On Saturday, November 27, we had a small crew come out to work on switches and replace a broken joint bar. Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, and Paul Brown worked to clean and lubricate three more track switches. This is continuation of our work from a week ago to clean debris from – and then lube – the moving components of our switches, to make things easier on our crews. We then tackled replacement of a broken joint bar on our main running track. The bar was center-broke due to the condition of the tie under the joint. We did a quick fix with a larger tie plate – with a filler plate under that – to hold us over until we can come back and replace the tie. The gang learned how to remove joint bars that are rusted to the rails; it is hard work!
I have included a couple of pictures of our volunteers replacing the track joint bar. Watch here for information on our Christmas train runs December 11th, 17th, 18th, and 24th.