A substantial amount of progress has been made since the
11/12/02 Progress Report. The roadway crew and track crew have been hard at
work pushing construction of the railroad forward, while adding to the list of mileposts being
On November 16, Marcus and Larry came up for an afternoon work
session with resulted in a major milepost being accomplished: after one year of
sitting on the floor, the New Castle peninsula from the old layout was finally
installed into the new layout.
First, we installed the old legs on the New Castle peninsula. We then drilled
holes and installed the new legs at the rear of the New Castle peninsula. Next,
we installed the 3 supports at the Broad Run/Laurel area to tie the Catawba and
New Castle peninsulas together. Rich then joined us later in the session, and we
lifted all 3 sections of the New Castle peninsula and tied them together. We
reinstalled the cross braces on the legs for the New Castle peninsula. Finally,
we also tied the New Castle peninsula into the Laurel/Broad Run supports.
With the exciting accomplishment of the previous day spurring me forward, I
installed 13 risers, 1 splice plate, and 4 pieces of plywood subroadbed on
November 17. All of this work was done on the grade from MC Cabin through
Hanging Rock to the south end of the Catawba Creek Viaduct. I also installed 2
fascia support pieces at the Catawba Creek Viaduct. I installed 2 pieces of
Vinylbed at MC Cabin and 4 pieces of Subvinylbed from MC Cabin to Hanging Rock
Tunnel (south of the Catawba Creek Viaduct).
On November 18, I installed 3 pieces of Vinylbed from MC Cabin to Hanging Rock
Tunnel. I also installed 1/3 piece at MC to complete the MC Lead.
On November 19, I soldered together 2 long sections (2 regular sections each)
of code 55 flextrack for the curves in the MC Cabin area of North Salem. I then
laid 2 pieces (1 long section) of flextrack on the main line at the curve just
south of MC Cabin. I also laid 1 short piece of flextrack on the Mason Creek
Lead to prepare for laying the rest of the MC Lead.
Jan, Chuck, Rich, and Scott came over for a work session on Thursday, November
21. We worked primarily on stabilizing the rear of the Catawba peninsula and the
supports at Laurel/Broad Run area, which took most of the work session. Scott
and Rich adjusted the remaining peninsula supports for the 3/4" adjustment that
Rich and I had previously made on the first part of the Catawba peninsula. We
discussed several construction techniques to solidify the peninsula, and we
screwed 6 peninsula supports into the floor. Rich and I then installed the
remaining 7 Catawba peninsula supports and tied them together with the top plate
I laid 2 pieces (1 long section) of flextrack on the Mason Creek Lead curve
just south of MC Cabin on Friday, November 22.
I glued together the 1/2" x 3/4" x 24" styrene strips for the Catawba Creek
Viaduct on November 23. These strips will support the track as it crosses the
Catawba Creek Valley and the Norfolk Southern CR&E Division. I also worked on
redesigning the Georgia Pacific OSB plant at Catawba to use some space behind
the backdrop that did not become apparent until the benchwork was installed.
I primed 2 pieces of fascia (one was 1/4" x 2' x 4' to solidfy the legs at New
Castle) and 2 pieces of backdrop on November 24. I also laid 1/2 piece of
flextrack & one #7 turnout at MC Cabin to complete the mainline to MC Cabin.
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