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The Randall Museum in San Francisco hosts a large HO-scale model model railroad. Created by the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club starting in 1961, the layout was donated to the Museum in 2015. Since then I have started automatizing trains running on the layout. I am also the model railroad maintainer. This blog describes various updates on the Randall project and I maintain a separate blog for all my electronics not directly related to Randall.

2021-11-09 - Rain

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It’s been raining. And we’ve been reminded the joy of being in a basement:

There’s a full inch of water on the floor. Not exactly a novelty, although when it happened a couple years ago it was supposed to have been taken care of.

The new addition is that water is also dripping on the Napa yard; we guess it comes from the ceiling:

What the picture does not adequately depict is that the gondolas are actually full of water, and it’s even harder to see because some have a plastic coal load with water under the coal load!

The NCE PowerCab that we use for the programming track also got wet and is now sealed in a bag full of rice. That will do the trick.

Luckily none of the engines from Napa got wet. I moved them to Bridgeport anyhow:

But now I’m thinking maybe we need to store all that in clear water-proof plastic boxes.

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