#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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#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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