Track Updates . . .|
|June 18 to June 30, 2007 Update
The track gang has continued to move forward on the extension of four
track to the car house. In the last two weeks the rail has been
leveled, gauged and welded. To prevent the rails from leaning in/out
from each other, four seven foot pieces of old t-rail were welded to
the bottom of the girder rail. These rails, along with the gauge rods
will hold the rail when the concert is poured in the next few weeks.
The welding not only included the t-rail “ties”, but also every joint
bar was welded to assure a good mechanical and electrical connection.
Once the concrete is poured, it would be very difficult to fix a loose
joint. Alignment of the two rails to one another requires a lot of
friendly persuasion, i.e. lots of track jacks. It took a combination of
the track jacks, gauge rods and a very large pipe wrench to get
everything lined up in order for the welder to do his job. The next
tasks are to finish installation of the two compromise joints at the
front of the Car House and to install a drainage system under the track.
of the gauge rods are inplace and the welder is preparing to weld one
of the joints. The welding not only prevents the joints from loosening,
but also ensures a good electrical return.
mater how hard you try, some things need a little help to line up. Ed
using both track jacks and a cabler hoist to adjust the track to the
proper gauge before the welder works on the next joint.
Line crew had an emergency call this past week when the contractor who
will be working in our area noticed a large tree that was down on our
overhead line. When we arrived, it was also being held by the
communication cable that runs from the Visitor’s Center to the 22nd
Street Shop. The tree, while not as large as some along our line had
pulled the overhead line to about 8 feet above the rail, less than the
height of our cars. We started to carefully trim the top of the tree to
reduce the weight on the line and continued trimming using the line
truck as a platform. Once the weight was reduced, we pushed the line
car under the tree and continued to trim away. With the tree trimmed
away from the overhead wire, we worked on getting it off the
communication line using the backhoe to take some of the load.|
the over hang has been cut away from the lines, now for the tricky
part, cutting on the other side.
surveys the tree on the line before we start to remove it.
restoration group continues working on the restoration of car 127. A
large part of this work requires removing dirt and old paint and
varnish. This is a slow process, but the results are well worth the
and Design Copyright © 1998 by Thom