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Title: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 28, 2018, 11:46:41 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 1:

* Charter: there's a charter Saturday for a retirement party.  Some train crew may be needed for that.
* Tree cutting: Starting at the north end (by the bridge) and working south.  Be careful coming off the south end of the bridge, the ground is very rough (until we get snow on it).
* Historical group meeting: Dave and I (and maybe others, not sure) will be attending a morning meeting of local historical groups.  Part of the reason is to get ready for Maine's 200th anniversary in 2020.
* Machine shop: crane rails and insulation.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 29, 2018, 01:45:40 PM
Removing my work crew call for Saturday as it interfered with previous plans. 

Will plan rescheduled work for next week.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 01, 2018, 11:16:12 PM
Work done on Saturday Dec 1:

* Pavilion: the trusses were removed from the trailer and stacked nearly vertically at the west end of the parking lot.  We had a few exciting moments during the whole process.  Then all the 2xs and boards were stacked underneath.
* Machine shop: the Bay 1 east crane rails were raised to the rafters and attached.
* Historical group meeting: Dave and I attended, and learned that everybody has a problem with storing archives!  We also became acquainted with the President of Boothbay Railway Village.  Not a great deal of discussion about the 200th.

No tree cutting occurred.  And now that the trailer is empty it can be flipped over and repaired soon.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 01, 2018, 11:23:22 PM
Great, Great teamwork today got a lot done.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 02, 2018, 12:20:23 AM
Exciting moments? Was it windy?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 02, 2018, 12:24:38 AM
It wasn't windy, but with the trusses standing nearly vertical they were unstable for a time.  Mike was up on the pile halfway through stabilizing when it started to tilt, but we caught it in time.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 02, 2018, 12:35:09 AM
There was also a charter today with 41 passengers; a retirement party for a local railroader and enthusiast. A number of guest worked in the rail industry and were very impressesed.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 02, 2018, 01:55:50 AM
Yes, that was going to be the worst ride in Alna, well, maybe 2nd worst ride after the dozer slide last winter... But, it made for a very satisfying afternoon. We had something to get done, and we finished it.

We were going to start tree cutting, but I got up there this morning and hunters were on the grade, waiting for the deer to walk through. So, I abandoned that plan and started winter repairs on the dozer..
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 02, 2018, 03:34:38 AM
Some photos from today.  A good weather day, particularly for early December.  Mostly sunny (it has been a very wet fall) and temperatures in the mid 30s.

The biggest project today was getting the Pavilion trusses and lumber unloaded today, to get the trusses stored for the winter and free up the trailer to pick up the dairy car from Wiscasset.  Here's how the trailer looked around 10 a.m. today.
(https://i.imgur.com/z9kRYiw.jpg)

Eric Schade accepted the challenge to prepare an area next to the wooden guardrail post piles to store the trusses for the winter.  Here Eric is leveling the ground to set blocks shortly after 10 a.m.
(https://i.imgur.com/AzSDW4U.jpg)

Two large wood beams, spaced 30 feet apart were then placed on the blocks Eric had set.  Eric then built an A-frame support to hold the trusses vertical as they were placed for storage.  This view is a little after 11 a.m. -- about an hour after the prior photo.
(https://i.imgur.com/itz3CWH.jpg)

Shortly after 11 a.m., Brendan Barry used the forklift to take off the lumber loaded atop the trusses from the trailer.
(https://i.imgur.com/Ic21HLY.jpg)

After lunch, Brendan used the forklift to pick up the first set of 21 trusses from the trailer.  Time is 12.21 p.m.
(https://i.imgur.com/BzVDoie.jpg)

Strapping Fred Morse cut 160 6-inch pieces of strapping today to space the stored trusses apart so they will dry out between storms this winter.  Brendan is seen installing a piece of strapping at 12.26 p.m.
(https://i.imgur.com/cwLwYAX.jpg)

The strapping piece installed.
(https://i.imgur.com/GJ6ellr.jpg)

The first few trusses have been placed vertically in storage at 1.03 p.m.
(https://i.imgur.com/9brIGlh.jpg)

An hour and 20 minutes later, a view on progress.  Mike Fox (left) added cross-straps for stability to the trusses as worked progressed.
(https://i.imgur.com/KZXPXkP.jpg)

By 3.15 p.m., all 41 trusses had been placed, and other pavilion lumber was placed in storage underneath.  Dave looks on in amazement.
(https://i.imgur.com/pQ09evz.jpg)

The empty trailer, with (left to right) James Patten, Dave Buczkowski, Mike Fox and Zack Wyllie.  We had as many as eight working on the truss storage as the day progressed.
(https://i.imgur.com/ncwA7tF.jpg)

In the morning, as site preparation work was underway by Eric for truss storage, Mike took pieces of Casey apart to address a few hydraulic leaks.  First was the front to get at a hydraulic motor leak. 
(https://i.imgur.com/IuC6gfw.jpg)

Followed by the horizontal right piston for the blade.
(https://i.imgur.com/o1XBwxB.jpg)

Alan Downey has been leading the effort to re-arrangement machinery in the shop building and install crane rail in bay 1.  In the morning, Brendan assisted by cutting away sheathing between the original bay 1 and its extension to make room a crane rail, as Alan looks on.
(https://i.imgur.com/WkqjHoP.jpg)

Meanwhile, we ran a charter train today.  In the morning, Gordon Cook and Eric Schade chat as #9 was prepared for the day.
(https://i.imgur.com/gjzxAj7.jpg)
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 02, 2018, 09:45:08 AM
In the morning between 7:15 and 10:30 Zack and I and Steve Z. moved short boards to the carpenter shop to cut into sticks to stick the lumber then moved a large pile of 2"by 10's, 2" by 4"s and boards to different locations and stuck them. Stewart Rhine also help in sorting the lumber.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on December 02, 2018, 01:20:22 PM
Thank you Bill for the photos and comments of that very busy day. I admire  the association great sense of communication towards its members and the others. Communication is essential nowadays and I wish some French tourist railroad associations  leadership understood that.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 02, 2018, 02:18:43 PM
Thanks Alain.

As Fred mentioned, he and Zack were busy before work started in earnest on the trusses yesterday.  Here's a photo I should have posted last night of Zack, Stewart and Fred stacking some lumber from the pavilion near the B&SR tank.

(https://i.imgur.com/Xc23dnE.jpg)
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 02, 2018, 02:49:58 PM
Looks like it was a very productive day.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on December 02, 2018, 03:17:03 PM
To put it midly.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Smith on December 02, 2018, 07:25:43 PM
Bill Reidy, thank you very much! You are already demonstrating that the Newsletter will be in very good hands when you assume the reins from John McNamara. And John, many, many thanks for your long service in keeping us informed!
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on December 04, 2018, 10:36:14 AM
Hello,

Today, Tuesday and tomorrow, Wednesday, will continue to focus on yard clean up.  We also hope to install the exhaust flue for the first shop stove, and a small contingent will assist in moving b&sr flat 35 to Sheepscot. 

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 04, 2018, 07:56:21 PM
Mark and I took One pick-up truck load of ashes to the transfer station and One load of old treated wood. Took 2 small loads of soft wood to a neighbor. Moved a lot of short wood blocks around to where they belonged.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 05, 2018, 12:08:00 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 8:

* Victorian Christmas prep: clean-up, set up, etc.
* Machine shop: insulation, stoves, rail cranes
* Dozer repair
* Bridge ROW south clearing.
* New fireman school.  We'll need a few for train crew.

Board meeting at 4:00.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 05, 2018, 02:31:19 PM
The hydraulic cylinders from the dozer have been dropped off for repair, and the seal and Speedy Sleeve for the pump arrived Monday, so may try to tackle that Saturday.

If that goes good, I would like to go south of the bridge and start clearing the ditch. I would like to clear that before the deeper snows arrive. Probably will not be burning.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 05, 2018, 10:44:29 PM
Probably will not be burning.

That's a shame.  I picked up a new hat today specifically for the purpose.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 06, 2018, 01:51:44 AM
Well, there is the rest of the winter to break it in. I just don't think there will be enough bodies or time, so not planning on it.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Gary Kraske on December 06, 2018, 08:17:14 AM
Glad to hear about progressing on heating the machine shop in order to proceed with the boilers builds during cold i.e. less than 50 degree inside temperature months.  Also was great news about exceeding 21 campaign funding goal!
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on December 06, 2018, 10:12:28 PM
The railroad got a coal delivery Tuesday. The old coal bin was in sad shape so the remaining coal was moved and the bin was demolished. Fred and I built a new bin today and hauled two pickup truck loads of the old bin off to the dump. After lunch Fred moved the coal into the new bin. We built the new bin with two sides to make tractor access easier.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_8448.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_8452.jpg)
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 06, 2018, 10:21:16 PM
Fred said that the coal was frozen in the dump bed of the truck. I bet that it took a while to get it out.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on December 06, 2018, 10:56:16 PM
We really need a real coal storage bin with a cement pad to avoid the dirt in the coal. That makes for a very crummy fire.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Gordon Cook on December 06, 2018, 11:19:20 PM
Wondering if the ML&M switch got ballast and tamping yet?
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 07, 2018, 02:05:27 AM
Ballast last week Gawdon. No tamping yet..
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Scott on December 07, 2018, 08:25:50 AM
On the subject of locomotive coal, there is no point in paying good money for good coal and then mixing with dirt to make clinker. A concrete pad for the front-end losing of coal needs to be a high priority.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 07, 2018, 09:20:13 AM
The way the coal was frozen, it made a long, long dragged out pile. even if we had a cement pad it would have come out way beyond the pad. Also the truck arrived a day or Two early. I guess we should buy coal in warmer weather. The driver was 3 hours getting it out.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on December 08, 2018, 03:08:07 PM
The old style coal pit would have worked well for a cement pad, as the coal is contained within the walls and on the pad. Or even if some spills, it will make a majority of the pile dirt free. Coal and dirt burn kind of ok in a stove, but not in a high heat force drafted fire.

However if we have a cement pad, it would be nice to see it placed where the coal pile will be permanently located. Unless we set up a way to build the pad for the roundhouse and set it up there temporarily.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on December 08, 2018, 03:22:11 PM
I have seen pictures of coal "sacks" (for lack of a better term), in use for railways in the UK and Germany.  Looks like they hold 1/4 to 1/2 ton and lift with straps much like those demolition bags that Waste Management advertises.  Maybe we should investigate use of those until a permanent coal facility can be constructed.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Roger Cole on December 08, 2018, 07:31:07 PM
Did any of the Maine 2-footers ever have a coaling tower or were they all fueled from a coal pile on the ground?
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on December 08, 2018, 07:41:03 PM
Wiscasset had a coal shed where flat cars were backed up a ramp track and hand shoveled into hoppers that gravity fed into the engine tenders as needed. In later years the building appears to have been used for car storage. The coal shed was the building built into the hill side just north of the roundhouse.

Other designs were ground level coal bucket stations. For todays modern purpose there has been talk of a coal bucket station similar to Bridgton Jct or Albion designed to allow for a dump truck to unload into.

As for tamping the ML&M switch I have hopes to do that on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on December 08, 2018, 08:01:06 PM
The B&SR had a coal shed at Bridgton Jct that was basically a derrick and bucket setup under a roof.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 08, 2018, 08:50:52 PM
The KCRR had a much smaller version of what the B&SR had.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 08, 2018, 08:58:31 PM
Had the hydraulic oil drained out of the dozer to fix the pump, so I figured it was time to pull the filter for cleaning..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/1208181330_zpsqxatwsvt.jpg)

Cleaned it up..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/1208181355_zpszdbe7xgg.jpg)

Also cleaned the vents and tank while I was at it. If the vents continue to bother, then we can get new..
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 08, 2018, 10:16:13 PM
Super Sacks, as mentioned above by John Kokas, may not be a bad idea. There are versions that can be dumped through the bottom. Pick them up by their straps with a forklift or crane, move over the coal space, pull the rip cord, and Voila! coal is unloaded instantly. If we had, say, half a dozen of these, they could be filled with coal and positioned ready to go. They could be filled by hand shoveling or with a loader. Anthracite coal is available from coal dealers in super sacks.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on December 08, 2018, 10:19:43 PM
Thanks Wayne, for the life of me I couldn't remember what those sacks were called.  I'm sure someone knows where they are sold.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 09, 2018, 12:14:46 AM
Wayne,

Is this what you and John are talking about?

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200596416_200596416?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Storage%20%2B%20Organizers%20%3E%20Collapsible%20Containers&utm_campaign=Roughneck&utm_content=31477&gclid=CjwKCAiA9K3gBRA4EiwACEhFexzr30nNjKe79RpHJQ5DExFvKXjRdhi0OvNcZ60aKqrggD2zceCQgxoCEHsQAvD_BwE

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 09, 2018, 12:20:16 AM
Yes, but with a bottom that can be opened, like this....

http://www.bagcorp.com/portfolio/luxury-watch
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on December 09, 2018, 01:04:15 AM
Now that I know what to look for there's tons of them for sale on eBay both new and used.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 09, 2018, 02:00:35 AM
Work done on Saturday Aug 8:

* Car shop: Brendan and Alan were busy getting one of the crane rails up.
* Fireman school: Steve P, Steve L, and Dan were all fireman trainees.  Roger taught, and I ran.  Since the two open cars were right there in the yard, we grabbed those much to the dismay of conductor Bill.  One trip to AC and back; one trip to ToM and back (so that John could make some measurements), and one trip to ... Cockeye Curve and back (we quit because the blower valve got stuck, so returned to put the engine away).
* Other stuff: Apparently Mike was busy with the dozer, but I don't know what everyone else did.
* Board meeting: not quite a record night but close.  Finance took the prize for the longest topic (it wasn't intentional).
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 09, 2018, 03:55:48 AM
Took some photos today, but I just walked into the house after a 3-hour drive home, so posting will happen tomorrow.  Plus I'm still thawing out from James' trains today.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on December 09, 2018, 04:57:10 AM
To follow on from Jeff, the KCRR used the bucket and crane arrangement to unload coal from barges on the river into the coal shed.  Just an interesting side note...
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 09, 2018, 11:06:15 AM
Some of us cut up the hardwood logs stored against the woodpile since the FWW into firewood for starting the locomotives.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 09, 2018, 11:27:12 AM
I forgot to mention that Zack spend a very long time studying the very flat, flatcar kit to plan on putting it together this winter. They hope to have it together in time to use on the SWW.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 09, 2018, 02:15:05 PM
Took some photos today, but I just walked into the house after a 3-hour drive home, so posting will happen tomorrow.  Plus I'm still thawing out from James' trains today.

So, what does a conductor do on the train, when there are no paying passengers?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 09, 2018, 02:18:21 PM
To follow on from Jeff, the KCRR used the bucket and crane arrangement to unload coal from barges on the river into the coal shed.  Just an interesting side note...

To avoid any confusion, loading coal from schooners and barges, and loading coal into the locomotives, were two different structures.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on December 09, 2018, 02:54:47 PM
Mike, that’s one dirty oil filter. How did you clean it?
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 09, 2018, 02:56:54 PM
Took some photos today, but I just walked into the house after a 3-hour drive home, so posting will happen tomorrow.  Plus I'm still thawing out from James' trains today.

So, what does a conductor do on the train, when there are no paying passengers?

Jeff S.

Inspects the train.  Fills out paperwork.  He also serves as brakeman.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 09, 2018, 03:54:05 PM
Some photos from yesterday -- Saturday, December 8th, 2018 -- A sunny, cold day with temperatures in the teens.

Steam locomotive #9 was fired up to provide training runs for firemen-in-training.
(https://i.imgur.com/2u2CZ7w.jpg)

Our train for the day.  Engineer James Patten is checking the water in the tank.
(https://i.imgur.com/fStRnVF.jpg)

Fireman Roger Whitney (background) was the trainer, and the fireman trainees were (left-to-right) Steve Lennox, Dan Malkowski and Steve Piwowarski.  Everyone's smiling, so the day must have went well!
(https://i.imgur.com/KXImxTc.jpg)

Trainees Dan, Steve L. and Steve P.
(https://i.imgur.com/ELCPkfg.jpg)

Photos from trips up the line.  It looks like Central Maine Power replaced their transmission tower next to the tracks on the west side on Cock-eye Curve recently, perhaps this past week.
(https://i.imgur.com/rXteOV5.jpg)

Sheepscot Mills.  A view of the new Maine Locomotive and Machine Works siding from the rear of a northbound train.
(https://i.imgur.com/bUdnSCu.jpg)

Southbound view of the new MLMW switch.
(https://i.imgur.com/B8NQhFI.jpg)

View of the MLMW siding.
(https://i.imgur.com/tBYtLfN.jpg)

Top of Mountain.  The day's plan was to run round trips between Sheepscot and Alna Center for the trainees, but for our early afternoon trip, John McNamara requested a trip to Top of Mountain, so he could measure out a (temporary?) magneto phone line from the phone box to the mill siding.  I understand we may station a caboose on the siding for spring work weekend, and the caboose would have a magneto phone connection.  Here's John getting his measurements.
(https://i.imgur.com/zhdsUSW.jpg)

Meanwhile, back at Sheepscot, a sawing Fred is a happy Fred.  Fred was busy cutting collected hardwood to be used for steam locomotive fire up.  Al Michelis looks on.
(https://i.imgur.com/HNArhEU.jpg)

Despite the chalkboard sign, the bench saw little use Saturday.
(https://i.imgur.com/HjPfuBc.jpg)

Mike Fox talks with Dave Buczkowski as Mike worked on Casey's hydraulics.  Mike replaced a seal in the hydraulic pump yesterday.
(https://i.imgur.com/WyPY79r.jpg)

Shop views.  The first of two stainless steel flues has been installed through the roof, near the north end of the building.
(https://i.imgur.com/gmXpzvm.jpg)

Inside view of the new flue.  It's located between shop bays 2 and 3.
(https://i.imgur.com/fVdx2BA.jpg)

Shop bay 1.  As previously reported by others, the overhead crane rails have been installed at the south end of the bay.
(https://i.imgur.com/fpATdhT.jpg)

Brendan Barry has been making repairs to the Brookville (locomotive #51) in shop bay 2, including the transmission.
(https://i.imgur.com/oVYaJCi.jpg)

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

Alan Downey, later joined by Brendan, worked on the installation of the first overhead crane rail at the south end of shop bay 3.
(https://i.imgur.com/yCQoB2Z.jpg)

Alan worked on repositioning the drill press so the forklift could be moved over to bay 3.
(https://i.imgur.com/PDs8FnF.jpg)

Alan and Brendan lifting the first rail into place in bay 3.
(https://i.imgur.com/Ezik85b.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/3XhetWF.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2doqHdg.jpg)

The December board of directors meeting was yesterday.  This photo was taken just before the start of the meeting at 4 p.m.  I left at 7.30 p.m., and the meeting was still going strong!
(https://i.imgur.com/A48ORUj.jpg)
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 09, 2018, 04:53:38 PM
In my spare time today, I've been doing some calculations on all the work planned for next year. So I'm putting in a request for at least 89 Saturday's.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 09, 2018, 07:18:01 PM
Mike, that’s one dirty oil filter. How did you clean it?

A pick to clean the crud from the fins, then some gas to thin out the oil. Scrubbed with and old brush. Not perfect, but if it was flowing through the filter before, it will really flow now.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on December 10, 2018, 10:13:22 PM
The coal stove going in the the north end of the shop arrived Sunday. We took apart and resealed the stove today. The plan is to install the stove in the shop tomorrow. The stove for the south end of the shop is expected to arrive after Christmas.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_8457.jpg)
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 10, 2018, 10:20:37 PM
It looks like it's in good shape.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on December 10, 2018, 10:30:17 PM
Maybe some  carbon black mixed with hot linseed oil would help darken that exterior finish.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on December 10, 2018, 11:16:44 PM
And it has a place to keep the tea or coffee hot!

Mike Nix
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 10, 2018, 11:50:29 PM
Stove polish. They still make it, you know.

http://imperialgroup.ca/stove_maintenanceproducts.cfm?c=312
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on December 12, 2018, 12:33:49 AM
The stove was installed today.

Eric on the roof after finishing the stove pipe install.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_8466.jpg)

Mark lighting the fire.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_8467.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_8469.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_8472.jpg)
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on December 12, 2018, 01:06:09 AM
Switching was also done today to rearrange the yards, get things ready for Victorian Christmas, as well as organize the projects for this winter.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on December 12, 2018, 03:53:44 AM
At the risk of starting a brouhaha, I also saw the pix of the stove on Facebook.  I am sure everyone knows that the stove will heat the place a lot better if you close those great big doors just beyond the stove...
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Smith on December 12, 2018, 03:59:44 AM

I think you've got an open and shut case there, Bill. ::)
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 12, 2018, 04:33:38 AM
The doors were only open long enough for the stove sealer and new pipe to heat up and stop smoking.  It was noted in the photo captions.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on December 12, 2018, 07:07:04 AM
Doors open or shut the AMTP volunteers are going to envy you. Although the temps out here can't be liken to those in Alna, winter is mostly damp and the moisture is awful high in the engineshed , water srteams down everywhere  and if you want to work, you have to open all the doors to try to dry things off, if the sun is out of course.  BTW I love the agent station it's so US RR typical . 
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Scott on December 12, 2018, 07:11:45 AM
Nice to see so many famous people identified in the photographs of this thread.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 12, 2018, 11:48:10 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 15: Victorian Christmas!

The only official thing anyone will be working on this Saturday will be the efficient operation of Victorian Christmas.  We need parking control, crowd control, ticket booth, train crews, refreshment organizers, tour guides, etc. etc.  Ground crews needed at both Sheepscot and Alna Center.

Volunteers should make every effort NOT to park at Sheepscot.  With no snow on the ground, the corner lot is available for such.

Ho ho ho!
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on December 12, 2018, 01:43:00 PM
So how did the test fire of the stove work?  Might need a ceiling fan or two to get the air circulating properly.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on December 12, 2018, 02:41:03 PM
Hope a fence put around the coal stove. Don't want anyone with burnt fingers.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on December 13, 2018, 05:05:39 AM
A pedestal or box fan would work - I speak from experience. ;D
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 15, 2018, 11:41:55 PM
Work on Saturday Dec 15:

Victorian Christmas had 875 people.  Things moved along relatively efficiently, it seemed.  Everyone seemed happy.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 19, 2018, 12:11:39 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 22:

* More free trains on Saturday, these running on the regular season time table (4 trains), for anyone that happens to show up looking for VC.  However no Santa, no horses, just a train ride.

Not sure what else will be happening.  Most people are probably getting ready for Christmas.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on December 20, 2018, 04:44:31 PM
Is the second shop stove installed, building insulation underway, gantry work finished?
I'm sure these will be welcomed shop upgrades, help 10 get rebuilt, other indoor rolling stock work finished sooner.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 20, 2018, 04:54:11 PM
Jason is busy arranging getting the insulation.  I know because he keeps asking me for money, tax ID, tax exempt form....
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on December 20, 2018, 06:36:12 PM
So how did the 1st coal stove work out for VC?  Any idea of degrees of temperature difference?
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 20, 2018, 09:37:08 PM
During the Victorian Christmas event last Saturday, the coal stove was not in use. This was because Eric Schade's live steam G-scale railway was set up right next to it, and the tables serving hot cider, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies was nearby. So the doors to Bay 2 were wide open at the north end of the building, and the doors to bay 3 on the south end were as well.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 22, 2018, 10:34:55 PM
Work done on Saturday Dec 22:

* Christmas trains II: We had an OK turnout - ballpark of 75.  Train stopped NB at AC to pick up the Piwowarskis, who engaged passengers with carols on the way to ToM and back, then invited them at AC on the SB trip for warm cider.
* Track work: Ran up the line first thing to check for blowdowns after yesterday's storm (there were none) and dropped Joe off on the way to hand tamp the switch.  He did that and raised the speed restriction to 10.
* B&SR Flatcar: It has been positioned outside Shop bay 2.  A crew was busy removing metal bits from reuse.  The new beams are in Shop bay 2 ready to start getting worked on.
* Shop: Continued work on getting the crane rails up.
* Yard work: This past week Dean Copeland's truck arrived with some sawmill parts.  These parts were removed from the truck and placed near the storage box.  He also sent some wood beams, which I believe that Jason has a plan for.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 24, 2018, 02:09:37 PM
Is there any plans for a day after Christmas Weds. work day at the museum?
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on December 24, 2018, 02:23:02 PM
You all did enough for one year!  I think you guys deserve a good week off with family and a fresh start after new year's.   :D
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 24, 2018, 04:36:12 PM
Jason told me that there would be work ongoing on Wednesday.

If nothing else is going on, you can help Linda and I count inventory!  :D
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 24, 2018, 07:15:42 PM
Fred has good experience counting things, like the screws from the pavilion. ;D

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 24, 2018, 08:04:41 PM
You nailed it Jeff!
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on December 24, 2018, 10:19:45 PM
no.... screws not nails....
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 25, 2018, 12:02:27 PM
Merry Christmas everyone, have a great day!!!
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 26, 2018, 12:00:04 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday December 29, 2018:

* Inventory: "It's the most wonderful time of the year" when we have to count the gift shop inventory.  The more, the merrier!  (and faster)
* Fireman training: I believe that Jason has another fireman training day in mind.
* Machine shop: Keep puttin' up the crane rails and prepping for insulation.
* Tree clearing: I'm assuming we can start tree clearing along the Mountain Extension ROW.  Or maybe it's better to clear at Top of Mountain.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 26, 2018, 12:23:30 PM
If anyone wants to lead the tree clearing, send me a message and I'll fill you in on our self imposed restrictions. I had not had the time to mark the limits of our cutting yet, but I can give a description.


Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 29, 2018, 11:27:43 PM
Work done on Saturday Dec 29:

* Inventory: done.
* Machine shop: Work to continue crane rail on Bay 3.  Also there was work to prep to add additional supports in the main part of the shop.
* Flatcar 34: Zack was hard at work on the stringers.
* Train rides: we had 37 people.  The original purpose was fireman training (didn't happen) and bringing the bridge engineer to inspect our bridges (which did happen).  We then opened it up to the public.  Not bad for "pop-up" event.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on December 30, 2018, 12:18:14 AM
It was a lovely day.  We hosted Wayne Duffett, our volunteer bridge program manager and inspector, Chris Snow, Wayne’s associate who donated his soil engineering services for the Trout Brook Bridge project, Chris’s wife, Wayne’s track associate Brian and his family, Dave Allan (our pile and moving contractor) and his wife Nancy.  Loco crew Joe and Roger hosted a number of cab riders, Bill Reidy conducted well, and Dave B served as a presidential brakeman.  After the Humason Brook inspection during the 10:30 trip, we took the 12:00 to ToM, then walked to Trout Brook Bridge.  Bill covered Dave’s duties so Dave could join us and be all presidential like (he’s very good at it).  We got back to ToM just in time to meet the 1:30 train.  Weather was perfect, and good conversations all around.

The public response after two days of notice was tremendously encouraging as well.  More please!  Great day all around, great close to a great year.

Jason
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on December 30, 2018, 01:15:17 AM
Many first time riders today, so many thank you's, and best of all, lots of great questions. Today was a great paced day, no set timeline, and it allowed for extra passenger interaction. Well done to everyone who helped make today a huge success.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on December 30, 2018, 01:27:20 AM
Lest the complement go to my head, it was noted by one wag at the end of the day that either position (brakeman or president) essentially served the same purpose - stopping forward progress.
Dave
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 30, 2018, 02:10:55 AM
Bill Reidy conducted well...

It's not often I'm told I've conducted myself well.  Thanks!

Lest the complement go to my head, it was noted by one wag at the end of the day that either position (brakeman or president) essentially served the same purpose - stopping forward progress.

The discussion at the end of the day was along the lines of:
"Dave spent part of the day as brakeman and the rest being presidential.  Which is more important?"
To which some wag (surprisingly not me) responded, "Both hinder forward progress."

Jokes aside, it was a very good day in Sheepscot. (It seems like we've had a lot of those this year!)  There were several young families on board today -- it's always great to see the kids have a fun time.  Plus the opportunity to host Wayne, Chris and Dave, spouses and associates who have done so much for our Museum.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on December 30, 2018, 04:06:37 AM
Lest the complement go to my head, it was noted by one wag at the end of the day that either position (brakeman or president) essentially served the same purpose - stopping forward progress.
Dave
Dave, I love your self deprecating sense of humor. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on December 30, 2018, 04:22:19 AM
I agree, Dave is very good at being presidential.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 30, 2018, 12:24:01 PM
Wish I could have been there.. Christmas vacation ended a day late for me to make it..
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on December 30, 2018, 01:48:21 PM
So nice to hear of good reports from yesterday! James, I know we were very close to our highest ridership year ever. How did we do?

Steve
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 30, 2018, 03:21:00 PM
Sounds like it was a very productive day. How was the notice "published" so people knew there would be train rides?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 30, 2018, 09:08:09 PM
James, I know we were very close to our highest ridership year ever. How did we do?

We aren't close.  We're over: 4800 paid riders (100+ last year's record), 6400 total riders (100+ last year's record).
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on December 31, 2018, 12:58:16 AM
Sounds like it was a very productive day. How was the notice "published" so people knew there would be train rides?

It was announced on our Facebook page and web site. There wasn't a huge push to get the word out. This method seems to work well for last-minute events.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 31, 2018, 01:16:09 AM
I'd say it worked well.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: December 2018 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on December 31, 2018, 02:05:27 AM
For a low Victorian Christmas attendance, I would say we did very well then. Hopefully next year we can set another record breaking year as far as higher attendance.