We moved into this house one year ago today, and I am amazed at the progress
we've made in such a short time towards getting the Shenandoah Division back
into operation. And even though we didn't start the layout until 3.5 months
after moving in, it seems appropriate to reflect on the progress made since we
moved. Compare the state of the layout room from the
10/13/2001 Progress Report to the progress report for
09/15/2002 and to the photos below in this report.
On September 15, I laid 3 code 55 #7 turnouts at RJ Cabin. I also laid 4 pieces of code 55 flex
track between RJ and SX Cabin on the No. 2 track, A/D lead, and South Lead. I laid
1 piece of Vinylbed on the Norfolk Southern staging yard lead at Roanoke. I laid 2 pieces of Peco code 55 flex
at Wadesboro, along with 4 Atlas code 80 rerailers.
On September 16, I laid 4 pieces of code 80 flex track on the back 3 staging tracks at
On September 17, I added elevation markers for the lower level to the design in 3rdPlanIt in
preparation for installing subroadbed north of North Salem.
Over the evenings of September 18-19, I printed 3rdPlanIt templates for the
short peninsula and the Catawba Creek Viaduct wall, and I then trimmed and taped together the templates for the short peninsula and the
entire lower level Catawba Creek Viaduct wall.
I created a cut list for risers from SN Cabin to S.E. Catawba on September
21. I also cut and
taped templates, and I cut plywood subroadbed for the area from SN Cabin to the S.E.
Catawba Creek Viaduct.
On September 22, I laid 5 code 55 #7 turnouts, 4.75 pieces of code 55 flex track, and 1 piece
of Vinylbed in the SX Cabin/CSX BIDS Terminal area of North Salem. I also cut
all the risers and splice plates from the cut list for SN Cabin to S.E. Catawba.
On September 23, I sanded subroadbed, and I glued the templates to the subroadbed from SN
Cabin to the S.E. Catawba Creek Viaduct. I laid the #7 turnout for the BIDS
Terminal at North Salem, and I laid 2 pieces of code 55 flex track.
On the evenings of September 24-25, I managed to squeeze in a little bit of
time to work on the layout and so I laid 2 pieces of code 55 flex track.
Jan and Scott came over for a work session on September 26. We finished installing the
benchwork for the short peninsula at the SN/MC Cabin/Pearson Curve area. We
marked the subroadbed locations from SN Cabin to S.E. Catawba Creek Viaduct. We
also installed the remaining two pieces (about 7') of plywood subroadbed at
On September 27, I cleaned up from the previous night's work session. I also glued the
remaining 6 templates to the newly installed subroadbed at North Salem (SN Cabin
area), and I laid 1 more piece of code 55 flex track.
On September 28, Rich came over with his table saw. We cut masonite to size for fascia and
backdrop sections in preparation for later installation. After Rich went home, I laid the templates for a new industry in the SN Cabin area of North Salem.
This new industry is Science Diet (North Salem Cat Food Plant). I also laid 5
pieces of Vinylbed in the SN Cabin area.
On September 29, I laid 4.5 pieces of Vinylbed in the SN Cabin area. I laid 4 pieces of code
55 flex track.
On September 30, I installed Vinylbed pieces for the two sets of crossovers in the SN Cabin
area. I laid the #7 turnout at the Science Diet plant. I laid 3.25 pieces of
code 55 flex track.
On October 1, I laid 4 #7 turnouts and 2 pieces of code 55 flex track in the SN Cabin area,
completing both the No. 1 and No. 2 tracks to SN Cabin.
Completion of the main lines to SN Cabin marks a major
milepost in the construction of the Shenandoah