This past weekend saw the first train traverse the mainline between Willis Junction and the outskirts of Maynard. Prior to this the only completed trackage was that between Bude (staging) and the LC-IC crossing at Willis.
ALCO locomotive no. 5582 grabbed a couple boxcars and made several trips out and back to test the newly laid track. Track Foreman Smylie McDermott declared, “It’s good enuf”.
Crews will now install a couple spurs in Maynard to serve two new customers, immediately creating revenue for the line.
Statistical note: The distance between Willis Junction and Maynard is about 3/4 of a (scale) mile, a bit less than a third of the total (visible) mainline to be constructed.