Al Moran kindly shared these two wonderful photos over on the CSX “Cap, Met, and OML” subs, Railfans Facebook Group of a local servicing Mason-Dixing Recycling, which occupied the old E.C. Keys property for some time. Once the Branch was abandoned, a small amount of track remained near the Junction, servicing the plant.
Thank you, Al, for allowing me to share these here on the blog! He writes: B731-08 (possibly D780-08 not sure when the change occurred) with CSX 4234/CSX caboose 904130 at Georgetown Jct after working the last remaining customer on the Georgetown Branch (a recycling place) on 09/08/93. 29 years ago today.
I picked up this print off of eBay a couple months ago. Based on comparisons with this image, my notes and Historic Aerials, I believe this dates between 1953 and 1957. I could probably narrow it a bit more with more time, but that’s pretty good for now.
Cave Ford and Bradley Shopping Center were constructed in 1953 and are visible in the photo.
The RR bridge over Bradley Blvd was still 2 lanes wide and there are no signs of construction so this is likely before 1958-9.
There are structures visible left over from the Griffith Consumer Co. fuel dealer. These were gone in the late 50s.
Between 1957-8 the Eisinger Lumber yard was demolished and converted to parking. It’s still very visible in the photo.
If you have additional information about the image, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
The last several weeks proved to be some of the busiest for me at work and as such progress has slowed. Today, however, I tackled another milestone – completing all of the assembly for the trestle structure itself. I tacked on the final bracing, stringers and girts to complete the lower section. Here’s a few photos of what it’s looking like:
This means that the to-do list is getting shorter and shorter. Here are a few highlights of what’s left:
NBW castings on the side-facing stringers and beams. This will take a good amount of time as I will have to drill and install each one. Much like what I did on the bents, but a bit fewer. I’m not going to install NBW castings on the inner facing beams due to the difficulty in placing them in such tight spaces.
Attach a brace to the bottom of the middle two bents. This will serve as support when the model is turned upright.
Build a sort of cradle to hold the bridge when upright.
Remove bridge from base and flip upright onto cradle/steps.
Build two emergency platforms on the top side.
Install the two beams that run atop the deck parallel to the track, install NBW castings.
Install bracing/walkways that run along top of bents.
Weather and install on layout.
Build and install bracing around lower center bents and cribbing for the ends.