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Bill Reidy

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #750 on: September 25, 2018, 01:17:40 AM »
Thanks for taking time getting and posting the photos, Brendan.  Greatly appreciate seeing today's accomplishments.  Looks like it was another busy day for you, Jason and crew today.
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« Reply #751 on: September 25, 2018, 01:24:51 AM »
Very nice. I am especially glad to see the hay down before the expected rain this week.
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #752 on: September 25, 2018, 02:23:54 AM »
Ya Fall is the best time to seed - but then you have to mow it.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #753 on: September 25, 2018, 02:54:54 AM »
How are we going to keep 4-Wheelers and snow mobiles off the bridge?
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« Reply #754 on: September 25, 2018, 03:43:13 AM »
Fortunately we do not have problems with ATVs and or snowmobiles, however I am sure some kind of honor system barricade will be placed in front of the bridge on either side.
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« Reply #755 on: September 25, 2018, 05:11:06 AM »
Mike mentioned a line of boulders to be set at the 218/ROW junction when work ends.
Gets my solid vote.

I'm sure, as inferred, mostly peaceful southern Maine  doesn't have the violent crime, vandalism, homeless probs formerly civilized
Abq is now burdened with, not to mention my birthplace, Staten Island, New York City.
But why take the chance some bored atv/snowmobile jock, psycho destroyer or arsonist (happened before) will stumble onto your latest and greatest expansion  that took years of planning, sweat,  funds, pride  to build, for the enjoyment of many?

So, at least, definitely protect Da Bridge!
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« Reply #756 on: September 25, 2018, 11:07:04 AM »
We have a temporary gate coming, should be installed after work weekend.
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« Reply #757 on: September 25, 2018, 01:41:49 PM »
I would suggest a couple of trail cams at the bridge site, at least 1 in a very visable spot and another well hidden. I'm not suggesting anything, only to offer peace of mind for the museum that if anything were to ever happen at the bridge is captured. Unfortunately in this day and age this is a must, and I will admit I do not know the area there on how the people are, so my applogies in advance.

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« Reply #758 on: September 25, 2018, 02:43:11 PM »
As Mike mentioned, we have contracted with Mr. W.E. Coyote of the Acme Bridge Protection Company, Ltd to provide us with a defensive system. A truckload of anvils, giant bungee cords, rockets and roller skates arrived yesterday. Mr. Coyote should be on site later this week. He has directed that two large boulders be moved to the top of a nearby hill. Not sure why that is though.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #759 on: September 25, 2018, 03:43:59 PM »
And I'm sure Mr. Coyote wouldn't mind  that bridge cam setup, plus a gatecam, along with the improved comm cable extension suggested. 8)  :'(

And PS...make that locked gate setup permanent,  be part of 218 flagging  safety stops protocol some day. ;)
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #760 on: September 25, 2018, 07:45:53 PM »
The difficulty with using a gate as "part of the 218 safety protocol" is not the opening of the gate, but rather its closing. Nothing pisses off the motoring public more than a train that stops on a crossing, which is what would have to happen in order for a member of the train crew to detrain and close the gate. Been there, done that, and it's no fun at all. Bad enough that someone is out there in the middle of the road with a flag while the train is not moving.

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« Reply #761 on: September 25, 2018, 10:14:23 PM »
Gate would only be during construction. After that the boulders would be moved into place. If the tracks were to go beyond 218, then there would be no protection there. Pretty sure the tracks would deter most.
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« Reply #762 on: September 25, 2018, 11:40:33 PM »
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« Reply #763 on: September 25, 2018, 11:42:34 PM »
On a more serious note, we should consider semi-permanent signage on the north ROW and the bridge over the next two years.  Warning signs to keep people off the bridge and possibly private property/no trespassing signs in appropriate places.  Properly done, these signs would also give us legal protection from idiots who ignore them.  Would have to be coordinated with the Conservancy.

IMHO, makeshift wood or paper signs would not suffice.

I took a couple of pictures today of the signs protecting the rail bridge in Bath and I can share them if there is interest.

I also know an on-line company that makes custom, inexpensive metal signs which I've used successfully before:  RoadTrafficSigns (email@roadtrafficsigns.com)