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12 November 2022

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12 November 2022    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GrantC & DustyT

Salida
GaryM continued Test #1 with K-36 #480 (running switch legs, facing west). DG Switches #2, #2A require resoldering of outside stock rail to remove tight spots on NG and SG rails. All other DG switches south of Mainline passed (a few needed adjustments). #30 Crossover near the Coaling Tower had a tight spot removed (Shinohara). Still working #23 (Shinohara) next to Sand House, some tightness and maybe rail alignment issues to TT track. Noted that the Sand House foundation is too close to track. Also, Coaling Tower Office also too tight to track, about 1/128th inch to K-36 cab shade. Remaining DG switches to test are #10A - #17 in Transfer Yard, Car Shops, NG turntable & ashpit.

Extras

  • KentS replaced blown Heater fuse in box at Royal Gorge.
  • KentS installed LED bulb in exterior light and deactivated day/night switch.

  • 9 November 2022    Crew: GaryM & DanielS

    Salida
    GaryM continued switch testing with K-36 #480. DG Switches #2, #2A, #2B all had tight NG & SG points and failed testing. DG Switch #2B was repaired by filing rail at the tight locations and passed. These three DG switches are the 3 primary, critical switches from the NG arrival/departure track and mainline leading west to the Arkansas River bridge.

    Extras

  • GaryM & DanielS inventoried the NG high side gondolas.
  • A full complement of 28 high side gons were set out for Monarch, and additional waybills were made. This is up from the 20 cars previously assigned to Monarch branch.
  • DanielS pulled ten duplicate car #s from his high side gons to renumber, and GaryM took one of AlexM's.
  • Some Carcards were noted for rework.

  • 5 November 2022    Crew: GaryM, KentS, GrantC & DanielS

    Monarch
    Staged train with K-36s and 14 cars.
            

    Extras

  • Bill Lund visited and toured the layout for the 2023 National Narrow Gauge Convention in Denver next fall.

  • 2 November 2022    Crew: GaryM, KentS, DustyT & DanielS

    Portland
    Buildings back in place until track re-design is begun.
      

    Gorge
    GaryM made some minor repairs on one of the bridge supports and re-installed. DanS has been building the wood waterpipe, seen in the lower left of the photo.
         

    Poncha Junction
    DanielS has got the Charcoal Kilns built and installed. Overall, the entire location has been improved and developed. DanielS and GaryM re-located the Water Tank and pump house to make more distance to the Mears Tank, which also should be on the mainline prior to the 3-Way switch.
                     

    Otto
    DustyT has made huge progress re-shaping the terrain at the Otto bridge and adding the creek.
      

    Tank 7
      

    Parlin
         

    Gunnison
         

    Crested Butte
    GerryG has been making progress on the backdrop at the Big Mine.
                  


    26 October 2022    Crew: GaryM, KentS, DustyT & DanielS

    Salida
    GaryM fine-tuned some handlaid DG switches. A lot of the early DG switches GaryM built were not "notched" for the points. Although the Blackstone engines have traversed these without issues, now that we have brass locos available, that has not been the case. GaryM's K-36 #480 has been christened as "Track Tester", with its especially finicky precision scale tender trucks (similar to the MMIs). Each DG switch is now undergoing painstakening testing with #480, with adjustments made to the switch as necessary, currently in the Salida yard.

    Poncha Junction
    DanielS continued working on the Charcoal Kiln scenery.


    24 September 2022    

    Mears Junction
    Issues noted on the Otto Bridge: Tight spots, vertical track misalignment on "west" end.
      

    Grays
    TomG completed the new bridge/rails on Grays Creek.
      


    10 September 2022    

    Grays
    After determining several issues on the Grays Creek trestle: less than 24" radius, curve misalignment, vertical lean to outside of curve, TomG removed the track, bridge deck and roadbed to effect repairs.
            


    20 July 2022    

    Barrel
    GaryM continued ballast repair and new ballast from Cleora to the Barrel site.
      

    Poncha Junction
    DustyT rescuplted the landscape at the Otto Bridge to make sense of the terrain.
      

    Gunnison
    KentS built a two-sided filler backdrop between the layout and rear wall beam, to backdrop the Gunnison drop-shelf, the Crested Butte Big Mine Extension track, and the Baldwin Branch drop-shelf, as well.
      


    26 March 2022    

    Baldwin Branch
    KentS and TomG continued construction on the new Baldwin Branch.
         


    19 March 2022    

    Baldwin Branch
    KentS and TomG getting a lot of benchwork up.
               


    16 March 2022    

    Baldwin Branch
    Spline roadbed clamped & glued.
      


    12 March 2022    Chow: GaryM, GrantC, TomG & DanielS
    12 March 2022    Crew: GaryM, GrantC, TomG & DanielS

    Salida
    GaryM cleaned up ties from excess ballast on ties at the narrowgauge roundhouse.

    Poncha Junction
    DanielS worked on the freight station platform.

    Baldwin Branch
    TomG planed the spline subroadbed on the Castleton run.


    9 March 2022    Crew: GaryM, TomG & KentS

    Salida
    GaryM completed ballasting at the narrowgauge roundhouse.

    Baldwin Branch
    TomG & KentS levelled the spline subroadbed on the Castleton run.


    5 March 2022    Crew: GaryM, GlennG, TomG & KentS

    Salida
    GaryM laid more ballast at the narrowgauge roundhouse.
      

    Gunnison
    GlennG began working some scenery on the grounds.
      

    Baldwin Branch
    KentS and TomG installed the first section of spline for the mainline from the dropshelf to Castleton.
      


    2 March 2022    Crew: GaryM, DanielS, TomG & KentS

    Salida
    GaryM added to the scenery between roundhouses and laid the first section of ballast at the narrowgauge roundhouse.
         

    Poncha Junction
    DanielS continued work on the Warehouse.
      

    Baldwin Branch
    KentS and TomG installed risers along the Castleton and Kubler runs.
      


    26 February 2022    Crew: GaryM, StuJ, GrantC, TomG & KentS

    Crested Butte
    StuJ scratchbuilt this shop from current buildings located in town.
      


    19 February 2022    Crew: GaryM, DanielS, TomG & KentS

    Salida
    GaryM worked on ground cover scenery around the narrowgauge roundhouse foundation.
      

    Poncha Junction
    DanielS continued work on the Warehouse.
      

    Baldwin Branch
    KentS and TomG built the benchwork connecting the wye corner to the Kubler mine corner.
            


    5 February 2022    Crew: GaryM, GrantC, DanielS, TomG, GerryG & KentS

    Salida
    GaryM added ground dirt to the roundhouse and installed the sandhouse foundation.
      

    Poncha Junction
    DanielS painting warehouse interior.
      

    Crested Butte
    GerryG painted the ridgeline and mountains above the tipple.
         

    Baldwin Branch
    KentS and TomG built the Kubler mine corner.
            


    8 January 2022    Crew: GaryM

    Salida
    GaryM puttied around the turntable foundation.
      



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