The town of Whitcomb is now a revenue source for the railroad as the trackage there was essentially completed this week. The mainline through town has been laid for some time now, however the passing siding and industrial spur have languished. But no longer . . . track is in, switch motors are installed and everything is wired up.
Pictured above is the first train to enter Whitcomb. Well, it actually backed into town as the bridge at the west end of town hasn’t been installed yet. It’s waiting for the abutments and wing walls to be poured.
There will be one additional industry in Whitcomb, a builder’s supply store. The mainline switch is already installed (it’s around the curve, behind the train), but track cannot be laid until the structure is complete as the track will enter the property on a concrete trestle (a former coal dump).
I’ll be turning my attention to the aforementioned bridge, and also will be commencing trackwork in Oneida starting tomorrow. Oneida as you may recall, is where the mill complex for the Spencer Lumber Company is located. In addition to the Louisiana Central trackage in town, there will be a good bit of track laid for the Spencer mill pond and yard area.