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Building a Grade Crossing
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The concrete mixing crew.
The form.
The pouring crew
Jay Auer of the mixing crew and the remaining bags of cement not yet mixed
The crew from left to right: Jordan Dill, Bonnie Huggins, Jay Auer, Todd Pace and, of course, my wife who is not in the picture.

Jay and Todd were the mixing crew. I was the pourer, Jordan was the tamper and finisher. Bonnie was in charge of water for the mixing crew. And Linda made sure everyone was fed and watered.
Fifty nine 60 pound bags of Quikrete later we have the finished product.
We put gravel around the edges.
We wet the still curing concrete and covered it to help keep it moist.

Then we left for Oregon for 3 weeks.
I built a jig for putting together track panels.
Track gauge that spaces the rails and centers them on the ties.
Overhead view of track panel being built.
The first track panel placed in the grade crossing form.
I built a structure to build both straight and curved track panels on.
The side for building straight track panels.
The curved panel jig with the rail bender on the top.
A curved panel under construction.
Curved track panels connecting the track on the grade crossing with the switch.
Both track panels in the grade crossing.

The grade crossing is 16 ft. long, 18 in. wide and the concrete is 1 ft. thick.
Grade crossing looking from the other end.
Grade crossing with deck boards placed between the rails and between the outside of the rails and the concrete.

This provides a smooth path to drive across the track.
The finished grade crossing from the other end.
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