Bricks Killeen 2023

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Gareth Ellis

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Jan 9, 2023, 4:25:02 PMJan 9
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Last year at Bricks Killeen we created together the largest display TBRR had ever created which included an optional crossing point.

This year I would love to have something equally spectacular maybe half a Texas curve, maybe 10 main lines, maybe an elevated crossing bridge. I welcome all and any ideas. I don't care how crazy they are.


Christopher Anway

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Jan 10, 2023, 12:45:07 AMJan 10
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Gareth,

Theme ideas:
- Brick Rodeo ‘23 is winter themed, so many MOCs will already be converted or built specifically for winter and snow and ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. With this in mind, would we want to build a winter themed layout? If only partially winter, do we want to build a layout that moves from winter on one end to spring to summer to fall and then the opposite end also be winter? Like the trains drive through all the seasons (in one day, just like our favorite state‘s typical weather).

My thoughts on bridges:
- After calculating the parts required to complete DSS 43, I will know how many spare parts there will be for making an all-white bridge of some kind (probably suspension, or similar to New Bridge).
- As for future, I have ideas for building a curved viaduct using reddish brown or black parts mainly and many Technic elements.

As for trains:
- Currently my time is being spent building a longer steam train (similar to the Emerald Night). Maybe Steve can break out his and we can run two, or just a supersized Emerald Night with multiple engines!
- “Reels On Rails” is still an ongoing project for building an RC camera rig that remains within the build constraints of our layouts. The camera I have is capable of live streaming to my phone or social media, which might provide unique opportunities for us to advertise TBRR events. Maybe a QR code (6x6 tile) mounted on the train for web or social media links, making it interactive in some sense? Perhaps mounting multiple cameras, keeping it modular and flexible for different solutions (like if Joe wants to mount his gopro onboard, etc.)? Reels On Rails will give us first-person perspective and filming flexibility going forward.

Fixtures and supplying power to MOCs:
- Steve Jackson had asked if my newest fleet of overhead power line towers could actually provide power to specific MOCs? This is an option worth discussing. There are various power options, such as: 9v batteries provide power from a substation MOC; AC to DC power supply plugged into wall running to a 9v connector like Power Functions or older 9v black/yellow/blue connector; a custom solution; and I’m certain there are other options I can’t think of tonight. The wiring I plan to use is BNTechGo brand, 24-gauge silicone wire. When bought on Amazon in the 6-strand version, black, it costs less than $40 for 150 ft of two-wire DC run. I’ll be replacing the wiring on all my DC 9v train wires with this stuff.
- Oil pump-jacks are more plentiful now. I have the parts and time to build at least 8 (possibly many more) by September. I really like the oil and power supply theme here. It goes well with trains and Texas.

Also, shall we display our mosaic at Killeen ‘23?

Thanks,
Christopher

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On Jan 9, 2023, at 3:25 PM, Gareth Ellis <gareth...@gmail.com> wrote:


This is cross posted to the TBRR Facebook page

Last year at Bricks Killeen we created together the largest display TBRR had ever created which included an optional crossing point.

This year I would love to have something equally spectacular maybe half a Texas curve, maybe 10 main lines, maybe an elevated crossing bridge. I welcome all and any ideas. I don't care how crazy they are.


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Christopher Anway

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Jan 10, 2023, 9:52:50 PMJan 10
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I meant to say trestle bridge, not viaduct.

I want to see a giant turntable and train shed. Anyone already got one hiding in their closet?


Thanks,
Christopher

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On Jan 9, 2023, at 11:45 PM, Christopher Anway <c.m....@gmail.com> wrote:

Gareth,

Matt Sailors

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Jan 10, 2023, 11:08:59 PMJan 10
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Turntable, yes. Roundhouse, not anymore. Unfortunately it’s in Florida. 

Play Well!

On Jan 10, 2023, at 21:52, Christopher Anway <c.m....@gmail.com> wrote:

I meant to say trestle bridge, not viaduct.

Tim Howell

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Jan 10, 2023, 11:12:48 PMJan 10
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Turntable and shed - I have those.  Are they "giant" ? Maybe not, but they cover 6x3 baseplates.

Tim Howell

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Christopher Anway

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Jan 11, 2023, 12:16:23 AMJan 11
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Tim,

I like it! I can hear bacon sizzling… 

Is the turntable motorized? It looks like the tracks can be laid out such that there are more branches, right?


Thanks,
Christopher

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Turntable and shed - I have those.  Are they "giant" ? Maybe not, but they cover 6x3 baseplates.

Tim Howell

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Matt Sailors

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Jan 11, 2023, 9:31:11 AMJan 11
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Tim's turntable is more interactive than mine which is also a plus.

Tim Howell

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Jan 11, 2023, 9:39:42 AMJan 11
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It has a hand crank - intended to let youngsters make it move.

Tim

Gareth Ellis

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Jan 11, 2023, 11:16:35 AMJan 11
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Can you believe that I have never seen that amazing roundhouse in real life... I am lame. I know



Christopher Anway

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Jan 28, 2023, 1:13:45 PMJan 28
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Forwarding from Deanna on TexLUG Discord:
I have some bad news.   There will not be a Bricks Killeen in 2023.  I have a health matter that  will interfere with planning and prep, so I have decided it would be better to sit out this year.  The good news is that I am applying for a local arts commission grant for 2024 that will give us the ability to do more for our exhibitors and vendors.   We already have all 3 ballrooms booked for 2024, so we will have a lot more space to fill up.


Thanks,
Christopher

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On Jan 9, 2023, at 3:25 PM, Gareth Ellis <gareth...@gmail.com> wrote:


This is cross posted to the TBRR Facebook page

Last year at Bricks Killeen we created together the largest display TBRR had ever created which included an optional crossing point.

This year I would love to have something equally spectacular maybe half a Texas curve, maybe 10 main lines, maybe an elevated crossing bridge. I welcome all and any ideas. I don't care how crazy they are.


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