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  • Hauk
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    Originally posted by Rick A

    I agree we have the incentive open house or not, but I think after witnessing what happened tonight our incentive just went into hyperdrive, we actually ran our first train in over 6 1/2 years.



    Wow. Did you loose any members during those years, and were you able to recruit new members during the excavating period?

    Your progress after finishing the basement have been extremly impressing.

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  • Rick_A
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    A milestone was achieved tonight, the first train running on layout power did a run from Tallman to Irvinville and back.

    I agree we have the incentive open house or not, but I think after witnessing what happened tonight our incentive just went into hyperdrive, we actually ran our first train in over 6 1/2 years.

    Rick

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  • MarkF
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    While having a goal such as an open house can provide the motivation needed to accomplish a lot, I agree with Frederic. You guys certainly don't appear to need motivation. A few 'before and after' pics of what you guys have accomplished in the past couple of years should speak volumes!

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  • Frederic_Testard
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    Good luck with this new schedule, Rick. Generally, one considers that this kind of event provides an incentive for faster and better work, but considering the way you've been progressing on this huge project, I doubt you need any incentive...

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  • Rick_A
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    An up-date on the progress of the layout. The wiring and trackwork are going hot and heavy. The Pacific Northwest region of the National Model Railroad Association is going to hold a mini meet up-stairs at the community center in late January or early February and they want to tour our layout, so our goal is to have it at least partly operational when they hold their meet so we are busy bees right now. This will also give the club some pubilicity in the region and a source for possible new members.

    Rick

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  • Rick_A
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    Phase one of the project is to get track down on the mole and have the main line and industrial spurs in clear around to Shelburn in the new basement. We will have a celebration of sorts when we run the first train out of the Mole to Shelburn, we also plan to erect a temporary staging yard for westbound traffic at the east end of Shelburn, it will be on wheels so as we advance further east we can connect it in. However once we get past Mill City, the elevation increases so the portable staging will be useless. At that point we will push up over the summit and connect with the helix. Once that happens...yes we will have a big golden spike celebration.

    Rick

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  • MarkF
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    By Christmas? Wow, you guys are very determined! Great progress though, so who knows! One thing is for sure, your golden spike ceremony, whenever that will be, should be one heck of a celebration after all you guys have been through to get to where you are! Well done! Keep the pics coming.

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  • Rick_A
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    Our wiring foreman is setting a goal of limited operations by Christmas.

    Rick

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  • Frederic_Testard
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    Impressive series of turnouts, Allen. I understand that my joke about a train running session is yet a bit unrealistic, at least in this part of the layout...

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  • anbhurst
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    Here are four pictures taken by Rick A last night showing our clubs most recent progress on the Santiam Pass layout:


    SHELBURN:



    LEBANON:



    IRVINVILLE:



    BREWESTER:


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  • Frederic_Testard
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    Now, let's imagine. What could happen and make you forget it? A sudden telephone call : work session cancelled, we'll just have trains running tonight...

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  • Rick_A
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    I put the camera on top of my toolbox last night so I wouldn't forget it.

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  • MarkF
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    I hear ya Rick. Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. But I can't wait to see the pics. I can only imagine the progress you guys are making.

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  • Rick_A
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    All:

    I will up-date with pictures of the progress when I remember to bring the camera with me on work nights. Geez, this last weekend I recognized and talked to a grade school classmate that I hadn't seen in 40+ years, but can't remember to bring my camera to the Club to take pictures....short term memory loss, I guess.

    Rick

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  • MarkF
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    Great to see the pics Rick, and WOW, you guys are really moving along! That heavy construction is now just a faint memory, right? Well worth the long hard effort I'm sure. It looks great. I can't wait to see more.

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