NCMR - What's New
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That's right, six years later. This page has been living quietly on my hard drive and now that I put together my "trainnut" site I decided to ressurect it. Don't expect any changes since 2000, or 1998 really, but it's just here for nostalga. It looks tiny because it was made back in the days of 14.0kbps modems and 640x480 256 color screens. 800x600 24 bit color was a big deal, and broadband meant an expensive 128K ISDN connection. Someday I may ressurect this page format for something else, but for now this is it.
Holy cow, has it been a long time since I've touched this page. We are still in the process of moving to our latest server here at Trolleyville, and if you look around the NCMR page you'll notice that nothing seems to work right, with broken images and some broken links here and there. The really big news is that the guestbook is up and running for the first time in over two years! (Please sign it!!! I need the inspiration!!!) That is a sign of things to come. Slowly but surely, the NCMR pages are going to be up to their former glory! With the disintegration of the North County Model Railroaders last year, I haven't decided if I should keep this the North County Model Railroaders page in rememberance and in hope that one day we rise again, or if I'm taking over the pages for myself or my company (GLA Computer Services, also known to the locals as "Computers 76"). Whatever the case may be, this web site will prosper once more.
As long as you've come to visit, be sure to check out our host (insert shameless plug here:), Trolleyville. Trolleyville is a traction/electric railway modeler's paradise. There are educational articles on nearly every aspect of the traction hobby, from how to build operating overhead wire to a color guide for painting Pacific Electric cars. And more is being added all the time.
Hi, remember me? I know it's been a while. I've put up some new photos of the N-Scale Cuesta Grade in the photo gallery. I have a few more to scan, along with some more prototype photos. I plan to be taking some more photos in the near future while Tehachapi is closed down and lots of unusual road names are passing through town. I'd say that I'll get to it soon, but I'm not making any promises I can't keep.
In case you're new here, almost all of the photos in the gallery - something like 75 or 80 - are 800x600 (or 600 high and at least 800 wide) and with low compression so they're ready to be turned into instant wallpaper on your 800x600 screen. Just right-click on the photo and select "Set as Wallpaper" on Netscape for Win95. (If you're using another browser/operating system, send me an email and I'll find out how to do it for you.) It sure is nice having a place where a local club can store 8 megs of pictures.
One last thing...Please sign the guestbook! There hasn't been a new addition in months. You can bet that if I see that guestbook filling up I'll know that there's someone out there who cares that I'm doing all this and I may be motivated to add more items more frequently! Think of it as a petition. If it's not working for some reason then drop me an email.
Well, that's all for now. Thanks for visiting the NCMR page!
There's some preliminary information on the February show in the Announcements page. Nothing much, but now that the Paso show is past it had to be updated.
We've completed our move to the new site. A couple of links have been abandoned until I find that there's a demand for it or I have time to replace it with something else. I've been way too busy with other projects, so unfortunatly this page has looked pretty much the same for the past few months. As soon as I can find the time I'll get some new photos in here and change a couple of things around.
We're moving to our new server at CoastMart.com.
The May newsletter is up.
It looks like the merger is finally really official when an SD-80MAC makes an appearance on the Coast Route. Look for four new photos in the Gallery in the new Union Pacific section.
You now have the ability to turn off the music if you want. Just click the icons ( for music, for silence) in front of the train sillouettes. The train's up to 140 cars (not counting the power), so I had to add an AC4400CW up front. (And see how clean it's running. Must be one of them Union Pacific engines!)
I've put in an Event Calendar. So far it's just a couple of club events, but if anybody knows of an upcoming event of interest to modelers or railfans, email me and I'll put it up.
The April Newsletter is up. A little late, but two months in a row!
Until further notice, the member list is off line to give those members who are with the CIA and wish their names removed from worldwide access a chance to let me know.
Look in the Photo Gallery for 11 new photos in the SP, SSW, and Misc. sections.
The newsletter is finally up after all these months! No more "..this page will eventually contain..." message!!!
Some cosmetic changes. I got rid of the image map in favor of separate images for each car. That makes it easier for me to add, remove, and rearange cars as needed. I've also made the page more 265 color friendly, although the page is still designed to look best with 24 bit color. The Other Information page has been renamed Railfan Information, since that's what was there anyways. I've also changed the name of the Emailing List to Email Members to avoid confusion by people thinking we have a full scale emailing list BBS. I've created a Modeler Information page where I'll put up anything I can think of relating to modeling. I got an article on building an N-Scale 1920's vintage Great Lakes freighter that I've put up. I'll also have some photos there in the future (duplicated in the Photo Gallery) of interest to modelers, such as details and several views of the SP 8665 SD45 that was serving as a Cuesta Grade helper, and happens to be the same road number as a recently introduced Kato N-Scale model.
I've changed the train imagemap to a client-side imagemap. This will make the pages load faster, since your browser won't have to go to the server to know what page to jump to. (It also makes it nicer for me to use when not logged on.) If your browser doesn't support client side maps, I've included the tag to still use the server side map but I can't test it.
I've added the FRED frequency on the Other Information page, with a sound clip so you know what to listen for.
I've updated all the pages with the exception of the newsletter. I've uploaded a bunch of new photos. I only have about 5 or 6 more to convert and upload before I can start scanning some new ones.
I'm updating all the pages. You can tell a new and improved page by the new background. Most changes are minor, but some will be extensive (maybe we'll actually have the club newsletter up finally?) I've been using a 800x600 screen, so those of you with 640x480 screens may notice that I've been proofing every page with my monitor set to the smaller screen size.
Look for more photos in the gallery, including the UP Torch Train.
I've finally gotten around to fixing the Photo Gallery. All the pages should work, but if you find one that doesn't, feel free to let me know. I've also bought a monitor, so look for better scans in the future - since I'm constantly adjusting my laptop's LCD depending on the lighting conditions, I tended to have it brighter than a regular monitor, so the scans came out dark.
It was brought to my attention that Netscape versions lower than 3.0 had trouble in the Photo Gallery. I've changed the derailment photos to fix the problem, and the others will be fixed as time permits. Look for better index pages in the near future too.
I've added about 20 photos to the Prototype Photo Gallery. I've also changed the format of the gallery. I hope it makes it easier to find the photo you're looking for.
I've added background music for those with the ability to hear it.
Check out the Photo Gallery for images of the UP 951 Special that ran up the coast today (11/23/96)!
The imagemap of the train has changed to include (obviously) a What's New page.
I've also updated the logo on the reefers and weathered the train up a bit.
I haven't been keeping track of my changes so far. This section is where what's in the recent changes section will go when I update that.
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