08/25/2004 Progress Report
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Carpenter Industry Trackage Completed!

With the track in Covington completed (see the 08/15/2004 Progress Report), CSXT Shenandoah Division crews have been busy working on the track in the town of Carpenter, Virginia. As usual, a variety of projects are either underway or completed, but the biggest news in this update is that the CSXT crews have completed all the track work at Carpenter.
As of August 25, 2004, CSXT track crews completed the installation of all the industry trackage in Carpenter. This trackage includes the interchange track between CSXT and Virginia Eastman as well as all of the Virginia Eastman spur within the large chemical plant. The slide switch turnout controls also have been installed for all turnouts in Carpenter.

The signal maintainers have begun their work in Carpenter as well. All track and turnout frog feeders have been installed. When the signal maintainers return to Carpenter, their next task will be the connection of the power bus to the Carpenter industrial tracks.

With the track in Carpenter completed, CSXT crews will turn their attention to a variety of other projects on the railroad in an effort to return service to the Shenandoah Valley as soon as possible.


Photos of Progress as of August 25, 2004

Overall view of the Carpenter, Va. area looking southward. The first track to the right of the mainline is the interchange track between CSXT and the Virginia Eastman plant railroad. The remaining trackage in Carpenter belongs to Virginia Eastman, which will be worked by a plant switcher. From north to south, the Virginia Eastman plant will stretch about 13 actual feet (almost 2100 scale feet).


Another overall view of Carpenter looking northward.


Close-up view of the north end of the Virginia Eastman plant tracks at Carpenter.


A close-up view of the south end of the Virginia Eastman plant at Carpenter.


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