#58 – December Status Report

December 29, 2011

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 58) The end of the year often brings with it summaries and retrospectives, and the concept of the top-ten list can be a useful framework for addressing a subject of interest.  So, what follows is a top-ten list of what I personally believe are the most noteworthy elements […]

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#57 Status Report

November 8, 2011

The holidays bring with them special feelings, and the staff and volunteers at EnterTRAINment Junction try to bring some of that spirit into the layout and the other parts of the facility.  So, in this report we’ll look at some of the special EJ preparations for the holidays in 2011.   In honor of Veterans […]

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#56 Status Report

October 24, 2011

In this installment we’ll take a different approach.  We’ll look behind the scene of a single item, a building, showing how it’s constructed and why it was done the way it was.   Before the upgrade described here, one of the last things you saw before exiting the EnterTRAINment Junction layout is a pair of […]

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#55 – September Status Report

October 9, 2011

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 55) In this installment we’ll look at some temporary additions to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Layout consistent with the Halloween theme most ably represented by the Jack O’Lantern Junction Halloween Event.  All of the scenes shown below are in the area around the Modern City.  As usual, the […]

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#54 status report

August 8, 2011

In this installment we’ll look at more new scenic elements that have been recently added to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Layout.  As usual, the descriptions mostly follow the order in which you would see the described items as you follow the aisle in sequence from entrance to exit.   As you exit the aisle tunnel […]

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#53 – July Status Report

July 30, 2011

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 53) In this installment we’ll look at some new scenes that have been added to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) Layout as well as a great new addition to the train expo center.  As usual, the descriptions mostly follow the order in which you would see the described items […]

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#52 May Status Report

May 31, 2011

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 52) In this installment we’ll look at some of the recent changes to the Modern City.  As usual, the descriptions mostly follow the order in which you would see the described items as you follow the aisle in sequence from entrance to exit. As you exit the tunnel […]

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#51 – April Status Report April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 51) This installment will look at some of the new things added to the layout recently.  As usual, the descriptions mostly follow the order in which you would see the described items as you follow the aisle in sequence from entrance to exit. The first addition shown is […]

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#50 – March Status Report

March 31, 2011

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 50) While we’ve been focusing our attention on the upgrade to the Modern City, some less grandiose but equally worthwhile improvements have been incorporated into the Middle Period City. Also there’s been a long-awaited completion in the Modern City. As usual, the descriptions follow the order in which […]

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#49 – February Status Report

February 28, 2011

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 49) Some major new buildings are finally being installed in the Modern City in sufficient quantity to give the city a less barren appearance. One of the most creative of the new additions is what I’ll call the Oakmore Skytower (Figure 1), which is reminiscent of Seattle’s Space […]

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#48 – October Status Report

November 1, 2010

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 48) Major changes are being made to the layout, which need to be reported immediately, so I’ve put off the promised look at more of the layout’s details.  The Modern City on the layout is undergoing sweeping urban renewal.  The entire city center inside the mainline track loop […]

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#47 Status Report

September 8, 2010

Last month we introduced the open air subway station.  It’s right next to the aisle, just past the tunnel leading from the Middle Period to the Modern Period in the EnterTRAINment Junction layout.  We had just finished installing one of the two platforms, and it was still bare of any details.  This month, we highlight […]

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#46 – August 2010 Status Report

August 31, 2010

Our tour this month will look at some of the more noticeable changes that have been made at EnterTRAINment Junction recently.  As usual the sequence will be in the order in which you’ll see them as you walk the aisle through the layout.   The first item is on the lakeshore behind the town of […]

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#45 -July 2010 Status Report

July 2, 2010

As in months past, this month, we’ll take another look at small details on the EnterTRAINment Junction layout.  Many have stories or show recognizable scenes from their time periods.  Most of those stories, of course, are not fully explained, and so leave a bit to the imagination of the viewer to fill in the details. […]

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#44 – June 2010 Status Report

June 2, 2010

This time we’ll again take a look at some of the recent big changes at Entertrainment Junction (EJ).  Most notably, the brush has been cleared between the I-75 and EJ’s back fence, providing a much better view from the freeway of the mural and the Thomas the Tank Engine track which will run along almost […]

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#43 -May Status Report

May 2, 2010

As in past articles, this month we’ll look at some more of the smaller details, which add character to the layout.   I’ll describe them in the order in which you would see them as you walk the aisle in the layout. On the platform of the station at Mott Junction, are a man and a […]

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#42 -April Status Report

April 2, 2010

This month we’ll look at some of the recent additions to the layout.  I’ll describe them in the order in which you would see them as you walk the aisle in the layout. On the hill above the army depot is a new tannery.  Details include a large tanning wheel, numerous workers, some of the […]

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#41 March Status Report

March 2, 2010

This month we’ll look at some of the improvements that have been made to the Middle Period engine servicing facility.  This area is of special interest to MVGRS, because it is the area we originally committed to design and build for the EnterTRAINment Junction layout and the one to which we’ve given special attention.   […]

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#40 February Status Report

February 2, 2010

This month we’ll continue our look at small details on the EnterTRAINment Junction layout.   The addition of interior lighting has provided both the opportunity and, in some cases, the necessity to add more detail to individual scenes.  A good example of this is the station at Thompson (in the Early Period, next to the […]

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#39 January Status Report

January 2, 2010

As promised last time, this month we’ll look at some of the smaller details that add character, life, and realism to the layout.  Many of these and similar details require good eyesight and a careful look to find them. The first example is the thirsty soldier sitting on a barrel in a gondola adjacent to […]

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