Much progress continues to be made on the Shenandoah Division. More
benchwork, roadbed and track have been installed. There have been two group work
sessions so far in September.
During the period since the last
progress report, I have managed to get a lot of stuff done a little bit at
the time, so I'll just summarize what I did during this period.
I taped together all of the 3rdPlanIt templates for North Salem, and I glued
down templates on all the existing plywood subroadbed at North Salem.
I managed to lay 17.5 pieces of Vinylbed roadbed. Roadbed now exists on the
No. 1 and No. 2 tracks at North Salem about 2/3 of the way between SX Cabin and
SN Cabin. I also laid 9 pieces of flex track with the No. 1 track at North Salem
having been laid through Roanoke Junction almost to SX Cabin. I also laid 1 code
55 #7 turnout.
I also installed the plywood subroadbed and riser for the NS at Roanoke
Junction, and I moved all of the scrap layout pieces from the old layout into
the garage to allow us to have room to continue installing benchwork.
In addition to track work, I cut a lot of wood during this period in
preparation for the group work sessions where I had additional hands to help me
Jan and Scott came over for an evening work session. We installed 11 brackets
on the long wall in the back room (Hanging Rock-Catawaba on the lower level and
Ridgemont on the upper level). We also worked on starting the assembly of the MC
Cabin/Pearson Curve short peninsula that separates the two rooms.
I spent a weekend afternoon determining how to install Tortoise switch
machines with Atlas code 55 turnouts. I also created a manual spring to hold the
turnout points in place to see if that would work, and it indeed does.
I created a cut list for the masonite backdrop and fascia pieces.
Marcus, Larry, Tommy, and I had a Saturday work session, and were joined
later by Rich, Todd, and Jan. We assembled the 5 sections of grid benchwork
along the Hanging Rock/Ridgemont wall. We also assembled 4 brackets, and we
doubled up the feet on the supports for the Catawba peninsula. We then installed
the 5 grid sections, and the 4 brackets we had made earlier (3 at Catawba/High
Meadow and 1 at Hanging Rock) as well as 2 fascia support boards at Hanging
Rock/Ridgemont on the short peninsula.