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Title: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 30, 2020, 02:54:21 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September 2020

Tuesday:

*  Steam Operation for News crew.
*  Box car rearrangement to include cars #67, #309, #54
*  Prep work TOM switch(s) to include ties and switch stand(s) (pending)
*  Coach #9 assembly
*  Turner Dairy car repair work

Wednesday:

*  TOM switch (pending)
*  Relocate trailer closer to garage for evaluation/repairs
*  Coach #9 assembly (pending)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Roger Cole on August 30, 2020, 05:35:31 PM
Could I ask what the TOM switch project is about?  Is it to make a passing siding from the stub siding?  Is it a switch for a new siding? 
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 30, 2020, 06:13:09 PM
Roger, we will be replacing the stub switches with points. This we expect will be improve and eliminate the prolems we have been having over the past couple of years.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 03, 2020, 08:43:36 AM
Work completed Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September 2020.

Tuesday:

*  Channel 8 News visit. This included a campus tour, interviews, photo’s, video’s
    and a trip to the TOM. We had 23 volunteers in to support this visit who worked on
    various projects during the visit. See the WW&F facebook photo’s.
*  Train crew including Locomotive #9 for News visit.
*  Assembly coach #9
*  Plumbing, vacuum brake work on Coach #3.
*  Box car rearrangement of various equipment, shingle mill parts stored in #67.
*  Gift shop opened.
*  Dump run

Wednesday:

*  Yard switching box cars and Caboose #320.
*  Brake work on Coach #10
*  Grounds maintenance
*  Continued Prep for TOM switch.
*  Machine shop bay door repairs and painting.

Note:  I’m sure some tasks were missed.

Note:  The rearrangement of equipment in box cars supported by ML&M.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 04, 2020, 04:42:02 PM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Sept. 5th:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Annulled, in part, due to lack of crew
11:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available.
3:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available.
5:00pm: Picnic Dinner Train to AC with Jud Caswell. Tickets Available.
7:00pm: Campfire Train to AC with Jud Caswell. Tickets Available. SOLD OUT

Assistance always needed crewing trains - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 04, 2020, 04:45:14 PM
[I think James forgot to post this]

Anticipated work for Saturday Sept. 5:

* Train operations (see above)
* Pavilion
* Vehicle repair
* Coach 9
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 04, 2020, 04:59:41 PM
I think I did forget.  Sorry!
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Strait on September 04, 2020, 08:51:58 PM
expected work for Sunday 9/6/2020
Tie Repair
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Delory on September 05, 2020, 01:04:54 PM
Coach #10 ?
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 05, 2020, 05:08:53 PM
Work done on Saturday Sep 5:

* Pavilion: four trusses were set up, including the end truss, which means additional work to set up the end bracing (which isn't done yet).
* Ice Cream Eggspress: the afternoon trains were sold out, not sure about the evening trains.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 05, 2020, 09:51:10 PM
All trains were nearly sold out (just a few spots on the 5p picnic dinner train.)

Perfect weather and lots of very happy passengers. Thanks to everyone who helped out to make it a successful day.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 06, 2020, 09:52:45 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th of September 2020

Tuesday and Wednesday:

*  ToM Switch rebuild, This will include the replacement of the stub switches, replacing them       
    with points on both the main line and the run around. Work will cover both days and expected to be
    completed by the following week. Tuesday work train to leave around 10am.
                     
    Volunteers will need to bring lunch as the plan will be to eat on site.

*  Coach #9 assembly (pending)

*  Small engine repair

Note:  Crew caller for volunteers for this job looking for something to do after the holiday.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on September 06, 2020, 02:41:22 PM
Hi Stephen, On the main line switch, Check for two or three switch ties that are two high. Ties need to be removed and cribs lowered. The high ties is what makes it hard to get the rails to set in place when moving the rails.till later, dwight
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 07, 2020, 08:28:08 AM
Dwight, we will certainly check that out, thank you.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 07, 2020, 06:31:21 PM
Labor on Labor Day -

* Shop - The air system (and the propane kiln) was set up to test the bull riveter that Gerry and Carlos spent the Summer restoring.  The riveter was used to set hot rivets in the ring for locomotive 10's new smokebox.  The test went well, photos are posted on FB.  Alan Downey ran a rehearsal with a cold rivet so everyone would be ready for hot rivets.

* Coach 9 - Eric and Ron spent much of the day installing the under sheathing on the frame, building pockets for the vacuum brake cylinder and equipment that go under the car.

* Gift shop - Some of the merchandise cabinet doors were removed and trimmed at the bottom so they will fit over the new safety mats behind the counter.  Merchandise was pulled for 3 more mail orders.

* Clean up - Trash from the weekend events was collected into 8 large bags, and refund bottles were organized for redemption.

* Depots - The locksets on the Sheepscot and Alna Center station doors were fixed so they are easier to lock/unlock.

* Trailer - Brian Strait worked on rust removal on the WW&F large equipment trailer. 

* Publicity - The FB team edited photos of weekend events to be posted later this week. 

* Maintenance - The Sheepscot platform lights were fixed.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 07, 2020, 07:16:09 PM
Stewart, thanks for fixing the Alna Center lock! It’s needed it of some time.
Brian, I appreciate your efforts on the trailer. If you haven’t already, you should use the pop up tent for shade.
Dave
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on September 08, 2020, 03:04:56 PM
If anyone takes pictures and would like them posted, feel free to email them to me and I'll post them for you.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 08, 2020, 04:45:36 PM
Follow up for Tuesday and Wednesday 8 and 9 September 2020.

Work has begun on the ToM switches, both are dismantled.

Work train for Wednesday to depart around 0900 hrs.. For those coming in to work, bring your lunch, we eat on site. 
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 09, 2020, 05:39:26 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Sept. 12:

* Pavilion erection
* Potential continuing switch replacement at Top of Mountain
* Vehicle repair
* Coach 9
* Board meeting 4 PM - bring your mask.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 10, 2020, 09:06:59 AM
 Work completed Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 September 2020.

Tuesday:

*  Worked started on ToM switch replacement. The main and runaround switches
    were removed, cribbing swapped so they can be reused, rails placed and bolted up.
*  Brake work continued on Coach #3.
*  Small engine repair with concentration on the dodge pick up truck.
*  Trash removal and campus clean up.
*  Archives work.

Wednesday:

*  Work continued on switches to include digging out and lowering switch
    cribbing (back hoe work by Sealyon Farm). Set up begins on switch plates
    rails to include resolving a several unforeseen problems. Work to continue.
*  Brake work on Coach #8
*  Small engine repair

NOTE:  There was probably more work being done that I have missed.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on September 10, 2020, 02:25:27 PM
I leave it to Ed to tell us about the points of this work and the fact that it was pointless to install stub switches here in the first place. (I understand why that was done, and it made perfect sense; I just needed to use the pun "pointless.")
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 10, 2020, 02:54:54 PM
Because I know somebody will ask....

When we arrived at ToM we had every intention of continuing work Down the Mountain with an eventual terminus at Rt 218.  In the meantime, we needed a run-around.  The configuration of two stub switches was "quick and dirty", as we assumed that once we got to 218 the two stubs would come out, leaving the long siding entered from the south, so that the run-around was at the bottom of the hill.  However, the crossover configuration has proved so useful that we want to leave it in, so we need to install a better solution which includes point switches, as the stubs are stubborn to move in hot weather.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 10, 2020, 04:33:39 PM
Actually, as of late, the stubs were difficult to move in any weather, as the rails were not sliding under the catch plates without considerable effort that may have included jumping/kicking, striking the rail with a blunt object, use of one or more joint bars, a bucket or two of water, and/or the recitation of curse words.

On behalf of the train crews, we are all very thankful this work is underway.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 10, 2020, 04:53:19 PM
Quote
Anticipated work for Saturday Sept. 12:
* Potential continuing switch replacement at Top of Mountain

Is track work on 9/12 a definite or still a maybe?
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on September 10, 2020, 06:26:16 PM
Steve, you are the MAN!  (or is it PERSON!?).  Anyway, you have become a great chronicler of the WW&F in this time of isolation for many of us.  Please keep up the great work.  I really miss volunteering on site right now.

Bob
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 10, 2020, 06:44:43 PM
Steve, you are the MAN!  (or is it PERSON!?).  Anyway, you have become a great chronicler of the WW&F in this time of isolation for many of us.  Please keep up the great work.  I really miss volunteering on site right now.

Bob

Amen.  I miss everyone.  Steve's reports have been a great addition.  Thanks!
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 10, 2020, 07:07:24 PM
Track work at ToM is on for anyone that wants to do it.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 11, 2020, 12:45:22 AM
Is that new road crossing just south  of the TOM crossover for service to SeaLyon Farms?
Great!
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on September 12, 2020, 05:46:09 PM
A huge amount of progress was made on the smokebox for #10, and Alan will be posting a video of that effort. This is a picture the final product..

(https://i.postimg.cc/YC6MH3dD/0912201534.jpg)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 12, 2020, 08:23:17 PM
Work done on Saturday Sep 12:

* Pavilion: The first (outer) set of trusses were finished and placed on the structure, then the second set of trusses were picked off the pile and set up for work on next week.
* Vacuum train brakes: #9 was fired up and ran several trips to the bottom of the Ladder and back, testing out train brakes.
* Loco 10: Using the riveter they fixed up, Carlos and Jerry (and Alan) rivetted up a ring to the #10's smokebox.
* MNG 7: A crew was onsite to prep 7 for an inspection later in the week.
* Board meeting: LOOOONNNNG.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 12, 2020, 10:11:14 PM
It’s Carlos but James gets a pass because he wrote this after a 4:45 hour long board meeting. Anyone interested in a Sargeant at Arms position?
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on September 13, 2020, 06:46:23 AM
Do we have to show the Sargeant at Arms a pledge pin?
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 13, 2020, 10:01:47 AM
How about one of your securtiy detail, Dave? 8)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 13, 2020, 06:06:37 PM
Anticipated work for Tueday 15 and Wednesday 16 September 2020.

Tuesday:

*  ToM, continue switch work.
*  Small engine repair
*  Shop work (pending)
*  Campus clean up

Wednesday:

*  ToM, complete switch work.
*  Small engine repair
*  Shop work (pending)
*  Yard switching (pending)

Note:  Planed departure for the work train is 0900 hrs  (9AM),  bring your lunch with you.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 16, 2020, 05:46:50 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday, Sept 19:

* Pavilion
* Vehicle repair
* Last Saturday of Ice Cream Eggspress.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 16, 2020, 08:06:26 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Sept. 19th:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - (SOLD OUT)
11:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Still Available. - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available. - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available.
5:00pm: Picnic Dinner Train to AC featuring Steve P. on Saxophone. Tickets Available.
7:00pm: Campfire & Stargazing Train. 1 Ticket Available. - (SOLD OUT)

Extra assistance may be needed for the 5pm and 7pm trains - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid (http://www.wwfry.org/covid)
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 16, 2020, 05:42:50 PM
Work completed Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September 2020.

Tuesday:
*  ToM switch work, The crew installed 2 point switches completing adjustments and spiking in the switch stand. Final spiking of the switch plates began.
*  Shop work continued on several projects to include making some corrections and adjustments on the new vacuum.
*  Gift shop work as well is on going and preparation for this weekends operation.
*  Campus clean up and trash run.

Note:  13 volunteers

Wednesday:
*  ToM switch work... Completed.
    The new switches have been completed and all rails spiked in. A small load of ballast was brought in to help finish the project. The new switches work well, stiff but lock in well with the proper technique. Our brakemen will no longer have to fight the stub switch. For those who don’t know, Fred can still swing a maul and spike rail!
*  “Start” was up and spiked rail plus surveyed what he needs to complete the switch targets.
*  Preparations have started for the Electric building’s completion.
*  Yard switching completed the day.

Note:  Crews/volunteers should check the notice board when signing in.
          Sorry I forgot to take photo's, maybe someone else did.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 16, 2020, 05:58:51 PM
Thanks Steve.  Though hardly surprised Fred can still swing a spike maul.  His work has put many of us to shame over the years!
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 16, 2020, 06:08:49 PM
Quote
Our brakemen will no longer have to fight the stub switch.


THANK YOU!!


(On behalf of ALL the train crew; not just brakemen - as that switch often required assistance from the entire train's crew.)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 16, 2020, 06:15:42 PM
Our brakemen will no longer have to fight the stub switch.
TO STEVE AND THE TRACK GANG OF GANDY DANCERS.... A VERY BIG
THANK YOU
FROM THE FAR AWAY BUNCH WHO ALSO STRUGGLED WITH THE STUB SWITCHES....
(and wish they could have been there to help)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on September 16, 2020, 06:26:30 PM
Jason sent these to me and asked I post. Mighty fine looking switches..

(https://i.postimg.cc/J7qRkvPM/IMG-2421.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W3xYF2CX/IMG-2420.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NMKPjyJK/IMG-2419.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Zq7MmPck/IMG-2418.jpg)


Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 16, 2020, 08:34:13 PM
Let me echo the thanks of those who have already responded.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on September 16, 2020, 10:17:41 PM
Leanne and I made a guest appearance today as well, and though she isn't quite old enough to swing a hammer, she did a good job laying out spikes for us to drive.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 18, 2020, 02:41:45 PM
Superb track job.
If more TOM pics show up, you MUST include Leanne the Spike Tyke!! ;D

What will the electric building look like?
Will youz finish the Alna performance building roof this weekend?

Sounds like you almost got a complete train wth air brakes working!
Bet the brakemen are smiling.

Fantastic!

Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 18, 2020, 05:07:02 PM
What will the electric building look like?

It will be the shape of a lighting bolt.  The most challenging building we've ever built.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on September 18, 2020, 05:28:21 PM
The rumor is that it will be similar to this ...
(https://img.apmcdn.org/175fa6af0362f0fbdcb7b9f1f83094c25c48a80a/normal/44a414-20170221-bowie-sculpture.jpg)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 18, 2020, 05:29:18 PM
Work done Thursday and Friday -

* Exhibit Hall - floor cleaned and an exhibit added. Photos on FB

* Electric Service Building - Brendan and Fred worked on framing the structure. It will resemble a crossing shanty. Photos on FB

* ToM - Two of the mainline switch stands were cleaned and painted. The new #17 stand received a WW&F style target.

* Events - Firewood was collected and stored for the Saturday evening campfire.  Photos on FB

* MNG - Locomotives 3 and 7 were moved outside and prepped for their boiler tests.

* Shop - Bays 2 and 4 were cleaned and tools organized. 

* Gift Shop - The new SR&RL book - Towns and Industries (Strong, Freeman & Salem) Volume 6 has been selling well via web site + mail orders.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 18, 2020, 06:14:37 PM
What will the electric building look like?

It will be the shape of a lighting bolt.  The most challenging building we've ever built.

I'm shocked.

(https://i.imgur.com/v1HO2O7.png)

(Posted for Ed's benefit.  It's important to keep our moderator on his toes.  He doesn't have enough to do.)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 18, 2020, 06:19:32 PM
Nice report and a lot of work completed. "Start", the cleaned up switch and target looks great!
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on September 18, 2020, 08:26:39 PM
I'm shocked.

(https://i.imgur.com/v1HO2O7.png)

(Posted for Ed's benefit.  It's important to keep our moderator on his toes.  He doesn't have enough to do.)
Don't hold onto the magneto field phone terminals while cranking.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 19, 2020, 09:53:58 AM
Speaking from experience, John? ::)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 19, 2020, 04:55:04 PM
Work done on Saturday September 19:

* Pavilion: Another set of rafters was put up, and the next set was prepped for work on next time.
* Train trips.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 20, 2020, 06:06:17 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September 2020.

Tuesday:

*  North and South yard switching.
*  Trout Brook switch prep.
*  Shop work, various projects (pending)
*  Electric building (pending)
*  SS campus clean up and dump run.

Wednesday:

*  Track work ToM.
*  Shop work
*  Electric building (pending)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on September 22, 2020, 06:29:58 PM
Our good neighbor at the TOM did some earth work around the recently installed mainline switch. Jason sent these pictures of the finished product.

(https://i.postimg.cc/76jHbh2B/IMG-2489.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FRYF937d/IMG-2490.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5fHPSkm/IMG-2491.jpg)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 23, 2020, 05:45:55 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday September 26:

* Electrical building
* Pavilion rafters - no Mike, so rafters can be stabilized but won't be put up.
* Trains ops - Pumpkin Pickin' at SeaLyon Farm.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on September 23, 2020, 06:04:24 AM
I will not know until Friday night. I will post as soon as I know.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 23, 2020, 07:22:31 PM
Work completed  September 22 and 23, 2020

*  Thirteen volunteers were working on various projects.
*  Switching completed to include returning Locomotives #an 3 and #7 after
    their boiler inspections back to their appropriate bays. Locomotive #9
    pulled for servicing and repairs.
*  Several shop projects to include servicing and cleaning of machinery.
*  Training, Training Officer in up dating rules books and qualifications,
    Trainman training for two volunteers.
*  Small engine repair
*  Small trailer rebuild and decking begins
*  Archives work continually going, ask Linda about the new ledger she received.
*  Unnoticed is a volunteer who continually services truck bearings on rolling stock.
*  Campus clean up and dump run.
*  I’m sure gift shop was busy with the weekend sales and prep for the pumpkin trains.
*  Spring replacement begins on #52.

    Yes this was a busy day!

Wednesday:

*  Coach #9 assembly continues (it’s looking great)
*  Small trailer decking completed.
*  Machine shop work, I saw what it was, can’t tell you what it is.
*  Removal of dirt pile by electric building continues.
*  Locomotive #9, vacuum break work.
*  Springs changed out on #52, adjustments made.

Note:  There is always more going on that’s not seen, various volunteers are in
           and out with many completing work off site.

Note:  Check the notice board, the Time Table #15 are out! 

Note:  Dan's tie replacement crew were out again on Sunday.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 23, 2020, 10:38:21 PM
Steve, thanks for all the great updates, it really helps us who can’t make it to Maine because of the Covid unpleasantness. Perhaps a few pictures of coach 9, the electric building and the trailer.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 24, 2020, 09:12:52 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Sept. 26th:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Still Available
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - Tickets Available.
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - Tickets Available.
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - Tickets Available.

We anticipate that all 4 trains will sell out before Saturday.

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on September 24, 2020, 10:05:46 AM
Hello you all. I'm happy about  learning of 13 volunteers were on the spot right in the middle of the week. It's downright amazing to see the commitement and dedication you display  to achieve your goal over that terrible crisis. Bravo you all, but above all stay safe.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on September 24, 2020, 10:07:50 AM
It has been very busy off site in the temporary membership office, hoping to move into the new office in a week or so. There were 104 donations entered for last week, down from 141 the week before. All of last weeks Thank Yous went out by Saturday, and about half of the 104 this week have been sent Thank Yous already. That should get finished tonight. The Fund drive is doing extremely well, but will not say how well. We have some very generous donors, even in these tough times. I have logged 12 hours of membership time in the last 2 weeks processing the donations and renewing memberships, up from about 2 hours a week. That is after my 55 hour a week job, and trying to be ready to move the office and sleeping quarters of ROWMOW Mfg. to the new building..
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on September 24, 2020, 12:26:17 PM
Backstage work the one that hardly anybody is fully aware of it just, because you can't easily picture  it, let alone take photos of it and post them on fb. Even so, without all those tedious, dull, boring unrewarding tasks you would never have completed all you had planned to do over those last thirty years and worked a few miracles at that.  I do wonder if some of you go to bed ever and again. Congrats to the WW&F underground workers on their too much unsung work.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 26, 2020, 05:07:54 PM
Work done on Saturday Sept 26:

Not a lot of volunteers today that weren't otherwise involved with train service.  It was good to see Bill Reidy, now that Mass. residents are allowed into Maine.  Bill was busy changing the signs in the morning.  In the afternoon Jason had us put up survey stakes for extending the Woods track into the parking lot.

Trains sold out today.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 27, 2020, 08:30:53 AM
A few photos from yesterday, Saturday, September 26th:

A string of boxcars on the Shop Bay 2 track.
(https://i.imgur.com/IVHUvZD.jpg)

Hostler James Patten prepares No. 9 for the day's services.
(https://i.imgur.com/eYCUpeF.jpg)

No. 9's tank is filled at the water tank.
(https://i.imgur.com/LvQXVxb.jpg)

The day's passenger train consist:  flatcat No. 118, open car No. 130, coach No. 8 and caboose No. 320.
(https://i.imgur.com/qXo3i7a.jpg)

The list of the day's activities for our guests.
(https://i.imgur.com/chHr7sq.jpg)

Our bouncer.  President Dave Buczkowski greeted and checked in our visitors, verifying all were wearing masks.
(https://i.imgur.com/w8f5JtQ.jpg)

Young families wait to check in before train time.
(https://i.imgur.com/bJNd45Z.jpg)

A socially-distanced full train is about ready to depart Sheepscot.
(https://i.imgur.com/cwR0bjf.jpg)

The 3 p.m. train departs Sheepscot.
(https://i.imgur.com/USHQqix.jpg)

A peak inside the car barn extension, with parlor car Rangeley on barn track 2 and B&H No. 7 on barn track 1.
(https://i.imgur.com/qvbkOSc.jpg)
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 27, 2020, 04:00:23 PM
Nice photos, Bill. Thanks.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 27, 2020, 04:57:06 PM
Looks like next Saturday's trains are nearly sold out as well.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 27, 2020, 06:38:02 PM
Anticipated work Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Note:  Pending on which weather broadcast you watch, it appears we
           are in for rain, heavy at times. Though needed, this may change
           work planning.

Tuesday:

*  Continuing prep for the Trout Brook switch.
*  Prep for ballast cribbing
*  Campus clean up and Trash run
*  Small engine repair (pending)
*  Electric building (pending)

Wednesday:

*  Installing cribbing between mile post #7 and ToM.
*  Coach #9 assembly
*  Ground maintenance
*  Mowing Alna Center (pending)
*  Locomotive #9 vacuum brake stand
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 01, 2020, 06:15:31 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 29-30, 2020.

Tuesday:

*  Switching!  Switching was completed to include moving the Brookville
    and Rail car into bay #3 of the machine shop. Jay Barta will be looking into repairs.
    This also makes the Rail car more accessible for operations ( engine pending). Coach #8 and
    Caboose 320 move into Bay #3 of the car barn. These cars to be used for regular fall ops..
*  The stationary steam engine was moved outside temporarily, new skids are needed and
    a better plan for storage is being worked on, track space for operations is needed.
*  Preparation started for the cribbing to be used on the low areas of main line just south of ToM.
    Work is expected to be done next week.
*  Archives and gift shop work continues.
*  Campus clean up and dump run.

Wednesday:

*  The recent storm hampered work but…..
*  Coach #9 assembly continued and then got slowed down to loss of power.
*  Work continued on Locomotive #9 vacuum brake stand.
*  Clean up of car barn continued, wood and debris staged for removal.
*  Flat #34 switch parts and pieces unloaded #34 re-staged.
*  Tank car moved and staged in front of water tank. The present plan is to fill and stage
    the Tank car at the ToM to support weekend steam operations.

Notes: 

*  Operations are looking for additional support, brakeman, conductors and trainmen.
    It’s one of the few places where there is no lines…. Sign up.
*  Join the Museum clean up, help by picking up used bottles, wood paper and trash.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on October 01, 2020, 06:46:17 PM
Great report, thanks Steve.

Steve’s last line is very polite.  I’d like to reinforce the message, asking all our volunteers to be cognizant of tidiness around the campus, especially in areas of high public visibility and common volunteer work areas.  Leave your work areas tidy, tools clean and put away.  If you see trash, please pick it up.  If you need a piece of wood from a pile, don’t just knock over the entire pile, grab what you need, and leave a mess.  If we all work together on this we’ll have a campus we can remain proud to show off, and efficient work spaces.  Plainly the area west of the garage is in need of a major overhaul; we’re really getting at the areas around the shop and car barn- in other words let’s at least keep up with the neatness we’ve already achieved in some areas.

We’re all pulling in the same direction, and I know we all have activities to focus on- sometimes time dependent (like the passenger train).  So feel free to place this comment at the appropriate level of priority based on the circumstance- but it’s probably worth all of us encouraging each other to take care of ourselves, including our physical plant.

Thanks Steve, and thanks crew,
Jason
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 01, 2020, 07:31:11 PM
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Operations are looking for additional support, brakeman, conductors and trainmen. It’s one of the few places where there is no lines…. Sign up

Please allow me to qualify this slightly.

We definitely need extra hands in operations, but training requirements still apply. For someone completely new, and interested in train operations, we can have you as support crew on the ground at Sheepscot, or on train as an extra set of eyeballs to help us safely monitor passengers. Anything beyond that (including Trainman and Car Host positions) require a meeting with the Training Officer, Bob Longo, before taking on those responsibilities. Brakemen must accumulate 150 hours of volunteer time before they can be certified, then advance through the program to Conductor, Engineer, etc.

With sold out trains every Saturday in October, now is a great time to start in the ground floor.

Please feel free to reach out to me (ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org) or Bob Longo (training.officer@wwfry.org) with questions on how to get started.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 02, 2020, 06:02:02 AM
I especially like Steves reminder. It is something I have been trying to do sine I took on Superintendant of Grounds. But a lot of work was happening while I was not there so it was out of my control. Now Alan has put a lot of effort to clean up everything I had initially showed concern with. The parking lot looks great. We need to move a couple of boilers to get them out of the way so some fill can be brought in for our long term storage area. A place to give everything we can't part with a home.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 02, 2020, 05:02:51 PM
Speaking of cleaning up, our cleaning crew came back in September to tend the restroom building and house for the rest of the season.  The restrooms look nice but we were told that one stall in the ladies side had no paper and another had just a bit of one roll left.  Not sure who at Sheepscot monitors/sanitizes the restrooms on Saturdays but we need to be sure there are paper products for visitors. 
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on October 02, 2020, 08:10:48 PM
When I am there (before Covid) if I was the one who unlocked the restrooms in the morning I would always check to see if the supplies were adequate for the expected day.
Title: Re: September 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 02, 2020, 09:40:41 PM
The restrooms are ready on Saturday morning since the trash crew replenishes all the paper products on Tuesday.  The T.P. probably ran out in the afternoon or evening.