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    OK, I finally got some pictures!!

    Here you can see where they've replaced the mainline ties with longer ties for the switch... including the two long ties (pbender notes below they are called the "headblock") that will serve as the base for the switch lever and throwbar...



    Here's a long view looking down the spur. You can see they didn't worry too much about getting it dead level. Note, though, that the near rail is just laying there, it hasn't even been positioned yet, let alone spiked down.



    Here's my favorite shot. It's a close-up of the end of the near rail towards the switch, including the fishplates waiting to connect the next piece of rail. On the far rail you can see they haven't driven home the spikes yet.



    One more. If you look down at the base of the roadbed to the right of the track, just right of the center of the image, you can see the frog and other switch parts waiting to be installed.

    Last edited by TwinDad; 21st Feb 2011 at 12:36 AM. Reason: Added name of the headblock ties - per pbender
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    Very nice pic's keep us updated nice to see the project moving along, there is a new sheriff in town TD Private Eye

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    Very nice! Do you suppose they will ballast by hand? If they use a machine, I do believe the maching straightens and levels the track as it goes. But I don't know if they would bring in a machine for a small job.
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    I dunno. I'll have to keep a sharp eye out. I wonder if the machine could get all the way to the end of the spur.

    I'll be sure to let you know what I see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    Here you can see where they've replaced the mainline ties with longer ties for the switch... including the two long ties that will serve as the base for the switch lever and throwbar...
    Just for reference, those two long ties where the switch stand will sit are know as the headblock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbender View Post
    Just for reference, those two long ties where the switch stand will sit are know as the headblock.

    Paul
    Aah. Thanks! I knew they had a name but couldn't think of it!

    I've updated the post to include that...
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    This is really cool, it's not every day that you get to see the process like this.
    Must be a small crew doing the best they can with what they have.
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    Well... track construction and repair is the full time job of an entire division of RJ Corman, and they seem fairly well equipped, though they're not using a whole lot of automated equipment...
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    Thanks TD,
    For this excellent post and terrific photography. It appears to me that all is not dead in the 1/1 railroad business and maybe business in general is picking up.

    Again TD you always find and post great stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69Z28 View Post
    Thanks TD,
    For this excellent post and terrific photography. It appears to me that all is not dead in the 1/1 railroad business and maybe business in general is picking up.

    Again TD you always find and post great stuff.

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    After looking at the track I don't feel too bad at my track laying skills.
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    Here's a (rather distant) shot of some of their equipment... including the truck with the "crane" on the back... it's not actually a semi (I think I said that before), just a big delivery truck, really... I've also seen a crew van, a tool trailer, a backhoe, and a couple of Hy-rail pickups...

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    When they take out the track in Chaska, I had better post photos. They built a siding in Jonathan about 5 years ago. They store a few cars there, but mainly for the now out of service North Star Intermodal in Montevideo. Occasionally, they run a train on the spurs. There are about 5 of them in this area. The siding is about 1000 feet. Apparently, it served Workflowone with 2 spurs for about 2 months. I will get down there this spring.
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    OK, time to play catch-up. The very day the site went down, I got some more pictures... they are nearly finished.

    These are from Friday. It doesn't look like much happened since then, though I saw a small crew out there with a backhoe around the switch this morning.

    Here you can see the completed switch, except the switch stand is sitting beside the headblock and the points are bolted to the stock rails in the "closed" (lined for main) position.


    A closeup of the switch points, headblock and switch stand


    Here's a "long shot" down the tracks. Everything is laid, except for ballasting. It occurs to me that given the location it would be very easy to bring the ballast in by dump truck and do at least an initial application with the loader. This would save having to shove a bunch of very heavy ballast cars onto un-ballasted track.


    Here's another "long shot" looking the other way (East) toward the switch.


    The end of the spur. If you look closely through the bushes (sorry!) you can see the wheel stops on the ends of the rails.


    Finally, here's a closer shot of the old (mainline) and the new (spur) tracks.


    I'll try to catch what they are doing today and get some pictures. I suspect they are installing the switch stand. Once they get that done, and the ballast laid, I would imagine that's about it, and we'll see some revenue-generating cars on those tracks. Oh, in other news, the warehouse itself has been a beehive of activity, with various folks like the telephone and cable companies and various contractors coming and going, and a lot of movement of company trucks (trailers full of hay) coming and going already.
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    looks like they need to do some ballasting on the spur!
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    Quote Originally Posted by epumph View Post
    looks like they need to do some ballasting on the spur!
    Yep, it's still under construction. The points on the switch are bolted shut in the closed position. I saw them working on the switch this morning, so I'd expect it to be ballasted "any day now".
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    BALLAST!!!

    I drove by on my lunch break, and there it was... a ballast train complete with a Jordan Spreader (I think) and hoppers full of brush and trash.

    I don't know if they actually used the spreader. I caught them just as they were preparing to leave. It looks like they did in fact shove the ballast cars onto the spur and dump the load either side of the rails. I suppose that's OK if you don't do it often (run heavy cars on un-ballasted track). Later, they used a ballast spreader (not to be confused with the Jordan Spreader) to spread and even out the ballast. I suspect they will come back later with a tamper... or maybe they won't, since it's just a stub track.

    Pictures:

    Here if you look roughly in the center just in front of the dock door, you can see they've installed a derail to protect the main line.


    Here's the ballast spreader at work... looks like a street sweeper! Flings rock all over the place!


    Here's one of the ballast cars. Note the solar panel. These are apparently equipped with GPS units that allow them to be automatically dumped at the right locations... during normal MOW usage... I imagine today's work was done manually.


    Here's the Jordan Spreader...


    And here's the short video clip of the ballast train leaving...
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    It was pretty darn cool to be able watch this process from beginning to end, thanks TD!!

    That train was a lot bigger than I expected!
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    Thanks, JB! It certainly was fun to track them.

    I will continue to follow up on finishing touches and then at least a little bit of the revenue service as I catch them... it will be nice to see this track in use.
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