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Title: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on March 29, 2017, 11:00:48 AM
Anticipated work for April 1, 2017:

* Construction of #11, the new Beyer-Garratt 044-440 begins this week.
* Since one shipping container clearly won't be enough, we'll be putting a mine in underneath the hill to the west to put away everything.
* Boxcar 67 work - we may be able to start the siding.
* We'll try out Fred's new 15-foot, triple-bladed chain saw.
* Equipment car 1015 work
* Easter prep (only 3 weeks away)
* Archives - Linda will be sorting through some original 1910 color photos of all 5 Maine 2-footers.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 29, 2017, 11:06:51 AM
Happy sloof lirpa to you James
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on March 29, 2017, 12:16:42 PM
That orange juice must have been pretty strong this morning James!
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 29, 2017, 12:22:23 PM
Clearly, or perhaps, not so clearly, James's imbibing in excessive orange juice for the upcoming Saturday festivities has caused him to confuse the TOM siding with Box Car 67 siding.... or perhaps not.... 
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 29, 2017, 12:42:46 PM
BTW - An early color film process was used by a photographer named Prokudin-Gorsky in Russia in the early 1900's so the technology did exist. Too bad he didn't come to Maine.

* Back to WW&F stuff - The bay 2 shelving was removed yesterday so more clean up can continue this weekend.

* As things look now (Weds. afternoon) we may be cleaning up after an April 1st snow storm.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on March 29, 2017, 09:09:35 PM
April 1st snowstorm may keep any 1014/1015 work at Rowmow world HQ..
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 30, 2017, 06:09:53 AM
Hey Mike...I named 2926's first site building that project's World Headquarters!
I'm calling my lawyer.    ;)
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 01, 2017, 08:21:33 PM
Work done on Saturday April 1:

Unfortunately a very localized storm super cell dropped five feet of snow in the area around (not in) the Midcoast of Maine, so only Fred, Zack, Steve Z, myself, and the Rhines made it in, so volunteers were limited today.  It was like a snow donut.

* Container shelving: we doubled the number of shelves in the container.
* Boxcar 67: Zack finished the last belt rail, and started working on the tension rods on the side.  Fred and I brought over the remaining siding that was stored in 309.  Next week Steve Z will be running the siding boards through a router to put a groove in the side to match the old siding.

Fred tried to show off the triple bladed chain saw but it got stuck in a stump.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on April 01, 2017, 09:00:42 PM
STUMPED again!
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Glenn Christensen on April 01, 2017, 09:33:26 PM
"Do'oh!"

      Homer Simpson
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on April 01, 2017, 09:50:09 PM
Those danged stumps - the root of all problems.........
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 05, 2017, 11:05:28 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday April 8:

* Just one weekend left to Easter Eggspress, so we may try to run the length of the line.  There still may be ice in the crossings.  And there's a bunch of tree trunks and branches in the parking lot that need to be cut up.
* Boxcar 67: we may be able to start putting on siding.  And there is still truck assembly.
* Further shelf building in the storage shed and moving stuff to storage.

Also Saturday evening there's a ham & bean dinner at the Alna fire station.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 08, 2017, 11:30:13 PM
Work done on Saturday April 8:

* Boxcar 67: Zack finished up on the belt rails and boxcar entrance, and others painted it with linseed oil.  Truck work progressed, one of the trucks is now assembled.
* Bay 2 cleanout: A bunch of stuff was put at the south end of Bay 3 earlier, it was taken to the garage/junk pile/storage trailer.  The milling machine that had lived between Bay 2 and 3 and went to Roger still had the motor mounted above, so that was removed.  
* Workflat 1015: Mike brought in the understructure he built and put it on the car and welded it to it.  Meanwhile Jason and Bob worked on fixing the medium-large milling machine and started on the wheels.
* Line inspection: We ran a trip up the line to inspect and clear out crossings and ice.  Not too much ice, except for Sutter's Crossing.  No trees down.  
* Switching: Locos 9 and 3 were switched around.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 09, 2017, 12:47:55 AM
* Jay and Brendan reassembled one of boxcar #67's trucks, as James noted.
* The metal parts for the other truck were prepped for paint.
* Linda worked in the archives.
* During the main line inspection, the phone was tested successfully between Alna Center and Sheepscot.  The first telephone post north of Sutter's was found leaning precariously, pulling the phone line with it.  It was righted but should get some attention during the work weekend so it doesn't fall over again.
* Cindy made a nice lunch of sloppy joes.
* When I left Jason and others were working on one of the axles for workflat #1015.

It seems the main line held up better this winter than Cross Road, which has heaved badly in sections, especially by Route 218.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on April 09, 2017, 01:55:10 AM
* During the main line inspection, the phone was tested successfully between Alna Center and Sheepscot.  The first telephone post north of Sutter's was found leaning precariously, pulling the phone line with it.  It was righted but should get some attention during the work weekend so it doesn't fall over again.
The successful test is good news. I hope that the test occurred after the pole-righting, just in case pole-righting changed something. I'm very anxious that the phone works well during Eggspress. Unfortunately, a family obligation prevents my attendance.
-John
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 09, 2017, 08:45:42 PM
The successful test is good news. I hope that the test occurred after the pole-righting, just in case pole-righting changed something. I'm very anxious that the phone works well during Eggspress. Unfortunately, a family obligation prevents my attendance.
-John

The pole-righting was after the test.  I was doing the righting, before it the northward line was under stress from the leaning pole, afterward neither was under stress.  The stress was on the clip on the pole, not on the connection in the box.  So hopefully no negative effects to the line.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 09, 2017, 11:42:34 PM
The only stress with the righting was climbing up the embankment after the pole was back up!
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on April 10, 2017, 01:11:41 AM
The pole-righting was after the test.  I was doing the righting, before it the northward line was under stress from the leaning pole, afterward neither was under stress.  The stress was on the clip on the pole, not on the connection in the box.  So hopefully no negative effects to the line.
Pole-righting was good, but can someone test transmission again to make sure all is in order for Easter Eggspress? Thanks!
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on April 10, 2017, 01:14:50 AM
The only stress with the righting was climbing up the embankment after the pole was back up!
Indeed! Been there-done that. :( I've contemplated removal of that whole installation. I do remember using it for its intended purpose, however. I think it was Jason, James, and I that ran out of gas with 51 and called for assistance.
-John M
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 11, 2017, 05:00:39 PM
Having experience installing/stringing/replacing phone lines...c'mon  guys. Just re-test the line AFTER the pole was re-set, OK!?  ???
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 12, 2017, 11:14:22 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Saturday April 15:

* Friday evening board meeting
* Saturday is our Easter Eggspress, trains from noon to 3.  Help needed for crowd control, etc.
* Setup is probably Friday, breakdown will be Sunday afternoon.
* Boxcar 67
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 13, 2017, 06:04:27 PM
A note on lunch this Saturday:

The Percival House will not be providing crew lunch, as everyone will be busy producing the event. 

Nancy Weeks will have her hot dog wagon present; hot dogs will be available for sale at half price. 

Otherwise, please bring your own lunch.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 15, 2017, 11:12:49 PM
Work done on Saturday April 15:

* EASTER EGGSPRESS!!  Over a thousand people.  A bunch of trains.  Powerswapping.  People seemed happy.
* Boxcar 67: Zack put siding on the south end.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 15, 2017, 11:40:32 PM
Two train consists, alternately hauled by 3 locomotives, moved 1093 people between 11:30 and 3:35. 

The plan called for one train on the main at a time, so the egg crew had time to re charge the field between groups. 

All reports are that Cindy Rhine did a fabulous job at the egg hunt. 

Thank you to MNG for crewing and allowing the use of Monson locomotive 3.

Selling tickets from Prebles, and keeping the boarding line off the platform was a huge improvement. 

More info later- those are the vital stats.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 15, 2017, 11:44:16 PM
Those who attended last year said this year was a complete 360. Hundreds can't wait to come back for future events this summer.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 16, 2017, 12:13:25 AM
Some nice adfitions/changes noticed by everyone was

1) Crowd management at both facilities was fantastic. And I mean FANTASTIC. It went like clock work.

2) Added signs in the trains and in the field were a big help for everyone.

3) This years paper tickets were excellent. Each one had a map of some sort, instructions, etc. Great idea and design.

Many many volunteers on hand to help fill many positions. Hundreds of compliments, new faces, and so many thank yous.

Cudos to all who organized the event, it was very well planned, organized, and most importantly executed.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on April 16, 2017, 01:37:13 AM
Wow! Well done, everyone. Well done. See you all in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 16, 2017, 05:20:54 AM
Great news! Very well done.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Keith Taylor on April 16, 2017, 09:07:45 PM
Those who attended last year said this year was a complete 360. Hundreds can't wait to come back for future events this summer.
360° ? Doesn't that get you right back where you started???
 :)
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Steve Smith on April 17, 2017, 03:10:49 AM
Keith, I think that derives from 180 for Mom plus 180 for Dad.  ;D
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Harold Downey on April 17, 2017, 10:37:33 PM
I'm here for two weeks with a few goals in mind:

Get the flanging machine working and flange #10 boiler sheets
Help Eric with documentation for new coach #9
Disassemble a seat from #3 to use it to create patterns for Coach 9 seats

Today and yesterday:
Removed the anvil from the flanging machine with Brendan's help, machined about a half inch off the forward end (to allow more adjustment room), and reinstalled it.
Started prepping #10 boiler plates for flanging.  This consists of wirebrushing them, then creating layout lines to guide the flanging.  With Jonathan's help, forward tube sheet, rear tube sheet and door sheet (of the firebox) are nearly ready.

Spring is starting to spring here in Maine.  I see reddish buds on maple trees. 

Zack put a few more siding boards on 67 and Brendan and Fred hauled off some scrap.    James was doing something here today also. 

Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 17, 2017, 10:56:44 PM
James was doing something here today also. 

Well...not really.  I showed up to print out a timetable draft (I couldn't, the printer was out of a non-black color and it wouldn't let me print) and was here to help if there was a crowd.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 17, 2017, 11:46:47 PM
Spring is starting to spring here in Maine.  I see reddish buds on maple trees.  

I noticed spring this past Saturday.  One of the egg hunt fields that had plenty of snow and ice on it the week before was bare for Saturday's activities!

Good to see you and everyone else Saturday.  Looking forward to the work weekend.

- Bill
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on April 18, 2017, 12:35:14 AM
Wow, the Easter eggspress was clearly a huge success.  Just out of curiosity, did we make money, break even, or lose money on this event this year?

I confess to having no clue about the revenue/expense factors in play.  And of course, the donations of volunteers are a major factor.

I'm asking not to criticize, because the goodwill/pr/marketing are priceless, and will far outweigh the financial results.

But I remain curious....thanks.

Bob
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 18, 2017, 01:02:53 AM
Income was about 4x that of expenses.  So yes, we made money on the event.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 18, 2017, 03:09:45 AM
Does this include the two steamers coal consumption?
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 18, 2017, 04:17:31 AM
I'm here for two weeks with a few goals in mind:

Harold, Eric,

If either of you are around the SWW, and if you have gotten the details worked out, perhaps you could brief me on the door and window requirements for coach 9 so the Southern Narrow Gauge Door and Window Shop can do some advance fabrication planning.

That is unless there is a more pressing need for other items.

Bill
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 18, 2017, 10:46:57 AM
Coal consumption didn't exceed 1 ton, at about $230 per ton; not a major player.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Harold Downey on April 18, 2017, 11:46:53 AM
Bill,

We have been looking at the windows in detail.  (Maybe this should be moved to new coach thread).  We believe that the only original window is in the saloon (bathroom).  It has details that none of the other windows have.  I have measured all the critical parts, and will make a drawing with all the joinery.  They are pretty straightforward.  Mahogany for the wood, minimal decorative details.

I also have measured the end doors.  Still need to pull and measure a clerestory window.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on April 19, 2017, 02:36:31 AM
Since the WW&F is a Non Profit it is not a good ides to say you made money.
"You covered expenses with some left over for other projects" (In government speak).
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 19, 2017, 11:02:45 AM
As someone on the Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum once said, "Non profit is a tax exempt status, not a business plan."  I don't think anyone can fault us for making money.  You can look up our IRS Form 990s on the internet going back several years, and most years our income exceeds our expenses.  This is because we sometimes get income for the endowment (principle of which cannot be spent) or projects that get funding in one year but won't be worked on until future years.

The trick is to make sure that our operational income meets or exceeds our operational expenses, and that cash flow is such that we have enough general income to pay off the general expenses.  Easter is usually a big help in that regard after a slow winter.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 19, 2017, 11:03:26 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday April 22:

* Boxcar 67: siding!
* Flanger
* Work weekend prep.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 19, 2017, 06:05:21 PM
Any money "made" regardless of source, goes back into the preservation which is the beauty of the museum. Members and guests take a look around and can see the various projects in place to continue moving us forward into the future.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 19, 2017, 10:24:51 PM
Speaking of WW&F income, I've given up on trying to resume my $21/month automatic donation for the 21 Fund. It stopped after my credit card was replaced and my new number wasn't recognized.
I'll mail the funds monthly, directly  to WW&F.
Paul
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 19, 2017, 11:10:33 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday April 22:

* Boxcar 67: siding!
* Flanger
* Work weekend prep.

Flanger?

Never mind -- it's cold today, and it took me a moment to realize you are talking about the Beatty flanging machine, and not something to deal with snow!
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on April 20, 2017, 12:39:56 AM
Paul, that's always a problem when the bank changes your credit card (probably for good reasons to prevent problems because of some hacking incident).  When that happens, I don't always remember where I have auto deductions, and I sometimes get caught unawares.

So for WW&F, do we have any mechanism to identify when this is a problem when we've got members who are on automatic contribution and it goes south like Paul describes?

Bob
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 20, 2017, 12:47:52 AM
Paul's auto charge was through PayPal, and for the last 5 months or so I'd get a notification that PayPal was unable to charge the card.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 20, 2017, 06:46:47 AM
James...I've logged into PayPal instead of FundRazr using my new, lately issued, credit card with its  new gold security chip. Will my 21 Campaign contribs resume, instead of me sending you a monthly $21 check? Saves me trouble.
Thanks,
Paul
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 20, 2017, 11:24:06 AM
Paul, PayPal lets me know when an automatic payment gets set up.  You probably will need to start a brand new one, as PayPal gave up on your previous automatic payment.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 22, 2017, 10:36:21 PM
Work done on Saturday April 22:

* Boiler plate flanging: Dave B was Harold's assistant.
* Boxcar 67: Zack, Stewart, and Dwight put siding on the east side of the car.
* Clean up: some of the steel stock leaning on the wall of Bay 2 was removed to outside; we took some of it to the storage container.
* Birthday caboose: A family gave their 2-yo a birthday party on the caboose, we gave them a ride out and back.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on April 23, 2017, 12:25:51 AM
James forgot to mention work continued on the equipment car today. Jason wanted a way to address potential side thrust, and between he and I texting back and forth Friday, this was the result. The last thing I need to do is finish the tow point. I started today, but did not finish. Then when the trailer is flipped back over, I have more welding to do, frame to cross members and the plates I couldn't get today.

And Paint. Stewart and I talked paint for a second today, and I think I like his idea of black, atleast for the new frame, and the trailer School Bus Yellow.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0422171119_zpszgvy7drf.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0422171518_zpsdmclp0hj.jpg)

Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 26, 2017, 10:52:16 AM
Anticipated work for Spring Work Weekend: Friday - Sunday.

* Boxcar 67: siding, roof, ladder, doors, etc.
* Kitchen army
* Main line ballasting: ballasting track down the Mountain.
* Sheepscot platform repairs: parts of the platform is sinking on the track side; other parts aren't level.  The northern section needs to have holes dug underneath the platform to drop in concrete posts.  Once that's leveled out, the remainder of the platform may be fixed, depending on time.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 26, 2017, 10:24:00 PM
Wowee...lots to do.
 
Will the work flat(s) be finished enough for rollout/use during the Weekend?  ;)

Will the north yard switch points arrive in time for install?  :)  

Following all this work is MUCH more fascinating than current tv "fare".  ;D

Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 27, 2017, 02:31:59 AM
I believe the north yard switch point install has been set back to when ever they arrive, as this current work weekend has the man power focused else where on projects that need many hands. Installing switch points only take 4-5 guys and our current projects could use up our potential 80 volunteers very easily.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 27, 2017, 10:53:41 AM
Nancy Weeks is in charge of meals this weekends - and she will be making breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning!  7 - 9.

We haven't had breakfasts at the Museum since Bruce Wilson and John Bradbury were doing it ("back in the 90s" as Joe likes to say).
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Marcel Levesque on April 27, 2017, 12:17:44 PM
Bay 1 Cafe and the 90's.........good times.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Marcel Levesque on April 27, 2017, 12:48:12 PM
Lunch was fun in the wintertime with the Sheepscot Station building being the only heated structure.  It was a little crowded but we managed and wondering what the “Crockpot Special” was for the day.  Paper plates, wicker plates and plasticware.  Good times…………..
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 28, 2017, 01:10:56 AM
I miss the Bay 1 cafe', chicken, and hot dogs on Saturdays. Good times indeed.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 28, 2017, 09:53:27 PM
Spring Work Weekend - Day 1, Thursday, April 27th

* Track - Stone was hauled up to places where it will be used to lift mainline joints.

* Shop - Big Joes was checked over for repairs to be ready for service.

* Meals - Supplies were brought in for Friday - Sunday.

* Volunteers - 12 people signed the book.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 28, 2017, 10:04:06 PM
Spring Work Weekend - Day 2, Friday, April 28th.  Good number of volunteers on hand.

* Track - Stone was put out on the line going down the mountain.

* Boilers - #10's boiler shell got attention on the edges that mate.

* 67 - The north end sheathing was applied and most of the west side was covered as well until we ran out of lumber. Screw holes were filled and the knots binzed over.  The crew also started installing roof sheathing.  More wooden truck parts were made and the iron parts organized.

* Big Joe - Repairs were made to the tamping equipment.

* Sheepscot station platform - The low spot at the north end was lifted and the high spot at the south end was lowered.  The platform now has a nice straight floor.

* Meals - Nancy Weeks made a wonderful lunch and super.  

* Archives - Bernie worked on the computer system.  

* Equipment flatcar - More machine work was done on the first wheelset.

* Locomotives - Engine #3 and #9 were in steam, #9 hauled stone down the mountain and #3 served as the shuttle engine running people and supplies between the work zone and Sheepscot.

* Volunteers - 52 people signed the book.
  
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 30, 2017, 12:20:08 AM
Spring Work Weekend - Day 3, Saturday, April 29th.

* Track - The section north of ToM received the rest of the ballast, was jacked and then partially tamped (some by hand because Big Joe had a problem).

* Boxcar #67 - The roof sheathing was applied and most of the car painted in primer.

* Equipment flatcar - Mike removed the front tongue and did more welding to the frame.

* New equipment - Mike delivered the brand new steel push car direct from ROWMOW Mfg.  

* Alna Center platform - A crew fixed the frost heave so the platform is level again.

* Archives - A collection of Edaville items from the 1960's was donated.

* Locomotives - Engines #3, #9, #52 and the Brookville all saw service today.  Our friends from MNG used #3 for the shuttle train: Sheepscot - Alna Center and for our after dinner excursion to ToM.  Having #3 and the folks from MNG at Sheepscot has been a big help with train handling this weekend.

* Combine #8 - Randy, Marcel and Galo did some figuring on how to install the combine door. The project will continue after the SWW.

* Meals - Nancy Weeks tried something new this year, offering breakfast to early arriving volunteers.  It was well received.  She, along with some of our dedicated kitchen crew made a wonderful lunch and dinner as well.

* Training - Jason held a rules review and went through the revised Employee Timetable #12.  Awards were given out for the top volunteers from 2016.  

* There were a few other small projects under way that will be noted later.

* Volunteers - 82 people signed the book.  It was a very productive day.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 30, 2017, 12:50:09 AM
Only about half of the current mountain has been tamped.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on April 30, 2017, 01:21:48 AM
Unfortunately Big Joe suffered an electrical problem about lunch time. It was brought back to Sheepscot for diagnosis. The grounds were checked and a meter (thanks Stewart) was attached. The culprit has not yet been found.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on April 30, 2017, 01:27:57 AM
The thought was the alternator (converted to a generator) and after tomorrow I believe it will be removed and taken to a guy in Warren to see if it can be fixed.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 30, 2017, 05:18:55 AM
At 2926 the Delco generator on our ancient Clark dual-wheel forklift was continuously dying after "repairs". I finally got it rebuilt at a better shop, now runs great, was completely worth it.
Can't wait to see 1014, 67, latest 10 flanger antics, TOM main work. Hope you run a photo "mega-extra" post next week.  :D
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 30, 2017, 10:57:59 AM
Not much in the way of flanging this weekend.  It's too busy to focus on it too much- but after an attempt, we found we need to modify a die and develop a jig to hold the backhead stiff as it's top radius is formed. Neither are a big deal, but were enough to bring progress this weekend to a halt.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 30, 2017, 10:14:09 PM
Spring Work Weekend - Day 4, Sunday, April 30th.

* Track - A bit more work was done at ToM in the morning and then ties from M.P. 7 were brought back to Sheepscot.  After lunch the crew went to work rebuilding the south end of the Woods track.  The end of track was moved west to relieve the 20 degree curve that the old (temporary) alignment had.  More work needs to be done but the track is once again connected to the north yard.

* Boxcar #67 - Linseed oil was applied to the frame members and most of the "stuff" inside the car was cleaned out.  Marcel and Galo worked on the old door rollers to get information of how we can repair or replicate them.  There's only one set (for one door) and one of the wheels is missing from that set so we need good rollers before we can proceed with the side door project.  More work was done on the new wooden truck members.  

* Flatcar #118 - The rotten end sills were removed and rot was found in the draft gear pocket as well so more hardwood pieces are needed.  The 118 is the first car rebuilt by the museum in 1991 and it was in good shape until it started sitting outside.  Makes a good case for inside storage.

* Volunteers - 50 people signed the book.    

* Some people who helped in a big way: (1) Our friends from MNG who fired up and ran #3 for us all weekend including today.  (2) Dean Copelend who brought his Bobcat loader from MA.  Dean and his machine loaded stone at AC and moved a number of large things at Sheepscot, the last job being relocating sections of the Woods track so the track crew got more work done. Dean also brought oak beams from his mill for new end sills on #118.  (3) Nancy Weeks set up her own outdoor kitchen, made 3 meals a day on Friday and Saturday and gave us great chow all weekend.  We don't think she ever sat down.  Thank you Nancy and many thanks to everyone who helped whether for a few hours or all 4 days.  Much was accomplished and we have an even better railroad to be proud of.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 01, 2017, 01:07:06 AM
I am told Dana's crew also raised several low joints in the area of MP 7 this morning and that section now provides a much better ride.  It was pretty rough during Saturday evening's run.

All in all a great work weekend!
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Dwight Winkley on May 01, 2017, 01:54:26 AM
Rail at many locations were also lined.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 01, 2017, 02:42:03 AM
The lifting and ligning makes me very happy. :) Now we need stone to dress the many open cribs that are between Albees and Rosewood.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 01, 2017, 04:16:54 AM
Well done, everyone, particularly the "mess hall" crew!  :D
Someone posted on NGDF pics of the TOM ROW, from the newly-ballasted end of track, showing the nearest washouts, the first one fairly large.
And I'll bet ROWMOW MFG could turn out new roller assemblies for 67's doors.  ;)
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 01, 2017, 09:51:47 AM
The first washout is decent size, however the land slide will be the most challenging and time consuming to fill back in.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on May 02, 2017, 06:03:35 PM
Now that I've actually seen a decent picture of the slide, looks like the best fix is sheet piling with dead-men coming uphill and under the ROW.  This is something that you'd more likely see in the Rockies, but it works well.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 02, 2017, 10:49:27 PM
Check pics on the Durango & Silverton at the High Line area, and on the Cumbres & Toltec at Windy Point.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 03, 2017, 01:38:56 AM
The MEC used tie retaining walls in a few places on the Mountain division. They were two walls in one. The inner wall had toes running into the ground every so often, then ties running out into a second wall thats sole purpose was to hold the first wall up. I am guessing they have been in place for over 40 years and look to be able to last another 10-20 years.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 03, 2017, 11:28:59 AM
I have thought about the corrugated sheets, but cost is a big factor in what we do. A simple fill, starting at the bottom and compacting in layers will work. The slide happened because of poor drainage which saturated the slope, and the trees and roots that were growing there pulled everything down. This top soil accordioned on its way down, pushing most of it clear of the slope.
Title: Re: April 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on May 03, 2017, 11:43:48 AM
It would be worthwhile, I think, to dig some holes along the bottom of the embankment and set some old rails in place, with heavy wire mesh stretched along them like a fence, to help hold the foot of the fill in place.