|COMPLETING THE BRIAR PATCH BRANCH
JULY 1, 2012
PLANS CHANGE - Charlotte came up with a good idea: instead of running
the line along the fence, why not through the woods? The pegs designate the
STUMP-BE-GONE - A stump from a recently-cut cedar tree was in the way
of the new right-of-way. So I got out the chain saw and cut it another 3 inches
TRACK MOVED - We unbolted five sections and moved them over. There
were a lot of roots to deal with, so we had to use thinner ties in several spots.
BRIDGE MOVED - This time we moved it on a trailer (the "Goat Tote")
instead of dragging along the ground behind the golf cart.
COMPLETED - Bella and Candy check out the new line. The finishing details
are just about done now, including the bridge girders, adding ballast, and fine
STUMP REMOVAL - Next to the "double stump" there was another stump
to get rid of. This time we uprooted it using the tractor and a good bit of axe
STONE MASONRY - I felt like a stone mason while fitting stones on the
bridge approach. The gaps will be filled with #57 crushed stone.
ON TO THE BRIDGE - Candy checks out Daddy's work. The tracklaying
has progressed to the other end of the bridge.
BRIDGE APPROACH WITH 4X4'S - On the other side we're using a pair of
3-foot 4x4's. Also notice there are 1/2 x 1 inch stringers under the bridge ties.
GOLDEN SPIKE - At least it's the last track bolt connecting the two sides of
the new track. There was just enough rail to finish the project.
ROOT IN THE WAY - A large root was sitting where the missing tie should
be. I didn't want to chop out roots, so we'll modify the ties to fit.
OVER AND AROUND THE ROOT - Half of the tie is now only 1 inch
thick. Also notice the adjacent tie has been hewed with an axe to fit around
FIRST TRAIN - I'm riding behind #2 for a test run on the new track. Candy is
wearing the cone because she just got spayed a few days ago.
BRIDGE GIRDERS - A couple of 8-foot 2x10's have been cut with rounded
corners and painted, ready to bolt onto the bridge deck.
VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE -This shows the track from the bridge to
Sassa-fras Junction. The ground was undercut a few inches around that double
TWIN SPAN - The two bridges match up fairly well, although they are not
very high above the creek. After a heavy rain, water is definitely flowing