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Significant Mileposts in the Construction of the CSXT Shenandoah Division (V2.0)

Milepost Number Date Milepost
197 2/19/09 Plaster cloth applied from Abbott to north end of Catawba.
196 2/8/09 Began installation of cardboard scenery forms at Abbott and Catawba Tunnel.
195 2/5/09 Plaster cloth applied from the north portal of Hanging Rock Tunnel to the curve at Hanging Rock.
194 1/1/09 Began installation of cardboard scenery forms at Hanging Rock Tunnel.
193 12/26/08 Began applying ballast at tunnel portals.
192 12/20/08 Began installing tunnel portals at Hanging Rock Tunnel, Catawba Tunnel, Chimney Rock Tunnel, and Mud Run Tunnel.
191 09/30/08 Installed the last signal from South Bend Signal Company on the railroad at New Castle, which completed the signal installation from MC Cabin to the north end of Covington and removed all the Digitrax signal test masts from the layout.
190 03/24/08 Installed the first signal from South Bend Signal Company on the railroad as the southward absolute signal at the north end of Ridgemont.
189 02/27/08 Completed wiring and slide switch turnout controls for main classification yard at North Salem.
188 01/27/08 Completed Vinylbed and track in main classification yard at North Salem (after design revisions to add an additional track).
187 12/27/07 Completed Vinylbed and track in main classification yard at North Salem (as designed configuration).
186 12/8/07 Began installation of track in the classification yard at North Salem.
185 11/24/07 Began installation of Vinylbed in the classification yard at North Salem.
184 07/30/07 Installed schematic diagrams of towns on fascia from Catawba to Covington.
183 07/21/07 First run of T636, the northbound Laurel Turn, from the Appalachian Power Co. plant in Laurel, Va.
182 07/08/07 First rock castings installed on layout at cut north of Pearson Curve.
181 03/17/07 First run of P992/P993, the Skyline Special, fall foliage excursion behind CRR 4-6-6-4 670.
180 03/17/07 First run of Covington Shifter (B703).
179 01/06/07 Installed first plaster scenery in the Pearson Curve area between Ridgemont and Carpenter, Va.
178 12/30/06 Began installation of cardboard scenery forms just south of Carpenter, Va.
177 12/30/06 Finished installation of the 12th (of 12) local switch controls on the Covington Subdivision (MC Cabin to N.E. Covington).
176 12/27/06 Completed installation of the new James River Lead at Catawba.
175 11/25/06 Began installation of the new James River Lead at Catawba.
174 11/25/06 Installed first local switch control panel at N.E. Catawba.
173 11/18/06 First sound equipped locomotive operated on the railroad on P997, the Santa Claus Special.
172 09/16/06 First shifter (local train), B712, operated on the railroad.
171 06/16/06 Installed remaining lighting fixtures north of SN Cabin.
170 06/06/06 Installed lighting fixtures in the Salem, Va. area from Market Street Union Station to the SE Cabin vicinity. Installed lighting fixtures from Hanging Rock to just north of SN Cabin.
169 06/04/06 Installed lighting fixtures in the North Salem, Va. area from SN Cabin to Roanoke Junction.
168 05/20/06 First operating session using TCS on the entire Covington Subdivision (MC Cabin to Alleghany Junction) of the railroad!
167 04/22/06 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at NE Covington, completing installation of TCS from MC Cabin to NE Covington over the entire Covington Subdivision!
166 04/18/06 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at SE Covington.
165 04/16/06 Installed third SE8C at Market Street Union Station in Salem, Va.
164 04/08/06 Installed lighting fixtures from SE Catawba Creek Viaduct to south portal Catawba Tunnel. Installed lighting fixtures at Abbott, Va. from south portal Chimney Rock Tunnel to north portal Catawba Tunnel.
163 04/02/06 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at NE Ridgemont.
162 03/24/06 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at SE Ridgemont.
161 01/21/06 First operating session using TCS on a portion (MC Cabin to Shenandoah Junction) of the railroad!
160 01/02/06 Initial run of trains all the way through TCS territory from MC Cabin to Shenandoah Junction (both directions).
159 01/01/06 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at Shenandoah Junction (protecting NS crossing and connection track).
158 12/29/05 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at MC Cabin.
157 12/29/05 Installed second SE8C at MC Cabin.
156 12/26/05 Installed intermediate signals at Abbott and Rich Patch.
155 12/26/05 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at NE Laurel.
154 12/22/05 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at SE Laurel.
153 12/19/05 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at NE New Castle.
152 12/18/05 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at SE New Castle.
151 12/06/05 Used CATS to control OS section (signals and switch) at NE Catawba successfully
150 12/06/05 Installed signals and Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at NE Catawba
149 12/02/05 Used CATS to control OS section (signals and switch) at SE Catawba successfully
148 11/29/05 Installed remaining two signals in plant use with TCS in OS section at SE Catawba
147 11/28/05 Installed first signal in plant for use with TCS in OS section at SE Catawba
146 11/27/05 Installed first Tortoise for use with TCS in OS section at SE Catawba
145 11/20/05 Installed first SE8C for TCS north of Catawba
144 11/05/05 Began preparation work for installation of TCS
143 09/17/05 First use of CATS Version 0.25 with DTC support.
142 07/23/05 First use of equipment with resistive wheelsets for detection during an operating session.
141 05/21/05 Used Computer Assisted Traffic System (CATS) in service during an operating session for the first time for dispatcher to control train movements.
140 05/04/05 Placed Computer Assisted Traffic System (CATS) into service for dispatcher to control train movements.
139 05/02/05 Installed LocoBuffer-II-f to allow PC to communicate with Digitrax DCC LocoNet using JMRI software.
138 03/19/05 First operating session on the V2.0 railroad! First time ran 6 trains simultaneously on the layout!
137 02/26/05 Finished installation and painting of all backdrop with the completion of the curved section at Pearson Curve.
136 02/02/05 Began placing locomotives back into service in preparation for return to operations.
135 01/02/05 Began placing rolling stock in the Connellsville/Winchester staging yard.
134 12/29/04 Finished installation of track in the NS Roanoke staging yard.
133 12/27/04 Installed two LocoNet Fast Clocks above Pearson Curve.
132 12/26/04 Completed installation of NS Charleston staging yard control panel.
131 12/24/04 Completed installation of Connellsville/Winchester and Wadesboro staging yard control panels.
130 12/15/04 Completed installation of all upper level backdrop sections.
129 12/14/04 Began installation of track in NS Roanoke staging yard.
128 12/08/04 Completed installation of all lower level backdrop sections.
127 12/05/04 Completed all upper level fascia installation by installing remaining fascia from Shenandoah Junction to Carpenter.
126 11/28/04 Completed fascia installation in access pits for both the Wadesboro and Connellsville/Winchester staging yards.
125 11/26/04 Completed all mainline & detection related wiring for entire layout!
124 11/22/04 Completed mainline wiring in Salem, Va.
123 11/17/04 Completed installation of backdrop sections in front room (i.e. Salem/Covington) of layout.
122 11/08/04 Completed all wiring in Catawba, Va.
121 10/31/04 Completed cutting all backdrop sections for the layout.
120 09/18/04 First "test" operating session! First time 4 trains ran simultaneously on the layout!
119 09/18/04 Finished installing the Potts Valley Railway benchwork at Glade Springs and Mill Ridge, Va.
118 09/12/04 Completed all wiring in Abbott, Va.
117 09/11/04 Completed all wiring in Carpenter, Va. and for Old Dominion Forest Industries north of Ridgemont, Virginia, which essentially completes all upper level wiring.
116 09/11/04 Completed all wiring in Covington, Va.
115 09/6/04 Activated continuous running loop through Connellsville/Winchester and Covington.
114 09/5/04 Completed industry wiring in New Castle, Va.
113 09/1/04 Installed benchwork for NS Roanoke Terminal (staging yard).
112 08/25/04 Industry trackage completed in Carpenter, Va.
111 08/15/04 Yard and industry trackage completed in Covington, Va.
110 07/31/04 Finished wiring for NS connection from Roanoke Junction to Roanoke, Va.
109 07/29/04 Completed wiring in Wadesboro staging yard.
108 07/18/04 Completed NS connection from Roanoke Junction, Va. to Roanoke, Va.
107 07/17/04 Completed track at Wadesboro staging yard.
106 06/20/04 Finished installing Vinylbed in the Wadesboro staging yard.
105 06/16/04 Completed benchwork for Wadesboro staging yard, which completes all benchwork for the main portion of the layout.
104 06/10/04 Finished all wiring of Connellsville/Winchester staging tracks, including Potts Valley Railway loop track.
103 05/31/04 First loop track wired at Connellsville/Winchester.
102 05/23/04 Finished installing all track in the Connellsville/Winchester staging yard.
101 05/20/04 Finished LocoNet wiring for the entire railroad.
100 05/08/04 Finished installing Vinylbed in the Connellsville/Winchester staging yard.
99 05/05/04 Wiring completed in NS Charleston, W. Va. staging yard.
98 04/26/04 First run of Norfolk Southern trackage at Shenandoah Junction, Va.
97 04/24/04 First run of multiple trains simultaneously on the railroad, including the first meet between two trains on the railroad at Laurel, Va.!
96 04/24/04 Finished the wiring of the Salem Terminal (No. 1 and No. 2 tracks), which completes the mainline and passing siding wiring for the entire railroad!
95 04/21/04 Installed the final piece of plywood subroadbed on the upper level to complete the Connellsville/Winchester staging loop.
94 04/17/04 Cut the final piece of plywood subroadbed for the "main" layout for use in Wadesboro staging loop (still need to do Potts Valley and NS Roanoke staging yard).
93 04/13/04 First track laid for the Potts Valley Raiway at Potts Junction in Covington, Va.
92 03/20/04 Wiring completed to Roanoke Junction on the No. 1 track in the Salem Terminal and to SY Cabin on the No. 2 track.
91 03/15/04 Began wiring of Salem Terminal at MC Cabin.
90 02/28/04 Installed LocoNet cabling from Digitrax Chief (DCS100) at SN Cabin to SY Cabin.
89 02/23/04 Began installation of lower level fascia.
88 02/11/04 Completed installation of turnouts for Connellsville/Winchester staging yard throat.
87 02/08/04 Finished installation of all Digitrax PM42 and BDL162 cards for the layout.
86 01/26/04 Began installation of turnouts in Connellsville/Winchester staging yard.
85 01/18/04 Completed wiring from SE Covington. Ran train from SE Covington to just south of Connellsville/Winchester. Ran train from MC Cabin to end of visible mainline for the first time!
84 01/17/04 Completed wiring from SE Ridgemont to just south of SE Covington. Ran train from SE Covington to MC Cabin.
83 01/10/04 DB150 Booster installed and DCS100 (Chief) relocated.
82 12/31/03
1623 EST
Golden Spike driven in CSXT mainline near the north end of Covington, completing the installation of mainline track from Wadesboro to Connellsville/Winchester!
81 12/18/03 Installed first plywood subroadbed and risers for Connellsville/Winchester staging yard at the north end of the layout.
80 12/18/03 Installed final plywood subroadbed and risers for CSXT Shenandoah Division mainline at the north end of Covington, Va.
79 12/13/03 Mainline completed to helper pocket in Covington, Va.
78 12/07/03 Completed feeder installation in the "back room" by installing feeders from the south end of Ridgemont to Pearson Curve.
77 11/30/03 Wiring completed on mainline to High Meadow, Va., and first train run to High Meadow.
76 11/29/03 Mainline completed to Potts Junction in Covington, Va.
75 11/19/03 Risers and plywood subroadbed installed connecting Carpenter with Covington, Va.
74 11/15/03 First train run from the south end of Laurel, Va. to future intermediate signal at south portal of Mud Run Tunnel (near High Meadow, Va.).
73 11/15/03 Wiring completed from the south end of Laurel, Va. to future intermediate signal at south portal of Mud Run Tunnel (near High Meadow, Va.).
72 11/10/03 Installed second BDL162 and associated control panel to provide detection from the south end of Laurel, Va. to High Meadow, Va.
71 10/23/03 Installed risers and plywood subroadbed for the town of Covington, Va.
70 10/21/03 Restored all track connections on the New Castle peninsula salvaged from V1.
69 09/28/03 Wiring completed from New Castle through the Bald Knob block to the Rich Patch block near the "Corkscrew." Ran the first train from New Castle up the mountain through the "Corkscrew" to the south end of Craig Creek Viaduct.
68 09/27/03 Completed installation of all trackage in the "back room." This milepost included completing the 4 track NS Charleston,W. Va. staging yard, the 2 tracks for Appalachian Power at Laurel, the Dixie Plastics & Forming spur in Laurel, the Blue Spring Wood Products spur in High Meadow, and the Old Dominion Forest Industries spur near Ridgemont.
67 09/25/03 Wiring completed for New Castle passing siding.
66 09/20/03 Wiring completed from the north end of Catawba to the Apple Track turnout near the south end of New Castle, Va. First train run from SN Cabin to New Castle, restoring service to the New Castle peninsula salvaged from V1!
65 09/14/03 Completed mainline to just south of the north end of Carpenter, Va.
64 08/31/03 Wiring completed from MC Cabin to the north end of Catawba (mainline and passing siding).
63 08/29/03
1515 EDT
First train run under DCC radio power.
62 08/17/03
1750 EDT
First train run under DCC from SN Cabin to south end Catawba!
61 08/17/03 First wires installed on the layout for a track detection section: Hanging Rock detection section from MC Cabin to south end Catawba.
60 08/16/03 First 2 wires were installed under the railroad for the power supply for the Digitrax PM42 under Catawba.
59 08/07/03 Soldered first wires to the first Digitrax PM42 on the railroad
58 07/05/03 Completed mainline around Pearson Curve into the south end of Carpenter, Va.
57 07/05/03 Completed mainline and passing siding at Ridgemont, Va.
56 06/29/03 Installed subroadbed connecting the north end of Ridgemont, Va. to the south end of Carpenter, Va. around Pearson Curve.
55 06/14/03 Completed mainline to south end of Ridgemont, Va.
54 06/12/03 Installed subroadbed for Carpenter, Va. and Virginia Eastman plant.
53 05/29/03 Installed subroadbed to curve at north end of Ridgemont, Va.
52 05/25/03 Completed mainline to Mud Run Bridge at High Meadow, Va.
51 05/24/03 Completed all CSXT and NS trackage at Shenandoah Junction, Va.
50 05/21/03 Completed mainline to Shenandoah Junction, Va.
49 05/17/03 Installed subroadbed from to High Meadow, Va.
48 05/14/03 Completed mainline and passing siding to north end of Laurel, Va.
47 05/11/03 Installed track at Broad Run Tunnel to connect to "New Castle peninsula," salvaged from V1. Completed mainline from Wadesboro to Broad Run Tunnel.
46 05/04/03 First track laid on the upper level at Laurel, Va.
45 04/24/03 Installed subroadbed for NS CR&E Charleston, W. Va. staging yard.
44 04/20/03 Installed 5 backdrop sections at Catawba.
43 04/19/03 Completed industrial trackage in Catawba by finishing James River Paper Co. spurs. (Used the last of the 1st case of Atlas code 55 flex and started on the 2nd case.)
42 03/30/03 Subroadbed has been installed to Shenandoah Junction, Va.
41 03/23/03 All upper level roadbed from Laurel to the north end of Ridgemont has been cut.
40 03/16/03 First Subvinylbed and Vinylbed installed on the upper level at Laurel, Va.
39 03/15/03 First upper level subroadbed installed from Laurel to south of Shenandoah Junction, Va.
38 03/15/03 Lower level subroadbed completed and connected to New Castle peninsula in the vicinity of Broad Run, between Abbott and New Castle.
37 02/11/03 Catawba, Va. yard tracks completed.
36 02/10/03 Mainline completed to Craig Creek Chip Co. in Abbott, Va.
35 02/08/03 Catawba, Va. passing siding completed.
34 02/03/03 Vinylbed completed to south portal of Chimney Rock Tunnel (north of Abbott, Va.).
33 02/02/03 Mainline completed to 400 scale feet north of the north end of Catawba, Va.
32 01/25/03 Subroadbed and risers completed from Catawba, Va. to Chimney Rock Tunnel (north of Abbott, Va.).
31 01/23/03 Mainline installed to south end turnout at Catawba, Va.
30 01/23/03 Temporary version of Catawba Creek Viaduct installed.
29 12/26/02 Completion of yard throat at Wadesboro, N.C. (south end staging yard).
28 12/12/02 Completion of Catawba peninsula benchwork.
27 12/02/02 First track laid on the Covington Subdivision mainline (north of the Salem Terminal) at MC Cabin in North Salem. Mainline completed to Hanging Rock, Va.
26 11/24/02 Mainline completed to turnout at MC Cabin in North Salem.
25 11/21/02 Initial installation of final supports for Catawba peninsula (essentially completes major benchwork construction.)
24 11/17/02 Plywood subroadbed and Subvinylbed installed to the south end of the Catawba Creek Viaduct.
23 11/16/02 New Castle peninsula from V1.0 layout installed in V2.0.
22 11/10/02 First backdrop section installed near SE Cabin in Salem.
21 11/01/02 Began installation of Catawba/Laurel peninsula.
20 10/21/02 First feeders installed on layout at SE Cabin in Salem.
19 10/17/02 Both Arrival/Departure tracks laid at North Salem.
18 10/01/02 Both mainline (No. 1 and No. 2) tracks laid to the crossover at SN Cabin in North Salem.
17 08/23/02 Both mainline (No. 1 and No. 2) tracks laid to the crossover at SY Cabin in Salem.
16 08/19/02 Mainline trackage laid to SE Cabin in Salem.
15 08/15/02 First benchwork installed in the back layout room.
14 08/04/02 First track and 3 turnouts laid at Wadesboro staging yard, including first section of code 55 for the mainline coming north from Wadesboro.
13 06/24/02 Finished installing Vinylbed roadbed for Wadesboro yard throat.
12 06/01/02 Installed first Vinylbed roadbed on layout at Wadesboro (south end staging yard).
11 05/11/02 Installed first risers on layout at Wadesboro (south end staging yard). Installed first plywood subroadbed on layout at Wadesboro.
10 05/01/02 Completed installation of Salem/Covington/staging peninsula. Completed installation of support brackets along North Salem/Carpenter wall.
9 03/14/02 Began installation of Salem/Covington/staging peninsula
8 03/02/02 First benchwork installed in layout room. First blood drawn by a work crew member, other than the layout owner. :-)
7 02/27/02 Received first order of Atlas code 55 flextrack.
6 02/24/02 Made last mass cuts of wood for benchwork.
5 02/09/02 Started assembling peninsula supports 
4 01/27/02 Layout design "completed" and published to the web site.
3 01/19/02 First group work session. Ripped birch plywood into 1 x 3 and 1 x 2 lumber. Cut to length vertical supports for peninsula.
2 11/03/01 First wood cut for new layout.
1 08/19/01 Start of layout design in 3rdPlanIt.

 

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