First of all, lots of scenery updates have been made since our last Open House in January. The first and second peninsulas scenicing has been completed with many new things to look at. The mountain at the east end of the layout has grown over the new helix which serves a new second deck being built on the third peninsula. Several new industries have arrived and trackage to serve them has been laid.
Secondly, several new signal towers have sprung up along the twin-tracked mainline and are operating based on track occupancy and/or switch positioning. This all has been made possible by a huge rewiring of the layout's track electrical system and the addition of Digitraxx hardware to monitor train movement on the layout's mainline. Using JMRI's Panel Pro, a track diagram of the layout can be seen here.
Be sure to see our updated 2013 layout pictures here.
There has been lots more activity at the station in 2012. Looking ahead to improving the 3rd peninsula, a helix was constructed to elevate the branch line to a future second level. Tunnel Hill and Tyson Wye have taken on many changes, both in scenery and trackage. In addition, all Mainline, Central Yard, Tyson Wye, and Tunnel Hill turnouts/switches have been modified to operate under control of a new dispatcher's CTC system (which is part of JMRI's Panel Pro software), smart phones, and/or hand held tablets, not to mention hand-held throttles. Our 2012 layout updates can been seen here.
Be sure to see our updated 2011 layout pictures here.
We want to thank the hundreds of people who have shown up at least one of our 7 open houses during the 2012 - 2013 Open House Season. Next year we have 8 scheduled and we should have plenty of improvements for you to see. See our Events page for details.