Today marks the 6th anniversary of the start of construction of the Louisiana Central Railroad. As many of you know, the railroad suffered a horrific flood in August of 2016. I posted about it here in Flood! and had a short follow up in The Aftermath for new readers that may be unaware.
Unfortunately little progress has been made with the restoration of the train room (which is actually a separate building from my home). After the immediate remediation of the building, it became a warehouse of sorts for things from the house, as well as a place to stage materials needed for reconstruction.
My home restoration is essentially complete, with only minor details needing attention. Indeed, I’ve been back living here since last Thanksgiving. But moving back into the house didn’t mean it was complete, and it has taken much time to finish the restoration. Add to that time taken to “catch up” on things that were left undone for over a year!
However, I’ve started making a wee bit of progress. The first step to the train building restoration is to simply empty it out, leaving only the layout structure itself in the building. I’ve got virtually all of the household stuff out, and I’ve started the process of packing the train room and shop equipment. But then the realization hit that I needed more space in my house (mainly the garage) to store the stuff from the train building. Ugh! So I’ve added more shelving in the garage, and am trying to get it cleared and organized so as to make the necessary space.
But to be honest, the biggest hold up on getting this all done is simply burn out. Next month will see the second anniversary of that flood, and I’m just sick and tired of dealing with the aftermath. I’m not alone in that feeling, as I’ve got many people around me in that same boat. I would never have dreamed I’d still be dealing with flood related issues two years after the fact!
But it will happen. The Louisiana Central is not forgotten or abandoned. I’m hoping the next anniversary will be one of joy and cheer. Wish me luck!