Each summer, the WRMRC closes operation sessions for the summer in order to undertake major construction projects. We chose to start our summer work season in May this year because we have major goals and some ambitious workers who couldn’t wait to get started. Last Saturday, we held our May construction day.
Generally, we set our summer construction goals at our Annual General Meeting, which is slated for June. These priorities have not yet been formalized, but the work that was done on Saturday foreshadows what some of those goals might be. You can find the track plan here while you read through the rundown of the projects that were undertaken on the weekend.
Steve Lyons is managing a major worksite at the Sudbury roundhouse scene on Level 1. This project involves nearly the whole summer work crew. Phil Trudel has undertaken some improvements to the flooring on the second floor, above the Sudbury roundhouse area. There will be a helix on the second floor, directly above this scene, which serves to carry the Little Current Subdivision from Espanola to the Lawson Quarry scene, and on to Turner and Little Current. Though the ceiling above the Sudbury roundhouse scene is in place, the flooring on the second floor was never properly completed. Phil’s work will ensure that construction can proceed on the second floor without causing damage to the scenes below.
Phil’s flooring work needs to be completed because Steve Lyons is working on the roundhouse scene below. This is a multifaceted project which involves rebuilding the benchwork to facilitate a lift-out section. Jurgen Kleylein will be painting the backdrop behind the scene. Steve will be laying the track and installing the turntable. Chris Vanderheide has commenced work on some of the building flats for this area.
Cartier Subdivision Helix to the Second Floor
Another site of major construction this summer is the double track helix that will take trains to the second floor. Bob Carter and Jurgen Kleylein worked on the math to work out how to get a helix to float in mid air through seven-sided irregular opening.
This helix is need so that we can build temporary staging on the second floor for North Bay and Cartier, and ultimately facilitate the construction of the Cartier Subdivision to its eastern and western limits.
Naughton Helix Area
The third major project is the one I’m leading. This area shows up in the far left corner of the track plans for Level 0, Level 1, and Level 2. I’m carrying forward the benchwork, track, and scenery to finish off all four scenes here (two scenes on Level 1, and one each on Levels 0 and 2. This project is a long term one, and I’ve been working on this since I joined the club in 2011.
The scenery that I’m building at the top of the helix in this area has been halted while I wait for the lighting to be installed. I have virtually no knowledge of how to wire up electrical mains, so I need to wait while that work gets finished. I want to be sure that all of the lighting is in place and the ceiling is finished before I proceed with scenery. It’s probably best to work on scenery from the top level down to the bottom in this aisle.
With the scenery work stalled, I recruited Phil’s help to correct some facia that I installed last year. It was clear to Phil that we needed to install the roadbed on Level 0 in order to get the facia right. I’m pretty lousy with wood so I deferred to Phil’s expertise. I embraced the role of “assistant/go-fer/comic-relief” while Phil led the process of making a cardboard template for the roadbed, then cutting out and installing it.
While work on these three major projects was underway, Chris Vanderheide worked on some scenery in the area around Coniston.
I joined Chris, Steve, and Bob at Spice 11 in Guelph for an excellent feast of Indian cuisine. It was a great way to finish off a productive work session.