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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Work and Events => Topic started by: Brendan Barry on November 14, 2018, 10:19:13 PM

Title: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 14, 2018, 10:19:13 PM
The main line was cut today to put the switch in for Maine Locomotive and Machine.

Work train being loaded up at Sheepscot.

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Kubota being dropped off at the work site.

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Pulling up 60' feet of the mainline.

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Laying out new ties and switch parts.

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Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Mark Spremulli on November 14, 2018, 10:26:59 PM
Very nice, can they use the Main line to test equipment when it is completed?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Myers on November 14, 2018, 10:52:36 PM
 REALLY well engineered ! I wish that I had such talent to work with before I retired!
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 14, 2018, 11:10:31 PM
Very happy to see this coming to fruition.  The crew got a lot of work done today, judging by the photos.  Perhaps just in time, based on the weather forecasts.  The season is changing...
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 14, 2018, 11:50:12 PM
I hope the crew gets another good day of work tomorrow.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 15, 2018, 12:35:40 AM
You guys are just amazing!!
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bob Springs on November 15, 2018, 01:05:40 AM
I was just wondering what frog number this switch is.  Maybe someone has said but if so I missed it.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 15, 2018, 01:34:09 AM
Looks great.
The spur will enter the right hand door of the quonset?
Good pics. Could watch switchbuilding all day.  :D

Noticed sky getting cloudy. Hope it stays nice tomorrow.  ::)
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: John Kokas on November 15, 2018, 01:39:54 AM
Do we have extra drainage pipe to take care of the west side drainage?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Joe Fox on November 15, 2018, 02:37:11 AM
#6 frog, and the track is going to go into the left bay of the building where the track is already.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on November 15, 2018, 06:06:33 AM
Thanks for the hard work -

And really thanks for the pix.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 15, 2018, 10:10:00 AM
No 8 frog, actually Joe.  Our entire system utilizes no 8, except for the ToM north main switch which is no 10.  Most points are 12’ 2 degree.

Some of our freight equipment objects to no 6.  As it is, the local degree of curvature in a no 8 switch exceeds 30 degrees.  This is tolerable given the short length of closure rails.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Richard Cavalloro on November 15, 2018, 12:07:16 PM
What's the grade difference between the grade and Brians shop?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on November 15, 2018, 12:29:55 PM
Brendan ,thanks a lot for the report and the pics  of an other feat of engineering . The gantry is really a useful piece of equipment .
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 15, 2018, 04:45:14 PM
Too bad the weather has gotten crummy all of a sudden.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 15, 2018, 11:02:52 PM
Most of the switch was bolted together and safety spiked today. The last two days have been in the 20's and snow is expected tomorrow, so we left the flat cars over the switch and covered the points with a tarp. The hope is for easy snow removal on Saturday to finish spiking.

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Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 15, 2018, 11:55:10 PM
Thanks Brendan.  Terrific job by the weekday crew.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 16, 2018, 05:59:06 AM
Youz guys are terrific!
Switch is essentially complete, outside of spiking and mounting turnout mechanicals, some ballast work.
Might want to move that pile of old ties.  ;D

Looks like not much dirtwork is needed for the spur.
Great job.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 16, 2018, 02:33:55 PM
After the switch is completely spiked, when does work on the spur to Brian's shop begin?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 16, 2018, 03:42:21 PM
Likely Monday.  We at least want to build out to the derail.  Brian plans to join us then.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 16, 2018, 05:03:52 PM
Will the ML&M derail be the first on WW&F?
C&TS has none.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on November 16, 2018, 05:18:09 PM
You are merely amazing and it's has been totally exciting for me to follow what you've been making for one year  thru your many reports and pics  on the forum and on fb. Not a single day wihtout an  outstanding event or a brillant idea on the WW&F. I'm really happy to belong and help such a so successful association.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Joe Fox on November 17, 2018, 12:02:01 AM
Paul, yes this will be our first derail on the WW&F, and the only reason for really needing it is due to the steep grade out of ML&M shop and to protect our main line through there.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 17, 2018, 12:30:42 AM
What are Brian's plans for trackage at his operation?  Just a single track in or more storage capacity on the property?  Or maybe he just doesn't know yet...
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 17, 2018, 06:40:39 AM
Joe...do you still plan to eventually add a mainline-parallel,  overflow storage siding south from ML&M's spur switch?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 17, 2018, 10:18:35 AM
We don’t plan any additional main line switches in the vicinity of ML&M. Brian’s trackage may include a track parallel to our main but is yet to be seen.  Immediate goal is to connect to one of the ML&M shop bays.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 17, 2018, 08:52:22 PM
Thanks, guys.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 17, 2018, 10:36:41 PM
The switch was spiked Saturday.

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Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: James Patten on November 17, 2018, 11:19:55 PM
The track into the ML&M shop will go straight in.  Ties on top of the driveway and up a short 3.5% grade to the shop track.

Today a strange machine showed up.  See if you can identify it.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on November 17, 2018, 11:21:29 PM
I thought "the Downey" showed up from Texas last year?  :P
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 17, 2018, 11:55:33 PM
I was going to say "Alan," but the Alan has been around for a while now.  Although an outside view is not its normal habitat (particularly with snow on the ground).
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: James Patten on November 18, 2018, 12:17:31 AM
Alan is kind of strange, but he's definitely not a machine.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 18, 2018, 12:26:21 AM
A work of railroad art!!
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 18, 2018, 12:46:59 AM
Aren't you guys glad  ;D you put the flat car and tarps over the switch?  Someone in your group is really a smart forward thinker.

Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Piche on November 18, 2018, 04:46:00 AM
Alan is kind of strange, but he's definitely not a machine.

I wouldn't say that. I've seen the reports of all the work he's done since he showed up.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: James Patten on November 19, 2018, 01:48:52 AM
So nobody commented that the machine Alan is using is a spike driver.  Maybe it wasn't clear enough in the photo.

The spike driver is one that Boothbay Railway Village uses.  I think there was some trepidation that all the spiking would get done Saturday (we didn't have a very big crew), so talk got going early afternoon about the BRV spike driver.  It's electric, run by a generator in the back of Brian's locomotive rescue truck.  We needed the generator to predrill the spike holes.  Brian went to get the driver, while he was gone we got most of the spikes finished.  There was about 4 ties left when he came back with it, so we gave it a try.  It works, after a fashion, but the holes needed to be drilled all the way for the driver to work.  The operator also has to lean on it pretty good.

We did find that dipping the spikes in linseed oil helps drive them much better, both manually and with the driver.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: John McNamara on November 19, 2018, 02:13:14 AM
We did find that dipping the spikes in linseed oil helps drive them much better, both manually and with the driver.
As a big fan of linseed oil, Harry Percival would have been pleased.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 19, 2018, 04:42:56 AM
By George, could that be a new-fangled, eleftrikal spike hammer contraption??
Used one once, is easier on the arms than a pneumatic one.
Whatever works, especially out there in the soggy, freezing snow.

Good luck Monday, guys. It's a pleasure following your work.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Joe Fox on November 19, 2018, 06:06:59 PM
I dont think drilling holes all the way is a good idea, nor efficient. Which goes back to our original talk. Many hands make light work, and make quick work. Mechanizing is appreciated on small volunteer days, and Boothbays spiker is great and definately helped spike their track on their work day this past spring.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 20, 2018, 12:47:41 AM
The switch stand is in and the switch is functional.

Heading north this morning.

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The work train was left over the switch to keep the snow off.

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Moving rails between flatcars.

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Adjusting the switch throw.

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Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 20, 2018, 12:59:05 AM
Our weekday crew are unsung heroes.  Just sayin'.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on November 20, 2018, 06:46:23 AM
Our weekday crew are unsung heroes.  Just sayin'.
I can't say fairer than that . Rain,  should say snow, or shine , come hell or high water they are always on the ground to achieve their  assignment. Kudos !
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Gordon Cook on November 20, 2018, 01:15:13 PM
Winter is coming has arrived.

What's going on in the background with the dump truck?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 20, 2018, 01:33:45 PM
Brian was bringing in gravel to regrade in front of the shop for the siding.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 21, 2018, 05:49:15 AM
I see a possible culvert pipe lurking in the background.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Mike Fox on November 21, 2018, 01:08:09 PM
Yes Paul. There will be a culvert placed under the siding to connect the main line ditches. Also, a left over short section will go by the switch stand to ensure continuity of the ditch.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: John Kokas on November 21, 2018, 01:24:03 PM
Glad to see the culverts.  Would have been a bear to go back in the spring to put them in.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 21, 2018, 03:49:51 PM
Darn, every time I read an update on the new switch and upcoming siding to ML&M I have to fight the urge to jump in my car and run up to Maine to help.  Alas, domestic tranquility requires that I not make a fourth trip to my favorite railroad in one year and so have to wait until Spring.  Time passes so slowly in the short days of winter.

However, the constant and frequent updates on the forum, along with the pictures on Face-book make life a little more tolerable in the southern climes. 
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Mike Fox on November 21, 2018, 04:03:20 PM
Yes. This is Maine. November is a snow month. Any construction after November 1 should expect frost and slippery conditions.

To date this year, I have received 17 inches of snow just a little more inland, and it isn't even Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 21, 2018, 09:59:18 PM
Moving ties for the siding in the snow yesterday.

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Pusher service for the forklift back up the driveway. Time for tire chains on the forklift.

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Heading north about to cross Jayne's Way.

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Dropping 118 at off the work site.

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Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 21, 2018, 11:01:39 PM
Nice winter shots.

I'm guessing work won't resume until Saturday.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: James Patten on November 22, 2018, 12:30:48 AM
Brian is supposed to unload the flatcar on Friday, but that's his work, not ours.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 22, 2018, 10:58:15 AM
Brian is done, 118 is empty.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Joe Fox on November 22, 2018, 12:17:45 PM
The "new" flat car sides are stored in the car barn if anyone is interested in using them to help reduce shoveling on the outside. I will try to be there Saturday, but that is now work pending.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Mike Fox on November 22, 2018, 02:25:01 PM
Instead of pushing the forklift up the hill, should have used the road. No chains for the forklift. It would make lugging anything hard from the shaking and vibrating.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 22, 2018, 04:23:12 PM
Perhaps we could take a hint from those railroaders and put sand down on the slope between the house and the bathroom building.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 23, 2018, 01:28:57 PM
Perhaps we could take a hint from those railroaders and put sand down on the slope between the house and the bathroom building.

Bill,

Your next project is to design and build a sand dome for the forklift. ::)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Dana Deering on November 23, 2018, 04:05:24 PM
Is there a work plan for tomorrow 11/24?  Will there be work done on connecting Brian's shop track to the switch? 
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: James Patten on November 23, 2018, 07:00:11 PM
The only work plan I know of is picking up the now-empty flatcar from Brian's returning the shop and loading some reject rail and a couple of frogs from Davis on it, and redelivering back to Brian. So we'll need help with the rail and frog pick up.  Whether Brian is around to direct our efforts, I don't know.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 23, 2018, 08:09:21 PM
Brian isn’t able to be there tomorrow, nor am I, unfortunately.  James is correct on the requested work.  I’ll call in the morning with specifics.  We can also develop plans to keep the crew productive for the remainder of the day.

Brian plans two stub switches in the first 90’ or so of track.  Where that doesn’t leave room for a conventional derail, several of us devised a clever alternative- we have a 3 way stub stand, works like a de rail stand but 3 position.  It’ll be placed on the first (2 way) stub switch, and the stands 3rd position will be the normal position, set to derail away from the main.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 23, 2018, 08:29:06 PM
Brian isn’t able to be there tomorrow, nor am I, unfortunately.  James is correct on the requested work.  I’ll call in the morning with specifics.  We can also develop plans to keep the crew productive for the remainder of the day.

Brian plans two stub switches in the first 90’ or so of track.  Where that doesn’t leave room for a conventional derail, several of us devised a clever alternative- we have a 3 way stub stand, works like a de rail stand but 3 position.  It’ll be placed on the first (2 way) stub switch, and the stands 3rd position will be the normal position, set to derail away from the main.

See ya
Jason

Ingenious.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bob Springs on November 23, 2018, 08:48:47 PM
I have a 3 way stub switch on my 7 1/2 gauge Sheepscot replica layout. 
I've often thought how effective it could be as a derail when approaching from the frog end but so far, I've managed to avoid going off the track!
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Fred Morse on November 23, 2018, 10:30:55 PM
I can testify that it works very well as a derailer. That's all I'm going to say.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 24, 2018, 02:09:43 AM
Fred,

Cleverly worded and yet informative response on so many levels.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Allan Fisher on November 24, 2018, 03:51:08 AM
Thanks Fred for not blowing me in.     ........OOPS
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Fred Morse on November 24, 2018, 08:38:53 AM
I'd forgotten all about you Allen, yours was lighter.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 24, 2018, 04:12:31 PM
Brian plans two stub switches in the first 90’ or so of track.

So, two stub switches results in three tracks.  will they be (from East to West) beside the east side of his shop, into the east shop bay where Monson 3 was rebuilt and into the wet bay of the shop?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Joe Fox on November 24, 2018, 08:32:13 PM
As of right now, yes. That will allow him to cycle projects in and out of the shop and onto a storage track as needed.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: James Patten on November 24, 2018, 11:00:39 PM
Images from today, which should be fairly informative

From the north end of the switch looking south.
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Closeup of the ties.
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You'll notice that Brian appears to have cut ties in half, and then used some full length ones periodically.  He also graded his approach to the building.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 28, 2018, 11:43:16 PM
The rail was laid out on the siding today. Brian plans on spiking the rail down tomorrow.

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Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 29, 2018, 12:05:48 AM
Thanks for the excellent photos, Brendan.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: John Kokas on November 29, 2018, 12:22:04 AM
It's amazing what we can do now with Insta-Track!  I bet even Brian was surprised.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 29, 2018, 12:25:38 AM
Tremendous progress today!  Thanks for posting the photos, Brendan.

I'm glad to see this project come to fruition.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 29, 2018, 12:48:36 AM
Outstanding installation.
Glad the gantry is working so well,  the weather is cooperating, you'running a double-header work train and Brian will finish up spikework.  ;D
I see a frog and switch stand waiting for more trackwork (still including a single-point derail?) with two, long, switch stand ties set.

Excellent pics, Brendan!

Question...why is Brian using extra long ties, every fifth tie? Those, I'm afraid, are dangerous tripping hazards, my ATSF switching days remind me.

Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: John Stone on November 29, 2018, 01:54:17 AM
Wow! That was quick!

Great System!
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 29, 2018, 02:15:26 AM
What a great testament to the new re-purposed Track Crane.  Another example of how quickly the WW&F crew can lay a lot of new track in one day.

BTW, is there a name for the crane?  We have to have a nick name.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jon Chase on November 29, 2018, 02:31:23 AM
Well, continuing on the existing American literary theme for WW&F crane nicknames (i.e., "Ichabod Crane"), how about "Elmer Gantry"?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 29, 2018, 02:43:04 AM
Yes, I thought the same thing, Jon. We could just call it "Elmer." When I was railroading, we would have occasional need for a mattock, which we always called a "Lester."
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Fred Morse on November 29, 2018, 09:31:32 AM
Most of it was put down in the afternoon. About 2 hours. I left at 3:00 and all that had to be done was to crop 2 short pieces.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 29, 2018, 01:20:56 PM
The gantry has certainly sped up the process of laying rail. Will the stub switches be installed shortly, or is that up to Brian?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 29, 2018, 01:24:08 PM

I see a frog and switch stand waiting for more trackwork (still including a single-point derail?) with two, long, switch stand ties set.



Paul,

In an earlier post, it was mentioned that a derail position would be incorporated into the stub switches that would be installed.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 29, 2018, 04:43:21 PM
Read that, Jeff. Just checking to see if plans had changed.
Project looks great.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Fred Morse on November 29, 2018, 09:18:41 PM
I think most of the yard will be built up like team track! The long ties will be covered.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 29, 2018, 09:53:50 PM
Spiking started on the siding today.

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Lining track with the excavator before the gravel went on.

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ML&M's contractor putting gravel down to allow vehicle access over the track. Most of the track is in the driveway and will be covered up to the rail head with gravel.

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The contractor loading 118 with ballast for the switch.

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Ballast being put down. The switch still needs to be tamped.

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Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 30, 2018, 02:49:33 AM
WOW!

This has been so smooth.  Why don't we patent Elmer, and offer to build "him" for other railroads for a profit?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 30, 2018, 03:08:52 AM
It's embarrassing to be getting old with the associated aches and pains and then see pictures of Fred, stabilizing ties for spike driving, shoveling ballast and worse than that, driving spikes.  How can I complain about getting old when Fred just runs circles around the whole campus.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: John McNamara on November 30, 2018, 03:54:31 AM
I was thinking the same thing. Chronologically he is about six years older than I am, but in spirit he’s about 20 years younger. 👍
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 30, 2018, 12:31:33 PM
The Energizer Bunny has nothing on Fred.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on November 30, 2018, 01:40:51 PM
Wow !!! Once again you are amazing let alone Fred who is, dare say it , quite a character. He reminds me of  René  Percheron who was 80 and still the AMTP track  works hands-on master. BTW, as I said it on fb a while back, helpful Elmer should be voted the WW&F rig of the year 2018.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Russ Nelson on December 13, 2018, 03:51:15 PM
It's embarrassing to be getting old with the associated aches and pains and then see pictures of Fred, stabilizing ties for spike driving, shoveling ballast and worse than that, driving spikes.  How can I complain about getting old when Fred just runs circles around the whole campus.
To be fair, they drilled the spike holes. Makes it a lot easier.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 20, 2018, 10:29:41 PM
How much more work is there to do on the siding?
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on December 21, 2018, 10:14:50 AM
Of direct concern to us is the installation of the first switch stand as it’ll serve as a derail.  Brian does, however, rather like our rail crane so we’ll spend a day or two helping him lay out rail next year. 

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Joe Fox on December 21, 2018, 03:12:49 PM
Any use of the crane and or our crews to help is part of the ongoing partnership and our way of returning the favor for being allowed use to some of the ML&M equipment such as caboose 554 and the open car. ML&M has helped us out tremendously in the last few years and we are very greatful for this partnership.
Title: Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 22, 2018, 01:08:43 AM
Thanks for the info. Was not sure what was still left to do.  Love the cooperation in the two foot community.