Tuesday
Mar252014

Bridge Support Progress

The third of five bridge supports have been constructed. Two more cinder block walls to go. These will be followed by steel trestle bents on Sono tube columns ending at a retaining wall transitioning to a dirt berm.

Tuesday
Mar252014

Alpine Route Re-opens

In January the Alpine Route was re-opened after being closed for over a year while dirt work for the expansion track completed. A new retaining wall was installed to allow the outbound and inbound Caboose tracks to be on either side. Nice to have it back again.

 

Tuesday
Jul092013

Alpine Summit Grading

The summit area on the Alpine route is being modified to allow and track to diverge to the left and climb on its way to the caboose. A berm has been constructed to provide for the returning track from the right. The Alpine main track will descend between these on it's old grade.

Tuesday
Jul092013

New Yard Signaling System

Lance Ginner and Peter Moseley designed a new yard signaling system for the railroad. The approach to the yard is on a curve and it is hard to see which tracks are occupied. The yard entrance is on a ladder track and we have had trouble with engineers moving the remotely operated switches while trains were still on them. In addition we have had some near misses as trains have tried to leave simultaneously on converging tracks. So we designed a system to account for each of these problems. An IR beam was placed so any train on the ladder track would trip a signal and illuminate all the overhead lights red as well as turn on a red light on the switch panel to warn engineers to not move points. Each yard track was broken into two blocks for a total of eight. If a train is in the far block, the light for that track goes yellow. If a train is in the near block the light goes red for that track. If a train is on a foul point the light for that track and the adjacent one goes red. At the yard exit we placed ground level lights which are green if no trains are in the yard, yellow if a train is on any track on the yard and red if a train has entered the foul point or is blocking a second beam upon departure.

Lance Ginner did the electrical design and most of the installation with help from Glenn McGhee, Peter Moseley, John Dolph and others.

Lance Ginner working on the installation.

Tuesday
Jul092013

The First Bridge for the Expansion Project

 The first bridge coming out of the welding shop.

 

Strength test! Wayyy strong!

Tuesday
Jul092013

Track Panels

Gil Gross, Bob Silverstein, Kevin Hayashi and others have constucted over 50 panels of track of various radii for the new track expansion. We are using steel rail and plastic ties. The tie systems came from Roll Models.

 Track inventory. 6/13

 

 

 

Gil Gross assembly a track panel. Next to welding table.

Tuesday
Jul092013

New Tool Shed and Track/Welding Shops

Tom Waterfall and Carl Herrera outfitted the new tool shed as a work shop. This was previously in cramped space in Engine House 1. This improved space makes room for more storage track in the Engine house. 

 

Friday
Jun152012

New tool shed under construction

Jerry tomei, Tom Waterfall, Ron Seichen and Gil Gross (not pictured) are constructing a new tool and workshop shed adjacent to the speeder shed along the main yard lead behind Engine House #2. Hats off to these guys for a job well done!

 

Friday
Jun152012

New engine tested at PV&A

Member Mike Massee and his father Don recently tested out a newly refurbished grand scales engine, a MEG Steam "Wendy" 0-4-0 saddle tanker.    This engine was run for over a decade by other owners before being purchased and completely overhauled starting in 2010.   Check out the complete photo gallery here.

Sunday
May132012

Welcome to the new PV&A website!

Welcome to our new web presence!  We're looking forward to providing you with information about the PV&A as well as photos and other news about the track.   Stay tuned!