#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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#38 -December Status Report

December 2, 2009

This month I’ll show you some of the noteworthy new additions to EnterTRAINment Junction.   For travelers coming north on I-75, there’s a new attention-getter.  The picture of a locomotive “breaking out” of the wall in center of the building (Figure 1).  This is not as impressive as the original architect’s concept of a full […]

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#37 November Status Report

November 2, 2009

This month we continue the tour of recent changes to the EnterTRAINment Junction layout in the Modern Period. As you exit the tunnel from Oakmore, a new scene unfolds in the meadow of the “Balloon Area.”  Since neither the balloons nor the method of hanging and animating have been produced yet, the empty meadow cried […]

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#36 Status Report

October 2, 2009

This month we’ll take a small detour from the usual tour of permanent changes to the layout and look at some special items temporarily added to the layout for the month of July 2009 in celebration of Independence Day.   The most noteworthy of the additions is 4th of July parade in the town of […]

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#35 Status Report

September 2, 2009

This month the tour of recent changes to the EnterTRAINment Junction layout continues in the Middle Period, looking specifically at the engine servicing facility.  This was the part of the layout which MVGRS initially offered to design and build for EnterTRAINment Junction, and so it’s gotten our special attention to make it as authentic as […]

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#34 Status Report

August 2, 2009

This month the tour of recent changes to the EnterTRAINment Junction layout continues into the Middle Period.   One of the areas that has seen significant development and addition of detail is the coal mine just to the right after going through the tunnel into the Middle Period.  Figure 1 shows the mine and company […]

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#33 Status Report

July 2, 2009

It’s been four  months now since I’ve provided an update on the changes that have been made to the layout, and the changes have been many, with some being truly phenomenal.  This month I’ll show you what’s new in the Early Period, but I’m going to go backwards through the layout, because I want to […]

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#32 Status Report

June 2, 2009

(The Tale of Two Cities – Part 2) As promised last month, this is the second installment of the tale, showing you the development of the Middle Era City, which currently does not have an official name.  The Cincinnati club’s Mike Crone was the original “architect” for much of the design, which, like most areas […]

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#31 Status Report

May 2, 2009

(The Tale of Two Cities – Part 1) For this month I decided to take a slightly different approach to these articles, showing the progression over time of the development of two of the major scenic elements of the EnterTRAINment Junction layout, the two cities.  That’s the reason for the title I borrowed from Charles […]

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#30 status report

April 3, 2009

As in the past, work has continued on the EnterTRAINment Junction layout, with improvements both big and small.   Lately the MVGRS team’s attention has been focused on subtleties – details to make it look better and more finished, even though some of the elements are just temporary.  We’ve added building facades at the right […]

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#29 Status Report

March 3, 2009

We had an amazing turnout for the November MVGRS meeting at EnterTRAINment Junction, and I hope those of you who came were not disappointed by what you saw in the layout.   As you know by now from the previous articles, changes to the layout continue to be made as time goes on, and there […]

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#28 Status Report

February 3, 2009

This report includes some follow up from last month’s article, shows some new additions and improvements, and provides you with views from some uncommon vantage points that may be of interest. Last month I described my initial efforts to use a more powerful photo flash unit to stop the motion of trains in the photographs.  […]

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#27 Status Report

January 3, 2009

Work on the layout continues, as new buildings are added to the Middle Era City, including a theater and a Woolworth store (Figures 1 and 2).  Also a new addition is a drive-in theater next to the stairs to mezzanine (Figure 3).  In the Middle Era Engine Servicing Facility, also next to the stairs to […]

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#26 Status Report

September 22, 2008

It’s been over a month since the EnterTRAINment Junction opened, and so far customers have been very impressed.  There have been anywhere from 300 to 700 customers per day.  Surveys with ratings on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best) have averaged 8.5 for the entire facility and 9.5 for the layout.  Bill […]

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#25 Status Report

September 6, 2008

The EnterTRAINment Junction Family and Friends day on 15 July was a great success.  Over 1200 people attended, and I was happy to see and talk to many of you who attended.  The paid staff got some valuable experience and the volunteers got the opportunity to mingle with the participants.  We got some great feedback, […]

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#24 Status Report

June 6, 2008

First things first, there are some changes in schedule which need to be reported.  The official grand opening is now set for Friday, 1 August 2008.  However, the facility and the layout will be open to public the two preceding weekends (18-20 July and 25-27 July) for public previews at lower admission prices.  Those dates […]

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#23 Status Report

June 1, 2008

No more guessing about how much time we have to create a presentable, though not finished layout.  The official opening for the general public has been set for Friday, July 18, 2008.  This will be the opening for the entire complex: layout, maze, meeting rooms, gift shop, and food concession.  It is, however, unlikely that […]

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#22 Status Report

May 6, 2008

The signs are up, and already attracting visitors, which have to be turned away, though hopefully to come back after opening day.  Opening day is now projected to be on the last weekend in June or first weekend in July.  Figures 1 and 2 show the two signs put up during the last week of […]

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#21 Status Report

April 21, 2008

So much has been done to the layout recently that it’s much better to just show you in pictures the progress that’s been made than try to describe it in words.   Bob Mott and his son Bob Junior have been working to prepare the opening scene on the layout, the first that visitors will […]

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