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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Volunteers => Topic started by: James Patten on May 30, 2018, 10:55:58 AM

Title: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on May 30, 2018, 10:55:58 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of June 2:

* Caboose 320
* Percival House stairs
* Track work
* Mountain ROW/Trout Brook
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on May 30, 2018, 02:45:41 PM
I will have a mid morning (9am) arrival Saturday. I plan on more pipe work and grading on the 218 end. Things should shape up quickly and be ready for the contractor to haul gravel in just a week or 2.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on May 30, 2018, 02:54:42 PM
Please keep us updated with progress photos!  Can't wait to see it at FWW...
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on June 02, 2018, 11:18:59 PM
Work done on Saturday June 2:

* Percival stairs: the risers and steps are done. 
* Mountain Extension: Mike put in another culvert
* Machine shop: Alan was at work.
* Caboose: Marcel was working on windows.

Generally a slow day for volunteers and visitors.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 03, 2018, 01:08:03 AM
And I found stuff. Lots of stuff. Bits and bars, steel plates, and a corner stone for the section house that used to be there. Actually think I found 3 of the 4 corners, but 2 had been moved.. I left one stone where I found it, so it marks the spot..

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Corner stone

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Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 03, 2018, 01:05:12 PM
Those are some interesting items you found, Mike.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 03, 2018, 03:08:53 PM
Some of those rusty bits and pieces look like automobile parts. I sort of recall a 1930's vintage car back in there somewhere. I wonder if someone was scrapping old cars there at one time.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on June 03, 2018, 04:46:39 PM
Mike, could you provide information on the section house?
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on June 03, 2018, 05:13:40 PM
My question would be; knowing the alignment and need for a passing siding, can we re-erect a section house on the original stones or will we have to move it to another location due to track alignment and/or drainage issues?
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 03, 2018, 11:35:15 PM
We are going to have to move it slightly south, mostly because of drainage. I thought I had moved location 17 North enough, but not so far north as to interfere with any other plans up there, but wound up finding another stone today, right where I put this ditch..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0603181335_zps90bgoblg.jpg)

And end of work today saw this, ready for gravel in the low/soft spot..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0603181336_zpsld1monxq.jpg)
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 03, 2018, 11:51:04 PM
Mike - While exploring up there late Sat, I found many parts to an old (coal?) stove just south of the section house site. Did you see these and do you think they are connected to the RR? There is also some additional metal pieces still buried there.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John Kokas on June 03, 2018, 11:53:30 PM
Thanks for the progress pics Mike, its so helpful when describing the ongoing work.  Sometimes I'm awestruck at the pace of progress being made.  Can't wait to walk this in the Fall!
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 04, 2018, 12:02:52 AM
Ed,
I found the door last weekend and set it on one of the logs. Yesterdays helper found more pieces, probably the same as you. I suspect someone just dumped the stove there, not railroad related. Too far from the section house..
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 04, 2018, 06:10:55 PM
Mike...will the construction road from Location 1 to 218/Location 18 after the track is extended?
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 04, 2018, 08:39:29 PM
Not quite sure what you are asking Paul. We currently have permission to use the access road we used last year to access the slide this year. After track is laid by the road, we will install a crossing so the land owner can access her back land. As with any private access road, we will seek permission to use it again if we need.

Location 17 is just in from 218. We have no location 18, yet.  When all work is complete, the temporary entrance we are using at 218 will be removed (I estimated with the state 2022) to keep vehicular traffic from the railroad grade. We have had no trouble so far, and want to keep it that way..
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 05, 2018, 02:09:28 AM
Mike...I skipped a word.
Will the access/construction road become, where possible, a permanent "service lane" for  the Mountain Extension when  track reaches Location 18, but as you state, blocked to 218 traffic?
There...I said it.  ;)   
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 05, 2018, 10:39:16 AM
No permanent service lanes. We will have our usual private access points, and we should only use them when we have permission and absolutely necessary.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 05, 2018, 04:11:59 PM
Thanks for unconfusing me.  ;)
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on June 06, 2018, 10:53:04 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of June 9:

* Mountain Extension: Mike will probably place another culvert.
* Percival House: finishing the stairs (railings/etc).
* Track maintenance: more ballasting?  Tamping?  If the tamper's ready it would also be nice to jack and tamp the mainline by the station to make it level again.
* Machine shop/wood shop
* Caboose 320 cupola
* Board meeting Saturday at 4
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on June 06, 2018, 11:06:01 AM
I have hopes of ballasting today, which will prep for tamping to be done on the main line on Saturday (hopefully). There are plans to build some retaining walls this year for Sheepscot, and a few other areas so that need them so that the ballast does not continue to go down the hill sides. Ideally this will be done before jacking and tamping the track.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 06, 2018, 12:22:16 PM
Hoping the contractor is able to deliver gravel for us this week. That will take care of the soft spot so Fred can get to the wood.
I plan on installing the entrance culvert. This will require removing a small tree we did not cut, a log it is growing out of, and another loose log in the ditch. Most of the boulders (saving 2 for road blocks) that are near there will be used to help fill in the area we need to. Hoping that after lunch I can start grading between locations 17 and 16.
I then want to move all the stones I found the were for the section house to one location and place the found steel items on top.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on June 09, 2018, 11:53:02 PM
Work done on Saturday June 9:

* Mountain Extension: Contractor delivered gravel yesterday evening so Mike graded, and put in another culvert.
* Percival House: Stairs are done.
* Track maintenance: Tamper is back in service.  I tried it out on the mainline by the station where we had leveled it last year but the tamper had died.  It works great.  It has a new improved squeeze function which really works well.  One flatcar has a load of stone for weekday crew, and the other flatcar is hoping somebody unloads the ties from it.
* Caboose 320: Marcel has been making wood pieces slightly smaller.  The wood he's using for the window/corner frames is largely Douglas Fir.
* Bridge: the bridge is now officially ours, it was turned over to us around noon.  At the board meeting we OK'd staining (don't say painting, Mike will correct you) it B&M red.
* Railcar: Leon and Stewart worked valiantly to fix the fuel issue, but with no success.
* Board meeting.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on June 09, 2018, 11:56:47 PM
Alright on B&M Red!!
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 10, 2018, 12:35:44 AM
Not McGinnis B&M blue?  So sad!

Sorry.  The stain color choice is great and very appropriate!

Great news on all the progress today!  Glad to hear the improved tamper is working well.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on June 10, 2018, 01:02:30 AM
It’s a Sherwin Williams color known as Rockwood Red or, as Mike and I call it, Rock Ridge Red. Knowing tha he brought a ( three rolls of) dimes to the board meeting may help you understand.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 10, 2018, 01:42:50 AM
Have a look at the new complete stair case.

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Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Baskerville on June 10, 2018, 02:43:12 AM
The bridge is ours... Yea!!!
B & M Red Stain... Double Yea!!!

Stain the new porches and stairs after they cure? 
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 10, 2018, 03:31:16 AM
Now that's a STAIRS!
Great job.
Paint it, except the handrail tops and treads, building trim white? Former readers of Better Homes and Garages want to know.   ;D
And will you all replace the house's now-gone east handicap ramp, or build another stairway to the 'orphaned'  east doorway and porch, or just remove them?
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on June 10, 2018, 11:27:29 AM
The east door will have a new smaller porch built with steps leading down to the area in front of the cellar door.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 10, 2018, 09:41:47 PM
Who gets to stain the bridge?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 10, 2018, 10:48:01 PM
I bet tons of volunteers show up in their bridge-painting duds.  :D
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bob Holmes on June 10, 2018, 11:23:32 PM
Where will the BBQ grill go?  We can't NOT have a cookout at the house!
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on June 13, 2018, 10:56:20 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of June 16-17:

* Saturday is Alna Day.  Lots of events going on around the railroad, I'm not even sure what's happening where.  Attractions at every station.  We may even be running a tighter schedule, not sure.  So we'll need crowd and parking control as well as railroad crew.
* Sunday is Father's Day
* Mountain Extension work
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on June 13, 2018, 07:19:04 PM
Grass cutting was done today in preparation for this weekends Alna Day celebration as well as the start of our busy season.

Leon cut grass at Alna Center while I cut grass around Sheepscott. After lunch Steve L, Mark, and myself went to ToM to do some cutting in the field. We cut until the string trimmer ran out of string and the three of us got tired. We got roughly 3/4's of the field done. It looks nice, but more cutting would be better.

With all the grass cutting done today, track work was set back a week. And with grass cutting in mind, I found some rail (not the original rails) that we cut that should be relocated or stacked together. -Added to the continuously growing list of track items.

-Speaking of grass cutting, our cutters and ROW Mow departments would love to see the remaining rotten ties picked up and any junk ones disposed of.

Back at the shop guys worked on various projects including the milling machines, tamper, inspecting and making some adjustments on cars and engines as needed, and Fred was doing stuff with some firewood.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Gary Kraske on June 13, 2018, 09:34:07 PM
Would a zero turn cutter be of use?
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 13, 2018, 10:18:22 PM
Or maybe some sort of walk-behind brush cutter or bush hog?
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on June 16, 2018, 09:46:18 PM
Saturday June 16: Alna Day

The first ever Alna Day was held today and seemed to be a great success.  A half dozen local vendors set up in our car shop, with music in the afternoon.  The Alna VFD, Lincoln County Sheriff, and State Police Incident Command Center were all there with displays.  There were games at Alna Center until 2:00, when the local Masons group took over for their secret ceremonies.  There was a nature hunt at Top of Mountain.  There were "over 100" visitors. 

Meanwhile Mike worked all by himself at 218.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 16, 2018, 11:16:08 PM
Nobody visited Mike? Not even Fred?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on June 16, 2018, 11:49:52 PM
I guess Fred did visit because he mentioned going up to visit Mike, but I don't believe anyone was stationed with him.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 17, 2018, 01:03:08 AM
I had several visitors. Fred and Zack were there early. Leon stopped by. Then Fred again. Then contractor Jeff. And finally Dave B stopped by to give me his presidential approval. Bugs never left..
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on June 17, 2018, 01:54:18 AM
When I saw Mike’s truck still at 218 after 5 I was a tad concerned so I dropped in. Turns out he was just taking advantage of the time and a half he gets when he puts in OT. Let’s, time and a half times the usual WW&F rate is... Seriously, Mike put in one heck of a day. He signed in at 6:30 a.m. Not sure when he actually finished.
On another front, there were many smiling faces today and first timer Alna residents as well. Steve P is due much praise for his efforts. Annie deserves our gratitude for not physically harming us for taking Steve from his very new newborn. Since Steve has already modestly minimized his efforts I will also thank all those who contributed to today’s success on behalf of Steve.
I have already received a cc of an email from one of the selectmen to Steve praising his and our efforts. I continue to be proud to be associated with the WW&F volunteers and family!
Dave
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 17, 2018, 12:57:59 PM
I had several visitors. Fred and Zack were there early. Leon stopped by. Then Fred again. Then contractor Jeff. And finally Dave B stopped by to give me his presidential approval. Bugs never left..

Those bugs are a dedicated bunch.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on June 17, 2018, 01:25:52 PM
Hey everyone, happy fathers day to all the dads out there. This Saturday 6/23 I hope to organize a small track crew and do some track work.

Saturday morning I want to ballast the last little bit of track on the north end of Davis grade, and if there is stone left over I have a few other areas to hit as well. Tenative departure time of around 8a.m.

During train time I hope to get a few guys on some brush cutters and do some brush cutting on Davis grade to ease surface sighting.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 17, 2018, 01:34:01 PM
And a happy Father's Day to you, Joe.

I expect to be at the Museum next Saturday, so I can be available for ballast crew and later brush cutting.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 17, 2018, 01:35:05 PM
On another front, there were many smiling faces today and first timer Alna residents as well. Steve P is due much praise for his efforts. Annie deserves our gratitude for not physically harming us for taking Steve from his very new newborn. Since Steve has already modestly minimized his efforts I will also thank all those who contributed to today’s success on behalf of Steve.
I have already received a cc of an email from one of the selectmen to Steve praising his and our efforts. I continue to be proud to be associated with the WW&F volunteers and family!

I couldn't agree more.  I thought the event yesterday was very well done, thanks to all the groups and individuals who participated.  It was busy, but it wasn't too busy.  On train crew, I had time to talk with a lot of our visitors, running from very young families to retirees.  All were having a good time, and most were very interested and amazed in all the museum has accomplished and our plans to get to Route 218.  I enjoyed seeing many old and new friends.

I hope Alna Day becomes an annual tradition.  Thanks to Mike for the idea and everyone who saw it through to fruition.  Steve P. did a fantastic job organizing it.  I look forward to the concert series Steve has developed for this year -- should be fun, family events!
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on June 17, 2018, 02:32:25 PM
I think the seed has been planted for future Alna days. Steve turned my free ride for residents into a great event. Just wish I had time to enjoy it. Hopefully next year..
I was glad to see the cooperative efforts of all the participants that were there yesterday, as well as Stewart for bringing his small fleet of fords over for display..
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 17, 2018, 03:00:06 PM
From what I have been reading and hearing from others in the tourist railroad industry, special events such as these are what draw visitors, not just a plain Jane train ride. Well done to everyone who had a part in making Alna Day happen.
Title: Re: June 2018 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on June 17, 2018, 04:54:18 PM
A great Father’s Day present from a great new father!