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Track Work September 2018
Greg Elems and Loren Ross


To keep the trains on track for smooth and safe operation, we need to continuously maintain the track at the museum. Loren Ross pulled together a group of museum volunteers to replace the frog on the west 1-2 switch starting on September 17, 2018.

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Track Work September 2018 gallery.

Page last updated:  Tue Aug 18 06:20:37 PDT 2020



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Image number 1 -- Duane Vander Veen working on removing bolts from the broken frog. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 2 -- Duane and Ethan Doty unbolting the other end of the frog. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 3 -- Duane (The Rock) Vander Veen removes a 185 pound piece of the broken frog. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 4 -- Frog is removed! - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 5 -- Ethan uses the backhoe to remove the damaged 15 foot long ties. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 6 -- 4 hours later, the removal job is finished. Tomorrow, installation begins!! - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 7 -- Tuesday September 18 - the work continues....New ties have been placed, and partially leveled. Ethan Doty and Greg Elems approve. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 8 -- Steve Habeck looks over the new frog just dropped in place. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 9 -- Ethan, Greg Elems, Steve, and Charlie Spikes install tie down plates under the new frog. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 10 -- The new frog is now bolted in place! - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 11 -- Charlie seen at his gate. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 12 -- On Wednesday September 19, setting the spikes on the new frog, new volunteer Randy Morton looking on. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 13 -- David manning the spike hammer. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 14 -- Greg Elems prepping the ties for spikes by pre-drilling a small hole. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 15 -- Greg and Randy tamping the ballast under the new frog. - Photo by Loren Ross
Image number 16 -- Loren has the engine on the new frog. While David Elems rides the back to feel how solid it rides over the frog our newest member Randy Morton watches from the ground. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 17 -- Loren runs the 1100 for a second pass on the frog. A job well done by the track crew who worked for 3 days on the replacement of the frog. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 18 -- Steve Habeck, David Elems, Ethan Doty and Loren Ross inspecting the work done and the proper shining of the new frog from use. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 19 -- Both directions were tested on the frog and a proper shine is developing from the testing. No flexing noted on the frog and some minor tamping is all that is left on the outside rails. Seven new ties installed along with the new frog. - Photo by Greg Elems
Image number 20 -- Rust removal pattern left by the SP 1100 after testing the new frog. - Photo by Loren Ross


Page last updated:  Tue Aug 18 06:20:37 PDT 2020