Current Projects | PAST PROJECTS

The club has many projects that we work on throughout the year. Thursdays are our main workdays although we may have special workdays as needed throughout the year.


Site of Lumber Camp Return Bridge

For 2019-2020, we are continuing work as part of our railroad expansion project focusing on the Lumber Camp area which will include a new steel Lumber Camp Return Bridge and Redwood trestle. Below is a schematic for the bridge and a map showing where the work is taking place. You can click on the thumbnails for more detail. 

Track route upgrade

In 2019 we are also working on track improvements at the end of the North Yard allowing access to the Mountain Route from the car barns and loading areas without first going around the lake.

Small Building Refurbishment

We continually refurbish our small buildings and towns along the right-of-way. This is done in our workshop or, at members’ homes.

Railroad Tie replacement

We have a long term project to upgrade all track panel ties from wood to plastic. All newly installed track panels use longer lasting plastic ties. As we perform track maintenance we upgrade existing panels to use new ties. We also upgrade active weathered sections of track periodically as time and manpower allows.

Contraption Engine Enhancements

The Contraption, a propane powered steam Beam engine, is a recent donation from club member John Dolph. Club member Mike Massee is giving the engine a little love and is: changing the gear ratio; improving the tensioner; enhancing the height spacers; insulating the steam lines; investigating the cylinder drainage lines; fixing crank shaft screw issues; modifying and repairing the braking system; and among other things finding a solution for keeping soot off the train engineers’ face. Mike is making these enhancements remotely and hopes to have The Contraption back home at PV&A RR in the spring of 2019.