CSME Double Tracking Progress

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CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by johnpenn74 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:17 pm

Once more into the breach!

If you have been to Eaglepoint RR in Chattanooga in the last year or so you probably seen the persistent work by members to double track the old main from Eaglepoint to Saddleback. Right now this amounts for about 3/5 of the original main line. All of this effort is two part: 1) to reduce the congestion created by traffic branching off for the mountain division and 2) straightening curves and bumps to make at the original main more accommodating to engines like 4-8-4s, 2-8-4s, 4-8-2s and other similar large stuff. With this project we are also upgrading the double main signals to automatic block.

We were making good time till the snow started creeping in... :-)

Well enjoy the pics and check back here for periodic updates.
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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by johnpenn74 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:15 am

A few more construction pics from Chestnut Grove.
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4 Western Wheeled Scraper NG Dump Cars
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4 Big Four Conversion Gondolas

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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by BigDumbDinosaur » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:28 am

johnpenn74 wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:17 pm
Well enjoy the pics and check back here for periodic updates.
How come the pictures are rotated on their sides?
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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by tomc » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:34 am

He didnt hold his Iphone correctly or didnt correct orientation in a photo editor. I had to learn how to take pics & vids to show on non iphone equipment.

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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by NP317 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:49 am

He took the photos near the equator?
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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by johnpenn74 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:41 am

Guys your supposed to be interested in all that good looking track work.....not my technical snafu.... :-)

Yeah, I don't know what's up with the tilt.... Looks ok in the lap top. I have an LG Android. Anyone know how to fix?
Here's some more pictures on the main. From another phone.

JP
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Logging meets that actually move logs

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2 Mich-Cal Shays
Allen 4-4-0 Narrow Gauge Conversion
Two Reading A5a Camelback 0-4-0
USRA 0-6-0
Clishay
4 Western Wheeled Scraper NG Dump Cars
N&W 4-8-2
ICM 2-10-2
4 Modern Stake Cars
L&N Caboose
4 Big Four Conversion Gondolas

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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by rkcarguy » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:53 am

Looks good! Also looks hard fought where the rock retaining wall had to be pushed out and filled to suit the 2nd line.

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CSME Double Tracking Progress - Winter progress

Post by johnpenn74 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:37 pm

Ok, time for an update.
This portion of work was completed in a few work sessions between December 2018, Feb 2019 and March 2019. While water does freeze in Tennessee, it isn't impossible to keep working, that and the winter was not too harsh. The pictures are of Saddleback Wye and the dominant main line (the double track one) that goes through it. A 2nd survey showing a great improvement of the previous; a few dips to clean up but well thats why we measure our work during construction not after it. All in all a lot of hard work and a positive step in the right direction.

Next up? Hooking Chestnut grove to Gargoyle... Baring the break out of the Apacolypse, we should have these two major sections connected by the Spring Meet 2019. Come on out and take a gander.

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John Pennington

Logging meets that actually move logs

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2 Mich-Cal Shays
Allen 4-4-0 Narrow Gauge Conversion
Two Reading A5a Camelback 0-4-0
USRA 0-6-0
Clishay
4 Western Wheeled Scraper NG Dump Cars
N&W 4-8-2
ICM 2-10-2
4 Modern Stake Cars
L&N Caboose
4 Big Four Conversion Gondolas

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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by johnpenn74 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:18 pm

Time for an update...

It seem like there is never enough dirt... I mean time... Or both actually. The usual suspects were at it again in the last few weeks and we now have the track all the way up to the twin bridges. Sorry no pictures. This last will connect the run from Saddleback all the way to Stillhouse.

But I do have a few photos to share of still house siding. This siding is the next big area or construction. The stillhouse bridge is being double tracked and a Helper siding is being added in the middle of the two mainline tracks. This is sorta based on Saluda grade and will be the prototype helper addition / layover point for trains going up the mountain division. Momentum is up and should be in by Fall meet.

Work is also starting on the Eagle Point end of things. We are excavating our parking lot so we have lot dirt to get rid of. Well, that's just a good time to put it on the main line. See photos.

See you at the track.

JP
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CSME Double Track 2019 Spring Progress.jpg
CSME Double Track Item 044 Still House Pocket.jpg
John Pennington

Logging meets that actually move logs

Project
2 Mich-Cal Shays
Allen 4-4-0 Narrow Gauge Conversion
Two Reading A5a Camelback 0-4-0
USRA 0-6-0
Clishay
4 Western Wheeled Scraper NG Dump Cars
N&W 4-8-2
ICM 2-10-2
4 Modern Stake Cars
L&N Caboose
4 Big Four Conversion Gondolas

Like I'm actually gonna build all this stuff :-P

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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by johnpenn74 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:59 am

We're off and running again. Started the demo work on the EP - Summit Main section. Since this pic was taken we have put about 1/3 of main #1 back in. Should have it all done by Spring meet. Come and see.

JP
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ep 090.jpg
SM 001.jpg
John Pennington

Logging meets that actually move logs

Project
2 Mich-Cal Shays
Allen 4-4-0 Narrow Gauge Conversion
Two Reading A5a Camelback 0-4-0
USRA 0-6-0
Clishay
4 Western Wheeled Scraper NG Dump Cars
N&W 4-8-2
ICM 2-10-2
4 Modern Stake Cars
L&N Caboose
4 Big Four Conversion Gondolas

Like I'm actually gonna build all this stuff :-P

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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by Steven E. Kuhn » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:38 pm

JOHNPENN74 wrote:

Once more into the breach!

If you have been to Eaglepoint RR in Chattanooga in the last year or so you probably seen the persistent work by members to double track the old main from Eaglepoint to Saddleback. Right now this amounts for about 3/5 of the original main line. All of this effort is two part: 1) to reduce the congestion created by traffic branching off for the mountain division and 2) straightening curves and bumps to make at the original main more accommodating to engines like 4-8-4s, 2-8-4s, 4-8-2s and other similar large stuff. With this project we are also upgrading the double main signals to automatic block.

We were making good time till the snow started creeping in... :-)

Well enjoy the pics and check back here for periodic updates.








I took the first four photos in the thread and turned them right side up. Got tired of cranking my head over. Thanks for the update. Looking forward to seeing Eagle Point again in the near future. Lots of hardwork going on with the retaining wall and the track. Looks nice!

Steve Kuhn
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Re: CSME Double Tracking Progress

Post by Steven E. Kuhn » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:52 pm

One more from a later post.
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