Track Laying in Como, Session #5

Yesterday, 7/15, was our 5th track laying session.  In the first picture you can see the improvements to the turntable pit done by the contractor including the curved ring rail waiting to be installed.  You will also see a pile of ties in front of the right most stall we placed to get ready to lay track inside for Klondike Mines #4.  We had to move the historic passenger car end out of the way to make room for the engine.

In the next picture you can see ties at end of track for the turntable lead we will extend in the future.

Most of our time was spent ballasting and filling the historic grade crossing.  In the third picture you will see our track speeder as it blows the first grade crossing signal since 1937!

The last two show more details of the grade crossing work and the new switches that are in the process of being added.

The next work session is Sunday, 7/30, at 9:30.  But "unfortunately" I won't be there because I'll be riding the Cass Scenic Railroad! 

 

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John Meixel
TCA 89-29098
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." Yogi Berra

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I doubt the turntable will be ready before the engine arrives.  

I used to live in New Jersey and Maryland and have been to Cass many times the first being in 1972.  The Colorado railroads are great but Cass is still my favorite because I love Shays.

John Meixel
TCA 89-29098
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." Yogi Berra

Curious, where did you get the rail and turnout components?  What is the historic factor about the grade crossing?  Any preliminary photos of the  TT bridge?  What it the thinking about not using tie plates?  Not as needed for light weight narrow gauge?  Will you be treating the cut tie ends?  What allowances are you using for rail expansion/contraction?

The round house is a beaut!  Any interior photos.  Great looking pit.  You folks are doing a great job.  Thanks for the photos.  Please keep them coming.

"Price is what you pay - value is what you get"  Warren Buffet

Tom, I can only answer some of your questions.  Some of the rail and ties came from the BNSF siding into the Boulder IBM plant which was removed in 2001.  The road and grade crossing were in use in 1937.  The road no longer exists but we're replicating the grade crossing from then.  On FB you can find some pictures of the pit restoration.  There are pictures, in my other threads and elsewhere, of the bridge lying upside down near the pit.  The railroad never used tie plates or ballast.  So far we are using old, creosote ties and we have not treated the ends.  I don't now about expansion/contraction but our track foreman Todd knows a lot about track construction.  There are many photos available of the Como roundhouse on the web with a search.  If you can't find any interiors let me know.  I think I posted some here last year.

John Meixel
TCA 89-29098
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." Yogi Berra

John, A few thoughts, though not used originally, tie plates AND Ballast will greatly extend tie life and track gauge. Considering the long-term budget, these are important considerations! Two, some of us (yes, we may be in the minority) cannot access Facebook (for me it's because I only have a dial-up internet connection--I live in a canyon in the boonies), but this forum is accessible, so more pics please!!! Or a simple web page (limited graphics!!) would work too. Think what y'all are doing is tremendous!

S'incerely,

David "two rails" Dewey

John, A few thoughts, though not used originally, tie plates AND Ballast will greatly extend tie life and track gauge. Considering the long-term budget, these are important considerations! Two, some of us (yes, we may be in the minority) cannot access Facebook (for me it's because I only have a dial-up internet connection--I live in a canyon in the boonies), but this forum is accessible, so more pics please!!! Or a simple web page (limited graphics!!) would work too. Think what y'all are doing is tremendous!

S'incerely,

David "two rails" Dewey

David, We do understand the value of tie plates and ballast but we also want to be as historically accurate as possible.  After all we are a historical society!  As you may notice there is ballast on the track in front of the depot.  We will probably either remove it or cover it with dirt so it looks correct.

John Meixel
TCA 89-29098
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." Yogi Berra

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