During the week of February 24, I attached diagonal braces to some of the
peninsula supports in preparation for installing the first peninsula in the
On Saturday, March 2, 2002, we completed quite a bit of work on the layout. I
spent time that morning attaching more diagonal braces to the peninsula
supports, and I have now completed this work for 9 of the 11 supports in the
South Salem peninsula.
Marcus and Larry arrived in the early afternoon for a work session. The three
of us formed an assembly line to build all of the wall bracket supports for the
Salem/Carpenter area as well as the supports for the Roanoke Junction section.
Marcus placed wood in the assembly templates and glued the wood, while I drilled
screw holes and Larry drove the screws home into the wood. After completing
these supports, we took a break to enjoy some of Cherie's fresh-baked
chocolate-chip cookies. :-)
We then spent a couple of hours attaching glue blocks to the horizontal
joists for both of the narrow decks in the main layout room.
We took a quick break for dinner at the Remington Grill, and Marcus and Larry
wanted to do some more work before heading back home. Instead of continuing the
assembly-line work, we started to install the first of the benchwork in the
layout room. Armed with the layout benchwork plan, the drawings of the room stud
walls, and a stud finder, we proceeded to locate the studs in the Roanoke
Junction area of the plan. Larry would hold the brackets on the wall while I
made sure they were level and plumb. When I was satisfied with the location of
each bracket, I would drill #8 countersink holes in the vertical portion of the
bracket, and Marcus would screw it to the wall using the #8 x 2 1/2"
screws. We managed to attach five brackets to the wall in the Roanoke Junction
area. We were going to start installing the South Salem peninsula, but after
some discussion, I decided I wanted to double-check some things in 3rd PlanIt
Installing the first benchwork bracket was indeed a major milestone on the
road to being able to operate the new CSXT Shenandoah Division. I'm excited
about the progress we made Saturday!