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Title: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 10, 2019, 04:31:05 PM
Hello all,

We plan to lay one crane cycle of track on the Mountain next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17/18.  Tuesday will be load out and ferry move, possibly followed by a soft start.  Wednesday will be production track laying.

There is a major spiking effort planned for that weekend, September 21/22, led by Dana Deering.

Please consider this a crew call for both work events!

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 10, 2019, 04:52:59 PM
Sounds like a dandy, warmup idea.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Piche on September 10, 2019, 05:47:48 PM
What's the expected work hours for the spike gangs? I'm 50/50 I could make Saturday at this point in time.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 10, 2019, 06:20:00 PM
Hoping Dana sees this and answers Bill’s question. 

We just measured the track laying distance in terms of crane cycles.  According to our schedule, next Wednesday will bring the rail head within view of the bridge.   Another cycle prior to work weekend gets us almost off the curve, while FWW Friday’s two cycles get us about 90’ from the south end of the bridge.  The FWW Saturday morning crane cycle is centered on the bridge.  Track laying will conclude midday Sunday about 300’ from the shoulder of 218.  We’re leaving that much space to allow for the construction of terminal facilities in 2020.  This also gives a day and a half of 2019 FWW devoted solely to spiking, to ensure it keeps up with rail laying.

Should be fun!
Jason
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 10, 2019, 09:32:11 PM
Great news!

Latest, not final, EOT will then be an 'Abq block' distance  from 218.
Still think youz guys will need to erect a serious fence/gate there along 218's shoulder.

Good fences make good railfans.  ;)

So, what are next year's latest plans for developing a terminal there?
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dana Deering on September 11, 2019, 09:21:24 AM
I plan to get to Sheepscot early on Saturday morning and I am hoping that we can have a work train departure between 7 and 7:30 AM.  I plan to be there Sunday as well.  I know that some of Skip's crew from PA will be there and my goal is to get the entire east rail spiked and the rest at least safety spiked.  If we can do more that would be great.  What we're trying to do is to give the spike crews some work to do in the morning of 10/11 while the crane is laying out the next "turn". If the track we put down this month is safety spiked we can start right in with the finish spiking on Friday of the FWW and perhaps not have too much down time, except where sore shoulders might require it... :)

I'm looking forward to it.  Should be fun.  Pray for clear weather!

Dana
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Al Michelis on September 11, 2019, 02:32:36 PM
Possible rain this coming Saturday.  Ten (10) day forecast looks good for all of next week.  No forecast yet for the following weekend.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dana Deering on September 11, 2019, 03:23:25 PM
Just to be clear (like I hope the weather will be) the spiking weekend will be 9/21 - 22.  If it rains this weekend maybe we'll get a break the following weekend.  I'll be spiking rain or shine.  Does anyone know how to get in touch with Leon weeks?  I'd like to know if he could have the newly designed tie nippers ready for a trial run on 9/21.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 11, 2019, 03:42:33 PM
Does anyone know how to get in touch with Leon weeks?
Hi Dana - please see your email.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Joe Fox on September 12, 2019, 08:26:56 PM
I will try to be there Saturday that weekend. I'll be in touch.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on September 13, 2019, 01:44:08 AM
I'll be up for Tues. + Wed.  can't make Sat/ Sun
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 13, 2019, 01:25:45 PM
Hello all,

We plan to lay one crane cycle of track on the Mountain next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17/18.  Tuesday will be load out and ferry move, possibly followed by a soft start.  Wednesday will be production track laying.

There is a major spiking effort planned for that weekend, September 21/22, led by Dana Deering.

Please consider this a crew call for both work events!

Thanks,
Jason

How many feet of track is one crane cycle?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 13, 2019, 03:52:34 PM
And, what the heck is a 'tie nipper'?
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Wayne Laepple on September 13, 2019, 03:53:26 PM
According to posts from last fall's work weekend, they were getting 280 track feet per cycle. So roughly six cycles will be necessary to reach the goal of 1700 feet, more or less.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Piche on September 13, 2019, 05:50:06 PM
And, what the heck is a 'tie nipper'?

It's a lever mounted with a hinge to a tie plate so that you can hold the ties up tight to the rail on uneven ground while it's being spiked.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 13, 2019, 06:34:59 PM
7 cycles for a goal of 1960 feet.  This is just shy of the large boulder near 218.  The idea is to get as much done as possible while leaving room to remove some of that boulder, prep and install the turntable and northern rail track.  Possibly also a station.

Even building nearly 2000’ this fall- next year will be extremely busy.  Switch, turntable, siding, tail track, ballast 2000’, tamp, dress.  That is why we’re pushing to get as much done this fall as possible.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: James Patten on September 13, 2019, 06:36:10 PM
Usually we use a lining bar with a piece of wood underneath to give some leverage.  Someone built a few tie nippers many years ago that were a little too steep of an angle for comfortable leverage, plus the leverage bar had some square corners that made gripping it uncomfortable with the shock from the hammer blow to the tie.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Wayne Laepple on September 13, 2019, 07:01:22 PM
A claw bar (spike puller) works well as a tie nipper, too. The two toes hold the tie better than a lining bar, and the heel is a good fulcrum, especially if set on a tie plate or a flat slab of wood.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dwight Winkley on September 13, 2019, 07:29:39 PM
I always put a spike in one spike hole.  Tie plate is put on the ground with the spike head under the plate. Makes a good handle to move the plate to the next tie to be spiked.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Rick Rowlands on September 14, 2019, 02:29:36 AM
Does anyone up there use the AREMA nipping spoons?  These are the best for the job.  We have three around here. 
https://www.rrtoolsnsolutions.com/catalog/TrackTools18.asp (https://www.rrtoolsnsolutions.com/catalog/TrackTools18.asp)
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Brian Strait on September 15, 2019, 05:24:01 AM
I’ll be there! ;D
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dana Deering on September 16, 2019, 09:17:18 AM
Leon Weeks is making some tie nippers of a new design and I'm hoping we might have them to test this coming Saturday.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Ken Berlo on September 16, 2019, 05:51:27 PM
Wondering what time the train to EOT with be leaving Sheepscot Wednesday morning?
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 16, 2019, 06:27:37 PM
Work train schedule, this week:
Tues, 9/17: After lunch. (After 12 noon or so.)
Wed, 9/18: 9:00am.
Sat, 9/21: 7-7:30am. (hoped)
Sun, 9/22: 7-7:30am. (hoped)
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dana Deering on September 17, 2019, 09:19:02 AM
When you are laying out the track would you please make sure someone is marking the ties for the first spike?   Thank you, in advance.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Mike Fox on September 19, 2019, 10:30:50 PM
I am looking for pictures that we can share from Wednesdays track construction. Feel free to email them to me at mike.fox at wwfry dot org.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 19, 2019, 10:43:11 PM
When you are laying out the track would you please make sure someone is marking the ties for the first spike?

We did on Tuesday; I can't speak for the Wednesday crew.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 19, 2019, 11:17:20 PM
I took some photos.  Will try to get them posted shortly.  Working at the moment.

Stewart has photos posted on the Museum Facebook page -- hope the link works:  https://www.facebook.com/WWFRailway/photos/pcb.10156817647796871/10156817636526871/?type=3&theater

I think his photos are better than mine (with the exception of the one showing the fat guy on the gantry car!).
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Mike Fox on September 19, 2019, 11:48:43 PM
Thanks Bill.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 20, 2019, 12:57:14 AM
Some photos from yesterday (while I wait to finish work.  IT is hurry up and wait -- a lot like railroad service, I've long found...).  Beautiful day yesterday.  Late summer and fall provide my favorite New England weather.

What I think is a striking view of two Museum Maine two-footer boxcars as we awaited the trip north from Sheepscot.
(https://i.imgur.com/fGftmUo.jpg)

Early on, a view of the first east rail being lowered into place.
(https://i.imgur.com/Mtfxga3.jpg)

Jason assembles a rail joint, as Ken Berlo helps hold the new rail in place.  A good view of the leading yellow flat holding joint bars, bolts, tools and inst-track needed to secure gauge for the new rail.
(https://i.imgur.com/ssJA2Eh.jpg)

Jay Barta in position to provide the next rail or tie bundle needed to proceed north.  Steve Lennox and Jay handled setting up the rail gantry chains to provide tie bundles and rails, as I tried to help and not be in the way.
(https://i.imgur.com/MM0LkDS.jpg)

A view of Wednesday's rail train:  leading yellow flat (didn't catch the number), WW&F No. 126 (carrying the gantry). B&SR flat No. 34 (carrying the rail), WW&F No. 52 (carrying engineer Jonathan St. Mary), MLMW open car No. 130 and WW&F coach No. 8.  The latter two cars carried our track crew and provided extra brakes.
(https://i.imgur.com/Alaimve.jpg)

A view of the last rail being placed.  I understand that Dana's crew will safety spike the 280 feet of track placed Saturday.  Mike:  I understand we're just a few rail lengths north of location 11, still in the last curve and just out of site of the bridge.  Correct me -- you'll know better!
(https://i.imgur.com/ifaWDOn.jpg)
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dana Deering on September 20, 2019, 09:14:59 AM
Great work, everyone!  The weather is looking good for Saturday!  My plan is to have the entire east rail spiked and every fourth tie spiked to gauge so that when the crew arrives on the Friday of the FWW the west rail can be spiked while the gantry crew puts out the next cycle.  I don't anticipate any problems getting the 280 feet done.  See you tomorrow.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Mike Fox on September 20, 2019, 10:50:08 AM
Thank you Bill. I and others always appreciate your photo essay. Location 11 is just North of where I had the Kubota parked, which didn't make your photos. Location 10 is under the 52.

The next cycle (next Tuesday/Wednesday) will put the track beyond Location 11.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 20, 2019, 12:45:33 PM
How many cycles do you plan to lay before FWW?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Fred Morse on September 20, 2019, 01:56:54 PM
As far as I know 1 More. We can never tell about the weather on fall W.W.E.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 20, 2019, 02:05:54 PM
A total of seven crane cycles will get us to within 200' of Route 218.

Cycles 1 & 2 are being laid (but not completely spiked) before FWW so to allow spiking to begin behind the rail train.

Cycles 3 & 4 are scheduled to be laid while cycles 1 & 2 will be spiked on Friday of FWW.

Cycles 5 & 6 are scheduled to be laid while cycles 3 & 4 will be spiked on Saturday of FWW. (This will bring the railhead over Trout Brook). A special run with #9 over the bridge (photo op, thanks, etc.) is planned.

Cycle 7 is scheduled to be laid while cycles 5 & 6 will be spiked on Sunday of FWW.

Cycle 7 will be spiked, and site cleaned up, etc. on Monday of FWW. A special run with #9 to the End of Track (photo op, thanks, etc.) is planned.


Of course this is just a plan. As Fred pointed out, if the weather doesn't cooperate fully, things could get shifted around a bit.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dana Deering on September 20, 2019, 03:26:45 PM
So we will be working on cycle 1 tomorrow with cycle 2 put down next week?
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 20, 2019, 04:28:30 PM
That is correct.
Cycle 2 will not need any spiking prior to Friday of the FWW.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dana Deering on September 20, 2019, 06:08:39 PM
Perfect!  Thanks.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 20, 2019, 06:28:58 PM
Cycle 2 will not need any spiking prior to Friday of the FWW.

Are more insta-track units being prepared?  We used all available on cycle 1 Wednesday.  If cycle 2 is not safety spiked in advance, we'll either need new insta-track or will have to wait as used units are freed up by spiking on Friday of FWW.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 20, 2019, 07:06:58 PM
Yes, we’re preparing new instatrack, for the express purpose of not needing to spike cycle 2 prior to work weekend.  These instatrack are of a different design so they may be used on the bridge.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 20, 2019, 07:52:55 PM
Now I am curious, is there a picture available of the new design?
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 20, 2019, 08:57:29 PM
It’s just a pipe clamp with a spacer cut to the width between 60#rail bases at correct gauge.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 20, 2019, 09:49:05 PM
That makes sense.  It is designed to fit between the bridge timbers, which are also the ties.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 20, 2019, 10:04:43 PM
I'm picturing  full-blast, Kansas transcon tracklaying, Maine version!

Guys, take it easy on Miss Kitty and Sam while  hoop-de-dooing at the Long Branch Saloon.  ;D ;D
Hate to see Marshall Dillon, Festus and Newly throw y'all in the Dodge City hoosegow!!   ::)

Ya got track to lay!!!  :'(
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: John McNamara on September 21, 2019, 01:00:27 AM
It’s just a pipe clamp with a spacer cut to the width between 60#rail bases at correct gauge.

See ya
Jason
Is there a provision to prevent rail roll?
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Fred Morse on September 21, 2019, 09:56:35 AM
I think there is! The next 60 Ft. to be put down has to have some cribbing on the East side as the roadbed is about 3 to 4 inches lower than the other side do to the digging of the Tel. line, and the middle of the insta track is on the pivot point. Would not like to see the gantry lean over to far. There is quite a lot of cribbing at the T.O.M.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 22, 2019, 12:57:25 AM
Some photos from today (Saturday, September 21st), showing the rail put down last Wednesday being partially spiked freeing insta-track units, plus Mike's work to lay buried magneto phone line.  More or less in chronological order from this morning.

Early this morning, Mike was busy breaking a trench for phone wire a short distance north of where he ended the prior Saturday.  Trout Brook bridge is visible in the distance to the north.
(https://i.imgur.com/W6t1ZOg.jpg)

Standing behind (south of) Casey the bulldozer, the view looking north toward the bridge, as Mike worked.  We see the end of the road fabric put down in advance of placement of ties and rails, with a stake marking the centerline for the track.  A magneto telephone post will placed to the right of the tree on the right, where the phone line Mike buried last weekend meets the phone line buried today.
(https://i.imgur.com/1KHGNR1.jpg)

Turning 180 degrees to look north, we see the end of the ties and rails put down last Wednesday.  After ditching and putting down grass seed, Mike spread the hay over the ditches a week ago.
(https://i.imgur.com/b9ka9lv.jpg)

Fred rightly complains we always take photos of him sitting, and not so much when he is working.  Here's Fred spiking, as Leon Weeks and his grandson Jared look on.  Fred was also engineer for today's work train.  Note the new tie nippers (lifters) -- one in use on the left, and another on the ground on the right in front of Leon.  Leon recently made them in his shop.  They worked great today.
(https://i.imgur.com/4HWvDaW.jpg)

A view from the rear (north end) of the work train.  The steel drums on the right mark the area where the start of the new ties and rail were put down last Wednesday.  The new rail at this end has been fully spiked on the east rail and safety spiked on the west.
(https://i.imgur.com/tNgTuYs.jpg)

Looking south, folks safety spiking the west rail.
(https://i.imgur.com/NSpKrnI.jpg)

Late morning, Mike putting down the phone wire from where he ended last weekend to just south of Trout Brook bridge.
(https://i.imgur.com/DpZijGD.jpg)

Unlike Wednesday, it was a summery day today, with temperatures in the low 80s in the afternoon.  The right-of-way looks great, pretty much all ready for the Fall Work Weekend.  By mid-afternoon, the cycle 1 rail put down Wednesday had been fully spiked on the east and safety spiked on the west.  Spikers will be busy first thing Friday of Fall Work Weekend on this section as more ties and rail are put out by the gantry train.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 22, 2019, 12:16:31 PM
Rail laying will resume this Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24,25, 2019.  We will lay “cycle 2” of this year’s extension, which is about 280’ and should get us nearly off the curve.

Prep and start Tuesday- finish Wednesday.

Crew call!
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 22, 2019, 01:18:41 PM
Thanks for the photos, Bill.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on September 22, 2019, 01:31:01 PM
Thank you Bill for that comprehensive coverage of that busy Saturday. The weather was on your side, let's hope it goes on.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dana Deering on September 23, 2019, 09:15:09 AM
Thank you to all of those who showed up to help with the spiking on Saturday.  We had a good day and I appreciate all the help.  Skip and Larry came all the way from Pennsylvania to assist and deserve a special thank you.  Once the next cycle is put down this week we should be ready for the big push.  Now let's pray for decent weather for the FWW.

I also want to thank Fred for being willing to serve as engineer for the work train on Saturday.  That was a huge help.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 23, 2019, 10:09:46 PM
Jason:  When is train time Wednesday?  Can't make tomorrow but should be able to attend on Wednesday.

Thanks.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 23, 2019, 11:50:16 PM
Mike...if the phone line goes north of Da Bridge, will you hang it under its deck?
Trackwork is blasting along fabulously.

Congrats.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Mike Fox on September 24, 2019, 01:16:12 PM
I have a plan..not sure just what the timing will be but..

I picked up 200 feet of 3/4 water pipe to act as conduit. I used my shop vac to suck rope into the coil of waterline, ready to hook onto the wire and pull it through. That gets bried in the approaches.

I also picked up 4 lengths of 3/4 conduit to snake through the bridge, between the siding and timber frame. This will allow the wire to be inserted through the bridge easily, hopefully. I had thoughts of running conduit over all exposed wire on the bridge, but don't think that it is needed. So, instead I picked up some stainless steel staples to attach the wire, probably to the bottom side of the decking. I don't want to do anything to any of the structural members of the bridge that could create s spot for moisture to enter and create rot.

Everything will be hidden from view as much as possible.

North of the bridge I am going as far as the wire will go. I am hoping for the switch frog location, but may wind up being south of that some.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 24, 2019, 04:49:28 PM
So Mike--that "magneto telephone post" mentioned...will there be a phone  placed there? In telephone lingo, that would be called a 'station'.
Obviously, a terminating 'station' would be installed north of Da Bridge, in a new depot  built there?
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Dave Crow on September 24, 2019, 05:10:30 PM
Paul, I believe the phone post is just that - a post where the telephone wire is accessible.  When communication is needed back to Sheepscot, a person connects a magneto phone to the wires at the post.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: John McNamara on September 24, 2019, 08:28:38 PM
I second Dave Crow's post (no pun intended). Shortly after the northernmost post location is established, I will install a telephone enclosure on that post.  There are enclosures of similar design at Sutter's Crossing, Sheepscot Mills crossing, and Top of the Mountain.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on September 24, 2019, 09:06:57 PM
Bill, all,

Wednesday train departure 9:30am.  We got rained out today after 4 sticks.  Tomorrow is rain, sleet, snow, hail, meteorites, cats, dogs, elephants, or shine.

Thanks all,
Jason
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Al Michelis on September 24, 2019, 09:28:06 PM
Bill, all,

Wednesday train departure 9:30am.  We got rained out today after 4 sticks.  Tomorrow is rain, sleet, snow, hail, meteorites, cats, dogs, elephants, or shine.

Thanks all,
Jason
Shine ....

Sunny tomorrow and the weekend.  Look out for Thursday!
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 25, 2019, 08:44:16 PM
Today's track laying.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0085.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0091.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0093.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0099.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0102.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0104.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0105.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0110.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0115.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0117.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0119.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0122.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0125.jpg)

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/mount%20ext/IMG_0127.jpg)
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Wayne Laepple on September 25, 2019, 09:33:56 PM
The bridge is in sight!
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jeremy Jordan on September 25, 2019, 09:38:30 PM
Nice work!  :)
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 25, 2019, 10:28:17 PM
There is now plenty of rail in place to keep spiking teams busy first thing Friday morning of Fall Work Weekend as the rail train starts to put out the next cycle of ties and rails.  If I counted correctly, there's 560 track feet of new ties and rails put down this past week.  The first 260 feet or so has been fully spiked on the east rail and safety spiked (every fourth tie) on the west rail.

Thanks for the photos, Brendan.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 25, 2019, 11:56:56 PM
Great work.  In the last picture I see the insta-track for the bridge.  Clever tools.  You guys are sooooo smart.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 26, 2019, 01:26:51 PM
A pipe bar clamp with square steel tubing for a spacer. Ingenious. How are they set in place?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: John Kokas on September 26, 2019, 03:12:54 PM
RE: FWW Parking - I see in the BOD reports that we have a pumpkin event at the same time as FWW.  What is the plan for members parking vs. event parking?  Also, have we considered having track personnel park up at Alna Center in order to relieve congestion at Sheepscot?
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 26, 2019, 03:54:40 PM
Volunteers on Sat/Sun are encouraged to park in the newly-completed (or will be completed) West lot at Sheepscot.
Other locations for parking may be announced as the FWW approaches. This could include Alna Center, Fossel Access Road, the field at 218/Cross Road, and near the 218 crossing (but NOT Midcoast Conservancy's Trout Brook Preserve lot.)
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Mike Fox on September 26, 2019, 04:04:20 PM
I typed this the same time Ed was responding, and decided not to edit it. Leaving it as it for clarity.

The parking was discussed at the same meeting. Volunteers are encouraged to park in the corner lot of 218 and Cross Rd. and in the new west lot. Those that desire can park along Fossel access Rd, being mindful it may be soft in places, and others need to turn around to get out. Limited parking up there though. We are asking that no one parks on the grade or at the Conservancy parking lot during the work weekends. There is limited parking that has been offered by the land owner across 218, next to the dirt driveway, called Peaslee Rd.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Gary Kraske on September 26, 2019, 09:34:16 PM
Barb and I really appreciate the photo progress reports as it is very hard for us to travel.  Oh that South and North Stations would get connected by rail!  It would make so much easier on we travel-challenged folks.  To travel clear to Brunswick on one train would be ideal.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 26, 2019, 09:49:32 PM
Great advanced trackwork organization, progress. It's apparent.
Da Bridge now looks definitely closer.
Excitng.
Love it!  ;D ;D.

Two weeks til FWW!
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 26, 2019, 10:14:18 PM
Regarding FWW parking, we spent quite a bit of time thinking about, writing and editing the following section of the FWW article in the current Newsletter:

Parking. On Saturday and Sunday, we will be operating public trains, including Pumpkin Trains in conjunction with SeaLyon Farm at Top of the Mountain.  During these two days, we encourage volunteers to park in the marked field by the corner of Route 218 and Cross Road to allow the public to park near the station. Friday and Monday, parking directly on the Sheepscot museum campus is welcome.
Unless asked otherwise, please do not park in the area of Trout Brook. We do not want to impact the Midcoast Conservancy’s Trout Brook Preserve parking lot or block right-of-way access at Route 218. Please take the volunteer trains from Sheepscot.


Since the article was written, much work has been completed on the new west lot at Sheepscot, so it is now an option for volunteers Saturday & Sunday during Pumpkin trains, in addition to the lot at the corner of Cross Road and Route 218.
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Wayne Laepple on September 26, 2019, 10:28:49 PM
Perhaps a couple of quick and dirty signs for the various parking areas would be appropriate. One pointing from the current parking lot to the new parking stating "Volunteer Parking," as well as one at the lot at the corner of Route 218 making a similar statement. I remember the last time we used the corner lot, and there were only one or two other vehicles parked there. It might even be necessary for someone to take on the role of "Parking Attendant" to direct volunteers to the correct place!
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bob Holmes on September 26, 2019, 11:46:17 PM
It also needs to be mowed in such a way that it's OBVIOUS as a parking lot...
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on September 29, 2019, 09:36:13 PM
Mow so the long grass makes parking spot dividers :-)
Title: Re: September 2019 Track Construction
Post by: Bob Holmes on September 29, 2019, 11:40:25 PM
I also noticed yesterday (Fall Festival) that the connector drive between the main parking lot and the new west parking lot was nearly blocked by cars.  We will need to have signs and cones to keep that route open as well as signs to the new entrance on Cross St.  Also possibly someone actively managing parking during Sat/Sun of FWW