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26 February 2023

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25 February 2023    Crew: TomG, DanielS, KentS, GrantC, LiamW & GaryM

Barrel
DanielS added the conduits from the Control hut to the motor house, and located the main gear shaft.
           

Salida
GaryM pulled up a section of the house track to move it riverside to make more room for the 1926 stone depot.
  

Baldwin Branch
TomG touched up & painted more ties.
  

Extras

  • LiamW gauged and repaired some SLMI rolling stock.
  • GrantC worked on his 3D engineering models of the Gunnison C&S bridges.

  • 21 February 2023    Crew: TomG, DustyT, KentS, & GaryM

    Barrel
    DanielS built the support superstructure to the Control hut on motor house.
            

    Salida
    GaryM laid more ballast to patch areas in the transfer yard and laid ballast along the main ladder.
         

    Baldwin Branch
    KentS installed several Tortoise machines. TomG & DustyT laid more ties.
                  


    18 February 2023    Crew: TomG, DanielS, KentS, GrantC, GerryG & GaryM

    Barrel
    DanielS worked on the motor house for the Mechanical Transfer. After laboriously studying photos, he found that the steel shed was lengthened to cover the motor shaft bearing, with added framing for the overhead control shed.
            

    Salida
    GaryM continued repairing ballast in the Transfer Yard and started adding ballast to unballasted track. GrantC pointed out that the A.R.T. Emergency Ice House (center in 2nd photo) will require a foundation to sit it between the tracks.
         

    Crested Butte Branch
    GerryG returned to work on the CF&I Big Mine backdrop.
      

    Baldwin Branch
    TomG and KentS continued work. TomG brought out 5 switches, and stained the first section of ties.
                  


    08 February 2023    

    Salida
    GaryM re-ballasted the narrow gauge isolated "display" tracks. These are for stationary equipment like work cars, motor cars. In reality, the tracks continued across the narrow gauge mainline and would connect to tracks between the Arkansas River and the Monte Cristo hotel. Templates were also experimented with for the modified stone depot. The blue paper is laid out for the possible cement platform areas. The green template is the expanded early stone depot, pre-dating the 1926 version. An approximate footprint (which is reduced in size) of the art deco 1941 depot is in the foreground. StuJ is working on that depot.
            

    Baldwin Branch
    TomG, DustyT and KentS working the branch laying ties.
               


    04 February 2023    

    Salida
    GaryM removed the brown ballast from the narrow gauge "display" tracks. TomG learned that alcohol on the wet glued ballast would loosen it up enough for removal.
      

    Baldwin Branch
    TomG lays the first ties on the new spline roadbed.
      


    27 January 2023    

    Salida
    GaryM made some new signs for the yard limits, and the new locale MIDTURN (replacing Hel Junction) and MINTURN station signs for the helpers at the bottom of the helix (at the wye on the staging exit ladder).
      


    21 January 2023    

    Barrel
    DanielS added the remaining tower mock-up.
      


    11 January 2023    Crew: TomG, DanielS, KentS & GaryM

    Salida
    TomG completed eastbound facing F-81 #1405 2-10-2 through the Salida yard. Four switches, including the ashpit switch, were found needing adjustment.

    Cimarron
    GaryM completed testing with C-21 #360 through all the switches. Two were resoldered to repair too wide of gauge near the points.

    Montrose
    GaryM began testing with C-21 #360 through all the switches. Repairs ongoing on some switches for too wide of gauge in a pair of switches.

    Monarch Branch
    DanielS test ran #484 through Monarch and found the wye switch inoperable. KentS traced a wire to the wye with a kink that resulted in a broken wire, and replaced.


    7 January 2023    Crew: TomG, DanielS & GaryM

    Barrel
    DanielS added details on the shed on the east side of the Mechanical Transfer, and built the rickety stair on the west side.
         

    Salida
    TomG brought out his spankin new F-81, pulled some cars around. He commenced testing the switches. DG switch #35 first to fail.
      

    West Salida
    GaryM parked a pair of shiny new resin 1941 Chevys at Rocky's Corner Tavern.
            

    Extras

  • GaryM ran C-21 #360 from Salida to Montrose, and began recording run times.
  • Montrose and Cimarron NG switches had trouble, so the area will now be tested.

  • 4 January 2023    Crew: TomG, DanielS, DustyT, KentS & GaryM

    Barrel
    DanielS added details on the shed on the east side of the Mechanical Transfer, and built the rickety stair on the west side.
         

    Salida
    GaryM sanded down the ties on the RIP track extension near the car shop. TomG stained the ties to match. GaryM spiked in new rails and left unpowered intentionally.
      

    West Salida
    GaryM brought out a repaired Rocky's Corner Tavern. Epoxied the Stroh's sign and front overhead door lamp. Two missing billboard lamps were replaced with new ones. This building is close in size to the actual building and is being used as a stand-in for now.
               

    Grays
    TomG mounted guard timbers on the trestle, cut back the deck ties, and began adding the NBWs.
      

    Gunnison
    GaryM touched up the new backdrop to raise the horizon to match the main backdrop, but need some more white paint.
      

    Extras

  • KentS continued tests on the WiFi WFD-30.
  • GaryM ran several trains from staging and recorded run times on the SG stations.


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