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Wayne Laepple

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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2017, 09:52:38 PM »
Yes, indeed. All it took was a can of Moxie! Seriously, we assembled at the Mount Union yard at about 9 a.m., and we got right to work. Rick Rowlands and his pal Nick Hovey did the bulk of the torch work, and Nick took great pleasure in whacking the couplers with the 20-pound sledge to drop them down free of the car. Phil Marshall was indispensable as fire watchman, and with his loppers and tree saw cleared the way. John Kokas was everywhere, carrying various tools from place to place, helping to untangle torch hoses and moving the torch cart and keeping us on our toes. I scouted the area and located the cars from which we extracted the couplers. We freed all 10 couplers before 1 p.m.

The next phase will take place in the next week or two, I hope. The EBT men will use their backhoe to move the couplers to a central location, and they will be loaded onto a rented truck. I hope then to pick up the castings for the Jackson & Sharp passenger cars trucks from a nearby foundry, and everything will come to Maine sometime in December. Anyone want to volunteer to be a co-driver?

Photos coming soon, I hope.
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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2017, 12:37:44 AM »
Yay!  Great work, guys!  Thank you!!!

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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2017, 12:52:30 AM »
Wayne: I'm available depending on when you're going.

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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2017, 03:23:04 AM »
Great going, guys. I wish I could have been there to help.
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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2017, 04:19:37 AM »
Here are a couple of photos. Some of ther others may post additional views later.

First one shows the first coupler we freed. We decided to leave the remainder under the cars until they can be removed, in order to make the small parts less attractive to thieves.

Second one shows Nick Hovey torching off one of eight bolts to free up the coupler.
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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2017, 04:24:47 AM »
Nice going Wayne and crew! Hope to see some of you in December.
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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2017, 09:57:14 AM »
I am happy for the WW&F but somewhat sad for the EBT.

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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2017, 02:49:52 PM »
Congrats on a successful endeavor. Sounds like a good time was had by all.

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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2017, 03:55:04 PM »
It was my pleasure to be able to help the WW&F in this small way.  It so happened that Nick and I were in Strasburg on Wednesday and Thursday working on the NKP 757 project, so stopping by Mount Union on Friday morning was basically on our way back home.  Each coupler had 8 bolts holding it in place and to remove the coupler all eight bolts had to be torched off and then the coupler and draft gear driven down out of the center sill.  Some bolts were easier than others to get to, and of course being in the fall there were dry leaves everywhere.  We burned quite a few leaves but Phil kept things from getting out of hand.

It was also good to meet in person Philip Marshall and John Kokas.  Always great to talk with fellow two footers. 

Here are a couple of shots of me wielding the torch yesterday.
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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2017, 04:05:45 PM »
A good time was had by all.  The jokes and puns were flying and I haven't laughed so hard and often in a long time.  There were some other interesting discoveries made but I'll let Wayne and Jason hash out whether a second trip may be needed in the future.

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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #25 on: November 18, 2017, 10:50:35 PM »
And now we wait for someone in narrow gauge land to discover this, and put up a hew and cry on one of the other forums decrying this heinous act.  We'll just have to be alert for it and respond quickly when it does happen.

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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2017, 10:54:08 PM »
Well, yes. There is that. Perhaps I should forestall any such hue and cry by writing a pre-emptive post.

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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2017, 11:01:00 PM »
It already started (very mildly) on our Facebook page. I've been watching NGDF and RYPN all afternoon...
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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2017, 01:12:55 AM »
Those hopper cars are extremely deteriorated and are only going to deteriorate further.   Leaving something sit is a sure way to get it to disappear.  It just happens slowly.  But it does happen. 

If there were people who were truly interested in the wellbeing of the cars they could have purchased them.  Kovalchick has had them for sale for years.
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Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2017, 10:33:13 PM »
The group shot.  Nick Hovey, Rick Rowlands, Wayne Laepple, Philip Marshall and John Kokas, and a can of Moxie. 

The Moxie nourished some in the group while the threat of having to drink it motivated others.
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