The weather here in NJ is finally beginning to feel like summer, and there's lots going on - house renovations, family get-togethers, and trips here and there, all on the horizon. But, I filled the spring with lots of progress on the Onondaga Cutoff, and this post should bring you up to speed.
First, I have brought another locomotive on-line, this time detailing, weathering, and adding DCC to SD45-2 #6666. It joined the fleet last week. These locomotives were purchased by Erie Lackawanna, a Conrail predecessor, and were therefore always fun to see in real life. They spent most of the Conrail careers around Cresson, PA, as helpers and coal train power. However, there was a period in the mid-90's when they were leased to Canadian National Railway for several months, and therefore I can plausibly say this one is spending time on the Chicago Line as part of the CR/CN pool power agreement on trains CNSE and SECN, to and from Selkirk Yard near Albany, NY.
The mechanical department is also working to fill the roster with freight cars to serve industries on the railroad as part of a larger freight car forwarding plan that is currently under development. Such a plan would organize car movements and help to manage yard capacity during operating sessions - stay tuned for more news on this as it comes to fruition. Here we see a string of tank cars fresh from the work bench, ready for service.
And, while working on locomotives and cars, the signal project continues as well. I spent an evening with Rick this week, using his drill press to create the holes that will be used to mount the push-button switches and the indicator lights in each Local Control Panel.
And, our little Susie is doing wonderfully - she is growing each day and is one of the happiest babies that I have met! She's crawling, smiling, beginning to talk - every day is exciting with her and her mom is just the best mother I could have hoped for. Good times. :-)
Summertime will certainly bring along many activities that do not include the Onondaga Cutoff, but I will fit in progress where I can - and bring you updates here as they happen. Enjoy the season!