Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crossing repairs

Center of crossing is re-
paired on North Bend Way.
It may be Halloween but things will no longer go bump in the night when using several newly-repaired crossings. 

The Northwest Railway Museum has 13 public crossings at grade or, more simply stated, 13 public roads that cross the tracks.  The Museum has certain statutory responsibilities to maintain portions of these crossings even though it is cars and trucks and not trains that wear them out.  Other portions of the crossing are generally the responsibility of the road authority.
Asphalt By George's crew compacts
new asphalt on Stone Quarry Road.

 Projects usually turn out better when groups and individuals work together, and road and railway projects often work the same way.   So the City of Snoqualmie and the Northwest Railway Museum hired Snoqualmie’s own Asphalt By George to perform repairs on Northern Street, Stone Quarry Road and North Bend Way and then split up the costs according to areas of responsibility.  These crossings were damaged by heavy use, snow plows, and just plain old age.  
George's crew poses at Northern Street
along with locomotive 4024.
Deteriorated wooden planks and broken asphalt were removed and replaced with new asphalt.  A spacer was used to ensure the slots to accommodate the car and locomotive wheels were inserted.  And old asphalt was shipped to the asphalt plant to be recycled into new asphalt.  Kudos to the great workers at Asphalt By George, and to the City of Snoqualmie Public Works Department for working with the Museum!


David said...

Spike, Teamwork almost always wins the day! Nice photos... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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stonequarryrd said...

alright my home road , the one (WE ) i grew up on Stone Quarry Rd.. where we waited for the school bus for years..walked down to the Milk barn, and the other way across the Freeway to North bend....good to see Thanks for posting./Mark m moses..

catysmith4 said...

I love trains! I like the historic photos! Is this like an outdoor museum? Do they also have displays ofrailway track parts? I think they are really interesting as well. I grew up a train nerd. :)