May 02, 2011

Rails Reconnected Over Previous Washout Area Near Latrobe California

Pictures By Don Lee

Thanks to everyone that helped out with this and the crew that installed the culverts. There will be equipment rolling over it for the first time this Saturday.  What an incredible ride it is from Folsom to Shingle Springs!  If you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend checking it out.  There are numerous outings coming up and the heavy equipment is being prepared to pull trains up the hill.  Stay Tuned!  


Pictures by Don Lee

As promised I have updated information regarding this Saturday's track laying day at the what was formerly- that's right, formerly- the washout.  Some of us are now calling it "Latrobe Creek Crossing" or "Latrobe Creek Culvert."  I'd send pictures but I really want to entice you to come out and see it for yourself and perhaps drive a spike or two or twenty...
Here is the plan:
Anyone interested in brining their speeder to run to the job site can set on at Iron Point at 7:30 AM.  We will depart Iron Pt. at 8 AM by rail to go to Latrobe Creek Crossing.  On our way there, we will pick up the A6 currently sidelined at Veerkamp's so we will have it at the job site to push the speeder flatcar for rail distribution or other similar activities.
Anyone interested in assisting with loading the Chevy HyRailer can meet at the wye at 7:30 AM to load tools.  The HyRailer will depart the Wye at approximately 8 AM and drive to the job site via road.
Anyone driving to the job site is requested to arrive by 8:30 AM at the large gravel shoulder pull-out on Latrobe Rd. just passed (south of) the Deer Creek bridge where the tracks join up with Latrobe Rd. (formerly Cothrin Station on the railroad)- this spot is where a private grade crossing crosses the tracks to access the radio/cell towers on a nearby hill.  Speeder transportation will be provided to the temporary end of track where we will be laying rail (about .2 miles south of the pull-out)- or you can walk south along the track (RR East).  If you choose to walk, be especially careful to watch for Rattlesnakes as it is that time of the year again and one was killed at the job site this week.
Lunch for those who notified me in advance that they are coming will be provided by the FEDS Auxiliary.  Unless I hear from you before 3 PM tomorrow (Friday), you'll be on your own for lunch.
Please dress for work, boots are required, steel-toed preferred.  If you have a hard hat and/or work vest, please bring them along (I'll have some loaners).  I'll also have applications and waivers for signing if you need to pay dues or want to bring someone who would like to join.  Please bring water (some will also be provided).  Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended.  
If you can only come out for an hour or two please do come, we need as many folks as possible with some energy to help us drive spikes.  This is a very unique opportunity to try your hand at authentically practicing mid-19th century technology and techniques used by our forefathers to lay the iron ribbons that built this country and bound it together in unity.  Won't you come out and be a part of this historic activity?
Any questions, please do not email me as I won't have opportunity to see it.  Simply call me at 916.218.5984.
I hope to see you on Saturday (unless, of course, your helping out at the 20th Annual Handcar Derby in Folsom)!
Happy Rails,
Eric Olds
FEDS Director
P&SVRR Director/VP