Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Construction - May 30th, 2011

The main construction work has been going back and repairing some sinking track.  We have had a lot of rain this spring and it settled down as it was supposed to.  Also, additional extension work to the end of the lower switchback tail track has been going on.  The grading is done and the subroadbed ballast laid all the way up to the end of the track bed at the edge of Cox Creek (at the flood diversion wall.)  The lower switchback switch uses the newer 15/16" aluminum rail mated to older 7/8" aluminum rail which makes up the tail track.  The sprall rail joiner was too loose to hold the connection so I replaced it with the fish plates and bolts on both sides, using a smaller #10 bolt and nut on this older rail.  No more derailments at this location now.  Also tamped up the switch some more.  On the other side of the switch on the switchback, the track is loose still because I need to put the bridge abutment in, build the retaining walls and finish filling below it.

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Telluride is a busy place

Track 1 - #11 and construction train (tie car #300, ballast flat #4686)
Track 2 - #10 awaiting work on prime mover

Looking south along the lower switchback tail track

Flood Diversion wall at Cox Creek and end of switchback grading

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