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Title: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 29, 2019, 11:05:27 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of June 1:

* Ties: Fred has been cutting ties, may want to cut more
* Boxcar 67
* Track work
* Machine shop work
* Car shop extension and drainage
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 01, 2019, 09:44:35 PM
Had a good group of helpers this morning, cut and stacked a little over a 100 ties. We'll be using some of them soon on the new siding.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 01, 2019, 11:15:21 PM
I was on the steam engine today, so I didn't see a lot of what went on.  There weren't a lot of people around to make much happen.

* Ties: as Fred reported above, ties were cut.
* Boxcar 67: I think the second door got brought down, but it's not on yet
* Earthmoving: Brendan was moving earth around, but I didn't observe what he was doing exactly.

We had several groups of kids from Freeport schools come to pretend to be boxcar hobos, as part of a class project.  And Mystic Valley Rwy Society had a bus tour which included us.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 02, 2019, 01:31:06 AM
Three photos from today...

See, Fred, we do take photos of you at work!  Dwight and Josh look on as Fred cuts a former New Hampshire guard rail post down to five feet -- the length needed for two-foot gauge ties.  Fred kept a small crew busy in the morning as he cut 100 or so ties needed for the Mountain Extension in October and planned Sheepscot side track and railway tie replacements over the course of this year.  About 1000 ties will be needed for the fall Mountain Extension work.
(https://i.imgur.com/NiCmkM2.jpg)

Some of the 400 or so ties Fred has cut this spring.
(https://i.imgur.com/pyJ4nzM.jpg)

A retaining wall has been built for the planned ramp track between the garage (left) and restroom building (right).  The face of the wall is set wide so the track can be adjusted left or right to meet the trailer delivering or picking up railway equipment.  The grate for the recently installed parking lot catch basin can be seen in the foreground.
(https://i.imgur.com/KD9BP4V.jpg)

After the Mystic Valley Railway Society (http://www.mysticvalleyrs.org/) toured our Sheepscot yard and rode the train, Dave B. rode their tour bus up Route 218 to our right of way near Trout Brook and led the group on a 1000-foot or so walk down to the Trout Brook bridge.  In May 2018, the MVRS and Russ Rylko family announced our Museum was the recipient of a $6,100 2018 W. Russell Rylko Memorial Award (http://wwfry.org/?p=2079) to aid in our reconstruction of the bridge and Mountain Extension.  Dave's tour showing the bridge now in place was our way of saying thank you to the MVRS and the Rylko family for their support in our railway restoration work.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on June 02, 2019, 11:53:22 AM
I hope to use ties at ToM for tie replacements. We have a few hubdred ties up there that really need to be used up or relocated to where they will get used.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 02, 2019, 12:39:08 PM
Thanks for the photos, Bill. Are you sure that the photo of Fred wasn't staged? ;D

Jeff S.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 02, 2019, 12:45:51 PM
Joe, we're going to use all we have and will, probably need more. Jason and I were talking about it Weds. Ties and money disappear at about the same pace!
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on June 02, 2019, 02:38:43 PM
Ties and money disappear at about the same pace!
Fred, 
You are too wise.
B2
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on June 02, 2019, 06:10:32 PM
Wait, do they go to the same place?  A hole in the ground??
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on June 02, 2019, 09:31:57 PM
Wait, wait, wait... I noticed in the last picture that there is a stair with a hand rail going to the up-side-down yellow trailer.  Does this mean that it has been under refurbishment for so long that it is now a recognized tour stop for our visitors as they look around our campus?  The stair is so they can get up on the underside of the deck to check out the work (or non work) being accomplished?

Seriously though, I do understand there are a ton of projects that tug at our volunteers, but just couldn't resist the observation.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 02, 2019, 10:23:46 PM
I find the second step is a good place to sit down on so I can rest before I get to the garage, or to watch others work.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on June 03, 2019, 12:52:54 AM
I dropped by for a few minutes this afternoon to drop off a 1000 ft cable, and Brendan was building some sort of step thing “for Fred.”
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 05, 2019, 10:43:12 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of June 8:

* Saturday is Alna Day, various Alna entities will be open and some will set up shop in our shop.
* Mountain Extension: tamping, if the tamper is ready and crew is present.  Fred will probably be cutting ties.
* Car barn extension/landscaping.
* Boxcar 67
* Track maint: ballasting?
* Board meeting Saturday evening starting at 4:00.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 05, 2019, 04:45:49 PM
Is part of the Sheepscot drainage plan to put a drop inlet near the front of the shop building's, almost constant, right-in-the-way puddles, set to drain under the station?
Hope so.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 05, 2019, 07:16:00 PM
The puddles have been addressed for this year, but yes. There is a plan. A catch basin will be located near the north east corner of the shop, with a pipe draining it to the station side. There will also be a perimiter french drain with a filter wrapped pipe in the bottom of it to take run off water from the roof and ground, directing it into the catch basin. The remaining area will then be regraded to gently slope toward the new drainage system, eliminating the puddles.

There are also other basins planned, but not as high a priority. I will have a discussion at a future board meeting about the planned improvements, and more importantly, we can decide how to fund them. Getting the drainage underground will help tremendously, but is also pricey. So a little improvement every year. This year was an expensive start to an expandable system.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on June 06, 2019, 01:41:10 AM
Is there a plan for when the new ramp track is going to be laid? I'm mostly free for the next few weeks and would like to come up and help if I can.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 06, 2019, 03:45:49 AM
Thanks, Mike.
Great work.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on June 06, 2019, 07:46:22 AM
Hi Philip, all,

We plan to lay the ramp track next week- likely beginning Tuesday.  The switch isn’t quite done; as soon as it’s serviceable we’ll lay track.  At the moment we are fighting several frozen switch stands, so there’s a thin chance we’ll need all of Tuesday on the switch.

It’d be great to have you, Philip, and anyone else who wants to join us!

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on June 06, 2019, 05:56:40 PM
Thanks, Jason.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 06, 2019, 07:57:55 PM
This week, Brendan made me a nice step for getting on the tractor. It makes it a lot easier getting on it. Probably in a few years I'll need another one. I hope! John Deere will be making reproductions of it next year.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 07, 2019, 02:24:01 AM
Always interesting to see new track go down.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 09, 2019, 12:39:13 AM
Work done on Saturday June 8:

* Alna Day.  A number of vendors/groups/etc set up at SS; Midcoast Conservancy at AC.  A pretty fair day for visitors.  And great weather!
* Ditching: Mike was doing some ditching at Sheepscot Mills.
* Board Meeting. 
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 09, 2019, 03:16:24 AM
A few pictures of the challenge. I wanted to ditch during train time, so I worked like this. It was hard to sray up there, kept sliding toward the ditch, but I managed..

(https://i.postimg.cc/qv5z39ww/0608190955.jpg)

West side ditch. I stopped ditching because I want to put the next bunch in the truck, rather than dump them where Brian has improved.

(https://i.postimg.cc/d0ZDm4SY/0608191128a.jpg)

East side. Again, I want to use the truck to haul off the ditching, so I did not finish that either.

(https://i.postimg.cc/j5V28PGJ/0608191432.jpg)
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 09, 2019, 02:07:15 PM
A few of us worked on getting grass and brush trimmers working again, will have to get a few parts for a couple of them. When the parking lot is full we can't cut ties. I think we got 5 trimmers working, now we need the people to run them. We usually don't do to much out on the line until mid July, that way we only cut once. Hope were working on the bridge again by then as well as building the addition on the car barn.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on June 09, 2019, 03:36:14 PM
Mike. Those ditches you worked on look great.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 09, 2019, 04:48:13 PM
Thanks Bill. There are more that need attention, but only so much time...and we have a couple of extensions to work on..
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on June 09, 2019, 06:41:45 PM
The Brush around Alna Center was cut Thursday to Saturday's first train.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 10, 2019, 02:23:37 AM
A few photos from Saturday...

First, Al Michelis assists as Fred Morse tends to one of our Stihl brush trimmers.  Dwight Winkley had been busy the latter part of the past week cutting portions of the active railway, so Fred tuned additional trimmers so others can assist in the work.
(https://i.imgur.com/rlJAzOp.jpg)

Fred explains the finer points of the trimmer maintenance work to Al.
(https://i.imgur.com/xDofhy7.jpg)

While Fred and Al worked outside, Leon Weeks worked on the trimmers inside the garage.
(https://i.imgur.com/Rb8jPCK.jpg)

A photo of the planned ramp track retaining wall as it stood Saturday.  Maybe not be clear from the photo, but the right-of-way from the woods track switch to the ramp track wall looked ready for track.
(https://i.imgur.com/pbKC71b.jpg)

Prior to train time at 10.30 a.m., crews prepped their trains.  Conductor Ed Lecuyer worked with No. 9's steam crew to pull out two cars of the first class train consist from the car barn.
(https://i.imgur.com/FzJNUHH.jpg)

While fireman Roger Whitney added water to the tank for No. 3.
(https://i.imgur.com/2LbPHB1.jpg)

In the afternoon, we see (left-to-right) brakeman J.B. Smith look on as engineer James Patten oils No. 9 and fireman Bill Piche adds waters to No. 9's tank.
(https://i.imgur.com/kxH45KK.jpg)

A couple of notes:

I saw the yellow flag northbound early in the day as we approached Sheepscot Mills but since I was busy talking with passengers, I didn't see the reason for the flag.  I had assumed it was Dwight brush cutting in the area.  It wasn't until the last train southbound, when crowds were less, that I saw the Kubota parked and the ditching work completed by Mike south of the crossing.  It looked terrific.

While on train crew I didn't have a chance to visit the displays and events staged at Sheepscot, Alna Center or Top of Mountain stations.  I was disappointed, but I did have a chance to speak with many of our guests during the day.  They all greatly enjoyed the Alna Day event, which speaks volumes of the work by Steve Piwowarski and other Museum and town members to make Alna Day a success.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 10, 2019, 04:02:32 PM
Since WW&F is helping promote area business and tourism, is local government or chamber(s) of commerce involved?
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 10, 2019, 04:25:25 PM
Short answer is yes. There have been Business After Hours events at other locations that were attended, and the museum has also hosted a couple. A great way to network locally.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on June 10, 2019, 07:32:45 PM
It’s great to see some of our crew working on MNG locomotives and some of our MNG friends crewing our equipment.  Everyone wins with teamwork and cooperation.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 10, 2019, 07:46:24 PM
What is that new-looking machine with hoses behind Leon?
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on June 10, 2019, 09:35:44 PM
Philip, all,

Tomorrow is forecast as a very rainy day, so we’re delaying our outside work.  Wednesday will see the switch worked on and hopefully completed.  Thursday we’ll prep to lay track.  Well lay track either Saturday or the following Tuesday.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on June 10, 2019, 09:51:18 PM
Thanks, Jason. I saw the very rainy weather forecast and was going to ask if track work was still on.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Harold Downey on June 10, 2019, 11:58:06 PM
Paul, that looks like the hydraulic power unit for the flanging machine.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on June 11, 2019, 01:00:47 AM
It is the flanging machine power unit.  We moved it out of the shop for Alna Day.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 12, 2019, 11:04:14 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of June 15:

* Track laying - the spur/ramp track, need to get that built so the MNG equipment can start arriving.  That should be done before noon, the speed at which we work.
* Boxcar 67
* Ditching?  Mike.
* Trimming ROW
* Train ops: Saturday is the Mason's charter (no crossing Trout Brook) in the afternoon, Sunday is Father's Day.

Is the tamper ready to operate?
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on June 13, 2019, 03:23:03 PM
* Train ops: Saturday is the Mason's charter (no crossing Trout Brook) in the afternoon,
It seems  a wise decision to me . No risk for now but in the future this charter should be limited to TOM. given a precedent

Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on June 13, 2019, 04:29:52 PM
The tamper isn’t quite ready, though it could be with little effort.

We are quite starved for crew on Saturday.  As such, there’s very little chance we’ll be able to organize any track work.  The new ramp track will be tackled next week.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on June 13, 2019, 05:16:44 PM
Tamper repairs complete.  If the vice grips fall off just reapply them as they were.  Some time when it’s convenient one of us can weld a clip on in place of the vice grips.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 15, 2019, 08:44:35 PM
PUH-LEEZE don't resort to  resuming  beatings until morale improves!!  :o :-[ :P ::)
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 16, 2019, 12:12:41 AM
Work done on Saturday June 15:

* Ditching: Mike spent time ditching at Sheepscot Mills, and shipping the material off elsewhere.

Other than that, we had just enough people to run the operation today.  Not much else happened.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 16, 2019, 12:35:33 AM
I did manage to put 39 ticks out of their misery today, just from myself. Dave had one at lunch which gives my leatherman a new one day total of 40..

I also did manage to get the culverts draining at Sheepscot Mills. The east one under the road was full to the top. There is about 4 inches of muck the whole length of the bottom of the pipe, but it is draining. The one on the west was over half full. The ends were full of gravel. I ditched north of the crossing until I got the kubota stuck. Managed to get it out by anchoring to a tree, and then the truck.


First order of business. The bug spray would not spray, but the can still had some in it.. And I wanted it..

(https://i.postimg.cc/LXKqMKQN/0615190810.jpg)

2nd load before unloading at Sheepscot. I had another dumping spot in mind, but it was too muddy to make it in.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Jn5hVykz/0615191124.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/C1GRhPWY/0615191125.jpg)


Looking north from the crossing. The disturbed soil on the bank is where the Kubota was mired. Once it broke through the top grassy layer, it was axle deep.

(https://i.postimg.cc/hjBG58hY/0615191323.jpg)

South East ditch

(https://i.postimg.cc/GtMhtZz0/0615191323a-Burst01.jpg)

South West ditch. Ground level was at the bottom of the pipes that are sticking into the ditch about where the power pole is. Now about an 8 inch drop..

(https://i.postimg.cc/SQVKgM4Z/0615191323a.jpg)
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 16, 2019, 01:19:29 AM
What's the plan for all that dirt and mud and weeds?
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 16, 2019, 01:19:44 AM
The photos don't really do justice to all the ditching work Mike did today.  I was on train crew today, and we were all impressed by the amount of ditching Mike has done at Sheepscot Mills.

We had a small stream of passengers for all trains today, plus the Masons held their annual event at Alna Center.  We ran a 5 p.m. train up to pick them up.  Beautiful weather today -- nearly everyone rode in Brian's open car rather than coach 8.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 16, 2019, 02:29:37 AM
Wayne, we have been using it for fill around the container some, but there was so much that our contractor Jeff was hauling it off for free (he needed the fill for a project at home).
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 16, 2019, 04:19:45 AM
Wow...a BUSY little railroad.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 16, 2019, 12:31:40 PM
The ROW looks nicely groomed. Has Fred swapped his chain saw for a weed wacker?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on June 16, 2019, 05:39:26 PM
Fred is taken a break. I have started to cut the small brush (young tree's) along the ROW.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 17, 2019, 12:34:18 AM
The nerve of Fred, taking a vacation with his family.  And with all those ties that still need to be cut for the fall!

Seriously, I was glad Saturday to hear he is off on a family trip.  Of course Fred, always thinking ahead, had worked with Al and Leon to tune up our weed and brush trimmers the prior weekend.

I hope to be up in Sheepscot again next Saturday.  I see trains are fully crewed next weekend, so I'd like to be out cutting some the samplings Dwight noted along the right-of-way.  Better blade cutting now, that the need of chain saws later.

Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 17, 2019, 05:40:24 AM
Alna weather shows, except for Monday fog and showers on Friday, warm, decent wx this coming week.

Good luck.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on June 18, 2019, 09:31:41 PM
Dana is leading a spiking crew on the new ramp track Saturday.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on June 18, 2019, 10:06:51 PM
All available hands on deck for Dana’s crew, please!

The trains are crewed, so hoping any hopeful volunteers are steered right to Dana’s effort.

Thanks!
Jason
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 18, 2019, 10:53:03 PM
Well, sorry Fred.  Looks like we will be spiking track Saturday!
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 18, 2019, 11:54:47 PM
I'll be there, but maybe only on a nipping bar. It's been two or three years since I've driven spikes.

Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on June 19, 2019, 02:20:14 AM
I'm going to try to be there on Saturday as well.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on June 19, 2019, 09:11:18 AM
Hello Mike Good job of work you did despite the bugs and the mud. BTW you should change your forum motto in doing way too mud to list.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 19, 2019, 11:00:23 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Saturday June 22:

* Track laying - the ramp track, on Saturday.  Ballasting may be involved.
* Other track work - should we finish early, perhaps other track work will be done.
* Boxcar 67
* Machine shop
* Concert Saturday evening.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dana Deering on June 19, 2019, 04:42:22 PM
I hope to leave home at my usual 0-dark-30 and that would put me in Sheepscot around 6:30 AM give or take a few minutes.  I'll start getting things organized for spiking and we'll commence spiking as soon as we can.  If we get it all spiked at our normal pace we should have time to put out ballast.  If we are really confident we could have the cars loaded with ballast before Saturday (if someone is available to do it) and once the track is spiked we can unload stone.  Should be another productive day.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 19, 2019, 08:04:04 PM
Anybody up super-early on a  summer Saturday obviously means business. :P  Bet youze guys will zip this job out, zoom-city!  ;)
With a stub switch, yet.
Will car barn extension work be underway also?
The campus is filling in with development.
Condos next??  ;D
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 21, 2019, 09:39:21 PM
Tnx for the details, Mike.
And God bless the French.  ;D

And their famous drains. ;)
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 22, 2019, 09:41:13 PM
Work done on Saturday June 22:

* Ramp track: a crew led by Dauntless Dana spiked everything before 11, then ballasted the two flats that Fred filled yesterday.  We made short work of it, then between trains got another two flatcar loads and emptied those.
* Car barn: another crew finished removing the wall boards (started by Brendan earlier in the week) on the south wall, then removed the intermediate posts, then removed the bottom beam.  Brendan started putting up a blue tarp on the south wall.
* Misc: I saw Eric heating metal up in the forge, not sure what he was working at.
* Kitchen: crew made a valiant effort at cleaning the floor in the house.
* Evening concert: about 30 people bought tickets for today's concert.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 22, 2019, 10:47:16 PM
... then ballasted the two flats that Fred filled yesterday...

Did the track get ballasted, too?

Sorry I couldn't be there today.  Work intervened.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 23, 2019, 01:05:28 AM
Track has all been ballasted.  No time to jack and tamp, unfortunately.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on June 23, 2019, 02:20:25 AM
Eric was making cut levers for box car 67.

Zack was up working on 67's roof.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 23, 2019, 06:17:04 AM
I'm sure Zack could build a perfectly adequate new wooden roof on 67 sted of metal, saving bucks$?.
When will the WW&F bridge builders union be starting daily second shifts?  ;D
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dana Deering on June 23, 2019, 12:11:07 PM
    Here's a big "thank you!" to the crew who worked with me on the ramp track yesterday.  I was very satisfied with all we were able to get done.  The whole track was spiked and rough lined before lunch with some ballasting done as well.  By day's end we had the entire track ballasted and ready for surfacing and tamping.  It was a good day's work done by a great crew.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 23, 2019, 02:45:12 PM
One of the best Saturdays of work done in Quite a while. The weather helped a lot. We'll get back to cutting ties after more important work is done. Will do a stack at a time now.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 24, 2019, 03:19:27 PM
Fred,

You're going to wear out the chain saws! :o

Jeff S.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 25, 2019, 03:54:35 AM
Wonder if the saws try to hide when Fred shows up!  ;D
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 26, 2019, 11:11:02 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday June 29:

* Ramp track: any work needed to finalize it
* Car barn: Prep for concrete pouring
* Mountain Extension: Finish the tamping?
* Boxcar 67
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on June 26, 2019, 12:24:45 PM
More tamping on the Mountain would be great. :)
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 26, 2019, 01:38:45 PM
If the tamper is used on the Mountain, can it be left at TOM, leaving the track accessible, at least until after the 6th? I am moving the Excavator to TOM Saturday morning, followed by the dozer on July 5th if it is done at Sheepscot, then the 6th the dozer heads to end of track and the Kubota will make some ditch improvements on it's way down the mountain.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 26, 2019, 09:00:29 PM
I would NOT leave Big Joe out in the wilderness, could suffer much hard-to-fix damage. The heavier machines would probably survive better.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on June 26, 2019, 09:20:14 PM
Paul, we left it out there for the end of April and most of May.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 26, 2019, 09:30:40 PM
While the others were down to Wiscasset getting the dairy car I cut a bundle of ties to length, Had help stacking the Two top layers.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 26, 2019, 09:33:09 PM
Joe...Oh. That's right. Saw it.
Never mind.  ;D
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 27, 2019, 04:58:42 PM
Another bundle of ties cut today. One-half done, however  we'll need more.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on June 28, 2019, 06:25:40 PM
Mountain Tamping tomorrow, Saturday June 29, 2019.

The tamper has been delivered to ToM, and we are planning on hosting a tamping party, led by our infamous, oop I mean famous president Dave Buczkowski.  Hoping Bill joins him; also they’d very much appreciate 1-3 additional hands to feed ballast into the beast as it goes.

The mountain trackage is scheduled to see a fair amount of work/ ferry traffic over the upcoming weeks.  We’d like the existing lift job to be well supported so that traffic doesn’t undo that work.  Tomorrow is our best day to hit it.

Request that the tamping crew drive in, to avoid some rail transportation conflicts tomorrow.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 28, 2019, 07:05:22 PM
I suggest bringing a string trimmer for the railroad end of Judy's road. The grass is tall and full of ticks. Also, please limit the vehicle traffic on that road. Ride with someone if possible. We do have permission to use it, but I just don't want to over do it.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 28, 2019, 07:55:26 PM
Yes -- I plan to join He Who Likes To Volunteer Me tomorrow on the Mountain.

A couple of shovelers joining us would be most welcome.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 28, 2019, 08:42:08 PM
We are also short a brakeman on the passenger train tomorrow - please help out if you are qualified to do so!
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 30, 2019, 01:05:50 AM
Work done on Saturday June 29:

* Ties: Fred cut up another bundle of ties.
* Tamping: A good crew were down the mountain tamping.
* Ditching: Mike was ditching at ToM
* Boxcar 67: Working on the platform for the brakeman on top of the car.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 30, 2019, 01:30:47 AM
Loading at MLM&M this morning..

(https://i.postimg.cc/ydHNqBMh/0629190800.jpg)

Got to do what you can to get it done..

(https://i.postimg.cc/BnR6g2NV/0629190812.jpg)


Ditch at TOM

(https://i.postimg.cc/MZtpLCdR/0629191108.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qvNqy1cK/0629191109.jpg)

After lunch I crossed the rails and worked on smoe east side improvements.

Clearing to make a turning loop for some potential use

(https://i.postimg.cc/W4RNrT1R/0629191458.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/15t31vjd/0629191458b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/28K8k4pS/0629191459.jpg)

Also, did some ditching on the woods road, trying to dry it out.

(https://i.postimg.cc/8CWCns0P/0629191459a.jpg)

Back at Sheepscot, 5pm..

(https://i.postimg.cc/T12Yw0Yp/0629191644.jpg)

And, I saw this plate in the parkinglot at lunch. I hope they saw our bridge..

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y080fVy6/0629191211_Burst01.png)
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on June 30, 2019, 09:58:05 AM
Thank you to the tamping crew for their hard work and effort to help get the Mountain tamped yesterday. Wish I could have joined you guys.  :-\
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on June 30, 2019, 10:35:13 AM
Dwight and I cut another bundle of ties. There were 7 bad ones in that bundle of 42. The bad ones we'll use when we start stacking rail. Only 11 bundles left to do. Sometime this summer we have to get the wood from the roadbed that we cut last winter.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on June 30, 2019, 01:30:06 PM
A truck load of 400 ties will be ordered soon to make sure we have the ties we may need for Oct. and for any ties replaced this summer.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 30, 2019, 11:15:17 PM
Mike,

Where did the culvert pipe get set?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: June 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 01, 2019, 01:16:53 AM
On the old camp road, in an effort to dry it out.