Since the 06/01/2003 Progress Report, several
mileposts have been achieved on the railroad.
Thanks to some help from the crew at a recent work session, risers and
plywood subroadbed were installed at the site of Virginia Eastman in Carpenter,
Va. I have also installed the risers and subroadbed from the curve near the
north end of Ridgemont, Va. to the south end of Carpenter.
Good progress continues to be made on installing the Subvinylbed and Vinylbed
roadbed on the mainline. In addition, the Vinylbed was laid for the Ridgemont,
Va. passing siding.
Track crews have been following right behind the roadbed crews. The mainline
has now been completed through Ridgemont around Pearson Curve and into the south
end of Carpenter. The passing siding at Ridgemont has been completed as well.
Progress as of July 6, 2003
Overall view at the end of the aisle showing the High Meadow, Va. area
in the background on the upper level with Ridgemont, Va. just out of sight on the right. The
northbound grade peaks at 2.0% in the corner by the window before leveling
off for the Blue Spring Wood Products spur and south end of Ridgemont
This view looks northward at the south end of the Ridgemont passing
siding. The southbound grade peaks at 2.5% at the
south end of Ridgemont, requiring pushers for southbound trains from
Covington. The backdrop sections are simply placed temporarily for
Overall view looking southward at Ridgemont. There is rolling stock in
the background on the mainline at the north end of Ridgemont in the
vicinity of Old Dominion Forest Industries.
View of Ridgemont looking southward toward the south end and the crest of
the southbound 2.5% helper district.
Another view of Ridgemont with High Meadow in the far background and
Catawba Creek Viaduct below.
Overall view of the Pearson Curve area. The farm will be located in the
middle of the curve. The Old Dominion Forest Industries spur and the north
end of the Ridgemont passing siding are to the left of the wall in front
of the backdrop. The Virginia Eastman plant at Carpenter will be located
to the right of Pearson Curve.
Carpenter, Va. is the future home to the Virginia Eastman chemical
plant. This plant will have a dedicated plant switcher; CSX trains will
simply set-off and pick-up here. The plant scene will be about 2000 scale
feet (13 actual feet) long. North Salem yard is visible on the lower level
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