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Operations Road Show - Progress Report

 

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Updated: 16-JUL-2016


Extra 452 East passing the tower at Lafayette Jct

The ORS News pages are updated periodically to report on the progress we have made on the development and construction of the Operations Road Show layout. This page covers the years 2009-2014.

Owing to the scope of this project, these reports do not necessarily contain everything which is going on or has been accomplished at a particular time.

 

December 31, 2014

We closed out 2014 by starting work to replace the trackage at CW Tower, the Wabash-C&O crossing west of Peru. Our goal is to more closely represent the movement of freight traffic at this interchange as it existed in 1964. To that end, we have torn out the existing track and laid down a new sub-base for the reconfigured track. When this is complete, we plan to change the existing C&O interchange track in Peru to be an interchange with the Nickel Plate.

The new interchange will consist of a two track yard located to the southeast of the crossing, connecting at its ends to the Wabash and the C&O. The Wabash mainline will be moved back toward the skyboard to make room.

 

November 15, 2014

On November 15 we hosted the North Central Region NMRA Board of Directors for an operating session in conjunction with their Board meeting. As always, it was fun having a new group of guests, and they had a good time.

The NCR NMRA board of Directors enjoys a session on the Operations Road Show layout

Members of the North Central Region NMRA Board of Directors enjoy an operating session on the ORS layout.

 

October 18, 2014

We held another operating session on the 11th. While the crew turn-out was reduced due to coinciding with the NMRA Division 5 monthly meeting and other regular crew members having conflicts, we found a way to run a reduced schedule. Based on our success doing this, we're considering ways to hold shorter (three-hour) operating sessions on a weeknight on occasion.

 

October 4, 2014

We held our first post-Convention operating session on Sunday, September 28. The layout performed very well, and the newly-installed suspended ceiling brightened up the layout room considerably.

For the most part, the session was mishap-free.

This is why Rule 104 exists.

The webmaster demonstrates why Rule 104 states that you must always close main track switches
when you are done switching. Photo, and perpetrator-anonymization, by Bob Milhaupt

We're starting to see charging failures among the Maha PowerEx 9.6V NiMH batteries we started using four years ago, but we pretty much expected that they would be reaching the end of their life spans about now. About 30% have failed over the past three months. Given that they hold more than enough charge to keep our radio throttles running through our typical five-hour operating sessions at our home base, they have served us well and we plan to replace them in-kind with similar batteries.

 

August 9, 2014

Mainly through long hours of hard work by Bob Milhaupt, the modules are now all up and the layout is very nearly operable again.

 

July 30, 2014

In the past, it has been unusual for us to get the layout back together at our home base following a Convention trip much before Halloween. To say that this year has been different might be an understatement; After taking only one week off from work sessions following our return, we now have all but nine modules back up on their feet in the basement.

 

July 24, 2014

Matt Goodman has posted an engineer's-eye view of the Operations Road Show layout to YouTube. He recorded it during the Cleveland Convention using an iPhone mounted on a Minuteman Scale Models iCar. Jeff Fryman provided narration. We've never had this view of the layout before-- thanks, Matt!

In addition, Model Railroader magazine included a visit to our layout in the Convention Center in their July 23 "MR Insider" video coverage of the Convention. Neil Besougloff toured the Wabash layout and talked with John Young, starting about ten minutes into the video.

We've added a general photo gallery to the web site, available from the menu at the left. It gives us a place to put photos of the layout that don't necessarily tie in to news and update items.

More updates on the Convention, with photos, will follow as time permits.

 

July 20, 2014 (with updates August 1)

The ORS layout was a fantastic success at the Cleveland 2014 NMRA National Convention!

We returned from Cleveland July 19, positively exhausted, but very happy with how the layout and the operating sessions were received. The response seems to get better every time we take the layout out.

We'd like to thank the Cleveland 2014 Convention Committee for making this all possible, and all of the people who turned out to help us pack, haul, set up and tear down the layout. This was a huge undertaking, and while we proved mostly equal to the task, we couldn't have done it without a lot of volunteer help!

We got better media coverage during the Convention than we have before. Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine posted a very nice layout tour video on its discussion forum on Wednesday morning, and, as described above, Model Railroader magazine and Matt Goodman have posted video of the layout as well.

Arriving back at home base, we got our first look at the suspended ceiling that had been installed in our absence, making the layout room much brighter. The plan is to set up the layout sooner than we have in past years, so that we can resume operating sessions and work on projects that we have planned.

Our core crew during the week consisted of Brian Everett, Jeff Fryman, Bob and Fritz Milhaupt, Al Robertson, Walt Trancygier, John and Cindy Young and Chuck White. This was Walt's first NMRA Convention, and he did so much work (including pulling one of the trailers) that some of us were concerned that it might scare him away from attending future Conventions. Similarly, Brian Everett has spent much of his Convention time supporting the Operations Road Show effort since our first outing in 2003, with very little recognition. Thanks, guys!

As I mentioned above, none of this would have been possible without the help of numerous volunteers from among our local cadre of friends and regular operators, and generous Convention attendees. Back at the home base, we'd like to thank Paul Anderson, Dave Bowman, Josh and Ray Feldkamp, David Pickell and Dave Simmons for help with packing up and loading up, as well as unloading trailers upon our return.

The layout, in Cleveland At the site, we had help with set-up and/or tear-down from Pete Colston, Bill Ferry, Billy Ferry, Chris Ibbotson, Doug Krahn, Marty LaForte, Dave Schneider, Tim Scott and Dave Thornton.

During the operating sessions, Steve Benezra, Will Jordan and Steve Lemonds pitched in to help our guests when we were running short of docents, and when we needed a couple of additional hands mid-week back in the Fiddle Yard, Michael Mamlok and Nancy Campbell jumped in with both feet.

This was an awful lot of work, and we really appreciate everyone's help! We hope that we have not missed anyone's name here- if we did, it is entirely unintentional.

 

June 23, 2014

Tear-down and packing continues. We're working at a good pace that ensures that we'll be ready for load-out to the trailers by July 12. And another module has been scenicked.

A Sinclair gas station, west of Burrows

A new gas station, at a grade crossing between Burrows and Rockfield

 

June 5, 2014

Tear-down to pack for the 2014 NMRA National in Cleveland began in early May. Given the evolving nature of the layout and the changing availability of specific vehicles to move the layout over the years, this part of the process is never exactly the same between layout outings.

Most of the modules are already racked, freight cars are still being packed, and we're now packing up the various odds and ends. Last-minute repairs and scenery touch-ups continue.

 

April 28, 2014

While the operating session we had planned for the Maumee Express 2014 NCR NMRA Regional Convention on the 27th didn't happen (due to insufficient sign-up for our layout), we did spend the day holding a work session and making some decisions on work to be performed before we take the layout to Cleveland in July.

 

April 20, 2014

Tony Koester's article on "trees in 60 seconds" in the May issue of Model Railroader magazine has helped us put a big dent in the pile of SuperTrees armatures that we've had stockpiled for quite a while. Better still, those armatures, in the form of trees, are finally making their way onto the layout.

We've also been tying up loose ends in preparation for the operating session we are holding for the Maumee Express 2014 NCR NMRA Regional Convention the weekend of April 25-27.

 

March 31, 2014

Considerably more work has been done at France Stone as we simplify the track around the loader and add a track scale.

 

January 25, 2014

We have updated and cleaned up the track plan to reflect the recent track changes.

 

January 1, 2014

New turnouts at France StoneTrack work continues at France Stone. New switches have been built using Fast Tracks tools and are being installed.

Jeff spent a couple of days simplifying the trackwork in the Fiddle Yard, as the original layout was a bit complicated and reflected an operating model involving more flat switching than we ever had time to do. The old arrangement didn't use the space as well for how we actually operate.

The most recent plans for the Convention in Cleveland have us setting up and operating in one of the Junior Ballrooms at the St. Clair Avenue end of the Convention Center.


November 24, 2013

We are continuing to make progress on the track work at France Stone at Keesport/Danes, with temporary track in place to permit switching it while we build the new handlaid switches that will replace the earlier ones. The "old" switches at France Stone were among the first ones we laid when building the layout over ten years ago.

Planning is under way for significant changes around CW Tower to more accurately represent the actual interchange trackage that was there and to accommodate a greater volume of interchange traffic.

In past years, our pattern has been to have a burst of intense scenery and trackwork activity over the holidays. 2013 should be no different.


October 6, 2013

During the first weekend in October, we met with organizers of the 2014 Cleveland NMRA Convention and visited the New Cleveland Convention Center, where most of the Convention, including the clinics, will be held. This shiny, new complex has over two dozen meeting rooms, an enormous exhibit hall (of which over 180,000 square feet will be used for the National Train Show), and a view of the lakefront.

The room that has been assigned for the Operations Road Show layout sessions looks like it will meet our needs perfectly.


September 22, 2013

Work continued over the summer, with major track work under way at the France Stone quarry to correct some problems with the turnouts on the crusher lead. Ground cover enhancements have continued at New Waverly.

On September 21, we held a well-attended open house for the members of the Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association attending the Association's annual meeting, which was held in Saline this year. We held a three-hour operating session afterward.


NMRA Cleveland 2014June 6, 2013

We have received confirmation that we will have space at the NMRA's Cleveland 2014 National Convention, July 13-19, 2014. Come operate with us!


January 13, 2013

We resumed holding operating sessions in Saline in early December. With the layout back in running trim, we have begun work to repair minor travel damage from the trip to Grand Rapids and to address trackwork issues we'd previously decided to "live with" until we could take the tracks out of service without affecting operation at a Convention. The sometimes troublesome lead at France Stone is seeing some attention.

Additionally, we are continuing scenery work (New Waverly is shown at right) and have been working on standardizing the lighting features in our locomotives.


November 18, 2012

The layout is finally going back up at its home base in Saline! Over the weekend of Nov. 17-18, we stood all of the modules up on their legs and have aligned and bolted together about a quarter of the layout. It's nice not being under the pressure of having to assemble the whole thing in a single day, like we do at conventions.

We plan to have the layout back in service and hosting operating sessions well before the first of the year.

 

October 28, 2012

The Operations Road Show's project was featured in a three-page article in the National Model Railroad Association's magazine's October issue. Gerry Leone recounted his experience at one of our operating sessions mid-week at the National Convention in Grand Rapids in a very nicely written and complimentary article..

The layout is still out of commission, sitting in its transport racks as its accustomed space is being lent to Rails on Wheels so they can work on their display layout modules in the weeks leading up to their annual train show and sale on November 25.

While the Road Show layout is stored, we are taking advantage of the time to go over the locomotives to perform maintenance and to ensure that all of them have our base set of lighting functions working. So far, 25% of the fleet is complete.


August 11, 2012

Grand Rails 2012 participantWe have returned from a successful week of operating sessions/clinics at Grand Rails 2012!

We began setting up the layout about 9am Sunday morning. With lots of help from local model railroaders and other volunteers, we had the entire layout's modules standing on legs by noon. Within the next nine hours, we had the modules lined up, the bridge tracks installed, and the wiring and structures in place.

Sign-ups were brisk, with most of the sessions filled by noon on Monday. We held operating sessions at 9am, 2pm and 7pm Monday through Thursday. Despite having only 144 operating slots, after back-filling slots that became available when some participants were called away during sessions we had 158 participate over the four days. A number of people who had run on the layout at previous Conventions returned to run again, and three attendees took the opportunity to try out the Operator and Dispatcher roles.

The layout ran well, and the sessions were well-received. The most notable mechanical issue was with some of the passenger cars that we use for the Purdue-University of Michigan football special, which did not run as well as we would have liked. At least now we have a couple of years to tune them up before we run the special again!

Tear-down commenced right after the 7pm session concluded on Thursday night. It took nearly two hours to collect and pack the rolling stock, while at the same time taking down the command control and phone systems. Following a few hours at the National Train Show on Friday, we took down the modules and mounted them into their transport racks.

We loaded a couple of the trailers Friday, then finished loading one more trailer and the box truck Saturday morning. After another hour at the National Train Show, we departed for home, reaching Saline by 4:45. We unloaded the box truck and the first trailer within an hour of arriving and headed off to our homes, wrapping up our trip to Grand Rapids.

We received a lot of help with taking the layout to Grand Rapids, and a lot of "thank yous" are in order. Thanks go out to Bill Abraham, George Barry, Dave Bowman, Mark Davis, Brian Everett, Ray, Josh and Jacob Feldkamp, Al Godfrey, Ken Harris, David Pickell, Dave and Carol Simmons, Chuck White and Tim Young. We're certain that we're missing several more names and it's not our intention to leave anyone out, so if you helped out with our setup at Grand Rapids, let us know when it was and we'll be sure to add your name here!

The layout will remain in its racks for the next few months while Rails on Wheels uses the space normally occupied by the ORS layout to work on their display layout modules.

We have a preliminary agreement to take the layout to the Cleveland 2014 NMRA National Convention.

July 29, 2012

We have finished packing and are on our way across the state to Grand Rapids for Grand Rails 2012. This year, the layout is packed into three trailers and a box truck.

July 26, 2012

Packing is nearly complete. Over the coming weekend we will load up the last trailer and the box truck, head up to Grand Rapids and set up the layout at the Convention. Our first operating session is scheduled for 9:00am Monday.

July 8, 2012

Packing up the layout for Grand Rapids is well under way. Over 3/4 of the layout has been taken off its legs and mounted to transport racks.

 

Two more work sessions and we should be ready to load up trailers and go!

May 1, 2012

The Operations Road Show is the topic of a conversation between Fritz Milhaupt and Trevor Marshall in the second segment on Episode 37 of The Model Railway Show podcast, released on April 30. In this piece, Fritz and Trevor discuss the history of the ORS project and its underlying philosophy.

April 3, 2012

We successfully tested WiThrottle during our operating session on March 25. A decision has not been made yet as to whether we will support it as an option at Grand Rails 2012. We have, however, decided that using JMRI's built-in throttles via its web server will not be a supported option, due to its providing access to the layout power button function.

March 18, 2012

The schedule for clinic/operating sessions at the Grand Rails 2012 NMRA National Convention has been announced.

Three-hour clinic sessions will be held Monday through Thursday, starting at 9:00am, 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Sessions are open to any Convention Registrant who wishes to sign up, except for the 7:00pm sessions on Monday and Tuesday nights, which are being reserved for OpSIG members.

Sign-up for the open sessions will be available at the Pantlind Ballroom starting Monday morning (July 30). There are twelve operating slots available per session and sign-up is on a first-come basis.

February 24, 2012

The scenery work under way at New Waverly.

February 2, 2012

Scenery work continues at New Waverly, and John Young has been working on completing scenery at Rockfield. We have put the necessary equipment in place so that at an upcoming operating session, we can try out the WiThrottle (iPhone/iPod) and Engine Driver (Android) applications on some smartphones to evaluate whether to support them.

December 28, 2011

Jackie Kashian has posted the Dork Forest Expedition podcast she recorded at the ORS layout earlier this month on her Dork Forest web site. We are Dork Forest Episode #91!

December 3, 2011

We hosted comedian Jackie Kashian on a Dork Forest Expedition for her podcast while she was in town for the weekend performing her stand-up act at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. During the podcast, we describe the ORS layout and the model railroad operations hobby in detail. Look for it both on her Dork Forest web site and on iTunes some time after the first of the year!

July 17, 2011

We held a "planning commission" meeting on the 13th to lay out the work we wish to do before the 2012 NMRA National Convention in Grand Rapids. Most of the work will involve finishing up projects we've already started and fixing some nagging track issues. If time allows, there is the possibility that we will rebuild the area around CW Tower to make it look more like the prototype and improve the interchange there.

Initial contact with the Cleveland 2014 NMRA National Convention committee has been encouraging, so it's possible that would be our next outing with the layout after Grand Rapids.

New Waverly remains in ruins while a small retaining wall and new structures are built.

February 5, 2011

Work has been completed on adding another double-ended siding to Logansport by modifying the spur that runs back to the industry tracks along the backdrop. This should help ease the congestion that occasionally occurs in Logansport.

New Waverly is still pretty well torn apart as a coal trestle and other structures are being installed there.

December 22, 2010

We held several operating sessions through the Fall, and completed work on the Delphi track rearrangement project. In the past two weeks we began work on adding another double-ended siding to Logansport and performing scenery and track work at New Waverly.

July 24, 2010

The ORS core team attended the 2010 NMRA National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While we did not bring the ORS layout this year, Jeff Fryman presented his clinic on setting up paperwork for operations twice to receptive audiences. John Young presented a new clinic on the planning process for his future N scale layout based on the C&O's Toledo Subdivision in 1968 to a very engaged audience. At the convention we all registered for Grand Rails 2012, the 2012 NMRA National Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rails 2012 is our next planned trip out with the ORS layout.

Scenery work continues, but at a slower pace, as freight car maintenance has begun (mostly matching up broken ladders and stirrups with the appropriate rolling stock). David Pickell and Bill Abraham constructed a 208-tree capacity drying rack for Supertrees. We picked up a number of cartons of the raw materials for these trees at the National Train Show. Our next operating session is scheduled for early August.

March 26, 2010

Having reached the point where we've used some of our turnouts enough that they are showing signs of wear, we've started work on fixing the ones that aren't aging gracefully. So far, we've used PC board ties to reinforce three that were going out of gauge, and replaced the throw bars on a couple where the solder joints holding the points in place were failing. Given the amount of use these have gotten over six years of frequent operation, we're neither surprised nor especially concerned by this.

Rockfield is the focus of current scenery efforts, but a manually-activated set of crossing flashers has been put in place at the west end of the siding at Buck Creek, too.

Feburary 13, 2010

We've held one operating session so far in 2010. Some trackwork projects are under way to fix finicky turnouts, and the trackage at the farm co-op and supply at the east end of Delphi has been rearranged to try to get the locals through town a little quicker. An additional siding at Logansport is under consideration to help relieve yard congestion there.

December 29, 2009

The layout was back up and operating shortly after Thanksgiving, and we've held our first post-Hartford operating session. During that session and on subsequent worknights, we've identified a number of minor things that were damaged in transit and will need to be repaired. We've also realized that we've been neglecting some basic maintenance on our motive power. Over the next few months we will be taking apart each locomotive and putting its drive train through a cleaning and lubrication process. This will be a good opportunity to weed out any remaining "fringe" DCC decoders that may still be out in our fleet, that don't play well with others.

October 12, 2009

Following the installation of additional lighting in the layout room, we have begun standing modules back up on their feet as we reassemble the layout this Fall. While we do not have an official timetable for resuming operating sessions at this time, we expect that we should be back up and running within a few weeks.

The recent theft of the Rails on Wheels club trailer containing nearly all of the club's display layout modules will have little immediate impact on the Operations Road Show project. Very little of the small amount of equipment used in common between the ORS layout and the Rails on Wheels display layout was in the trailer at the time.

July 3-12, 2009

Our trip to the NMRA National Convention in Hartford, Connecticut was our longest expedition ever with the Operations Road Show layout, racking up over 1,400 miles in the course of the round trip.

After a quick breakfast at our usual Saline dining spot, we hit the road pretty much right on schedule, about 9:15am, with two pickup trucks and a large SUV pulling three trailers, ranging in length from 14 to 18 feet. We made it nearly twenty miles before a loose screw on the rental trailer dislodged itself and punctured a tire while traveling at speed down the freeway. Replacing it with one of our spares set us back about half an hour. The rest of our day's travel, to Hazelton, Pennsylvania, was uneventful, if a bit long.

We started the Fourth of July with a quick run up I-81 to the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton. After a five hour visit and a thorough viewing of the Site's exhibits and collection, we continued on to Hartford, arriving in the early evening.

We spent the fifth of July unloading the trailers, setting up the layout and preparing it for operation, with the help of assistants provided by the OpSIG. The Hartford Convention Center staff were also very helpful. That night, Jeff Fryman gave the first of two presentations of his clinic on developing paperwork for your model railroad operations.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, we ran three, three-hour-long operating sessions for Convention attendees. On Wednesday, we held only one, scheduled so as minimize conflict with the Layout Design SIG's self-guided layout tour. The time went by quickly: even though nine hours of operation each day is a lot of work, it is also a lot of fun.

The sessions were well attended, with only one or two operating positions going vacant out of the 120 we offered. We met many enthusiastic crews, many of whom were operating for the first time, and many experienced operators who were interested in seeing how we do it. We renewed acquaintances with crews who had run with us at previous conventions and met plenty of new folks, a number of whom left expressing interest in taking up operation after never having tried it before. A particularly fortuitous find was Rich, a 12 year-old from New York who attended one of the Monday sessions and stayed around to assist with several more. He picked up our operating methods quickly and was running like a pro in minutes. This guy is a natural.

It is the people that really make this rewarding, and we met a lot of really neat people this week.

On Monday afternoon, a crew from WTIC television (channel 61 in Hartford) stopped by to film activity on the layout. Footage of our layout was used behind the interviews and in the station's coverage of the NMRA National Convention that evening. During our sessions later in the week, we were visited by the film crew from Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine, a new online model railroading magazine. We hope that some of the footage will appear in their coverage of the Convention.

During the week, we tested out the new Digitrax DT402D duplex radio throttle and UR92 transceiver, mainly in the Fiddle Yard where we make and break consists while building outbound trains and breaking down inbound ones. It worked flawlessly, and played well with our existing UR91/DT400R/UT4R simplex radio system.

Thursday morning, Fritz Milhaupt participated in a panel discussing the merits of an active fiddle yard over passive staging, sponsored by the Layout Design SIG. Following the Thursday evening operation session, we spent two hours packing up parts of the layout and preparing for the big tear-down.

Our merry band Thursday night, before tear-down

Friday dawned with two hours of tear-down and packing before heading off to the National Train Show at 9:00am. About 1:00pm we reconvened and finished loading the trailers, again with help from OpSIG volunteers, by 6:00pm.

Saturday morning, after allowing ourselves some time to sleep in, we hit the train show again for a few hours. The rental trailer had sustained some damage to its roof vent while we were in Hartford, and the weather forecast promised rain across most of Pennsylvania, so John Young, Al Robertson, Jeff Fryman and Bob Milhaupt spent a couple of hours working on a repair. Many thanks are due the staff of the Hartford Convention Center for their assistance with our repairs in our hour of need. We were out by about 2:00. After a long afternoon and evening of travel, which included several hours of mountainous driving through north-central Pennsylvania in a heavy thunderstorm, we tied up for the night in DuBois.

Sunday morning we got an early start. A quick check showed that our repair work in Hartford had been successful- no water had infiltrated the rental trailer. We took our time crossing Pennsylvania and Ohio, arriving back in Saline at approximately 4:25pm.

Without question, this was the best set-up we have had. The support from the OpSIG and the Hartford National 2009 Convention Committee far exceeded any that we have received before. The additional manpower provided by the OpSIG helped to take a good deal of the pressure off of us, and was greatly appreciated. Their assistance in turn helped us to contribute to making the Hartford National 2009 Convention the thoroughly enjoyable experience we felt it to be.

Thanks, guys!

After getting home, several of us immediately set to work to prepare to take another layout, Rails on Wheels' display layout, to Train Festival 2009 in Owosso, Michigan over the weekend of July 23-26.

We have some room improvements planned for this summer, so the layout is not likely to go back up before mid-September, with operating sessions resuming a few weeks after that.

July 3, 2009

We departed for the NMRA National Convention in Hartford, Connecticut at approximately 9:15am.

June 29, 2009

The trailers have been packed, and we're almost ready to head east!

June 21, 2009

Over the past week, we have begun dismantling the layout and packing equpment. The trailers are back from being inspected, and both received a clean bill of health for our trip out East.

May 19, 2009

On May 3, we held our final operating session prior to starting the tear-down and packing process for our trip to the NMRA Hartford National Convention in July. A significant reason for allowing so much time for tear-down and packing is that we will be building new racking for the modules, since we now have to provide clearance for scenery that we have added since our trip to Cincinnati in 2005.

February 1, 2009

The Operations Road Show layout is featured as the cover story in the February 2009 issue of Scale Rails, the National Model Railroad Association's monthly magazine.

Inside this issue is an eight-page article describing the philosophy, history and mechanical details on this project, and promoting its upcoming appearance at the NMRA National Convention in Hartford, Connecticut this summer. We feel that the editorial and production staff did a very nice job with the material that we provided for this article.

We are counting down the last operating sessions we will hold this Winter and Spring before we begin teardown and packing for the National Convention this summer. Plenty of scenery work remains to be done as well.

 
 

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