1 MARCH 2000
b. General Condition: Drainage is generally good, both from the track and through culverts. However,
there are a few problem areas. After a heavy rain, water commonly stands in the Administration Area and
in some loading sidings for quite some time. Also, due to the large amount of debris present in the storm
runoff, some culverts are partially or fully blocked.
Heavy rains have also caused several small washouts on the Main Line, especially along a roughly 800-ft
stretch between stations 162+00 and 170+00 and at the south end of the line.
In some places, shallow clay seams block vertical drainage, but water can usually escape adequately in
lateral directions. And despite the numerous loose joint bars, the number of low joints is quite small,
indicating good vertical ballast and subgrade support.
a. Description: Thick brush and low vegetation grow close to the track in many stretches of track,
especially in loading sidings and near the ends of the primary routes.
b. General Condition: Some vegetation is very tough, and where dense growth occurs, it scrapes the
sides of trains. Because of this growth, it is difficult for a person to walk next to the track in several
loading sidings and at the end of the Main Line.
a. Description: Turnouts are either 85 or 90 lb, matching the rail in the adjacent track. All but a few are
number 8 (in size) and have bolted frogs and either 11-ft or 16 ft, 6-in. switch points.
b. General Condition: Overall, turnout condition, line, and surface are adequate. However, many
switches are difficult to operate and badly need cleaning, lubrication, and adjustment. Also at many