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Construction Diary 1996-1998

6/30/94-3/29/96 We have done very little construction on the RR.

3/29/96 I installed 2-Model Rectifier Control Master 20 power supplys to the temporary wiring. I traded the Dynatrol equipment for 4-Control Master 20's. It went very well even soldering the connections. The intention is to wait for the NMRA DCC controls to get perfected. 3 Hours

3/29-6/18/96 I built the Korbi Campbells Soup building into a warehouse for Tygart Pulp and Paper. I also built 2-kits of Design Preservation Models arch window flat for Tygart Pulp and Paper. I modified the old Heljan Stock Yards building into the oldest building at Tygart Pulp and Paper. 20+ hours

6/19/96 Bob Schmall, Doug Weatherholt, Lensie Brehm and I made trees in the back yard. We used 2-Medium Green Course Turfs to 1-Dark Green Course Turf. Jim Trivitte and Todd Adkinson worked on the tunnel portals at Sunshine. 4 Hours

6/26/96 Bob Schmall, Doug Weatherholt, Lensie Brehm and I made trees in the back yard. Gary Burdette and Jim Trivette worked on the Sunshine tunnels and facia. 4 Hours

7/10/96 Bob Schmall, Charlie Young and Doug Weatherholt planted trees on the peninsula. They planted to BR Coal from above JD Cabin, then started at CV/WV Jct. toward BR Coal. I worked on the track work at the Slaty Fork Engine House. I started installing a #4 crossover behind the Engine House to get from the house through track to the ready track. Jerry Doyle worked on the Heljan engine house that came from the late New Hope and Jackson Railroad. He is modernizing it with roll up doors and air conditioner. Gary Burdette made 2-Grafton and Greenbrier signs for the ends of the building.

7/12/96 Eric Splete and I placed the Chicken wire framework on the Weaver Creek area. 1 Hour

7/17/96 Gary and Jerry worked on the Heljan engine house. Jim, Doug, Bob and I plastered the Weaver Creek area. 5 Hours

7/18/96 I finished the track work on the Slaty Fork engine terminal. 3 Hours

07/18/96-01/29/97 Very little construction. Another tour from NMRA Division 6 in August.

1/29/97 Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt, Doug Weatherholt, Bob Schmoll., Bob Adkins. I decided not to install the Dynatrol equipment on the railroad for (3) reasons. (1), the locomotive receivers were expensive. (2) the entire railroad would have to be rewired. The cabling we had done prior to the 1992 NMRA Convention would not be compatible. Dynatrol requires the cables be separated by at least 6 inches. (3) I would prefer to wait till the NMRA standard DCC gets settled before deciding on the correct system. I traded the Dynatrol equipment for (4) MRC Control Master 20 power supplys. The Athens Club loaned me an Aristocraft MT25E. The railroad will have (6) mainline power supplys and one yard power supply probably the MRC Tech 2500 in use there now. We planned the blocks and hunted up parts in the Mouser Catalog. 3 hours

2/5/97 Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt, Bob Schmoll, Doug Weatherholt. We received the Mouser parts. 1000 feet of #22 gauge 4 conductor telephone wire for the CM20 throttles. 6 Levitron face plates with 6 openings for GP6 telephone connectors. We spent most of the evening deciding where the wall plate would be mounted to the fascia. Two (2) will be mounted in the fascia along the staging yard. One (1) will be mounted at Sunshine. One (1) mounted on the end of the peninsula. One (1) mounted at Brown power. Then pulled a couple of the phone wires. 3 hours

2/12/97 Jim Trivitt, Jerry Doyle, Bob Schmoll, Gary Burdette, Kirk DePeel. We mounted all (5) receptacle boxes on the fascia and pulled one of the telephone wires. 3 hours

2/19/97 Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt, Doug Weatherholt, Bob Schmoll, Gary Burdette. I picked up a terminal block with 50-6 position terminals at American Telephone Service in Huntington. Jim installed it at the north end of the staging yard. We pulled more wires and Jim terminated them on the new terminal block. We also finalized the places where the blocks will be made. Gary and Jerry made labels for wall plates. Bob, Doug and I pulled more wires. We also decided were all the blocks will be and how we are to control them (i.e. on off switch or rotary). Although it will take more installation time, every staging yard and Slaty Fork yard track will have a rotary switch. This will give us maximum flexibility and the most realism possible. For example we can drill a yard track from one end and have a mainline train come in from the other end. We are giving the Slaty Fork Yardmaster control of the railroad from Mountain Switch at Weaver Creek to South Slaty Fork and Sunshine. 3 Hours

2/26-27/97 Jerry Doyle, Doug Weatherholt, Bob Schmoll and Jim Trivitt. Made electrical control panel tracings. Jerry and I finished the electrical blocks. Gary and Doug planned the panels. 4 Hours.

3/3/97 Bob Schmoll, Gary Burdette, Doug Weatherholt and Bob Adkins. Bob Schmoll worked on lettering. Gary laid out the Slaty Fork panel on scale paper. Doug read. Bob Adkins worked on rotaries. 4 Hours

3/6/98 I finished wiring the punch block (punch block the has all wires for cab controls) panel with all cabs. It will operate 6 trains on different cabs. This one will be the easiest. 3 hours

5/10-17/97 Gary Burdette and I. I wired Couch Industrial panel. Gary lettered the Couch panel. 6 Hours.

3/17/97 I finished wiring receptacle # 1 and #2. 6 Hours

3/26/97 I worked on the Smith Summit and Helix panel. 12 Hours

5/27/97 I finished wiring the Smith Summit and Helix panel. 4 Hours

5/28/97 Gary Burdette, Bob Schmoll, Jerry Doyle and Doug Weatherholt. Finished the Smith Summit/Helix block panel. 4 Hours

6/12/97 Randy, Chris, Linda Strogen, Bob Schmoll, Jerry Doyle, Doug Weatherholt and I. Ran the railroad for the first time with the Smith Summit panel installed.

6/19/97 Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt, Todd Atkinson, Lensie Brehm and I. Made trees in the back yard. 3 Hours.

6/26/97 Jim Trivitt, Lensie Brehm, Doug Weatherholt, Bob Schmoll, Gary Burdette and I. Gary and Jim built tunnels at Sunshine. Bob, Doug, Lensie and I made trees in the back yard. 3 Hours.

6/28/97 I built the Burdette Creek panel at the dispatchers desk but did not install it. 8 Hours.

6/28/97 I hooked up the Burdette Creek panel. Now the Railroad has six (6) cab controls from the staging yard to Pipe Falls.

6/29/97 I hooked up Sunshine, Again, Burdette #1 and #2 Blocks. 2 Hours

6/30/97 I finished Burdette Creek panel except Coleman Coal and Coke, and Greenbrier Lumber Co. 2 Hours

7/1/97 I worked on the Burdette Creek panel track diagram using automotive stripping. 2 Hours

7/10/97 Bob Schmoll, Doug Weatherholt, Charlie Young, Jim Trivitt and I. Planted trees at Sunshine. 3 Hours

7/12/97 Eric Splete and I. Placed chicken wire on the Weaver Creek area. 3 Hours

7/17/97 Jim Trivitt, Jerry Doyle, Gary Burdette, Bob Schmoll, Doug Weatherholt and I. Worked on the Weaver Creek Area. Jerry and Gary worked on the Slaty Fork Engine House. The engine house is a recycled Heljan Two Stall Engine House that came from the abandon NH&J. 4 Hours

7/18/97 I placed the new tracks in the Engine Terminal at Slaty Fork. 3 Hours.

7/19-1/17/98 Various running sessions using the three (3) panels at Smith Summit, Couch and Burdette Creek. These helped the operation considerably by giving extra passing sidings at Smith Summit, Burdette Creek and Pipe Falls. The only 2 Cab portion is from Pipe Falls to South Slaty Fork.

1/17-1/21/98 Lin. I worked on the Peninsula panel. Built the rotary switches, layed out the panel board. Jim Trivitt had previously drawn the panel on paper. I modified it some what at CV/WV Jct. 16 Hours

1/22/98 Bob Schmoll, Jim Trivitt, Gary Burdette, Doug Weatherholt and I. Bob, Gary and Doug labeled the Burdette Panel. Jim soldered the drop wires in the Slaty Fork Yard. Jerry and I wired the Staging Yard for Six Cabs (only about 30 minutes, what a surprise, Dave Smith had already blocked the 11 tracks and we used the DPDT toggles for ON/OFF). 4 Hours

1/23/98 I worked on the Peninsula Panel. 4 Hours

1/24/98 I worked on the Peninsula Panel. 4 Hours

1/25/98 I worked on the Peninsula Panel. 4 Hours

1/26-28/98 I worked on the Peninsula Panel. 4 Hours

1/28/98 Jim Trivitt, Bob Schmoll, Jerry Doyle, Doug Weatherholt and I. Jim and Bob worked on the Slaty Fork electrical drops. Jerry , Doug and I worked on the Peninsula Panel by blocking CV #1 and #2 tracks. 4 Hours

1/29/98 I worked on the Peninsula Panel. 3 Hours

1/30/98 I worked on the Peninsula Panel. 3 Hours

1/31/98 Jerry Doyle and I. We installed the Tortoise turnout motors at Pipe Falls. 5 Hours

2/1/98 I worked on the Peninsula Panel. Stripes, wire toggles, and hook up Tortoise turnout motors. 4 Hours

2/6/98 I Finished the Peninsula Panel. Wired five more Tortoise turnout motors. Bob Schmoll will finish the labels. A total of 42 Hours were spent on this panel. Complicating it is the CV/WV Jct. at Pipe Falls. The railroad is now 6 Cabs from South Slaty Fork to JD Cabin. Believe it or not I have been able to run trains except when a certain block is being hooked up. 4 Hours.

2/7/98 I installed an Aristocraft Train Engineer to "E" Cab. Wireless remote is the only way to go. Would have had seven of them if we had known how nice they are. 4 Hours

2/11/98 Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt, Doug Weatherholt, Bob Schmoll, Kirk DePeel, Jason DePeel, Keith Weaver and I. I hooked up Mountain Switch toggle left off the Peninsula Panel. Jerry, Jim and Doug installed JD Cabin Tortoise turnout motors on the crossovers. Kirk and Jason planted trees on the Peninsula. 4 Hours.

2/14/98 Jim Trivitt and I. We worked on the Slaty Fork Panel drawing. 5 Hours.

2/18/98 Gary Burdette, Jerry Doyle, Bob Schmoll and I. I worked on the Slaty Fork Panel drawing. Gary and Jerry worked on the JD Cabin Crossovers. Bob Schmoll lettered the Peninsula Panel. 4 Hours

2/20/98 I drilled the holes for the Slaty Panel board. 3 Hours.

2/22/98 I installed rotary switches on the Slaty Fork Panel 7 Hours.

2/25/98 Bob Schmoll, Gary Burdette, Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt, Doug Weatherholt and I. Bob labeled on the Peninsula Panel. Doug and I cut yard blocks at Slaty Fork. Jim and Jerry worked the new mine at Couch. The two small tipples were repossessed by WV Southern. Gary worked on the BR Coal Tipple given to us by Jack Brown. (looks good). 4 Hours

3/12/98 Doug Weatherholt, Jason DePeel, Kirk DePeel, Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt and I. Doug and I worked cut more Slaty Fork blocks. Jason and Kirk planted trees. Jerry and Gary worked on the Old Line Graphics car card system. They printed car cards. Jim worked on the new mine at Couch. 4 Hours.

3/14/98 Bob Schmoll, Jim Trivitt and I. Bob wired on the Engine Terminal portion of the Slaty Fork panel. Jim worked on Cooke Coal Co. load out at Couch as the new mine has become known. I worked on the electrical drops in the Slaty Fork yard. Jim and I installed the Tortoise turnout motors at JD Cabin. 8 Hours.

3/15/98 I connected the Slaty Fork Panel to the Cabs. Hooked up JD Cabin Crossovers, Yard Lead, Slaty Fork Main line, Helper Pocket, Brown Power, SF #1, SF #2, Slaty Fork Yard, North Ladder, Mainline turnouts and South Main to yard turnouts. 8 Hours

3/18/98 Jason DePeel, Kirk DePeel, Charlie Young, Jim Trivitt, Bob Schmoll, Jerry Doyle and I. Bob, Jim and I worked on the Slaty Fork Panel. Darn near done. Charlie taped the car cards. Says about 500. Jerry made more car cards. Jason and Kirk planted more trees on B/R mountain. 6 Hours.

3/29/98 Bob Schmoll and I. Worked on the Slaty Fork Yard panel. Hooked up JD Cabin Crossovers. 4 Hours.

3/30-31/98 I finished the Slaty Fork Yard panel. 10 Hours

4/2/98 Bob Schmoll, Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt and I. Jim worked on Cooke Coal at Couch. Jerry and Bob lettered on the Slaty Fork Pane. I started to clean up for the operating session. 4 Hours

4/4/98 Jim Trivitt and I. Jim worked on Cooke Coal at Couch. I cleaned up and cut end of my thumb almost off. 6 Hours.

4/8/98 Charlie Young, Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt, Gary Burdette, Doug Weatherholt, Kirk and I. Charlie taped more car cards, Jerry built retainers on the ramp at Cooke Coal. He also helped Gary stripe and letter the Crew Call Board. Doug helped me clean up and paste Grafton pictures on wall again. Kirk planted trees on the Peninsula and North Pipe Falls. The Shop Vac caught fire. 4 Hours.

4/15-18/98 I cleaned up the whole place. 15 Hours.

4/19/98 Jerry Doyle, Jim Trivitt and I. Jim worked on Cooke Coal. Jerry cut back of Couch buildings. I cleaned up the Dispatchers Office. 6 Hours.

4/23/98 Operating Session. Dispatcher Doyle operated over 17 trains in less than 5 hours. Went very well. We had 17 engineers including our own crew.