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Summer speeder events and track work

posted Sep 10, 2019, 7:12 AM by Andrew Richards
Over the summer BHRS hosted Speeder rides at the Lemont Strawberry Festival and at the Bellefonte Cruise.  Both events were well attended and lots of fun for members and riders alike.  In addition to these events, we had work crews on our Lemont track clearing weeds and brush and installing new cross ties on the track.  We typically replace 25 - 50 ties each year.  This work is done by hand, with our crew of volunteers helping to dig out the old ties, place the new ties, and then spike the rails and tamp new ballast around each new tie.  This work keeps the track in shape so we can continue to bring both speeder events and full sized trains into Lemont.  It can be a lot of fun, and really puts us in touch with the historical aspects of building a railroad.  New members are always welcome to take part.  Our next work parties are planned for October 12th and November 16th in Lemont.