#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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#78 September Status Report

September 14, 2013

The theme of this month’s report has got to be “fixing things left undone.”  There are a lot of changes that have been made to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout over the years.  Most of them don’t happen instantaneously.  This article looks at two features of the layout as examples of the continuous improvement philosophy […]

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#77 August Status Report

August 14, 2013

With all the attention I paid recently to the Coney Island model, I haven’t had the chance to give an update on some of the other changes that have been made to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As part of the upgrade of the mezzanine area, which included the Coney Island model, the entire mezzanine […]

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#76 July Status Report

July 13, 2013

This is a continuation of our look at EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’s) newest attraction, its model of Cincinnati’s Coney Island amusement park.  The model officially opened on June 21, 2013, with some new and impressive features to make the nostalgic trip back to 1965 better than ever. In the center of the layout area’s mezzanine is […]

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#75 June Status Report

June 13, 2013

This time we’ll focus exclusively on EnterTRAINment Junction’s (EJ’s) model representing Cincinnati’s Coney Island amusement park, showing how it looked in the 1960’s.  The model is located on the mezzanine opposite the windows and adjacent to the elevator.  This was a major addition to the layout planned to be ready by the time for the […]

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#74 May Status Update

May 23, 2013

In this article, I’ll be going in a completely different direction than is usual for my status reports about the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  We’ll be looking at the history of an itinerant model building, whose multiple locations make it unique among all of the buildings on display at EJ.  Instead of a sequence by […]

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#73 April Status Update

April 15, 2013

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 73) As promised last month, this month’s article showcases the 1/24th scale model circus loaned to EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) by Richard and Twyla Schillhahn of Springfield, Ohio.  The model is located in the entry to EJ’s fun-house, and is by itself worth the price of admission. As is […]

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#72 March Status Update

March 15, 2013

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 72) This month we’ll look again at what’s new.  As usual the order of the items shown is in the order you’d see them as you progress along the aisle through the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. On the Mezzanine above the theater, there’s newly built mountain structure which […]

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#71 February Status Update

February 25, 2013

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 71) One of the fascinating features of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout is the number of interesting and unusual characters that populate various scenes and locations throughout the layout.  Their purpose is to add a bit of light-hearted fun to layout, and maybe generate a smile, as the […]

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#70 January Status Report

January 25, 2013

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 70) This report hopes to shed some light on some of the techniques used to model large multi-story buildings with interior lighting on the the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. When EnterTRAINment Junction opened in 2008, a majority of the buildings in the Modern city were made of Gatorboard […]

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#69 December Status Report

December 3, 2012

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 69) This is a special report on a brand new display being added to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  It’s an amusement park, but not just any amusement park.  It will replicate the main features of Cincinnati’s own Coney Island.  While it will not be an exact replica […]

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#68 Status Report

November 8, 2012

As in past, this article shows some of the things recently changed in the EnterTRAINment Junction layout.  As usual, the order in which they are presented is in the order in which you would come upon them as you followed the layout’s aisle.   The first change is the replacement of a building, across the […]

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#67 October Status Report October 28, 2012

October 28, 2012

This month’s article is a follow-on to last-month’s Part 66 in which I mentioned the need for some method to hold the camera steady during the long exposure times I recommended for photographing the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  This article looks at some of the devices and methods that can be used to steady the […]

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#66 – September Status Report

September 30, 2012

This month’s article is a follow-on to last-month’s Part 65 in which I described some of the pitfalls of flash photography of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  This article looks at the technique of using the available light in the layout to photograph it. As I mentioned last time, the camera sensor needs a certain […]

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#65 Status Report

August 8, 2012

For this month I have a somewhat different topic related to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  I thought I’d share some lessons I’ve learned from photographing the layout.  Having photographed with film for many years before “upgrading” to digital cameras, I believe that the two are very much alike; and much of what I learned […]

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#64 Status Report

July 8, 2012

This month’s article looks at some of the recent happenings on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As usual, the order in which they are shown is in the same order as you would see them (or might have seen them) as you moved along the layout aisle. An item of joy for some us is […]

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