The Randall Museum will be closing for renovations on June 1, 2015. This means that that you will not be able to visit the GGMRC’s train layout after that date until after the Museum reopens some time in 2017. The last Operating Session open to the public will be on Saturday, May 30. Please come by and see us one last time!
Our last Junior Engineer Day was on May 16, and many children came and had a last chance to run a train with us.
We are planning to reopen in 2017 with the layout updated and improved. We are working with the Museum to provide access the layout any time that the Museum is open and not just on Saturdays.
I got nice feedback on the previous layout map video so I decided to reuse the same track footage but this time I overlaid the control panels from the GGMRC layout. The club has many control panels around the layout — some for the mountain part, some for the various yards. They are great old fashioned wood panels. In the video I tried to highlight the turnout switches and the track blocks to match the cab ride on the main line.
Here’s a video showing at the same time a map of the GGMRC layout and a cab ride from the mainline.
It does help to put all the turnouts in perspective and understand the various sidings! The camera was mounted on the front of GM70, an EMD SD70ACe.
We have just heard from the Randall Museum that the building department has given verbal approval to keep the train room and layout as they are. This does need to be confirmed in writing.
It appears that our layout will survive the Museum’s renovation that will start next year. It also means that the work that we have started to define a formal relationship with the Museum and to make the layout available to the public whenever the Museum is open can now go forward. We will also be trying to meet the Museum’s request by modifying the layout to create a new interactive element that let kids run a train when no club members are present.
This is a solid step in the right direction that we think will lead to a better experience for everybody. We will make further posts as this work progresses.