What is TAMR?
If you have some time to
spend, take a look at these photos from the shows that we've attended.
We've also posted some photos of the layout under construction, just to
give some contrast to the "finished" product. All photos
are by Chris Burchett unless otherwise noted.
October 6th & 7th, 2007 - NMRA
Carnival of Model Railroading
- Things are quiet today around the
fire department located in the industrial side of Franklin. Nearby,
LE&O caboose No. 903154 brings
up the rear of a passing freight. Photos by Peter
Maurath (as are all photos in during this exhibition in Berea)
- Meanwhile, a work crew repairs
a street light in front of BJ's Cafe on Charles Zehner Boulevard. The
Indians are playing the Yankees in the ALDS in nearby Cleveland--you
honestly believe much foot traffic exists today?
- Over in Howerton, a railfan
sets up camp in Baustert Coal Company's office parking
lot. Note the Hyundai Excel and the Mini Cooper. Of
course, it's all fake--the railfan is rewarded not long after with a
GP38-2 No. 2150 leads the mixed freight across State Route
88 en route to Franklin.
- After the excitement of the train's
passing, we stop by the
Baustert Mine to see what's going on. By the looks of
things, not too much today as single coal hopper is waiting for
pick-up by the local.
October 1st & 2nd, 2005 - NMRA
Carnival of Model Railroading
- We'll start off the 2005 Berea show
series with a look at the layout and overall display. First
off, here is a lovely aerial
shot of the layout, taken from the Franklin side. Then
the overall view
of the display (smile, Peter!), as well as a look at
the brochures and such set up next to the layout.
- The next set of photos is Peter's
greatly detailed Franklin module. The opening
of Club 19 (named in honor of Newton) at the corner of
Zehner and Tammer is great hit in the city, complete with camera
crew covering the week-long extravaganza. We also managed to
snag a bucket truck to get this view down
Zehner Boulevard. Also in honor of Newton, Vezina
Photography has been providing excellent video service to
the community since 1994.
- And what's a city without a hospital
that is always under construction? Hillcrest Medical is
one such hospital, undergoing continuous
renovation--flaunting it's non-profit status.
- Elsewhere in Franklin, this poor
fellow seems to be having
some car trouble. Thank God for AAA!
Unfortunately, he's now late to that special dinner he promised his
wife to make up for forgetting their anniversary. Got to love
- In the Industrial District, this tractor-trailer
backs into Neal-Siedel Manufacturing's main loading dock
while an employee enjoys a short smoke break before it's back to
work again. Also in the Industrial District not too far away
from Neal-Siedel, Erie
Energy provides the power to Franklin and the surrounding
area. As can be seen, the train delivers a seemingly endless
supply of coal to the plant.
Music, also in the
Industrial District, specializes "in pipe organ installation,
maintenance and repair. It is named in honor of the TAMR's
first president, the late Richard C. Wagie (1951-2005).
- And over on the Howerton module, Heibur
Manufacturing, which is a big supplier for Neal-Siedel
Manufacturing, is humming with activity. As they say,
"What can brown do for you?"
April 24th, 2005 - Medina Model
Railroad & Toy Show
- The folks who put on the Medina
train show did an outstanding job as usual. This shot is an overall
view of the show from our location.
- Peter looks
over the layout during the show--particularly the Franklin
module. Once again, we were flattered with rave reviews about
how nicely detailed the layout is especially when considering the
amount of space.
- Since Chris forgot to bring the
Plexiglas for his module, there were a few more show photos taken of
the various scenes that would normally have been difficult to shoot.
This particular scene
is at Heibur Manufacturing and two guys talking while
another fellow directs the forklift operator.
- LE&O GP38 No.
2158 rounds the curve on the Howerton module on its way with
a southbound local freight. This locomotive (a second one was
in the paint shop at the time) is a former BNSF unit that was
converted into one of the LE&O's own. On the rear was
former CSXT caboose
No. 903154, since re-lettered for the LE&O.
January 29th & 30th, 2005 - Big
Railroad Hobby Show 2005
West Springfield, Massachusetts
- The LE&O on the
TAMR promotional table, with TAMR members Newton Vezina at
left and Peter Maurath at right.
- A view down State Route 88 toward
Baustert Coal Company's office
building on Chris's Howerton module. Notice the
railfan in the foreground with his [ahem] Hyundai Excel.
- A Penn
Central GP30 rounds the curve on the Howerton module,
- This overall view of
the Howerton module shows Heibur Manufacturing on the left,
and Baustert Coal Company's office building and tipple at center and
- Looking down Charles
Zehner Boulevard, we find traffic is rather heavy today.
This view of the Franklin module provides a unique view of the city,
with a glimpse of the Industrial District to the left.
- Another overall view, this time of
the Franklin module, presents a
better look at the city. On a level higher, two of
Franklin's downtown streets--Tammer Avenue and Charles Zehner
Boulevard--loom above the Industrial District, which primarily lines
Baustert Avenue. The tall exhaust stack back toward the bridge
is part of the scratch-built Erie Energy David L. Burris Generating
Station, which receives its coal from Baustert Coal Company, also
part of Erie Energy.
Construction Phase - February 22,
2004, to January 27, 2005:
- Gluing the
cork roadbed has just been completed on March 20, 2004.
For reference, the section in the foreground is the Franklin module.
- Peter carves
out a small section of the foam insulation board base for one
of the magnets on March 20. There are four magnets on
the entire layout--one underneath each industrial track--so rolling
stock can be uncoupled without the slightest touch.
the track on March 21,
2004, after allowing the cork roadbed to fully cure overnight.
The section in the foreground in this photo is the Howerton module.
- Newton Vezina stopped by at
one point during the construction of the LE&O back in July of
2004, just in time to catch the
sculpting of the hills on the Howerton module. Oh
yeah, he did send us more than one photo, so click
here for the second shot. Neat, huh?
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