Norfolk Southern Roanoke Benchwork Installed
Since the 08/25/2004
Progress Report, Norfolk Southern crews have been working on the NS Roanoke
terminal. Thanks to help from Rich and Scott at a recent work session, the
benchwork for the NS Roanoke staging yard was installed. After completing the
benchwork, the 3rd PlanIt templates were glued to the benchwork. Roadway crews
then proceed to install the Vinylbed roadbed. NS track crews will be recalled
from furlough once a track shipment arrives.
Potts Valley Railway Benchwork Started
The crew of the Potts Valley Railway (PVRY) had begun installation of the
benchwork for this short line railroad. Once the initial piece of benchwork was
installed, management decided to use the
iterative design technique to
refine the trackage of the PVRY in 3rd PlanIt. As a result, management has
decided on some benchwork changes to the PVRY, which should allow for improved
appearance and operation for this railroad.
At some point in the future, the updated layout design will be posted to the web
site to reflect the latest changes.
Signal Maintainers Activate Trackage
With the NS and PVRY roadway crews busy, CSXT signal maintainers have been
hard at work activating additional trackage in the towns of Covington,
Carpenter, New Castle, Abbott, Catawba, and Wadesboro. During this "blitz", the
signal maintainers have soldered approximately 290 feeders in these towns. As a
result, ALL track (including industry and yard tracks) has been
activated in Covington, Carpenter, New Castle, Abbott, and Wadesboro. By
completing the wiring in Covington, the signal maintainers also completed the
continuous running loop formed by trackage in Connellsville/Winchester,
Covington, and on the Potts Valley Railway connection (see
the upper level layout design). CSXT crews tested the running of locomotive
consists over this loop.
At this point, the signal maintainers still have to finish their work in Catawba
before turning their attention to North Salem and Salem (in both cases,
additional track must be laid as well).
The signal maintainers have also managed to find and fix an improperly crimped
connector on a LocoNet cable, so the LocoNet is now fully functional.
Backdrop and Fascia
Cherie has been helping out since the last progress report by working on
backdrop and fascia sections. She has painted green additional fascia sections.
She has also been working on applying joint compound to the joints between the
backdrop sections as well as covering the screws used to attach the backdrop.
The focus for the remainder of 2004 and into 2005 is to complete all the
"heavy" construction, such as benchwork, backdrop, and fascia in addition to
completing all of the wiring.