Track one was removed a few weeks ago. Track 3 and 4 have been gone for nearly a year.
Cleanup in the old yard continues with the removed of switch #1. This switch will be moved to the new yard and used to expand the yard to a 3rd track.
The new “Discovery Track” is finally finished and is now home to the Sea Island and the Virginia Beach. These cars will serve as our on-site offices and meeting room. The Sea Island is almost ready to occupy; however, the Virginia Beach still needs a complete interior remodel.
While work continued on the new LASTA yard, we were visited by the Ellsworth Steam Trailer. Jerry, our Chief Mechanical Officer, was hard at work obtaining measurements from a 1942 Marine Steam Engine. Plans are to demonstrate this recently rebuilt engine at our upcoming Steam Fest.
The LASTA track crew continued working on the new track. The first new switch has been moved into position and we should be making the connection to the main track soon. The first leg should run parallel to our existing track.
LRHT was unable to find a buyer for the ICG MOW cars and they are now on the way to the scrap yard. The crew has also started cleaning up the inside of the Amtrak E9 with the hope that it may soon be on the schedule for a cosmetic restoration.