Visible progress has slowed somewhat on the Shenandoah Division, but there is
still work being done on the railroad.
03/17/2003 Progress Report, most of the work that has been done has involved
trying to take advantage of the nice spring weather to mass cut wood. I've been
cutting and assembling subroadbed templates for the upper level from Shenandoah
Junction to just north of Ridgemont. Once I get the 3rd PlanIt templates
assembled, I've been marking 3/4" plywood and cutting subroadbed. At this point,
I've got all the upper level subroadbed cut from Shenandoah Junction to the
north end of Ridgemont.
After cutting the subroadbed, I glued the templates to these pieces of
plywood in preparation for installing the subroadbed on the layout. I've also
calculated all the riser heights necessary for this portion of the layout, and
I've managed to cut all the risers. This stretch of the mainline will eventually
route the Shenandoah Division through its summit at High Meadow, Va.
I also have installed a few of the risers and the subroadbed at Shenandoah
Junction itself, site of the crossing between the CSXT Shenandoah Division and
the Norfolk Southern CR&E Division, resulting in some new
mileposts being achieved. This installation work
has been done in preparation for future work sessions which will see the NS CR&E
Chareston, W. Va. staging yard subroadbed installed, along with continuing the
risers and subroadbed for the CSXT mainline north of Shenandoah Junction.