NRV Show 2018


Superintendent’s Reports — T-TRAK  & NTRAK Layout

T-TRAK Report

The NRMRC operated a T-TRAK layout at the 2018 Neuse River Valley Show from November 2 – 4, 2018. This layout was the largest T-TRAK layout the club has set up to date, being 49’ long x 14.5’ deep. There five branches off the spine. Total mileage around the layout on the Red Line Route™ was about 8 scale miles. Total modules were 56, which was the equivalent of 139 equivalent single modules, plus the Apex modules. The layout was also divided into two electrical districts.

The final layout plan is available.

19 club members participated in the T-TRAK layout, 11 all three days. We were joined by seven members of our sister ENL club the Central Carolina N Scalers, who brought 35 equivalent single modules. We have invited them to participate in future T-TRAK layouts with us.

We ended up using all our Track Bus Feeder cables and all our Accessory Bus Feeder cables; we did have to build a few new Track Bus and Accessory Bus cables.

Setup went smoothly on Friday. We did help CCNS with the wiring on their modules, but everything went together and worked. There were very few issues that had to be fixed during the show.

Our control was two DCS51 Zephyr Extra units, one set as a Booster only, with JMRI running on a Raspberry Pi 3B computer, which also provided the Wi-Fi. Very few Wi-Fi problems were encountered.

Ever since Apex was constructed the only operator who insisted on going around in the reverse direction on the main track (red track) was Paul Ohegyi. It appears that Larry Hicks and Joe Johnston have also adopted this practice!

Great time. TCA is next.

John Wallis

Superintendent

NTRAK Report

As a first time layout Superintendent, I could not have asked for a better group of guys to help with a great NTRAK layout at the NRV show.  I arrived for setup at the fairgrounds at noon on Friday and all the modules had already arrived.  A couple of heads got together and juggled the layout plan to account for 12' of modules that were not missed at the show as much as club member Dave Koss was missed.  There were lots of hands present to help with all of the work and the layout setup went very quickly and smoothly.  All modules were in place and clamped by 3:00 and the wiring and joiner tracks were all in place before breaking for the night at 7:00.  7:00 am Saturday saw the layout powered up, a couple of phase issues were ironed out, and we had cleaning cars and trains running on all lines by 8:30.  Curtains and stanchions were already in place at this time and we were show ready. 

We had a very large number and variety of trains running on the layout over the weekend, and we had at least one Junior Engineer running a train on Saturday.  A couple of highlights were Linwood pulling 60+ cars behind his pair of Centipedes and Bob M. running a 40 car double stack train for hours.  Two quite long Orange line passing sidings saw lots of use with trains running on them as well as parking there to keep the layout looking very full. 

We had trains running right up to 5:00 on Sunday and then switched into tear down and pack up mode.  Everything went very smoothly with no issues, other than the major communications snafu that saw Charles unloading at the storage shed by himself.  Thanks go to Joel for stopping by there and helping Charles out and a big thank you to Charles for helping load, haul, and unload the club modules.  This issue will not happen again.

Special thanks to Dave Thompson for acting as the layout DCC Master and for spending so much time explaining things to me and guiding me through setup and operation of our systems. 

Again, thanks to everyone for all of their help with the NTRAK layout.  The best compliment I heard all weekend was from at least 3 people who asked me with surprise, "You were the Superintendent?"  That tells me there were lots of people who knew what needed to be done and just got it done without needing any direction.  My job was easy thanks to you guys! 

One final note, a Norfolk Southern coal hopper was left in the Raleigh Yard when it was time to tear down.  I have it and can bring it to the meeting on Wednesday.  Just email me and let me know who has lost a wayward hopper.  

Thanks,

Mike

 

Photos

Flickr photos from the group Eastern N Lines

Here is an overall photo of the NTRAK layout that NRMRC had on display for this Show. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Train Show; Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018
Here is a photo of Lollipop Farm end module turnaround that was in the red line leg that came off Red Rock Junction. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Train Show; Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018
Early Saturday morning, I made the drive down from North Bend Campground via US 1 and I-85 to Oxford this time, to Raleigh NC for the Neuse River Model Railroad Show.  There were two layouts, NTRAK shown here with the lit sign and T-Trak. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Railroad Show; Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018
Here is a view looking down the long leg of the layout from the corner module in the leg that came off Red Rock Junction. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Train Show; Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018
This view is looking back at Breakneck Ridge towards Rockin Toxin and Red Rock Junction in the far background. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Railroad Show; Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018
I forget the name of this corner module, but there have been some scenery improvements made on it. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Railroad Show; Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018
Here is a view looking into the tee yard before people showed up to set up their trains to run on the layout. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Railroad Show; Jim Graham Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018
And finally, I took this view of two modules that were located beyond the siding module shown in the previous photo. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club NTRAK Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Train Show; Jim Braham Building; North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018
Here's a T-Trak module I had not seen before that I know one of my Flickr Contacts will enjoy,  It is a NASA theme complete with a launching pad.  It was part of one of five legs that made up this combined North Raleigh Model Railroad Club/Central Carolina N Scalers T-Trak layout. ©North Raleigh Model Railroad Club T-Trak Layout; Neuse River Model Railroad Club 34th Annual Model Railroad Show; Jim Graham Building. North Carolina State Fairgrounds; Raleigh NC; 11/3, 2018

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