Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Progress Report 04.27.11

Last night, Engineering began working on blasting a hole through the entertainment center console for the N&W Peoria Branch extension.  The crew encountered issues boring through the sidewall.  MDF is tough to cut.  Engineering put in a request with senior management for machinery with more blasting power.

Today, management acquired the necessary tools.  This evening, Engineering was successful in blasting through the entertainment center console sidewall.  Benchwork was installed into the curve behind the TV set.  The crew had a strict curfew (kid's bedtime) to adhere to so construction came to a quick halt.

Engineering expects to continue construction this weekend.  While the loaner equipment is in our possession, management hopes crews will continue with the Chicago & Northwestern Clinton, IA branch. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Railfanning the ROCK

No progress to report today, but I did go railfanning on the ROCK after work!  I caught the local returning light to the yard through downtown Blue Island.  Oooooh!  Street running!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Progress Report 04.24.11

Happy Easter to everyone!

Well after having a run-in with a snake this morning at the family easter dinner, I was more than happy to return to the confines of the snake-free layout room.

Concrete crews were working installing sidewalks in Stockdale and Blue Island.  The sidewalks add a lot to the scene.  Pictures are below including the coal piles added at American Service Company in Joliet.