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Title: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on February 27, 2019, 07:50:39 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 2:

* Mountain Extension: more clearing, this may be it if we get enough people.
* Car shop insulation
* Flatcar 34
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 01, 2019, 06:52:33 AM
Snow expected for Saturday, with 1 to 3 inches expected. I am still planning on cutting, at least half the day. Much more snow is coming for Sunday into Monday.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 01, 2019, 03:29:53 PM
Snow expected for Saturday, with 1 to 3 inches expected. I am still planning on cutting, at least half the day. Much more snow is coming for Sunday into Monday.

Has this been a snowy winter for Maine?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Keith Taylor on March 01, 2019, 03:43:55 PM


Has this been a snowy winter for Maine?

Jeff S.
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Depends on where in the state you are. Around the WW&F area not especially snowy, about average.
Keith
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on March 01, 2019, 06:01:14 PM
There's probably 10 inches of snow where were cutting. None this week. Northern Maine has had over 10 feet. Way up North.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on March 01, 2019, 08:09:04 PM
But possibly quite a bit more coming tomorrow (Sat) and Sunday...
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 01, 2019, 08:31:47 PM
This has been a terrible winter for actual snow storms in our area.  Most storms end up with the Low skirting the coast instead of being deep in the Gulf of Maine, which means the coast and a bit inland gets some snow and then rain, while further inland they get snow, then ice, then rain.  Only mountainous areas and The County have gotten all snow.  Caribou has a good shot of breaking their all time snow record of about 200" in a year!  We've had only one good blizzard, back in January that canceled one of the Steam and Sleighs. 
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 01, 2019, 10:26:27 PM
Here inland in Maine we have had 101.5 inches of snow. We have also had some rain, which I don't measure. A little higher than normal for March 1st, but not bad. Our average here is about 8 feet a year. I currently have over 3 feet of snow on the ground. It is going to be a muddy mess when it melts because early snows prevented any frost.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 02, 2019, 06:28:28 PM
Work done on Saturday March 2:

* Mountain Extension: we are mostly done with the cutting.  There's a few trees Mike wants to take on the straightaway south of the bridge (next weekend), and there's several trees at the end of the curve at the end of track that have to come down (move everything via train to a fire location).
* Flatcar 34: All decking boards have been cut to length, Zack put down two of them this afternoon.
* Archives: Linda was busy scanning and cataloging.  She's actually been doing this all winter, I just haven't mentioned it.

There didn't appear to be much progress in insulating over the week, although the wall boards had been put up completely on the south wall of the center bay, and lots of shelving has gone up.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on March 02, 2019, 07:30:18 PM
The wall sheathing has been extremely tedious, as the wall has required custom shimming to bring the sheathing on the bay 2 “knock out” doors flush with the surrounding area; machines are hopelessly in the way at every step, and custom cutting is required on nearly every board.    Brendan got a good start at it a couple weeks ago;  Jay Barta has patiently been carrying this on.

The shelving is a hugely important step as it allows us to organize the mess which has congregated in the center of the new machine shop area.  Instead of moving the mess, we now have the opportunity to find permanent homes for what the shop needs, save some for upstairs, and throw a lot of stuff away.

Insulating the remaining ceiling and applying the sheetrock ceiling will be no small feat.  I hope to be on to no 10 soon- which means the shop work will likely carry on concurrently.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Gordon Cook on March 02, 2019, 11:26:47 PM
[This is not meant as a criticism, but as a recognition of a side effect of the many tasks being done by many people at the 'Shoppes at Sheepscot", and a suggestion going forward to make our new shop more fun and productive. ]

Jason writes-
"The shelving is a hugely important step as it allows us to organize the mess which has congregated in the center of the new machine shop area.  Instead of moving the mess, we now have the opportunity to find permanent homes for what the shop needs, save some for upstairs, and throw a lot of stuff away."

One of the frustrating things for all of us trying to accomplish a job at Sheepscot is the time wasted looking for something. Many people work in our shop, and have different habits, styles, and ways of doing things. Moving the machine shop shuffled the deck even more than usual.
A place for everything and everything in its place will be a tremendous time and energy saver for everyone. 
I would encourage a thorough and complete plan for the location, storage, and identification of all the 'stuff' in the new shop, including someone responsible for implementing it. That person will need to be someone who can be there often, to keep things under control, with a good sense of organization and understanding of how tasks are done.
I feel we've ignored this for a long time for many good reasons, and I understand that it is not a 'fun' job or one that just anybody can do well.
But now is a great opportunity to make the new shop space much more efficient and fun and really make the most of all the good work already done.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on March 03, 2019, 12:50:55 AM
I was going to suggest having white shelves and red shelves with a small dab of paint on items to indicate their appropriate shelf, but then I remembered the red zone / white zone scene from Airplane.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvdNCDVmRPo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvdNCDVmRPo)
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on March 03, 2019, 08:00:09 AM
You're right Gordon it's worth a try. Same here on the AMTP. The engineshed and shops have always been a clutter, to stay polite, despite the umpteen attempts to make things change.  French people are not reputed to be  orderly and disciplined but I'm sure you'll make it because you guys are use to working miracles ;)
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 03, 2019, 09:08:59 AM
One of the frustrating things for all of us trying to accomplish a job at Sheepscot is the time wasted looking for something.

Gordon's observation applies to operating train items as well as shop items.  At the start of our February Steam & Saws event, several of us had to scrounge for a skate for the work train.  The one that had been on flatcar 118 for the January event had since walked.  Most train crew supplies can be found in Sheepscot station, but things like skates need a home to which they are returned after each use.

Kudos to everyone working on the shop improvements this winter.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on March 03, 2019, 09:12:34 AM
As far as shop tools, I would add to the "tool boss" description;  create a tool log, location index, and tag system where tools are "tagged" out to a person/project to help locate when needed by others along with a tag in when returned.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 03, 2019, 09:50:04 AM
The big thing about organization will be the self discipline needed to return the used item to it's proper location. I don't care how much time (well I do, because I like things neat) how much time is put into organizing, if someone just sets things down when they are done ("I'll finish it later") instead of putting them back at the end of their shift or when they go work on something else, it will be back to looking forever for the tool you need. Self discipline.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on March 03, 2019, 01:08:05 PM
I have been griping on and off for as long as I've been a member about the folks who just drop tools wherever they last use them. In my dad's shop, the last half hour of the work day was when tools got put away and the bench and floor were swept.  And everyone who worked in the shop was expected to do their part. I would also be in favor of a tool chest for "everyday" use, open to everyone, and other tool chests that are locked and only accessed by those who know how to use and care for the tools. No more using a chisel as a screwdriver! And for heaven's sake, will someone please go through the hand tools and throw out the ones that are bent, broken or otherwise no longer functional!
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on March 03, 2019, 04:09:55 PM
I was going to suggest having white shelves and red shelves with a small dab of paint on items to indicate their appropriate shelf, but then I remembered the red zone / white zone scene from Airplane.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvdNCDVmRPo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvdNCDVmRPo)
Lest people think that I'm being frivolous (heaven forbid), I really mean that we should have a means of identifying what goes where. I once belonged to a railroad club where people marked their tools with colored dots. A fellow whose initials were RED obviously used red dots on his possessions. Yellow dots identified club tools, etc.  Adopting a color code of red for running gear, green for cab stuff, blue for air/vacuum, yellow for electrical, would only be needed for small parts.

Putting like stuff with like stuff is also valuable. For example, in Alice's Room, the first bay on the right of the entrance contains magneto telephone stuff. The bays on the right outside that room contain electrical stuff.

I would be happy to provide printed 4x8 card stock labels and thumbtacks for the shelves if someone would sent me a list of the categories for these labels.

John M
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Gordon Cook on March 03, 2019, 07:05:18 PM
I am a big fan of making it easy to do the right thing. If there's already a spot designated for the tool I'm holding, it's doesn't take much more effort to put it away. If I have to figure out what to do with it, then I'm probably going to mutter "#%#*!" and just set it down somewhere.
John's idea is great, 'cause if a volunteer doesn't know exactly what category thing they are holding, they will still have a good chance at getting it back in the right place.
I am with Wayne in acquiring more tool chests to store tools out of the dust of the shop and keep those that are precision instruments separate from the every day stuff.
And we shouldn't forget to organize all materials.
And, to Mike's point, I'm optimistic that a neat shop will encourage its own discipline. If the shop is a mess, it will tend to stay a mess. If we see a well organized shop, we'll be more inclined to keep it that way, and that will become part of the WW&F culture.

Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on March 03, 2019, 07:39:16 PM
I do agree with your last sentence Gordon .
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 03, 2019, 07:50:02 PM
... shops have always been a clutter, to stay polite, despite the umpteen attempts to make things change.  French people are not reputed to be  orderly and disciplined but I'm sure you'll make it because you guys are use to working miracles ;)
Ah Alain, if it were only so easy.  That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t nor won’t try, but alas, some miracles take longer than others.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on March 03, 2019, 08:16:14 PM
When we get the machine shop insulation, sheathing and shelves done, and the machines positioned where we WANT them to be, it will be easier to organize the tools as you all have been suggesting.  Right now, it's hard enough just to physically move around the shop.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 03, 2019, 10:34:26 PM
Gordon, you do make an excellent point. At one time, the machine shop when it was in bay 4 was neat. Everything was put back or close to it. But then it got busy.. Any available flat surface was cluttered. Hard to find stuff. Now there will be more room for proper storage. Hoping for that self discipline to show up again. It would make us more efficient..
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Keith Taylor on March 04, 2019, 10:48:28 AM
Once things are organized,putting tools where they belong should be easy. Just put it back to the spot where you found it. And EVERY person that uses a tool is personally responsible for cleaning up and returning the tool. Nobody is so important that others should have to clean up after them.
And not only replacing tools to their proper spot.....but cleaning up chips and saw dust at the work location. This is not just a matter of being neat....but one of safety.
Keith
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Gordon Cook on March 04, 2019, 10:58:15 AM
Last thought:
We're bigger now: more people, more projects, more machines, more tools, etc.
This issue has become acute because of our growth and facilities improvements. That's a good thing, but, as you all know, bigger means more complication and requires more planning and coordination to keep things moving. We've seen that already in other areas and organizing the shop is another part of all the good things that are happening.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on March 05, 2019, 09:29:46 PM
Saturday March 9 “freight” movement.

On Saturday we plan to deliver a tube to ML&M by rail.  Our “freight” is a 3” diameter by 24’ long steel tube.  We plan to use one of the flats, a coach and 52.  Departure after lunch, which will hopefully be after that day’s Mountain cutting activities are complete.  Depending on how it goes, we may choose to continue opening the remainder of the line.

Temps above freezing Friday and Saturday.  Based on that and current snow levels in Alna, we’re not even planning on reinstalling the plow. 

This is a non-revenue move, in continuing support of our collaboration with ML&M.  With our permission, the delivery truck was directed to our lot rather than ML&M’s, due to the incomplete yard track restricting access (it’s yet to be flooded with gravel), and the surrounding driveway being shear ice.  We continue to enjoy the use of the ML&M caboose, and have discussed several other exciting possibilities.

Normally this wouldn’t be worth the fanfare of such a post, but it is our first on-line delivery for someone other than us!  (I think...?)

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 05, 2019, 09:51:10 PM
After lunch would be a great time for a delivery, then a ride to end of track to look at the cutting that has taken place all winter. It is one thing to see the pictures online, but in person gives you the real feel of "the Mountain".

We should be done cutting by mid morning, with only a handfull of spruce trees to take down, about 400 feet south of the bridge. They are not in the way, but 2 are standing dead (Hazard!!) and a couple of live ones may brush a train car on the way by. The time is right to get them..
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on March 05, 2019, 10:03:22 PM
Great plan.  Let’s do it.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 05, 2019, 10:33:28 PM
Well, now we are no longer just a tourist railway, we are now also a freight railroad. Revenue be darned, lookout Maine Central.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Strait on March 05, 2019, 11:05:19 PM
Is there any way we could charge $1 and make our first revenue freight run?
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 06, 2019, 07:58:50 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 9:

* Mountain extension: cutting of a few trees in the morning on the straight south of the bridge.
* Flatcar 34
* Car shop insulation
* Delivery & line opening: As Jason mentioned above, in the afternoon we will make a delivery to ML&M, and open the line.  Perhaps even an MX tour.
* Board meeting @ 4
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Strait on March 06, 2019, 09:45:57 AM
Are there any plans to cut that big group of hemlocks on the inside of the curve south of sawmill curve?
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 06, 2019, 10:20:39 AM
Not this weekend Brian, but yes, we will be cutting them. It may be after the Spring work weekend and use a chipper to take care of the brush, and put the wood on the flat like we did a few weeks ago.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on March 07, 2019, 03:44:07 AM
Revenue freight falls into a whole different ball of wax that we do not want nor need. Definately not something we are set up for at this time. It would require a waiver on liscensing our crews, certifying our equipment to specific tonnage ratings, labling our freight cars for said tonnage, etc, etc, etc.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on March 07, 2019, 09:07:15 AM
Not to mention Joe, if we're hauling revenue freight and mak'in no money we might have to paint all our motive power blue and "Consolidate" our operations.   :o
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Strait on March 07, 2019, 04:27:01 PM
As long as it’s not the Genesee and Wyoming......
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 09, 2019, 09:11:58 PM
Work done on Saturday March 9:

* Mountain Extension: The last trees for winter 2019 were cut today.
* Guided Tour: Dave played host to dignitaries from Boothbay Railway Village
* Flatcar 34: Zack's got about 2/3 of the planks on.  He'll get about 3/4 done, then stop until the brake rigging gets on (since it's easier to install from above than from below).
* Car shop: Jay was sheathing the south wall.
* Line clearing: A large crew of people went along to clear the line.  A delivery was made to ML&M, and most of the crew toured his shop and got the low-down on the Amoskeag fire engine.  Then at ToM, the loco went down light down the hill and people got the tour there.
* Board meeting: we were out by 7:00.  Win!
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 13, 2019, 06:51:03 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 16:

* Flatcar 34
* Car shop insulation and sheathing
* Tree clearing - somewhere.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 13, 2019, 09:22:07 AM
We have 1 tree to cut in Sheepscot that will be in the way of future track. And we can find other work at Sheepscot too. If it is decided that some would rather go to TOM, we can certainly do that instead. Plenty of work..
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 16, 2019, 06:21:18 PM
Work done on Saturday March 16:
* Flatcar 34: The stirrups were installed, and some paint was applied.  Waiting on trucks and brakes before the last of the boards are put on.
* Shop tool organizing: Three brand new toolboxes were donated, and Alan wanted us to go through the existing toolboxes and try to organize and consolidate.  Two toolboxes were emptied (or partially so) and claimed by the Garage department.  There's still plenty of room in the new boxes.
* Shop insulating: Jay was busy putting up vapor barrier and boards on the southeast corner wall of the extension.
* Bulldozer and other machines: Mike was tinkering with the dozer to get it running, was successful and flattened out some snow piles.  I think he was tinkering with the Kubota too.

Spring is in the air - it was mid-40s today.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 16, 2019, 07:37:11 PM
Moved some snow to try and speed up the melting, and get the melt water flowing where we want it. Plus it gave me some time to make sure everything was working. No leaks so far..

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And moved a little snow at the parkinglot entrance to improve visibility. I did not move the big pile on the house side because I was trying to keep gravel off the lawn..

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I looked out at lunch and noticed the water running down the driveway, so I fired up the excavator and dug this ditch in the ice before I removed the bucket.

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Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 17, 2019, 10:16:08 AM
Is it Mud Season yet? ::)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on March 17, 2019, 10:22:04 AM
Be thankful folks that Alna is not in Nebraska.  Damage is unreal!
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on March 18, 2019, 06:46:44 AM
One thing this winter has taught us for sure is that rain does not seep into frozen ground. We will have ice on top of the ground and frost for quite a while this spring. I am anxious for the frost to leave the ground so we can get out there and start hammering out some track projects before our "busy" season reduces the track crew size drastically. Typical track work days depend onmy availability, but am willing to set up a good plan for anyone interested in leading a work party on a saturday.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on March 19, 2019, 05:37:15 PM
We lifted B&SR boxcar 56 off of it's trucks today. The trucks are going under B&SR flatcar 34. When boxcar 56 is rebuilt we will use the swing motion Bridgeton trucks that are under WW&F flatcar 126 and 126 will get a new set of common bolster trucks.

The trucks sitting on the roundhouse track where we picked up the car.

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Next to the coal pile at the bottom of the driveway.

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In the parking lot after squeezing between the house and the bathrooms.

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Placed temporarily on the west side of the parking lot.

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Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on March 19, 2019, 06:03:54 PM
I assume the trucks need some TLC before going under #34.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on March 19, 2019, 07:10:36 PM
Yes, they are now in the shop in Bays 1 and 3.  Decisions to be made to get the best set of trucks/wheels under 34 so it can be the workhorse it needs to be...
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on March 19, 2019, 07:53:42 PM
Might it be the time for some new trucks to be manufactured?
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on March 20, 2019, 04:03:53 AM
Flatcar 34 needs to be serviceable for SWW, so there isn’t time to build new trucks.  While subject to revision pending the outcome of inspection after cleaning, we tentatively plan to change one wheel set, add brakes to one truck, paint and install them.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 20, 2019, 07:04:04 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 23:

* Flatcar 34
* Shop insulation/sheathing/organizing
* Car Host training class

I'm doubting that we'll be doing anymore upline tree cutting, as Spring has Sprung and mud season is here.  A lot of the snow is disappearing, plus I think it'll be raining on Saturday.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 21, 2019, 09:08:48 AM
Weather depending I still would like to drop the lone pine that could be in the way for the new track. It needs to fall towards the woods track so I will bring my chain hoist/come along and pull it over.

Also need to turn the equipment car and possibly deliver the dozer to the north end, depending on ground conditions.



Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Strait on March 21, 2019, 10:47:15 AM
Is there work to be done with organizing the shop?
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Alan Downey on March 21, 2019, 11:55:35 AM
Brian,

There will definitely be work to do organizing for anyone willing to help. Jason and I should be able to put our heads together solidify an approach for a few questions I had last week.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Strait on March 21, 2019, 03:18:03 PM
Ok, I was more wondering if there would be anyone there with a plan.  Also, is there anything I can do when I get there Friday night?
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on March 21, 2019, 10:30:24 PM
The museum's big trailer flipped over to replace worn out suspension parts. Four spring equalizers on the trailer were broken and three more were close to failing.

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The trailer has six short axles under it and rides on twelve tires.

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After everything had been disassembled. The front two axles were just flipped over after the bolts and bushings were burned/cut off of the spring hangers. The back four axles were pulled off the trailer after the sping equalizer bolts were cut off. It is a lot easier to deal with the bushings and old bolts in the spring eyes on the ground.

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The back four axles.  The axle in the middle still has the remains of the spring equalizers attached to the spring eyes. One of the cut off equalizers is laying on the ground to the right of the saw.

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Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on March 22, 2019, 08:17:56 AM
Brendan,  do you plan on sandblasting or just wire-wheeling the frame.  Looks like a good time for a total rebuild before May comes around.  I have a feeling the trailer is going to get some miles on it this year.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 22, 2019, 05:49:37 PM
Looking good Brendan. It will be nice to know that trailer is up to snuff again.

Finally got a start today on the wire installing attachment I have been dreaming up in my head for a couple of years. I had the bucket off the excavator to tighten up the pins, so there was no better time than now to at least start it. I had brought home old cutting edges from work, and this one used to be 7 feet long.

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Slid onto the bucket

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Next time I will add the knife section.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 23, 2019, 07:58:00 PM
James was away today so I will see if I can fill in for him.

Flatcar. Zack was making some very nice looking sideboards. Trucks were still being evaluated, with Jason pointing out to a couple of guys, Alan and Brian, at what to do next with them (towards the end of the day).

Alan continued his toolbox organization.

Jay was working on installing the AED box in the bathroom between other projects. I heard a nail gun going over at the shop later so I think he was back on the interior sheathing.

I took down the leaning pine, landing it exactly where I had planned with the assistance of Bob on my come-a-long as I slowly cut, as Joe and Rich played safety and watched the tree fall. Brush was burnt.

Fred led a crew splitting some firewood before lunch.

Steve P. led a class today that went well, introducing 2 new people to the museum.

A couple of members (husband and wife) of the Windsor Historical Society showed up today to talk about Sawmills. I showed him the shingle mill parts, and Brendan joined for some discussion about the sawmills we have.

Start had kitchen duties today, serving a great Beef Stew.

Linda was busy in the archives.

Some of the Maine Narrow Gauge steam crew showed up to work on #3 this afternoon.

More pictures will be posted by those that took them. Here is the tree..

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Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 23, 2019, 10:14:13 PM
I think Mike provided a good summary of the day.  A surprising (for me) number of volunteers on site working in small groups on a wide variety of projects.

More pictures will be posted by those that took them...

I took very few photos today, but here's one of note.  Steve Piwowarski (center, background) hosted our first car host workshop (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3414.msg41128.html#msg41128).  This view is in the Percival House dining/meeting room, with spouse Annie and son John on the right. 

(https://i.imgur.com/6P6OZGJ.jpg?1)

My other set of photos was of the car door hanger castings for boxcar #67, but Brendan Barry has already posted a better photo under the Boxcar #67 thread (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2566.msg41137.html#msg41137).

I spent the morning with Dave on Fred's firewood splitting crew, within sight of Mike's crew dropping and burning the pine.

After lunch, a train with #52 pulling coach #8 was run to Top of Mountain and back so our car host volunteers and others could tour the line.  Brendan was engineer, Ed Lecuyer conductor, while I served as brakeman.  Mud season is in full bore, with ice melting and ditches full.  Spring is at hand.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 23, 2019, 10:40:24 PM
Hats off to you guys.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on March 24, 2019, 04:50:05 AM
The car host program led by Steve P was a huge success. The gentleman to the left of the photo was extremely pleased by our hospitality and really enjoyed himself, along with the others. He loves to do wood working and mold making, and will definately be back to help on various projects along with being interested in being a car host. Today was a very good day I thought.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on March 24, 2019, 07:04:47 AM
Kevin was doing more work on the crane rails in bay Three and I saw Joe stacking some of the wood that was split. Dave and Bill have got running the wood splitter down pat! I used the tractor bucket to carry the wood to the wood crib. Zack was putting more planks on the flatcar and fitting the stakes into the pockets. I was worn out after lunch and went home early, Wish I could still do more!!
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 27, 2019, 07:16:58 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 30:

* Car host workshop
* Flatcar 34
* Car shop: insulation, sheathing, crane rails, etc. etc.
* Outdoor work: Depending on the frost/mud we may be able to do something outdoors.  But I don't know what's on the schedule!
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on March 29, 2019, 10:13:07 AM
I had hoped to be at the museum tomorrow, but will be working instead. Maybe we can try in the next few weeks to do some track work around the yard.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 30, 2019, 05:58:49 PM
Work done on Saturday March 30:

* Spring cleaning!  In preparation for the car barn expansion work, the area around the car barn was cleaned up.  Junk wood went to the transfer station.  Everything else went over to near the storage box (but stacked neatly, of course).  This includes the couplers and wheelsets that were along the east wall of the barn. 
* Fireup wood: Fred brought over a bunch of wood that had been split to the wood shed outside Bay 1 where it was stacked in the shed.  Then the long pieces got cut up and the large pieces that need to be split were brought over near the garage to be eventually split.
* Flatcar 34: Folks were busy working on the wheels and trucks, painting and grinding.  Both trucks are assembled, one is painted.  The brakes on the unpainted one have to be fixed.
* Phone line: John M made a trip north to work on the phone line somewhere.

The snow is essentially gone, but in the shadowy places the ice still lingers.  Mud season is in full swing.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 30, 2019, 08:46:51 PM
3 trips were made to the transfer station with the pickup today, getting rid of the load Brendan had put in the truck during the week, and 2 loads of junk pallets, rotten wood, and other dump worthy items. We were very pleased at the end of the day with the visual improvements.

Steel has also been sorted and readied for scrapping. Hoping a dumpster magically appears so we can load it..
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 30, 2019, 10:21:53 PM
A few photos from today, not capturing everything going on, I'm afraid.  Anyway, bombs away...

In the morning, Fred Morse led a crew to fill the wood crib between shop bay 1 & 2 tracks for use in firing up steam.  Fred and assistants have worked on this the last couple of weeks.  I understand the stacks within the crib will supply the steam crew into June.

(https://i.imgur.com/11JC7Fd.jpg?1)

Focus then turned to cleaning up the grounds along the south and east sides of the car barn, which are the directions the barn will be expanded this year to provide exhibition and storage space for the Narrow Gauge Collection collaboration with Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

Volunteers clearing the area south of the car barn.

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

(https://i.imgur.com/JBdIR1I.jpg?1)

Moving East Broad Top couplers and other material for storage from the east side of the car barn.

(https://i.imgur.com/y8qfuZ7.jpg?1)

The car barn area cleaned up.  Now just waiting for spring weather to dry out the ground so foundation preparations can proceed.

(https://i.imgur.com/4t7zDOc.jpg?1)
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 31, 2019, 12:49:46 AM
You expect car barn expansion work to be done by FWW?
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 31, 2019, 08:06:56 AM
Wowie Dowie, that last picture... the area never looked so good.  Just let the ground thaw, the mud dry and it is ready for foundation piers.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 31, 2019, 08:41:47 AM
There are a few more items to move, but this is how I would like to see this area stay. Neat and presentable.  I have been trying to develop a permanent storage area around the container. Some of it got levelled last fall, and immediately got filled up trying to clear the parking lot up.

There is more to do. Jason suggested a spot for Boxcar 56 to go, so Dave and I took measurements and did some preliminary planning to have it at its RIP (repair in place) spot. That may be the area we focus on this weekend if we have time.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 31, 2019, 10:12:05 AM
That's the cleanest I've seen the car barn area!

Jeff S.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on March 31, 2019, 10:32:18 AM
The part of the car barn were doing this year will be done before FWW. I don't know if it will be painted or not. Hope so. They may be clearing the area at Alna Center as well as loading stone on the SWW, or putting the drainage in around the South end of the car barn. I only work there or as the pictures show, sitting in a chair.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 31, 2019, 10:54:37 AM
Fred -- you were sitting in a chair most of the day yesterday -- the tractor's seat!

Both the tractor and Fred got a good workout yesterday.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 31, 2019, 03:28:34 PM
Who is the young fellow in the third photo?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 31, 2019, 03:46:57 PM
The young fellow is Leon Weeks grandson, Jarred, if I remember his name correctly. He had been working with us several Saturdays on the extension helping with the brush.
Title: Re: March 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on April 01, 2019, 09:43:08 AM
I hope he becomes a regular volunteer.

Jeff S.