Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Rollingstock Arrives

On Sunday August 8th, the new (to the RGS) switch engine #11 arrived along with frames for 5 more rail cars and one diesel locomotive.

The newly numbered #11 was painted in the railroad's standard yellow paint scheme and the new headlights installed. The dome light and electrical connections for the train will be added later, as will an air brake system.

Lexie, my niece and engineer trainee, at the controls of the new #11 with the coach on Pine Hill Siding.

Also completed over the past week was the electrical for the switchback which allows trains on either end to control both switches. In the middle is a repeater signal (and I am now considering adding another signal for farther up the switchback since even this signal would be difficult to see from the upper switch.

The mid-switchback signal which shows the aspect of the signal ahead as well as indicate if the carbarn switch is aligned to the siding and not the mainline.

With two working locomotives, it is now possible to switch the yards. With the switch stand for Pine Hill siding repaired the train has been parked there out of the way for ballasting the switchback and house tracks.

Pine Hill - looking south. Notice the green light on the switchstand indicating it is lined for the mainline (uphill) track.

Pine Hill looking north. Gondolas #300 and 302 are on the switchback track right now full of ties for the tracks below. These cars have been relocated to the siding on the left (where the train is) so the ballast train can get past them. Gondola #301 is out of sight on the house track loaded with wall stones for the tracks below. It too was moved so that track can be ballasted.

RGS #11 and RGS #10 showing off in the yard at Telluride. Behind the #11's engineer car (yes, it has its own dedicated car for that) is Fred's Santa Fe coach which we'll be working on. Currently it's parked out of the way at Pine Hill. Behind the #10 is Fred's flat car which we use for the engineer car behind the other diesels (the #10 and his own diesel he's working on.) Behind that car is the big #4685 narrow gauge car which will be loaded with ballast here soon.

Later this month I plan on ordering a full load of 6/7 ballast to complete the ballasting of the tracks down the switchback so the lower switchback tail track can be built and then the retaining walls, roadbed and tracks for the tracks which will head down and around Pine Hill. This is one of several projects going on at the same time.

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