As part of a major investment in our demonstration railroad, The Aurora Elgin and Fox River Electric Company Railroad, the Museum contracted with Volkmann Railroad Builders to replace 500 regular ties, replace 46 switch ties, and smooth out or surface 2000 feet of track north and south of Wards Bridge.
Acting Roadmaster Fred Lonnes reports that Today's task of raising/surfacing the track approaching Wards Bridge started.
Shown in these picture is the initial part of the work, the south side approach to Wards bridge. New rock was dropped and the tamping machine put it under the ties. The amount of rock needed was significant as the distance that needed to be raised to meat the bridge level was more that meets the eye. Each approach is around 750 to 1000 feet. Some spots needed to be lifted 8 to 10 inches.
The original estimate for ballast needed was woefully inadequate. Thanks to Jeff Bennett, additional ballast was picked up from the quarry and delivered to the Museum site.
Tomorrow the Contractor will be addressing the north side of the bridge.
After this is done we will need to clean up/dress the area to top off the cribs and shoulders.