Updated: May 26, 2017 7:20 PM
Member UPDATE: 1) Several members showed up for the school run on Friday, May 26th, and, with the low number of riders, were able to get most of the grass cut and the branches removed from the track. Soooo, there is not much work left to be done. If you want to come to the Park and work on Saturday, you still can but you should coordinate with other members so you have a safety back-up. The Honeysuckle needs to be trimmed back in some spots along the track.
At the March 02 club meeting, it was decided to have work days on Tuesdays and non-run Saturdays (if the weather permits). Most workers show up between 9 and 10 AM. If you come, we will put you to work on the track, grounds, equipment, etc – what ever needs attention. Thanks, in advance, for your support!
Work Day: Oct 25, 2016: Thanks to Jim H, Howard W, Bob S, and John L for working this day. Larry also came by to check on things. Bob and John raised the switches West of the Yoder Engine House (YEH) since they had sunken over several years. Jim and Howard replaced ties around the West loop with new plastic ties. Click on the picture to see an enlarged version.
Work Day: Oct 18, 2016: Thanks to Jim H, Howard W, Bob S, and John L for working this day. Track was leveled, ties were replaced, and the grass was cut. Click on the picture to see an enlarged version.
Work Day: Oct 11, 2016: Thanks to Jim H and John L for repairing the spring switches and to Bob S and Jim H for placing and smoothing the ballast West of the Yoder Engine House. Click on the picture to see an enlarged version.
Thanks to Jim H, Howard W, Bob S, Larry W, and John L who showed up for the Tuesday, Oct 4th work day. Some pictures from that work day are shown below. Click on each picture to see a larger version.
The pictures below were taken on Sept 27th. (Note: When clicked on to enlarged, some pictures turn sideways for an unknown reason.) Howard and John L cut grass but there are no pictures of that activity.
Thanks to all workers who showed up for the Saturday, Sept 24th work day.
The broken switch was repaired – see pictures below.
Thanks to the members that worked on the Tuesday, Sept 20th Work Day – Jim H, Howard W, John L, and Larry W. They all had a hand in repairing the switch plus Howard and Jim placed new ballast in several spots around the track and John sprayed weed killer around all of the switches so they can be seen upon approach and other places the lawn mowers cannot reach. Weed killer should be sprayed on the full length of the track itself one more time this year.
Work days are normally every Tuesday and also Saturdays when we are not running passenger trains and the weather permits.
The pictures below were taken during the work day on Aug 09, 2016. Thanks to Ken H, Larry, Bob S, Jim H, Eric S (new guy), Landon G (new guy’s grandson), and John L for all of their work this day and Don B and Larry on Monday. Work done included: track leveling and placing new ballast, oiling all of the switches, spraying the areas of the track not sprayed by Don and Larry on Monday which included the handcar track, around all switches, and the track west of the tunnel.
Below are pictures from the work days on July 12th and 26th, 2016.
Below are pictures from the Work Day on May 31, 2016.
Work on March 29, 2016:
The pictures below were taken on March 26th.
Above: Nineteen sections of the hand car track have been placed and the rail ends secured to the next rail with weed barrier fabric underneath. The last three sections should be ready for installation on Tuesday, March 29th, then the ballast will be put down.
Several club members worked at the Park on Tuesday, March 22nd since it was a very nice day. Ken H worked on the tunnel East end layout in prep for a work estimate, Don B drilled more holes in the stumps and added root killer then began painting the Yoder Engine House, Bob S checked out some of the riding cars – found at least one truck that needed additional attention, and John L and Curt C placed 9 sections of the hand car track. More members are planning on working at the track on Wednesday, Mar 23.
Tunnel brush clearing: Immediately below are three pictures of the East tunnel entrance before clearing began in earnest, followed by three pictures of the work in progress on Feb 6, 2016. Thanks to the Biglers (Lois, Don, and Jason), Ken Hemmelgarn, John Laugle, and any others that helped also for their efforts.
Below here are three pictures of brush clearing work in progress:
Track Maintenance (Track Gang)
- The pictures below are from the work day on Tuesday, Nov 03, 2015.
- Howard and Jim replacing ties west of the tunnel. They are installing the plastic ties and have replaced a large section of ties west of the tunnel. A similar large section with the Trex ties was installed for evaluation of both tie types in this typically damp area of the track. They have also previously replaced numerous wooden ties throughout the entire track with the Trex ties.
The pictures below are from the work day on Oct 06, 2015.
- The pictures below were taken June 23rd, 2015.
Above: Larry W getting the engines ready and Ken H painting the steaming bay rails.
- Please check back frequently for the latest updates and information.
- Thanks to all who helped at the last work day (and all of the previous ones too) !!
Any members that would like to work on the track may do so. I just suggest that at least two people be present when work is taking place. This is not a requirement but a suggestion, use good common sense to determine if two people need to be present for safety reasons.
- See Track work day info above.
- General maintenance on the locomotives and cars.
- Thanks to all who helped last year !!
Larry Wassell – Mgr
MOW Building Work:
- See Track work day info above.
Thanks to all who helped last year !!