Engineers removed the remaining Christmas lights from the layout. They will be replaced with LEDs. Since we were in destruction mode still, I figured it would be best to go ahead and tear them out.
The wiring leading to the power source for the tortoise switch machines for the Joliet crossover was heavily damaged during the destruction of the ovalix. I relocated the power source, re-installed the wires and repaired the connection wires between the two tortoise switch machines. Tested, all ok.
I completed identifying all the freight cars that need repair. I would estimate there is 60 cars or so that require repair. The main issue is low coupler height or undesireable Accumate couplers. The Accumate couplers will be easy enough to replace. Anyone have a good source of washers or shims to increase height for low couplers?
I still need to review all the motive power for the same issues. I know some of the re-powered GP7s will need some coupler adjustment.
After a break this evening, the Electrical crew went to work. The work group was delayed by a mysterious short. This is always a wild, not-so wonderful adventure. Crews spread out looking for the source. One member of the team yelled out as he found the car department had left the coupler height gauge on the track. Stupid car department! After the excitement was over, the crew went back to work. They connected and soldered all the feeder wires. They also connected the Digitrax AR1 Auto Reverser for the wye at Bureau.
Management tested various equipment around the wye. They were pleasantly surprised to find that all power on the roster (4- and 6-axle) made it around the tight radius with no issues (even when pulling the longer passenger cars).
Management was pleased with the amount of progress reported this evening. Crews are excited as the layout is coming together. The new ROCK's transformation is nearly complete!
10) install slide switches
16) re-stage layout
18) review all rolling stock making adjustments to couplers and/or wheels. (reviewed - repair schedule now in works)
19) construct bridge over Hennepin Canal
20) install LED lights
21) Test all new trackage