city, begged to have interior detail added to their ground floors.  The […]

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#94 February Status Report

February 3, 2015

Like last month, this month’s report will be a look back at the history of one of the scenes on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout, showing how it has evolved over the years.  The choice this month is the “Modern Yard,” the last scene a visitor comes to before exiting the layout.  This too was […]

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#93 January Status Report

January 14, 2015

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 93) This month’s report will be a bit different from previous reports.  It will be a look back at the history of just one of the scenes on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout, showing how it has evolved over the years.  The choice of a scene for this […]

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 #92 December Status Report

December 3, 2014

This month’s report will look again at changes and additions that have been made to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As usual they will be described in the order in which you would see them as you proceed along the aisle through the layout. The first new addition is a garden adjacent to the inn […]

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#91 October Status Report

October 13, 2014

This month’s report will again be in two parts: the first is a quick update on the foundry which was the subject of last month’s report; the second is a report on the completion of the lighting upgrade of the major Middle City buildings. The Hamilton Foundry has found its rightful place on the EnterTRAINment […]

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#90 September Status Report

September 10, 2014

This month I’ll cover two subjects: a follow up of last month’s report, showing you the mobile homes now in their assigned locations on the EnterTRAINment Junction layout; and another preview of some more superb modeling, which will soon grace the layout in the Middle City. The mobile homes are now located in the industrial […]

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#89 August Status Report

August 13, 2014

This month I’ll give you another preview of coming “attractions,” models which are finished but haven’t yet been placed on the layout.  They are three new models of mobile homes.  As before this gives us the opportunity to see and appreciate some of the exquisite detail which may be hard to see once these models […]

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#88 July Status Report

July 13, 2014

This month we’ll again look at what’s new on the EnterTRAINment Junction Layout.  As usual the order of the items shown will be in the approximate order in which you’d see them as you progress along the aisle through the layout. Up on the mezzanine, above the railroad museum theater, is a model of the […]

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#87 June Status Report

June 7, 2014

This month we’ll look at some of techniques used by EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) volunteers to upgrade the interior lighting in one of the largest and most complex buildings in the EJ layout’s Middle City, the Central Tool and Machine Company building. The reasons this building was so difficult to light was that it was very […]

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#86 May Status Report

May 20, 2014

This month we’ll have a preview of a new addition to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout and a look at the results of a further lighting upgrade in the Middle Period city. Another exquisite model, this time of a mid-20th Century store, Wood’s Grocery (Figure 1), was built for the area surrounding the Middle Period […]

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#85 April Status Report

April 18, 2014

This month we’ll look at recent changes to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As usual, we’ll see them in the order in which you would see them as you followed the aisle through the layout. The first change to report is the recent update to the lighting in Middle City Greyhound Bus Depot and the […]

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#84 March Status Report

March 13, 2014

This month we’ll look at the details of a feature recently added to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout in the area of the Middle Period engine servicing facility.  This area has always been visited by an interurban car from the Middle Period city; however, there was no way for passengers to get to and from […]

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#83 February Status Report

February 13, 2014

This month we’ll look at some artworks recently added to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  Contrary to our normal order, they’ll be shown in reverse order, starting nearest the layout exit and proceeding back along the aisle to the Modern City. This type of artwork is part of modern culture, quite common in today’s world, […]

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#82 January Status Report

January 21, 2014

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 82) 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 […]

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#81 Decemeber Status Report

December 21, 2013

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 81) This month we’ll look at two things of note on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) 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 […]

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#80 November Status Report

November 21, 2013

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 80) 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 […]

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#79 October Status Report

October 21, 2013

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 79) 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 […]

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