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    In another thread somewhere, someone was asking where the railroads customers were going, as all they generally saw was sidings getting ripped up. Well I think I may have found one.

    At one of the spots I regularly pass that crosses the CSX mainline, there is a warehouse / transfer / light manufacturing type building next to the tracks. The space and the building construction - including railside dock doors give evidence that the building was once served by rail. The main is still there and in use, but the siding/stub and switch were long since ripped up.

    The last few days, RJCC construction folks have been swarming about... the building has two brand new dock doors installed, and there is a large pile of ties around the track. At first I thought perhaps they were just maintaining the line, but several of the ties are far too long to be for regular track. Plus, they've had a backhoe in there clearing out the brush that had grown up alongside the building.

    I don't even know what business has moved in, or what type of traffic (most likely boxcars) ... but I'll keep you posted...
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    And you don't have photos???

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    No photos? Didn't happen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by musicman View Post
    And you don't have photos???

    It's in an awkward spot... where I usually don't have time to stop and get a good shot. I do have one or two pictures...

    Here's the "before", from back in the summer:



    The warehouse is behind the trees to the left of the tracks. If I'm correctly interpreting the work, the switch will be at the far end of the building, and the spur will be where the left-side trees are (were! - they're gone now!), ending just behind the lineside box. In fact, if you look closely, you can (barely) see where the spur used to be just to the right of and behind the box.

    I will do my best to get some "during", "after" and "in use" shots, as I can...
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    Good man! We do need photos.
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    Good to hear! It is true that many many many sidings and spurs have been abandonded but here and there you can find new rail...GM built a new Caddy plant in Lansing couple years back and GTW(CNNA) built a new yard and loading facility (no...no pictures )...keep us posted TD..
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    TD, you need to take a leave of absence or set up a web cam so we can monitor the progress..
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    OK, you want pictures? I've got some pictures. And I've got PROOF that it is for sure a new spur.

    Here's another "before" picture, taken on December 7.



    Try to ignore the AC4400 in the foreground and look closely at the face of the building to the left in the background.

    Now, here's the first "after" photo:



    Sorry about the finger. I had to block the sun to get any kind of contrast. See that big white dock door in the center of the picture? It's not there in the "before" picture. And there's another one just beyond it.

    So some time in the last 2 months, someone has added two brand new dock doors to a building that has been empty for years. Now, who goes to the trouble and expense of adding new dock doors on the rail-side wall of a building, fifteen or twenty feet away from the track, in a spot that's inaccessible by truck, if they don't plan to have a spur laid to spot rail cars?

    Here's another picture... not a very good one, I admit.



    If you look down the track far enough (again, roughly in the center of the picture), you can see where they appear to be building out space to the left for the switch with fresh ballast. I'll try to get closer for a better shot next time I'm down there. The ballast location is on the other side of a fence (I can get there without trespassing, just have to go in another way).

    Here's the stack of new ties:



    If you look at the top of the stack, you can see that several of the ties are way longer than they would need to be if they were just servicing the mainline. These, I presume, will be used to build the switch.

    And here's a "freebie" shot. It really doesn't show much, except where they have cleared the trees and brush out from the side of the building.



    They've got some work to do (IMHO) to prepare / repair the roadbed, and that should be interesting to see how they build it up.

    I don't really want to bother the crew while they're working, so I'll probably only be able to get shots during the evenings and weekends when I can, but I'll try to keep you posted. This should be really cool being able to see cars get spotted so close to where I can drive by and see them.
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    Update:

    Typical of most construction projects around here... pretty much nothing noticeable has happened since I posted the pics. They *may* have further graded the roadbed for the spur, but it's hard to tell under the snow. There's been no workers around all week, either.

    I suppose they could be waiting for some necessary equipment or parts to arrive, or for the weather to clear, or... who knows?
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    I will take a wild guess and say the weather may have something to do with the lack of new construction.
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    OK, there's been a lot of activity this week. Unfortunately, while the location is very convenient to see generally what is going on, it's not so great for taking photos without trespassing and/or bothering the workers. The last two or three days they've been building the actual switch and laying out the ties for the spur. Apparently I was correct that prior to the last snowfall they had graded the roadbed - at least well enough for an industrial stub track!

    They have a flatbed semi-truck with a crane on the back of the trailer that is a hy-rail. OK, it's not so much a crane as it is an articulated arm with a claw, but I'll call it a crane for now...

    It's big enough to carry several stacks of ties. First time I saw it there they had an electromagnet hanging from the crane and were apparently either cleaning up old scrap metal or (more likely) removing the rail, tie plates and spikes from what would be the frog area of the track. Yesterday they were using it to position ties into place.

    Here's a photo or two. They're not good, but you can see a little bit.

    Here you can see the ties for the switch waiting to be installed.


    The rail for the spur is laying alongside the main track, and you can see the truck down near the end of the building.


    Closeup of the main track, with the spur rails alongside it, and you can see the paint line marked where the ties will go.


    Here you can see (some of) the ties for the siding laid out alongside the warehouse...


    Here you can see the crane/truck cleaning up the metal trash... if you look closely you can see the magnet hanging from the claw of the crane.


    There's also been a LOT of activity in and around the building, with trucks coming and going, dock doors open and so on. As far as I can tell, this will be a transloading warehouse. The company that is moving in makes pro and college sports-licensed "stuff" (t-shirts, coffee mugs, frisbees, water bottles, and so on), and is based here in Lexington. Since I can't imagine they'd want inventory sitting around for long, the volume of stuff I can see through the open dock doors would indicate they expect to be shipping stuff "real soon now".
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    PS: Mods... this thread might be more suited to the "Prototype Research" forum than "General Rail Discussion", if you want to move it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    PS: Mods... this thread might be more suited to the "Prototype Research" forum than "General Rail Discussion", if you want to move it...
    The way it is going that makes a lot of sense! So moved!
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    They are moving along! Thanks for the report...

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    WRONG COMPANY!

    Today, they put up new signs for the new building tenant. It is *not* Hunter Manufacturing... it is...

    Standlee Hay Company, Inc. of Eden, Idaho.

    Apparently they are a worldwide grower and marketer of high-quality hay and other grass products. Among other things they load containers of hay and ship them overseas, as well as serving a variety of domestic customers by rail and truck.

    I've sent them an email asking about the new facility. Will report back if I hear anything.
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    Gene, why don't you just click "Quick Links / All New Posts For Today"? That would bring up the list of anything posted new in the last 24 hours or so. It usually amounts to about 30 to 50 topics that you can quickly scroll through to find the ones you want to track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by musicman View Post
    Gene, why don't you just click "Quick Links / All New Posts For Today"? That would bring up the list of anything posted new in the last 24 hours or so. It usually amounts to about 30 to 50 topics that you can quickly scroll through to find the ones you want to track.
    That will certainly work but why not just got to Forums (or Whats New) and click on New Posts? Every post that has been made since you last logged on will be listed!

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