2 proved to be quite eventful. In addition to handling the
Tower 17 move, Jim Vollmar was also coordinating the return of the
freshly sandblasted and painted US&S Style B semaphores to RRM
property. An uncooperative switch and a train derailment near
the site of the Tower also provided some entertaining
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2 was a little less productive then one would like.Started out with Cherry showing up at .The first thing they wanted to do was to install the 2 metal
beams which will be used for supporting the 2nd floor of
the tower while the 1st floor is being cut away.These beams are 37 feet long…the tower is 24’-8” long,
which means that the beams will stick out from the building at both
the North and South ends.Since
the North end of the tower is only 10 feet from the Union Pacific
Main Track and the beam would stick out 5 feet from the tower, I
felt we needed to contact UPRR to see how they felt about that.Needless to say, they were not too keen of the idea and
wanted to see it for themselves before making a decision.They finally shown up at the tower around
and took a look.They
agreed to the installation but contacted the Dispatcher to issue a
“Restricted Clearance” and a 10 MPH “Slow Order” at the
tower (CP SA 36) which will remain in effect until the tower is
Restricted Clearance order will not allow anyone to ride on the side
of any railcars or locomotives due to minimal clearances.The 10 MPH Slow Order restricts the speed a trains can
travel, usually across a bad section of track or around crews
working on the railroad.These
restrictions are for the Union Pacific Railroad only since the BNSF
Railroad tracks are not affected by our building beams sticking out
from the tower. Anyway,
with that addressed and out of the way work can continue without any
The utility pole located on the South East side of the tower, which
use to carry the telephone cables to the tower, has been cut down
safely to make room for the tower move.No Ken, it didn’t fall on the new metal tower building.
[Fortunately, "the cynic" was wrong this time! WebEd.]
Basically, 2 days have passed with minimal progress made to the
had the Large Relay Cabinet which had to be moved.Today was the Beam Clearance problem with UPRR.Hopefully Wednesday will show much more progress associated
with the Tower itself.The
Move is still slated for Friday but may slip out due to these issues
keep everyone posted.
Straw Keeps the Trains Running!!
those of you, who have not had the pleasure of meeting Russell, let
me give a brief intro.He
is one of the founding members of the Fort Bend Model Railroad Club
and has modeled the Sugarland Sugar Factory area in N-Scale.He has been volunteering some of his spare time at the Tower.Today, a BNSF train conductor had to throw a track switch
was really having a tough time turning the switch so Russell lends a
hand and saves the day, getting the switch to operate and allowing
the train to continue on its way.Those 1:1 Scale trains are a lot easier on the eyes then
those N-Scale Trains.
Signals Arrive at the Museum!!!!
semaphore signals we got from Oregon
have been repainted white and black and were delivered to the Museum
this morning.They will
be installed onto their foundations when we can get a “Cherry
Picker” crane to lift them into place.Uticon has one, but it’s at a jobsite and is not sure when
it could become available.Thanks
to Jim Blott and Al Goolsby for their assistance assembling the
[Blades and lenses were removed prior to sandblasting and
“On the Ground” East of Tower 17 !!!
gondolas “spread the rails” on the spur track which runs South
of the Tower late Tuesday afternoon.The derailment of these two gondolas is down by the Home
Lumber Yard and did not have any effect on work at the tower.The train was traveling very slowly when the derailment
occurred.Can not tell
if there was any damage to the ties.Track crews will have to repair this section of track.
all for now.Thanks to
everyone for their assistance with this project.