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D&H Cooperstown branch rehab
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Author:  Aric Peery [ Tue May 19, 1998 8:27 am ]
Post subject:  D&H Cooperstown branch rehab

Below is the projected work schedule for the track rehabilitation of the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad (former D&H Cooperstown, NY branch). The rail line runs from Cooperstown Junction north 16 miles to Cooperstown, and is owned by the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society/Leatherstocking Chapter, NRHS; the prime contractor for the project is Frank Tartaglia, Inc., of Syracuse, NY.<br> <br>Prior to week of April 12 (as soon as weather permits)<br>*fill in washout north of Milford<br>*repair bridge at MP 8.27<br>*install bridge timber at MP 4.65<br>*tie distribution to start April 1, weather permitting<br> <br>week of April 12<br>*tie installation (5000 ties)<br>*rebuild track at washout north of Milford<br>*rebuild crossing at County Rte. 11C<br> <br>week of April 19<br>*continue tie installation<br>*install turnout timbers<br> <br>week of April 26<br>*dump ballast (3000 ton)<br>*surface, raise & align<br>*establish new ditches & slopes<br> <br>week of May 3<br>*continue surface, raise & align<br>*change & tighten bolts<br>*install railseal at Milford Rte. 166 crossing<br> <br>week of May 10<br>*continue chage & tighten bolts<br> <br>week of May 17<br>*change out broken rail & bars<br> <br>week of May 25<br>*weed spray<br> <br>Not scheduled, but expected to be performed sometime during the rehab, is the construction of a passing siding south of the Cooperstown village line.<br> <br>The 3000 tons of ballast is expected to arrive in Cooperstown Junction on or about April 25, in a 38-car D&H unit train from Vermont.<br> <br>LRHS hopes excursion operations will start Memorial Day weekend, but trains should definitely be running by July.<br> <br>See the LRHS website for more info on the Society and its projects:<br> <br>http://www.lrhs.com/<br> <br>Aric Peery<br>LRHS member

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