Today 11/21/09, our hearty band of volunteers, was able to install 4 more sections of the turntables ring rail. It seems that we only have 2 more pieces to install and they have already been laid out for the installation. According to Trustee Steven Torborg, the last 2 rails were placed and can be spiked down the next work session. We have also determined that there is bout 6 feet of rail missing. We can only speculate that this last rail must have been cut and the missing piece thrown out. We do have a section of rail that matches what was in the pit and have been offered help by a volunteer from NYC Transit to bend the rail for us.
Remember that about 15 years ago, the LIRR had planned on filling in this piece of historic machinery. Only the due diligence of a few of us kept that from happening, but not before the ring rail was already taken out. After the remaining rails are spiked down, we will begin the process of getting bids for the new ties for the bridge.