Friday, October 9, 2009

Track repairs

The tracks down near Pine Hill Siding were leaning too far to the inside of the curve. It was causing derailments almost every time a train passed over.

The rebuilt section of track - Oct 5th, 2009

It was discovered that the rock wall below it had began to collapse. This area was in a very wet area on some loamy ground. I decided to rebuild the wall a little farther from the tracks using the old wall rock, some additional rocks and concrete (whereas most of the rest of the wall towards Wood Spur Switch is dry-stacked.)

Once this wall with new heavier foundation stones buried a little deeper in the hillside was built, more ballast was brought in and the tracks were brought up to 1/2 bubble from level to allow for a slight superelevation in this curve.

The drainage was also concreted to prevent undercutting - Oct 5th, 2009

It is very obvious how much farther the wall was built from the drain culvert. The rock was was built across below it and the upper sections of walls wrapped inwards to hold the ballast in check.

Pine Hill - Oct 5th, 2009

The maintenance of way gons are back being stored at the end of the tracks at Pine Hill.

Pine Hill Siding and the stacked wood supply for Wood Station - Oct 5th, 2009

After the tracks were reopened, the log splitter, log loader and train got busy moving the wood to Pine Hill siding for stacking. (Of course I am the log splitter, log loader, train engineer, train conductor, log unloader and log stacker.) This is roughly half of the latest couple weeks haul of logs from up near Greensboro.

Friday, October 2, 2009

RGS #10 with new paint and working headlight.

The end of September was not too busy but the locomotive #10 continues to be worked on. New paint. working lights, motor work, etc. The light has a low and high beam setting. The horn is still not working and will need to be replaced.

RGS #10 with new paint.

The locomotive broke the link to the control arm and a new one had to be manufactured. The locomotive continues to have minor motor related issues. Mostly these are trying to get the accelerator to work in conjunction with the transmission so it will rev up the motor before engaging the transmission.

RGS blower "car"

Also added to the roster of equipment is a special rack which fits in the gondola which allows me to put the new leaf blower in the car to blow debris off the track. This car comes in handy when the debris is not larger sticks, chickens or dogs who do not get out of the way...

This coming weekend the RGS will be busy hauling around 10 carloads of wood from Telluride to Pine Hill. But before any trains can enter Pine Hill, the retaining wall near the oak needs to be replaced with a wooden wall and new ballast applied to repair where this area is "sliding." Eventually the engine house track will pass under this area and will shore up this sag even more.