Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Engine House Progress

Engine house walls going up

Almost done with the walls.

The 2 stall engine house is progressing nicely with the warmer, drier weather we had in the late winter.  The engine house is located to the right of the crossing to reduce the overall impact of the view from the rear of the house.

Track one, closest to the upper mainline with the #11 and 4616 parked on it, will be connected first as track two will have the ash pit / inspection pit to allow the #20 to operate out of this building.

This engine house is the most important project going on with the railroad right now since it will house the motive power and the 159 reefer once it's completed.  Those machines are best kept under shelter to keep them operational and out of the weather.

Once the engine house is completed, the siding and spur below this building will be built, the tracks graded to the proper grade (hopefully using the 988.)  The other tracks will be redone as new walls are built.  Eventually the tracks will be started building up around the coop as well as down the hill.  I might relocate the #10 and a large flat built from one of the frames on hand to the upper tracks to help build down the hill towards the rest of the railroad from up near the rock pile and wood splitting spur, railroad unloading track area, etc.

As the summer warms up, the rolling stock rehab and construction will resume in the air conditioned section of the barn.

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