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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:38 pm 

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Second section being set. It was a gray, drizzly day and the pictures came out with a blue hue.(Sorry....crappy camera)


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:44 pm 

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Third section being set. It is the piece over the roadway(White Deer Pike). It was a slow process, jiggling it into location.


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:50 pm 

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The fourth(Last) section settling into position. It Is the southern most piece, against abutment.


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:00 pm 

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Thanks for the pics!


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:46 am 

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Update: Contractor begins rail placement on north approach to bridge! Bridge is now about a foot higher(Penndot requirement). Track Grade has to be adjusted. Pic of crew connecting to old rails.


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:50 am 

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South Approach: Ballasting in progress. Picture taken from north end of bridge.


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:15 pm 

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Crew started putting ties down on the girders of the W.D. Bridge! 9/25/2013 Every third tie is longer to accommodate a walkway and handrail. JL


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:58 pm 

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The White Deer Bridge is complete!


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:06 pm 

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Not quite ready to roll a locomotive over the bridge just yet!?! Rail came up about one foot short on north approach! Plus the gradient must be adjusted. Maybe another week and some foreign(to W.D. )equipment may grace the rails in front of the White Deer station for the first time since 1995!!


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:22 pm 

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To those watching this thread who are not close enough to visit, here is White Deer Station in PA. Just north of the refurbished bridge. Restored a few years ago, still in tip-top shape and open to the public on the first Sunday of each month.(Weather Permitting)
We had 3 visitors today,10-6-2013, from Rhode Island, heading home from a speeder run in north central PA. JL


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:08 pm 

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Not quite ready to roll a locomotive over the bridge just yet!?! Rail came up about one foot short on north approach! Plus the gradient must be adjusted. Maybe another week and some foreign (to W.D.) equipment may grace the rails in front of the White Deer station for the first time since 1995!!


The gap you see is probably there for some formal, legal reason having to do with whether the trackage is formally "part of the general system" yet. Inspection, signing off on rehab work, etc.

The Chapter's newsletter states that the first official movement on the restored trackage will be to remove two Pullman day coaches and a hopper car for movement to a transload site to the south, to be loaded for shipment to the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley, which has purchased them. (Don't worry, this leaves them with three more Pullmans, several freight cars, two switchers, and two cabooses.)


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:55 am 

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ADM, I beg to differ. While you have a good point, no good track guy would leave such a small gap to accomplish that goal. Leave at least a 20-ft length out (better a full 39-ft), and then install later. This looks more like an "oops". It happens.

Beautiful bridge job-- nice abutment and pier work and really nice deck timbers.

Howard P.

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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:37 am 

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Thank you for the updates PYZedd! It's great to see something like this come together, even if just via the internet.

Howard P. wrote:
ADM, I beg to differ. While you have a good point, no good track guy would leave such a small gap to accomplish that goal. Leave at least a 20-ft length out (better a full 39-ft), and then install later. This looks more like an "oops". It happens.


I have to agree with Howard on this one. I can understand leaving out a rail length to keep the trackage isolated, but to come up about one foot short really seems like an oops where they didn't properly account for the additional rail length due to the gradient change.

It'll be extra work to make that right.

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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:44 am 

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Furthermore, I suspect that it's not "kosher" to put two Thermite track welds so close to one another, nor two joints with joint bars...... Might not matter for rare usage by old cars once in a long while, but if they ever fulfill their ambitions of legitimate freight movements to Allenwood, that joint could be trouble.....


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 Post subject: Re: White Deer Bridge
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:42 pm 

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I'd be surprised if this wasn't an "oops." The proper way to rectify it would be to cut in a 15 or 20 foot section of rail. It's usual in contracts to require a minimum of 15 feet of rail if a rail breaks or winds up short for some other reason.


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