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Title: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 02, 2017, 11:00:21 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of August 5:

* Mountain ROW work: More excavation, Mike talked about putting down some stone for a base for the culverts.  He may need help.
* Shop floor prep: Must build more stacks of ties, may need to dig the hole for the center post base.
* Yard sale prep: Linda may need help with that.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 02, 2017, 12:17:58 PM
A bit more on the shop floor:

* The last tie stack is almost done, we need to set, jack and shim the last temporary support timber.

* The excavation for the center post footers is done, we need to build the concrete forms.  The cement mixer has been moved to bay 3.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 02, 2017, 01:14:15 PM
I still anticipate setting atleast one culvert this weekend. I will need help for that. Diesel and a flat car. Two guys on the crane and a few on the ground to guide the pipe into place. I expect this after lunch. The crane will have to be set up and tied down. And this is all weather dependent.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 02, 2017, 05:22:33 PM
Board Meeting this Saturday??
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on August 02, 2017, 05:43:19 PM
Yes, this Saturday.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 02, 2017, 06:35:00 PM
Unless it was changed at the last meeting, the board meeting would be next week (the 12th).
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 02, 2017, 07:39:10 PM
Thought it was due to the Picnic.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 02, 2017, 08:17:54 PM
I thought the meeting was moved to this Saturday.  Hopefully dave can clarify...
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 02, 2017, 09:45:12 PM
I understood the meeting to be this Saturday.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 02, 2017, 09:56:34 PM
The board meeting was moved to August 5 due to the annual picnic.
Dave
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 06, 2017, 12:08:12 AM
Work done on Saturday August 5:

* Mountain ROW culvert replacement: Mike spread out the stone at the bottom of the hole, then in the afternoon he and a crew lowered the first culvert section into place.
* Shop improvements: The hole for the center pole support had been started earlier in the week, was finished today.  Zack started working on the concrete forms.  The I-beam was shoved deeper into the building.
* North Yard Switches: Bill B got some bolts, was working on some things.  The first switch is in a usable state, if you're careful.  Lots of parts lying around on-site ready to be used.
* Ties: Fred and crew brought a flatcar load of ties to the sawmill siding.
* Board meeting.  Minutes will follow eventually.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 06, 2017, 02:04:28 AM
If we can muster a crew, I would like to finish setting the other pipe Saturday morning.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 06, 2017, 09:48:30 AM
Day before yesterday on the car barn track 2 switch the transit clips were finished and installed. Yesterday the spacer bars were cut and installed south of the point heels, the spacer bar was drilled and installed midway between the points and the throw bar was drilled and installed at the facing end of the points.  I spent the afternoon with Mike's crew at TOM putting in the first pipe.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 09, 2017, 12:39:19 AM
Today, thanks to Steve L., Phil and a few others, the car barn track 2 switch was completed and is now in service. Late in the day a few of us found a switch stand for track 3 that we got working. Tomorrow we hope to get the throw bar parts freeded up and finish machining the second point. After drilling 19 more holes we can start putting the track 3 switch together.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 09, 2017, 11:59:04 AM
Anticipated work weekend of August 12:

* Annual Picnic: help needed in cooking, serving, set up and clean up.
* Culvert settting: weather permitting, early in the morning.
* Train operations: potentially the second class train could be a diesel-hauled passenger train.  Plus there's an evening photographer special.
* Re-enactors: A WWI re-enactor group will be setting up shop for Sunday.  No, no trench warfare, they are getting ready to ship over to Europe August 1917.
* Car shop: pouring concrete for the central post footing.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 09, 2017, 02:08:44 PM
Current op plan for Saturday:

All day Saturday and Sunday, Alna Center will host a WWI reenactment group, who will have an information table, as well as demonstrating marching, bayonet and firing (blanks) drills. 

On Saturday, Locomotive 9 will haul an all- PoCo train of 118, 309, and 320.  It will run as second class at 10:55, 12:25 and 1:55.  Locomotive 52 will haul a first class passenger train. 

Passengers are encouraged to ride 1st class to AC, enjoy the reenactment activities, watch the spectacle of the arriving steam train, then eithe ride 1st class back to sheepscot or second class (capacity-allowing) to ToM and return.

Saturday evening a photographer's steam passenger extra will depart Sheepscot Station at 5:00 for Alna Center, where a we will play out a scene of young soldiers leaving Alna, ME in 1917 for what would become the Great War.  Multiple station- stop runbys; requests considered.  Planned consist is 9, 309, 8, 11, 3.

See ya
Jason


Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 12, 2017, 11:00:32 PM
Work done on Saturday August 12:

* Culvert: due to rain this morning the culvert was not placed, but it was removed from the flatcar (placed there yesterday but the weekday crew) and placed next to the track near the culvert.
* Car shop: the center post support was poured Friday.  The I-beam was lifted into place today.
* Lots of people at the picnic today.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 13, 2017, 08:34:09 PM
Work done Sunday, August 13th:

* Car shop - The south post footer form was built and the concrete poured this morning.  The center post footer forms were removed and everything (mixer, etc.) was moved to the north end of the bay for the next footer to be installed.

* North Yard - More spiking was done to the 3rd switch so it's all set.

* Picnic - More good sized crowds rode the trains and toured the World War I camp at Alna Center.  The soldiers camp was well received by museum guests and volunteers.  Some of the train crew temporarily renamed the side track "camp siding" for the weekend.  There were lots of great photo ops available both days, especially at Saturday afternoon's special camp train.  The re-enactors did a super job of portraying the Second Maine Infantry muster of 1917 and we learned quite a bit from each other.  It was quite a weekend.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 16, 2017, 10:59:41 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of August 19:

* Culvert: finish placing the culvert in the big hole.
* Car shop: posts, footers, digging.  Or whatever.
* Trains, gift shop, lunches.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 16, 2017, 05:40:18 PM
Start...Your car barn 3/woods track post implies that switch is finished, ready for total use.
 True?
BTW, how's 10's flanging coming?
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 16, 2017, 07:59:36 PM
Any interest in doing track work tomorrow, 8/17?
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 16, 2017, 08:01:16 PM
Joe,

Thursday's are usually quiet- tomorrow is quieter.  I won't be here as I leave town for a funeral.  If any others take you up on the offer- great! 

Paul,

Barn 3 switch is complete.  Flanging on hold pending shop repairs for labor.  We may push it along in the next couple weeks if we have a spare moment...

Jason
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 16, 2017, 08:18:14 PM
The North Yard switches are indeed complete and operational. However, some additional ballast is necessary on the west side of the second switch. The track is passable but currently supported on blocks. In addition, the heads of the bolts holding the transit clips on the No. 1 rod need to have their heads ground off just a bit so the point will seat snugly against the stock rail. Both Dana and Joe were apprised of these matters.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 17, 2017, 01:44:09 AM
I did not know about this, however I can look at it to see about fixing them, or may leave for someone else to address with a bit more cutting skill then myself.

My agenda for tomorrow is joint bar changing, tightening a few loose joints on Davis Grade, and see what is left for time. Next week I may be able to devote another day to mainline work. Maybe we can schedule a day to have a crew dump stone in some key locations? Hopefully this fall we can devote the entire track efforts into maintenance.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 17, 2017, 01:51:01 AM
Stone dumping happened last May and June; let's TAMP!!!  Been waiting for an opportune day.

John M will need some help on a telephone project, and we must keep the shop improvement advancing, but if joe comes for a day, let's get him a couple of helpers and try out the tamper, now operational.

Ties need changing too; still have hopes on the back hoe changer but the power pack needs some rework.

Lastly- the second Mike asks for support, we should drop and run to comply.  The deadline he is facing is a real, museum-wide one.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on August 17, 2017, 03:17:33 AM
Quote from: Jason M Lamontagne
John M will need some help on a telephone project, and we must keep the shop improvement advancing, but if joe comes for a day, let's get him a couple of helpers and try out the tamper, now operational.

I hope to be there Monday, Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday. I'd like to find any existing problems in the line between Alna Center and TOM.

-John M
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 17, 2017, 04:30:02 AM
Hoping enough help  and good weather show up in the next few days to handle your very full plate of work. 
Seems like an official work weekend.
Wish I lived closer.
Good luck.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 17, 2017, 09:36:23 PM
Track work done today concluded of tightening 6 loose joints, 2 loose bolts, and replacing 8 joint bars. I wanted to do more, but the sun and heat told me otherwise.

This fall I truely believe we need to dedicate ALL track efforts into maintaining what we have. No point in building any new track, with the exception of the mill siding. One guy can not maintain the 2.5 miles of  railroad on a part time basis. I would love to, but it takes a lot of effort from one guy to do a job of at least 3.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on August 17, 2017, 09:46:18 PM
Sorry Joe. Wish I could've come in today. It was the first day I was able to get into my classroom to prepare for next year all summer long, so I needed to do that. Don't get discouraged though, I know there is a big group of guys (at least 5) that are interested.

Steve
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 18, 2017, 12:38:56 AM
Saturday pipe setting. Please attend. We won't be long..
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on August 18, 2017, 02:46:32 AM
Rain or shine?
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 18, 2017, 03:06:37 AM
Weather Underground...69% chance rain, Friday Afternoon tapering through early Saturday morning.
Boots and slickers time.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 18, 2017, 12:04:04 PM
I am hoping for shine but reality will be clouds with a chance of showers. Rain coats a possibility.,
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 19, 2017, 09:58:30 PM
Work done on Saturday August 19:

* Culvert placement: It is placed, both halves are together.
* Car shop: The second steel beam is up, and all the posts have been placed and are bearing weight.  The southern half of the old shop looks very different without all those posts there.  All the tie cribbing is still in place.
* Linda got some archival photos scanned.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 20, 2017, 11:17:05 PM
I am planning on being at the museum this Tuesday to do track work from 8a.m. till around 1:00p.m. Work to be done will depend on crew availability.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 21, 2017, 12:16:19 AM
Joe, I am on vacation this week and am planning to be there Tuesday to help you.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 21, 2017, 02:17:24 AM
Work done Sunday, August 20th -

* Shop building - All the ties that were used for bracing up the second floor were removed from the building and piled by the run through track.

* Turntable - Switch locks were installed and the chains secured for the bolt latches on both ends of the bridge.  This allows for the table to be lined for various tracks without "loosing" the lock at the other end of the bridge or on the end of the wrong feeder track.

* Charters - 320 was rented for a birthday party which helped boost our ticket and gift shop sales higher than Saturday.

* Chow - Nancy Weeks made a nice cookout style lunch, thank you Nancy!
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 22, 2017, 11:44:22 PM
Work done on Tuesday Aug 22: (a rare mid-week day for me)

* Track work: Joe, Randy, Mark and myself set out to tamp with the Tamper.  The hydraulic motor kept quitting on us - the hydraulic does the up/down, in/out and movement of the car.  We got on the other side of Jayne's Way and attempted some tamping, but the hydraulic quit again and we decided we'd had enough.  Pushed it back by hand and into the shop, where in the afternoon people were taking apart the carburetor to see if that might be the issue.
* Telephone line: John M and Fred went up in the morning to trouble shoot the line.  John went again in the afternoon, not sure if he took anyone.
* Shop: Stewart finished the temporary re-wiring to get the lights clipped to the I-beams, and we took down the staging and stored it in car barn.  We then put small "caps" over the end of the west wall posts for concreting.
* Machine shop cleanup: Moved some air tools and boiler tools upstairs.
* Archives: Linda was at it again.
* Harold was busy on the computer.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 23, 2017, 01:09:04 AM
Not to state the obvious, but the gas for the hydraulic motor comes from the plastic tank. Make sure that has gas in it. We have had that error before...
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 23, 2017, 01:21:21 AM
We put gas in all proper tanks.  There was plenty of gas.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 23, 2017, 01:35:08 AM
Sounds like maybe it's time to park Big Joe until those who have made all the various modifications to it can take it out and be frustrated. After all, I understand there are a lot of ties that need to be replaced.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 23, 2017, 10:58:58 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of August 26, 2017:

* Car shop
* Mountain ROW Culvert: packing in material around the sides of the culvert.  We're renting a compactor.
* Ice Cream social: PM trains, the second class train will be another full-sized train.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 23, 2017, 12:15:52 PM
Big Joe's hydraulic power unit was fixed yesterday afternoon by Harold, with help from Randy, Phil B, and others. 
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 23, 2017, 08:46:21 PM
Mike...I take it you are renting a backfill compactor "turtle" and/or "jumping jack(s)", having run them in my utility contractor work days.
How many weekends are scheduled to fill the washout hole up to track subgrade level?
Is further mainline extension prep work on tap this summer/FWW?

Busy WW&F work is being compared to the fast return of Denver, South Park & Pacific ng steam to Como, CO,  their quickly-rebuilt turntable in front of a renovated, 1879 classic 6-stall stone roundhouse, with just-trucked-in,  rebuilt 2-6-2 woodburner #4 "Klondike Kate" and a rider gon, giving rides to a crowd of local folks last weekend on just-built 3' gauge track a couple hundred feet between their recently rebuilt depot, and the 'house where Kate now lives.
 
As with WW&F, much more work is also planned there by a crew of mega-motivated Rocky Mountain railfans.

See many recent DSP&P/Como posts on Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 23, 2017, 09:20:10 PM
Tie changing would be nice, however this time of year changing them by hand gets intolerable to do it alone after 8a.m. and after last year, I will not be changing any ties alone. I did 12 last year, that was enough for me.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 23, 2017, 09:34:16 PM
Do what you can, Joe. But last thing you want to do is ruin your back when young particularly, a prob you're then stuck with permanently.  AINT WORTH IT.
After sawing up ties for 2926 tender rebuild cribbing, those buggers are smelly and HEAVY.

At 75 I've developed sciatica, inflamed lower back/legs burning nerve pain. No fun.
And my head keeps telling me I'm 35. :-\

You and your pop do a LOT for WW&F.
No disgrace to wait and  get as much help as possible from 'younger bucks', when available.  ;)

At any rate, cheers.  ;D
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on August 23, 2017, 11:47:01 PM
Work done on Tuesday Aug 22: (a rare mid-week day for me)

* Telephone line: John M and Fred went up in the morning to trouble shoot the line.  John went again in the afternoon, not sure if he took anyone.
Many thanks to Keith Taylor (Monday), Fred Morse (Tuesday), and Mark Cheetham (Tuesday) for their help on these hot days. I hope they didn't from dehydration like I did. Everything works from the middle of Albee's Field to Sheepscot, but there are problems beyond Albee's Field.

-John M
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 24, 2017, 01:41:25 AM
I was asked to post these pictures of the switch stand in front of station.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bbarry74010/IMG_1686.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bbarry74010/IMG_1685.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bbarry74010/IMG_1684.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bbarry74010/IMG_1683.jpg)



Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 24, 2017, 03:02:13 AM
Thanks B. 

The switch stand was cleaned and painted this week.  The switchlock chain was repaired and the old (1980's) aluminum target was removed.  A new replica 1912 era WW&F target was made and installed today.  The switch lamp is a Peter Gray made in Boston in 1911.  This is the type that the WW&F had, one is shown in a photo of Weeks Mills.  The lantern is from a private collection and may be used for special operations like running night trains.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on August 24, 2017, 01:36:59 PM
Looks great, Stewart.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 24, 2017, 02:13:21 PM
I am hoping to do track work next week on Wednesday, 8/30. Plan is to tamp as much as possible, repaint/paint ties in anticipation of getting them changed this fall. At some point I would like to get a crew to lay out ties at the painted ones so that replacements can begin.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on August 24, 2017, 03:42:39 PM
Every once in a while I come across very small gas powered inserter/extractors.  Basically the same size or smaller than one or our work carts.  Is this something we should look for and convert to 2 ft?  Thoughts?
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 24, 2017, 04:27:33 PM
John, if you are talking about something like the old Section Gang tie machines, it would be very easy to convert one of them to two-foot gauge. The folks at the Buckgahoda & Western up in St. Marys, Pa. have one they regauged, and it saves lots of work. I have been looking for one for some time for that very purpose.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 24, 2017, 07:32:52 PM
I am hoping to do track work next week on Wednesday, 8/30. Plan is to tamp as much as possible, repaint/paint ties in anticipation of getting them changed this fall. At some point I would like to get a crew to lay out ties at the painted ones so that replacements can begin.

I'm off next week and can be at the museum on Wednesday, in case you're looking for a crew.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 24, 2017, 10:49:45 PM
Bill that would be great. Thank you.

I have considered approaching work to see if they have any that they may want to dispose of, but am not sure who to approach. The (as I call them) inserter carts, seem like a great little machine, and look very easy to swap over. Does the B&W have any photos on their site?
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 24, 2017, 11:24:08 PM
We are working on getting the back-hoe, now rail mounted, operational, specifically for ties.  Included in this work (and causing its delay) is the hydraulic power pack.  It is an experiment; if it fails, the hydraulic power pack will be universal.  There is talk of making a tie inserted patterned after the simple, wide gauge versions. 

One thing is certain:  tie changing needs to be mechanized; changing ties by hand in stone ballast is not a reasonable use of our volunteer resources (same as hand tamping stone ballast).  Stone is a game changer on the hand labor consideration. 

We have been planning next weeks tamping day that joe mentioned since we fixed the tamper this week.  Joe and I discussed the plan to raise most bad joints during the weekdays of September, then arrange a lining crew on work weekend. 

A major work weekend priority is a retaining wall to arrest slumping of the south abutment of Humason Brook, as required by our bridge inspector.  Mike will have work for us as well, for sure.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 24, 2017, 11:25:37 PM
Next week, We also need to complete prepping the shop for concrete.  About two days (starting next Tuesday) with a good crew should have it nearly fully prepped. 
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 24, 2017, 11:28:45 PM
I have sent an e-mail to an acquaintance at the Bucksghuda & Western asking him to send a photo of their machine. Stand by.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 24, 2017, 11:39:13 PM
You expect me to be ready? I have a 2 year permit you know...just kidding. By the September board meeting I will have an idea what we can get done..
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 25, 2017, 12:19:08 PM
Bill, maybe we can plan to do track work on Thursday? It would probably be just the two of us, but all I really want to do is jack and tamp a handfull of spots.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 25, 2017, 01:25:07 PM
Sorry Joe -- I can't make Thursday.  Travelling between NH and Mass that day.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 25, 2017, 09:50:37 PM
Work done today:

* Fred was attempting to trouble shoot the magphone line, and probably found the culprit - one end of the conduit under Albee's Crossing was crushed and the wire mangled.  He and I pulled a new wire through the conduit.  He was going to connect the ends.  Later he got the compactor that Mike wants for this weekend.
* Stewart was busy dismantling more wall between Bays 1 and 2.  I assisted.
* Harold was doing coach plans on the computer.
* Jason was wrapping his head around various Alna ordinances.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 25, 2017, 11:06:50 PM
* Stewart was busy dismantling more wall between Bays 1 and 2.  I assisted.

Still am not sure why. I thought there was talk of heating bay 1? This is a big change in the shop. I will take the plywood north though. I need to make or have made a slide for some rocks to be dilivered by rail..
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on August 26, 2017, 12:51:12 AM
Bill, maybe we can plan to do track work on Thursday? It would probably be just the two of us, but all I really want to do is jack and tamp a handfull of spots.

Joe, I should be available Thursday AM if you need a hand. I'll have to head out around lunch time though.

Steve
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 26, 2017, 02:38:57 PM
Ok. I will keep everyone informed and make a decision early next week.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 26, 2017, 11:17:53 PM
Work done on Saturday August 26:

* Culvert replacement: Mike brought the compactor up and used it.  I don't know the outcome.
* Car shop: More clearing out of stuff, Zack removed the top half of the concrete forms, the last of the underground crosspieces were removed, the bottom foot of the Bay 1/2 wall was removed, and the space was cleaned out.
* Ice Cream Social: Good crowds for the ice cream.  Over 180 tickets sold, I don't know ridership.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 27, 2017, 11:29:32 AM
I will be down Wednesday for track work sometime in the morning, and plan on staying most of the day. I would like to start by 830, however it depends on when I get out of work.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 27, 2017, 02:09:15 PM
Joe - I will be at the museum Wednesday.  I did tell Fred yesterday I would help him with telephone line work Wednesday.  Hopefully that won't take a lot of time.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 27, 2017, 03:24:31 PM
Ok. No problem. Theres lots of stuff to be done, ranging from 1 man to a large crew.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 27, 2017, 04:16:14 PM
I'm planning on tamping being the principle project on Wednesday, and encouraging the majority of the crew toward that.  I'd like to do this (track as major project) once per week now through the work weekend.  I hope this can dovetail with Joe's availability, but we will proceed regardless.

Joe, if you can, please drop me a line when you know your weekday availability, and desire to work on track, so we can dove tail that desire with other major crew projects such as the shop overhaul or helping Mike when he needs it.  Wednesday next week works perfectly.

On Tuesday we'll hit the shop project hard.

See ya
Jason

Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 27, 2017, 06:51:33 PM
I also plan to be at museum this coming Saturday (the 2nd) and can help Fred then with the phone line, if he is willing to wait until then.  That would free me up for the day Wednesday for track crew.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 27, 2017, 10:59:13 PM
Not great pictures, but here's a few to give an idea how Alna Center looked during yesterday's Ice Cream Social.

(http://i.imgur.com/BXipBEg.jpg)

12.35 p.m., showing a northbound #9 at Alna Center.  #52 is bringing her train (coach #8 and open car #103) into the siding. #9's train consisted of coach #3 and B&SR #11 (Thank you Boothbay Railway Village!).

(http://i.imgur.com/jUPzkq4.jpg)

1.33 p.m. found #52 southbound with her train on the siding awaiting the arrival of the northbound #9.  I understand the lawngames were popular!

(http://i.imgur.com/hG6p3z0.jpg)

1.33 p.m.:  A brief slow moment at the ice cream tent.  The photo doesn't show it, but the volunteers at Alna Center had a busy day.  It was very nice seeing all the young families enjoying the day yesterday.

Sorry I couldn't get more photos.  Aside from the event, there was a lot of work by volunteers going on all along the line -- at Sheepscot, Fred working on the phone line north of Rosewood, and Mike at the culvert installation.  I'd say a typical Saturday in Alna.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on August 28, 2017, 02:53:58 PM
Thanks for the photos, Bill.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on August 28, 2017, 07:04:05 PM
Thanks to Steve Z. and Jason we now have phone service to the Harp switch at TOM.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 28, 2017, 07:40:59 PM
Thanks to Steve Z. and Jason we now have phone service to the Harp switch at TOM.

And thanks to Fred.  Fred has spent a number of days recently troubleshooting and fixing the line north of Alna Center, including this past Saturday.

Having phone service all the way to TOM will come in very handy for Fall Work Weekend.  We could have used it during the Spring Work Weekend!

Thanks Fred.

Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on August 29, 2017, 03:43:51 AM
What Bill said, many times over! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)...... :)
-John M
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 29, 2017, 11:04:26 AM
Yes, thank you Fred, for tackling this with GUSTO!

Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 30, 2017, 09:19:22 PM
Pctures from Jason of today's trackwork. Jason reports from Jayne's Way to Brook Crossing the crew raised about 20 joints and replaced 10 ties.

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Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on August 30, 2017, 09:35:13 PM
Hooray - Big Joe worked!
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on August 30, 2017, 10:16:42 PM
A couple from Joe

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Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 30, 2017, 10:38:00 PM
Special thank you to everyone today that helped. At one point we had 6 guys, and that worked out very well. It was a great day. Almost every joint on Davis curve was raised and tamped, with the exception of 3 joints that were good. 11 ties were replaced. And some dress stone is needed, but man what a different look.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Gordon Cook on August 31, 2017, 12:58:25 AM
What, no more rock n' roll?
Seriously, thank you everyone, for making the effort on track maintenance.
It isn't glamorous, and it's a lot of hard work, but certainly it is necessary and appreciated.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on August 31, 2017, 01:40:53 AM
The current plan is to continue north doing all of the low joints or dips. Unless we decide there is another area in dire need of attention. A few spots may be skipped temporarily due to extensive track work involved, but todays efforts worked very well and with a very good level of efficiency. Changing ties is hands down easier the way we were able to do them today. And the best part is that while changing them, we never slowed progress of the tamper. We were changing ties by hand in a matter of 10-15 minutes per tie. As opposed to a tie per man per hour when only changing ties.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on August 31, 2017, 02:32:40 AM
I had never seen Class 8 (160 mph) two-foot gauge track before. ;D
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Glenn Christensen on August 31, 2017, 03:32:35 AM
Neither have I, John!

What a lovely sight it is too ...


Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 31, 2017, 04:24:58 AM
Bravo tracksters! Way to go.
Hard work, but damned well worth it.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Gordon Cook on September 01, 2017, 02:46:43 PM
I had never seen Class 8 (160 mph) two-foot gauge track before. ;D

Let's see, 2.5 miles divided by 160 MPH equals about 1 minute Sheepscot to TOM.

That would certainly reduce the wait time for special events!   ;D
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 01, 2017, 05:03:03 PM
Gawdon...don't ever change!  ;D
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on September 05, 2017, 09:01:10 PM
Back on page four of this thread, John Kokas mentioned small tie inserter/extractor machines. Here's a photo of one at th Buckgahuda & Western in St. Marys, Pa. It is a Canron Section Gang machine. It's adjustable from standard to three-foot to two-foot gauge, and according to Tom Bauer of the B&W who sent the photo, it has done work in all three gauges. It features a couple of hydraulic cylinders that can lift the rail a bit to make it easier to make the exchange, and the appendage closest to the camera has a jaw that grips the tie. Some models also include rubber tires so it can be easily removed from the track to allow trains to pass. If we could track one of these down, we'd be all set.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on September 05, 2017, 10:40:02 PM
Thanks Wayne for locating a photo of exactly what we need.  Time to start looking around shortlines and used RR equipment places to find one, even if in need of some TLC/rebuilding.  I know our capable staff at ROWMOW Mfg. could get one ship-shape in no time!  Wayne can you tell us what model that unit is?  Would help in searching............
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 05, 2017, 11:26:55 PM
Getting this type of tie inserter would no doubt make trackwork  much more attractive and much easier on backs and legs. Hope somebody tracks one down.  :D
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on September 06, 2017, 07:11:32 PM
Sorry for being slow on the uptake here. Wayne, Dad reached out to a manufacturer of the tie inserter you have pictured and was turned down instantly. Dad asked the guy if it could be or how difficult it would be to modify to 2' gauge. The guy immediately said that it would put to much pressure on the track and would not work. After trying to tell the guy what we planned to do with it, Dad finally gave up.

Nothing saying we can't find one on our own and modify it though.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on September 06, 2017, 07:44:58 PM
I'm not at all surprised the manufacturer said it wouldn't work. But I have seen this one in action, and it does the job just fine. I have put out a few feelers to short-line folks I know, but no response so far. I do not believe this machine is currently in production since most small railroads have either purchased somewhat larger machines or use contractors for tie work.
Title: Re: August 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on September 06, 2017, 11:00:43 PM
It was a different manufacturer. They were concerned the modifications would put additional stress on the unit and the track. The type pictured os a different construction, and would work well for us in most locations