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Title: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 30, 2018, 11:48:59 PM
Plan ahead.. We are expecting to start cutting and burning next weekend, January 5th. With little snow cover, it should be easy walking. I am planning to start on the bridge end. I would like to mark the limits of our cutting, so there is no question as to what we are cutting. Due to the sensitivity of the area, we will have to limit the cutting to about 15 feet from center, or less depending on location, but we can take select hazard trees outside of that.

Later in January and again in February we are planning a couple of work days like we did last year. Train ride to TOM, tree cutting in the area of Location 9 (end of track) the first day. The second day may be at the TOM itself if the Extension cutting is complete, but we will have something.

So sharpen your saw or come run ours. We have enough to do for anyone willing.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on December 31, 2018, 12:52:15 AM
What are we doing this Wednesday (the 2nd)?  I plan to be there.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on December 31, 2018, 11:00:37 AM
Likely we’ll hang crane rail and prep for insulation in the shop.  If there’s willing crew we may check the ToM trails and prep them for winter hiking.  There’s a little outside work at Sheepscot to do as well.

Happy New Year!
Jason
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 31, 2018, 07:15:28 PM
Eleven stake pockets cleaned up and ready for paint, may do the rest Weds. Then on to other small parts.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on December 31, 2018, 08:42:48 PM
Has the second shop stove been set up?
Hanging insulation will be a chore, but well worth it, winter or summer.

Fred...a small sandblast cabinet, having used one at 2926 and C&TS, saves tedious hand labor,  works terrifically for small parts.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 31, 2018, 09:17:23 PM
We have so many "irons in the fire" right now, I don't think we can afford anything more at this time. And we want to get this done fast. I'll probably finish them Weds.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 31, 2018, 09:37:24 PM
Fred,

I will have the primer on Weds and will paint the stake pockets in the wood shop.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on December 31, 2018, 10:05:49 PM
Go, Fred !!
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on December 31, 2018, 10:08:05 PM
We have so many "irons in the fire" right now, I don't think we can afford anything more at this time.

Fred gets it.. We need to focus on the essentials. Keep our treasurer happy..
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 31, 2018, 10:37:23 PM
Thanks, Mike!    8) 8) ;)
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 02, 2019, 11:38:25 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Jan 5, 2019:

* Mountain Extension: tree and brush cutting and burning.  We're supposed to get 2-4 inches of snow Friday, so everything should be just the right amount of wintery wonderland.
* Car shop: Continuation of getting the shop cranes up and prepping for insulation.
* Flatcar 34: Continued rebuilding.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on January 02, 2019, 05:32:07 PM
All the stake pockets that came with the car are all ready for paint.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on January 02, 2019, 07:50:36 PM
And have been painted.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on January 02, 2019, 08:45:12 PM
What's the provenance of flatcar 34? I'm sure it's mentioned some place......
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 02, 2019, 10:30:50 PM
Do we have all the stake pockets that originally came with the car or do we need to replace/replicate some?
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 02, 2019, 10:54:01 PM
34 is a former B&SR flatcar that was owned by ML&M, and has been traded for Boxcar 50, I think.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 03, 2019, 12:13:30 AM
We found enough stake pockets today in Alice's locker to complete what Zach needs for the flat car.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 03, 2019, 02:05:25 AM
12 pockets per side, 2 on each end, with the brake end being set in about 4 feet from the end of the car to allow room for the brakeman to stand. So 28. MEC added stirups and other saftey hardware during it's control of the railroad.

34 was originally built as a 26 foot car by Bridgton in 1889, lengthened sometime prior to 1971 (first photo I found as a 30 foot car), believed to be done at Edaville.

I have found some other interesting information that I will share later, that I have gathered out of several hours of research. I spent 2 hours today at the Bridgton Historical Society...got to remember to write that down...

I think once I finalize my research next week, some will be surprised..
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 03, 2019, 01:16:59 PM
Looking forward to seeing what you've discovered, Mike.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 03, 2019, 10:40:53 PM
Did some estimating today, working on our drainage plan. Calculating what we need, figuring what needs to be replaced. Measured distances and lengths of pipe. Checked elevations. Now I can map a profile.

I can tell you that the ice hidden by the fresh fluffy snow is slippery, and you will be looking at the clouds before you can blink (did it 3 times).

Also, I went north and flagged trees for cutting. More to cut than I thought, some bigger pines are what we can call hazard trees so they will be coming down. Lots of hard wood for the locomotives. There is ice on the grade south of the bridge, so be prepared.

Saturday, I will focus on the ditch we need to clear out. Plenty of space for another crew or 2 to work on the grade.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Gary Kraske on January 04, 2019, 04:09:39 AM
Mike Ouch, I feel for you, did that as a youngster while ice skating on snow covered Worthley Pond. The cloud view was not worth the pain!
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 04, 2019, 05:44:57 PM
No pain. I bounce. For now..
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 04, 2019, 06:12:12 PM
In my younger days I bounced also and never gave it mind.  Then I mistakenly took up Hockey and found out that the boards and goal posts don't bounce.  Been paying the price ever since.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 04, 2019, 06:21:50 PM
Not to worry, the parking lot has been sanded. I don't want a replay of when I went down in the driveway one recent winter. I still don't have a memory of slipping - only of being helped up and being "punch drunk" for about an hour.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 04, 2019, 08:40:07 PM
Not to worry, ... ... being "punch drunk" for about an hour.

Dave,  We love you, but how do we tell when the hour is up?
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 04, 2019, 10:48:28 PM
I remember that Dave, it was quick. Hoping we all stay on our feet tomorrow..
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 05, 2019, 03:46:54 AM
Bill, when I only see one Fred and I stop ranting that I’m in charge!
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on January 05, 2019, 06:53:41 AM
A friend hit her head when she fell on the ice.
A year and a half later she is still getting over it.

"Taint funny McGee"
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 05, 2019, 10:34:46 PM
Work done on Sat Jan 5:

* Inventory: I had to recount some things.
* Shop: Alan and Greg were working on crane extension.
* Flatcar 34: Zack was working on an end beam, while Fred was removing rust etc. from the stake pockets and Stewart was painting them.
* Fireman training school: Steve L and Dan got schooled.
* Delivery: Dean Copeland delivered some stuff (lumber and something tarped).
* Mountain Ext: Cutting crew started partway up the straightaway in a section where the ditch needs stabilizing/fixing.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 06, 2019, 12:27:01 AM
Mike and Joe started cuttin’ and burnin’ early. I joined them about 9 after checking in at Sheepscot. After lunch, John, a new volunteer joined M and J until I could get back. Not wanting to miss the fun, Fred and Zack drove to the bridge and walked from there. Zack carried a couple of chairs for Fred. Latter James joined the party. Fred regaled John with Museum tales. We learned that John is a civil engineering student at Marquette. He was a hard worker. Hopefully we didn’t scare him off with our repartees and banter.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on January 06, 2019, 01:00:58 AM
Hopefully we can have higher attendance cutting and burning or all of what we need to do may not get done this year. We made good progress today with an extremely small crew till near the end of the day. As always, stories were fun and full of laughter.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 06, 2019, 02:14:29 AM
(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105190813_zpssutnrerb.jpg)
Walking in..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105190816a_zpscaeonqtz.jpg)
Before..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105190816b_zpslgi94xwy.jpg)
Bridge in the distance to the north..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105191012a_zpspln7vh8i.jpg)
Joe and I managed to get this much done, with Dave lending a hand in between his presidential duties..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105191121_zpshrgoqpma.jpg)
Lunch time looking south..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105191437_Burst01_zpsbaj0wf1s.jpg)
Help arrived in the afternoon.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105191437a_Burst01_zpsmmfg66ik.jpg)
Even Fred came up to crack his whip and make us laugh

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105191437_zpsdjetr5xb.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0105191537_zpsakdawqrs.jpg)

End of day..

Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 06, 2019, 02:21:07 AM
Thanks for the updates on today's events and especially the photos from Mike.  I hope to be up next Saturday to help burn.  I need to break in my new hat...
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 06, 2019, 02:35:03 AM
Plenty of softwood next weekend..should do the trick..
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 06, 2019, 05:52:55 PM
Moderator's Note:
A discussion regarding priorities has been moved to the Members Only section of the Forum.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Smith on January 07, 2019, 02:43:34 AM
Mike, what is the planned minimum width of the right-of-way between Locations 1 and 17?
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 07, 2019, 10:35:47 PM
In the sensitive areas, we are striving for an initial 10 to 15 feet from center, giving about 30 feet of clearance. Of course there are locations where visibility is a concern where we have cut more, as long as it isn't a sensitive area.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Smith on January 08, 2019, 04:02:46 AM
Thanks, Mike!
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Houghton on January 08, 2019, 05:41:04 AM
What makes an area "sensitive?"  Who decides?
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on January 08, 2019, 08:13:45 AM
Areas such as wetlands are "sensitive" areas, however we have epected to only cut 15' wide down the mountain most of the way to help minimize grass and brush cutting.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 08, 2019, 12:02:04 PM
Sensitive areas are places that we never knew existed, like a Vernal Pool that we (DEP, Jason and I) found on our tour of the mountain. DEP gave us a run down on what we were looking at and what to look for.

So the Vernal Pool, the Shoreland Zone at the bridge site and at the wall are all sensitive. Other locations, like the low flow area next to where we are working, are not as sensitive, but still deserve special treatment because of how easy it would be to damage the area, and cause some erosion. The trees and vegetation help hold it all together.

Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 09, 2019, 12:13:03 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday Jan 12:

* Mountain Extension: tree and undergrowth clearing and combustion, somewhere on the Mountain.
* Machine shop: Getting the crane rail up and prepping for insulation.

Board meeting at 4.  Should be an interesting one.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 09, 2019, 03:26:22 PM
Board meeting at 4.  Should be an interesting one.

Can't wait to see what is going to make the Board meeting an interesting one.  Details afterward please, if they can be shared.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 09, 2019, 03:38:20 PM
Since the general consensus seems to be towards the Enginehouse/Roundhouse as the next big fundraising project, can the BOD give some discussion and direction as to establishing the next FundRazer project account.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 09, 2019, 05:05:06 PM
Unfortunately we can't share the details now (in such a public forum anyway), but some sort of public announcement will be forthcoming at some point.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 09, 2019, 05:08:13 PM
Of course I would expect that discussion would be in the Members only section or the BOD minutes.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on January 09, 2019, 06:18:24 PM
Lots going on, including the amazing progress of the 21 Campaign, and many other interesting toics for this coming year. Other things discussed at the BOD meeting will be released in due time when things are ready.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 09, 2019, 07:38:49 PM
Of course I would expect that discussion would be in the Members only section or the BOD minutes.

For the time being, it's too sensitive for even that.  It's nothing sinister or bad, don't worry.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 09, 2019, 11:19:09 PM
We all wait with baited breath.  But everyone is free to choose their own bait...…  :o
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on January 10, 2019, 02:47:12 AM
Good things come to those that wait patiently!
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 13, 2019, 02:01:50 AM
Work done on Saturday Jan 12: It was *cold*

* Mountain Extension: a good cutting crew just south of the bridge today.  We got a good sized swath cleared.
* Flatcar 34: Zack was making square holes in the end beam.
* Shop: Alan was working in the carpenter and machine shop.
* Board meeting: ran long, good discussions.  Look for a statement about the Mysterious Thing coming out in the next two weeks (depending on who you are).
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 13, 2019, 03:17:23 AM
(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0112190905a_zpsgoqhxhyb.jpg)


(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0112191151_zpsa6ikno2i.jpg)
Noon, looking up at Ed.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0112191455_zps2w51zfjf.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0112191455a_zpskthlyrje.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0112191458_Burst01_zpsuc5dylpg.jpg)
End of day 2
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 13, 2019, 01:50:21 PM
How cold was it? James looks bundled up.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on January 13, 2019, 01:55:59 PM
About 8 degrees with a Twenty MPH wind.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 13, 2019, 02:27:20 PM
A "balmy" day by Maine standards.   ;)
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 13, 2019, 04:21:50 PM
A photo of some of the tree cutting crew:  Fred Morse; Steve Zuppa; Mike Fox; Ed Lecuyer; Capt. J.B. Smith; and James Patten.  Not in the photo:  Zack Wyllie; Stewart Rhine; and me.

(https://i.imgur.com/D0nWNbX.jpg?1)

More photos of yesterday's work can be found in the Mountain Extension thread (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,898.msg40241.html#msg40241).
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 13, 2019, 09:42:57 PM
How cold was it? James looks bundled up.

I was quite bundled.  Long johns and insulated jeans with heavy socks and the winter boots; on top was two shirts, a sweatjacket, fleece, and heavy RR winter jacket, with my heavy orange burning hat.  For some reason my insulated winter work gloves aren't on, but they weren't off often.

The only cold thing about me was my nose.  On my way back at noon I looked in the rear view mirror and discovered ice on my mustache and beard.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 14, 2019, 02:28:13 PM
A photo of some of the tree cutting crew:  Fred Morse; Steve Zuppa; Mike Fox; Ed Lecuyer; Capt. J.B. Smith; and James Patten.  Not in the photo:  Zack Wyllie; Stewart Rhine; and me.

(https://i.imgur.com/D0nWNbX.jpg?1)

More photos of yesterday's work can be found in the Mountain Extension thread (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,898.msg40241.html#msg40241).

I see Fred's faithful chair followed him. ;D

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 15, 2019, 12:21:58 AM
Fred told me on Saturday that he wished there were more chairs everywhere he wants to be!! 
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Springs on January 15, 2019, 12:29:49 AM
Having just turned 73 this month, I understand about that chair thing!
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on January 15, 2019, 06:26:57 AM
Fred needs a strap - on one legged milking stool (yes there is/was such a thing)
then he will have a place to sit where ever he is.  :D
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 16, 2019, 11:57:10 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Jan 19:

* "Steam and Saws" and "Steam and Sleighs" this weekend.  Trains are running Saturday (Sunday was canceled because of the storm) to take people to AC and ToM for winter activities, and take people beyond ToM for ROW clearing activity.  No doubt some will head up early to get the fires going.
* Machine shop: Getting the crane rails up in Bay 3 so that insulation can get started.
* Flatcar 34
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 16, 2019, 12:10:54 PM
X52 with the initial Steam & Saws crowd departs Sheepscot for end of track sometime between 8.30 a.m. and (hopefully well before) 10.  Then  X52 will meet X9 at Top of Mountain the rest of the day to shuttle volunteers to and from EOT.

X52 needs a brakeman...
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 16, 2019, 12:14:43 PM
Hello all,

No shop crane work this weekend as all hands will be needed to run the trains and assist with mountain work.

Today we are preparing for the event AND NEED HELP!  We’re light on volunteers this week due to sickness (bad head cold making the rounds).  We need to prep the ToM caboose and deliver it, move Ichabod, inspect the ToM trails and add a couple signs.

We’ve also started insulating the shop and will continue that today if there’s time, but that’s secondary to event prep.  Assuming we finish today- tomorrow will be all insulating.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 16, 2019, 10:52:30 PM
A couple of questions regarding X52/Steam & Saws:

-- Should the Mountain work crew bring their lunches, or will lunch be brought up by X9 and exchanged with X52 at Top of Mountain?

-- Will we have a pole saw or any other saws in caboose 320?  Back during the Fall Work Weekend, we had to cut some branches to get enough clearance for the cupola.  If anything, I assume the clearances have gotten worse as this winter has progressed.

Thanks!

Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 17, 2019, 02:21:57 AM
Bill,

Please find the pole saw and bring it with you in case.

Lunch will be available both at the house (beef stew) or delivered by the train (veggie soup and finger sandwiches).

Hope we have lots of mouths to feed.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 17, 2019, 11:57:25 AM
Do we have a pole saw at the Museum?

Thanks Mike.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 17, 2019, 02:27:57 PM
We did at one time. Just ask Fred
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 17, 2019, 02:33:25 PM
Finger sandwiches? Will the crusts be cut off? What have we become???
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on January 17, 2019, 03:22:35 PM
Don't forget to lift your pinkie finger, Dave.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on January 17, 2019, 04:34:01 PM
I plan on coming Sat. I can bring mine if needed.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on January 17, 2019, 04:35:42 PM
pole saw, I meant to say.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Keith Taylor on January 17, 2019, 07:14:12 PM
Finger sandwiches? Will the crusts be cut off? What have we become???
Better that than sandwiches made from fingers!

Keith
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 17, 2019, 10:09:18 PM
Better that than sandwiches made from fingers!

No thanks. I pride myself on being a vegetarian cannibal.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 19, 2019, 11:49:35 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 19:

* Steam & Sleighs/Saws: A number of visitors for riding and for helping at the saw sites.
* Mountain Extension: A number of larger trees came down (including the big pine) and there were two fires, on either end of the cleared area from last week.  Mike wanted to finish the ditch area before the big snow.
* B&SR Flatcar 34: Crew in the shop were getting the pieces off the old flatcar for installation in the new wood.

Everyone is hunkering down tonight for the big storm.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on January 20, 2019, 07:17:28 AM
Good day today. I believe when I checked with Linda, she said their were approximately 168 paying passengers, not including the approximately 20 or so volunteers who rode the train north to participate in the brush clearing on the Mountain Extension. I say 'approximately' because we have had some trouble with our online ticket reservation software which made accounting for the exact number of passengers difficult. Needless to say it was a good day, passengers and volunteers alike seemed to have a good time- there were lots of kids and families and most had big smiles on their faces.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 21, 2019, 11:42:03 PM
Plow train tomorrow.  Prob mid-late morning departure (some prep to do).

Wednesday back to insulating.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 21, 2019, 11:45:53 PM
Jason,  how about a couple of progress pictures on the insulation.  Thanx
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 22, 2019, 12:33:45 AM
Not a lot to see yet.  Maybe after Wednesday's work...
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 22, 2019, 12:06:30 PM
There’s a chance we’ll swap our days and do shop today, plow tomorrow, depending on snow conditions on site.

The original idea of plowing today was to do so while the snow was still light and fluffy, but the storm ended in freezing rain and sleet, which changed the consistency of the snow.

Just fair warning...

Jason
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 23, 2019, 11:51:14 AM
Anticipated work for the weekend of Jan 26:

* Amherst Railway Society's Railroad Hobby Show (aka, "the Springfield Show") is this weekend, and many of our volunteers will be in attendance.  Other than ourselves and merchandise, we're not taking anything special this year.
* Back at Sheepscot, Mike plans some repairs on the dozer.
* Flatcar 34 - I expect Zack and Fred will be at work on it.
* Shop insulation

NO tree cutting, as not enough people to do it.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 26, 2019, 09:46:53 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 26:

* Springfield Show: I'll let the onsite reporters discuss that.  Sales are up over last year (mostly from memberships).
* Dozer repair: Mike worked on it valiantly, but something isn't working right and he didn't have the manual with him.
* Flatcar 34: The timbers were removed from flatcar 118, which was rolled outdoors, and the timbers were put on the floor on cribbing.   Zack's now waiting for some steel that Jason has ordered.  A grinder was applied to some rough spots on one of the draft gear units.

After the big rain Thursday, Trout Brook trestle had all kinds of ice chunks around it.

And today we celebrated Fred's 83rd birthday (coming on Thursday).
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 26, 2019, 10:18:45 PM
Fred the Forney..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191147_zpse0gmwepd.jpg)

This week, the Museum received 8 inches of snow Sunday and about 2 inches of rain Thursday.. This was the result at the bridge

West side

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191218_zpszpecdjml.jpg)

South Piles from the West side

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191218_Burst01_zpsdm7wg0pa.jpg)

Looking up stream from east side

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191219a_zpsupmh1zun.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191219c_zpsvsu5kefv.jpg)

South Piles from the East side

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191219d_zpsae0r76w3.jpg)

Looking upstream from the East bank

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191224_Burst01_zpsntienf7f.jpg)

Looking North from the South East side

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191225_zpsdyufzw5s.jpg)

Pretty substantial chunks everywhere

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/0126191227_zps7n7wz06x.jpg)


The flat car, upside down

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Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 26, 2019, 11:23:16 PM
I informed our bridge engineer, Wayne Duffet, of the situation yesterday.  He came out to inspect on site this morning, and reported there is no immediate concern.  He did offer ideas for improved bracing and the like, for this summer.

Good day in Springfield.

Jason
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 27, 2019, 12:33:25 AM
The ice jam did not appear to be caused by the bridge, as it was built up down stream as well. But I shared the photos because it was impressive.

It was about this time last year we had the same type of rain event that flushed the ice out, with the same result.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on January 27, 2019, 12:50:54 AM
It certainly does appear that the batter piles did their job.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 27, 2019, 12:56:41 AM
Maybe we should look at some large boulders and core stone on the upstream side to help mitigate ice damage.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 27, 2019, 11:58:43 PM
The dozer trouble is related to a transmission filter change I did back in December. The new filter is so clean that the pump builds more pressure and pops out a seal. I looked for the relief valve but could not locate them.

Looking in the book (I had brought it home to order parts) it showed where the reliefs were. I had thoughts of replacing them until I looked up the parts and saw the price. So now I will first check them and only replace if needed. I think they are just stuck from not being used and need to be freed up. I did order a new seal.

The rebuilt angle cylinders were installed, but the pins need to be tack welded to finish the installation. Because of the seal issue I could not move the dozer to weld them. Maybe next time.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 29, 2019, 12:35:50 AM
A few photos from the Amherst Railway Society (http://www.amherstrail.org) show at the Eastern States Exposition (http://www.easternstatesexposition.com) in West Springfield, MA.  John McNamara organized our WW&F show crew that included Susan Hackett, Marcel Levesque, Duncan Mackiewicz, Dan Malkowski, Joan Mehan, Cindy Rhine and Nancy Weeks.  Nancy provided great lunches for the crew both Saturday and Sunday (Thanks!).

We were located at Narrow Gauge Corner in section 78 of the Young Building, next to the fine folks from Phillip's Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad (http://www.srrl-rr.org/).  A couple of photos before the crowds arrived:

(https://i.imgur.com/B00JPmP.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/6ndFBNc.jpg?1)


The crowds have arrived!

(https://i.imgur.com/ZLCguQF.jpg?1)
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 29, 2019, 12:36:53 AM
Oh -- I forgot!  Happy birthday, Fred!
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on January 29, 2019, 02:02:18 AM
A few photos from the Amherst Railway Society (http://www.amherstrail.org) show at the Eastern States Exposition (http://www.easternstatesexposition.com) in West Springfield, MA.  John McNamara organized our WW&F show crew that included Susan Hackett, Marcel Levesque, Duncan Mackiewicz, Dan Malkowski, Joan Mehan, Cindy Rhine and Nancy Weeks.  Nancy provided great lunches for the crew both Saturday and Sunday (Thanks!).
Many, many thanks to the crew, especially to the Transportation Department (Bill, Joan, and Cindy).





Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on January 29, 2019, 02:12:11 AM
Thank you all for representing the Railway this weekend! Wondering about conversations that were had at the table- were there any really interesting questions or new folks interested in memberships/volunteering?
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 29, 2019, 02:37:25 AM
Wondering about conversations that were had at the table- were there any really interesting questions or new folks interested in memberships/volunteering?

The answer is yes.  Regarding questions, most were about the collaboration or our Mountain Extension.  I encouraged folks I spoke with to visit the Maine Narrow Gauge tables or email info@wwfry.org with questions I couldn't answer.  Everyone I spoke with was enthusiastic about the collaboration with ML&MW, MNG and the WW&F.

Regarding the Mountain Extension, I encouraged folks to come visit during the spring and fall work weekends, where they could watch and/or join the fun!  We had the Great Falls Model Railroad Club's video of our 2018 Fall Work Weekend playing which attracted much attention.

I believe we had at least 10 new memberships and renewals, though I expect Susan, Joan and Cindy can provide a much more accurate answer than I.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on January 31, 2019, 05:38:31 AM
Since this is where the cake is shown.

Happy Birthday Fred

Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Al Michelis on January 31, 2019, 12:36:51 PM
 :)  Happy Birthday Fred!  :)
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 31, 2019, 03:12:33 PM
A belated Happy Birthday, Fred.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ted Miles on February 02, 2019, 06:36:43 PM
And a long distance Happy Birthday to Fred!

Thanks to all of you who brave the cold for the tree felling operations.

I am looking forward to hearing about the research that Mike Fox has been doing on the #34 flat car. I do not have any pictures of it in my Edaville Railroad Roster; but I believe it was down there.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member
Title: Re: January 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on February 03, 2019, 12:12:36 AM
Hi Ted. Research is done, we just need to discuss it at the board meeting. We ran long last month and did not talk about it.