RIVENDELL


Immediately after the expansion in 2004, Rivendell consisted of two sidings, a temporary station, and a circle of tar paper where a turntable was planned.

By 2006, Rivendell had been modified extensively. Now it had a small yard with a passing siding, three freight sidings, and a lead track. A small bridge was placed on the tar paper to simulate a turntable. There was also a new structure: the Elf Distributing Company warehouse. The three sidings represent an interchange with the Middle Earth Railroad.

Elf Distributing Company had a tin roof with tar paper over the loading platform.

A new track was added at the other end of Rivendell. The engine servicing facilities were about to be moved to this end.

In 2007, the evolution of the Rivendell yard continued. The temporary turntable was moved to the other end of the yard and the old track that led to the original turntable had become the new lead track. The yard tracks had been reconfigured into a ladder off of the new lead track. There was also a new structure: the Misty Mountain Textile Mill. Rivendell had begun to look like a proper small classification yard.

Here is a shot from the other end of the Rivendell yard in 2008. The temporary station was back and the Moria Mines stamp mill could be seen behind the textile mill. We actually switched engines on this crude turntable, lifting the bridge and turning it by hand. Power was conducted to the turntable rails by attaching them to the lead rails with sliding rail connectors.

Here is a 2008 photo of the Rivendell yard from the other end. You can also see the orignal location of the stamp mill and the line going to the Mines of Moria.

By 2013 the engine facility had expanded into a proper turntable, a three-stall roundhouse, a water tank, and a coaling facility.

Other than a tar paper roof on Elf Distributing, nothing much had changed in the Rivendell classification yard by 2013.

In this photo taken during a 2013 operating session, we see that the Rivendell lead track had been tied into the mainline to extend the passing siding. This made the yard more flexible for operations. The stamp mill had also been moved further from the yard.

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