Well it is finally time for a Silicon Valley Lines to host a in person open house. On June 10th from 10AM to 3PM visit us at 148 E Virginia St, San Jose, CA 95112 for our open house to see what Silicon Valley Lines is all about. All are welcome, children, teens, & adults. So we would love for you to join us.
Silicon Valley Lines Curfew: December & January
With our November/December operations session in the books, SVL tucks itself in for two months of operations shutdown. Being a operating layout we try to keep our mainline open from February to the start of December so members and visitors alike can run trains without interruption. During this shutdown period we take much needed time to work on track and do projects that otherwise take the mainline down for days at a time.
This year some projects up on deck are adding detection to the helix so Dispatch can see where trains are at when queuing up. We also have a few turnouts that have failed either mechanically or electrically that need to be troubleshot and replaced. Kaos Junction being the worst offender.
Another project up on deck is replacing the core hardware for our CabCam POV cameras and upgrading to a new software that runs more efficiently. Stock levels of hardware may make this a unrealistic task.
To continue the theme of software upgrades we need to streamline our roster and get all active locomotives onto the list to make ops go a bit smoother. This is key to our remote operations.
As SVL sleeps we will still be having our weekly meetings at 7:30 PM on Fridays for working on the layout. Please drop us a line as SVL@Siliconvalleylines.com if you would like to attend.
We will see you next year for operations on Friday January 28th at 7PM.
Monthly Transitional Operations Livestream
Join us tonight at 7PM pacific for our monthly operations livestream. This month is transitional operations.
If you would like to inquire about running in person or remotely at our next operations as a visitor or to join as a member please email email@example.com for more information.
See you tonight.
Fall Virtual Open House is a Wrap
Another success, hopefully next year we get to do this in person as well.
If you joined us for our Fall Virtual Open House thanks for joining us and we hope you had a good time. If you would like to inquire about a remote operations or in person membership please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The day started off with some JMRI troubles but after a quick pivot we got trains running and were able to get our trains back on schedule pretty quickly. As the day progressed it became apparent that even with our new Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W powered CabCams we could use more wireless access points to alleviate some issues with the small antenna on the Zero 2.
Below is our live stream from the day.
And now for some photos.
A different remote engineer pilots Northern Pacific 6504 past the orange groves of Fremont and Farmer Jensen’s produce.
Well that is all for now, keep an eye on our events page for the next virtual open house and hopefully our summer in person open house. If you subscribe to our YouTube you should get notified of all our live streams.
Thanks for joining us!