The Bear Bones & Broke Railroad

A Work in Progress
November 26

Today we began laying track. The track is not yet
fixed to the roadbed and the grades are not really
established precisely, but we're getting an idea of
where the problems are. There aren't many.

The station and town will be at the left of the photo.
The pipe that forms one of two tunnels can be seen in the
background. It will take one of the main lines through a
mountain where the coal mine will be located.

The two lines of the BB&B Railroad cross
at several points. This crossing uses an
Eagle Wings Iron Craft steel bridge.

Somehow we got the track coming out of the switch yard
and one of the main lines to line up with a 90-degree crossing.

Another Eagle Wings bridge spans a dry wash which drains
another mountain (yet to be built). The track turns to the left
towards the station and the village. Three parallel isolated
tracks running past the station (one not yet laid) will provide
12-foot long sidings. Turnouts will enable us to move a train
from one main line to the other.

Summer 2000 Diggin the drainage trenches
November 25, 2000 Installing Lake Nathan
November 26, 2000 Rough track layout
June 2001 The fence is installed
July 7, 2000 The Ransom Yard arrives
July 7, 2000 The Ransom Yard is completed
July 14, 2000 Track grades are installed
More July 14, 2000 Track grades are installed
July 21, 2001 Tunnels are installed
July 24, 2001 Trains are moved to Ransom Yard
December 9, 2001 The beginning of building installation
December 24, 2001 The first trains run
March 3, 2002 The umbrella is up
More March 3, 2002 Some closeups of the maintenance crew at work
Even More March 3, 2002 The Heim Fountain, a gift from clients Walter and Bette Heim
December 16, 2002 The Pacific Electric "Red Car" line is installed

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