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2017 Track Work at the Museum

 

 


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May 21, 2017

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Seven volunteers, including five Board Members, working on tie replacement at Malfunction Junction on May 21st. The hard winter took a serious toll on some of our older ties. Today the crew worked on replacing 8 ties (3 completed this afternoon) and possibly as many as another dozen will need to be replaced immediately as well. (Left-to-right: Greg Elems, Leisa Wesch, Rick Gruninger, Steve Habeck, Charlie Spikes. Not pictured David Elems and Loren Ross.)
Photo by Loren Ross


May 23, 2017

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Track work continued Tuesday May 23rd - Loren Ross is breaking up ballast with the air tamper, Charlie Spikes was out of view getting water. We got another two ties replaced.
Photo by Ethan Doty


May 29, 2017

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May 29th - Tie Gang at work on the Balloon Track, David Elems, Bil Jackson, Ethan Doty and just out of view to the right Greg Elems
Photo by Kerry Cochran


June 4, 2017

June 4th - Eddie Powell, with help from Ethan Doty, got one tie out and replaced, pulled another and left a hole which was filled with a tie on June 30th.


June 29, 2017

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June 29th - Don Nelson is on the backhoe digging up the ground for tie removal. Ethan Doty is behind the camera, Greg Elems is there, and Loren Ross helped too (off camera somewhere at the time.)
Photo by Ethan Doty


June 30, 2017

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June 30th - Loren Ross working on digging out a tie. Greg Elems is out somewhere on the golf cart and Don Nelson is around the corner digging more trenches for ties with the backhoe.
Photo by Ethan Doty

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June 30th - Greg Elems and Loren Ross pulling a tie out
Photo by Ethan Doty

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June 30th - Don Nelson had stepped down for some lunch when Greg took this picture, it shows the work Don had done, but unfortunately not Don running the back hoe. Don did trenching the full length of the work site in preparation for tie replacement. A job well done and it will speed things up considerably.
Photo by Greg Elems


August 1, 2017

Track work continued through July and into August.  Many hours of volunteer effort has made tremendous progress.  It has been hard, hot, dirty work - but the results of the generous team effort will benefit the museum for years to come.  Don Nelson and Roger Stabler both have taken time off of their usual life to come a great distance, to stay at the museum to make significant contributions to the project.  A huge thank you to everyone who has helped move this project along.

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Don was on a break from his work using the backhoe. Foreground left shows some of the ties Don has pulled, while in the background the backhoe is waiting up where Don has left off.
Photo by Ethan Doty


August 2, 2017

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Don Nelson working on removing ties with the backhoe.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Don Nelson still working on removing ties with the backhoe
Photo by Loren Ross


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David Elems/Jason/Ethan prepping a section of old ties for re-spiking and tamping.
Photo by Loren Ross


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David Elems/Jason/Ethan prepping a section of old ties for re-spiking and tamping.
Photo by Loren Ross


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A cart full of new ties waiting to be installed (almost all were installed by Friday 8/4/17)
Photo by Loren Ross


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Gauging the track before spiking.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Tamping the track before spiking.
Photo by Loren Ross


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While Don uses the backhoe to hold the rail in gauge, Roger and Greg spike it down.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Roger shows Don a tie removal technique with the backhoe.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Roger shows Don a tie removal technique with the backhoe.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Roger Stabler on the backhoe.
Photo by Loren Ross


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After shoveling out the hole, Roger prepares to shove a new tie in place with the backhoe, while Greg moves the old tie aside.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Roger driving a spike while Greg holds the tie.
Photo by Ethan Doty


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Loren, Jason, and D. Elems preparing the intermediate tie for spiking/gauging.
Photo by Ethan Doty


August 4, 2017

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Roger Stabler driving spikes while Dick C holds the tie up and tight
Photo by Loren Ross


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Cameraman yelled "smile" and got this...
Photo by Loren Ross


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Don Nelson getting ready to remove a stack of old ties to the junk pile.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Prepping the new tie by pre-drilling a 3/8 inch pilot hole for the new spikes.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Roger removing an old spike to adjust the rail joint. This required installing new larger tie plates.
Photo by Loren Ross


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View looking west from the Red Flag, which is about to be moved about 100 feet down the track.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Spiking the rail.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Jason and Ethan installing a new tie under the rail.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Red Flag moved 100 feet west, and the 1100 brought closer so the air hose will reach new ties.
Photo by Loren Ross


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View of the 1100 from the old Red Flag location.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Another view of the 1100 from the old Red Flag location.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Greg Elems kneeling in the dirt while installing clean/new tie plates under the rail joint.
Photo by Loren Ross


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Don filling in trenches with the backhoe from ties that have already been replaced.
Photo by Ethan Doty


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1100 moved up on the track that has been fixed well enough. Jason is standing in the hole we made for three more ties, the furthest point of work.
Photo by Ethan Doty


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Greg grabbed this shot as they cleaned up for the day on August 4th.  A new helper, Dick Couden (seated), joined Don Nelson, Loren Ross, Roger Stabler, Jason Peterich, Ethan Doty and Greg Elems for the day.  They moved the red flag west 100' and used the 1100 for their air supply.  Eighteen ties were spiked, gauged and tamped with Ethan and Jason getting more ties ready.
Photo by Greg Elems



August 7, 2017

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Today was tamp ties and pinch up low ones day.
Loren and Jason are working with the air tamper while Bil, Greg and Ethan worked on bringing ties up.
Photo by Greg Elems



August 9, 2017

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917-D seen out on the balloon track on August 9th being used for air supply for the jack hammer to spike the new ties.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Bil Jackson, Roger Stabler discuss tamping needs and Ethan Doty with Jason Peterich prepare the next tie insert location. Roger has repaired the tamper and has 6 of the 8 tamper motors working and two motors to install at a later date.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Jason and Loren, standing join Roger and Bil in a much needed water break. No breeze and high temps were the norm for most of the track work.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Friday the 11th found Roger Stabler getting the last 2 ties dug out. New ties were placed in and will be spiked at the next work session on the 14th of August. The end of the project is literally there in the picture.
Photo by Greg Elems



August 14, 2017

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Bil Jackson, kneeling and Greg Elems are getting the last tie ready to bar it up for the air jackhammer.
Photo by Bob Sims


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Ethan Doty spiking the second to last spike.
Photo by Bob Sims


~ ~ The Last Tie ~ ~

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Group shot with Ethan doing the honors of spiking the last spike.
Photo by Bob Sims


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Greg Elems and Bil Jackson are preparing to be able to pinch the ties up, Loren in working on bringing the rail back into gauge. This was at the last two ties needed to finish the job.
Photo by Ethan Doty


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The red flags are down. Balloon is open for 5 MPH.
Photo by Ethan Doty


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917 with Ethan at the controls easing onto the track with new ties in place. All 400 feet of track has been tested and found to be ready for caboose trains and RALs once again.
Loren Ross, Bil Jackson and Ethan Doty were instrumental in getting this daunting project finished for Railroad Day at the end of August.
Photo by Greg Elems


For this project 53 ties were replaced and our volunteers completed 400 feet
of track work with new ties, gauging and tamping.




Second 2017 Major Track Work Project


The following pictures are from the track work we started 270 feet west of Milward switch. We had seven ties of dubious quality, with two at a rail joint. On Monday August 14th, 2017 we replaced the two at the rail joint and then on Wednesday we went back and replaced five more and tamped up the two existing ties for a total of 20 feet of track work. This part of the balloon is where the focus will be on the remaining work days this year.


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The start of the day.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Old ties gone.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Loren with back hoe.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Loren's work.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Replacements
Photo by Greg Elems


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Loren Bil and Ethan.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Spikes set and waiting.
Photo by Greg Elems


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The action of spiking.
Photo by Greg Elems


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Bil Greg Ethan.
Photo by Greg Elems