This was just the start of the equipment coming in. I asked one of the crew there if they were going to replace that switch tonight and he told me that it was scheduled for the next night.
It's not easy to see, but there is a long string of maintenance-of-way equipment stretched down the line to the west. They were replacing plain rail (everything but the switches), and it went on much of the night as they moved to the east.
The next morning (Monday), Fernley Yard was relatively serene as the crews had left to let the railroad get on with moving equipment.
There's a portable light (and they are very bright) sitting next to the switch assembly that will be moved in to place. To the left is a rail cutter, to be used to cut out the old switch.
This is the main line switch stand itself, and it was slated for replacement on Monday night. The silver box is the connection to the signaling system. To thrown this switch, you have to open a lock inside this box, and this sets a light on the dispatcher's board and sets the signals around it to red.
While coming back from taking the above pictures, I rounded a bush and came very close to stepping on this poor bunny, who loped away. I wonder what the rabbits make of all of this construction activity.
Lisa started charging the batteries for her camera in anticipation of the Big Lift scheduled for Monday night. More about that tomorrow.