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Title: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 31, 2016, 11:02:13 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Saturday September 2 and beyond:

Saturday starts an extraordinarily busy 9 days for the WW&F: we will be open and operating every day from Sat Sept 2 through to Sun Sept 11, for people from the Narrow Gauge Convention.  So we need all the help we can get with guided tours, brakemen, lunches, gift shop, etc.  If you will be at the Convention and would like to help us man the sales table, please make yourself known.  During this time I'm sure we'll be working on our many projects:

* Turntable
* Boxcar 67
* ROW mowing
* Top of Mountain work

Convention opens Wednesday evening (7th) and closes Saturday noon.  We are running a guided bus tour of the line on Friday, with a visit to the Museum in the afternoon.  There will be free shuttle buses between Convention and the Museum from Wednesday through Saturday, leaving at 9:30, noon, and 2:30, last bus leaves the Museum around 4.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 31, 2016, 12:27:54 PM
James is spot on about the National Narrow Gauge Convention which draws about 1,500 people.  As it was in 2007, attendees come from other states and countries.  The latest list from convention officials includes people from Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Germany and the U.K.  There have already been visitors this week that arrived early to tour the railroads on their convention list and we will have visitors from Australia on Saturday.  Many convention goers have been to railroads all over the world so we want to have our operation as neat as possible.

Many records were set during convention week in 2007 and we hope this convention will be even better.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 31, 2016, 01:02:14 PM
No TOM work this weekend unless some surveying gets done. Dozer is awaiting a part that will be here next week. I am hoping to be back Saturdays starting the 10th, but that will depend on work. We have decided on a track location, so grading can be done during September as well.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 03, 2016, 10:10:17 PM
Work done on Saturday:

* Track 7: Even though it's been shortened and moved over, it's still the 7th track over.  The track got some ballast.
* Weed cutting: Fred and Dwight did some cutting before the first train and during the afternoon.  PM cutting was around Rosewood Crossing.
* Boxcar 67: Zack was making round and square holes for the roof beams.

We had a number of people that are attending the Convention come today.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 04, 2016, 12:51:45 AM
While at TOM, Dwight and I also put Caution tape on either side of the washouts down to the slide. We also made some nice burn piles for this winter from what Fred cut.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Dwight Winkley on September 04, 2016, 03:00:24 PM
On Thursday afternoon the trail from Rt 218 south to Trout Brook was cut.
The museum's right of way is now cleared for anyone who wants to take a hike. About 1.5 miles one way.
dwight
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 04, 2016, 05:01:43 PM
A video trip along the way would be peachy.  :D
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 04, 2016, 05:12:30 PM
How is 67 coming along?
Which TOM spur alignment has been picked?
Will the needed switch points from Baltimore arrive before FWW?
What from WW&F will be displayed at the NNG Convention?
Questions...questions.  ;)
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Dwight Winkley on September 04, 2016, 08:28:15 PM
Paul, Sorry I don't have a video camera.
dwight
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 04, 2016, 08:31:31 PM
What from WW&F will be displayed at the NNG Convention?

Merchandise, pretty much.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on September 04, 2016, 09:34:27 PM
The museum is open every day till Sunday, so technically every piece of equipment is on display during the NNGC. :)

I will be at the museum tomorrow from 7-1 to cut grass/brush along the ROW. Most likely at Humason and Albees on the photo sides.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 04, 2016, 09:43:45 PM
Work done Sunday, Sept. 4th -

* Turntable - The turntable track got more ballast and the low joints were jacked and tamped.  Ballast was also spread around the ring wall where the south yard track will come in.

* Shop - More cleaning was done in the shop extension and machine shop.

* Guests - There were about 80 visitors including people from Australia, Sweden and Austria.  Some were here for the National Narrow Gauge Convention.

As Joe noted, the Museum is open every day this week for the NNGC.  Trains run on the hour 12 noon - 4 pm.  

Thursday and Friday are the biggest days.  The riveting machine demonstration is from 2 -4 pm on Thursday afternoon followed by the photographers special 5 - 7 pm.

Friday is the WW&F bus tour, Albion to Wiscasset with the group having lunch and a train ride at Sheepscot.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 04, 2016, 11:20:48 PM
If all goes as planned, the Goldenrod Express will depart about 9 on Monday morning, to return to Sheepscot prior to the noon train, or be in the clear for the noon train, then follow it back to Sheepscot.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 04, 2016, 11:33:40 PM
Mike, so RowMow1 is good to go?
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 05, 2016, 07:08:26 PM
You guys sound super busy.
I won't bug ya .
There're many work weeks left til the snow flies.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 05, 2016, 09:53:32 PM
Work done Monday, Sept. 5th -

Day #3 of convention week.

* Turntable - The track crew got the rest of the turntable lead lifted, lined and tamped including the common bay 4 switch.  After the track was final checked for cross level, a test run was made down to the pit by RC4.  Everything went well but the last 30' of track will remain blue flagged for now due to low overhead wires.

* 21 Campaign - Steve P. did much cleaning of #10 and setting up displays about the boiler project.  It looks great!

* Convention - More NNGC guests today.  Touring was made easier by Steve P. making signs for each project such as boxcar 67 and the turntable.  The dining hall in the Percival house cellar was set up for Friday's bus tour group to have lunch.

* R-O-W - The cutting crew, including Mike & Joe Fox and Leon Weeks cleared weeds/brush along the main at Albees field to prepare for Thursday's photographers special.  Mike ran rowmow along the mainline.

* TOM - One set of grade stakes was removed so only the 10 degree curved grade remained.  This makes  it easier to explain the TOM work to passengers.

* Schedule - Trains will run each day this week between 12 noon and 4 pm on an as needed basis.  This means that as soon as there is a group of passengers assembled, the train will leave.  Today's consist was freight and each run featured a photo run-by at AC.  Tuesday will be a mixed train, Weds will be a passenger run, Thursday's trains and special evening trip will have a different mixed consist. On Friday the convention bus tour comes through with a lunch stop, shop tour and steam train trip.

 Jason notes that we are open to requests and will try to meet them to our ability.
 
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 05, 2016, 11:23:24 PM
Dave,
It was. Broke a bolt which was no big deal, but lost a bushing in the process, and I did not have as spare. So some Goldenrods were spared today. Bushings will be located and plenty of spares will be in the box under the seat.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 06, 2016, 11:12:59 PM
Work done Tuesday, Sept. 6th -

Day #4 of convention week.

* Turntable - A bit more tamping was done on the turntable lead so some rolling stock could be put there.  More wood preservative was applied to the main stringers.  Steve P. set a sign on the culvert railing explaining the turntable project.

* Convention - More NNGC visitors showed up including people from Australia and some model railroad dealers who wanted to see the WW&F before setting up their tables at the Civic Center tomorrow morning. 

* Boxcar #67 - Zack did more work on the side wall cap rails.

* Trains - Today was mixed train day and #9 pulled flatcar 126 with a load of stone followed by coach 8.  Photos will be posted soon.

* Yard - Some switching took place to set things up for the passenger train on Weds and the riveting machine demonstration on Thursday.

* Roundhouse - Track lines and building wall locations were measured off and grade stakes set to show where the structure will go. 
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 06, 2016, 11:22:41 PM
In addition, Vermont Wandering Steve has been putting together some large format posters for various things for the Convention.  And I've been packing up material for the convention, mainly for displays and the bus tour since John R took the merchandise earlier in the week.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 07, 2016, 12:59:14 AM
A footnote on train operations -

Starting at 12 noon each day, the steam train goes out when a group of passengers has been assembled.  The train runs to TOM and detrains passengers to photograph the locomotive run around move.  When the engine is on the south end, the train runs to AC and again detrains passengers to photograph a run-by.  The railcar follows the steam train only as far as AC and goes in the hole to be clear of the southbound train.  RC4 passengers join the photo line with steam train passengers to shoot the train as it works through on the main with the railcar on the siding.  Railcar passengers are treated to a photo stop at Humson Brook trestle on the way back to Sheepscot.   

This arrangement is subject to change but the AC train meet for section 1 & 2 works well.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 07, 2016, 10:43:38 AM
Anticipated work for the remainder of the week:

More of the same!  Convention actually starts today at 6 PM, and runs through till Saturday noon.

* Afternoon train operations until Friday, normal operations on the weekend.
* Riveting demonstration on #9's old boiler and smokebox on Thursday afternoon.
* Evening photo session Thursday
* Turntable
* Boxcar 67
* Manning the table at the Convention

Note: there's no board meeting on Friday this week, we'll have it next week.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 07, 2016, 05:06:22 PM
Start...
Not trying to nitpick, but--SOP to block an OOS track is to plant a 'red board on a stick' between the rails.
I suggest a piece of 2'x2' plywood totally painted Chinese Red, screwed to a 5' length of  pointed 2x2 or a short metal fence post.  ;)

Blue flags/lights are used to prevent parked or disabled equipment from being moved by unauthorized personnel, officially can only be removed by whoever placed it.
It took awhile, but Friends of C&TS now blue flag their rolling stock rebuild projects.
 
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 07, 2016, 05:41:48 PM
Blue flag was on the cone, putting the cone out of service  ;D. Actually, we normally use red flags on a flag stand. Blue flags are used to put equipment and entire tracks out of service in the yard. Many standard broad gauges do this.

EDIT..

This is from a Trains magazine article

http://trn.trains.com/railroads/abcs-of-railroading/2006/05/blue-flags (http://trn.trains.com/railroads/abcs-of-railroading/2006/05/blue-flags)

Quote
What blue flags signal to workers

A blue flag or signal located between the rails signifies that no rolling stock may move past that point. In fact, no equipment may come within 150 feet of the flag or signal. In yards or service areas where speed is restricted to 10 mph, equipment may come within 50 feet of a blue flag.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on September 07, 2016, 06:14:32 PM
This varies from railroad to railroad.
Blue flag = personnel possibly on or under. Stop short  X feet .
Red flag= Stop. In yard service it is absolute. On main line it may be a stop and proceed at restricted speed with permission.

Based on my memory, not fact.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 07, 2016, 07:23:30 PM
What matters here is what our rules say.  The blue flag Stewart placed does indeed comply with our rulebook.

Jason
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on September 07, 2016, 08:39:59 PM
Home road rules ALWAYS supercede other roads rules.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 07, 2016, 10:44:37 PM
Work done Wednesday, Sept. 7th -

Day #5 of convention week.

* Turntable - Much progress today with assembling the bridge.  The second set of main stringers were bolted together and the truss rod plates installed.  Three of the cross timbers were set as well.  More stone was spread on the turntable lead but more is needed.

* Convention - Many visitors today, some arriving by shuttle bus.  Shop tours, yard tours, and train rides were popular.  One visitor from England was surprised to see that crews were working on projects during convention week.  We noted that with extra help at Sheepscot it was natural to work on things, especially the turntable.

* Gift shop - Sales were brisk as they have been all week thanks to convention visitors.

* Trains - nearly 100 people rode the train and railcar.  Passengers enjoyed getting photos of the locomotive run around move at TOM, especially the additional moves when RC4 came in and was turned on the siding.  The second meet was southbound at AC when the train stopped to detrain photographers and RC4 came up and took the siding.  RC4 stayed in the hole as #9 did a run-by.  The scene was well received by the guests.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 08, 2016, 12:59:01 AM
Convention report: John R had already set up the table, so I showed up with some extra display stuff I had to figure out a place to put it all.  Then I had my clinic right off, with enough time to catch John before it started to give instructions about the bus tour on Friday.  The clinic went well, had about 30 or so people in it.  Afterward John looked a little bit overwhelmed.  Hopefully tomorrow will go smoothly.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 08, 2016, 07:10:00 PM
Convention report: Sales at the table were a bit slow this morning, but a lot of people dropped in to ask about the shuttle bus and to praise us for the great job that we do.

FYI - The Museum bought 20 copies of the Railfan & Railroad magazine that covered all the Two Footers.  Get 'em before they're gone!
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 09, 2016, 12:03:14 AM
Work done Thursday, Sept. 8th -

Day #6 of convention week.

* Turntable - More cross timbers were placed on the main stringers and the truss rod caps were drilled.  More ballasting of the turntable track.

* Convention - Many many more visitors rode the trains and railcar, saw the riveting machine demonstration and rode the special evening trip that featured photo stops at TOM and then run-by scenes at AC with the railroad's Model AA truck driving on the Averill Road and then backing up the the boxcar to exchange express items. A one point there were probably over 300 people touring Sheepscot yard and looking through the shop.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 09, 2016, 12:22:49 PM
You save one for me? I'll be there for the fall work weekend. Thanks
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 09, 2016, 08:13:47 PM
Convention report: Sales this morning were brisk.  I attended the clinic put on by the Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation's Charlie Getz, and thanked him for the Foundation's donation for Boxcar 67.  He had been there on Thursday and was pleased to find a sign on the boxcar that the NGPF had provided substantial donations to it.  The WW&F bus tour departed Civic Center Station at 8:10 with everyone aboard.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 09, 2016, 11:08:12 PM
I plan on repairing the dozer in the morning, then maybe do a little grading at TOM.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 09, 2016, 11:12:04 PM
Work done Friday, September 9th -

Day #7 of convention week.

* Turntable - More work was done on the cross timbers.

* Convention - The WW&F bus tour guests arrived around 1 pm and had a nice lunch in our dining hall in the Percival house cellar.  The group rode the train and many got a railcar ride as well.  We heard a number fo people tell us that the WW&F visit was the best part of the convention.  All week long, Kerry has been fixing nice meals for us, it's a big help having a great variety of food.

* Membership - Six new members were signed up today and two of those were life members.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 10, 2016, 02:42:09 PM
Turntable work looks great.
What will be the sequence of completing and mounting it?
Will it be useable by FWW?
Fascinating, probably the only US turntable build in years. 
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 10, 2016, 09:45:33 PM
Work done Saturday, September 10th -

Day 8 of convention week.

* Turntable - Much progress installing the cross timbers and the first work on the spider wheel ring rail.

* Convention - Many more visitors showed up to tour the shop, ride the train and stop in the gift shop.  We also had members of the Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT visit Sheepscot and they really liked the handcar!

* Boxcar 67 - Zack drilled tension rod holes in the side wall headers.

* TOM - Mike worked on a number of things which he can explain better. One thing you can see from the train, he did the first bit of grade work for the sawmill track.

* Garage - Josh wired up the new lights and outlets for all three bays and workbench area.  The new switches are to the left of the door as you enter.

* Schedule - Going back to the regular Saturday timetable was nice for the crews since we know it so well.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 10, 2016, 10:07:14 PM
Convention report: Today was slow, it seemed like everyone was either overhung from a Friday night party or they were off doing something else.  Not much sold.  At the end of my clinic I helped John pack up and loaded everything into the car and delivered it to Sheepscot.

Now to enter all the sales from the week.  I think I am up to Tuesday.

I am glad it is over but it was a great week.  Everybody was appreciative of what we are doing.

It's entirely possible that we are now over 1100 members again.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 10, 2016, 11:31:39 PM
I got the adjusting cylinder swapped out in about an hour and a half. Then started cleaning up the mess I had in the woods.
Finished that after lunch and spent about 45 minutes setting up, doing a rough layout, then leveled with the excavator. I levelled about 35 feet. Next weekend I plan on doing next to the tracks before trains start running, then add ditches.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 11, 2016, 07:10:41 PM
This is a sign that Steve P. made for a brief description of the Turntable.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0910160719_zps2lcwdpzy.jpg)
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 11, 2016, 07:13:50 PM
Dozer repar

Old one out.
(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0910160927_zps1inkqyhv.jpg)

New one in

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0910161010_zpsijbqfnvi.jpg)
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Glenn Christensen on September 11, 2016, 08:38:06 PM
Good stuff, Mike!  Thank you for all your hard work.

Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 11, 2016, 08:40:47 PM
This is a sign that Steve P. made for a brief description of the Turntable.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0910160719_zps2lcwdpzy.jpg)

I spotted Steve P.'s turntable sign when our tour bus arrived Friday a little bit before 1 p.m., as I talked with some tour members about the turntable project.  Steve's information signs were a nice addition for convention week.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 11, 2016, 09:27:18 PM
Work done Sunday, September 11th -

Day #9, the final day of convention week.

* Turntable - Rick Sisson led a track crew that worked on the turntable track.  Jacking, lining, ballasting and tamping was done from the bay 4 switch down to the current EOT.  Work took most of the day except for the lunch break when a thunderstorm rolled through.

* Convention - Good crowds today, most were convention goers that were still wearing their convention badges.  Trains were full, the gift shop did well and more memberships were sold.  Two members renewed their international memberships and gave donations as well. 

* Membership - New members signed up during the convention were around 24.

* Gift shop - Sales from September 1st thru today have topped $22,000.  Most of the sales were items bought by convention attendees.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 11, 2016, 10:17:41 PM
If these are all new memberships, we have surpassed 1100 members!

Over 800 tickets in one form or another were sold in the last 9 days.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on September 13, 2016, 03:36:38 AM
Thank you ALL for the hard work.
It sounds like there was a lot of satisfaction.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 14, 2016, 01:42:08 PM
Anticipated work for weekend of September 17:

* Friday evening board meeting
* Turntable
* Boxcar 67
* Top of Mountain work

I expect with the extended effort everyone put in last week, and the Fall Festival next weekend, that we won't have a whole lot of volunteers around.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on September 16, 2016, 11:33:19 PM
Will there be turntable work all week next week?  I can be there to help...
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 17, 2016, 09:43:18 PM
Work done on Saturday Sept 17:

* After a crazy couple of weeks I was finally able to get some paperwork in the office completed (mainly filing away paid bills and organizing store reports).  Boring stuff, but necessary to sanity.
* Boxcar 67: Zack was making larger square holes out of small round ones for the roof timbers.
* Top of Mountain: Mike graded for the future track, put in a culvert, and created space for a switch stand.  Fred and Zack came up at the 1:30 trip and we walked out in the woods where Fred had cut some of the trees, out to where the future track path meets the road to Porcupine Palace.
* Percival House: Zack unhooked and several people removed the clothes washer from the kitchen closet.  The washer doesn't work and will be thrown out.  Meanwhile the dryer does work and will be put on Craigslist.  That kitchen closet will become a true storage closet for kitchen supplies currently stored in the northwest room.  Cleaning out the northwest room of unused stuff also commenced, the freezers there will be moved downstairs and the room made ready as an Archives Annex.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 17, 2016, 10:03:26 PM
* Percival House: Zack unhooked and several people removed the clothes washer from the kitchen closet.  The washer doesn't work and will be thrown out.  Meanwhile the dryer does work and will be put on Craigslist.

Any consideration to hooking up a washer/dryer in the basement? I would have appreciated that during a recent stay at the Sheepscot Inn.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on September 17, 2016, 10:48:47 PM
I agree with Ed on the w/d as it saved by bacon after my trip to the  mud pit last fall.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 17, 2016, 11:51:45 PM
Northbound Pipe Train

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0917160746_zpsoiphvm5a.jpg)


I will add more photos when my photo host site wakes back up. Almost like being on dial up with them
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 18, 2016, 12:31:01 AM
Discoveries for today. First one I knew about ahead of time...


(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0917160842_zpsoc1mpu9q.jpg)

Broken piece of rail

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0917160940_zpsass18xdd.jpg)

A second cut lever mounting bracket, or maybe a brake rigging holder for body mounted brakes. I found the first one on the opposite side of the tracks a few years ago, when grading for the main and siding.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Mobile%20Uploads/0917161556_zps9qrgpvuc.jpg)

Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 18, 2016, 01:01:02 AM
Additional work at Sheepscot today -

* Turntable track - The track crew loaded a flatcar with stone and unloaded it on the turntable track.  The stone was spread to fill the tie bunks for over 30' of the recently moved track which makes it stay in place better and gives a safer place for brakemen to walk.  A bit more stone is needed near the frog and on the machine shop lead which was raised and tamped last week.

* Turntable bridge - Zack worked on the end timbers that the ring rail wheels attach to.

* Locomotive #9 - Roger worked on the fireman's side injector check valve.  Marcel has been working on the original roof hatch cover. 
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 18, 2016, 01:36:25 AM
Any consideration to hooking up a washer/dryer in the basement? I would have appreciated that during a recent stay at the Sheepscot Inn.

Actually...there hadn't been.  Nobody thought that either had been used in a very long time.  Certainly the washer wasn't working properly (leaking badly) so that's why we were getting rid of it.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 18, 2016, 01:45:26 AM
Mike,
Before I saw the caption I thought you were headed out to test the new RowMow cannon...
KD
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on September 18, 2016, 02:19:40 AM
Any consideration to hooking up a washer/dryer in the basement? I would have appreciated that during a recent stay at the Sheepscot Inn.

Actually, I believe there is another washer in the basement- It's just from a very different from the ones we are accustomed to!

Steve
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on September 18, 2016, 02:42:35 AM
I am planning on doing some track work on 9/20 8am to 1pm. Plan is to change out more bad ties.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 18, 2016, 11:28:08 AM
Hi Bob, 

There will be turntable work essentially go on all week, however the week is a little eclectic.  We'll keep you busy, for sure...

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on September 19, 2016, 12:25:13 AM
Joe, did you get in touch with Steve Lennox from West Bath? I gave you his number the last time I saw you. He said he'd be willing to come down during the week. Also try Josh (by phone) although I don't know if he'll be available.

Steve
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on September 19, 2016, 12:39:52 AM
I am going to get in touch with Steve on Monday. I would have called him today but am away on work right now. I have a friend coming down with me on Tuesday, and we may try for something on Sunday as well if things go well Tuesday, and with my unknown schedule with work.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Gordon Cook on September 19, 2016, 02:45:08 PM
* Percival House: Zack unhooked and several people removed the clothes washer from the kitchen closet.  The washer doesn't work and will be thrown out.  Meanwhile the dryer does work and will be put on Craigslist.

Any consideration to hooking up a washer/dryer in the basement? I would have appreciated that during a recent stay at the Sheepscot Inn.

If anyone cares, I believe the problem with the washer was that it wouldn't shut off the water once it started filling. I found this out the hard way one night after I started it, went out for supper, and came back to a full washer running over.
I may be that the water shut off solenoid is either jammed or bad and can be replaced easily..
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 19, 2016, 03:23:48 PM
Our appliance man, Jim Stetson said he could easily repair the washer since it's a Maytag and there are parts available.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on September 19, 2016, 04:57:28 PM
Let  us not be so hasty to dispose of the washer/dryer. It is both useful and appreciated for those of us from "away"
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Phil McCall on September 19, 2016, 08:53:47 PM
I am fascinated by the rarities Mike found, has anyone positively identified that bracket that looks like it held a coupler pin lever? That piece of rail is small but I recall seeing the Rock Island put one joint bar after another because they couldn't afford rail so possibly it could be installed somewhere it won't see much wear, like the new spur,, as was done with the other piece of found original W&Q rail at the TOM spur?
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 19, 2016, 11:03:16 PM
The bracket that Mike found could be a throw rod guide since it has square holes where it could be spiked to a switch timber.  The previously found plate has the same type of square holes that are spike sized. Usually throw rod guides are for switch stands that are farther back from the track but we don't know why that arrangement would have been used at TOM.   

They could be cut lever brackets but most of the WW&F freight cars had drop bottom couplers and the type of cut lever guide they use has an angled end which the found ones do not.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Terry W. Shirley on September 20, 2016, 01:21:01 AM
My Kenmore washer recently had this problem and it was an easy fix with a new cold water inlet valve.  Did it myself in about 20 minutes.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 20, 2016, 01:31:10 AM
Makes sense Stewart. Both were in the area of the original TOM switch
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Phil McCall on September 20, 2016, 02:02:46 AM
The bracket that Mike found could be a throw rod guide since it has square holes where it could be spiked to a switch timber.  The previously found plate has the same type of square holes that are spike sized. Usually throw rod guides are for switch stands that are farther back from the track but we don't know why that arrangement would have been used at TOM.   

They could be cut lever brackets but most of the WW&F freight cars had drop bottom couplers and the type of cut lever guide they use has an angled end which the found ones do not.

There would have been only one switch at TOM back in the day right? Could there have been a derail with throw rods, I have seen them like that before. Doesn't make sense with such a thrifty operation though, it would be cheaper to let a brakeman walk to throw it if one were there.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on September 20, 2016, 04:07:29 AM
If both holes were the same could be a hinge eye. That that fit a pintle hinge. 
Square hole for a carriage bolt.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on September 21, 2016, 01:12:19 AM
A decent amount of work was done today, although more track work could have been done if we could have found two small track jacks right away. We used to have 8 small jacks as memory serves correctly, and today we only found 4. We almost used the tall ones, but tie replacement is hard enough without the tall jacks.

2 short jacks are now in the section house, and 2 are in the shop since we found those after we returned from track work. But we still have 4 missing short jacks, maybe more. Any ideas where they have gone to?
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 21, 2016, 01:25:52 AM
There should be a number of them in the car barn.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on September 21, 2016, 01:42:22 AM
We didn't see any in there. Unless they are on the west wall behind the equipment.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 21, 2016, 10:58:47 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Saturday September 24:

* Saturday is the Fall Festival.  We need a number of aides at Alna Center, at Sheepscot, and on the train.
* Turntable
* Boxcar 67
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on September 24, 2016, 10:32:49 PM
Work done on Saturday September 24:

* Fall Festival: There was a crew at Alna Center and Sheepscot, plus train crew.  AC kept people busy with face painting, hay rides, pumpkin patch, and bluegrass music.  Sheepscot crew provided crowd control.  The 12:30 and 2:30 trains went out pretty full.  Other trains less than full.  We had about 350 people.  Keri made lunch for everyone and even a rather substantial amount of light refreshments.
* Turntable: Brendan was working on the rail around the pivot.  A new volunteer was working on tightening bolts.  Zack threaded some rod.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 24, 2016, 11:58:10 PM
35 volunteers signed the book.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 28, 2016, 12:00:51 PM
New fill work was done in front of the Whitefield section house this week.  Thanks to Steve Z. and Brendan for switching flatcar loads of gravel,  helping unload the material and doing hand grading in front of the building.  With gravel filled up to the level of the jigger track one can more safely walk in front of the building.  It will be easier to set handcars out as well.  

The section house is one of the planned locations for a photo shoot at the January Steam Special so the fill should be settled by then.  
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 30, 2016, 03:22:26 PM
Productive week -

* Turntable - End wheels were installed and the bridge flipped over.  Work on the spider wheels should come next after some parts arrive.

* Coach 3 - Eric and Bill worked on the windows, taking the cracked ones out.

* Campus - New fill was brought in and piled near where the woods track will come out.  This allows for the material to be loaded onto flatcars.

* Model AA - The oil was changed so the truck will be ready for the next assignment.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on September 30, 2016, 07:28:22 PM
I see the latest news letter is now on the computer for members. Good stories!
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 30, 2016, 11:56:40 PM
I don't know where the fill was thought to be going, but I know where it is not going.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 01, 2016, 01:14:02 AM
MDOT is reworking the dirt along the sides of Rt. 218 and needed a place to put the material.  Doesn't look like much clay in the piles so some could go next to the garage to fill in the low spots on the west side.
Title: Re: September 2016 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 01, 2016, 09:37:00 AM
Perfect. I also suggested using it to build the berms I wasnted in the parkinglot and to re-slope the area on the east side of the restrooms to direct the water to the new pipe.

Before anyone suggests it, this will not be used as fill at the wash out. We need to do that right, which means using similar material as what is oarund it. In that case it is gravel.