Slow but steady progress continues on the extension. I’m continuing on from where I left off in August. The last 500′ is almost completely graded. I had a “minor” setback on Monday. When I was grading with the skid steer, I slid off part of the new roadbed. With that I got stuck and wiped out about 20′ of the current main line. The skid steer bottomed out, but I finally managed to get it free.
Today, I made some good progress. Tomorrow, I hope to finish grading and begin searching for a solution for a 40′ tunnel. Once grading is complete, I’ll put together a little walk through video.
Skid Steer after trying to pull back up onto the new road bed.
The current main line -ouch. 🙁
A view of the damage
Looking from the driveway toward the upper side of the extension. Street is to the right.
Looking back toward the driveway through the new cutout.
I have been using a skidder to begin grading the new Mountain Division. When complete, it will add another 1000′ to the current main line. This along with the double track behind the house and the new revers loop will … Continue reading →
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
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.