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Title: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on December 30, 2017, 11:21:34 PM
Getting the word out early. Wednesday, January 3rd, we are planning a tree cutting day. Temps are expected to be 40 degrees warmer than this morning, with a high of 22 expected. We will be going to TOM, and walking down the mountain to cut and stack the brush and logs out of the way, unless we build a fire to burn some of it.

Saturday, we are planning to start at the Trout Brook site. I will make an attempt to back drag everything there on Wednesday, so we can walk around easier on Saturday. We plan on burning, but if that does not work out, we will limb the trees, stack the brush for chipping, and move the logs to a spot out of the way for removal later.

Hope to see you at one or both of these days.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 02, 2018, 02:30:40 PM
How many volunteers are planning on joining us tomorrow?  Please respond here if you plan on coming.  We’re developing our plans from this...

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 03, 2018, 12:21:18 AM
I would come but I think it's beyond me physically.  Perhaps next week...
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jonathan B. Smith on January 03, 2018, 11:50:27 AM
I'll be there
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 03, 2018, 12:06:46 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday Jan 6:

* ROW clearing at the bridge site. 
* Boxcar 67
* Snow clearing

It's supposed to be bitterly cold again this weekend.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 04, 2018, 02:13:18 AM
Another one of Jasons pictures.

This shows the yard after todays activity, a little switching to get 52 in bay 4. This is the turn table track, and was plowed and flanged yesterday..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_7295_zps4yldvqzu.jpg)
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 04, 2018, 03:13:31 PM
and flanged

Wait... I thought the flanger was no longer serviceable???
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Tom Casper on January 04, 2018, 04:17:46 PM
doesnt look flanged to me!

Tom
C.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 04, 2018, 04:33:00 PM
The flanger only goes to railhead height and about 30” wide as we experiment with design.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 05, 2018, 04:51:39 PM
Plow Extra

The current (tentative) plan is to plow the line on Tuesday, January 9, as the temperature will reach into the 30’s. 

The high tomorrow is predicted at 1.  Snow doesn’t want to move at that temp.

We are making an effort to keep the line open this winter to allow access to the right of way beyond end of track for tree clearing.  This is for sections 1, 2, 3 and part of 4.  The bridge site is accessed from the north.

See ya
Jason




Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 06, 2018, 11:12:47 PM
The Tuesday crew rebuilt the snow flanger, with a stronger attachment where I thought a previous failure caused the first one to be crumpled.  Well- short story short- I crumpled version two, pretty much immediately, when the mechanism failed to retract and hit a switch component.  No injuries, no switch damage- another 2mph hit.  I do sincerely apologize to the Tuesday crew- we were feeling quite triumphant, until we weren’t.

A good hard study revealed a few truths.  One- this is more of a rail scraper than a flanger- but that’s ok because that’s what we need right now.  Two- we needed more retraction force.  There were other, more subtle changes required.

Today (Saturday) our crew fixed again.  Alan coined it “flanger flanger flanger,” which sounded better to us than “flanger, version 3.”  We removed the center point of the flanging attachment- as it added little value to our rail scraping goals, and was the area which kept finding switch components.  We also flipped the cylinders over so the cylinder ram isn’t on the raising side.  We also arranged a 3:1 lever arm for the raising mechanism- resulting in 2600 pounds of raising force, vs the old 700 pounds.  We also changed the pivot point so there’s far less downward rotational moment due to the horizontal snow load.

We’ll test it on Monday.  Maybe we’ll have a chance to build flanger flanger flanger flanger.  Or maybe it would be rail scraper rail scraper. 

We would LOVE to build a real plow and flanger.  With wheels, these projects would be very attainable.

See ya
Jason

Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 06, 2018, 11:38:36 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 6:

* As Jason alluded to in the previous post, a crew rejiggered the flanging apparatus.
* Car 67: Zack finished the ladders.
* Snow: Mike plowed the remainder of the parking lot with the Dodge, then went up to Trout Brook to plow the Converancy lot and he got the bulldozer going and dozed some snow.
* Inventory: Linda and I reconciled our inventory discrepencies and did some recounting (and found some book boxes we missed!).
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 06, 2018, 11:44:27 PM
Jason, this may be another topic for discussion, but what are the issues related to getting more wheels?  Is it lack of availability?  Can one regauge 3 ft wheels (EBT?)?  Or other things that many of us may be unfamiliar with?  Thanks...
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on January 06, 2018, 11:55:40 PM
Bob,

As part of our Mt. Union discussion, EBT wheels are 26-28", not the 20" that we use.  I had thought about it myself but at this point the best option for us is to construct new wheelsets based on the original designs for both passenger and freight equipment needs.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 06, 2018, 11:59:43 PM
It’s not entirely fair of me to put that much blame on wheels, but they are the most costly single component at roughly $1400 each.  Therefore the starting cost of a car is already $11,000.

There’s a price break if you buy more than 50 wheels...

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 07, 2018, 12:01:58 AM
Thanks Jason...

It may be heresy, but would it not matter much if we used 26" wheels on the snowplow?  Also how many wheels are needed on the snowplow?
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 07, 2018, 12:05:37 AM
Snow plows have low clearance for wheels as it is- in fact the lead wheels may be 18 instead of 20.

My personal opinion is that a snow plow reconstruction, like our other historic recreation projects, is worthy of being accurate and true to the original.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 07, 2018, 12:08:30 AM
I hear you on that.  Still, how many wheels needed on the plow? Thanks.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on January 07, 2018, 12:14:25 AM
I assume we have already been in contact with the other Maine groups and Edaville regarding acquiring used trucks and wheelsets.  But is there any interest in pooling a buy for new wheels?
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 07, 2018, 12:22:23 AM
8 wheels on a plow.  Same on a flanger.

We have contacted the other groups on this general topic; it may be worth a more concise study.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 07, 2018, 04:54:01 PM
How about a snowplow pic showing your latest improvements?
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 08, 2018, 05:14:06 PM
Steam Plow Extra Announcement.

Tomorrow, we are planning on plowing the line with 52 and 9 together. 

We’ll need a large crew to help with crossings, switches, etc.

Work will then transition to tree cutting for the Mountain Extension.

Let us know if you can make it...

See ya
Jason

Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on January 08, 2018, 05:38:08 PM
Please have video as I have never seen #9 in plow service!
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 08, 2018, 08:46:36 PM
Out of curiosity, how much snow did the "bomb cyclone" drop on the museum.

Here in NW Ohio, we got freezing rain, followed by some snow, overnight. By Thursday, it's supposed to break 50 degrees. Some areas might get close to 60.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 08, 2018, 08:54:46 PM
Pardon my obviousness, but that is the dumbest name any educated meteorologist could have come up with. We had a good old fashioned Maine snowstorm, with the only addition being it achieved blizzard status. That is it. No big deal. The Blizzard of '78 was worse, and all they called that was a blizzard. Alna got between 10 and 13 inches, and more where it drifted in, less where the wind took it from.

 John, there is this video I took from a number of years ago with 10

https://youtu.be/sD1NjmJsjD4 (https://youtu.be/sD1NjmJsjD4)
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 08, 2018, 08:59:18 PM
Jason sent me this picture of them warming 9 today for helper service tomorrow.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/image2_zps25ravgng.jpeg)
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 08, 2018, 09:31:32 PM
Let us know if you can make it...

Emily and I will be there!
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Lennox on January 08, 2018, 10:56:56 PM
I'll be there...

Steve Lennox
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 09, 2018, 12:51:09 AM
Whatever happened to calling a nor'easter a nor'easter?

I will try to be there tomorrow
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Steve Smith on January 09, 2018, 03:27:01 AM
Mike, "bomb cyclone" is a defined term in meteorology. It's a storm in which the barometric pressure drops 24 millibars or more in a 24-hour period. Of course, if a newspaper, TV station etc. just states that a storm is a bomb cyclone but doesn't explain the term, it catches readers' eyes more effectively, right?  ;D
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 10, 2018, 12:08:19 AM
If you say so Steve. I have never heard it before.

Anyhow, some of the photos from today. Jasons pictures are first.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_7348_zpsalbxdodu.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_7355_zpsf4ifatfo.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_7394_zpsj2ouuqtx.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_7367_zpsp7oylye4.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_7415_zps3myzew7n.jpg)

And here is a coulpe Joe took of JB using the steam hose to blast Albees Crossing clear in the afternoon.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Resized952018010995152442_zpsms8hgrqm.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Resized952018010995152446_zpsbgv6le8b.jpg)
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on January 10, 2018, 12:21:01 AM
Heres a video Stewart took of todays plowing adventure.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155427104091871&id=147279126870
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 10, 2018, 12:41:32 AM
Fantastic pic of Eric and Joe...should be in the WW&F Museum Hall of Fame!

Amazing amount of work done today to plow the line to ToM and most of the south yard, plus Mike and the Randy crew clearing trees in the north.

It's truly amazing how much can get done on a non-descript Tuesday...

Bob
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 10, 2018, 01:27:30 AM
Great photos and video -- thanks Jason, Mike and Stewart!

So I guess I should weigh in on the "bomb cyclone" debate, since my undergraduate degree was in meteorology and mathematics about 100 years ago.  When in school a severe New England winter storm was described as a nor'easter, based on the direction of the howling winds during the height of the storm.  Not so many years after I graduated, the term "bombogenesis" became popular, describing the rapid development of the storm as it travels up to New England when atmospheric conditions are right to develop a particularly severe nor'easter.  Apparently "bomb cyclone" is now a very recent term to describe a severe storm that rapidly developed by this process anywhere in the North Atlantic.

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/bombogenesis.html

As far as I'm concerned, when it's along the eastern seaboard, it's a nor'easter.

Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 10, 2018, 12:24:55 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday Jan 13:

* Trout Brook tree clearing.
* Mountain Extension tree clearing.
* Boxcar 67
* Board meeting at 4.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 10, 2018, 01:08:19 PM
With expected icy weather Saturday, tree clearing at Trout Brook may be just burning brush..may cut a tree or 2 to get the piles going..
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 10, 2018, 08:29:36 PM
Heres a video Stewart took of todays plowing adventure.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155427104091871&id=147279126870

Nice video. How long did it take to clear the mainline?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 10, 2018, 09:15:34 PM
The actual clearing of the main line took maybe 30-40 minutes.  The hand cleaning of switches and crossings took hours more.  The steaming helped- we need to develop this technique further.

And we need a real flanger.  An unflanged railroad quickly fills with more ice and snow.  My rail scraper functioned, but didn’t add tremendous value.  It could be modified- but we may be looking at other options instead.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on January 11, 2018, 02:28:20 AM
After using the steam cleaning device, and having the pressure, is there a way we could make the "nozzle" be able to be used with an air compressor as well? Then in the fall we could blow out all the dirt in the flangeways on a few crossings.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 11, 2018, 02:37:12 AM
I think we've learned that we need an industrial strength flanger, not just a couple of light piston operated blades.  Ice and snow are formidable adversaries!
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 11, 2018, 02:43:18 AM
Would be easy to make a long wanded blow gun for the compressor.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on January 11, 2018, 02:51:28 AM
I used to invoke an air wand to clear snow from switches. After seeing a recent photo of the Strasburg RR guys using leaf blowers to do the same thing, I wish they had been around during my railroad career. That said, I'm not certain an air wand would clean dirt out of flangeways, at least not without some preliminary work with a pick or lining bar. Steam will clear snow out because the heat melts it.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on January 11, 2018, 12:14:26 PM
During my time at Conway, an air wand with 100 psi will blast out any dirt packed to the top of the rail head right down to the base of the rail. The pipe nozzle was about a half inch wide and had a blast shield on the end. Although the shield did not shield all the dirt, it did help some. Each year we would go to the crossings in Hazens and work our way back. The crossing at Hazens was dirt, and over the course of the winter, you could not even see the rails. After a half hour of using the air wand, the crossing was usable once more. No picks were used, only shovels to help clear the debree blasted out.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on January 11, 2018, 12:23:08 PM
And yes, leaf blowers work great for light fluffy snow, and or lightly packed drifted snow. At Conway we used leaf blowers, or the air wand if needed to blast heavier wet snow away. The only problem with the air wand was we were usually restricted to the yard in North Conway and Conway where switches are easily accesible by plowed out areas.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 11, 2018, 09:41:12 PM
Beside swappable plows, Cumbres and Toltec 2-8-2 locos have oem flange chisels mounted on their pilot trucks, activated by their freight car-size  air cylinders; ran year-round over 10015-foot Cumbres Pass  through frozen, DEEP snow!
These days, only short distance Christmas trains run from 8000-foot, end-towns Chama and Antonito, flangers not used nor needed.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on January 11, 2018, 10:34:33 PM
Maybe a discussion with the Albion Hist. Soc. about resurrecting #206 is due.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on January 12, 2018, 12:09:40 AM
Wheels.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 12, 2018, 12:19:17 AM
About the only original usable parts from 206 were some hardware used to make the car. No flanger blade or other parts of the mechanism is left, as far as I know.

A reproduction could be made, but like with anything else, we need wheels and trucks. That would be the most expensive part of any project.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 12, 2018, 12:55:46 AM
For the un-initiated, what is 206?  Description?  Pictures?
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 12, 2018, 01:23:45 AM
206 is/was the flanger that was last in Albion. Parts that were saved were used to build the car that is there now.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Philip Marshall on January 12, 2018, 01:30:43 AM
Do I understand correctly that some hardware from flanger 206 was used on caboose 320?
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on January 12, 2018, 01:46:04 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe we have plans for #206 somewhere in the achieves.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 14, 2018, 12:24:41 AM
Work done on Saturday Jan 13:

Something of a slow day today.  Not too many people around, the day started at 50 degrees and heavy rain, although the rain tapered off as the morning progessed.  Temps were mid-20s by evening.
* John Deere Tractor repair: Mike replaced the injectors and it works better now.
* Boxcar 67: Zack worked on getting end grabirons installed.
* Inspection trips: Mike and I drove up to Trout Brook site before lunch (past where Station House Brook was overflowing Rt 218) and walked in - see Mike's pictures elsewhere.  The water and ice flow was impressive.  Past the 218 bridge Trout Brook had filled up the field.  After lunch we took an inspection trip up the line.  Humason Brook was high but not as high as I've seen before.  No issues anywhere.
* Visitors: A couple of families visited, Ed gave them a tour.
* Board meeting: we got out about 6.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 14, 2018, 06:44:35 PM
This week, Steve P picked up and delivered the latest Diorama from Peter Barney that he constructed for us. This will go on display in boxcar 67 for the time being, once the car is complete. This is just a quick overall shot. Once set up, this will be another interesting piece, showing how it was in Wiscasset.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0113181759_zpszhmmq9cj.jpg)
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 14, 2018, 09:15:58 PM
For those of us who are not up on history, what are the three buildings beyond and to the right of the engine round house?

Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on January 14, 2018, 09:54:18 PM
Coal shed on the upper left, Car Shop on the right, and I believe the Carpenter shop is the building behind the car shop in the upper right.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 14, 2018, 10:38:01 PM
Some pictures from yesterday:

Ice chunks at Trout Brook:
(https://i.imgur.com/hqVto1m.jpg)

High water at Humason:
(https://i.imgur.com/cXKt8FV.jpg)

Water was over Rt 218 where Stationshouse brook crosses the road.  Hopefully it went down enough so it wasn't a frozen mess this morning!
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 15, 2018, 01:39:50 PM
Crew call for tomorrow! 

Cutting trees on the mountain - with the frozen ground and lack of snow, this will likely be our best chance all winter.  Please come if you can!

Let us know so we can plan on you...

Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jonathan B. Smith on January 16, 2018, 10:36:50 AM
I'll be there
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 17, 2018, 12:14:13 PM
Snow today and warm temps for this weekend.  Sounds perfect for work on Saturday Jan 20:

* Boxcar 67
* Mountain/Trout Brook area tree clearing
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 17, 2018, 11:24:56 PM
How much cutting crew can we get together for Saturday?  The Tuesday crew hit it hard; if we tag team this and hit it this Saturday, and again next Tuesday, we’ll have it about licked- at least until the next permit goes through.

It’s aupposed to be in the 40’s for temperature on Saturday.

We’re thinking of running 9 for the crew train- we need to heat the boiler anyway, and make some refinements under steam.  Plus- it’ll be fun for the crew.

Don’t need a crazy early start- we can leave Sheepscot at 930 or so, eat lunch up on site (bring a bag lunch), and quit by 230 or 3.  If we did this with a 6-8 man crew, we’d do wonders.  I’d join the cutting crew. 

Let us know here (or text me)- a lot of our decision will be based on response to this call.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 18, 2018, 12:00:04 AM
I plan to be at the museum on Saturday, and I understand He Who Likes To Volunteer Me plans to be there as well.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 18, 2018, 12:37:06 AM
9:30 should be sufficient time for breakfast at the Presidential Palace Bill..
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 18, 2018, 01:13:28 AM
I must say, I am extremely impressed at how much work is being accomplished by our hardy group of local and semi-local volunteers who are doing a tremendous amount of work, primary in 'not the most pleasant' weather environment.

Reading what projects are being moved forward each week is awe inspiring. 

Unless one follows the winter forum threads carefully, one doesn't realize the amount of work behind the scenes.

Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on January 18, 2018, 01:45:59 AM
Bill,
It's actually a typical Maine winter cycle;  "Work hard or Freeze"!   ;D  All kidding aside, keep up the good work guys.  Look forward to being there later this year.

Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 18, 2018, 03:02:03 AM
Mike,
Do I detect  just a bit of jealousy in your comment?  The First Lady invites you to join us for breakfast at the 7:30 a.m. seating. If you RSVP in time she might make a frittata and hash browns though HWMNBN likes waffles and sausage. Your name will be left with the Palace Guard so you should bring ID.
HWLTVHWMNBN
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Dwight Winkley on January 18, 2018, 03:34:33 AM
Jason, I will be there this Saturday, dwight w,
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 18, 2018, 04:25:50 AM
Mike,
Your name will be left with the Palace Guard so you should bring ID.
HWLTVHWMNBN

Dave, it took me a minute to figure out what HWLTVHWMNBN meant.  Clever.  A good Pres. keeps those volunteers busy.

Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 18, 2018, 10:29:44 AM
Mike,
Do I detect  just a bit of jealousy in your comment?  The First Lady invites you to join us for breakfast at the 7:30 a.m. seating.
Dave, jealousy doesn't cut it. I know how the First Lady preps her meals, and I would be out of service most of the morning because I would enjoy sampling WAY too much.. 😁
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Al Michelis on January 18, 2018, 11:53:41 AM
I plan on being there this week.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 18, 2018, 10:52:02 PM
I will be there too!
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on January 18, 2018, 11:43:31 PM
The latest flanging effort, from the recent modifications.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_7639_zpsaeygj4rt.jpg)
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 20, 2018, 09:03:20 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 20:

* Mountain ROW trees: Mike and I went up early (8:00) to start, Mike got one fire going and left me to tend it, taking stacked branches from nearby.  Mike got another fire going.  The remaining 19 people showed up around 10, and started getting two more fires going, while some people cut others stacked stuff on the fire.  Eric S. cut deadwood around the pinch point so that we can walk without being an acrobat.  The pinch point area is waiting for our DEP permit to be completed.  I left at noon so can't comment on afternoon efforts.
* Boxcar 67: I noticed that Zack had one of the north end grab irons on.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 21, 2018, 01:59:59 AM
When I left around 3, I counted 24 names signed into the volunteer log today.  It was a great turnout!
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 21, 2018, 02:58:14 PM
That's quite a turnout. Where was Fred?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on January 21, 2018, 03:03:58 PM
I helped Zack burn One pile of wet brush. Most of the brush burnt was from trees cut that day. Tues. brush had to much snow on them.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 22, 2018, 04:13:11 PM
Cutting again Wednesday!  And- 9 will run again!  We need to do a little brake testing, get in some additional training time- because it’ll be hot, we’ll include it’s operation with the cutting efforts.

Saturday was FABULOUS!  I loved seeing the great collective effort, and running 9 to support it gave us a truly unique WW&F flavor. 

We’ll see about doing it again in February- steam for work parties on both a weekday and a weekend.  We’re thinking of a public event also.

First things first:  if you can join us on Wednesday, please do.  The combined efforts of last Tuesday and Saturday have made it so one additional day will complete this task for this year, with trees cleared all the way to location 9 (except for the area awaiting a permit).

Let us know if you can make it!  A 6 person cutting crew would do wonders!

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Steve Zuppa on January 22, 2018, 04:15:32 PM
I'm in.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Lennox on January 22, 2018, 05:22:27 PM
Me too.....
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 23, 2018, 12:57:29 AM
What will be the start time?
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 23, 2018, 10:52:58 AM
Prob 930 again.

Bring lunch- we’d like to stay up there, however we can run a return trip at noon if some folks need to leave.

Thanks!
Jason
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 24, 2018, 12:12:15 PM
Anticipated work for the weekend of Jan 27:

* Amherst Railway Society Train Show: At the "Big E" in West Springfield, MA.  Setup begins on Friday, crowds of thousands on Saturday and Sunday, breakdown Sunday evening after 5.  We'll be represented there, and many of our members and volunteers will be there.  We're in the Young Building near the "Heroes and Legends Cafe" - drop by and say hi, or help out for a bit.

Back at Sheepscot, those of us that are left will be:
* Boxcar 67
* Trout Brook area tree clearing
Fred is making lunch.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Marcel Levesque on January 24, 2018, 02:59:29 PM
Correction James.  The museum tables are in the Young building not the Mallory building.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 26, 2018, 04:38:36 AM
Sorry this is late, but here is Emily's video from the Jan 9, 2018 plowing adventure:
https://youtu.be/GsGm_cDUMXc (https://youtu.be/GsGm_cDUMXc)
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 26, 2018, 02:12:11 PM
Nice video. Thanks for the link.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 27, 2018, 11:07:04 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 27:

* Springfield Show: No idea about how many attended or who of our crew were there, but sales were better this year than last year by several hundred.
* Trout Brook area trees: We cleared several trees and burned the branches.  See the Trout Brook thread in the work projects for pictures.
* Boxcar 67: Zack put in two grabirons on the north end.
* #10 boiler: Jason and Alan worked on flanging, and then discussed a new die.
* Fred's birthday: We celebrated Fred's birthday today with a cake:
(https://i.imgur.com/ZfcFWGc.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/2FczRHK.png)
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 27, 2018, 11:39:26 PM
Happy Birthday, Fred!
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on January 28, 2018, 12:00:22 AM
Happy Birthday Fred!  And many more......
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Lennox on January 28, 2018, 12:15:34 AM
Happy Birthday Fred, sorry I missed it I'm in Springfield.

Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 28, 2018, 01:18:48 AM
Kudos to Emily. Great job!  I'm not quite sure if she enjoys or endures her father's passion

Whatever, I look for more really great stuff to come from her...
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 28, 2018, 02:43:08 AM
Happy Birthday Fred!!!
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 28, 2018, 03:51:00 AM
Fred,

Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Birthday dear Fred...
Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuuuu...
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 28, 2018, 02:47:50 PM
A belated Happy Birthday, Fred.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on January 30, 2018, 07:12:35 PM
Everything is ready for tomorrow's tree cutting! Some saws were pretty dull.