Signal Maintainers Activate Covington Subdivision Mainline!
CSXT Shenandoah Division crews have been busy since the
01/01/2004 Progress Report. As usual, a variety of projects
are either underway or completed, but the biggest news in this update is that
the signal maintainers have finished their power wiring from the south end (SE)
of Ridgemont to the Connellsville/Winchester staging yard. As a result, the
entire Covington Subdivision mainline and passing sidings from MC Cabin (north
of North Salem) to the end of the visible mainline north of Covington now has
To accomplish this feat, the signal maintainers installed a Digitrax DB150
booster at the old location of the DCS100 (Chief) command station, and moved the
DCS100 to a new location underneath SN Cabin at North Salem. A new control panel
board with the railroad's second PM42 and third BDL162 was installed as well.
During a recent work session, Larry helped me wire the railroad from SE
Ridgemont to just south of SE Covington. To celebrate, we ran a train from SE
Covington to MC Cabin, taking 21 real minutes to cover this distance.
Inspired by the progress we had made, I finished the wiring from SE Covington to
the Connellsville/Winchester staging yard. Running a train from MC Cabin to the
end of the visible mainline took 28 real minutes!
The signal maintainers will turn their attention next to wiring the Salem
Terminal south from MC Cabin to the Wadesboro staging yard.
Thanks to Chuck, Jan, and Rich, another recent work session resulted in the
installation of more risers and plywood subroadbed to extend the
Connellsville/Winchester staging yard. After the plywood subroadbed was
installed, I glued templates to the subroadbed and proceeded to lay as much
Vinylbed as I could before we add the next section of subroadbed.
Track Crews Continue Progress
After getting the Vinylbed roadbed installed, track crews proceeded with
working on the Connellsville/Winchester staging yard. Five turnouts have been
installed in the yard throat, and crews have started laying body tracks as well.
Also, track crews have been busy installing manual slide-switch controls for the
Atlas code 55 turnouts. Thanks to the diligent efforts of Marcus at a recent
work session, wires to provide power to the turnout frogs were pre-soldered to
about 50 of these switch controls.
I've then been installing these switch controls in between other projects on the
railroad. So far, I've installed 34 of these controls at various locations on
the railroad. Eventually, the railroad will have around 110-120 of these
controls. At some future point, the dispatcher-controlled passing siding
(control point/OS section) turnouts will receive Tortoise switch machines. In
the meantime, we're able to provide positive point control and frog power for
about 80 cents each.