WORK IN PROGRESS
The first spike was driven early summer 1997. The RC&G uses code 332 aluminum rail which is hand spiked to 1/2" x 1" wooden ties. The ties are double height which allows for more ballast to cover the base to which they are attached and protect it from UV rays which tend to do the most damage to treated lumber. Tie size and rail code were chosen giving preference to durability over scale appearance. The ties are attached to 3/4" treated plywood which has been cut to a width to match the ties. Ties are attached using annular ring nails. Ties are milled by the RC&G shops from treated lumber and then stained to give the appearance of creosote. Each section is approximately 8' long and built on a bench. The sections when complete are floated on 2 - 4" or more of crushed limestone depending on the amount of fill required and ballasted with 1/4" and finer crushed limestone. In order to speed up loading time and allow previous visitors to just view the most latest progress, I have grouped the photos by year. Click on the thumnails to see an enlargened version.
The stake in the front set at the highest point on the line is used as a reference to set grades. Track is level till it reaches the trestle and then begins a 3% decent. Stakes toward the rear mark reference points at 1" increments of decent.
This photo shows Porter # 2 heading for end of track with essential supplies !
This shot shows the extent of trackage as of October of 1998. Unfortunately the Summer of 98 was filled with higher priority projects and the railroad saw little in the way of progress.
During January of 99 the North end of the main yard at Summit was built, this photo shows it set into the position it will occupy when favorable weather returns. The switch ties have not been stained pending installation of Del-aire switch machines.
The summer of 99 proved to be much more productive than that of 98. A change was made in the overall plan the converted this end of the line into a return loop. This required a lot of fill and a retaining wall to be built. The work on the yard at Summit was completed and installed as well as the additional trackwork required for the loop. The pix that follow show how the line looked at the end of season 1999.
This shot shows the southern end of the yard at Summit. The track to the far left is nearly a foot lower than the yard and is decending down Raccoon Gully. The branch going off towards the rear is a spur to service a retail coal distributor, The Ohio Valley Coal Company and the RC&G freight house.
This is another shot of the yard with a train decending the grade down Raccoon Gully. Where the doodlebug is parked will be the location of the station at Summit.
This shot shows the coal dump that will service the Ohio Valley Coal Company.
This shot shows RC&G #7 working hard upgrade to the yard at Summit. Stone work is part of the retaining wall built to retain the fill at this point on the line.
This is an aerial view of the RC&G at the end of Summer 1999, for reference the total length from side to side in this shot is forty feet.
From the Fall of 1999 till the Summer of 2001 most of my available layout building time was consumed by family issues and no further work was done until the Fall of 2001 when the first part of phase two was added. This section starts where the line passes under the "S" curve trestle and consists of a curved turnout leading into a passing siding and the trackwork which will become the RC&G's engine servicing facilities. Included in this is a 3 way stub switch.
The building is the power plant for the engine facilitie. The 2 stall engine house will be located at the end of the two tracks next to the power plant.
The diagram below represents the plan to date of what has been built.
As more work is completed addition photos will be added ! If you have an questions or want more info please E-mail me.
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Last update 1/3/07