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Red Hook Construction

Bending the rails - the old-fashioned way!

Fall, 2002. - More progress made on the street trackage in Red Hook. All track bending has been done manually with a –Buddha” (track bending tool) with the help of a manually-cranked hydraulic jack. The rail shown being bent is 110-lb. rail we salvaged from the Lehigh Valley (slightly heavier than what is used on the subways today). The heavier rail allows enough clearance for cobblestone paving stones.

In the background the wrought iron fence that separated the street trackage from the waterfront trackage (private right-of-way) was removed with an acetylene torch.  It has been replaced with a movable wrought iron gate. This was the last physical barrier separating Phase I (private ROW) from Phase II (public street trackage). The gate allows continuous passage along our entire completed route.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


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