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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 15, 2019, 01:15:20 AM »
I have to reconstruct the ditches through the curve, then touch up the grade when Contractor Jeff is done. Hoping that I we don't need much fill when I am done ditching. Pretty soft up there and not sure Jeff would back in that far. I am also hoping to do some well as bury some wire. Going to be a great summer..

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2019, 03:46:34 PM »
Phone died during editing...should be fixed now

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 14, 2019, 01:33:50 AM »
I even loaded some wood up for Fred. I have some Hemlock logs I'd like to bring back for him too. Maybe I'll put them on the equipment car and ship them south when I fetch the dozer.. Equipment car is stationed at EOT until the next time we need it. Out of the way up there..

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 13, 2019, 11:36:14 PM »
Time to revive this thread.

Today, I installed the pipe in the ditch, ahead of next weekends stoning. Please do not step on the pipes. Covering them with even the minimal stone in the pictures will support your weight, but pipe alone will not.

Then, to end of track.

Looking North from End of Track. Stump on left of grade will be shown closely in the next few pics.

Getting it loose


The Kubota may not be the prettiest excavator, but it will do the job if you work at it long enough. Took me about 20 minutes

Filled back in..looking North

Looking South

Then I started ditching. The curve has been eased slightly, so that gave me lots of room on the east side to create some significant ditches, and use the tailings as fill at location 10.

And north of location 10. I have more to dig here, but need the dozer to push..

Got to pull your own weight around there too. No traction in and out of the hole..

And I did a little trimming..

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 12, 2019, 03:41:53 PM »
Anyone available for the tamping crew, I plan on heading north about 8am to TOM with 52.

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 11, 2019, 11:15:05 AM »
I am thinking of taking the Kubota to end of track and get started there. Depending on the tamping crew if I can get the dozer up there as well

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 09, 2019, 04:17:30 PM »
That is a nice small set up.  The Tie inserter would work well like that.

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 08, 2019, 03:05:11 PM »
Stability is always on my mind. The APU for the cutter head, if mounted on the back of the machine, will help to counter balance the weight of the cutter head. The beauty of hydraulic cylinders would be if stability is an issue, you could always raise the rail wheels and lower the machine down so if it started to tip the wheels would touch the ties or something. Little improvements..

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 07, 2019, 05:36:39 PM »
A bargain is a bargain.. The guy wasn't sure how much he wanted, I wasn't sure how much to pay so I offered just over my estimated scrap value. He was hoping for more, and we decided a price before I left my house. To be fair, looking things over, I got one heck of a deal. These were also included..

My initial thought was hi-railing the Kubota. This may prove a challenge, but I like challenges. I tried ditching from the unnamed equipment car ("Rider" the Ramp Car? Or "Elsie" the Equipment Car?) and felt that I could be jarring things more than I care for, plus visibility close to the car is not good.
But, I have them. Now I can look things over, plan things out, and make something..eventually.

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 07, 2019, 03:48:17 PM »
Stocking the shelves today at ROWMOW Mfg..

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 07, 2019, 01:53:11 AM »
I did some grading also at Sutters forst thing this morning. Contractors for the power company replaced some poles late last fall, and left a trench that filled with water, causing some of that water to create a frost heave. Hoping this helps it.

So then to Top of the Mountain. Last weekend I ditched along the main and piled the ditchings up. I leveled them with the dozer today, filling in a low spot in the field.

Then, to cross the tracks took some effort...

Joe and Bill attempted to weed whack after lunch, but the heat was just too much. This photo does not show all they did.

And as James mentioned, I spent some time creating a road the last few days. It will be for the Lyons to transport patrons to and from the railroad to their farm. Nothing ventured, nothing gained they say. So all we have in this now is my investment of time, and a little fuel. I did it quick and dirty, so there is brush and stump piles in the woods, mostly out of sight of the trains.

Looking North. I moved some of the material that I had placed there when we fixed the grade through here, to a low spot to level off the road.

Looking from the tracks

I stepped into the woods, looking back at the train. Trees were here yesterday. They are now behind me..

Turned to look north, towards the original woods/camp road.

Standing on the Woods/Camp road, the previous photo was taken from the other end of the road on the left.

Looking a little right toward the tracks..

I also touched up the woods/camp road.. Hopefully it dries out.

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 05, 2019, 11:54:33 PM »
Headed down the Mountain to touch up a few spots today, and be clear for anticipated tamping tomorrow. Luckily, I brought a saw..

Ditched the east side on the south side of location 3. Realaignment of the track to give spirals to the curve has pushed the track slightly off center, and I was concerned with the ditch plugging up. We are installing wrapped perforated pipe, then it will be covered in stone. Like a french drain.

Location 5, on the north east side, needed improving. I added some depth to try and catch more surface water, before it gets to the wall.

And location 7 had slumped, so I enlarged it.

Then I finally finished the drain from the wall. I extended it to get it away from the grade. There was some nice cool air coming out of the end of the pipe. I then covered the pipe with the dead wood to camouflage it.

Some staining of the blocks, starting to make them look like they have been there a while.

And I found two of these teenie ticks. They are the bad ones. The two I found won't be biting anyone.

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:49:04 AM »
I will be working the TOM area Friday and Saturday with the dozer and Kubota. The Kubota will return to Sheepscot at the end of day Saturday, with the dozer staying at the end of track hopefully.

Museum Discussion / Re: Inventory of 2' Maine narrow gauge track
« on: July 02, 2019, 01:32:26 AM »
Just the way the State made MNG place the track on one side of the ties was not very well thought out. The load on the ties were one sided instead of being evenly distributed, causing the tie to settle under the track, while the end with no rail rose out of the ground.

Volunteers / Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« on: July 01, 2019, 01:16:53 AM »
On the old camp road, in an effort to dry it out.

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