#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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#63 Status Report

June 8, 2012

One of the most common trackside details one can find in railroading are the crossing gates at grade crossings, where roads cross active tracks.  The EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout has needed these details for quite some time, but implementing them into the layout in the appropriate way, properly configured and animated, required special attention, modeling […]

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#62 Status Report

May 8, 2012

This time we’ll look at some more details and small scenes on the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout.  As in the past, the order in which they are presented is in the order you would see them as you proceeded along the EJ layout’s aisle.   You come upon the first scene just as you exit […]

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#61 – April Status Report

April 9, 2012

I’m taking a totally different tack in this article by describing one of the special events held at EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) recently.  The event was a recurring annual event, the Model Engineering Show, which EJ, its volunteers, their friends, and local hobbyists provide free of charge for EJ visitors.  The most recent occurrence of this […]

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#60 – March Status Report

March 15, 2012

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 60) One of the new features which has been recently introduced into the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout is day-dusk lighting cycle.  This highlights the lighting details which has been incorporated into the models in all parts of the layout and accentuates the interior details included in many of […]

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#59 – February Status Report February 15, 2012

February 15, 2012

The Big Train Project Status Report (Part 59) As in past articles, this time we’ll look again at some of the details of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout which may not catch the eye at first glance but which contribute to providing a sense of realism to the layout and enhance its overall quality.  As […]

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#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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