October Tram Diaries - The Month of Concrete
October was a mixture of concrete and snow for crews working on dismantling old buildings and pouring new foundations. Crews completed pouring concrete for the counterweight "house" on top of Rendezvous Mountain during the month. They also finished pouring the
concrete pads on the upper terminal that support the walkway for
disembarking tram passengers as well as the bollard foundations.
Then, weather struck - great for lift users, but not for lift builders.
"Weather was an issue," Spangler said. "We were plowing the road off
and on. We had to plow the road about 10 days in October and we were
helping equipment get to the top with bulldozers. It was a mad scramble
to get done and out of there."
And, then, a concrete truck tipped over, complicating the rush. No one was hurt.
"Still," Spangler said. "That was an issue, obviously."
Crews cut the main barrel off the truck then pulled it upright with a
bulldozer. The truck had been carrying a special winter mixture that
dries more quickly than normal concrete. This mixture solidified in the
truck's barrel after the rig tipped and it was no longer circulating.
"We tied the barrel onto our D8 bulldozer and hauled it to the bottom
of Casper," Spangler said. "There, crews torched it and knocked out the
The whole process took about two days; they ordered another concrete truck as well, and resumed top terminal concrete pouring.
Spangler said there are a couple more pouring jobs to complete once the
old terminal is completely gone, which will happen in spring 2008.
Other October accomplishments:
Crews completed foundation pouring on all towers, but Tower 1, which will be tackled in November.
Crews continued to demolish the old terminal building at the bottom of
the mountain while Garaventa Switzerland, a parent company to
Doppelmayr CTEC, completed dismantling the cables and rolling them up
during the first week of October.