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ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« on: December 30, 2008, 12:32:53 PM »
Someone asked for photos of the washouts between Top of the Mountain to 218. To put these in perspective, the girl in the pink sweatshirt is my daughter who is about 4.5ft tall. Please forgive the quality, these were taken with my camera phone and I am no photographer.

Going from South to North:

The first washout...
This is just past the cleared area at the Top of the Mountain. It is believed to have been caused by a faulty culvert.
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2008, 12:41:44 PM »
The "landslide"...

This is a 40ft chunk of a hillside embankment that gave way. It will require considerable expertise to repair.

This photo is looking north, the cameraman is standing in the center of the ROW.
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2008, 12:45:25 PM »
The "landslide"...
This second photo is looking south, the cameraman is standing in the center of the ROW.
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2008, 12:49:22 PM »
The second washout...
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2008, 12:51:38 PM »
Humuson/Carlton Brook Bridge.
This will be the largest span on the reborn WW&F when reconstructed.

Taken from the south embankment across the river.
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2008, 12:52:52 PM »
Looking up at the South embankment...
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2008, 12:54:06 PM »
The north embankment is on the left; south embankment is on the right.
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2008, 01:08:52 PM »
To clarify certain points, the first picture that Ed took is toward the north side of the Fossell property.  We will be building a road in from 218 to this spot (it will come in a dozen feet or so behind where Ed stood to take the picture).  From there we'll be able to get heavy equipment in to fix the problems.

The first landslide photo doesn't really do it justice, but the second landslide photo gives you a better idea of the magnitude involved.  On the first photo you can see the leaning trees, these were (we think) beside the right of way before the slide.

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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2008, 06:18:31 PM »
Yes, the trees laying across the right of way were once next to it. The root system of those and the others that were there acordianed at the base of the enbankment.
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2008, 06:23:49 PM »
Ed I was the one who asked for photos of the ROW from TOTM to Route 218! :D ;D
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2008, 10:14:58 PM »
  Ed,  Looking at the pictures you provided, means that tree removel will be one of the first steps in gaining solutions for each problem area.     Fred L. Kuhns

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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2008, 11:50:30 AM »
The north embankment is on the left; south embankment is on the right.
It does not look like a challenge here with building a wooden trestle across the river!  ::) :D
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2008, 11:52:27 AM »
The "landslide"...
This second photo is looking south, the cameraman is standing in the center of the ROW.

But this one is a big, big, super big challenge here on rebuilding the ROW here!  :o :(
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2008, 12:53:08 PM »
Happy New Year tomorrow, everyone. Some might say ought-eight was a bad one, but it seems to have been AOK for the WW&F.
When did this washout occur? And just who ran a stream through our ROW without permission?
On a serious note, the owner of a middle Georgia railroad, which used to be a 10-mile long shortline before becoming a reporting mark railroad with 34 miles of rail cars and one leased Southern Railway SW-1 engine,  needed a new trestle. He didn't want to pay for one, so he built it himself. After finishing it, it ran his (well, actually the Norfolk Southern's engine) over it after setting the throttle and bailing out. It made it so he began using the line to again haul freight and never had a problem with it. I believe you said an engineer with the appropriate knowledge had offered his services? You shouldn't have any problems, either. It surely would offer a great photo op place. Can you get a utility such as telephone company or power company to donate or sell cheaply broken poles? It doesn't look like your bents will need to be very big for this.
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Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2008, 12:58:51 PM »
The pictures of the bridge area are deceiving. This is going to be a big bridge - with a 90ft span.

Since we'll be carrying passengers over it, I don't think we want to leave this one to the slightest chance.
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