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.
We have had two very positive meetings with the Randall Museum and the Parks & Rec. Department to discuss how to Save the Train! The meeting last week included Phil Ginsburg, General Manager. He gave his commitment to work toward Saving the Train!. The meeting this week was a working level meeting. Click here to see a letter that was jointly issued by the GGMRC and the Randall Museum that describes how we are both working to Save the Train! In this weeks meeting they said that the Museum met with the San Francisco Building Department twice. The first time had a very negative result that would lose the train. After the GGMRC researched the codes and found exceptions that would let us stay, the Building Department became much more positive. A third meeting is scheduled between the Museum and the Building Department for the end of May. The Museum expects to get a definitive ruling in that meeting. This means that we should know if we will be able to Save the Train! in early June. We will publish a progress report then. Click here for more information on our campaign to Save the Train!