Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The July 4th weekend allowed me the time to complete the ballasting to the end of the upper Pine Hill Switchback track.

Looking north at the end of the track.

The heavier stop-block at the end of the tracks. The tracks from the switch to the end there are level now. Eventually the track will extend another 20 feet on a bridge section to allow for the full length trains to go through the switchback.

Damage to the Pine Hill Siding stop block was caused when the 4686 flat car, 300 and 302 gondolas fully loaded with ballast could not be stopped in time and pushed the parked 301 up and over this. It will be rebuilt after the retaining wall is built and these tracks are leveled.

The location of the retaining wall for Pine Hill Siding. The plans for this upcoming week and weekend is to build Pine Hill Siding's retaining wall which will actually extend the other retaining wall in the background up along the siding and the siding can be lengthened another 5 feet. Eventually wood storage racks will be added along this spur track so cut and uncut wood can be stored ready for use at Wood Station. This is also the access point for the gardens for deliveries from the barn of mulch, etc. A true multi-purpose siding.

Upper Pine Hill; the 3 turnout switches are shown here. Once the siding is done, the mainline down the switchback will be started as well as the retaining wall and fill required for the engine house track (middle) which will be used as extra storage as well as a temporary building built to house the #10 switcher once it's operational again. I'll use the metal pieces from an old "shanty" that used to occupy this site and had collapsed for the walls.

After it was found that the weight of the fully loaded flat was too much to be moved by hand safely, the flat was loaded with freshly split oak on Sunday and is now parked at Wood Station. This car holds a LOT of wood and was difficult to push up here on the 4 percent at Wood Spur switch around the huge oak tree. The bearings are in great shape and this car rolls very well, unlike the old gondolas which are truely worn out, hince, the need for the new narrow gauge cars to handle all the day to day work as the old gons are used for maintenance of the track.

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