On Saturday, July 23, a crew consisting of Dwight Maxey, Colin Mellin, Kendall Crouch, Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley and Paul Brown braved temperatures surpassing 100 degrees to do a little crosstie replacement today. We were able to remove all spikes and tie plates so we could basically dig out three rotten ties that were supporting? or should I say taking up space under the rails leading to our shop track switch. We then cleaned out the track bed and went to the shop yard to search for three replacement ties. I should mention that these ties are all 14 feet long, so not your standard replacement job. We were able to locate the ties and place them under the rails when we decided that we had had enough heat and retreated for lunch.
After lunch, we spent a bit of time removing the 4th of July decorations that have been left on our cabooses. Due to the weather damaging these items they all had to be trashed. We then finished up by installing tie plugs in the ties we installed earlier. We will finish installing these three ties and do some additional replacement work soon.
I have included some pictures of the mornings work to illustrate the scope of the work done.