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Title: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Russ Nelson on December 13, 2018, 03:31:49 PM
Has a date been set for the Spring Work Weekend 2019?
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Wayne Laepple on December 13, 2018, 03:50:19 PM
Should be the last weekend in April. 26, 27, 28 April, 2019.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: James Patten on April 15, 2019, 04:42:59 PM
List of projects for SWW, near as I can recall from the board meeting.

* Mountain Extension ballasting (but of course!).  The plan is that there will be two trains of two flatcars, both steam hauled.  Loading at AC, crossing at ToM.  And jacking and tamping too.  This project is the highest priority project.
* Alna Center might have a crew to help clear out trees in preparation for the pavilion (depending on the number of people).
* Sheepscot ditching for conduit and drainage between the garage and restroom.
* Sheepscot prepping for concrete forms for the utility drop building.
* Car shop boarding up the remaining walls that have been insulated.
* Car shop machine shop area organizing and clean up.
* Networking upgrade throughout the campus.
* Rules Review Saturday night.
* And lastly but certainly not the least - feeding the troops!
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on April 15, 2019, 07:29:04 PM
James,

What about rules review?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 15, 2019, 07:56:46 PM
Rules review during Saturday evening dinner.

Presentation of special award right after dinner, followed by evening train for crew.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on April 15, 2019, 08:01:06 PM
Other SWW events:
- A crew will be upgrading the Wifi and network around the Sheepscot campus. While overall throughput can not be improved (due to the non-availabilty of high-speed Internet on Cross Road (or 218)), overall reliabilty should be much better and with coverage throughout the campus.

- A special presentation will be given by the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts and Mr. Leigh Webb - as we are the reciepiant of the 2019 Webb Memorial Preservation Award - for our work on the Mountain Extension. This will occur Saturday Night, immediately following the rules review and dinner. An "Inspection Train" will then be run. 
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 15, 2019, 08:30:35 PM
Some of you may be wondering what and why I am doing what I am attempting to do.  When spreading ballast from the flat car to the space between the rail and the end of the ties, one usually doesn't have to bend over.  When spreading ballast from the flat car to between the rails one has to bend over and fling the ballast to between the rails.  Bending over is hard on backs for us old guys and gals.  Hence the brain storm, or other gaseous release, of how to make spreading ballast between the rails easier and faster. 

As many of you now know, the result is the ballast chutes, a picture of the final painted version is attached.  Like most projects, the result is a compromise between conflicting goals and limitations.  I have added a rear brace so the operator can place an adjustable foot under the handle end of the chute to reduce operator fatigue.  The limiting factors are the space between the rail head and the truss rods which limits the amount of slide angle.  I hope I have it correct.  I also had to guess as to the angle between the rails and the truss rods and hope that the flanges of the rail wheels aren't going to slip off if the chute is raised to high.  I also had to guess at a compromise location of the wheel barrow wheel so it wouldn't drag when rolling from side to side on the rail head and having to bend down to low (can't seem to get away from bending) to relocate the chute when the flat car moves.

Finally, the rear brace makes some assumptions as to the fall of the drainage ditches off to the edge of the road bed. 

All of this is to humbly say, this is my brain storm (see above mention of gaseous emissions) and I hope it works.  If, when put to use in a week and a few days it works, I will be happy.  If it doesn't work, or is a pain to use, feel free to put it on the Christmas Santa pyre.  If it could use some improvements, I would love to hear the ideas and will rework it when I am up there this summer.

B2
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Kokas on April 15, 2019, 08:58:26 PM
Bill, I (and my back) applaud your effort.  I look forward to trying out your "invention" during SWW.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 16, 2019, 01:31:58 AM
Good job, Bill. The guys who won't need to shovel ballast "into the gauge" (between the rails) I'm sure will thank you.
A+++for effort!!!
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 17, 2019, 08:55:43 PM
Sounds like the TOM siding is in the perfect place for Mtn Extension supply trains to pass and keep the  trackwork moving!
Will there be drones keeping track of SWW'19 lotsa work?

Nine days and counting!
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 17, 2019, 09:27:46 PM
Sounds like the TOM siding is in the perfect place for Mtn Extension supply trains to pass and keep the  trackwork moving!
Will there be drones keeping track of SWW'19 lotsa work?

Nine days and counting!

Paul, 

I have reviewed the Ops Plans put out by Ed and it is very well thought out.  Things should run smoothly from Alna Center to TOM to EOT with the ferry train bringing up late comers, food, supplies in case of breakdowns, etc.  I also am looking forward to the upcoming SWW activities.  It should be fun for all and a memorable event, just like the previous FWW.

B2
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Joe Fox on April 18, 2019, 04:44:46 AM
Everyone is excited for SWW however please lets keep SAFETY in our minds at all times. I know we always do, and we have a great safety record, but lets not be too carefull. Lots of ballast to shovel, and with the improved shuttle service will hopefully allow it all to be ballasted. Each morning we will go over the basics, including being carefull on the west (downhill) side of the tracks. Some areas it could be a long way to the bottom of the hill.

As such, measures are being taken to avoid crews on the ground on the west side near tight spots when possible.

Look forward to seeing everyone in just over a week. :)
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 18, 2019, 11:45:11 AM
Wise comments Joe.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on April 20, 2019, 11:58:39 AM
Hello Bill, your ballast chutes look great and I'm sure they are going to operate very well and spare the track crew quite a lot of aches and pains. I was an AMTP track crew member for decades and when I was getting on 50, the critical age, I really appreciate the just retired new AMTP trackcrew manager that made a wheelbarrow to carry the ties from the flatcar or the pile to  their very place and a portative  crane set on the flatcar to load and unload the heavy gas engine powered  machine used to screw or unscrew the coachscrews used to fix the rail onto the ties.  His motto was" No use toiling when you can do otherwise". I'm sure that every trackcrew member will thank you a lot for sparing their back at the end of the SWW. Have a nice Easter weekend.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Mike Fox on April 22, 2019, 11:10:40 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/MTvyZLzF/0420191208.jpg)

Most of the shovels that we have, ready to be put to use this weekend.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on April 22, 2019, 04:42:11 PM
Shovels or forks ?. It makes no difference ballast is tough to handle and a true back killer when you're ageing.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Steve Smith on April 23, 2019, 02:20:34 AM
Alain, if only we could restrict aging to fine whiskey and cheese!
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 23, 2019, 04:54:04 AM
Wow, Mike's Tool City!  ;D
I bet that near, hanging shovel helped spread the shop's concrete floor.  ;)
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on April 26, 2019, 02:09:42 PM
Alain, if only we could restrict aging to fine whiskey and cheese!
For sure, but whiskey and cheese get better in aging, I'm not quite sure it's totally the same for people except for the railroad enthiousasts especially the WW&F volunteers.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 27, 2019, 01:21:00 AM
Some photos today of ballast trains for the Mountain Extension.  WW&F No. 9 and MNG Monson No. 3 alternated bringing flatcars loaded with stone from Alna Center to the work zone.

No. 9 has delivered the first loaded flatcar of the day -- #118.
(https://i.imgur.com/487ZOqM.jpg)

Caboose #554 had been placed at the end of the track earlier this week for the benefit of volunteers.
(https://i.imgur.com/zuiWDOR.jpg)

Unloading #118.
(https://i.imgur.com/CXqUjGs.jpg)

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

Caboose #320 was on No. 9's work train today.
(https://i.imgur.com/49NYyp4.jpg)

Brakeman J.B. Smith confers with No. 9's engine crew.
(https://i.imgur.com/HZAYSiE.jpg)

Later in the morning, No. 9 brought up B&SR flatcar #34 with its first load since the car was rebuilt.
(https://i.imgur.com/LYtP1Ll.jpg)

Unloading #34.
(https://i.imgur.com/osvxAQy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ea6fhbm.jpg)

At Alna Center, Dean Copeland loaded empty flatcars as they were delivered by Nos. 3 and 9.  Work trains arriving at Alna Center from the north would pick up a loaded flatcar, drop off an empty, and then return north.  Here #34 is getting her second load.
(https://i.imgur.com/JO3SuCl.jpg)

At Top of Mountain, work trains met.  Loaded northbound trains took the mill siding to let the unloaded southbound trains pass through en route to Alna Center.  Here we see No. 9's work train on the mill siding.  Open car #103 sits on the round-around/stub siding with lunch for the crew.
(https://i.imgur.com/UtrRxGN.jpg)

Conductor Ed Lecuyer leads No. 3's unloaded train southbound through Top of Mountain to drop off the work zone crew for lunch, before proceeding to Alna Center to get another loaded flatcar.
(https://i.imgur.com/yioPIGe.jpg)

With No. 3's train passed by, No. 9 pulls her train out onto the main at Alna Center before proceeding north to the work zone.
(https://i.imgur.com/9oyfctJ.jpg)

The Mountain Extension work crew enjoys a nice lunch in car #103.
(https://i.imgur.com/PAYwVSI.jpg)

Flatcar #126 gets loaded at Alna Center.
(https://i.imgur.com/j7BkBqn.jpg)

At the end of today, Roadmaster Joe Fox said about 350 feet of track received stone today.  Here's a couple of views.
(https://i.imgur.com/TAGGjSC.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/AGmfK1J.jpg)

The volunteer log book listed 70 names today when I left a little after 5.  I'm sure some had not signed in.  We had under 20 volunteers working on the Mountain Extension, and many were busy in Sheepscot.  Hopefully someone else can give an account on the work done in Sheepscot today.  I do know a lot of work was done on interior wall sheathing in the car shops.  One other work item:  John McNamara and Mark Edry were busy extended the magneto phone line on the upper portion of the Moountain Extension.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 27, 2019, 01:22:53 AM
Oh, and Happy Birthday Jason!  Thanks for the reminder, Ed.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Kokas on April 27, 2019, 10:41:15 AM
Fred Morse and I cut and split about 2/3 of a cord of wood.  Should be able to get it all cleared by end of SWW so Mike can get into the spoil piles to move to the woods track area.

Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Graham Buxton on April 27, 2019, 10:45:44 PM
There were 95 names in the log book for Saturday a bit after 6pm.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Mike Fox on April 28, 2019, 01:18:14 AM
Some photos I took today..

(https://i.postimg.cc/Vv85XZtD/0427191355.jpg)
#3s crew pushing a loaded flat north (118) to drop of B&SR 34 for loading.

(https://i.postimg.cc/K8qKCNX8/0427191358c.jpg)
Dean Copeland brought his new skidsteer to load ballast this weekend.

(https://i.postimg.cc/6qfqcVLw/0427191358g.jpg)
9 arriving at Alna Center

(https://i.postimg.cc/J7NsRmwg/0427191606.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/j5rR1wjj/0427191608-Burst01.jpg)
Ballast work as of quitting time Saturday. This section has been jacked and tamped. Jason, Rick and I were on a surveying trip and were remarking how well this looked.

(https://i.postimg.cc/bNqsJMpv/0427191600.jpg)
Looking North across the former slide (Location 4).

(https://i.postimg.cc/CK9Rxxxy/0427191729.jpg)
Rules review and a presentation by the Mass Bay RRE that followed.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 28, 2019, 03:18:28 AM
The volunteer log for Friday has been updated to show 82 names.  Today's (Saturday) volunteer log listed 108 names, which I believe is a new record for a work weekend day.

Some photos from today:

A damp morning to start (it rained heavily overnight).  Looking from the Sheepscot platform, we see two steamers out on the main:  No. 9 by the water tank and No. 3 by the north yard switch.
(https://i.imgur.com/wZtOBlo.jpg)

Streams were running well after all the rain.  All the drainage work performed by Mike Fox has worked well.  Here we see the stream at location 10.
(https://i.imgur.com/HmHeAza.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Ir60R16.jpg)

Jacques and Vincent LeRow prepare for tamping.  Our tamper Big Joe is at the north end of the track, just south of caboose 554.
(https://i.imgur.com/7FSL2qo.jpg)

Roadmaster Joe Fox sets the first jacks.
(https://i.imgur.com/RYDycBJ.jpg)

Tamping is underway!
(https://i.imgur.com/ZC2tIrd.jpg)

Dave Buczkowski operated Big Joe in the morning.
(https://i.imgur.com/YM83LiP.jpg)

Joe led the setting of jacks as the tamping crew followed.
(https://i.imgur.com/Q48qhTu.jpg)

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

A marker was left at the start of the tamping.
(https://i.imgur.com/JVBilom.jpg)

Meanwhile, stone trains dropped ballast south of the tamping crew.  Locomotive no. 52's engineer Jonathan St. Mary talks with Joe Fox just north of the slide area.
(https://i.imgur.com/kcaq6qM.jpg)

By late afternoon, tamping had reached just south of the pinch point.
(https://i.imgur.com/Zth69fd.jpg)

After a nice dinner, Mass Bay RRE President David Brown and Leigh Webb made a formal presentation of the 2019 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award to WW&F Railway Museum President Dave Buczkowski.  The $10,000 grant aids our Mountain Extension, and we greatly appreciate their support!
(https://i.imgur.com/Xnd4MYJ.jpg)

After dinner and the presentation, Jay Barta provided training for the three new AEDs recently purchased for our Museum through donations by several members.  One of the AEDs has been installed in the lobby of our restroom building.
(https://i.imgur.com/WW1g5kI.jpg)

We then went out on an evening train ride to the Mountain Extension, where a walking tour was provided to MBRRE members and other friends of our Museum.  Upon return from the trip, many were attracted to our shops, which were still busy.  Here's folks walking into bay 1.
(https://i.imgur.com/7pTRt0p.jpg)

Several folks have been busy this weekend completing the wall sheathing and window trim in shop bay 1.
(https://i.imgur.com/z2n3neG.jpg)

Meanwhile, others had been busy replacing end sills and making other minor repairs to a Maine Narrow Gauge flatcar on sort term loan.  The repaired car was flipped back over this evening and put back onto its trucks.
(https://i.imgur.com/f1UFW7x.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0Fn4oSl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bs6YasR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/BSNMsuT.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on April 28, 2019, 01:58:45 PM
Thank you so much for that comprehensive report of that almost round the clock hectic busy day. Your drive, spirits and tremendous sense of organization are able to move heaven and earth, which really blows my  "French" mind.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 29, 2019, 02:05:00 AM
A busy final work weekend day today (Sunday), but I could only take a few photos.  First, some updated volunteer numbers, based on review of the volunteer log and discussions today:
-- Friday:  83 volunteers;
-- Saturday, 110 volunteers; and
-- Sunday, 82 volunteers (75 in the log book, plus 7 I was told had not logged in as I was leaving back to the Boston area late afternoon.

From my understanding of the spring and fall work weekend volunteer counts from past years, including last fall's big Mountain Extension track building push, these are all record numbers -- a tremendous show of support by our members and friends, particularly since weather was less than ideal Friday and Saturday.

Like Friday, I was conductor on No. 9's work train.  We took 9 out with caboose 320 and stopped north of the Sheepscot water tank switch so the repaired Maine Narrow Gauge flatcar 205 could be pushed by volunteers onto the rear our our train.
(https://i.imgur.com/lhNi0AN.jpg?1)

We dropped off 205 at Alna Center so it could be loaded with stone by Dean Copeland.  Now that we had four flatcars in service, today's stone train service was a bit different than Friday and Saturday.  For the first two days of this work weekend we had three flats in service for two stone trains, so each train would pick up one loaded flat and drop off an empty at AC for loading before delivering the loaded car to the work zone on the Mountain Extension.  Sunday's trains each had two dedicated flatcars, which would be brought to AC for loading.  Our train had cars 118 and 34, while No. 3's train had 126 and 205.  A couple of views No. 9's train today:

Car 118 has been unloaded, and volunteers are now unloading car 34 in the vicinity of location 2.  We're looking south toward Top of the Mountain, about 1400 feet away.
(https://i.imgur.com/kn5NEhu.jpg?1)

The reverse view, looking to repaired slide area (location 4).  Not easily seen in this photo is the magneto phone post on the right at location 4.  John McNamara and Mark Edry were busy this weekend extending the magneto phone line.
(https://i.imgur.com/ShGgwN3.jpg?1)

I believe all of last fall's Mountain Extension track extension now has a layer of ballast delivered (No. 3's train delivered the last two carloads).  This was an important goal.

So much was going on this weekend, and I only saw one busy corner.  Hopefully my photos gave some sense of this weekend's accomplishments.

A strange sight today in Alna -- the sun, after two dreary weather days.  When I got home near Boston this evening what was the weather?  Rain!


Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Joe Fox on April 29, 2019, 02:58:50 AM
Wow. Amazing work guys. Job well done to everyone who worked above and beyond to make everything happen. Many went above and beyond to ensure things got done. What a great and amazing team.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Fred Morse on April 29, 2019, 08:59:30 AM
Had a lot of help with the wood splitting, at least 6 people, they also stacked the rest of the wood that has to be split to make it easier to get too.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Joseph Lupinski on April 29, 2019, 02:31:38 PM
Glad to hear the last of the ballast got down.  Sadly I could only volunteer for the Sat this time.  Did they manage to get the tamper running again for Sunday?
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Brendan Barry on April 30, 2019, 12:24:42 AM
Monson # 3 picking up a loaded flat car and dropping off B&SR 34 for it's first load of stone.

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34 spotted for loading at Alna Center.

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First bucket of stone dumped onto 34.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9484.jpg)

The railroad's truck set up as a water tender at Alna Center.

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Monson 3 taking water at Alna Center.

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Monson 3 has picked up loaded car 34 and is spotting an empty for loading.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9503.jpg)

No. 9 taking water at Alna Center.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9511.jpg)

Flatcar being loaded on the siding while 9 takes water on the mainline. After the car is loaded 9 will pickup the loaded car and leave an empty behind.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9514.jpg)

Filling up the water totes at Sheepscot. A firehose was plumbed into the tank drain to fill the water totes.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9526.jpg)

The WW&FRy borrowed Maine Narrow Gauge flatcar 205 for the spring work weekend. 205 was supposed to arrive at the railroad sometime in early April for some rebuild work before the spring work weekend. Trucking issue and access problems do to the ongoing construction at the Portland Company complex conspired to delay delivery until Thursday afternoon before the work weekend.

The car was an excursion car at Edaville and at some point was cut down to a flatcar at MNGRR. The plan was to remove the steel end platforms and move the draft gear into the proper position for a car without end platforms and replace the end sills. Upon tearing into the car other problems were discovered that probably dated back to construction at Edaville. We had hoped to rebuild the car Friday but the increased scope of the work needed took two days.  Side boards were put on the car Sunday morning and the car was put into service hauling ballast Sunday. Some pictures borrowed from Facebook.

205 flipped over in bay 2 Friday morning.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9489.jpg)

Steel platforms being cut off.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9493.jpg)

New end sill fitted on.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9516.jpg)

Draft gear being worked on and the needle beams being fitted for new queen posts Friday night.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9521.jpg)

Draft gear work at the other end Saturday morning.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9532.jpg)

End sill being fitted.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9536.jpg)

Bolster truss rods being repaired and cheek irons going in at the near end. The crew at the other end was finishing up the draft gear at that end.

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A crowd working on the south end.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9551.jpg)

Finishing the draft gear work on the south end and putting the coupler back in.

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Tweaking a truss rod back into shape.

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Flipping the car over Saturday night.

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Fitting some side boards Sunday morning.

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Saturday night welding coupler shims in.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9583.jpg)

Rolled out of the shop and onto a work train Sunday morning.

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No.3 in the yard late Sunday afternoon with a string of four flatcars.

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The sheathing in bay 1 was finished.

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Electrical work was ongoing in the shop during the weekend. The lights in the shop extension were rewired and the lights in bay 2 were mounted higher and hung from the steel ibeams.

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The rest of the firewood pile was cut and split over the weekend.

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With four flatcars in service Sunday each work train ran with two flatcars. The empty and loaded trains would pass at Top of the Mountain.

Cars being loaded at Alna Center Sunday morning.

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Ballast train heading down the mountain to the ballast crew.

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Ballast crew unloading rock.

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Walking down to the end of track.

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Looking back south towards the ballast crew.

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Turned around looking north where the slide used to be.

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Standing behind where the tamper is in the last picture looking north.

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Looking south. The retaining wall is on the right just before the tamper.

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Looking north from the last picture.

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Looking south around the curve before the present end of track.

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Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Russ Nelson on April 30, 2019, 02:05:57 AM
21 minute-long video of the flatcar being flipped: https://youtu.be/9HfvMdSJQJE
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on April 30, 2019, 10:05:25 PM
Thanks Brendan for that report and beautiful pics of #3 at Sheepscot. Repairing to put into operation the MNG flat car in a jiff is one of those technical feats that WW&F volunteers are used to achieving. I like  Russ's video of the dramatic flat car flip. 
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Baskerville on May 01, 2019, 02:28:35 AM
Surfacing and tamping just the outside of the track sure takes the whoop-dee-doos out of the track as seen in the shots before tamping.  Our track crew did an amazing job this past SWW.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 01:14:24 AM
That's a beautiful photo album of the Spring Work Weekend! Thanks Brandon Barry!
I took a few moist shots from Saturday.
It was certainly a great time, as always!
Many thanks to all the great folks who spent so much time and effort preparing every last detail.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 01:16:06 AM
A happy crew
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 01:41:31 AM
Brakeman Dan at his post.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 01:43:46 AM
Dispatcher Ed sorts things out.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 01:46:36 AM
#9 gives us the run-around at Top of the Mountain.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 01:49:20 AM
#3 gives her level best on 3%.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 01:54:40 AM
#9 does a great Kennebec Central imitation.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 01:57:32 AM
Monson #3 looking work ready.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on May 10, 2019, 03:14:04 PM
Thank you John for those  pics that shows the dedicated  volunteers working on the tracks in the rain.  Rain on the railroad does not make things easy generally speaking wheel slip ,locking and so on. But when it comes to working on the ROW and shovelling ballast it's an other kettle of fish, I experienced  it. But nobody can't fortunately command the weather.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 10, 2019, 03:57:04 PM
Alain, we were actually quite fortunate. What rain we had was not much more than a drizzle. One real positive effect was the dramatic steam displays from the engines!
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Dana Deering on May 10, 2019, 06:05:50 PM
This discussion reminds me that I need to say a big thank you to those volunteers who shoveled ballast with us during the SWW. That includes those members of the train crews who, once their train was secured, got down on the ground and worked with us. You all worked in the rain and mud doing an important job that will keep us on schedule for getting the Mountain line open in 2021.  Apart from track laying, track work is not considered the sexiest task on the work weekends but without it the railroad doesn't run.  I appreciate all of those folks who helped out on the track.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Bill Baskerville on May 10, 2019, 07:22:25 PM
...a big thank you to those volunteers who shoveled ballast with us during the SWW. ... Apart from track laying, track work is not considered the sexiest task on the work weekends but without it the railroad doesn't run.  I appreciate all of those folks who helped out on the track.
Dana,
Though I found tasks on the Sheepscot side of Alna Center to keep me busy (like bringing up the lunch train) for the SWW, I have done my share of track work, both on the WW's and just general track maintenance.  Though the work is hard, I find the camaraderie of working with other volunteers for the love of our WW&F to be very rewarding.  Additionally, the skills I have had the opportunity to learn makes me the envy of all my local model railroad and NRHS friends.  Some folks pay a lot of money to enjoy what we share for the shear love of our Museum.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: Joe Fox on May 10, 2019, 08:05:43 PM
On a personal level, I have found I enjoy all the tasks of track work as they are all key to running a railroad. Being on the train is fun from time to time. But it is more fun to look back and say "I helped build that." With that in mind, lets use today to reflect on how others felt when they looked back 150 years ago at the completion of the Transcontinental railroad. I have personally been involved with the museum for 14 years, and to see the railroad where it is today is incredible.

Well done to over one thousand of men and women who have got us where we are today. Rather just through donations, or by volunteering everyone plays a vital role.
Title: Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
Post by: John Stone on May 11, 2019, 05:37:57 AM
I thoroughly enjoy being part of the track gang. I don't possess many marketable skills, but being able to offer up a little (very little) muscle effort to further the cause is quite satisfying. This Spring session was a particularly beautiful experience. Though the weather was iffy, having two Forneys shuttling stone to us was pure two foot immersion! As Joe said, what has been accomplished by the WW&F is absolutely amazing. The Maine woods is a wonderful place to grow a railroad!
Thank you, Dana and Joe, for all of your expertise in keeping the efforts of the troops focused.