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Title: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 30, 2019, 10:08:32 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday November 2:

* Rock the Mountain - ballasting on The Mountain, I think starting around the bridge.  There may be some jacking and tamping involved.
* B&SR Tankcar 14
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 30, 2019, 01:20:02 PM
Plus more AC Pavilion site prep between loading the flat cars
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on October 30, 2019, 06:06:50 PM
The chain saws are sharp.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on October 30, 2019, 07:03:03 PM
Are you planning to use 14 as a flatcar until its tank is rebuilt?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 30, 2019, 10:19:21 PM
It is not our car. We would need permission from MNG. But why scuff up the decking and get dirt and dust all over it before the tank is put on? I would say no.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on October 30, 2019, 11:06:42 PM
Any planned ballasting for Sunday? I may come up for 2 days.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on October 31, 2019, 03:20:40 AM
Mike...makes sense.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 03, 2019, 12:52:45 AM
Photos for today's Mountain Extension work can be found here (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3566.msg43931.html#msg43931).

My last photos until at least the end of the month.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 06, 2019, 11:00:25 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 9:

* Tank car 14 (maybe nothing's left to do)
* Coach 9
* Car barn extension
* Pavilion prep
* Board meeting at 4
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 06, 2019, 11:20:52 AM
I called Contractor Jeff last night with an update on the Pavilion site. He said he may start Saturday.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 06, 2019, 01:53:30 PM
Nice to see coach 9 pop up in the work list.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 06, 2019, 02:02:11 PM
I believe once the tank car flat has left the building, coach 9 is the next project on the list.  Don't know if the massive timbers have arrived yet.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on November 06, 2019, 06:03:08 PM
After all that work on Flat #14, I hope it isn't left out in the elements.  Since space is tight right now, let's at least get a good tarp(s) to cover and keep the water off of it if it's going to sit outside for the winter.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on November 06, 2019, 06:17:30 PM
The flat car deck was rebuilt with pressure treated lumber. The beams and sills have also all been treated appropriately. While indoor storage is always preferred, this car is no different than the other 4 flat cars already in service, all stored outdoors.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 06, 2019, 10:28:52 PM
The flat car deck was rebuilt with pressure treated lumber. The beams and sills have also all been treated appropriately. While indoor storage is always preferred, this car is no different than the other 4 flat cars already in service, all stored outdoors.
Also, the top surfaces plus an inch or so on each side of the beams and sills were all covered with Ice Shield.  The same thing was done to the moose trout brook bridge under structure to protect those parts from the elements.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 07, 2019, 01:37:17 AM
Beams for 9 were supposed to arrive last Tuesday or Wednesday.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 07, 2019, 11:17:27 AM
Coach 9 timbers have been delays as the mill is being very particular.  They received a 40 foot long grade 1 DF timber from the Pacific Northwest at great difficulty, and don’t want to scree this up.  We’ve told them not to rush as the space still has the tank flatcar project, and we also don’t want it screwed up.  Expect delivery this month for sure.

Jason
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on November 07, 2019, 02:11:51 PM
Those large trees, man: they just don't grow 'em like they used to.  :-\
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 07, 2019, 02:30:24 PM
Dare I ask what a 40 foot long grade 1 Douglas Fir cost?  The shipping?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on November 07, 2019, 02:56:13 PM
Dare I ask what a 40 foot long grade 1 Douglas Fir cost?  The shipping?
:o
Quote
"If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it."
~ J.P. Morgan

https://legacyofjpmorgan.weebly.com/the-gilded-age.html
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 10, 2019, 12:23:34 AM
Work report for November 9:

* Pavilion prep: Mike finished with trees, then Jeff Verney showed up in the afternoon with the big excavator.  He was busy stumping and digging when I came by at 2:15.  Mike reported he finished with the ground leveling, will working this week.
* Tank car: Zack finished with the cradle for the tank, and Stewart was painting.
* Machine shop: Alan was trying out a new toy he got, a drill bit sharpener.  He was making good progress.
* House: Linda got on a cleaning tear and cleaned up the office (kicking up a lot of dust and making my sinuses unhappy in the process). 
* Board meeting: Finished at 7:00.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 10, 2019, 02:04:52 AM
 James forgot something.. Fred was busy this morning, and led (more like pushed) the effort to construct this..

(https://i.postimg.cc/J4Qb2Fgr/1109191537a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0yc0b4dW/1109191537b.jpg)

This will be the display track for B&SR Locomotive 8, when it arrives from Portland. It is only temporary, andwill need to be removed to construct the Roundhouse in the future.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 10, 2019, 02:47:34 AM
Very clever.
BTW, that closeup of turntable truss work is exquisite!
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on November 10, 2019, 03:42:19 PM
A hand brake wheel, shaft and other small parts were cleaned of old yellow paint. These will be mounted on to flat 14. Some machine work may be required before the parts are painted Black and mounted.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on November 10, 2019, 04:36:03 PM
I think Fred is on to something.  As we finish the Enginehouse it may behoove us to build 2-3 display tracks off the back (road) side of the turntable as an area for rotating outside displays of equipment.  Since the plan is to have a walkway go past that area towards the station, it would be a great place for pieces to be displayed where people could get up close and look in a safe manner.  Maybe small signs, etc. to explain what the piece is and its purpose.  Just a thought.....
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on November 10, 2019, 06:24:01 PM
I wish I could claim credit for the track idea, but I can't. I just hauled the stone,ties,and rails. Others did the real work.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on November 10, 2019, 06:41:06 PM
Hi John,

There really isn't room for tracks along the portion of the turntable ring that is nearest to Cross Road. There is an electrical distribution building that is going there, plus there are setback requirements, etc.

There have been other very preliminary ideas considered - but they depend on the coal facility and pedestrian walkways being completed first.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on November 10, 2019, 06:52:12 PM

* Machine shop: Alan was trying out a new toy he got, a drill bit sharpener.  He was making good progress.

I saw it during the work weekend, as a person who has dulled a drill and had to hand sharpen it to finish some job or other, I can see the usefulness of it. Post a picture and explain the range of sizes it can sharpen to a factory edge for the others members. A great item to have in any shop.
M. Nix
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 11, 2019, 08:53:59 PM
Can't the display track section just put down be left as a permanent roundhouse  "whisker track",  build  over it?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on November 11, 2019, 10:05:54 PM
I expect that the yet-unbuilt roundhouse will have embedded rails similar to the new portion of the car barn, and having wooden ties embedded in the concrete is less than optimum.  Eventually even treated ties will start to decay/shrink/expand, and there are potentially heavy loads getting placed on the concrete floor of a roundhouse.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 11, 2019, 10:07:11 PM
No Paul. The ground needs to be excavated, solid good draining gravel installed and a foundation put in.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 11, 2019, 11:44:01 PM
Presumably including at least one serving pit under one of the tracks in the roundhouse
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on November 12, 2019, 02:02:28 AM
I hope that all the stalls in the roundhouse will have a pit.  More money - yeah, but worth it!
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Alan Downey on November 13, 2019, 03:04:43 AM

* Machine shop: Alan was trying out a new toy he got, a drill bit sharpener.  He was making good progress.

I saw it during the work weekend, as a person who has dulled a drill and had to hand sharpen it to finish some job or other, I can see the usefulness of it. Post a picture and explain the range of sizes it can sharpen to a factory edge for the others members. A great item to have in any shop.
M. Nix

Hi Mike,

The machine is a Sellers 6G drill grinder, and can sharpen drill bits from 5/16" to 3" in diameter, but there are other sharpeners which are better suited to drill bits below 3/8". I don't have an exact date on when it was built, but I believe it to be pre 1950's It is essentially an overhead line-shaft machine which was "redesigned" by Sellers when individual motors started to power machinery. The "redesign" consisted of bolting a 1.25" plate to the bottom of the already heavy machine, and plunking a motor with a flat-belt pulley on the new base. In converting it to run on single-phase power, I moved it to v-belt drive. I purchased it from a tool collector in western Mass. and brought it home with my "rig". At this point, the machine is essentially on-loan to the museum.

It should be noted that this is not a tool which is available for general use by shop volunteers. Due to the finesse required to sharpen a bit without ruining the bit or the grinding wheel, it should only be used by volunteers who I have trained. I hope to very soon have a small cadre of shop volunteers trained on it to be able to help keep our stock of drill bits in good shape!

I actually don't have any recent pictures of the machine, and I haven't asked Stewart if I can borrow his pictures from Facebook- so here's a similar 6-G. There are some differences in guarding and the electrical controls, but the important parts are the same. It's a really neat machine.
(https://www.interplantsales.com/images/102/Sellers%20Drill%20Grinder/DSCF5758.JPG)

And so that I can continue to show off just how much my little Focus can do, this was at the NH state line, parking with the other "rigs"  ;D.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/zdk32beQF17xTqSn-v1bM0Lo3cRqVyTK4oO2NtWI0fb2tcpE7DwR4YoMsbgxUQWEd0xKsrK3AhHlAau-R2eBbZl6OCD132bfsl2blvMo60WnOT5ebV1Uxl5i4pD5xngOS5_YsKjW4fKSBRHhEaYLf3BfPdSBpfR5aXlS2swptV1H1X9QYG10rxeWjpRw63lWRR1r3s6d7wzHWd1Zchf_eO8MzuavunjcJ8d9OQLblhZtDyYB3YOffDkJCc4zxDjtiKkAWTozo-PdTh6QxhKTGzyRnGm3uWmLTq00CW3yzjrusNkkF4qG0u79ZHoSqJSN4m5vJgwSixKzJtvG6AKQuoZfj9Lng-uZd-3L74RokYPwTV0mMmLMiWjl1xZUOqK52ywkX2Ra-PrDADjTX6Xa6kC3hsWeqTQITt9VwJ1tWyiqjDAM56o6c1qL_05fGh2Jy1HFW9J-KkzRd70h7z866ZHFCxlHwuKfW8GjQDpfmcbwtpD8ezclh2yhzDDlupRjgs2QJDo5Bj4Eex5-S6rPZZDkO7EzjrPPjS6WwIdpvohWeNPDnrl-s0aQODZ7mu24yi5cQx1tEA3d_uplFC1VjggNXm7SAwL5PJrA8-8kK4esT2K2fcfpX07n3B5xyj3Y_TR16mlOzkkNWcMSMKRnK6xTXjja5RvTRNN6ZLzZEKgWlgzL0g93mZ4kIXTHjBHxLl1rDyCXnll-XqUG7DXMsUc-T5YFSQhg8ErfPFVfwYMLh46x=w1227-h920-no)
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 13, 2019, 11:00:06 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday November 16:

* Car barn extension
* Parking lot cleanup
* Roundhouse track 3
* Tank car 14
* Pavilion prep
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Gordon Cook on November 13, 2019, 12:39:25 PM
It should be noted that large size, good quality, new drill bits are very expensive. The cheap drills available tend to have inferior material and chip or break.
We have a lot of old but good quality drill bits but they aren't in very good shape, so this has been an ongoing issue for the shop force. Sharpening a drill properly so it has the correct angles is not easy, and poorly sharpened or dull drills make for a poor outcomes.
This machine will mean that we now have a whole set of properly sharpened drills.
So, thanks Alan, for the loan and set up of this machine.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 14, 2019, 02:42:12 AM
Another excellent shop home run!
Having tried to sharpen bits at 2926, it is damned hard to do right!
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 14, 2019, 02:58:33 AM
James...will building permanent RH Track 3 interfere with the temp display track just laid?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 14, 2019, 05:17:54 AM
Your weather looks frigid, currently. How's stove number two install coming?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 14, 2019, 11:02:14 AM
The roundhouse east wall will begin somewhere about where the coal pocket east wall is.  We'll probably have to lift some of the track when we get around to doing that.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 14, 2019, 11:54:54 AM
Roundhouse east wall is east of the run through track. The only track that will not be lifted during construction of the Roundhouse is the turn table lead, which is the old track 7, that comes by bay 4 of the shop.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on November 14, 2019, 01:16:58 PM
Very,very little work was done due to ice on everything outside where the work was planned on the car barn. Lets hope next week will be better.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 14, 2019, 02:02:03 PM
Sorry, I meant the SOUTH wall is about where the coal bin south wall is.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 15, 2019, 01:14:53 AM
Ahh. You have lost your bearing..must have gotten turned around on the turntable.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 15, 2019, 02:50:59 AM
Sorry, I meant the SOUTH wall is about where the coal bin south wall is.
That would mean that the spread of the three tracks would be fairly large, which would make the RH quiet roomy inside I would think.  That would be a good thing. 

We would then have indoor storage for three locomotives and room around them for minor maintenance.  The shop space would be freed up for projects and major repairs.  That said, we all know that there seems to be a lot of construction and major repair projects that keep coming at us.  It is both a good and a bad thing that our acquisitions, both owned, loaned and under construction continue to outpace our ability to construct covered storage for our rolling stock and MOW equipment.

Now I feel bad for having said that because I know we are all working continuously to improve our facilities.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on November 15, 2019, 08:32:21 PM
Brendan and I got all the angle braces up and bolted in place. I think he was going to put in lag screws in the bottom of the braces before it got to dark. Stewart gave us some help in the morning.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on November 16, 2019, 07:37:43 PM
With a little work Sunday, we hope to put the trusses up on Weds.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 16, 2019, 09:52:29 PM
Work done on Saturday Nov 16 (AM Report as I had to leave for the afternoon)

* Car barn: Brendan continued working on bolting up the posts and beams.
* Tank car 14: Zack was working on prepping the car for the tank.  It looks like the brake rigging is ready to go in.
* Pavilion: Contractor Jeff has been hauling in locally sourced gravel all week.  Mike was there working for a time.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 16, 2019, 11:04:28 PM
I got bored this afternoon and found a boxcar..

But, first thing this morning, this guy strolled through..

(https://i.postimg.cc/5y8NnxNJ/1116190723.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/m2GrhF8g/1116191503.jpg)

Stacked all the rail that was in front of the boxcar in the pile on the right. Pile on the left includes some previously sorted good rails, that I put back on the pile so they would be out of the way.

(https://i.postimg.cc/DfGZ2cQN/1116191503a.jpg)
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on November 17, 2019, 12:56:15 AM
The remaining boxcar in the parking lot (#??).  Is that ours, MNG, or MM?  Where does it fit into the restoration schedule?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 17, 2019, 01:35:18 AM
That is ours. A gift from MNG. No present schedule to restore, but as you can see Stewart found some extra paint to help preserve what is left (and added the tarp to the roof) and make it look better. It has been on the property almost a year.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on November 17, 2019, 02:05:37 AM
The boxcar is B&SR 56.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on November 17, 2019, 03:55:31 AM
Peter Barney's book on the B&SR shows 56 as being built by the Portland Company in 1898. There are pictures on pages 53 and 53, plus a nice drawing on page 89. Evidently 56, 57, and 58 had window openings added in the 20s for stock car service. Also, 56 was later repainted as B&H 56. The car has quite a history. :)
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on November 17, 2019, 12:52:29 PM
Help my memory here, did the WW&F also have Portland boxcars or were they Laconia?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on November 17, 2019, 06:28:08 PM
Help my memory here, did the WW&F also have Portland boxcars or were they Laconia?
According to Barney's WW&F book, they were all Portland. Most were built in 1894.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 18, 2019, 02:39:44 PM
Wednesday November 20, 2019:  Brendan plans to install roof trusses on the car barn extension.  Any willing hands will be very appreciated!

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 19, 2019, 12:15:59 AM
My understanding also is that 56 was modified with windows for stock car service.  When we restore it, it should be as modified as a stock car, not just a boxcar.  That would be a unique and important contribution to preserving the legacy of the Maine two footers...
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 20, 2019, 10:59:34 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 23:

* Car barn extension: hopefully all the trusses will be up, and roofing or siding can start.
* Tank car 14
* Pavilion
* New turntable track spiking
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 20, 2019, 03:56:13 PM
I am thinking of not being there Saturday. But want to pour the footings for the Pavilion on 12/7, so will be down at least one day next weekend.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 20, 2019, 04:35:36 PM
The new turntable track needs to be spiked.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 20, 2019, 08:01:47 PM
So, is this turntable track permanent, or just for equipment display?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 20, 2019, 11:05:55 PM
As I said when I put the original pictures up 2 weeks ago of the track, it is temporary. It will be used to store Bridgton & Saco River Locomotive 8 from the Maine Narrow Gauge. At such time Roundhouse construction starts, Locomotive 8 will be moved and the track torn up to build the round house. Then permanent tracks will be constructed into the roundhouse, after completion of the groundwork.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 23, 2019, 10:07:30 PM
Work done on Saturday Nov 23:

* Tank car 14: The tank was mostly sandblasted today, while Zack finished up what was required on the flatcar.  Then because of rain tomorrow the flatcar was moved to the ramp track, the tank was moved using the forklift to the flat and temporarily mounted, then brought back to Bay 2 where it will sit until Monday, after which hopefully Brendan and Jason will bring it back out and move back for completion.  See photos under the tank car thread.
* Track work: "2nd James" N and Bryce attempted to tamp - but the tamper wouldn't start, ended up needing a new battery.  They got going after lunch and made good progress, lifting and tamping for most of the length between the two switches, between the tank and the platform, out the outside, then went back for the inside.  Meanwhile Fred hauled all remaining stone in the yard to the tank, dumping it in the tipcar, which was dumped in important places.
* Shop coal: A pallet of coal for the shop was delivered, so the bags were moved into the shop and stacked.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 24, 2019, 04:21:15 AM
Any plans to set up the second shop stove?
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 24, 2019, 11:07:51 AM
The second stove pipe was installed last week.  The second stove will now be a quick hook up.  We still need to make arrangements to seal the doors.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on November 25, 2019, 03:12:29 PM
Good to hear.
Nothing, except rain,  more miserable than working in the CCCCCOLDDDDD!
Great pics.
Thanks.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 27, 2019, 11:03:42 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 30:

* Car barn extension
* Track work: spike the 3rd roundhouse lead, to spike ML&M's siding, and maybe more mainline spiking.  Possibly led by Dana.
* Pavilion: Mike's digging holes to put in the tubes (I think he's also working Friday).
* Tank car 14
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 29, 2019, 08:07:40 PM
Work done on Friday, Nov 29:

* Pavilion: Mike was busy digging holes for the concrete tubes.  When I left he was working on the 5th one.
* Firewood: Fred was busy with the saw cutting up firewood from the trees that came out of the pavilion area.

Also - there is a LOT of stone at Alna Center.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on November 29, 2019, 08:42:27 PM
Also - there is a LOT of stone at Alna Center.

Good; children will enjoy sliding down it (with or without snow) at Victorian Christmas. The bonfire, the sleigh/wagon rides, and even Santa, have historically been secondary attractions relative to the stone pile.

Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 29, 2019, 10:54:00 PM
Also - there is a LOT of stone at Alna Center.

Good.  I was wondering about the stone supply for next Spring Work Weekend!
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on November 30, 2019, 12:19:57 AM
Great!  We all know what we will be doing this coming SWW.  Making that great big pile of stone disappear and take up a new life keeping our track down the mountain on the mountain.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 30, 2019, 09:23:28 PM
Work done on Saturday November 30: temps did not get above freezing, and there was a blustery northerly wind.

* Roundhouse track 3: Every other tie was spiked, and we took a 30-foot reject rail and cut it in half so that B&SR loco 8 will fit on it.
* B&SR Tank 14: Zack was sanding two sides of the two large timbers that sit beside the tank, and putting the preservatives to them.
* Firewood: all the firewood that Fred cut up yesterday was hauled (by Fred) to the wood pile at Sheepscot.
* Pavilion: Mike had trouble in the morning with the excavator, but got it working after lunch.  He'll get in about half of the tubes.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on December 01, 2019, 02:45:08 AM
Some photos from today (Saturday, November 30th).  Hunter orange was the color of the day.  First time in four weeks I could get to Sheepscot.  I vaguely remember the weather being warmer...

A balmy end-of-November day at Sheepscot.  The thermometer outside shop bay 4 shortly after noon.
(https://i.imgur.com/ubczAMh.jpg)
At least it was sunny today.  Snow's predicted late Sunday into early Tuesday.

Work on the west roundhouse lead started around 9 a.m.  Jerry Steinke spikes as Dave Buczkowski lifts the tie and James Patten looks on.
(https://i.imgur.com/L6vTWui.jpg)

The west lead early on today.
(https://i.imgur.com/cCbutc8.jpg)

After the spiking of every other tie was finished on the first two rails, the crew went over to help Fred Morse unload a pickup truckload of hardwood from Alna Center at the edge of the Sheepscot parking lot.  Fred immediately understood this was not a generous offer of support--we needed him to run the tractor to pick a rail for the turntable lead!  Pictured are Dave, James, Fred and Jerry.
(https://i.imgur.com/jb6T7Se.jpg)

Fred picks a rail from the reject pile.  The rail was then cut in half to complete the lead.
(https://i.imgur.com/mhv5yuX.jpg)

Leon Weeks and Al Michelis (both left respectively) joined the crew.
(https://i.imgur.com/8MO5MuE.jpg)

Dave spikes, as James and Jerry look on.
(https://i.imgur.com/3zOsko8.jpg)

The "finished" lead as seen from the turntable in the afternoon.
(https://i.imgur.com/FGRIP5q.jpg)

Looks like the second coal stove is hooked up, at the south end of the shop building between bays 1 & 2.
(https://i.imgur.com/WVio5Ub.jpg)
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on December 01, 2019, 02:52:48 AM
I see that the tractor is 'chained up' already.  8)
Fred's doing??  :)
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on December 01, 2019, 11:02:59 AM
From the forecast were getting, the tractor chains are just in time. Oh, for an old time winter with 20 feet of snow so we can take photos of 30 men digging out the tracks of snow. Of course i'm to old to dig.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on December 01, 2019, 12:13:00 PM
From the forecast were getting, the tractor chains are just in time.
Yes.

I recall this photo, posted November 21st 2018 ...

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bridge%20move/IMG_8154.jpg)The photo caption was/is "Pusher service for the forklift back up the driveway. Time for tire chains on the forklift."

 :)

Link to that thread: http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3330.msg39518.html#msg39518
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on December 01, 2019, 06:15:30 PM
The "finished"  roundhouse lead is only half spiked every other tie.

I did give Fred a very little help. Hauled one load of fire wood from Alna Center.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on December 02, 2019, 02:47:51 PM
What happened to the new tie lifters?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on December 02, 2019, 04:37:50 PM
I gave Jerry a hard time about that.  The others we didn't find until we were putting everything away, the new lifters were hidden away in a corner behind some other bars.
Title: Tie lifters
Post by: Keith Taylor on December 26, 2019, 09:09:50 PM
When I worked on the railroad we referred to them as
nipping bars.