The 8th Avenue project was brought about by a washout that had made running trains over this stretch unsafe. The tracks were removed for about an eighth of a mile so trucks could drive on the right-of-way and replace the culvert. Once that was done, the roadbed was re-graded, new ties laid, rail replaced, spiked, and trains are now rolling over this area once again.
Same place as above, different season
Why ties are being replaced
Some bolts aren't so easy to get to!
Now you see the tracks...
This is why all the work here.
It's really straight. It must be your monitor.
All graded and ready for rail.
Something seems to be missing.
Old to new
(note floating ties!)
Just like model railroading!
(Even a track gauge)
Better than a spike maul.
What a difference a few rocks can make!
And why was it we did all of this again?
(Or was it the other way around?)
Photos © 2013 J. Ricard, W. Robbins & B.D. Quinn