Since the 08/21/2003 Progress Report, several
mileposts have been achieved on the railroad! It's
hard to believe that we've made so much progress after having only been in the
house 2 years as of October 2003. I appreciate all of the assistance I've gotten
from the guys in the construction crew, and I'm having fun working on the
railroad, especially now that we're running trains again! ;-)
After the first run of a train on the new layout on August 17, 2003, I was
determined to capitalize on the momentum that was generated by finally getting started on the wiring. A lot of my
recent modeling energy has been spent on activating more of the railroad.
Working by myself, I installed the feeders from Catawba to the south end of New
Castle. I also went ahead and connected the north and south end Catawba OS
sections, Catawba mainline, and Catawba passing siding to the Digitrax BDL162.
With some help at a work session on September 20, 2003, we activated the
mainline from the north end of Catawba to the Apple Track turnout in New Castle.
Building on this progress, I wired the New Castle passing siding, and the
mainline heading north out of New Castle through the Bald Knob block up to the
"Corkscrew." These efforts culminated in the first train running onto the New
Castle peninsula (salvaged from V1) on September 20, 2003 and the first train
running up to the "Corkscrew" on September 28, 2003!
In addition to working on wiring, I've also cut all of the remaining plywood
subroadbed and risers for the visible portion of the mainline from the north end
of Carpenter to the entrance of the Connellsville/Winchester staging yard. I
took advantage of some nice late summer weather in September to cut all of this
wood in preparation for installation at work sessions this fall.
Finally, I've also spent time laying more Vinylbed roadbed and track. The
Norfolk Southern Charleston staging yard has been installed. The Appalachian
Power Company tracks and Dixie Plastics & Forming spur have been installed in
Laurel. Laying the track at the Blue Spring Wood Products spur at High Meadow and the Old Dominion
Forest Industries spur north of Ridgemont have completed all the trackwork
between Salem and the south end of Carpenter!
Unfortunately, a lot of the progress I've made since the last report doesn't
translate well to photos, but I have included some pictures below of the
significant work that has been done.