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  • Here is the link to the video of the layout:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWPbxVPmZlg

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    • I very much enjoyed the video; thanks for sharing the link, Rick.

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      Here is the link to the video of the layout:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWPbxVPmZlg


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      • I always enjoy seeing videos of layout, but this one is awesome! Rick, it was good to finally 'see' you! And it's nice to actually see some stuff running on the layout, and how smoothly everything runs. Well done gentlemen!!!
        Mark

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        • We had to do some scrambling to get this project complete for MRH. We had a circuit board in one of the power stations burn up a few days prior to the taping, thus cancelling part of our operating session. The day of the taping we were waiting for a new board to arrive express mail from the NCE. So to make the layout run, we kludged some power cabs together and had 3 members hand off the trains to each other while running around the layout, it worked well. About an hour after MRH left, our new board arrived and we were able to have our regular operating session the next day.

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          • Here is an up-date, tonight we ran the first test train which was an 18 car unit grain train with two 6 axle units on the point from the Bend end of staging, up the helix which is a 5 minute run, over the entry way westbound through Idanha, Detroit and at this point terminates at Granite Mountain. We then backed the train all the way back to Bend staging with no derailments. We plan to cut in the Phase III mainline into the existing main sometime in July so we will have a fully operational main line.

            Rick

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            • Its been a while since the last up-date, the entire mainline is in, it took us a couple months longer than expected but the layout is now complete. We have a few minor bugs to work through. We will have our first operating session using the entire mainline at the end of this month, its going to add quite a bit more running time, so its going to be interesting how big the change is going to be operationally.


              Rick

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              • That is a great milestone, Rick. Let us know how the first operating session goes.
                Bruce

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                • Extending the mainline has had many benefits. We no longer need to hand-carry trays of train cars and engines from temporary staging to the Mole -- traffic now runs to Tunnel Creek on the layout, then down a multi-turn helix into Bend (which is the other end of Albany staging).

                  The Phase 3 extension adds three passing sidings, given the dispatcher more flexibility on the single-track main line. Two main tracks run from Shelburn west to Irvinville. We have also added a rock train shuttle which runs in the morning up from the Woodburn branchline (now temporary staging) up to Detroit on the main. A loaded train runs the opposite direction in the evening. The morning train also switches out Green Veneer at Idanha, east of Detroit.

                  Photos and a track diagram appeared in Model Railroad Hobbyist in February 2013, at http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/m...rh-2013-02-feb

                  You can hear Rick and David tell you all about it in the video interview.
                  Joe in Portland

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                  • Its been a while since the last up-date. Just to let everyone know that we are still here, we have been operating on the completed mainline for over a year now. The benchwork is complete for the lower level Woodburn branch, and the track work is in and operational for approximately half of the branch line. So we are making good progress toward the 2015 NMRA National next August.

                    Rick

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                    • It's good to hear from you Rick. I was wondering what happened to you guys. How about some pictures, or maybe even a video to show off your progress.
                      Mark

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                      • Rick asked me to add a couple of progress pictures. We will be open (schedule TBA) at various times during the week of the Portland 2015 NMRA convention at the end of July this year.

                        The club will be featured in an article in the Feb. 2015 NMRA magazine, which will include a mostly accurate trackplan.
                        Joe in Portland

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                        • Anthony O'Carroll created this scene at the east end of Shelburn.
                          Joe in Portland

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                          • Shelburn, looking east from Woodburn Jct.
                            Joe in Portland

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                            • Eastbound through Fox Valley, on the downgrade into Mill City
                              Joe in Portland

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                              • Those are some great scenes, Joe.

                                I hope to see it next summer at the National.
                                Bruce

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