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Title: October 2014 work planning
Post by: James Patten on October 01, 2014, 11:03:39 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of October 4:

* Work weekend prep - Mike will start digging for the foundation of the car shed.  Jason's been working on the "panel" for the TOM north switch, that may continue on Saturday.
* Loco 9
* Percival basement

It's the weekend between two big weekends, which means volunteers will be light on the ground.  Help with train crew would be most appreciated.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: James Patten on October 04, 2014, 10:07:51 PM
Work done on Saturday October 4:

* Pole barn - Mike started digging for the concrete posts and pads for the pole barn - and immediately ran into clay.  The Kubota handled it, but we saw Mike bouncing around a lot on it.  Eight posts were put in for the west wall.  The trench was refilled because we're supposed to get a good amount of rain tonight.
* Loco 9 - Marcel continued working on the cab roof.
* Basement - Fred did clean up in the basement of some of the wood scraps and so forth.

Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 05, 2014, 08:50:28 PM
Work done Sunday, October 5th -

The day started with rain but cleared early, becoming sunny and 65.  There were about 50 visitors including people from ME, NY, PA, RI and Germany.

* #9 - Marcel worked on the cab roof.

* Comm - Brendan and John M. did some major work on the railroads' crank phone system lines.

* Track -  Two mainline switches (one for the lower and one for the upper yard) were oiled and a new switch lock was installed on the upper yard south switch.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: James Patten on October 08, 2014, 11:09:42 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of October 11

Lessee - something big is happening this weekend, can't quite put my finger on it.  Maybe it will come to me.  Oh yeah!  It's Fall Work Weekend!  Friday! Saturday! Sunday! Monday!  Work work work!  Weather forecast promises sunshine for Saturday through Monday and maybe Friday as well, temps in the upper 50s during the day.

* Paint restrooms and garage
* Loco 9
* Track extension at Top of the Mountain.  The primary goal is getting mainline and siding built and reconnected, secondary goal will be ballasting.
* Meals provided by Sue Longo's kitchen crew
* Pole barn erection. 
* Other projects can be thought up, I'm sure, if needed.

Friday evening there's a board meeting.  Not sure where it will be at this point.  All members welcome to listen in.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 09, 2014, 09:26:30 PM
This week -

* Outreach - A school group visited Sheepscot monday.

* Work weekend prep -
 
>Kegs of spikes and track bolts arrived

>More work was done for the north Tom switch including spiking rail and making parts.  Parts include slide plates and J plates. The shop crew included Jason, Bob L., Jonathan, Phil and Steve Z.

>Brendan took the logs to the mill.  He will return with beams for the car storage building.

>12 gallons of paint arrived for the restroom building and some was applied to the front of the structure.

>Food - Fred, Sue and Cindy all purchased food for the next 4 days.  Sue spent a couple of days setting things up in the house.

>Ties - Joe Fox cut over 170 ties including two head blocks for the north ToM switch.

* Engine 10 - Bernie brought the newly restored whistle for the locomotive.  It will be installed this weekend.

*Car storage building - Jeff Verney stopped by to survey the job. H will bring his excavator Friday morning.

*There was progress on other projects this week but this list provides the highlights.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: James Patten on October 10, 2014, 11:46:32 PM
Day 1 of work weekend:

* Track - laid 150 feet of mainline, 60 feet of siding.  A crew back at Sheepscot was working on the switch timber assembly.  I think the north switch panel will be going up tomorrow morning.
* Loco 9 - Marcel on the cab, others on the engine itself, mostly piping.
* Pole barn - Contractor Jeff Verney was brought in for the east wall footings, dug out the trench in about 90 minutes, then left.  The rest of the day was spent putting in the footings and filling up the trench.  Brendan arrived with the lumber for the pole barn.
* Kitchen - Some great food was put on for lunch and supper.
* Board meeting - held in the gift shop.

Almost 60 people signed the book today.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 11, 2014, 12:18:12 AM
The road cloth at the North end is to be used under the siding. From the culvert we put in, North. And where the camp road is crossed by the main and the siding. Hoping to keep the mud below it in the spring..
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Fred Morse on October 19, 2014, 01:00:20 PM
Hi, It seems I've lost this page since the 10th of the month. Is it just my computer?  Fred
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 19, 2014, 05:36:58 PM
Hi Fred,

No, its not your computer. It was ours.

In short, posts made between Oct 11, 2014 and Oct 18th have been lost.

For details, see:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php?topic=2338.0 (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php?topic=2338.0)
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Fred Morse on October 19, 2014, 08:34:28 PM
Yesterday we placed the last two 4Ft. cement posts and filled the huge hole where the stump dump was located. That took half a day, then we started putting the 8 inch by 10 inch timbers on top of the East wall posts. We got seven 10' up by quitting time.

We ran three trains also. We had a pretty good sized crew for only one week after the fall work weekend. If anyone can remember the sequence of events this past weekend please update us for what was lost.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: James Patten on October 19, 2014, 10:29:02 PM
Marcel was working on #9's cab.  Looks like he's nearing completion of the roof.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 20, 2014, 12:26:32 AM
Yesterday we placed the last two 4Ft. cement posts and filled the huge hole where the stump dump was located. That took half a day..

Curious what was involved to get those two cement posts set.  I imagine it took a lot of digging, pumping and new gravel to provide firm footings for those posts.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 20, 2014, 11:35:33 AM
Hi Bill,

Jeff Verney came back and dug the debris out of the hole, backfilling with crushed rock.  Zack set up a pump last Friday to remove the water from Wednesdays' rain.  Saturday morning we ran the strings and hand dug the hole to set the level for the concrete pedestals.  Mike set the pedestals with the excavator and back filled with sand.  Zack and I back filled around the pedestals by hand to ensure plumb.  When the fill was high enough to protect the peds, Mike and Fred worked together bringing fill and spreading it.  The southwest corner is a serious mud hole (do not walk on the fill) but will be fine when it dries out. The area between the building and spur has been cleaned out to be ready for delivery of the roof trusses.   In the mean time we will continue working on the east side and can set some of the west side posts at the north end.

Start  
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: James Patten on October 22, 2014, 11:05:47 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 25:

* Pole barn: Dry out after this week's rain.  Set more of the headers on the east wall.  May start on the west wall timbers.  I think the rafters may arrive this week.
* Loco 9
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 23, 2014, 12:35:17 AM
A little clarity Bill, when Jeff backfilled with the stone, he left a 4 foot trench. The corner post was high, so Stewart started digging. It was much like shoveling ballast, covered in peanut butter. Once the lines were run, we started to set the bases. Then the pedestals, followed by the hand shoveling of sand around the pedestals. Luckily, we got this done last weekend, because the ground will be too wet to run machinery in that area this weekend.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 23, 2014, 12:43:26 AM
Thanks Mike and Start.  Wish I could be back soon to help.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 25, 2014, 09:13:47 PM
Work done today, Saturday, October 25th -

It was clear and 64, good for working outside.

* Car Storage Building - (1) The rest of the east wall headers were put up. The process involved hauling them part way by train.  (2) All the west support posts were cut to size, erected and braced. Staging will be set up next.  (3) The rest of the lumber was removed from the trailer, sorted by size and stacked next to the coal pocket.

* #9 - Jason worked on a number of parts. Leon worked on the ash pan.

* Equipment - Bill F. worked on the heavy duty power hack saw.

* Percival House - Bridget cleared the garden and she and Cindy reset the kitchen for normal lunch operations.  They prepared a nice lunch for about a dozen volunteers.

Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Hansel Fardon on October 25, 2014, 10:40:04 PM
Don't forget the canal I dug! It was like a lake up there!  :D
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 25, 2014, 11:19:08 PM
Yes Hansel. By the lime you were done we had a canal. Hope it helps.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 31, 2014, 08:11:48 PM
This Week -

* Locomotive 9 - Jason, Brendan, Phil, Jonathan and Leon worked on a number of projects including: (1) ashpan, (2) blower feed and nozzle, (3) steam header pipes, (4) boiler drain/access holes, (5) filling the boiler.

* Car storage building - Brendan delivered a load of wood from Fred to be used for staging and bracing.  Zack, Fred, Steve Z. and Dwight built staging along the west side wall posts. The work required extra temporary sills where the mud is thick (which is just about everywhere).  They also moved the rail pile that would be inside the building.  The 36' beam arrived that will be part of the south end wall.

* R-O-W - Fred and Dwight cut wood in a number of places along the mainline including Rosewood Crossing.  Logs from their work were brought to Alna Center for the Victorian Christmas bonfire.

* Upper Yard - The railroad got 30' longer this week as the last two rails were set and spiked at the south end of the roundhouse track.  The extension makes operations safer for engine crews bringing locomotives over to the coal pocket.

* Archives - A major shipment of archival grade storage containers arrived so Linda can continue working and sorting historic material.

* Restroom building - More painting was done to the front (under the porch) and west side.
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 01, 2014, 02:15:46 AM
You folks sure have been busy, according to Stewart's report.

No. 9 -- filling the boiler.... was that followed by filling the firebox with tinder and wood? Is a steam test in the offing?

Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 01, 2014, 11:51:57 AM
Hydro first...  The ashpan isn't installed or quite finished yet. Steam test soon- no whistle for now (the most common question). 

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: October 2014 work planning
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on November 01, 2014, 03:25:28 PM
 Stewart,  Thanks for the report of last weeks work.  Hope the weather will allow the restrooms painting to be completed in next few weeks, they look really good in gray.  Fred L. Kuhns