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Title: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 01, 2018, 10:20:57 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of August 4-5, 2018:

* Mountain extension.  Mike is prepping for the blocks?
* Bridge.  Interior still needs stain, as of last weekend.
* Car shop/machine shop organization.
* Caboose 320.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 01, 2018, 11:06:54 AM
Yes. One tree to get on the ground, hopefully with the stump still attached. I want to clean that up then start prepping for the wall.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 01, 2018, 02:26:02 PM
Terrific to see so much varied progress, especially by volunteers fitting this work into their daily lives.
But, I'm always concerned too many projects will overwhelm available doers.
So far, planned improvements...TOM track extension, Trout Bridge preps, caboose/box 67 rebuilds, machine shop re-dos, with track grade help by contractor Verney, are exciting to witness.
 
Could be my impatience to see everything done by tomorrow is showing?  ;)
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 02, 2018, 09:56:26 PM
Today the two fuel filters, the hydraulic oil filter, the air filter, the oil filter and the oil was changed on 52. Last week it was pressure washed inside and out. You can now actually see daylight thru the radiator. Work on the front headlight is progressing.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 02, 2018, 10:43:08 PM
You can now actually see daylight thru the radiator.

Hopefully no daylight seen from within the radiator!
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 02, 2018, 11:18:32 PM
Additional Saturday Aug 4 projects:

Bridge beam drilling and bolting (Joe)
Crane tower fab (Alan)
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 02, 2018, 11:45:48 PM
You can now actually see daylight thru the radiator.

Hopefully no daylight seen from within the radiator!

I thought that too, James, when I read the post!
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on August 03, 2018, 11:06:04 AM
I'd like to let you know that we have enough ties at TOM to do a little over 900 ft. What we have cut at sheepscot will probably be used on the temporary bridge. I hope none will be needed from TOM. One truckload of ties will probably get us to 1200 ft. if we get them cut to length. We could use a lot more help in the coming 9 weeks, I hope some people from away can visit us for a week vacation before Fall work weekend. If the rail isn't moved I don't know where people coming for the work weekend will park their cars as it will take a lot of room to park cars. A little reality check, also we should not place rail and ties on the roadbed where trees have to be cut and ditches dug. I think we have about 1200 ft cleared now.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 03, 2018, 11:18:38 AM
You can now actually see daylight thru the radiator.

Hopefully no daylight seen from within the radiator!

I thought that too, James, when I read the post!

Ok, it was late and I was tired. The fan blows forward out thru the radiator so there was a lot of gunk buildup on the inside, which is now gone.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 03, 2018, 09:06:50 PM
Later this month, closer to the third or fourth Saturday of August, I hope to start getting the rail prepped, which will require 2-3 guys per day. We need to get 100 rails ready, mark the center line of each rail, inspect each rail, crop and drill as needed. In September we will sort through the joint bars and get them ready to go as well. Stay tuned for a Fall Work Weekend prep page that I will be starting in the next week or so. We have enough material to build 1500' of track this fall, but that will depend on how far beyond the 1200' mark the grading goes. Preferably 1400' because that will put us in a very good spot to complete the track over Trout Brook Bridge next fall.

Joe
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 04, 2018, 12:57:33 AM
Yesterday bullet Bob and I completed the annual track grass and weed exploration and persuasion adventure.  That is we found all of the little rapscallians and hopefully persuaded them to go live somewhere else, like in grass and weed heaven.

Today the 52 headlight refurbishment was completed.  This included cleaning, painting, new glass, a full set of seals and two new stabilizing braces.  Of course in the process of reinstalling the braces and headlight I managed to succesfully remove all the remaining black, greasey, grimy dirt that I missed during the cleaning process by transferring it to my hands, arms, neck, forehead, gloves, shirt and pants.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on August 04, 2018, 04:20:58 AM
Bill you are a dirt magnet - I have a brother like that - walk 10 feet from dirt
and it jumps at you. You could hire out - just walk through a house and it would be clean.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 04, 2018, 08:34:45 PM
Work done on Saturday Aug 4:

* Mountain Extension: Mike took some culverts, pipe, and road cloth up this morning, and came back without them this afternoon.  I think Fred helped move out some more wood.
* Machine shop: Things happened (sorry, I don't know enough to be more specific than that).  I do know a newly arrived saw (think continual loop saw blade) got some attention.
* Caboose 320: Marcel was working on the vertical pieces.
* Bridge: Holes were drilled in timbers and timbers bolted together.  Zack kept at attaching ties to the bridge timbers.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 06, 2018, 01:12:06 PM
HELP NEEDED THIS WEEK!

Tuesday 8/7 and Wednesday 8/8 are bridge work days. There are PILES of tasks to be completed. Get out of your CRIB and come help us. This will be a major work effort at the bridge site and many hands will be needed to keep the project on schedule and moving forward. No RSVP required, APPROACH dressed in work clothes, boots, and gloves. Work will begin at 9am.

This is just the beginning of the big push to set the bridge in-place before the work window expires this Fall. Other opportunities to help will be announced when they are finalized.

In addition, there will be prep work for the Annual Picnic occuring on Friday, 8/10. Additional help (especially a switching train crew) would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 06, 2018, 02:04:54 PM
Thanks, Ed.

Friday switching will be steam.  We should already have a crew for that.  Additional crew welcome.  Bridge work too.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 06, 2018, 07:17:46 PM
Going to be another slow week at work, so I am planning on being at the railroad 2 days TBD this week. Hopefully one day on the bridge, one day tamping. I am also hoping to be there on Friday or Saturday to do some of my leaderless jobs that really need to get done, along with hopefully more brush cutting.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 08, 2018, 12:38:46 AM
Work done Tuesday 8/7/18:

Piles were arranged and loaded at Sheepscot in preperation for use later this week.

The remaining bridge stringers were drilled and bolted together.

Hiking trail relocated next to the roadbed near Trout Brook bridge and construction site.

Survey crew was working with the contractor at the bridge site. They noted how incredibly friendly we are towards each other, and how much work we get done.

Along with all of that, volunteers also entertained guests for a chartered train ride, and a family was also given a presidential tour.

A lot happened today in the extreme heat.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 08, 2018, 10:10:33 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Aug 11-12, 2018:

* Annual Picnic!  I believe that Nancy Weeks is doing the food.  We're getting a visit from a World War 1 re-enactor group (the same group as last year), this time they have more stuff.
* Operations: Full sized first and second class trains.  Plus I think there's a photo event Saturday evening.
* Mountain Extension: Mike is planning to place cement blocks for retaining wall.
* Board meeting: Saturday @ 4
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 09, 2018, 09:52:50 AM
Work done at Sheepscot 8/8/18

The four corners that the bridge sits on were bolted together. Took the day to complete, and may not seem like much, but they are 3 wood blocks, each one weighs around 300 lbs or more and to drill through all three the top block on each one had to be removed to finish drilling the last two. Then pounding the long bolts through was another chore in itself.

Piles were sorted and loaded at Sheepscot in preperation for the contractor.

Work went on at the bridge site to prep for the piles, including the contractor rigging the crane up for setting piles.

Grass was mowed at Alna Center to be ready for this weekend.

Sheepscot was a very busy place yesterday, and if something happened that was not mentioned its not intentional.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Crabb on August 09, 2018, 01:57:19 PM
I'm surprised the drilling and bolting of the four corners for the bridge has been completed. From the looks of them when we stacked them I thought it would take much longer to drill, move, drill, restack and drive the bolts through. :)
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 09, 2018, 02:23:52 PM
I started working on them at 7:30 in the morning, by 9 we had a 3-4 man crew moving them around. Needless to say we were all very happy when the last bolt was in.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 09, 2018, 09:31:46 PM
The first pile was driven today inspite of the mid afternoon rain.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on August 09, 2018, 10:13:40 PM
What really helped was Joe on the drill (younger and stronger) and the new more expensive drill bit.  It helps to pay for the best!
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on August 09, 2018, 10:20:13 PM
The first pile was driven today inspite of the mid afternoon rain.

Photos?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 09, 2018, 10:22:49 PM
We were wet and busy.  I got a couple, one of which mike just posted on the bridge thread.  I believe Dave B got some.  I got video but don’t know how to send such a large file from my phone.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 09, 2018, 11:35:19 PM
I sent mine to Stewart to post. I also sent to HWMNBN. Perhaps one of them can post here.
Dave
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 09, 2018, 11:41:04 PM
Your video should go to our Youtube account.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 10, 2018, 01:14:13 AM
I sent mine to Stewart to post. I also sent to HWMNBN. Perhaps one of them can post here.
Dave

He volunteered me again!  I need to change my name.

Here's Dave's photo:

(https://i.imgur.com/p1hD7Bx.jpg)
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 10, 2018, 02:04:34 AM
You love and you know it. Thanks my friend.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on August 10, 2018, 12:13:35 PM
I sent mine to Stewart to post. I also sent to HWMNBN. Perhaps one of them can post here.
Dave

He volunteered me again!  I need to change my name.



HWMNBN to become HWHCHN??? :o

Jeff S.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on August 10, 2018, 10:12:33 PM
Is this some secret code that we're supposed to understand?
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 10, 2018, 10:51:51 PM
Only if you’ve read Harry Potter.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on August 10, 2018, 11:28:20 PM
Bob,

You need to pick up a subscription to the Voldemort Free Press, then all shall become clear.   :o
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 11, 2018, 11:05:08 PM
Work report Saturday Aug 11: Annual Picnic Saturday

* World War I reenactors: Set up shop at Alna Center last night and bivouacked.  Had a chance to look it over today, the "front" was on the hillside west of AC station and they had in the PM a mortar and machine gun set up. 
* Mountain Extension: A little under half of the concrete blocks were loaded on the flat car early and shipped to end of track.  Mike drove up in the Old Yeller boom truck (a loan from the contractor) to unload them and take them north.  He installed 2 of them.  Later in the day one of the passenger trains retrieved the flatcar, it was loaded, and taken by another passenger train north.
* Picnic: attendance was fair, most steam trains seemed to go out loaded (3 coaches), the second class train was not well patronized.  Railcar operated as second section of second class.
* Board meeting.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 11, 2018, 11:57:27 PM
* Mountain Extension: A little under half of the concrete blocks were loaded on the flat car early and shipped to end of track.  Mike drove up in the Old Yeller boom truck (a loan from the contractor) to unload them and take them north.  He installed 2 of them.  Later in the day one of the passenger trains retrieved the flatcar, it was loaded, and taken by another passenger train north.

Empty flatcar #126 was picked up by the first second class train of the day (10.55 a.m. departure from Sheepscot) and returned to Sheepscot.  The reloaded flatcar #126 was delivered by the 1.30 p.m. first class train.  Thanks to good yard management at Sheepscot by Jason and James, the extra work for the two trains which led to later than normal return times to Sheepscot did not significantly delay train departures from Sheepscot.

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...the second class train was not well patronized...

We did not get much love at Sheepscot, but I will say we picked up a number of passengers at Alna Center, both to finish their journeys to Top of the Mountain and return, as well departing AC directly back to Sheepscot.

From what I could see from 52's train, the 103rd Regiment Living History (https://www.facebook.com/103rd-Regiment-Living-History-659126390943866/) group provided a great experience at Alna Center.  I hope they are enjoying this weekend and will continue to be part of the annual picnic in the future.  The WW1-era military truck was very interesting to watch from my distant vantage point -- hope someone got photos of the WW1 AC scenes that can be posted to this thread or our Facebook page.

The weather today was generally good.  Mostly sunny but somewhat cool in the morning (a great improvement over the heat and humidity we've had the last two+ weeks).  Clouds rolled in for the afternoon, but rain (generally light) held off until after 3.   

Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 12, 2018, 12:06:46 AM
I dont know what the final head counts were today, but the steam train seemed to do very well, especially on the 10:30 and 12 departures. And a decent charge of first time visitors, and many familiar faces. A fun time was had by all, and everyone that I talked to had a great time.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 12, 2018, 12:32:53 AM
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good yard management at Sheepscot by Jason and James

Other than running the North Yard switch I had nothing to do with it.  It was all Jason.

That switch is waaaay out there from the platform.  Voice communication is impossible.  It's really hard to see much of anything.  Thankfully Jason seemed to know when I would need to know what to do next and signal it from around the middle switch.  I told him we need a flag system or something.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 12, 2018, 01:04:41 AM
I dont know what the final head counts were today, but the steam train seemed to do very well, especially on the 10:30 and 12 departures. And a decent charge of first time visitors, and many familiar faces. A fun time was had by all, and everyone that I talked to had a great time.

And Joe as conductor looked especially sharp today wearing a tie.  I told him I was going to wear a torn tee-shirt as conductor for future second-class trains, rather than my usual WW&F denim shirt.

Yes -- a fun time by all, based on the conversations I had today.  Always great to see both first-time visitors and familiar faces enjoying their time at our Museum.

I was surprised by the strong passenger count I saw on the 3 p.m. steam train.  Good sight late in the day.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on August 12, 2018, 01:05:56 AM


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good yard management at Sheepscot by Jason and James

Voice communication is impossible.  It's really hard to see much of anything.  Thankfully Jason seemed to know when I would need to know what to do next and signal it from around the middle switch.  I told him we need a flag system or something.

The mag phone department might be able to come up with something.🤔
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on August 12, 2018, 01:41:14 AM
I was really impressed by the re-enactment group. Having the 102 from Connecticut join the 103rd was a great addition. I missed the mortar and Hotchkiss firing but did see the Model T ambulance in action. Alna Center is perfect for this kind of thing. The group leaders were extremely pleased with how things went. I look forward to an even bigger encampment next year.
Thanks to all who helped out today. I was pleased to see new faces. And Joe cleans up real well, tie and all, as conductor.
Dave
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 12, 2018, 09:21:11 AM
Special thanks to Steve Lennox for the finess with the tie.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 12, 2018, 01:24:12 PM
Putting out a request for help for Saturday morning. I can only be there until just after lunch, and will need a hand guiding the blocks into place, and helping get the truck back,out of the mud, if it should get stuck again. I have got a little work to do first with the Kubota, so that will be first. I want to set the last 3 bottom blocks, and help lining these up will make it easier.

I am also planning on Sunday as well, trying to get as much as possible done. A hand would be welcomed that day as well, but not as needed as Saturday.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 12, 2018, 09:46:27 PM
Hey everyone,

We will need as much help as we can get this Saturday 8/18/18. Between needing help for the bridge stuff we also need help with Mountain work, regular operation help, and help prepairing for Fall Work Weekend. 2-3 guys for the mountain, and I will need 2-3 guys to work with me if I am free. In the event I am not around Saturday, I will have things set up for a crew to organize rail without me. We are pinched for space, so the 10 rails we sort out will be loaded on a yellow work flat in a way so they can be loaded and unloaded with the fork lift or tractor.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 12, 2018, 09:50:29 PM
Some pictures from Saturday:

The Model T ambulance:
(https://i.imgur.com/4OcxPC9.jpg)

The cook area:
(https://i.imgur.com/Z7t6zkG.jpg)

Machine gun emplacement:
(https://i.imgur.com/eODVMnO.jpg)

Mortar emplacement:
(https://i.imgur.com/XetB9KJ.jpg)

The mortar was set up on the west side of the tracks, on the other side of the tree clump in the middle.  There's a broad shallow valley which is all field, ending in the forest quite a ways away.  Bill B told me today that the mortar shot reached all the way to the other side of the field.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 13, 2018, 01:29:26 AM
For the away crowd, here is a slideshow put together by yours truly. Photo credits are at the end of the presentation, and shows the progress of the bridge and Mountain projects as of last week. Please note that the photos are only updated from last week, so anything done over the last week has already changed. There is no sound so please forgive me as I am still learning how to put a power point together.

https://youtu.be/JggP7VfFPvc

Again, WE NEED YOU. Without our generous members and volunteers none of this is possible, and as we prepare for the Fall Work Weekend we will need as many hands as we can get. Preparing the rail should be relatively easy work, but time consuming as some of it needs to be cropped, drilled, flipped end for end, and stacked in piles of 5 east rails and 5 west rails for easy working both now and when it comes time to build track.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Smith on August 13, 2018, 03:07:49 AM
Thank you for the presentation Joe. Very nice!
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on August 13, 2018, 06:18:31 AM
Hi Joe ! Thank you so much for that very very interesting slide show that greatly helps the away crowd to understand all the amazing work that has been doing on the bridge and the ROW since last Fall by the dedicated regular volunteers. I really appreciate that you have placed side by side photos of the works and the ROW map with arrows. I'll take advantage of this reply to thank the many that spent quite a lot of their precious time on taking photos and uploading them on the forum or Fb to keep the mere and distant onlooker like me posted.Bravo you all again!
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 13, 2018, 09:17:09 PM
Well done, Joe. This is something that will enhance everyone's understanding of the magnitude of both projects.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 14, 2018, 12:21:25 AM
Thank you everyone. I hope to put the presentation onto a dvd once the bridge is in place. Once I upload the finql copy with background music I will share it all over the place.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 14, 2018, 12:24:04 AM
A minor critique, Joe. Some of the pauses between slide changes are too short to read the caption material and connect the photo to the arrow on the map.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 14, 2018, 12:56:30 AM
Ok, I can adjust that easily. Thank you Wayne.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on August 14, 2018, 01:50:15 AM
Some of us read REALLY slow - a little longer will be nice, but since you
don't want to make a 20 min show out of a 4 min. presentation I use the
pause button.

And thanks for putting it together.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on August 14, 2018, 02:36:50 AM
I love the idea of simultaneously presenting the map (with arrow) along with the location photos. It really helps. :D
-John M
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 14, 2018, 05:05:44 AM
I second that, John.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 14, 2018, 09:22:36 AM
That is great. We really need that to help keep our members up to date on our progress. I also like the split map feature. Very cool.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 14, 2018, 09:31:56 AM
I have created a separate thread for the new version of the video, and you can find that page under Museum Discussion. Here is a link to the final video.

https://youtu.be/HegJfm0TyD4
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 15, 2018, 09:56:13 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of August 18 & 19, 2018:

* Mountain Extension: Mike will be there Saturday AM and on Sunday putting in wall blocks.
* Bridge
* Track work
* Machine shop
* Operations
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 15, 2018, 03:38:39 PM
Am assuming Pinch Point retaining wall will be just elaborate enough to stabilize the roadbed close to Trout Brook, possibly be finished next weekend?

Piledriving is moving right along. Approach spans cribbing is next?
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 16, 2018, 01:58:07 AM
You remember how Rose Anne Rosannadanna used to comment/rant on SNL Weekend News..."IF IT AINT ONE THING, IT'S ANOTHER !!"  ::) :'(
Gilda Radner, bless her,  was fabulously funny.  ;D

The wall should work fine, even though you're working with two hundred?-pound blocks.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on August 16, 2018, 02:09:28 AM
2000 Lb blocks
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 16, 2018, 02:17:11 AM
Yikes! Those things should NEVER wash away, could probably anchor the QE2!
Good luck, watch your fingers.  ;)
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 16, 2018, 11:04:56 PM
Hey everyone,

Sorry I haven't been able to be at the railroad this week. Work has really put a damper on that. I still hope to start working on sorting rail this Saturday if all goes well. Made a brief appearance today to show some friends around real quick and do a quick track inspection. Sigh, so much to do, so little time. :/
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 16, 2018, 11:16:34 PM
Sorry I haven't been able to be at the railroad this week. Work has really put a damper on that.

Welcome to the club!  On the other hand, eating is a good thing.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 17, 2018, 12:10:04 AM
Really sucks when things you have to do get in the way of the things you want to do..
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on August 17, 2018, 03:03:56 AM
When work and pleasure conflict - you just gotta give up work!
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on August 18, 2018, 05:42:49 PM
150 ties cut this week, 100 of them today. Zack an Al stacked them. Hope to do more of them next week if I don't have to go for things.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 18, 2018, 08:54:56 PM
Today the rail sorting crew started off with Al, Jay and I and we cleared out a hole to the rail pile, and sorted out bridge material. Then as we started to move rail Al had to take care of parking since we had closed off 70% of the parking lot. Then Bill arrived to help, and then later James and we discovered a 5 man crew is ideal for moving rail.

We need more help everyone. Todays crew was strictly moving rail, aside from a few getting called off here and there for small odds and ends. Next Saturday will be a wash because of the ice cream trains, so I hope we can move rail on Wednesday to stay ahead of things.

3 rails need to be cropped and drilled and I hope to do that Wednesday while a crew moves more rail. (Dependant on man power) Overall we set out 20 rails to be used for FWW, and 9 skips that need unbending, and 3 off the ground in front of the big pile of rail.

For those wondering, the big pile had over 12,300 feet of rail, or 6,150+ of track feet.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 18, 2018, 09:41:50 PM
Work done on Saturday Aug 18:

* Mountain Extension: Mike got the hole extended a little bit (enough to put another block on top of existing blocks) and filled in between the two placed with stone.  Then tried to do more but the machinery didn't cooperate (see the Mountain Extension thread).
* Rail: Joe ran a crew to sort through rail (see previous message).
* Caboose: Marcel has the base of the cupola boards placed and attached.
* Ties: Fred cut up a bunch of ties.

We were visited by a mystery tour today.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 18, 2018, 11:07:33 PM
Special thank you to everyone who helped move rail today, including Fred who moved some trailers for us. Without your guys determination to see the rail through, I was ready to stop after lunch. We worked through some sprinkles, but found shelter when it became pouring rain.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 20, 2018, 09:16:50 AM
Hello all,

Any extra hands today would be helpful.  We are scheduled to receive a truck shipment at Sheepscot, but my time must be spent on the bridge site laying out for the next round of piles.  We could really use help with both projects.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on August 20, 2018, 07:55:06 PM
Had to move a lot of stuff with the tractor before the Flanger arrived. Was busy until 2:00 P.M.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 20, 2018, 10:17:06 PM
Hey everyone, tenative plan for me on Wednesday is to crop and drill 3 rails, prep 10-20 rails to be moved to the rail pile for FWW. Hopefully will have 1 helper able to help slide rails around, and hopefully have a fork lift operator for an hour later in the day.

The B&SR flanger from Maine Narrow Gauge arrived today.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on August 20, 2018, 10:46:46 PM
Joe, I will be there mid-morning on Wed to help...
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 21, 2018, 12:15:15 PM
The B&SR flanger from Maine Narrow Gauge arrived today.

A full discussion on this latest partnership between the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and the WW&F can be found at: http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3249.0.html (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3249.0.html)
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 22, 2018, 10:00:24 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of August 25:

* Ice Cream Social: ICS trains run in the afternoon.
* Concert: The concert is in the evening.
* Mountain Extension: more lego blocks to put down.
* Bridge
* Caboose 320: Cupola may go on
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 22, 2018, 06:58:34 PM
Rain off and on today proved to make things interesting. The tractor was repaired and used to move 10 rails for the Fall Wprk Weekend giving us 30 out of 100. Some rail was cropped and drilled as well. Thank you rail crew for the help, every stick counts.

Bridge site continued as well, and the wet clay makes for some fun walking. All of the piles are now in, and things are "piling" up.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 22, 2018, 07:14:00 PM
A delivery of stone to the punch point this morning by our Contractor Jeff should be enough to backfill the wall this weekend.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 23, 2018, 10:04:59 PM
I am looking for some help first thing Saturday. I have blocks to load at Sheepscot first thing, but that can be by myself. What I need is a few extra hands at TOM once the blocks are unloaded. I want to move one (or both or none, depending on time) culvert section to the end of track. I can then pluck it off the car with Clancy..
So, no later than 8a departure. Would like sooner if enough show up.. I promise some ice cream as a reward..
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 23, 2018, 10:30:13 PM
Mike,

Damn, what an offer... ice cream... some times I hate that I live so far away...
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 23, 2018, 10:48:25 PM
I forgot to mention, this extra will be returning before first train.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 24, 2018, 12:26:53 AM
Mike, I'm willing to help as long as you don't think my being there last Saturday jinxed all that you were trying to do.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 24, 2018, 12:42:24 AM
I expect to be available to brake/conduct for James, as long as we're back to Sheepscot by 9.30.   Should be at Sheepscot and available no later than 7.30 a.m.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 24, 2018, 10:11:01 AM
We will try then. My goal is to have the flat returned empty to Sheepscot, no matter what we get done. But, we will worry about that when the time comes. 9:30 is a good end time.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 25, 2018, 09:02:11 PM
The only thing I can report on with any certainty for work done is what Mike did: he, myself, and Brendan emptied the flatcar, got the 2 culverts to the end of track, and set in several of the 1 ton blocks and 3 of the top blocks at the pinch point.

I did hear that the noon train was sold out today - fabulous!  I saw it leave but didn't think it was totally full.  3 full sized coaches.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 25, 2018, 09:13:27 PM
Great news all around..... Work accomplished at the North End of Track... lots of happy visitors...
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on August 26, 2018, 09:13:03 AM
Removed rest of old ramp porch so posts can be placed in ground to rebuild smaller porch and stairs for that entrance on FWW,
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on August 26, 2018, 12:58:57 PM
Fred, you mean you weren't cutting ties??? :o

Jeff S.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 26, 2018, 01:06:00 PM
Hey everyone, I am hoping to be at the museum Tuesday or Wednesday this week to move rail again. This will entail a tractor or fork lift operator and at least one other person. We need to get at least 30 rails to stay ahead, and with the tractor will be a full 6 hour day of moving rail. My appologies ahead of time. If we can get a fork lift operator it will go much faster since we can pull 5 rails at once instead of one at a time. In the event we get the full 30 rails ready, that will give us a total of 60 out of 100. And will put us one day ahead of schedule. Which is great, because we still need to get joint bars ready.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 26, 2018, 02:39:15 PM
Joe,

You and the gang are doing a great job getting ready for the FWW.  I know things will go a lot smoother since you will have all the materials staged and ready for the talented and industrious WW&F FWW Gandy Dancers team to head 'Down the Mountain'.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 26, 2018, 03:29:58 PM
Fred...tnx for update on Percival house's new, coming front porch. Old hc ramp I'm sure was useful but looked particularly awful.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Gordon Cook on August 27, 2018, 12:39:07 PM
In addition to the really exciting stuff, Gordon C. made and installed two brackets on #9 to support the engine vacuum brake rods. They will hopefully extend the life of the vacuum brake diaphragms by supporting the weight of the rods and reducing the amount of flexing that the diaphragms undergo. There is evidence in the wear pattern on the fireman's side rod that they were an original feature of the vacuum brake system.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 27, 2018, 02:54:37 PM
And it was a work of art. It is the small things that go unnoticed that sometimes make a huge difference.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 27, 2018, 09:15:25 PM
Hey everyone, I am hoping to be at the museum Tuesday or Wednesday this week to move rail again...

Hi Joe,

If you will be at the museum on Wednesday, I can be there as well.

- Bill
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Crabb on August 28, 2018, 12:11:59 AM
I'll be there on Wednesday also but do have to meet with Bob L. about getting re-certified as a Brakeman.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 28, 2018, 07:56:44 PM
Todays rail moving crew worked hard in the heat, and by lunch we had 27 rails sorted out. We got 29 done today, plus one we are going to take out and replace hopefully tomorrow. In the event I can be there tomorrow, I hope to rearrange the save/scrap rail and the stuff for the bridge.

We are currently up to 59 good rails, and 22 set aside for later due to needing some extra work.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 29, 2018, 11:01:22 PM
The rail crew today.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bridge/IMG_4346.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bridge/IMG_4349.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bridge/IMG_4353.jpg)
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on August 30, 2018, 01:14:53 PM
So, was Fred taking the rails over to the fork lift?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 30, 2018, 03:36:21 PM
We were using both machines at the same time for different things.
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 30, 2018, 06:42:46 PM
Glad  to see Little John Green the tractor in action. In the past it was not running reliably? Despite the heat, you guys are gittin er dun! Fred's crackin da whip!!  ;D
Title: Re: August 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 30, 2018, 09:50:54 PM
The John Deere was running rough. I put in new injectors and they improved it. I thinkbit could use a good tune up, and have the injector pump rebuilt, but not during our busy season.