A couple of projects are currently in the works on the Eagle River Division layout. First project involves some track and industry changes at Williamsville; second project involves adding a turning loop at South Park (Staging) Yard.
Williamsville Track and Industry Changes
At Williamsville, the power plant building was removed. The plant no longer received rail service because of operational changes. Two grain elevators were added in place of the power plant building. A spur was added, and will be shared between the two grain elevator companies.
Also at Williamsville, the lift-up/drop-down track extension was both widened and lengthened to facilitate operations. This change lengthens both the main line and build track at Williamsville.
South Park Loop Addition
Not long ago, South Park Yard was changed from a working classification yard into a staging yard. The addition of a loop allows trains coming into the yard to first turn and then back into their assigned staging tracks, so it is properly oriented for its next departure. The loop is located at the West end of the yard.
More photos will be added as these two projects progress.
Project Update: Williamsville, Dec 23, 2020
Scenery work is completed around the two new grain elevators, and a new tank car unloading facility is added at Pillsbury Mills. The photos below show the completed areas around the elevators and the new tank unloading area.