#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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#20 Status Report

March 6, 2008

February has seen some major progress on the layout.  The tanks for the live water have been installed to make possible the waterfall, lakes, river, and canal.  Work has started on fiberglassing the riverbed.  The Early Period mountains, with most of the foaming complete, have gotten their first coat of paint.  A major effort is […]

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#19 Status Report

February 6, 2008

After the busyness of holidays was over, it was time to get back to work on the layout.  At our first planning meeting of the new year, Don Oeters announced that the layout would open in June 2008 in whatever state of readiness we could get it to by then.  Needless to say, the desire […]

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#18 Status Report

January 6, 2008

On 2 December 2007, EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) held its first holiday party, for volunteers who had contributed at least a certain number of hours of volunteer work.  The purposes for the gathering were recognizing the volunteers for their contributions, introducing the EJ staff and volunteers to all participants, and good food and fellowship among like-minded […]

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#17 Status Report

December 6, 2007

Progress continues at EnterTRAINment Junction.  The parking lot has been completed and striped.  The climbing structure in the children’s play area has been built.  The wainscoting has been applied to the layout table edges.  The main entrance to the building has received a face-lift with a facade that looks like entrance to an old-time railroad […]

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#16 Status Report

November 6, 2007

  October has seen a continuation of the layout construction by the volunteers.  In the Early Era portion of the layout, poultry wire with fiberglass backing is being applied to the upper portions of the mountains.  Some of this has already been sprayed with the insulating foam which will be the base for the mountainside […]

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#15 Status Report

October 6, 2007

Since words don’t do much justice to what has already been constructed at the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) facility, I took some pictures on 26 Sep 07 to show how far along the project has come.  Most of the figures are panoramas made up of several photographs each which were digitally combined (using free demonstration software […]

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#14 Status Report

September 6, 2007

There is now a target for the opening date of the layout to the public – it’s June 2008.  That means having the layout presentable by Friday 30 May 2008.  That’s nine months from now, which is a truly short time given the work that still needs to be done.   Larry Koehl reports the […]

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#13 Status Report

August 6, 2007

The open house held on the 7th of July proved to be a very interesting event.  Not only were we able to talk to a number of enthusiastic volunteers, who came to see the progress being made on the layout construction, but we were also able to witness the first application of the spray-on foam, […]

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#12 Status Report

June 6, 2007

This is the twelfth monthly installment of this series of articles.  It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this in earnest for over a year already.  Even harder to believe is the speed at which changes have happened recently.  If you received and read the June issue of Larry Koehl’s Big Train Project newsletter, “The […]

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#11 Status Report

May 6, 2007

Lots of happenings, some noteworthy decisions, and some challenges. The structures for the walkway tunnels in the layout area are complete.  The tables for the Early Era are nearing completion, and work on the Middle Period tables will begin soon.  Surprisingly, construction of the “mezzanine,” the centerpiece of the layout area, with its planned stairs […]

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#10 Status Report

May 1, 2007

(Photos courtesy of Larry Koehl)   The construction at the EnterTRAINment Junction Building has been moving along at an amazing pace.  The inside of the building no longer looks anything like that wide open warehouse it was not long ago.  Structure has “sprouted” up throughout the building’s interior, both in the main area, where the […]

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#9 Status Report

April 6, 2007

Major Progress!  The Project has an approved building permit.  The contractors have been hard at work, some for 12 hours per work day.  Trenches have been cut and dug out in the building’s floor for utilities and for the “foundations” of the internal “buildings,” like the station (ticket office/entry and gift shop).  The hobby shop […]

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#8 Status Report

March 6, 2007

The contract for the construction of the basic structure in the EnterTRAINment Junction facility has been let, and the contractor is expected to begin work in the very near future.  The first order of business will be preparation of the utilities, mostly electrical and water, in the layout area and painting of the “ceiling.”  Construction […]

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#7 Status Report

February 1, 2007

In last month’s TRACKS, we advertised the Big Train Project Open House to be held on 6, 7, and 9 January.  I’m happy to report that the Open House was a big success.  We had the opportunity to show interested folks what we were planning and in part what it would look like.  The planning […]

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#6 Status Report

January 2, 2007

ATTENTION:  Opportunity knocks!  On 6, 7, and 9 January 2007 (that’s this coming weekend) the Big Train Project is having an “Open House” at the EnterTRAINment Junction location in West Chester, Ohio.  The times are as follows: – Saturday, 6 January, from 10 AM to 4 PM – Sunday, 7 January, from Noon to 4 […]

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#5 Status Update

December 6, 2006

The Big Train Project is moving forward.  The architects have been very busy putting together the final drawings for their construction of the interior “buildings” and the “tables” for the basic layout.  Much of their work has been aimed at meeting fire safety regulations, which govern a wide variety of design features that must be […]

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#4 Status Report

November 6, 2006

Great News!  The local government entities responsible for zoning at the West Chester Big Train Project site have given their unanimous approval for the Big Train Project concept, showing substantial support and a refreshing willingness to be flexible in interpreting some of the zoning rules in the project’s favor.  The official name for this planned […]

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