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.

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