Connellsville/Winchester Staging Yard Activated!
CSXT Shenandoah Division crews have been busy since the
04/28/2004 Progress Report. As usual, a variety of projects
are either underway or completed, but the biggest news in this update is that
the CSXT track crews and signal maintainers have finished their work in the activating the
staging yard at Connellsville/Winchester
as of June 10, 2004!
Track crews finished working in the Connellsville/Winchester area on May 23,
2004, including laying the track around the back of the staging yard loops for
the Potts Valley Railway. After the track work was done, the signal maintainers
proceeded with installing feeders and attaching them to bus wires for each of
the staging tracks (6 loop tracks plus 1 additional track). All 7 tracks are
connected together temporarily via a terminal strip in preparation for the
eventual installation of toggle switches to turn off each track.
The signal maintainers also successfully tested the wiring of this yard,
including the operation of the automatic reversing unit built into the Digitrax
PM42 supplying power to this part of the railroad. A brief moment of panic
ensued before the Chief Signal Maintainer realized that one of the Configuration
Variables had been programmed incorrectly for the PM42! :-) With the mistake
rectified, motive power was successfully run on all 7 tracks to test the
auto-reversing functionality, and the yard was declared in service on June 10,
Norfolk Southern Signal Maintainers Activate NS Charleston Yard!
Norfolk Southern signal maintainers have made a return appearance in the
vicinity of Shenandoah Junction, Va. They have completed the installation of
all wiring for the NS Charleston, W. Va. staging yard. Not to be outdone by the
CSXT signal maintainers, the NS electrical crews also temporarily wired all 4
staging tracks together while awaiting the future installation of toggle
switches to provide the ability to turn off staging tracks when not in use. The
NS signal maintainers have also installed and wired slide switch turnout
controls for this yard. All wiring in the Charleston Yard was completed by May
Signal Maintainers Continue Additional Wiring
The CSXT signal maintainers worked on several other projects in addition to
the Connellsville/Winchester staging yard. These crews have completed the
installation of all LocoNet wiring on the Shenandoah Division. The LocoNet
connects the DCS100 (Chief), a DB150 booster, a UR91 radio receiver, 3 PM42s, 5
BDL162s, and 17 PH-UP throttle panels, along with all the associated cabling.
In addition, the signal maintainers have been installing wires to power the
turnout frogs via slide switches. Turnouts at Abbott, Laurel, Shenandoah
Junction, High Meadow, and Ridgemont have been completed. Power has been
provided to industry tracks at Laurel and High Meadow as well.
Roadway Crews Continue to Make Progress
The roadway crews have installed additional plywood subroadbed and Vinylbed roadbed
at the Virginia Eastman plant in Carpenter in preparation for future tracklaying.
Fascia and Backdrop Installation Continues
Thanks to some help from the work crew, additional Masonite fascia
sections have been installed on the railroad. The backdrop has now been
completed at the NS Charleston, W. Va. staging yard, while fascia has been
installed from Laurel around "Wall Curve" to Shenandoah Junction.