Current Projects

Lumber Camp Bridge

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Artistic rendering of Lumber Camp 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 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 images for more detail. 

Reality is beginning to look like the artistic rendering!

Caboose Route Expansion

A massive multi-year expansion is now underway with the construction of the new Caboose Route. When completed, this route will add 3,650 feet of track, where it ends in a loop around a full size caboose, with spectacular views of the lake and main yards. Numerous trestles and bridges wind in and around the existing track, giving the railroad a certain kind of intrigue as trains will get a view of each other coming and going much more often as the center of the track becomes a spaghetti-bowl of route options. Currently, a 410 ft length of track consisting mostly of bridge and trestle work has been opened as an alternative route from Rabbit Flat to Alpine Summit. You can see plans and existing track in the track map.

This project has many sub-projects including—but not limited to: the Lumber Camp Bridge, Loop and North Spur; the Alpine Crossover bridges (a set of 5 bridges); the Silver Bridges, the Redwood Canyon Bridge and Tunnel, the Redwood Trestle; and the Caboose Loop;.

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.