Work Days

Updated:        April  22, 2017    11:15 PM

Members:  There will be a work day on TUESDAY,  April 25, 2017.  

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!

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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.

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A switch being raised about 1.5 inches.  The pry bar in the upper left is used with the 4×4 block to lift each side.  The sticks hold the unit up then material is driven under the slab.  The level is used to ensure side to side level.

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Bob is using the pry bar to drive stone under the switch handle box.   John is driving ballast under the slab to hold it up.  The wide blade of the mattock works quite nicely to drive the stones under the slab.

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They say “A new broom sweeps clean.”  That is if you use the right end !      Actually Bob is tamping ballast in a small spot after sweeping.

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That’s Howard on the ground.  As the loader at the station during train runs, he instructs all passengers not to lean since the car might turn over.  Good advice.  This roll-over was so slow that it was caught on camera.

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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.

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Jim H and Howard W replacing ties on a section of the “Y” by the air conditioning unit.

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Jim and Howard placing ballast after the ties had been replaced.  Bob is smoothing the ballast in the background.

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Potential back loading area.

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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.

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Jim and Bob placing ballast

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Before (Right side) and After (Left side) – a little smoothing with the broom is still needed.

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Bob dumping the small sized ballast.

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Cottonwood leaves on the transfer track leading up to the tunnel.

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Switch being repaired.  A cut-out on the top of the tie that holds the switch handle needs to have a 1/4″ deep divot taken out for clearance of a glob of weld metal under the handle’s pivot bolt.  A chisel (yellow handle partially seen in upper right) and a hammer do a quick job.

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Note bent over left switch point.   This was carefully bent back into position and did not break off !

 

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Repaired switch after oiling.  All  switches around the track were oiled this day.  The oil can is kept in the YEH and is filled with old crankcase oil from the locomotives.  Note all of the locations on the switch that get oiled.

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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.

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Jim, with a crowbar, beginning to tear down the left tunnel side wall.

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Wall boards removed and now moving dirt down.

 

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Howard right after cutting the grass.

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Bob leveling the two tracks by the switch where the derailment occurred.

 

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Jim cutting ties to length.

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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.

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Norm moving ballast

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Jim and Norm spreading ballast

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Larry and Don spraying the track

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Jim letting the spray train pass

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Norm and Jim moving ballast

 

Thanks to all workers who showed up for the Saturday, Sept 24th work day. 

The broken switch was repaired – see pictures below.

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Broken Switch

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Repaired Switch with composite ties and added ballast.  It was said that the switch was damaged during a derailment.  None of the iron parts were damaged so just the ties needed replacing.

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.

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Howard and Jim placing ballast on the West loop.  Note the two white butterflies that just happened to be in the picture very close to the camera.

Work days are normally every Tuesday and also Saturdays when we are not running passenger trains and the weather permits.

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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.

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Bob and Jim placing the coarser ballast.

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Bob and Jim placing the new, finer ballast.  This section of track had not been used lately because we haven’t run the “double loop”  in a long time and it needed attention.  Looks great now as you can see.

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Eric (left) and grandson, Landon, oiling switches.

 

Below are pictures from the work days on July 12th and 26th, 2016.

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Bob and Jim placing the new, smaller ballast on the West loop of the track.

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Howard clipping weeds to discourage passengers from trying to grab things.

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Don in back.  Larry changing oil on 1932. Ken assisting.

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Don on the roof of the Yoder Engine House (YEH) getting ready to finish painting the hard to reach areas.  Lois assisting.

 

Below are pictures from the Work Day on May 31, 2016.

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Ken is painting the steaming bay and exit rails. His son Brad is in the far background cutting grass.

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Don B  is sanding the old paint off of the Yoder Engine House.  Don is sanding, filling large rotted voids in the siding, and priming (gray area) and painting the entire exterior.  Ken and Brad H have also helped with the effort.

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Jim H  is cleaning, oiling, and re-adjusting one of the spring switches that was sticking and only partially open – a dangerous situation for a train approaching the “points” direction.

 

Work on March 29, 2016:

Curt C connecting rail joiners

Curt C   connecting rail joiners


Jim H loading ballast

Jim H   loading ballast

John L spreading ballast

John L   spreading ballast

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The easy way to move ballast

Ballast for filling the low area

Ballast for filling the low area

 

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Loading and cross-over area

The pictures below were taken on March 26th.

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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.

Don B. painting the Yoder Engine House

Don B. painting the Yoder Engine House

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.

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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.

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Wide View of the East Tunnel Entrance Before Clearing

Below here are three pictures of brush clearing work in progress:

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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.
  • Howard attaching the plastic ties with new, larger screws.

    Howard attaching the plastic ties with new, larger screws.

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    Jim H drilling larger holes in the steel cross tie to permit usage of the larger screws. The plastic switch ties then need to have holes pre-drilled in the tie’s center web for the larger screws.

    John L putting the newly acquired electric trolley to work.

    John L putting the newly acquired electric trolley to work.

    The pictures below are from the work day on Oct 06, 2015.

Shown here is the new cross over that was completed about a month ago and also the two new crossbucks. Visitors were seen driving their autos over the track at non-reinforced locations so these crossbucks will hopefully guide them to the proper crossing location.

Shown here is the new cross over that was completed about a month ago and also the two new crossbucks. Visitors were seen driving their autos over the track at non-reinforced locations so these crossbucks will hopefully guide them to the proper crossing location.

    • The pictures below were taken June 23rd, 2015.
      Howard W trimming branches. Don B was working earlier but left before being photographed.

      Howard W trimming branches. Don B was working earlier but left before being photographed.

       

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.

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Equipment Maintenance

  •  See Track work day info above.
  •   General maintenance on the locomotives and cars.
  •    Thanks to all who helped last year !!

Larry Wassell – Mgr

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MOW Building Work:

  •    See Track work day info above.

Thanks to all who helped last year !!