King Street / Amtrak Coach Yard

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BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#61
All of the vertical beams are in down to the south end of the track 7 platform. They still have to install some vertical beams at the very north section that will form a canopy from King Street Station to the track 7 platform. There is such a confusing mess in the ground there that has not changed in weeks leads me to assume that something is either wrong with the work there or it's not in the schedule to finish that until much later. Looks like at least four vertical beams will be needed and I found two locations where they will install two of them.

All of the switch machines and signals are installed for all of the new crossovers and other new track work and now they have to wire them up. They were digging a trench for wiring the northbound signal on the wash rack lead this morning as I was bringing my train into the Amtrak yard.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#62
They are actively installing the canopies aluminum covering sections north of the Weller Street overpass and are almost done. Work is progressing with the electrical conduit work on the north portion not yet started and vertical steel beams are staged alongside track 6 up there. All of the horizontal supports are installed on the south end and they have opened up about 80% of track 6 for use by Amtrak.

Timeline for cutting back in CTC at King Street is February 11-12. We'll see how that goes.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#63
They have removed the power box that was partially blocking the access to the new ramp on track 7 on the north end. At that location, there are two large temporary generators providing power while they are running lots of conduit and cabling under where the walk between the station and track 7 will occur. They are about 30% done on the canopy coverings on the south side of the Weller street pedestrian overpass. No change of the cut in date, yet for CTC.
 
#64
January 2017

Finally made it to downtown Seattle to see the progress. Here are some photos from what BNSFEng mentioned.
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Here is where the power box was removed. This is looking north.
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The new canopy along Track 7 looks really nice. The architect did a great job matching the design of the other canopies. This is looking south.
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-KristopherJ
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#65
They have installed all of the new light poles in south along the fence line with Century Link Field and also removed all of the old fencing there and are working to replace it with higher, more secure fencing the entire length of the track 7 platform on down to Royal Broughman Street. The canopy is about 75% complete now.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#66
The track seven (King Street Track 9 on February 27th) canopy is complete on the south end. The last vertical beams are installed on the north end with the main horizontal support beams. The fence with Century Link Field is installed, except for the two strands of barbed wire on the top of it, south of the canopy. Work progresses slowly on the new power box and all of the underground electrical conduit. This has to be completed before they can put concrete over the conduit and then complete the canopy on the north end connecting it with the station.
 
#67
The track seven (King Street Track 9 on February 27th) canopy is complete on the south end. The last vertical beams are installed on the north end with the main horizontal support beams. The fence with Century Link Field is installed, except for the two strands of barbed wire on the top of it, south of the canopy. Work progresses slowly on the new power box and all of the underground electrical conduit. This has to be completed before they can put concrete over the conduit and then complete the canopy on the north end connecting it with the station.
Is the CTC still going live tomorrow? I was going to go down there, but with all service cancelled due to slides, there won't be much traffic.
-KristopherJ
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#69
Information from Tuesday, the 14th, since I took Wednesday off and we didn't run yesterday. They are installing the lighting fixtures under the new canopy on track 7. They are not tube fluorescent lights like the rest of the canopies but round fixtures spaced every 30 feet or so. I suspect the lights will be an LED type but no bulbs were seen, yet. At the north end, they have poured the concrete covering 99% of the conduit and had a grid of rebar ready for the top layer for the walkway onto the platform for track 7 from the station. They installed all the horizontal beams to support the aluminum canopy there, too, except for one. The power box walls were starting to take shape. They are going to have one gate down on the platform approximately across from the Northeast Ticket area at Century Link Field. They haven't done anymore fencing work but plenty left to do.

Like Mark said cutover, after we are gone with our Sounder trains, begins on Friday the 24th so when we bring trains down on Monday morning, the 27th, we will be facing CTC signals that actually work.

I'm coming down this afternoon to rescue train A1706 that didn't make it back to Everett on Wednesday evening. This will get everything back up to Everett for Monday morning, but heavy rain is again is in the forecast for Saturday thru Tuesday.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#70
So now all of the horizontal beams are installed and they have fully installed all of the light fixtures south of Weller St overpass but they need to be wired. The top layer of concrete was installed over the area with the rebar but they are not yet done covering up on area of conduit and some access hatches to some underground items at the very north end of the new canopy. This area may need to be completed before they install the rest of the roof of the canopy, otherwise, they would be trying to stretch the vertical lifts too far sideways making them unstable. The power box floor concrete is installed but looking at the whole area closer, it may be the foundation for a prefab building with a few long rebar just sticking up . Currently, they are digging a long trench right next to the new platform, installing black layered material and putting a drain pipe onto it. They had dug and installed pipe more than half way along the platform as of yesterday.
 
#71
King Street CTC cutover is happening these next couple of days. There is a Form B tonight from 2000 to 0800 Saturday morning. Same thing for Saturday night/Sunday morning. At that point, everything _should_ be done.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#72
The drainage work is done and now the electrical area at the north end was filled in with dirt awaiting a concrete cover for the final piece of the walkway from the station to the new platform to be completed. This was on Friday.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#73
They finally painted the last beams at the north end so now they have the rest of the canopy roof pieces stacked nearby ready to install. They also added a small section of concrete at the north end. The big work completed recently was moving the temporary power generators off the subgrade for King 8,9 and building the new subgrade for those tracks all the way up to the north end. They smoothed the whole subgrade for K9 all the way from the south end to the north, too, after they had dug up so much installing the new drain. I haven't seen where they took all of the concrete ties that were installed on K8 & 9 and they need more of them since both tracks never went all the way to the north end. The last big work seems to be connecting all of the electrical wiring up to the main power grid and removing the generators. There are a lot of electrical conduits that are sticking up from below the concrete with caps on them at the north end waiting for the wiring, connecting electrical switchgear and weather proof boxes to contain them. I don't see anything stored nearby that matches any of that equipment description waiting to be installed. On the subject of a gate down K9 to allow passengers to go right to Century Link field, they filled up the area with straight wire fencing. Perhaps an agreement must be reached before a gate is installed. A mini high for our commuter/game train ADA ramp is under construction on the platform for K9.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#77
The track K9 canopy roof is now complete with wiring of all the lights still to go . The fencing is continuing with just a few panels to install. Track K8 has been built to the end bumper area with ballast work needed, new bumper posts and some join bolts to be installed. Track K9 has some rail laid up at the bumper area and ties laid about 75% down along the platform. I believe now they need the new ties to complete the track. Talking to a worker in the electrical area, he was building a brick wall where the rebar was sticking up. He called it a "blast wall" and a large transformer is to be installed there plus a second one in an area near it. I'm leaving for a long while on vacation so I'll have an update when I get back.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#78
I'm back from vacation and an update from Thursday since we didn't stop very long last night due to the mudslide. Both tracks 8 and 9 are complete and they have used track 8 already. The overhead canpoy lights are all wired up, the transformer is installed, the new circuit breaker boxes installed and energized with the temporary generators gone. With the platform so much higher on track 9, they cannot use Talgo equipment on it because the steps stick out too far and are too low but they weren't planning on using that track for Talgo anyway as far as I know. They had a similar problem at Tukwila on the new Main 3 where they had to raise the track a couple inches to fix that. There is a mini high that is now complete on track 9 for Sounder Special Train Service and we will be using that for the trains up from Lakewood and in an emergency, the regular commuter service could use it. Talking to an Amtrak employee, he thinks that the Coast Starlight can use both tracks 8 and 9 so they may not use 9 for it regulary. They had about 40% of the ADA tiles glued down for track 9. The last amount of work is a couple of fence panels, the moveable gates at the north end of Track 9 and a gate from the west into the Amtrak south doors area which will be the way the Sounder Special passengers will depart to the stadiums and return. They have install the "King Street Station Seattle" signs every 50 feet down the track 9 platform, on selected vertical beams, about 10 feet up. They still need to install track 9 signs there but they have installed track 8 signs on track 8. Asphalt has been installed at the north end of track 9, where I thought they were going to use concrete, and also the south end of tracks 8 and 9 making a smooth path down there. They will next asphalt the roadway from the north end of the yard to the south end of the track 9 platform which would connect up with the new pathway which has new road crossing panels installed.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#79
They have removed all of the big cones on the platform for track 8 that were along the north 150 feet with that orange plastic fencing attached to them. Also, they removed all of the temporary wire fencing at the north end of track 8 and 9. They were doing some touch up on the track 9 platform with two men grindering on little medal circle access doors last night in the concrete floor. More of the ADA warning plastic panels were installed but it's haphazard in terms of location, and they got them on top of this long plastic sheeting, under it, around it and stacked up along the fence. Not sure when that will be done but it looks like 35% needs to be glued or secured down with little screws so progress is being done. The movable gates still have not been installed but they have cleaned up the area nicely. The asphalting has been completed and the roadway looks good but there is a narrow area near the south end of track 9 so no real wide trucks can fit. The four fence panels still need to be installed.
 

BNSFEng

Locomotive Engineer!!!
#80
The Westside and Track 9 movable gates are both installed and the temporary fencing on the Westside is gone and the permanent fencing is installed and active. They removed the plastic sheeting along the Track 9 platform and has been rolled up and stored along the fence. The rest of the yellow ADA tilies, that are to be put down, were stacked along the fence also, a few more were installed. They put in three yellow posts next to the circuit breaker boxes to warn away the Amtrak luggage tractor from bumping into them. Still no track 9 numbers.
 



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