As of this morning All the track for my yard is built, in place and almost completely spiked down. I have about another 5-10 feet to spike and a couple joiner pieces to add in but less than two hours should finish it up. WOW!!!, I never thought it would take me this long to complete it. All my feeders are in place as well so all the work left will now be under the deck. Connecting all the feeder wires to the Bus line then install the Moles and wire them up, lots of hours left for sure.
I think I will get the East side of the yard done first as apposed to doing it all at once so I’m not doing the same thing for too long a period and get tired of it all and do nothing for a while. Besides that, if I have that side done I could at least operate on half of my yard while the other side is being completed…… at least this idea sounds good in my head 🙂
More updates soon!
Just a bit of an update today folks.
The track has now been replaced in Benjamin with the exceptions of the industrial area as the plan has not yet been finalized for that area. The town of Cole has been discussed, roughly laid out and the track is now being laid into the area. As well the handlaying has started again. Yes folks I finally feel like working on it again. As of this morning the first three Classification tracks are all spiked down and the rail has been soldered onto the PC ties for the next two. I have run out of PC ties so I will order those in the next few days. In the meantime I will get the wood ties glued down and get them spiked into place. After that there is only three more tracks to complete. Then begins the turnout controls and lots and lots of wiring…… did I mention Lots? 🙂
The Benjamin Daily News
“After all the rain we received last month the rivers and creeks rose well past flood levels. Benjamin was badly hit and all the rails were washed out. The town survived but the industrial area was pretty well destroyed by the rushing current. Benjamin’s mayor Benjamin, “Benny”, as the town knows him by, said “The only saving grace was this area was only under it’s first stage of growth and no structures were built in the flood hit area.” With the anticipation of the Railroad coming, the folks in town are a little worried as to whether this may cause the railroad to abandon their plans. They are all counting on the new jobs that the railroad will bring to their town. After a meeting with “Benny” and Roy Wolf (Wolf Valley Railroad owner) this rumour was quickly put to rest. Wolf said “With the help of the town, equipment has been brought in to redirect the creek and build dykes around the town. This work is almost done and the railroad has started to relay the track.” Wolf also added that this was actually a blessing in disguise. “Big things are being planned for Benjamin and if the town does everything they are planning, we were more than likely going to have to realign the trackage in town for them anyway. Now we are helping plan a better future for Benjamin.”