So how does this affect the N.Y.C.T.L.? Over the past few years many of our friends and neighbors have started getting plumbing leaks from this pipe. The most recent was our next door neighbor who while on vacation had a PB pipe fitting burst inside an upstairs wall while they were on vacation. The water damage was catastrophic. The house a mess. The garage ceiling collapsed on their cars. All three levels of their house had water damage.
That was enough for us! We already had one small leak in the basement that I was able to quickly repair. So we decided to be proactive and get the pipes replaced before they can do any damage. Thankfully there are companies in our area that specialize in this work and we interviewed three. The re piping starts this coming Monday.
Let's take a look at basement and the effect of the project on the N.Y.C.T.L.
The PB pipe enters the house just above the expanding Terminal Yard bench work. Terminal Yard is to the right in this room. From the beginning I was always very leery of putting anything railroad related under these pipes on this side of the room.
The Terminal Yard expansion has been halted and the area cleared of model railroading supplies.
The PB pipe heads to the main layout room. In time the Terminal Yard expansion will be against this wall and under new and improved plumbing pipes. What about the costs and mess of the plumbing project? Frankly, I don't give a damn. Better to change now on our terms than later after a pipe bursts. The Terminal Yard expansion project will obviously be delayed but not abandoned.
Some overview photos of the layout so I can get it back in order when the project is over.
All buildings that can be removed will be removed.
All rolling stock will be removed
All motor vehicles and people that can be removed will be removed.
Trees that can be removed will be and those that remain covered.
Going to be a lot of work getting everything back in order.
But it shouldn't be that long to get the layout up and running once the plumbing job is complete.
At least I hope not!
Here is the current status of the N.Y.C.T.L. and the basement.
The wall to the left is the wall behind Hudson Coal and that improvement project has been suspended until the work is completed.
Terminal Yard protected with plastic sheathing
Empire City, Bedford and Bedford Park covered.
The High Line and Cornelius Vanderbilt Memorial Bridge under cover
Look Familiar? Empire City buildings sit in what is hopefully a safe and out of the way corner.
So stay tuned, the N.Y.C.T.L. will be up and running shortly. As my wife asked when I brought up the pipe replacement 'can we afford to do it?' The answer 'can we afford not to?'