Tag: Historical Modeling

Haupt was Right

The future site of the expanded Falmouth sits above the bookshelves and TV. One of the reasons Herman Haupt ordered the construction of the truss bridge at Potomac Creek was that he was worried about the effect that a freshet would have on the support structure of the bridge. So he had the construction corps build the truss bridge that I also modeled to replace the trestle.Well, it turns out,

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The floor is done.

The contractors finished their work on Saturday. They worked very hard and were super nice.  They were the only crew to take on the job and they did it with gusto. We plan to use the same crew to do some remodeling work on our front entry. The crew - Edwin, Jeff, Alberto, Fasto, Erwin and Rudi (l to r)  The tile looks great.  It will take a few vacuuming and mop ups to get all the tile grout

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Two more days….

Installing the new baseboards and getting ready to paint.  The contractors tell me they will be finished with the flooring and wall repairs in two more days. Then comes the unenviable task of cleaning up all the construction dust and putting everything back together. I plan to redesign the work bench in this area making the  work bench smaller and the aisle by Aquia Landing larger.  The

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Basement flood repairs underway

We put up plastic sheets to keep the dust off the Aquia Line.  Tile surface in the crew lounge. Looks like  a big mess right now. Recovery work continues on the basement. The contractors have about half the tile installed. The workers have been able to install the tile under the exiting benchwork. They are either jacking up the legs or trimming them with a undercut saw and then sliding

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The Layout Formerly Named PoLA

Ready for the tile contractors    The crew lounge has been purged of all vestiges of PoLA in preparation for the tile contractors. I hope that process goes smoothly. They start tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I plan to expand the Aquia Line, but not until after November, when we are set to host Northeast Interchange. That is an event we have been hosting in conjunction with

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PoLA has been mobilized

The staging area in the closet was the first section we removed. Over the past two days, Tom Pierpoint and I worked on removing PoLA so it could be reassembled in his basement.  Although I did not build PoLA in a sectional style, I did use open grid benchwork. The top surface was foam and taskboard.   So it was fairly easy to cut into four sections plus the staging yard. In the new location,

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Final Op Session on PoLA

Amongst the remnants of the flood clean up we held the final op session, number 27, on PoLA today. We did not operate the Aquia Line.  Michael Spoor and Shawn Fenn were the final operators. Marty McGuirk and Doug Gurin stopped by to see the farewell. Shawn is a happy conductor Michael is the smiling engineer The session started off a bit rough as the two GP-60s we used last time did not

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Nouveau espace trouvé

In cleaning up after the flood, we have undergone a massive purge. We've filled nine trash bins, made one trip to the Salvation Army and three trips to the dump. Gone are all my old film cameras,  about a thousand slides, slide projector, almost all my old magazines, two teak/particle board bookshelves, about 15 linear feet of books (mostly pdf files printed off the internet and used in

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Stage 2 Flood Recovery: Making lemonade

My niece Katrina and her son, Nile. He loves Uncle Bern's trains! I will be hosting the last op session on PoLA at 1300 on Sunday, 28 July. After the session, we will begin to box up the freight cars for storage and or sale. Once the cars are removed, I will prep the layout for removal. A local guy is planning on buying the PoLA layout for use in his basement.  He may backdate it and

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