July 15, 1999 we had a work day,
our goal was to get as much ballast laid as possible. It was a
complete success. In one 5 hour period, we laid about 150lbs of
ballast, covering about 85% of the H-yard. In attendance was Joe
Barcia, the Vice President, Keith Denton, EIT, Randy Knaub, Electrical
Advisor and John Markey, a non-member who volunteered his time.
I just want to thank everyone for their help. Here are the pictures.......
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Here is the ballast drying. I color matched Floquil
Rail Brown at Home Depot, purchased a gallon and a quart (used
most of it). I thinned it 3:1 with water and painted the ballast
by placing hand fulls in a strainer and dipping it in the paint,
then spreading it out to let dry.
Here is the work crew at work. Keith in the foreground,
Joe on the right side, Randy all the way in the back left and
John Markey infront of Randy on the left side.
Again, the work crew, busy laying ballast
After 4 hours of work, everyone sitting down to discuss
trains and marvel at how much we accomplished (and how much of
my money Joe is holding up)
Joe Barcia's SawMill scenery moving along VERY nicely
An over view of the H-yard with the ballast, still
wet, just after being laid. You can still see puddles of glue
(the ballast was glued down using Elmers White Glue thinner 50:50
with water and a little shampoo to wetten the mix)