Progress continues on phase two. This is the first part that will give the railroad a reverse loop. I now have about 200′ of rail laid and ballasted. I also added the ties for a future switch that will be phase four, but that will probably be in summer of 2017. I need to do some measuring, but it will bring the mainline to about 3,600′ of continuous main line. Here are a few pics of the progress from last week and today.
Front of house, going up toward crossing. Driveway ahead on left.
Above photo taken near Golden Spike plaque. It reads: Nasonville Valley Railroad – Golden Spike Ceremony – May 24, 2008.
Heading toward the street from the crossing
Looking toward the switch to return. Bottom right is future switch to eliminate single track through tunnel.
This is a really cool video. There is also a great transfer table.
Tomorrow is the George Lovett Memorial Fall Blow-down Meet (NO Food – Soda Only). It looks like it will be a chilly day, so dress warm. For directions click here. Usually someone is there by 9 am and will probably be running until about 2 pm. If you want a ride, I suggest you plan to come early.
Today I made more headway. I managed to complete another 40′ and also one rail on another 40′. So tomorrow, I can finish what was begun and go on. Here are a few pics.
This is 40′ with only one rail.
When I first started laying track. I was able to borrow a rail punch. Wish I had it now. This is my drill template.
Drilling for rail joiners.
Every tie has four screws. One on each side of the rail. The red bar is my rail gauge.
I made it to the crossing. Just have that 40′ to finish. First, I need to drill out more rail.
Yesterday, may dad and I cut 59 – 16′ 2×4’s for ties. Today, I restarted drilling one track screw in 240 ties, and laid them out along the new extension rail to ease the construction process. Later, I completed about 25′, less the ballast. Thanks to @Henry Coleman, fellow member of WLS for helping me lay some track. Here are a few pics.
Looking towards to new switch. Landscaping fabric and single rail in place.
Stacks of cut ties.
Single screw added to aid in gauging.
240 ties with one screw loaded on flat car read to spread along the new line
Ties laid out along new line
Extended crossing ready for rail
25′ feet complete. More to come tomorrow.
On August 31st, I posted my last extension update. Today, I began clearing and grading part of the extension – the Mountain Division. I did a walk through with a time lapse video. This part of the extension will add 1,000′ to the main line. More updates to come in the near future.
After some reworking of the original plan, I have begun Phase 2. The track now has 1,750′ of main line. The first part of phase 2 will add another 400′, making a reverse look and double tracking part of the main line. In the spring, the second part of phase two will add another 1,000′. This part will include a few bridges. I’m still working out how I want to build the bridges. I have the basic layout in my head. Tomorrow, my dad and I are going to do some transit work to figure elevations and the kind of prep work that must be done. Below, you can see the switch at the end of the 400′ extension that will complete the reverse loop.
Switch that will return to the main line before crossing the culvert and entering the tunnel.
Waushakum Live Steamers annual meet weekend August 28, 29 & 30.
For more info and directions, click here.
This is a really cool video of how the railroads weld rail.
I wish to you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas! May you experience the love and mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I will remember you in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Christmas.