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November-December 2018

Posted by [email protected] on December 4, 2018 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

With the cooler temperatures we have been having several operating and or run sessions on the layout. This has been great for finding and correcting problems during normal work sessions. We expect to have more operating sessions in the January to March timeframe. Meanwhile, new photos have been added in the Photo Gallery section of the website.

January 2018

Posted by [email protected] on January 1, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

New photos have been added to the gallery showing the continued progress on the layout. We have also purchased and repleaced the 300 watt bulbs with LED lighting to the overhead lights. For 2018 we will be reducing the "STUFF" that we have in the layout room that will not be used, needed, or is just plain trash. Some we will attempt to sell, others we will junk.

August 2017

Posted by [email protected] on August 11, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Things are moving slow but steady on the layout re-construction. The final townsights switch machines are being wired into the control panels. Some wiring between the switch panels and relay clusters is being shortened. Work is on-going on wiring in some structural lighting on the refinery. And, more in view, scenery is being worked on adding ground color, dirt textures, grass and shrubs to sections of the layout. Check out a few new photos in the Photo Gallery.

March 2017 Update

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the last few months many improvements have been made on the layout. Some cannot be seen, such as electrical, while other are more visible. Rework of the bus lines under Cimarron have been complete and work has been started under the refinery, steel mill and Port Allen area. The switch panels for Port Allen and Steel mill receiving trackage have been completed and added to the facade. The switch panels for St. Charles yard have been reworked and are now fully functional.

On the scenery side, lots of cardboard webbing and plaster cloth have been added to the layout. The final section of backdrop has been added and clouds have been added to the "sky" on all the backdrop. In the next few months we will start on painting hills, mountains and lakes on the backdrop. Then we will beging added rock castings to sections of the scenery as well as color and texture. (See the March 2017 photos in the gallery.)

February 6th, 2016

Posted by [email protected] on February 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

CMRRC Newsletter Update

I thought I would give you an update on some electrical problems that we didn't know we had have now been corrected since the newsletter release.

Last Thursday night Dale discovered that on the center peninsula the two power supplies were somehow connected together by mistake.


The peninsula has an upper level line and lower level line with a power supply for each. In addition each side of the peninsula has an upper and lower power bus. The south side has an additional power bus on the section that was part of the old layout. The lower level buses on both sides are connected to one power station while the upper level buses on both sides are connected to the other power station. They should be independent. However it was discovered that a short in one area anywhere in the peninsula would cause both power supplies to short. Since both power supplies were shorted they would fight to try to reset and in most cases would not reset on their own. The main power to both would have to be recycled off-on.

This indicated that somewhere the upper and lower buses were connected; the main suspect would be in electrical drops from the tracks.


Saturday Dale, Bob, Keith and John spent a few hours tracing electrical drops and found a few other problems as well. One section of a main bus was not connected and another bus segment in a new area which should have been connected was not. This means that the electrical power was only making contact through the track and not the full bus line. Those were corrected. For the power station shorts, we found several track drops that were connected to the wrong bus lines which causes the upper and lower buses to be connected instead of independent.


I ran a locomotive around after the corrections and things seemed to run a lot smoother. If a short happens, such as a derailment, on one level, it does not affect the other level.


October 2015 Events

Posted by [email protected] on October 10, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

On October 3rd, 2015 we had the first 'formal" operating session on the new layout. We had 11 members of a guest round robin group come and beta test the layout. Not all the layout was functional but it seemed like they had a grand time and we learned where some of the problems were. They are now being fixed.

On October 10th, 2015 the Handley Center had an open house and a few members come out to run trains around the layout since the Center also wanted to show off the upstairs club.

Work on the layout is progressing. Most of the front facade is now in place although some trimming needs to be done and then it all needs a new coat of paint. The electrical guys are working had to get some new switch panels and swich machings positioned. Also being work hard is the under layout staging yards of Gulf/Denver and Staging 2. A small portion of the layout has received the basic plaster impregnated cloth for scenery foundation.

Some new photos have been added to the gallery.

Layout Re-Construction progress

Posted by [email protected] on June 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We now have six (6) Easy DCC receivers up and operating in a tempory area. They will soon be installed in their final location. There are fourteen (14) throttles up and functioning. The Command Station, Extenders, and Power Boosters are all up and functioning. The throttle cabinet has been installed.

As for the layout most if not all electrical drops to the main buses are in with the exception of the staging yard tracks. These will soon be connected. The track is very dirty and needs a good cleaning. Testing has started with locomotives first to check on track and/or switch problems. Many switch machines need to added/re-added to the layout and electrical connections made.

The RailCommand software operating program is being modified to fit the current layout description. The club computer and laser printer are functioning.

Past Club History

Posted by [email protected] on February 2, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

In 2011 a Dallas based company called Element-X Creative was involved in an ad contest which if won would grant then a bunch of money and the opportunity to work on a project with movie director Ridey Scott on a project. Element-X created a video for the AICP called Stop. Watch. Love and used our old (LMRA RR Club) layout as the backdrop. While they claimed that they would give the layout some credit, it didn't appear in the final video.

At any rate, here is the URL for that video online:

New Year News

Posted by [email protected] on January 21, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy 2015!

The year started out well for the CMRRC as we cleared out a lot of material that wasn't going to be used from the layout room. All of the new layout "footprint" has been constructed. The general plan is falling into shape and more track has been put down. We are probably a month or two away from having the mainlines laid. The track will go fairly easy but getting the electrical drops and main buses in will take time due to limited manpower.

On January 24th we plan on removing as much as possible from the storage unit that the club is renting. That includes many 3-drawer storage units with scenery materials in them, many boxes of trees that were taken off the old layout, the popcorn machine and a couple more "under-the-layout" storage units. We hope to clean out the unit but it may take another Saturday to do it.

On membership we have lost a couple of members over the past year and gained a few. Of the twenty-two members we had, eighteen have paid up their dues for 2015 so far. We also have a couple of new possible members that may join early this year.

Our old Lockheed Martin Recreation Association (LMRA), now the Coperate Employee Recreation Association (CERA), has given us a check from the new association as a parting "gift" since they did not have room for our activity on the reduced property/rooms. While it was only a small portion of what our account contained when we had to vacate out old clubroom and property, it is at least something and will go a long way to helping the CMRRC grow. Much appreciation and thanks to member Bob Bray for staying on top of this task and coordinationing all the information back and forth.

Re-Construction Update

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

As of November 19, 2014

We are still fighting to clear up floor space. There is still a lot of "stuff" (reminents of the old layout) that needs to be incorportated or removed (thrown out).

Work is progressing on the center penninsula. New substructure has been expanded and backdrop placed on the segments. Track repair is on-going at the areas where the layout was sectioned. One new townsite has had the track laid down and another will soon follow. The old section of Gila Basin and Westfork have been added into the layout.

On the electrical side, reconnecting the EasyDCC system is on-going as there are a few problems with the amount of wiring under the layout that needs to be checked.

We have few members coming out on a regular basis and could certainly use the help.