Brief History of the Club
The TVR was founded over ten years ago
under to auspices of the J & E Train Depot when that store was located in
the WinSum Sports building. When the hobby shop moved out of WinSum Sports,
so did the club. Since then the club has had a couple of temporary
residences, but no permanent home. When not in one of our temporary
residences, the layout has been stored and worked on at one of the member's
home. Currently, the layout is being stored at a member's home in Tolland.
His basement has enough space to set up as many as four modules to work on
them. In this fashion we have rebuilt the steel mill modules to make them
easier to operate, and also worked on other projects such as replacing poorly
operating turnouts. Current projects being considered include: rewiring the
layout with two additional control panels to improve operation at shows,
powering mainline turnouts to eliminate reaching over the layout to throw
turnouts, and finishing the scenery to improve the layouts appearance. There
are several active members participating in the club at this time.
Our schedule the last two or three years
has included the Amherst Train Show at the Big E in West Springfield, our
open house at the Arts Center in Tolland, and two or three additional one-day
train shows in the area using a switching layout we built. Until another
temporary or permanent residence is found, the club will continue to explore
other options for storage and transportation of the layout.
The club has received good news. Ken has
allowed us to keep the layout setup in his basement. We will setup a schedule
for Friday nights that will alternate between operating and working nights.
The club is seeking new members.