Updated:   July 26, 2021    10:30 P  

CPR&SS Members:  ===> **** NEW:  The large crane was brought in Monday, July 26, and unloaded some pieces for the bridge – not bridge spans but short vertical posts with angled tops – not sure where these would go on the bridge.  More pieces to come this week.   

The pictures below were taken on July 26, 2021.  Click to enlarge.  The first 4 pictures were provided by Larry W.; the remainder by John L.

View is from the back of the main building looking west. This is where the 3 foot RR will cross the sidewalk and go towards the Horse Barn.

Looking east from the same spot as the previous picture. The RR station will be near the large tree to the right side of the RR path.

Alex H standing in from of the 300 ton crane to give some idea of its size.

Note the concrete pieces.  They are mounted on a concrete slab about a foot thick and about 10 x 10 feet square.  Some slabs have only one vertical part.

West of the tube tunnel looking east.

East end of the tube tunnel. Work on the west face is continuing but focus this week is on moving in the bridge sections.

Alex in front of the west entrance to the fiberglass tunnel. Note how much the weeds have grown.


The pictures below were taken on July 20, 2021.

View looking west at the east end of the tube tunnel showing its new face.

Side view of the tube tunnel.  The east face has had the concrete forms removed and forms are being built on the west face.

Another view of the tube tunnel from farther away.

View from above the fiberglass tunnel looking east along the 3 foot RR’s pathway. The stone structure is the canal lock.

View showing the pier footers for the 3 foot RR.


The pictures below were taken on July 13, 2021.

The backhoe carries the yellow bucket to the wing wall to fill the form one bucket at a time.  There were 3 track sections on the other side of the concrete truck which were later hand carried to the track in the lower right of this picture.  Three flat cars were used to move these 3 sections and the 2 by the tunnel back to the shelter where new plastic ties will be installed.

Workers are filling the wing wall form at the east end of the tube tunnel.

Looking west up the 3% ramp. It’s been several days since this area was last worked on.


The pictures below were taken on July 11, 2021.

Additional construction info:  A tree company will shortly begin removing trees along the RR route at the base of the hill from the tube tunnel eastward, behind Wright Hall, then as far as the Park’s east boundary permits.   Bridge spans are scheduled to arrive and be placed the last week of July.

Concrete forms at the east face of the tube tunnel.

View of the back of the concrete form on the east face of the tube tunnel.  The 3-foot RR will travel over the top of the tube tunnel.


The pictures below were taken on June 29, 2021.

The big tunnel. In the upper left is the ramp with some mesh and ballast in place.

Concrete being placed to build the pier under the tube tunnel.

Tube tunnel work. Concrete was loaded into a bucket, driven to the pier location, and dumped.

View from the clock tower showing concrete bucket work. Note the three piers between the sidewalk and the tube tunnel. This is the route the 3 foot gauge train track will follow.

Looking east down the ramp toward Horse Barn #17 where the 3 foot gauge train will be stored.

Close up view of the plastic mesh and ballast being used.

Close up view of the plastic mesh.

View looking west up the ramp.

The stakes show the centerline of the 3 foot gauge track. Zoom in to read “C” with an “L” underneath denoting centerline.

The pictures below were taken on June 22, 2021.

So far, this is the pier farthest to the south side. Note the location of the new power pole as a reference for this and the next photo. Rebar grid work in process soon to filled with concrete.

A smaller pier in work just a bit to the right of the pier in the picture above.

The pictures below were taken on June 15, 2021.

Another load of rails for the 3 foot gauge park train. Rails are “60# rail” which means that a one yard length of rail weights 60 pounds. These rails are 30 feet long, so 600 pounds for each rail.

The bulldozer is building the ramp closer to the tunnel which it will eventually go over (the train, not the bulldozer).

Another pier footer in work with forms erected for concrete pouring.

Bulldozer and dump truck building up the ramp to the first tunnel. The dump truck has a hopper that swivels 90 degrees to dump to the side.

Two pier footers in work. This view is looking west – note the new electrical pole in the center.

View looking east. The canal beside the stone wall is almost completely filled in.

Another view looking east but from a position farther to the west. Note the top of the dirt ramp which is final grade (we surmise).

View looking west from near the engine house.

The pictures below were taken on June 08, 2021.

This is the first load of 60 pound rails being delivered to Carillon Park for their new 3 foot gauge RR.  They are coming from Manitoba, Canada.  Rails are 30 feet long so that’s 600 pounds per rail.  9 rails in a bundle for 5400 # per bundle.  Many more to follow also.

This is the first load this day.  A second load was planned to be delivered later.


This is the location where the third bridge pier will be placed.  The red flags mark where ~6″ diameter piles will be drilled and filled with cement to support this bridge pier’s footer.  A 4th bridge pier will be located back towards the tube tunnel which is the silver object in the upper left of this picture.

View is looking east through the tube tunnel.  Two sections of track in this pile need to have their wooden ties replaced with plastic ones.

View looking west near the far west end of the track. There are two track sections visible on top of the undisturbed track. AND, there are three track sections in the tall grass on the right side of the track. All 5 need to have ties replaced.

This picture was taken on June 6, 2021. It shows that the electrical power pole has been moved farther west for additional clearance from the new train track. Compare this to the picture below which was taken on May 29th making note of the tree behind the pole.


The pictures below were taken on May 29, 2021.

Looking west. This is the second new tunnel which is a circular tube.

End on view of the new tunnel just west of the original earthen tunnel which is still in place and not planned to be moved.

View from the clock tower. The power pole is the one to be moved on Tuesday, June 01. All electricity in the park will be off while the move is in work.

View looking east through the first new tunnel which is by the levee. Three tracks will continue to go through the tunnel.


The pictures below were taken on May 25, 2021.

Bulldozer removing trees on the levee.

Lowering the last panel on the tunnel.

Full length of the tunnel has been completed. There will be wing walls added onto each end then dirt will be added to cover the tunnel. The three foot RR will go over top of this tunnel.

Looking east along the levee.

Looking west along our 3 tracks that will go through this tunnel.

The bottom edge of the round tunnel sits in the cutout in the footer.

New sidewalk on the back side of the main building. The new 3 foot RR will cross over the sidewalk moving from right to left in this picture. The Bowling Green station will be moved to just off to the right of this picture and will be the main station for boarding the train. A second station is planned to be near the covered bridge near the back of the park.


The pictures below were taken on May 22, 2021.

This is the footer/pier support closest to the levee and has been backfilled.

View from up on the levee looking southwest. All of these footers / pier supports have been backfilled.

A low level view of the supports taken from the sidewalk that goes back to the clock tower.

This is along what we believe to be the new RR’s route. This camera position is about 15 feet up the hill above our track just west of the earthen tunnel. The stump is a reference point for the next few pictures.

View looking at our switch tower. Larry W and Jim H are by the tower.  We moved five sections of track that were here by the switch tower to the shelter where we have been replacing ties.

Same stump – looking east here. The 3 foot RR path goes just to the right of the stump (we believe from survey stakes).

View along the 3 foot RR’s path looking east. The gravel in the foreground is for supporting a footer for one of the bridge piers and/or a tunnel our 1/8 scale trains will go through.

Looking southeast along the 3 foot RR’s path. We believe the pole with the white sign is the one that needs to be relocated.


The pictures below were taken on May 11, 2021.

Bridge and tunnel supports.  In the upper left of this picture is the power pole that we believe is the one needing to be relocated.  It is very close to where the 3-foot gauge RR bridge passes by.

Dirt is being placed between these two supports. Note the center keyway in the right support and also how close our track is to the support excavation.

Skid loader carefully placing dirt between the supports.

Support closest to the levee. As a position reference, note the landscaping timber wall that the train club put in several years ago. It has not been moved during the construction. Our track, that was between the landscaping timbers and the new concrete support, has been completely removed for the entire length. Track sections taken from here are labeled Area A, tracks (R-L) A1, A2, & A3. The two switches that were here are at the far end in this picture just beyond the excavation and were taken out together as a single unit, so it is very heavy.

View looking west showing our three tracks. Track A1 has been cut into 15 to 18 foot sections and removed. Track sections have increasing section numbers going west. So the first (closest) track section removed on the right here would be A1-1. Next, going toward the tower, would be A1-2, A1-3, etc. We need to know where they came from so we know where to put them back. There are 58 sections that were marked in the five areas, total.


The pictures below were taken on April 27, 2021.

View from the top of the clock tower.

Another view from the top of the clock tower looking just to the south of the other picture. The square holes are for footers to support the bridge piers.



The pictures below were taken on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Large hole west of the tunnel. The small diameter pier holes have already been drilled and cement pumped in.

Looking west from the earthen tunnel. Tracks removed from the left of the picture are tagged Area D and have been stacked on the hill visibly in line with the beige switch tower.

Eight tracks from Area D.  Four already have plastic ties.

The two pictures below were taken on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Forms have been erected for the footer closest to the levee.

View from up on the levee.  The yellow machine in the back is drilling pier holes in the next footer area.  The holes are 15 feet deep and are filled with cement to support the footer.


The pictures below were taken on the Tuesday, April 13, 2021 work day.  Click each to enlarge.

View looking west. Track comes down from the east end of the earthen tunnel.

View looking west. Orange fencing cordons off where bridge piers will be.

Deep hole next to electrical power pole

Cross-over track goes up to the west end of the tunnel.

Moving track sections away from construction area.

Looking west from near west end of the tunnel.  Orange marks are painted where track may need to be cut.

Track sections and one switch stored away from the construction.

Flat area close to switch tower which will be used as work area to replace track ties.

Track sections stored near the west end of the tunnel. Note missing and heavily deteriorated ties on these sections.

View looking west a short distance down from the tunnel.  The new 3-foot gauge track will cross overhead of our track.

Picture is rotated – can’t fix. Will replace sometime. The yellow excavator machine will be used to drill a 15′ deep hole where each flag is and cement will be pumped in to form a small diameter pier. A two foot thick footer will be poured on top to support one of the four main bridge piers here.

Flags locate where a small diameter pier will be formed.