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Title: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 23, 2017, 08:16:34 PM
The Great Coupler Snatch of 2017 is on! The WW&F has purchased five pairs of 3/4 size couplers from the East Broad Top Railroad in Mount Union, Pa. It's now our challenge to remove the couplers from the selected cars and get them to Maine. Today I went to Mount Union and met with a representative of the railroad to select the cars and to get a better handle on how this can all be accomplished.

For this to happen, I will need some help. The plan at this time is to spend one day actually dropping the couplers from the selected cars. For this to happen, I'll need at least two volunteers to assist me in moving the torches and tools from car to car and standing fire watch during and after each cutting operation.

The EBT folks have volunteered to use their backhoe to pick up the individual couplers and move them to an assembly point for loading into a rental truck. This would probably happen a week or so after the initial visit. Help would be needed to move the couplers into the truck and tie them down for the trip to Maine. I'm hoping to coordinate this operation with the pick up of the castings for the Jackson & Sharp trucks so that all this heavy stuff can go to Maine in one trip.

The dates I have in mind for the first phase are as follows: Nov. 3 (Friday), Nov. 11 (Saturday), Nov. 17 (Friday), Nov. 24 and 25 (Friday/Saturday).

Dates for the second phase have not been set, since the EBT guys will have to let me know when they are available to move the couplers and load the truck, but I'm hoping it will be in early December (before snow flies!).

I do not think that either of the operations at Mount Union will take more than one day, so there would be no need for an overnight stay.

If interested in assisting, send me a PM and I'll try to coordinate and accommodate.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 23, 2017, 11:39:50 PM
For those in the above-mentioned states, as well as you folks in the peanut gallery, here's a photo of what we're discussing. This car is tipped on its side, but it's way too difficult to get to with a torch outfit. The three bolts visible here on each side of the draft gear, plus the two on the carrier iron at the far right, are what support the coupler. Once they are removed, the entire draft assembly should (it says here in the fine print) drop to the ground. Of course, it may take a bit of persuasion, since it's been sitting in place since at least 1956. I'm planning to bring along a 20-pound sledge. 
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Ken Fleming on October 24, 2017, 12:34:16 AM
If this deal a once in  lifetime  buy, why only 5 pair?  We need 2 pair for current projects and several for RIP track forever.  They don't rot!
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Ira Schreiber on October 24, 2017, 01:00:42 AM
I may also have good lead on three more pairs. at little or no cost.
Note to Jason:
These are the couplers I told you about a week ago.
Also they are EBT couplers.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on October 24, 2017, 10:38:40 AM
Wayne,  I'm looking at my schedule presently and should be able to help out.  I will PM you when I have a better idea.

On a side note, EBT had several different types of hoppers with the smallest around 30T capacity.  I would suggest that if one was available that we get the whole car and convert it to a MOW ballast car.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Rick Rowlands on October 24, 2017, 01:01:34 PM
I have to go to Strasburg again on the 15th and 16th to work on the 757.  I also have that set of 20" wheelsets that need to hitch a ride with your coupler shipment to Maine.  So how can I incorporate the delivery of the wheelsets, assist with coupler removal and the 757 work into one big round trip with the hirail truck?  If we could do it on the 13th or 14th I could spend all day out there dropping couplers then continue east to Strasburg.  I would have one person with me so between the three of us we could get it all done at that time. 

Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bruce Mohn on October 26, 2017, 12:07:06 AM
Hi John Kovacs:

Saw your note about the different types of EBT hoppers.  Currently there are only three types extant on the property; a very small number of two bay hoppers (only one I can think of was converted to a ballast car and is unique, so not something the EBT folks would want to part with), a couple hundred three bay hoppers (the EBT has sold them in the past and probably would be fine to sell another one or two) and a four bay hopper (recently restored).

As far as using one on the WW&F, I'm not sure how that would work.  Even the smallest EBT hopper was big, even for three foot gauge.  Putting one on two foot trucks I think would result in a very precariously balanced car.

Best,

Bruce Mohn
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 26, 2017, 11:42:04 PM
Coupler Snatch Update. The team has been assembled for the first phase, which will take place on November 17. Thanks to Phillip Marshall, Rick Rowlands, and (hopefully) John Kokas, this part of the project is covered. Watch this space for an update.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 27, 2017, 12:42:22 AM
A capable cast for the coupler caper.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bill Baskerville on October 27, 2017, 12:50:03 AM
Perhaps we should send down some snatch blocks to help with the coupler lifting during the great coupler snatch.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Philip Marshall on October 27, 2017, 03:53:19 AM
I'm looking forward to it! (It's not everyday you get permission to remove heavy pieces of metal from EBT property, so this will be an adventure.)
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 27, 2017, 01:30:51 PM
Coupler Snatch Update. The team has been assembled for the first phase, which will take place on November 17. Thanks to Phillip Marshall, Rick Rowlands, and (hopefully) John Kokas, this part of the project is covered. Watch this space for an update.

Will there be photos :o???

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 27, 2017, 04:38:25 PM
Patience, Grasshopper (Jeff). Good things come to he who waits!
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on November 17, 2017, 09:21:47 PM
Just a quick FYI that the combined PA, OH, NY team successfully dropped 5 sets of couplers in Mt. Union EBT yard.  Pictures and more details forthcoming from Wayne shortly but to note is went much more smoothly and quickly than we expected.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 17, 2017, 09:48:14 PM
Very nice, John.  Kudos to you, Wayne and the rest of the PA/OH/NY team!
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 17, 2017, 09:52:38 PM
Yes, indeed. All it took was a can of Moxie! Seriously, we assembled at the Mount Union yard at about 9 a.m., and we got right to work. Rick Rowlands and his pal Nick Hovey did the bulk of the torch work, and Nick took great pleasure in whacking the couplers with the 20-pound sledge to drop them down free of the car. Phil Marshall was indispensable as fire watchman, and with his loppers and tree saw cleared the way. John Kokas was everywhere, carrying various tools from place to place, helping to untangle torch hoses and moving the torch cart and keeping us on our toes. I scouted the area and located the cars from which we extracted the couplers. We freed all 10 couplers before 1 p.m.

The next phase will take place in the next week or two, I hope. The EBT men will use their backhoe to move the couplers to a central location, and they will be loaded onto a rented truck. I hope then to pick up the castings for the Jackson & Sharp passenger cars trucks from a nearby foundry, and everything will come to Maine sometime in December. Anyone want to volunteer to be a co-driver?

Photos coming soon, I hope.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 18, 2017, 12:37:44 AM
Yay!  Great work, guys!  Thank you!!!

Jason
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on November 18, 2017, 12:52:30 AM
Wayne: I'm available depending on when you're going.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Ira Schreiber on November 18, 2017, 03:23:04 AM
Great going, guys. I wish I could have been there to help.
Ira
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 18, 2017, 04:19:37 AM
Here are a couple of photos. Some of ther others may post additional views later.

First one shows the first coupler we freed. We decided to leave the remainder under the cars until they can be removed, in order to make the small parts less attractive to thieves.

Second one shows Nick Hovey torching off one of eight bolts to free up the coupler.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on November 18, 2017, 04:24:47 AM
Nice going Wayne and crew! Hope to see some of you in December.
Dave
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Scott on November 18, 2017, 09:57:14 AM
I am happy for the WW&F but somewhat sad for the EBT.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 18, 2017, 02:49:52 PM
Congrats on a successful endeavor. Sounds like a good time was had by all.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Rick Rowlands on November 18, 2017, 03:55:04 PM
It was my pleasure to be able to help the WW&F in this small way.  It so happened that Nick and I were in Strasburg on Wednesday and Thursday working on the NKP 757 project, so stopping by Mount Union on Friday morning was basically on our way back home.  Each coupler had 8 bolts holding it in place and to remove the coupler all eight bolts had to be torched off and then the coupler and draft gear driven down out of the center sill.  Some bolts were easier than others to get to, and of course being in the fall there were dry leaves everywhere.  We burned quite a few leaves but Phil kept things from getting out of hand.

It was also good to meet in person Philip Marshall and John Kokas.  Always great to talk with fellow two footers. 

Here are a couple of shots of me wielding the torch yesterday.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on November 18, 2017, 04:05:45 PM
A good time was had by all.  The jokes and puns were flying and I haven't laughed so hard and often in a long time.  There were some other interesting discoveries made but I'll let Wayne and Jason hash out whether a second trip may be needed in the future.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: James Patten on November 18, 2017, 10:50:35 PM
And now we wait for someone in narrow gauge land to discover this, and put up a hew and cry on one of the other forums decrying this heinous act.  We'll just have to be alert for it and respond quickly when it does happen.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 18, 2017, 10:54:08 PM
Well, yes. There is that. Perhaps I should forestall any such hue and cry by writing a pre-emptive post.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on November 18, 2017, 11:01:00 PM
It already started (very mildly) on our Facebook page. I've been watching NGDF and RYPN all afternoon...
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Rick Rowlands on November 19, 2017, 01:12:55 AM
Those hopper cars are extremely deteriorated and are only going to deteriorate further.   Leaving something sit is a sure way to get it to disappear.  It just happens slowly.  But it does happen. 

If there were people who were truly interested in the wellbeing of the cars they could have purchased them.  Kovalchick has had them for sale for years.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Rick Rowlands on November 19, 2017, 10:33:13 PM
The group shot.  Nick Hovey, Rick Rowlands, Wayne Laepple, Philip Marshall and John Kokas, and a can of Moxie. 

The Moxie nourished some in the group while the threat of having to drink it motivated others.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on November 19, 2017, 11:35:10 PM
As the Moxie lover in the group, I did take my fair share of ribbing from the guys.  All in good fun and laughing while we worked.  I think my next trip out to Ohio will include a case of Moxie just for grins.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John McNamara on November 20, 2017, 12:26:30 AM
I think my next trip out to Ohio will include a case of Moxie just for grins.
Check federal, state, and local laws about transporting Moxie over state lines....
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on November 20, 2017, 12:30:07 AM
Got me John - That was good..............
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Rick Rowlands on November 20, 2017, 12:37:37 AM
If you bring us Moxie I will send you back with a six pack of Cheerwine!
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 20, 2017, 01:01:08 AM
I have only one thing to say about Moxie AND Cheerwine: BLEAH!
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 20, 2017, 03:21:07 AM
Wayne,

Not to offend my Maine friends, but... I agree with you, except that... BLEAH! is not a strong enough word for my tender Southern taste buds.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Mike Fox on November 20, 2017, 12:14:20 PM
Don't worry Wayne. I was born and raised in Maine, only left for 8 years..Tried it once when I was 12. Never touched it again.. I'll save it for others to enjoy. So no offense taken, by me at least.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: James Patten on November 20, 2017, 12:19:24 PM
Wayne I also agree, at least with respect to Moxie.  Never had heard of Cheerwine before this thread, but after reading it's Wikipedia description I would probably agree (Cherry anything to me is BLEAH).
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Ken Fleming on November 20, 2017, 03:50:48 PM
If these cars are junk, how about grab irons, cut levers and other useful hardware? Nick would probably sell scrap price.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on November 20, 2017, 04:08:07 PM
Certain items were already noticed.  I have left that discussion between Wayne and Jason.  Any further details will be made available when appropriate.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on November 20, 2017, 07:13:58 PM
If you bring us Moxie I will send you back with a six pack of Cheerwine!

I will raise you a 24 pack of Cherokee Red
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 20, 2017, 09:51:26 PM
Procuring as many useful ng railcar parts as possible from EBT is an excellent idea. There is now a WW&F storage structure that can hold  non-bulky, rare parts.
Agreed that an ongoing, restored and operating EBT would be great, but  has a sad, slim chance of happening.
 
The 2926 rebuilders originally bought two containers to store tools and small machinery, now has, IIRC, eight of 'em, all full.
One is a very adequate machine shop...another safely stored massive superheater tube assemblies, now installed...another provided roof space for storing rusty, original boiler/cylinder/air compressor sheet metal jacketing now serving as templates for new metal being nicely fabricated/painted by a local auto body shop, and being installed over foam insulation...containers also sheltered other pipes, parts,  all of which are presently being threaded, bolted or welded to '26.

During a recent visit, SW area's impressed FRA inspector has  OK'd 2926 steamup when safely ready.
 
By next spring?    ;D
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Philip Marshall on November 21, 2017, 05:46:33 AM
It was also good to meet in person Philip Marshall and John Kokas.  Always great to talk with fellow two footers. 

Thanks Rick, it was really good to meet you too!
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Robert Hale on November 21, 2017, 11:43:05 AM
Can 3' trucks be modified/narrowed to 24"? I mean making a new bolster or cutting it down to work?
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Philip Marshall on November 21, 2017, 07:20:34 PM
Here are some more pictures from Friday:

(http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/file.php?1,file=43776,filename=IMG_3525_compressed.jpg)

(http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/file.php?1,file=43777,filename=IMG_3529_compressed.jpg)

(http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/file.php?1,file=43778,filename=IMG_3532_compressed.jpg)

(http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/file.php?1,file=43779,filename=IMG_3550_compressed.jpg)
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on November 21, 2017, 07:32:47 PM
Can 3' trucks be modified/narrowed to 24"? I mean making a new bolster or cutting it down to work?

No. I think the biggest issue is the wheel size. The Maine Narrow Gauges use 20" wheels; these are much larger.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on November 21, 2017, 11:31:30 PM
If my memory is correct I believe the wheels on EBT equipment were either 26 or 28 inches.  The other issue would be axle spacing as the trucks I observed are probably 12-18 inches further apart.  Don't know how they would handle our tighter radius.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 22, 2017, 12:01:28 AM
To those members asking why I/we have not gotten more parts from the EBT:

It's not just all that simple. It took almost two years of asking every couple of months to get Mr. Kovalchick to turn loose the couplers. To be completely honest, I do not have a clue why he suddenly agreed to do business with us. He does not "give" anything away. Everything is a game with him, and he holds all the cards. Perhaps at some later date, I will again approach him and inquire about grab irons and other hardware, but until I/we get the 10 couplers safely moved to Sheepscot, I am lying low.

Wayne
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 22, 2017, 12:26:10 PM
To those members asking why I/we have not gotten more parts from the EBT:

It's not just all that simple. It took almost two years of asking every couple of months to get Mr. Kovalchick to turn loose the couplers. To be completely honest, I do not have a clue why he suddenly agreed to do business with us. He does not "give" anything away. Everything is a game with him, and he holds all the cards. Perhaps at some later date, I will again approach him and inquire about grab irons and other hardware, but until I/we get the 10 couplers safely moved to Sheepscot, I am lying low.

Wayne

Smart move, Wayne.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Robert Hale on November 22, 2017, 03:10:29 PM
To those members asking why I/we have not gotten more parts from the EBT:

It's not just all that simple. It took almost two years of asking every couple of months to get Mr. Kovalchick to turn loose the couplers. To be completely honest, I do not have a clue why he suddenly agreed to do business with us. He does not "give" anything away. Everything is a game with him, and he holds all the cards. Perhaps at some later date, I will again approach him and inquire about grab irons and other hardware, but until I/we get the 10 couplers safely moved to Sheepscot, I am lying low.

Wayne

Smart move, Wayne.

Jeff S.
Would this be considered "knuckling under"?  :P
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 05, 2017, 08:24:05 PM
Couplers update: next Tuesday, Dec. 12, Rick Rowlands and I will meet in Mount Union to collect and load up the couplers. We've had to rent a Bobcat to for this step, which has been part of the delay. Anyway, we'll do that on Tuesday and return to Lancaster. On Wednesday morning we plan to go to Cattail Foundry and get the remaining castings for the Jackson & Sharp trucks for WW&F coach No. 9. Once we're loaded, we'll head north. Our anticipated arrival at Sheepscot is Thursday, Dec. 14. So I hope someone has an idea where we'll unload all this iron.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bill Baskerville on December 05, 2017, 09:27:34 PM
Good Show Wayne!
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on December 05, 2017, 10:07:36 PM
Wayne,

Please  make sure that we get all the buffer springs and plates.  And PM me about our other discussion.  Thanx
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 05, 2017, 10:12:05 PM
Yep, we'll put all those goodies in the bucket of the Bobcat, along with the cut levers.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on December 05, 2017, 10:35:29 PM
Don't forget those little knuckle pin shackles.   ;)
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 05, 2017, 11:58:20 PM
So I hope someone has an idea where we'll unload all this iron.

Kielbasa Dave's barn.  It's a short trip up 218 to Head Tide.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Philip Marshall on December 06, 2017, 12:12:18 AM
I'm glad the cut levers are heading north as well. It wasn't clear to me if they were included or not.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bill Baskerville on December 06, 2017, 04:32:40 AM
One thing we all know about Wayne is that he thinks things through and is thorough.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 06, 2017, 02:19:29 PM
Couplers update: next Tuesday, Dec. 12, Rick Rowlands and I will meet in Mount Union to collect and load up the couplers. We've had to rent a Bobcat to for this step, which has been part of the delay. Anyway, we'll do that on Tuesday and return to Lancaster. On Wednesday morning we plan to go to Cattail Foundry and get the remaining castings for the Jackson & Sharp trucks for WW&F coach No. 9. Once we're loaded, we'll head north. Our anticipated arrival at Sheepscot is Thursday, Dec. 14. So I hope someone has an idea where we'll unload all this iron.

Wayne,

Are you sticking around for Victorian Christmas?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 06, 2017, 08:43:11 PM
Unfortunately  not. Have to get the truck back to Enterprise by 5 p.m. Friday.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 07, 2017, 02:49:03 PM
Wayne,

I will be arriving on site sometime around noon on Thursday. Maybe I'll see you there.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 07, 2017, 02:59:18 PM
Bring your work gloves, Jeff. We'll probably need some help unloading. ;D
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bill Baskerville on December 07, 2017, 03:07:38 PM
But wait... we have that great new fork lift to help unload.  Just put a pallet on the tail of the truck or on the forks and slide everything off onto it, than take the castings and couplers to theirs new temporary home to await construction of new cars...
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Rick Rowlands on December 07, 2017, 04:57:36 PM
I was originally planning to accompany Wayne to Maine, but a couple of things came up that I must attend to next week so I cannot.  However I will meet Wayne in Mount Union on Tuesday to help get loaded up as well as deliver the two 20" wheelsets which will be going along.   Also have the foundry patterns for the vacuum brakes that need to be returned as well. 
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 07, 2017, 05:01:33 PM
Yep, so now I am desperately seeking a co-driver for this trip. Don't think I can do it all by myself. Anyone available in eastern PA, northern NJ or southern NY, please let me know. The other choice is to postpone until after the holidays, and the longer the stuff lays around in Mount Union, the greater the chance some of it may wander off. PM me asap, please.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Rick Rowlands on December 07, 2017, 05:03:48 PM
If you can't find anyone, I'll postpone the caboose work and go along.  I thought you had someone else available for the trip. 
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 07, 2017, 11:08:09 PM
Rick is in essence offering to postpone his own business activities to help me get this done, but I am still hopeful that someone from our group will be willing to step up and take his place so he can take care of his matters without delay.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: John Kokas on December 08, 2017, 12:00:05 AM
Wish I could, but other obligations prevent me from assisting on this one.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 08, 2017, 04:10:30 PM
Problem solved, domestic tranquility questioned.  Since no other volunteers stepped forward, my wife has agreed to travel to Maine with me to deliver the couplers, castings and wheels. She would much prefer to stay at home baking Christmas cookies. I now owe her big time.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Mike Fox on December 08, 2017, 06:09:20 PM
Wayne,
Do you now need to take up baking? Coupler shaped cookies?
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 08, 2017, 06:35:01 PM
I have always been in charge of quality control during cookie baking, but I think I'll have additional responsibilities after this.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Bill Baskerville on December 08, 2017, 09:11:09 PM
Wayne,

Of course if you could have your wife bake before you leave you could take the rejects to the First Class Dining Facilities at Chez Fred.  I am sure they would be enjoyed by all.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 08, 2017, 09:31:01 PM
Not gonna happen, Bill. There are no rejects! She is attending training today for one of her volunteer activities, tomorrow we are driving to Virginia for a memorial service, and Monday we are traveling a couple of hours each way for lunch with an old friend who can no longer travel, Tuesday she's at another of her volunteer activities. No time for baking. That she has agreed to come along on this road trip is her donation to the WW&F cause.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: James Patten on December 08, 2017, 10:31:37 PM
FYI Wayne - snow storm up here predicted for Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 08, 2017, 11:16:08 PM
Thanks, James. I've been watching the forecasts carefully, believe me. I won't be there until Thursday late morning, so by then I hope the roads are plowed.
Title: Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
Post by: Rick Rowlands on December 09, 2017, 01:43:30 AM
I will see you in Mount Union Tuesday late morning to drive the skid steer and deliver the wheelsets.