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made to ease the layout and welding process. The final step in the track work in- side the building was to pull the rail in, con- nect joint bars, set the rail into the Pandrol shoulders, and drive the Pandrol E-clips to secure the rail to the floor structure.


Inspection Pit The pit area is 60 feet long, with concrete steps on the north end and 48 inches deep from top of rail to floor of the pit. There are 24 fabricated steel track stanchions carry- ing the 131-lb. welded rail across the center 40 feet of the pit area. This section gives us working room around the outside of the rails for access to truck and running gear parts such as pedestal liners and brake rigging. The rails are clamped to the top of the stan- chions using rail clamps and one-inch bolts. A one-inch electrical conduit enters the west side wall of the pit and will bring power for outlets into the pit. No built-in light was provided, as prior experience showed that it is subject to damage and usually winds up shining into the workers’ eyes, so portable lighting will be used. Before the finished floor was poured, PVC pipe was set along the edge of the pit area and cut off at floor level to provide a location for removable steel pipe stanchions and chains, as a safety edge guard around the pit.


Structure and Interior Arrangement The overall size is 65 feet wide by 180 feet long, with a 20-foot outside eave height. The steel frames are on 22-foot centers. A 4-in-12 roof pitch was used in order to help shed snow and to give a higher center peak over the east track. The extra height allows room for a suspended traveling overhead crane over that track. The building has full roof and wall insulation. We’ve found the tem- peratures to be 20 degrees cooler than out- side in summer, and never less than 40 de- grees inside with heat off in winter. The four main track doors are 14 feet wide


by 18 feet high, and are insulated steel roll- up doors, operated by three-phase motors. Three personnel doors are also provided, one at each end and one centered on the west side. The two tracks are on 20-foot centers, and they are offset to the west side of the building. This arrangement allows space for a 15-foot wide partitioned office and en- closed area along the east wall without cramping the east side of the east track. The partitioned area is laid out to use the northern 90 feet of the east side of the inte- rior; it will be constructed using concrete block and metal studs. Work on this section has not yet started. On the ground floor this area will contain a dispatcher’s office, a lunch/break/crew room, two handicap acces- sible toilet/shower/washrooms, a mechani- cal room for the furnace and water heater, a small air brake work room, and an enclosed tool crib. The second floor will house a Mu- seum business office, a mechanical depart- ment office, and a records storage room. This two-story section will be heated inde- pendently of the main shop area. The rest of the east side area will be a wide work area, with room for some machine tools and other shop equipment in the 90-foot length. The structural steel framework of the building is being painted in a light gray col- or to help brighten the interior. Natural light is provided by insulated skylights in the roof, and by insulated wall lights at the top of each wall section.


Mechanical Systems Power ventilation is provided at each end wall peak, using a 48-inch exhaust fan and a motor-operated damper. Electrical power starts with a 400-amp


208 volt three-phase entrance service from the street to the east side of the building. Distribution is from one main panel on the east wall, and a sub-panel on the west wall. Outlets for 110 VAC, 208 VAC single and three-phase are installed in the vertical columns along both sides. 110V is on all columns, with 208 single and 3-phase on al- ternating columns. There are 110V outlets outdoors on the west and south walls. Light- ing is by metal-halide fixtures, which were donated (in excellent condition) by a local business. While a small five-h.p. air compressor is


now operational in the shop, a larger 15 or 20-h.p. compressor will be installed in a compressor shed outside the south end of the building. Air piping was installed for compressed air at each column on both the east and west sides of the shop. Heating is provided by natural gas-fired overhead tubular radiant heaters, totaling 850,000 btu. Five separate units will allow shop ar- eas to be zoned, and programmable setback thermostats will be used for energy savings. Water piping is provided at each end of


the building, adjacent to the track entrance doors, for water use outside the shop. A 175- foot deep water well is located 40 feet south of the building, and is piped into the south end of the shop. A concrete septic tank is lo- cated just north of the northeast corner, and supplies a sanitary field 150 feet further north. The roof gutters and six downspouts run into below-grade drain piping, termi- nating in a group of large concrete drywells, located underground between the main line and westernmost yard track.


Outside Areas The shop lead tracks, which enter the build- ing from the north, are designed for outdoor work during good weather. Each track is ballasted to the top of the rails, which allows rubber-tired equipment access to each track. This area is used for heavy crane work, for such things as handling complete locomo- tive trucks, diesel engines, and other large, heavy lifts. Vehicle access to the shop is via a drive-


way along the east side of the building. The areas south and west of the building contain yard tracks — the two through shop tracks now extend south for 250 feet, and the west side will have three tracks, each about 600 feet long. The new Thomaston Restoration Shop has


enabled RMNE’s dedicated volunteers to work year-’round in a first-class environ- ment. Tools, parts, and materials are now all in one location. The yard tracks permit loco- motives and cars that had been located off- site to finally be stored in one place. There is a place to clean up at the end of the day, and there will even be a small kitchen in the lunchroom — some of the Museum volun- teers are pretty good chefs, too! In January 2012 the building was formally named the “Volunteer Shop” to recognize the members’ many contributions to the structure and the museum. Howard Pincus is a Trustee of the Rail-


road Museum of New England. To learn more about RMNE and the Naugatuck Rail- road, visit rmne.org.


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Four CSX F-Units in ROADRAILER ACTION!


ments during the 1960s and in more modern service (1987-1988) on CSX. You will enjoy great action on mainline Roadrailer freight service in 1988, and see 118-119 on a track inspection train in 1987. This program has 30 extra minutes added of 118 in service that we included when converting to DVD in 2008. 90 minutes $29.95 Print


CSX F’s - The final four F-units on the CSX railroad are depicted in this DVD covering a variety of loca- tions. Former Clinchfiel d Railroad FP7 #118 and F7 #116 and B- Units 117 and 119 are seen in historic film seg-


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