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Title: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on October 31, 2018, 10:48:50 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 3:

* Track work - Let's eliminate the slow order at the north end of Davis Grade!  And perhaps work on staggering the joints at north end of Cockeye curve.
* Machine shop
* Percival deck - I think Zack has a little bit more to do on it.

No passenger trains - the season ended last weekend - and no Albion Day.  Wear blaze orange!
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on October 31, 2018, 11:26:56 AM
This is me being crazy, but I hope to get a small crew together to leave by  7:30, and then have 52 & 118 head to Alna Center around 8-8:30 to get loaded with ballast and bring up the work crew. Tamper follows the work train north, and I will meet the tamping crew on Davis grade for instruction on tamping. (We found the tamping limit signs someone threw out into the grass and woods and have replaced them in their respective spots to resume tamping.)
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on October 31, 2018, 11:42:41 AM
Side note, tamping limit signs beginning next spring will be fastened to the ties. The signs are laid on the ties for a reason, and its rather important they remain in place.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 31, 2018, 08:26:20 PM
Unfortunate tamping limit signs need to be fastened to the ties, but I saw one of the signs had been moved onto the west side embankment on my last visit, so sadly it needs to be done.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 02, 2018, 02:05:04 PM
Track Work for Saturday 11/3 (tomorrow) still planned. Please dress accrodingly.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 03, 2018, 09:21:38 PM
Work done on Saturday Nov 3:

* Track: Jacking and tamping on Davis grade and into the south end of Cockeye Curve.   Some track on the curve came up quite a bit.  In the afternoon we picked up most of the old ties in the ditch and brought them back to Sheepscot.
* Shop: Alan and helpers were putting up bracket holders for the overhead crane in Bay 1.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 03, 2018, 09:58:02 PM
Once we are able to ballast todays tamping I am happy to say that Davis grade will finally be completed with the exception of a few lining spots.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 03, 2018, 10:52:27 PM
Also, thank you everyone for todays efforts. No one let the rain dampen their spirits and we pressed on against the rising waters. Water water every where, and not a drop to drink.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 04, 2018, 01:25:57 AM
Were the new ditches working?
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 04, 2018, 01:52:35 AM
The west one was working just fine.  The east one not so much, as the tie pile has sort of blocked it.  Looking forward to being able to continue ditching.  It would be nice if we could put that roadcloth down in the ditch and armor it with stones, so that we wouldn't get vegetation.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 04, 2018, 02:24:39 AM
Today started out to be a good day to work outside -- if you're a fish.  The weather did improve a bit as the day wore on.

Here are a handful of photos.  Most everyone was busy working, so there wasn't much opportunity to take photos during the day.

First two photos were taken around 8 this morning.  Joe (with assistance from Dana), was installing slanted sideboards to direct ballast on the southern half of flatcar 118 in the pouring rain.

(https://i.imgur.com/9YgbJKj.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zrobWe1.jpg)

A crew of six went out shortly after to Davis grade to lift and tamp the track where needed.  The crew consisted of Joe Fox, Dana Deering, James Patten, Jay Barta, Ed Lecuyer and myself.  Airman Big Joe (the tamper) went out first, followed by locomotive #52 and caboose #320 (to provide some shelter from the weather, if needed).

Sometime between 9.30 and 10, the rain ended for a while, making the morning more pleasant.

The rain set back in around 11.30, so it was a good time for lunch.  After a good lunch courtesy of Stewart, Dana, Jay and I went back out to tamp, while Joe and Ed used 52 to assemble and bring out the rail gantry and flatcar 118.  The rain had passed by then.  While tamping was underway, a crew picked up most (if not all) the discarded ties along the east side of Davis grade using the gantry train.

As to Wayne's question, the west side ditch (cleaned by Mike earlier this season) was running well.  The east side ditch was not, in part due to the discarded tie piles.  This was noticed in the morning, which led to bringing out the gantry train to pick up the discarded ties.  Apparently there had been a lot more rain overnight last night, as the ditches and streams were all running well.  It also appears there has been a lot of rain over the last couple of weeks, as the turtle pond on the west side of the track on Davis grade has risen at least a foot since the fall work weekend.  Wished I had time to get up to see Humason or Trout Brook today.  I hope Stewart can get a sandbar photo of Trout Brook bridge. 

The rest of my photos were at the end of the day.

At the north end of Davis grade around 3.30 p.m.  The tamper had put in a busy day and we were nearly done using it.  Joe, Dana and others were busy replacing a tie that had been rejected earlier this year.  In the background, Brendan Barry had brought up #52 with ramp car #1015 to pick up the last of the discarded ties and other items that needed collection.

(https://i.imgur.com/v1wqcKk.jpg)

Joe helped spike the replacement tie, as Dana lifted the tie.  Brendan looks on.

(https://i.imgur.com/W1zbhMa.jpg)

After the tie was installed, Big Joe tamped it, completing its work for the day.  I thought Big Joe ran very well today.

The gantry flat back in Sheepscot, loaded with the discarded ties from Davis grade.

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

I left Sheepscot shortly after 4 p.m. for the drive back to Massachusetts.  As I approached Wiscasset, the sun came out.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 04, 2018, 02:56:26 AM
Today started out to be a good day to work outside -- if you're a fish.  The weather did improve a bit as the day wore on.

I left Sheepscot shortly after 4 p.m. for the drive back to Massachusetts.  As I approached Wiscasset, the sun came out.

Of course the sun waited until you returned to the "prettiest little town in Maine".
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on November 04, 2018, 03:02:03 AM
Nice going guys. It’s work that had to be done. I appreciate that you all went out in inclement weather.
Dave
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 04, 2018, 05:38:38 PM
The 14 truck loads of ballast at Alna Center were consolidated into single pile this morning to make room for Santa.

You can see all the piles spread out behind 52 and the dozer.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bridge%20move/IMG_7684.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bridge%20move/IMG_7680.jpg)

After

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bridge%20move/IMG_7686.jpg)



Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 06, 2018, 12:57:35 AM
For those who hang on 52 during the snow plowing and clearing, you haven't been forgotten.  Attached is my Plan B, Rev 3 solution to the hood and roof Handrails mounting hardware.  I have modified my methodology to meet the various requirements of the locomotive regs and shown are the parts that are now in the priming and painting process.  The parts are a split clamp for the handrails that I left in the attic, a standoff a pair of washers that spread the load over a greater area than the current handrails and a backing plate that exceeds the current hand rail backing plates, along with appropriate mounting hardware.

As soon as I finish painting and receive the 1-7/16" double square impact (railroad) sockets that are more durable than the 12 point sockets we were using for the track bolt impact wrench I will send all the parts up to Sheepscot. 

Regrettably I won't be up until spring so if someone can be persuaded to drill a few holes and turn a few wrenches the snow team will have secure handholds for their winter duties.

I hope this helps.

Bill
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 06, 2018, 01:13:56 AM
Those are rather fancy handrail standoffs, Bill. Most handrails I've seen are no more than sections of one-inch round stock, artfully bent and forged by a blacksmith. The guys won't know how to behave with such snazzy handrails!
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 06, 2018, 04:01:20 AM
Those are rather fancy handrail standoffs,

Wayne,  I have to confess, I was originally going to use 1" pipe, but couldn't resist being a little extravagant.  They would look good on a steam loco though.  Perhaps it will help dress up 52 a little so it doesn't feel like the stepchild.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Fred Morse on November 06, 2018, 10:27:44 PM
Although it was quite wet today, the pick-up truck and trailer behind it were off loaded and put in piles that can be picked up and moved with the fork lift until we can find a place for them. Some old ties were removed from the flat car and piled up for cutting up and hauling away. Quite a lot of other things were done but someone else will have tell about that.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Mike Fox on November 06, 2018, 11:15:09 PM
We will need an empty flatcar for Saturday morning please..
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 07, 2018, 12:01:43 AM
118 will be available by Saturday.  We’re using it to stage switch parts this week; once done we’ll use the crane to move them to the crane car. 

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on November 07, 2018, 03:01:04 AM
When will the switch be cut in for ML&M?
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 07, 2018, 12:04:16 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 10:

* Mountain Extension clean up day
* Machine shop
* Board meeting at 4
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 07, 2018, 05:40:39 PM
We plan to install the switch next week, beginning Tuesday.  Plan to take all week, including helping Brian make the track connection into his shop.  Once we have more definite timing on the plain track laying, we’ll put that word out too.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 07, 2018, 07:56:19 PM
Hopefully, there will be photos of this project.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 07, 2018, 11:44:14 PM
So, we get an industry on our line.  Does that make us a common carrier?  Freight and passenger service?
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: John Kokas on November 08, 2018, 12:02:10 AM
Technically, if we were to charge for service or "overhead rights" on the line to M.M.  We can be considered a common carrier even if not connected to the national rail network.  Are we going to apply for that status?  I don't think so...…………….
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 08, 2018, 03:26:56 AM
In this sense we are connecting a contract shop, with no plans to make actual revenue runs. And an exemption can be filed for less than so many tons, which in our case we would never reach any way.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 08, 2018, 04:43:36 AM
It was only tongue in cheek or in jest anyway....

But good to know....
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 11, 2018, 12:42:02 AM
Work done on Saturday Nov 10:

* Mountain Extension clean up: We got about halfway down the hill with our clean up.  Basically it was taking small trees and branches that had been removed and stacked to the side and run them through the chipper.  When we got done everyone had chips on their shoulders.
* Board meeting.  Discussion about pavilion placement but no vote yet.

I know Brendan was busy back at Sheepscot, and probably Zack was too, but I didn't have opportunity to observe what they were doing.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 11, 2018, 01:54:18 PM
Was the switch installed at ML&M?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on November 11, 2018, 02:23:12 PM
No. It's still hanging out in the shop.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 11, 2018, 02:38:42 PM
Work on the ML&M switch is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and Wednesday and complete it on Saturday. Saturday will hopefully also see the ballasting of the switch and speed restriction on Davis Grade.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 11, 2018, 07:15:51 PM
I hope the crew doesn't run into any problems with the switch installation.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 13, 2018, 12:10:50 PM
Confirming this weeks schedule.

Switch building Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Any crew who wants to come in Wednesday and Thursday and avoid today’s rain, that’s great.  Saturday we’ll be ballasting the switch, and probably helping Brian build the track connection.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 13, 2018, 04:41:20 PM
Those little MOW cars are so handy it seems, along with the gantry car, that is being used for more heavy tasks than realized.  ;)
Youz guys are 'smart cookies' as me sainted mum would say.  ;D
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 13, 2018, 04:48:22 PM
Wouldn't ya know it---build  the first switch to a trackside "client"...and it rains.  ::)
Oh well.
Good luck.  ;)
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 14, 2018, 01:25:49 AM
Was the switch started, or did the rain cancel work?  :(
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 14, 2018, 02:09:45 AM
Normally we don't let rain stop track work, however today was a severe exception. 34 degrees and pouring rain. Many places were sheet ice creating an extremely dangerous outdoor working environment. So we retreated to working on switch parts inside the shop, and Steve L and I unloaded the flat car of wood retreived this past weekend. Once we got that done our consensus was it was way to wet and cold to do anything else outside. By 4p.m. the rain had reduced to a light drizzle.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 14, 2018, 12:08:10 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 17:

* Track: finishing up the switch into Maine Locomotive & Machine, and ballasting the switch, the south end of Cockeye Curve where we lifted the track, and anywhere else that's needed.  Also helping extending the siding.
* Machine shop
* Yard/parking lot clean up
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Fred Morse on November 14, 2018, 05:48:36 PM
Cut up One pick-up truck load of ties today with the help of Bob Longo, but unloaded Two loads as I found the truck full of wood from last Sat's work up the line. Hope to do Two truck loads tomorrow.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 14, 2018, 06:45:36 PM
Any crew available tomorrow (Thursday) we’ll gladly accept.

Friday looks to be another rain event.

I suspect we will indeed be finishing the switch on Saturday, followed by ballasting it and Davis grade.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Mike Fox on November 14, 2018, 11:52:07 PM
3 to 6 inches of snow predicted for Thursday night/Friday for the Alna area..
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 15, 2018, 01:41:28 AM
..followed by some rain, then sunny Saturday and 40 degrees.  I predict the snow will be mostly gone by the end of the day Saturday.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 15, 2018, 10:03:18 AM
I think I’ll cover the 40’ of switch w tarps to keep the spit of snow off of it.  It won’t be perfect, but should improve starting working conditions on Saturday.

Jason
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Fred Morse on November 15, 2018, 06:09:50 PM
Lester and I got rid of 2 pick-up truckloads of old ties today, Hope to do more on Sat.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 16, 2018, 02:45:38 PM
3 to 6 inches of snow predicted for Thursday night/Friday for the Alna area..

Got a weather report from Fred. He said he got 4 inches.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 16, 2018, 03:18:05 PM
Interesting tidbit I’ve learned over the years of helping to manage this railway.  It is quite rare that a first snowfall effects rail operations in any way.  Ground heat reduces snow pack quickly, even if there’s a superficial frost in the ground, and the height of the rail plus the natural hump of the roadbed means that you don’t even think about putting plow on unless you’re in the 8-12” range on a first snowfall.  One also watches upcoming service requirements and temperature, of course.

On the other hand- after snow pack is well established and the railroad has been plowed- we count on a full plow and flanging operation for the entire line after even a 3” fall.

Tomorrow we fully plan on continuing with switch installation.  This is mostly spiking; we plan to predrill ties to avoid splitting them.  We’ll also do the switch stand.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 16, 2018, 05:43:23 PM
Great to see quick work on MM&M access.
What's happening with the overhead crane work in the shop?
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 17, 2018, 02:11:00 AM
Great to see quick work on MM&M access.
What's happening with the overhead crane work in the shop?

Paul,

I believe there were photos of the progress on another thread. I just don't recall which one.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 17, 2018, 11:14:57 PM
Work done on Saturday Nov 17:

* ML&M switch: the switch was spiked in.  Not a big crew.  The crew starting Monday will start laying track toward the property line.
* Archives: Linda was working on them
* Old ties: Fred was cutting up old rotten ties and putting them in the Dodge truck.
* Overhead crane work: Alan was going to work on it this evening.

About 5 inches of snow on the ground. 
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 17, 2018, 11:26:45 PM
More snow/rain in the forecast for Monday. Hopefully we can ballast that switch before we get a lot of snow. Ballasting on top of snow is less than ideal, and the pile may be frozen by then. In which case train crews, please be sure to read the postedTemporary Speed restrictions. Chances are there will be some changes before Christmas trains.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: John Scott on November 18, 2018, 01:00:37 AM
Is the WW&F standard guard rail gap 1 3/4 inches?
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 18, 2018, 07:54:57 PM
Will Brian do the dirtwork, then youz guys lay track and derail?
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 19, 2018, 01:31:06 AM
Alna Weather Underground sez Monday am will have snow showers, <1", high 35.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 19, 2018, 04:26:27 AM
More snow in the forecast for Tuesday. Estimating 2-4" of snow in our area.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 19, 2018, 04:58:44 AM
Hey, if it turns snowy Monday, how about bringing along a couple four-legged, fold-up "tent" shelters, set up over spur trackwork, and move 'em along as needed?
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 19, 2018, 01:54:09 PM
Snow isnt the issue. The issue is we really need to ballast, and the ballast pile is now covered in melted snow which is now iced into the pile, and snow covered which means we will probably not be able to ballast this year unless we get a sudden heat wave. Snow can always be plowed before track is built which is no big deal.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 19, 2018, 07:38:05 PM
Is you think a somewhat frozen ballast pile is a problem, Joe, just wait until you are tasked with getting frozen ballast out of a string of hopper cars!
That was probably the scariest job I ever had to do during my railroad career. Clumps of ballast the size of a Volkswagen would thump down onto the track, then we'd have to break them up with bars and picks so we could move the car. Someone had to get up on top and beat on the ballast that was stuck up there until it suddenly would thunder down to the bottom of the car. We did not have the luxury of just forgetting about the ballast until spring, either. We had to get it done, and when we successfully unload those five cars, the boss wanted to know why it had taken us so long.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 20, 2018, 01:55:58 AM
More excellent progress.
Will you all work Tuesday, grading the spur?
Forecast is light snow starting around 2am, up to 4 inches.

Is it possible to flatten out the green switch mast target?
A few of them in C&TS Chama yard/shops were bent, rusty; spent time straightening, painting them so nobody mis-read a switch aspect.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 20, 2018, 03:28:04 AM
... and when we successfully unload those five cars, the boss wanted to know why it had taken us so long.

Wayne,

That's just one of the many reasons why we enjoy working on the WW&F and perhaps working at our careers weren't as rewarding. 

Everyone, both near and far, appreciates the efforts that each individual puts into our beloved Museum.  Also, everyone, members and visitors alike, gets some benefit from those efforts.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 21, 2018, 12:04:41 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 24:

* Track: We need to retrieve the two flatcars from Sheepscot Mills and bring them back to Sheepscot Station, and prep 118 for stone (stakes, boards, etc). Perhaps we can even get stone from Alna Center, if someone is willing to drive the tractor up there.  If we can get stone, then we should unload it over the new switch, and over the lifted track south of Sutter's Crossing so that the speed restriction can get lifted.  Load up the flatcar with our reject rail and old frogs from Davis grade and deliver.
* Machine shop

Not sure what else there is.  At some point it will be time to start cutting trees, but maybe not until after Christmas.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 21, 2018, 03:08:43 PM
It may be too tough on the tractor clutch to load our own (maybe frozen) stone.  Brian has offered to load our car with his contractor’s excavator next week, so don’t push too hard on that front.

But: there’s a pile of reject rail we are gifting to ML&M that can be loaded onto flat 118 and delivered, along with 2 junk frogs at Davis which also go to ML&M.

Flat can be left in the same position you find it.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 21, 2018, 05:07:53 PM
How's insulating/heating the shop coming?

Happy Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 21, 2018, 08:45:24 PM
Unless youz guys have set a shorter timeline, I'd say take a holiday timeout til Monday.
You've done a mountain of work.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving, Champs!!
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 24, 2018, 11:07:39 PM
Work done Saturday Nov 24:

* Switching: In the morning we traveled to Sheepscot Mills, cleaning out the crossings as we went.  We retrieved the two flats and brought them back to the North Yard.  In the afternoon we traveled the length of the line, cleaning crossings also.  When we got back, we brought 67 over to the car shop, which required switching pretty much everything outside around.
* Fred: sharpened chain saws.

To report on the shop heat: Jason acquired 2 coal stoves over the weekend, and the piping for exhaust has been acquired.  I think stoves and piping will be installed this week.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 25, 2018, 04:37:14 AM
As James noted, a crew of five (Ken Berlo, Dave Buczkowski, Al Michelis, James Patten and I) spent a good portion of the day clearing the line and picking up the two flats at Sheepscot Mills.  A few photos...

Locomotive #52's brake shoes were frozen early on, so it took a bit of time to get out on the line.  At 9.57 a.m., we see Ken, Dave, James (engineer) and Al after Jayne's Way crossing had been cleaned and #52 had passed over.
(https://i.imgur.com/mqVM4Yv.jpg)

Dave, James and Ken clean Brook Crossing, 10.03 a.m.
(https://i.imgur.com/gxWHN2R.jpg)

Al, James, Ken and Dave clean Sutter's Crossing, 10.19 a.m.  We were lifting, leveling and tamping the track just south of this crossing three weeks ago, a bit hard to believe now.
(https://i.imgur.com/fdeSimV.jpg)

Dave, James, Al and Ken clean the Sheepscot Mills crossing, 10.28 a.m.  Not very clear in this photo is the grading work for the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works siding that was actively underway today in the background.  The immediate goal this morning was to pick up the two flatcars for return to Sheepscot, so they can be loaded with track material for the siding.
(https://i.imgur.com/IIeYudQ.jpg)

The two flatcars were returned to Sheepscot just before lunch.
(https://i.imgur.com/4Xox24D.jpg)

Immediately after lunch, we spent time clearing the rest of the crossings to Top of the Mountain.  A private charter (railroad retirement party) is booked for next Saturday.  Here's the view of cleaning Trask's Crossing at 12.21 p.m.
(https://i.imgur.com/sj59Fjy.jpg)

A two-for-one sale!  Here we enjoyed cleaning two tracks for Averill Road Crossing at Alna Center station.
(https://i.imgur.com/jbkAE5B.jpg)

Cleaning the logging crossing just north of Albee's field at 12.50 p.m.
(https://i.imgur.com/ZDLcJmG.jpg)

Cleaning Rosewood Crossing, 12.55 p.m.
(https://i.imgur.com/fYibspv.jpg)

We then ran the rest of the line to Top of the Mountain, before returning south.  At Sheepscot Mills, we stopped to take photos of the grading work for the siding completed today.  1.08 p.m. view.  James has a better photo here (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3330.msg39538.html#msg39538).
(https://i.imgur.com/faasaQT.jpg)

Close-up view of the grading work today near the switch.  The ground hasn't frozen yet.
(https://i.imgur.com/cpvMWZf.jpg)

After returning to Sheepscot we spent 1-1/2 to 2 hours switching cars around in Sheepscot, perhaps most notably to get B&SR boxcar #67 into shop bay 2 for more completion work.  #52 was put away for the day around 3.30 p.m.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 25, 2018, 11:03:36 AM
Thanks for putting in a long, tough day, guys!
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Fred Morse on November 25, 2018, 02:12:36 PM
I put a new chain on one saw and a very good chain on the other, Should be ready for cutting and burning at the North end before the snow gets to deep!
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 25, 2018, 02:59:17 PM
Nice photos, Bill. It looked like there was more pondering going on at Alna Center than cleaning. ::)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on November 25, 2018, 06:20:47 PM
Jeff;
Just admiring our hard work and the nice day.
Dave
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: James Patten on November 25, 2018, 07:58:54 PM
Alna Center crossings were blessed with getting packed down by snow mobilers.  I'm standing there trying to remember why I do this every winter.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 26, 2018, 02:48:25 PM
Dave and James - Great comebacks. Gave me a long chuckle. :)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 26, 2018, 09:47:22 PM
Tuesday prep and shop work.  Wednesday help Brian build his track using our crane system.

Bad headache now so I’m brief...
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 26, 2018, 10:37:09 PM
Looking forward to seeing the results of Wednesday's work.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Steve Smith on November 27, 2018, 05:04:02 AM
I'm trying to remember whether there was ever discussion re blasting flangeway ice out with steam. Anybody recall such?
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: John Kokas on November 27, 2018, 12:16:13 PM
I remember an old picture from the Reading RR.  They had an old tamper that they converted into a propane-fired "flame box " mounted where the vibrator assembly would normally be.  This could still be raised/lowered on the boom like a regular tamper.  It normally was used for weed control on branch lines and yards but was also used in winter to clear crossings.  What a steam cloud it would create but boy could it melt crossings fast!
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Joe Fox on November 27, 2018, 04:43:29 PM
#9 can be equiped with a steam nozzle for the flange ways, however it only works when we use #9. We talked about making one that could run off of air as well that could aide in blowing dirt, snow, or chipped ice out of the flange ways.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Steve Smith on December 02, 2018, 07:59:36 PM
This discussion just reminded me of an aircraft jet engine that Contrail Conrail rigged to blast ice and snow from track. I saw it in action one winter during the years (1972-2004) my wife and I lived in Richmond MA in a house about 400-500 feet west of, and about 25 feet higher than, Conrail's Boston MA to Selkirk NY line (ex Boston and Albany). It came through after a particularly bad blizzard, and I heard it approaching from a long way off, thinking,"What in tarnation is that?! Boy, did that thing send snow and ice chunks flying! You didn't want to be anywhere near it.
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: John Kokas on December 02, 2018, 09:22:22 PM
I don't know about you, but I quickly caught the "double entendre" of Contrail with jet-engine snow blower.  Unintended humor was appreciated......
Title: Re: November 2018 Work Report
Post by: Bill Sample on December 05, 2018, 02:20:55 AM
To add to what Steve Smith said, those "snow jets" were great at launching ballast stones as well as snow and ice.  I heard stories of car and truck windows being damaged in the Hartford CT yard.