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Title: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 02, 2018, 12:03:24 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 5, 2018: Annual Meeting day

* Annual Meeting is in the afternoon at the Alna Meeting House.  Sorry, I can never remember the time when I write these!
* Track work: I don't know what is left to do after last weekend.
* Machine shop: I don't know what's left to do there either (other than wiring).
* Percival house stairs
* Boxcar 67
* Bridge.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 02, 2018, 12:53:43 PM
The weekday crew is setting up a train for us for first thing Saturday morning. We will be going to Davis cut to ditch and pick up some ties (all with the Kubota) and will need some help straightening the ties as they get set on the car. I would like to depart about 7:30. We need to return by 10:15 so the 10:30 train can depart.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on May 02, 2018, 01:57:27 PM
Before Saturday it would also be great if we could:

Wash down the bench in the leanto at Sheepscot Station
Broom out the coaches or cars for this weekend and wash coach windows
and
generally tidy up around Sheepscot to neaten up for visitors.

I'll try to hit some of this, but if someone gets a head start, it would be much appreciated.

Steve
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Alan Downey on May 02, 2018, 02:04:26 PM
We still have one machine to get out of Bay 4 (the Cincinnati Mill), which I'd like to place on a tip-car chassis for storage until we get the K&T up and running.

My Dad and I plan on doing the move, might need another hand, and will need 9 pulled out if that's possible.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 02, 2018, 03:38:08 PM
Other track work to be done (not necessarily this weekend) will include surfacing and tamping the areas that need it between Brook Corssing and Sutters. Speed restrictions will be put up as needed, and posted tomorrow or Friday for the work area.

I will post a generic track projects list of things to be done with or without a leader in by the sign in book. Things such as tightening loose bolts, and replacing a couple of joint bars. Theres a lot to do this year, and I hope to get a day or two this year to raise some rough spots such as MP6, and MP 7 to ToM.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 02, 2018, 11:37:59 PM
Today we finished the “Eastman Lift,” raising the remaining 180 track feet from where tamping ended just north of the old Davis rail pile, up to the high point.  At its greatest the lift was about 4”.  That high lift area needs dressing.

One more major lift is required on Davis grade- which involves about 200’ of track in the cut, to further ease the height difference onto the new track, and to get these older ties out of the muck.  I believe this needs to wait till the week after next (see next post).

The track off the north end of the new track was already similarly eased on the Sunday of work weekend.

Aside from the last lift, ballast dressing is the major requirement on Davis grade now.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 02, 2018, 11:42:29 PM
Week of May 7-10:  the bridge contractor Tim would like a 4 day work party, Monday to Thursday, in order to brace and sheathe the bridge.  With sheathing, bridge assembly will be essentially complete.

Tim has requested 3 crew members (one Fred) on each day.  Our normal Tuesday Wednesday crew can cover those days.  So- here’s a call for Monday and Thursday!  Can we get commitment from two people for each of these days?

Thank you!
Jason
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 03, 2018, 12:27:01 AM
Jason's pictures from today

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9283_zpssbf6ysdd.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9285_zpsllwfrcck.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9286_zpsse8gyjiv.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 03, 2018, 12:41:12 AM
So - is the tamping now any faster with the new compressor?  Beyond the fact that machines aren't mysteriously dying anymore.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 03, 2018, 12:45:44 AM
The compressor and pony motor are working great.  Jay's amenities are pleasant (though I opted out of using the canopy today).  Beyond that we've nothing nice to say about Big Joe right now.  It's heading in the shop to have its tamping and drive mechanisms overhauled.  Failed squeeze function, hose and gasket leaks everywhere, and a variable gauge drive axle due to a missing pin on the re-gauging sleeve.  Right now the new compressor can hold the working pressure at 80 psi; that should be 100 or a little better.  The pressure measurement is a good way to judge the amount of leaks.  That plus noticing all the leaks. 

see ya
Jason
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 03, 2018, 12:52:32 AM
Yes and no.  The work Jay did installing installing the replacement compressor and a new engine for the hydraulics was fabulous -- no issues at all there.  Air pressure was considerably higher than in the past, even with two compressors running.  I will say when the Big Joe is propelling itself, the new hydraulics engine sounds like a go-cart.

During the weekend we did have a few of issues at the front -- a broken hose, easily fixed by Jason, a broken weld to one of the top holders for a tamper, which required a trip back to Sheepscot where Jay had to grind the metal and then weld, and on Sunday, an issue with one of the pistons which perform the pinching action on the tampers.

Jason was out with us on Sunday and noted the issues with the front end.  He has plans to rebuild it.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 03, 2018, 12:53:39 AM
Oops -- I see Jason's answer sneaked in ahead of mine!
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 04, 2018, 10:43:21 AM
Track crew tomorrow coordinated by Dad, aka Mike, to pick up ties along Davis Grade. I will be there for a little while, time depending work. If I can be there for most of the day I hope to finish walking the line after the work train gets back. Tonight I will begin prepairing the work list of light tasks that a small 1-2 person track crew can accomplish.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 05, 2018, 09:27:41 PM
A fair amount of activity on a few different fronts today:

* Trackside cleanup: Mike and Joe went out with the Kubota and a flatcar to last weekend's worksite and returned with a large load of (mostly rotten) old ties and some mud from ditching.
* Machine/wood shop: Alan and Harold worked valiantly to move the Cincinnati out of the shop.  It was occupying track when I left.
* Percival House: Zack and Sonja worked on completing the decking of the upstairs deck and decking the stairs down to where they stop (which isn't yet the ground).  Meanwhile Fred's been busy tearing out the old ramp/deck on the east side of the house (it will ultimately be replaced with a new deck and a set of stairs).
* Caboose 320: Marcel has started the process to rehabilitate the cupola, by removing windows and disengaging the cupola from the car body.
* Annual Meeting: no surprises, those up for re-election got re-elected.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 05, 2018, 10:28:10 PM
Some pictures from today.

Joes pictures

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Resized952018050595081138_zpsbkziw6e8.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Resized952018050595081154_zpsi3blepld.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Resized952018050595094120_zpsfgauaqub.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Resized952018050595094122_zpsnpbwc7xy.jpg)

And mine

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0505181008a_zpssxlhzyvn.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0505181008b_zpsngtlqkaw.jpg)

And a shot of the approaching steam train while Joe was inspecting track

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/Resized952018050595110244_zpszgf7eozu.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 05, 2018, 10:34:08 PM
Happy to say I forgot my spray can this time around, but found a great spot for next summers tie changing project.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 05, 2018, 11:21:25 PM
...but found a great spot for next summers tie changing project.

We're beyond joy you found this, Joe.  ::)
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 05, 2018, 11:25:20 PM
Wait- if a tie rots 2 miles up the railroad, but no one is there to witness it, did it really....

Maybe it is the messenger’s fault afterall!

Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 06, 2018, 12:08:39 AM
Hahaha.

Along with designating track projects for this summer, I hope to develope a few days of work we can do on regular scheduled weekend days so that not all of the track work falls during the week. The question is, can we actually generate the help?
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 06, 2018, 12:24:07 AM
With advanced notice, I can take a day or two or three off this summer for weekday work.

Otherwise I'd go out with a crew on a Saturday or Sunday for the track work that can be done before and between trains.

Thanks Joe.

Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 09, 2018, 10:56:20 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 12:

* Davis Grade cleanup: more ties and muck to remove.  There may be some tamping to do as well.
* Boxcar 67 (seems to be on hold for a while)
* Caboose 320 cupola removal.  Marcel wants to take the cupola off completely.
* Percival house stairs: continued work on the 2nd floor stairs, and continued demolition of the east platform.
* Machine shop move.
* Board meeting at 4:00.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 09, 2018, 11:04:57 AM
Any planned tamping will have to be secondary to the ditching effort. Saturday will be the last day available to ditch until probably after FWW.. VERY busy summer ahead.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 13, 2018, 12:42:34 AM
Work done on Saturday May 12 2018:

* E-waste: today was an electronics waste acceptance day, so we rounded up old non-working TVs and computers and sent them off.
* Ditching: Mike ditched more of the west side on Davis Grade, and dropped off the gunk at Brook Crossing for the bulldozer to take care of.  Where he has ditched the water flows through rather nicely, rather than sitting in a stagnate pool.
* Caboose 320: Today the cupola came off via the forklift.  Fortunately both the carbody and the cupola top are in solid shape.
* Machine shop: Trying to get one of the newly moved machines to work.
* Percival House: Zack and Sonja worked on the stairs all day, however they're in no different shape tonight than they work this morning!  I think they may have done prep work for the rest of the stairs.
* Mountain Extension: Mike took Jeff Verney on a tour of the work to be done.
* Board meeting.  Long meeting.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Harold Downey on May 13, 2018, 02:09:18 AM
The new Hercules mill is now running. Its electrical control internals are a bit bodged up.  But all feeds and speeds are functional.   Linc will be comparing its accuracy to the original Hercules mill this coming week so that we can decide which one will stay. 
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 13, 2018, 07:07:16 PM
Hey everyone,

Depending on a few variables, I would like to do some track work on Wednesday. If crew permits maybe we can ballast some areas that are in need of stone on Davis grade. Theres two joint bars to be changed out on Davis Grade as well. If the crew is small we have some smaller odd and end jobs we can do as well.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on May 14, 2018, 09:52:09 AM
Does anyone want to have a loaded flatcar of ballast ready for Sat. morning, like we used to do?
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 16, 2018, 10:58:27 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 19.  Looks like a cool, rainy day.

* Boxcar 67
* Caboose 320
* Loco 10 boiler
* Percival stair work
* Ballasting?  Or tamping?  And the old ties need to be brought back to Sheepscot.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 16, 2018, 11:33:05 AM
Ballasting would be good, as we could get a speed upgrade in one location, and leave a little extra to prepare for tamping to be done next week. The new portion needs to be elevated so that will want a good amount of extra ballast. Maybe not up to the top of the rail, but maybe half way up the rail.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 19, 2018, 11:30:51 PM
Work done on Saturday May 19:

* Ballast: We ballasted from Sutter's crossing south, on the west side.  We almost got off the curve.  The flatcar has been reloaded with stone.
* Percival: Zack continued working on the stairs.  The stairs on the main floor now have a railing.  The landing from the attic has quite a view, it's big enough you could have a meal up there.
* Gardening: Linda demanded that the tie ends be inserted into the ground for the house garden plot, so 3 of us did that.  It's done.  Boy that clay that had been sitting around was hard.
* Caboose 320: Marcel was working on new window frames.
* Machine shop: Alan was trying to move a couple of machines around.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 20, 2018, 01:27:06 AM
Thank you James & crew.

Everyone, I hope to lead a crew on Saturday 5/26 for ballasting, and or tamping depending on crew and equipment availability.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on May 20, 2018, 07:54:35 AM
The new Hercules mill is now running. Its electrical control internals are a bit bodged up.  But all feeds and speeds are functional.

“Bodged up”?

Is Bodged an official Texas term or is “Bodged” a little less confused than Boggled?
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on May 20, 2018, 07:53:10 PM
Bodged is a British term for something cobbled together.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on May 20, 2018, 08:35:19 PM
This whole conversation boggles my mind!
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on May 20, 2018, 09:37:57 PM
It's mind boggling but thanks for the vocabulary lesson.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 23, 2018, 10:59:52 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of May 26, 2018: the beginning of our summer season, we're open both Saturday and Sunday.

* Davis grade: ballasting, or tamping, or something else.
* Mountain Extension
* Caboose 320
* Machine shop
* Percival stairs
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 23, 2018, 11:28:31 AM
Moving North..
Dozer and Excavator are headed to the Trout Brook Preserve. The weekday crew has gotten some silt fence up ahead of time, and Saturday I can start prepping the grade. There are 5 culverts to install (counting the temporary entrance), stumping, ditching and grading to be done, plus the contractor will be hauling in gravel to make the ground more stable.. All this will be done by the end of June.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 23, 2018, 05:37:21 PM
A busy WW&F June ahead.
Will 218 ROW side of Trout Brook  get all these culverts installed? I'm assuming yes.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 23, 2018, 06:38:07 PM
Yes, the north side of Trout Brook needs its culverts before grading and bridge work can begin in earnest.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 23, 2018, 07:00:21 PM
Our schedule for grade and bridge prep will be tight and intense from this point on.  There’ll come a time this summer when we will be calling on extra help, both weekday and Saturdays.

But the results will be most rewarding!

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 23, 2018, 07:58:59 PM
And pray for a dry summer!
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on May 23, 2018, 09:19:20 PM
And pray for a dry summer!
I thought you were a firefighter! ::)
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 26, 2018, 08:17:04 PM
Work done on Saturday May 26:

* Percival Stairs: Mike dug the foundation hole for the 2nd story stair landing.  Zack had built a form and the form went in the ground then got buried.  Concreting sometime later.
* Ballast: We ballasted the remainder of the west side of the track on Davis Grade, then switched to the east side.  We brought back a few old ties.
* Caboose: Marcel was working on the windows of the cupola.
* Machine shop/wood shop: the last machine to make the quad in the extension got moved into place.  The table saw got moved into Bay 4.
* Mountain Extension: Mike moved the equipment to Rt 218 crossing and started digging for culverts.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 26, 2018, 10:27:57 PM
A crew made up of Mark C, Steve L, Steve Z, HWMNBN and myself traveled all the way to Puddledock to assist the Alna Historical Society by removing shutters and moving large stage (not staging) pieces at the Puddledock School. It was all part of the WW&F Ry giving back to the community efforts. We were rewarded with still warm apple brownies which were shared with the Sheepscot crew at lunch.
Dave
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 26, 2018, 10:45:52 PM
Any work planned for Monday 5/28 (Memorial Day)?
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 26, 2018, 11:50:52 PM

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0526180853_zpsatxs15zn.jpg)

I did go digging for culverts, but not before I had to assist myself out of a sticky situation..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0526181100_zpst3lveius.jpg)

Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 27, 2018, 02:27:38 AM
A crew made up of Mark C, Steve L, Steve Z, HWMNBN and myself traveled all the way to Puddledock to assist the Alna Historical Society by removing shutters and moving large stage (not staging) pieces at the Puddledock School. It was all part of the WW&F Ry giving back to the community efforts. We were rewarded with still warm apple brownies which were shared with the Sheepscot crew at lunch.
Dave

A few photos from Puddledock, plus other photos of work done in Sheepscot today.  Sorry Alan -- I didn't get any photos of your work rearranging equipment in the shops.

I did some work in Sheepscot with signs and posters before arriving late at the 1874 Village School building in Puddledock.  I managed to catch a handful of end-of-work photos.

The removed shutters were placed in the shed behind the school building.  Steve Lennox is leaving the shed after the last of the shutters had been stored.  Note the shadow of a shutter on the school building.

(https://i.imgur.com/JD1IaXI.jpg)


Steve Zuppa looking from the shed.

(https://i.imgur.com/LG6hveM.jpg)


The Alna Village School building in Puddledock.

(https://i.imgur.com/dtGJd1J.jpg)


At Sheepscot, Zack Wyllie built a concrete form for the landing of the second floor stairway on the Percival House.  Mike Fox excavated the hole to receive the form.  In this photo Mike is leveling the form as Zack looks on.

(https://i.imgur.com/SUwh4Yz.jpg)


Fred used the tractor to bring in backfill for the form.

(https://i.imgur.com/qqUYzSL.jpg)


Zack and Dave Buczkowski backfill the form.

(https://i.imgur.com/gYaQ23y.jpg)


Meanwhile, Marcel Levesque worked on the window frames for caboose 320 in bay 3 of the shop building.

(https://i.imgur.com/m6s5ouI.jpg)


A damp, muggy day today, but not a washout.  Looked like there were passengers for each of the steam trains today.  Three of us who went to Alna Center on the 10.30 train to do some cleanup work there were very impressed with engineer Dana Deering.  Not a single wheel slip when he departed the station north on the grade there!




Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on May 27, 2018, 03:02:22 AM
A few photos from Puddledock...

I swear, you Mainers are in competition with the Brits for the cutest names of places.  Come my summer visit I am just going to have to visit Puddledock, just to say I have been there.

This makes me question, why would you need a dock for a puddle, much less a school? 

Maybe it is a Moxie thing.....
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on May 27, 2018, 01:13:39 PM
The Alna school would make an interesting model. Looks like I may pay a visit when I come out in July.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 27, 2018, 06:38:28 PM
Any work planned for Monday 5/28 (Memorial Day)?

It sounds like nobody there on Saturday was planning to be there on Monday.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 27, 2018, 09:21:59 PM
Go ahead and take Monday off, youz guys...I think you all oined it.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 28, 2018, 04:27:56 PM
And get somebody to paint the inside of the Puddledock school shed door. Looks awful while the building looks great.
Title: Re: May 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on May 29, 2018, 12:28:22 AM
Sometime this week I have high hopes of arriving extra early to go up the line to stake out a few dips that need ballast in order to be lifted, and or deciding on other areas that need stone on Davis Grade and remove some of the excess stone down by the rail pile. My overall plan this year for track work is to improve some dips that provide some serious rocking on the train, finish up ballasting and tamping on Davis Grade, and line track as time permits. If we can get all of these things done this year, next year we will actually be able to focus our attention on replacing ties.

Joe