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Messages - Bill Baskerville

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:47:15 AM »
Wowee, I was just there two days ago and now things are now flying along.  No pun intended on how things fly across the brook. 

Good work all!  Impressive progress!  Maybe I should have left earlier.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 12, 2018, 12:09:04 PM »
 According to my rough calculations from the first one on Thursday they are probably about 20 some feet into the ground. Jason of course knows exactly how they are.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 11, 2018, 12:10:50 AM »
what's the total number of piles to be driven?

22 seems to be my recollection, but that may a be an old number..

Eleven on each side of the stream. Four on each corner and three in a row in the center. The first was driven yesterday and three more today which completes four in the south east corner.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:31:46 PM »
The first pile was driven today inspite of the mid afternoon rain.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:29:21 PM »
The first pile when in today.  Finished by 4 PM.  Marty and datum Frog were both seen at the end of the day relaxing downstream.  The good news is no one fell in the creek while rock hopping across.   Getting around will be much easier once the bridge is finished.

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: MNG attends Gray Town Meeting 8/7/18
« on: August 09, 2018, 12:22:42 AM »
John, I thought that road bed and ROW looked familiar.

A copy of the main narrow gauge presentation to the town of gray was at the museum lunch table today and it was very professionally done.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 09, 2018, 12:16:00 AM »
BTW, there was another Marty Moose Trout sighting today. With all this hot weather Marty is eagerly awaiting the shade of our new bridge.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 04, 2018, 01:57:33 AM »
Yesterday bullet Bob and I completed the annual track grass and weed exploration and persuasion adventure.  That is we found all of the little rapscallians and hopefully persuaded them to go live somewhere else, like in grass and weed heaven.

Today the 52 headlight refurbishment was completed.  This included cleaning, painting, new glass, a full set of seals and two new stabilizing braces.  Of course in the process of reinstalling the braces and headlight I managed to succesfully remove all the remaining black, greasey, grimy dirt that I missed during the cleaning process by transferring it to my hands, arms, neck, forehead, gloves, shirt and pants.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:18:38 PM »
You can now actually see daylight thru the radiator.

Hopefully no daylight seen from within the radiator!

I thought that too, James, when I read the post!

Ok, it was late and I was tired. The fan blows forward out thru the radiator so there was a lot of gunk buildup on the inside, which is now gone.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 02, 2018, 10:56:26 PM »
Today the two fuel filters, the hydraulic oil filter, the air filter, the oil filter and the oil was changed on 52. Last week it was pressure washed inside and out. You can now actually see daylight thru the radiator. Work on the front headlight is progressing.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 22, 2018, 03:22:00 AM »
 Bernie, it’s a great fit!

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Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 19, 2018, 01:47:18 AM »
 Joe, et.al.,

 My sweet wife saw that I was pining around the house looking for forelorn so she gave me a day early reprieve to head toward Maine.  I made it as far as NY state tonight. I will arrive early afternoon tomorrow, Thursday, if any late help is needed.

I stopped at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum to pick up the four break pot castings and the number 10 Smokebox shim casting that Wayne and Bernie have fabricated.  I also have the shim mold and a couple of other parts for Jason.

My early arrived will also give me all day Friday to help with whatever is being done around the campus. If I know what time your planning on starting Saturday I can be there to give you run up
to the top of the mountain as long as I can return to be conductor on the first train.

Bill

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 15, 2018, 08:25:55 PM »
Bill,  Thanks for the photos.  It really shows what Mountain Mike and our contractor have accomplished so far this summer.  I can't wait to get up there next week and walk the ROW myself.  Although during the following three and a half weeks I will be giving plenty of opportunities to help get things done up there.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2018, 02:31:03 AM »
If memory serves me, which it often fails me anymore, I thought there were two bents between the Humason Brook abutments.  I was wondering if the two short approach spans (12 feet each?) to the Moose Trout Brook Bridge were longer or shorter than the span between the two bents.  In counting the ties on the Drawing Ed posted it appears that the approach spans are closer to 20 feet.

I agree with Bill, Harry must be delighted with joy at the progress that has been made.  I can not think of a greater tribute to the man who, single handed, had a dream and began this project which has inspired so many to create such an enduring legacy to him and the history of the Sheepscot Valley and the Maine two footer railroads.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:33:09 PM »
I thought I remember reading somewhere that the gap to be bridged was 72 feet wide and there was now to be a short 12 foot span on each end of the Moose-Trout Brook Bridge. 

Out of curiosity, what is the span between bents over Humason Brook?

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