2/09/19 Update

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Progress in Club Activities as of February 2019

Update on Radio ProCab and PowerCab with Rechargeable Batteries (Read Here)

Operations and Chief Dispatcher work continues with Operations on the PL&S as well as Ron Sharping's layout in Downers Drove IL.

Testing and Storage locations of cars and locomotives of club members continues on the PL&S in Glen Ellyn IL in order to create a roster for the operations via the JMRI Program for Switch Lists and insure problem free Operating Sessions.

Bob and Paul rebuild their Mantua Mike and Pacific and a Big 6 (Click Here )

The New Rhinelander Yard Project

Over this past winter Bob and Jack decided that they did not want to just make samples of track required for the AP Civil award but rather do something useful to the club operations. (in other words they thought it was time to replace the yard that my son and I had removed from our layout the location of Rhinelander).

After planning the yard and access from the main track and following the requirements of AP they started building turnouts and crossovers for the layout. I am happy to say I now have over a 100 car yard with 5 storage tracks, passing sidings, access to the engine turntable and a reverse loop to turn long locos and passenger trains.

The second part of this project was connecting the tounout motors to a control panel with LED lighting to indicate the direction of the yard turnouts. Early work went into the crossovers off the main line to keep the trains running but now we have a control panel for the yard in place and operating.

Bob and Jack still need to finish a third type of track for their Civil AP and then have their work evaluated.

First part of RHI South Tower

Rhinelander Tower(s)

After much work on the building of the yard at Rhinelander on my layout we have decided to have North and South Towers. These would be East and West on the SOO Line or WC in the town of Rhinelander but are at the north and south ends of the layout and Rhinelander Yard.

Each tower and tower operator has control of the turnouts and signals for the main lines coming into the yard limit from their direction while switching in the yard is controlled by the yard master and does not interact with the mainline operations. We have found that we can keep 5 people busy if we have 2 switchers working the yard and engine facility and a tower operator for the 2 towers and a yard switchman on the ground.

RHI Yard tower operational to date

The North tower (under construction) has control of the double crossover and the passing sidings in the mainline loop north (east) of Rhinelander. Because the location of these tracks and turnouts are in a different room the controls for these turnouts have been duplicated near their location as well as in the tower. LED signals and tower indications copy the settings of these Turnouts and each location has control. Because we use stall motors on our turnouts the controls are reverse DPDT switches and the LED indications are wired from the turnouts.


Jack Zimmer's Layout

The Club members have rebuilt the electronics of Jack Zimmer's layout directing his work towards his AP certificate as an model Engineer / Electrical. Bob Knobbe and Jack both worked on the electrical work on both layouts and on my layout in order to finish their AP EE.

DCC Installations

DCC Locomotive installation and programming continues with Soundtrax and ESU systems to add sound to member's locomotives. Here Bobo is using JMRI to program on line his E9.


HO 50' Box Car Frames For NMRA Make and Take

HO and HOn3 Steel Underframes

Tested on a MakerBot Printer they were shown at the NMRA Du Page Division meeting November first.


The new frames HOn3 (left) and HO (right)are steel frames. The center is the HOn3 wood frame.


HOn3 Pickel Tub Car frame made of Steel

These are 3D prints ready to be printed at the Fab Lab Three Lakes.

MDC 50' Overton Advertising Car Interior

MDC Overton Short Cars


Winter Project Print Test Printing Results

The Patterson Farm House Update

8/31/15 Paul, Jack, and Bob 3D at the Lab

Winter Project kit Building

Printing Ore car frames for MDC Ore Cars

Made At The Fab Lab

Sharon and Paul were at The Clearing

This is a collection of projects made at the Fab Lab

for details select: Passenger car ends

50' Overton interiors or N Scale Winter Project


Interior for Open Platform Combine



Logging Cabooses in Paul's Workshop

Woodboro Warehouse


HOn3 Way Car on an scratch built frame. Car walls cut at the Lab.

HOn3 Car frames printed at the Fab Lab. More photos

Link to the Laser Cutting Link to the 3D Printing

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Update 2/09/19