Carpenter Industry Trackage Completed!
With the track in Covington completed (see the 08/15/2004
Progress Report), CSXT Shenandoah Division crews have been busy working on
the track in the town of Carpenter, Virginia. As usual, a variety of projects
are either underway or completed, but the biggest news in this update is that
the CSXT crews have completed all the track work at Carpenter.
As of August 25, 2004, CSXT track crews completed the installation of all the
industry trackage in Carpenter. This trackage includes the interchange track
between CSXT and Virginia Eastman as well as all of the Virginia Eastman spur
within the large chemical plant. The slide switch turnout controls also have been installed
for all turnouts in Carpenter.
The signal maintainers have begun their work in Carpenter as well. All track and
turnout frog feeders have been installed. When the signal
maintainers return to Carpenter, their next task will be the connection of the power bus to the Carpenter
With the track in Carpenter completed, CSXT crews will turn their
attention to a variety of other projects on the railroad in an effort to return
service to the Shenandoah Valley as soon as possible.
Overall view of the Carpenter, Va. area looking southward. The first
track to the right of the mainline is the interchange track between CSXT and
the Virginia Eastman plant railroad. The remaining trackage in Carpenter
belongs to Virginia Eastman, which will be worked by a plant switcher. From
north to south, the Virginia Eastman plant will stretch about 13 actual feet
(almost 2100 scale feet).