The rebuild is pretty much complete. Just have to add a railing and a few minor details. I will definitely steam up and run across the new trestle tomorrow. Here are a few pictures. I will have a few with a locomotive crossing tomorrow.
As of today, the trestle is complete. I’ll add a railing and stain the whole thing in the spring. I also began installing the rail today. Tomorrow I’ll finish and fire up a locomotive. Two pics below. One shows the whole trestle 92′ long. The second is at the far end of the trestle. I want to keep ballast away from the end bases to prevent rot. I’ll share some final pictures either tomorrow or Monday.
Today, I completed all of the decking. Put in some sills and cross braces. I will finish adding sway braces, sills, cross braces and re-lay rail on Friday. All depends on on the weather. I plan on running on Sunday. Here are a few pics.
I made good use of today’s rain out by installing an Eccentric Engineer Injector on my OS Mogul. I’ll get back outside tomorrow and finish up the trestle rebuild. Can’t wait to run, try out the new injector and run across the new trestle. More pics of the trestle tomorrow.
I finished almost all the stringers today. I also began the lattice work to strengthen the center span. Progress tomorrow depends on the weather. Here are a few pics.
Progress continues. Between yesterday and today I managed to get the stringers up on 7 sections. Only three more to go. Once that is finished, it’s on to laying ties. I still have to add sway beams, peny bents, and reinforcing lattice for the center span, along with a railing and a few cosmetic enhancements.
We made a lot of progress today. I installed all of the bases and bents. At first, I though I couldn’t do it. The tallest ones are really heavy since the wood is still wet. Finally, I began installing the cross beams. Next week, I’ll finish up the cross beams and hopefully install the ties. I plan on running across the new trestle in two weeks. Here are a few pics.
Great progress today. I finished all 10 bents and took down a huge tree with four trunks coming from one root. We have a lot of dead oaks because of the gypsy moths and a couple of dry summers. This one would have fallen through the new trestle. Tomorrow I will begin installing the bents.
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I finished another three new bents yesterday. Next week, I’ll build the last four and begin putting them up. Should have this project completed in a couple more weeks. Now they are getting pretty heavy. The wood is still pretty wet. Only two more tall ones to go, then we have two smaller ones. Once they dry a bit, I’ll give them a heavy coat of stain.