I showed up early Sunday afternoon without a particular project in mind, but a crew was going out on the line car shortly so I came along to help.
Here's the view looking east as we head back to Johnson to meet the "L" cars, which you can see in the siding, to let them past. All of the repair work that was done was between signal 201 and Johnson Siding so that we could duck into the siding to let the revenue trains past.
I didn't spend much time up on the roof. Mostly I acted as gofer running tools and parts up the ladder and swapping poles to change direction, spending the time in between salvaging usable components from discarded wire hangers and straightening up the interior of the 604. Above is the rooftop crew: Richard, Greg, Thomas, Nick and Shelby.
And here's our intrepid motorman, Joel, who ably ran the 4 all day. It's always good to have a motorman with a light touch when you're sitting 15' up in the air!
Here the crew makes some repairs between the east Johnson switch and the Seeman Road crossing. Quite a few broken or bent hangers in the catenary section were fixed, including the one that we think was causing the CA&E cars grief, and some other fixes were made at various places as well. Maintenance like this, while not flashy, is necessary to keep our demonstration railroad running smoothly. Another vital component is track, and Frank Devries was hard at work on Station Track 2, working with a contingent from the Army replacing the rail on the eastern half of the track. This will be a big improvement and a big "thank you" goes out to both the soldiers and to our own volunteer Track Department!