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Title: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on October 04, 2017, 11:06:05 AM
This coming weekend .... the Fall Work Weekend!  Yes, that's right folks, 4 - count 'em, FOUR! - fun-filled days of hard work, sweat, callused hands, sore muscles, great companionship, and full bellies.  On the docket for this fabulous stretch is:

* Door and stair replacements in the Percival House - replacing the parking lot door with a new door, landing, and ramp for the lot; replacing the front steps, and probably replacing the east door too.
* Retaining wall on the south side of Humason Trestle.
* Jack, tamp, line the track down the Mountain and the saw mill spur.
* Add some track to both places.
* Jack, stone, tamp and reconnect the Sheepscot yard tracks to the car shop.  There may be jacking and tamping elsewhere in the yard too.
* More flanging on #10's boiler.
* Food, food, and more food - Breakfast Sat - M, Lunch all four days, Supper F - Sunday.
* Mainline track lining and tamping.
* Woods track stone.
* I'm sure Fred could be persuaded to run the chainsaw to cut up ties.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 04, 2017, 01:47:49 PM
I don't think it will take much persuading with Fred. ;D

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 05, 2017, 01:41:55 AM
I will be arriving EARLY Saturday morning to dash up and grab the excavator. I would like to be up and back by 7 so as to not hold up the work crews. Probably leaving around 6, if someone wants to catch an early morning Jaunt.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 06, 2017, 11:35:12 PM
Fall Work Weekend, Day #1 Friday October 6th -

* Shop - Jason and crew spent some time with the flanging machine. Bolts were installed on the center post sway braces.

* Track - Dana's crew lifted, connected, lined and tamped the tracks to Bay 2, 3 and 4.  Bill B. installed a longer throw rod and 1912 style target on the Mill Siding switch stand at ToM.

* Operations - # 9 and #52 ran special work trains with 52 going to ToM and 9 hauling stone from AC for the trackwork at Sheepscot.

* Track backhoe - Randy and crew worked on running/testing the backhoe.

* Rolling stock - Zack and crew replaced some rotten deck boards.

* Chow - Nancy Weeks prepared two nice meals for the crews. 

* Railroad clocks - Bernie Perch worked on the depot and freight house clocks.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on October 06, 2017, 11:38:14 PM
How did old Ditch Which (DW) run?
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 07, 2017, 12:12:20 AM
How did old Ditch Which (DW) run?
It didn't... yet.

Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on October 08, 2017, 12:21:22 AM
Fall Work Weekend Saturday October 7: Day 2.  From North to South

* I don't believe anything happened beyond the end of track, other than lots of people walking the right of way down the hill and back.  Although Mike did get the Kubota this morning before sunrise.
* Mountain main line: tamped the outside of the track, and about half of the inside.  The track was also lined.
* ToM phone line: the pole at the ToM switch got a phone box.  Not sure if the phone is in it yet or not.
* Mill spur: the spur was extended to the tree line (quite literally), and got some ballast on it.
* Alna Center: Fred occasionally loaded stone.
* Humason Trestle: Jason was to have led a crew building a retaining wall.
* Nancy has her cook shack set up just below the restrooms.
* Some folks were working on the back hoe attachment to get it independently operable (for tie replacement).
* Our bridge inspector, the bridge reconstruction contractor and our crews were looking things over.
* The Percival house west door (which was replaced yesterday) got a platform and partial ramp to the parking lot.
* The Vic Hamburger memorial tree was planted yesterday, the memorial stone arrived this morning, and the dedication ceremony was this evening.
* Mike dug the hole for buried utility pipes.  Josh put the conduit in place, and the hole was partially refilled.
* Some work was getting done on flanging #10's boiler backhead.

I'm sure there were other projects, but those are the ones I saw.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 08, 2017, 01:03:08 AM
Actually, I dug the hole for the new electrical building. And, in true archeological fashion, I found 2 ceramic pole insulators tied together in the hole. I am sure they were something Harry had, but I found it interesting to unearth them just the same.

Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 08, 2017, 01:43:07 AM
The shipping storage container was painted a camouflage green so that it would be less noticeable from the train.

Work was done on #10's new headlight.

#9's smokebox got a new coat of graphite.

On Friday the work to connect the bay 2 track included a fair amount of archaeology to remove cribbing that was buried there.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on October 08, 2017, 02:29:27 AM
Kudos to Bill Fortier on painting the box. He made quick work of the painting with his sprayer. It's a huge improvement.
It was nice to see everyone smiling while working hard this weekend. We accomplished a lot so far as reported above. As always, it was nice to see all our narrow gauge family converging on Sheepscot. Thanks to all for contributing their time, effort and friendship.
Dave
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 09, 2017, 12:21:15 AM
Work on Sunday:

* 3 fabulous meals by the kitchen crew.

* Ramp to front door of Percival house completed. Needs grading to interface with parking lot.

* Flanging for #10's boiler (backhead) progressed.

* Major cleanup of shop building; storage container is full-ly organized.

* Rain did not stop track crew from completing the mill siding. Mainline rails now extend over the new culvert. Track is in service (tamped, lined, dressed) down most of the grade to just south of the culvert.

* After several days of effort, the Sheepscot Station clock is serviceable. The dispatcher greatly appreciated having it working again.

* Work on photo cataloging in the Archives.

* Much electrical work seemed to occur. I noticed many new outlets in the rebuilt sections of bays 2&3 in the shop.

* Steam crew went above and beyond the call of duty by rescuing #52 so a wet and hungry track crew could get some lunch; then stayed on duty in case another rescue was needed at the end of an extra long work day. In the meanwhile they did a bunch of switching and put boxcar 67 in bay 2 to continue its restoration.

(Someone more knowledgeable can fill in on 52's issue.)

* Phone box at TOM was removed for off-site servicing.

If I missed something feel free to add/correct.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on October 09, 2017, 01:55:46 AM
52’s air compressor is considering collecting its pension and retiring.  We’ll likely replace it over the winter. 

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Philip Marshall on October 09, 2017, 03:12:39 AM
Also on Sunday afternoon there was a delivery of some additional bridge timbers and hardware. Steve Z and I unloaded and stacked them next to the woods track.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Gordon Cook on October 09, 2017, 02:42:58 PM
Hauling #52, 3 coaches, and the caboose up the grade south of TOM gave 9 a nice workout. Johnson bar in the corner, throttle pulled back, barking away up to Rosewood at a steady pace.
She seemed to enjoy the challenge, as did her crew.
Almost as much fun as pulling up into the north yard on return, and making sure we didn't end up in the turntable pit.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on October 09, 2017, 08:12:40 PM
Work done on Monday, October 9:

* The former Track 7, now the Turntable track, was jacked and tamped this morning.  We managed to finish before the rain got going.  It no longer has a 1.25" superelevation on it.  Now just a quarter inch.
* Jason and Rick were making good progress in flanging the back head.  Part of their tools were oak wedges to get the metal to smoosh correctly.
* Nancy served breakfast, then broke down her tents and served lunch in the house.
* Folks were making sure the new floor kept clean.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 09, 2017, 10:24:12 PM
I might also mention that some attention was given to organizing and consolidating parts of No. 10 to Bay 1, which also benefited from the cleanup of the corner where the nuts and bolts are kept. Several items of scrap value were moved out as well. At the same time, some organization was carried out in the newly-painted container in order to maximize the shelf space and clear items off the floor to allow safe passage from the doors to the rear of the box. Thanks to all the folks who helped with both projects.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on October 11, 2017, 10:57:15 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 14.  This is the first weekend of the "shoulder" season, which means only 3 trains and Saturday-only operation.

Not sure what to put down to do after the work weekend, but probably:

* Boxcar 67 work resumes, now that Zack has his level floor.
* Ballasting the new track at the north end.
* Any reballasting needed in Sheepscot Yard.  We should put some ballast down on the east side of the main line in the yard so that in the near future we can jack and tamp that.
* Ballast needs for the Woods track.
* Bridge reconstruction.
* Board meeting Saturday at 4.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 11, 2017, 04:39:37 PM
I am going north with the Brookville, unless a stone train is running, to put the finishing touch on a plaque, plus measure a repair location.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Russ Nelson on October 11, 2017, 08:06:07 PM

* The Vic Hamburger memorial tree was planted yesterday, the memorial stone arrived this morning, and the dedication ceremony was this evening.
Please (somebody on site) make sure that the tree gets 5 gallons of water a day until the ground freezes. A newly transplanted tree won't be able to absorb most of the water, so it needs that much just to get a little.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on October 12, 2017, 01:37:11 AM
Russ, we were told 5 gallons twice a week by the nursery. I put 5 on Sunday and, presumably Steve Z did it today.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Philip Marshall on October 12, 2017, 03:31:00 AM
Regular watering next summer would be a good idea as well. The first year after planting is a critical period while the tree gets its new roots established.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 12, 2017, 01:42:33 PM
Dave,

Will someone need to be assigned the tree watering duty?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on October 12, 2017, 01:46:24 PM
Jeff;
I'm hoping Steve Z or Stewart will handle Wednesdays. I'll try to remember to do it on Saturdays if I'm around.
Dave
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 12, 2017, 01:57:40 PM
I'll take care of it.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on October 12, 2017, 04:42:55 PM
Thanks Stewart. I left a bucket by the spigot by the new ramp.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on October 12, 2017, 06:09:29 PM
What is the story behind the Vic Hamburger tree?
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 12, 2017, 06:11:20 PM
Jeff;
I'm hoping Steve Z or Stewart will handle Wednesdays. I'll try to remember to do it on Saturdays if I'm around.
Dave

Sounds good, Dave.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 12, 2017, 06:12:13 PM
I'll take care of it.

Thanks, Stewart.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 12, 2017, 06:13:23 PM
What is the story behind the Vic Hamburger tree?

Dave,

Do you want to explain, or should i?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 12, 2017, 06:19:01 PM
Well, here's the thread on Vic's departure...
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,1101.msg7273.html (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,1101.msg7273.html)

Jeff, since you knew him so well, and spoke so eloquently on Saturday, please feel free to add in the details.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on October 12, 2017, 06:27:09 PM
The story is that after Vic died in 2010, his model railroad group wanted to remember him by planting a memorial tree at the WW&F.  We were happy to do that, the question was where.

At the time we were working on creating the parking lot.  The idea was that the parking lot would have defined lanes, and in the between the lanes we could put the tree.  That would keep it pretty safe from any wandering chain saws.  However the parking lot isn't finished yet (it still needs a good six inches or so of gravel), and after we used the lot for a year or so decided that defined lanes was a bad idea.  So it couldn't go there.

Next the idea of a memorial grove between the turntable and the road came up.  Except now we're putting in a building for buried utilities, leaving not much room for any kind of grove.

Earlier this year the idea of putting the grove between the house and the road happened.  Great idea!  So that's how that happened.

Everyone involved pulled all the threads together, and managed to get everything in place before the memorial occurred.  Never mind that the tree didn't get planted until the day before, and the stone arrived the morning of....
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 13, 2017, 12:42:56 AM
I couldn't have said it better, James.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on October 13, 2017, 01:55:43 AM
I note that the link to Vic's photo in the link is broken. Perhaps Steve H could post his photo of Vic installing the window frames in Coach 8.
Dave
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on October 15, 2017, 01:39:23 AM
Work done on Saturday October 14:

* Bridge: Folks were applying preservative to the end grain, and pulling out unused staples.
* Parking lot: The area of the lot just off the new ramp to the house got built up with gravel, and compacted with the dozer and Kubota.
* Electrical drop building: The hole got filled, and compacted with the dozer and Kubota.
* Loco 10: Marcel was removing the glass from the cab pieces of #10, with the idea of getting a jump on getting the cab back together.
* Mountain ROW: Mike did more measuring and figuring.
* Board meeting: We had a looong board meeting tonight.  Much of the discussion dealt with issues with bridge and track construction.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 15, 2017, 02:30:34 AM
But the PR committee gave those topics a run for time..very good discussions though..
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on October 18, 2017, 11:04:52 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 21:

* Ballast delivery?  If any place needs ballast from track work.  If no place needs it, I'd suggest adding ballast to the east side of the main between the station platform and north switch, as that whole section will need leveling eventually.
* Boxcar 67
* Utility building
* Bridge construction
* Mountain ROW measuring
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on October 18, 2017, 11:21:25 AM
Ballast is needed between Janes Way and Brook Crossing for sure. There are other spots noted in the track book that need ballast as well.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 18, 2017, 12:59:51 PM
The Woods Track switch needs ballast, would be good since the switch also serves car barn bay 3.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Steve Smith on October 18, 2017, 08:14:39 PM
Definitely ballast & tamping. When I was there first week in Oct. I noticed a stock rail unsupported for a distance of about six feet. The gaps between the base and the top of the ties were small but large enough I could swing a chipped piece of tie between them freely.
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on October 18, 2017, 10:24:10 PM
Saturday morning I would like to install some filter fabric under the new track at the washout. We are going to start using it under all new track, as both sediment control and hopefully weed control. As we continue North, we need to do everything we can to stop existing erosion, fix the erosion, and keep from eroding again.

So just an extra hand or 2 would be all I need, and we will finish in no time
Title: Re: October 2017 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on October 18, 2017, 10:34:56 PM
That car of ballast could then be used on that new filter fabric. 

The tamper is in service.  Could run to Albees field and start fixing that mess, then deliver tamper to mill spur for that job. 

I’d suggest the filter fabric and stone over the Fossil washout as a priority, due to erosion concerns. 

Jason