Track Construction: Collecting Materials
Ties, plates, spikes, and rails must all
arrive for track building to begin... and
overhead hardware must be ready as soon as
track construction is complete.
|Although overhead construction is a long
way off, materials for it must be prepared
well in advance to meet our aggressive schedule.
Our volunteers prepare and paint bracket
arms which have been fabricated in our shop.
These arms will mount to the line poles and
support the trolley wire. >>
||Carbarn 2 is the site for unloading "new"
rail from Kovalchick Corp. The pile of tie
plates in the foreground have been evaluated
and sorted by our volunteers.
<< The project used more than 170 sticks
of "Russian" rail, each 35 feet
long and weighing 67.6 pounds per yard, about
half as heavy as the heaviest Class 1 rail.
More than 3000 tie
plates were needed, each individually evaluated
|More than 6200 brand-new spikes were purchased,
along with 1500 new "industrial grade"
treated wooden ties.
No using bent, rusty,
second-hand spikes for this project! >>
||Our custom switch frog for the
pocket track at the end-of-line.
Switch frogs this tight are not readily
available. The tightest common railroad switch is
a #8; this one is about a #2.75 (although the
number system doesn't really work for switches