Track Updates . . .|
The month of July has seen a lot of progress
on both Car House track four and the second track of the main line.
next section of the track four extension was prepared for concrete. It
will take 18 cubic yards and will get almost one car length past the
points of the switch. In preparation for the pour, forms were installed
and well as a drainage pipe laid down the length of the track. After
this pour is done, it will only take two more truck loads of concrete
to complete this phase of the track extension.
the first of many truck deliver ballast.
main line second track has also started to move ahead again. The first
task was to “trim” the trees that had grown near the track over the
last few years. The backhoe did a very nice job of pulling down the
trees while the track crew cut them up into smaller pieces once they
were down. With the second track clear enough to run a car down it, a
“third rail” was laid out at standard gauge. The first section was
about 150 feet and started just before the curve north of the freight
shed and continued south of the curve. While this was being down six
truck loads of ballast was delivered to the museum, about 120 tons, and
two of our members headed off to transport a standard gauge ballast car
to the museum. While they were away, the track crew quickly built a
crossing using ballast just north of the freight shed. By lunch time
the car had arrived and within an hour it was transferred from the
trailer to our “standard" gauge track. With everything now ready to
ballast, car 1164 was taken by the track crew to move the ballast car.
Since there is no overhead wire over the second track, a stinger was
used to provide power. The ballast car was loaded by the back hoe (5-6
trips) and then 1164 pushed the ballast car down the new track as it
dropped ballast. A tie ahead of the trailing ballast car wheels trimmed
the stone to just even with the rail height. The 150 feet was done in a
few hours and then the track crew called it a day since it was getting
late. The middle of the next week the track crew laid another 150 feet
of third rail and ballasting will continue.|
car ready to off load onto the standard gauge temporary track.
ballast into ballast car. 1164's controller handle can be
seen in the lower center right. Beyond the ballast car the dual gauge
track can be seen on the right side of the ties, standard railroad
gauge and Baltimore transit gauge.
car with tie to level stone to top of rail. In the distance the speeder
can be seen in front of 22nd Street shop. The ballast to the right of
the car is the temporary crossing to allow the front end loader to
cross the main line.
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