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Messages - James Patten

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All of the original bit of Bay 1 still needs insulation, as well as portions of the east wall of the extension where heavy steel sits near the wall.  There are still quite a few insulation bundles around.

Ceiling probably won't happen until later in the year.

Second coal stove may not get installed until later in the year.

Yesterday Fred started the stove up in the morning, but by afternoon it was equally warm inside as out, so we opened up the doors and let the sun in.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 17, 2019, 07:32:01 PM »
Wait - a gold 67?  I don't recall seeing gold in the budget.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:21:18 PM »
Work done on Saturday March 16:
* Flatcar 34: The stirrups were installed, and some paint was applied.  Waiting on trucks and brakes before the last of the boards are put on.
* Shop tool organizing: Three brand new toolboxes were donated, and Alan wanted us to go through the existing toolboxes and try to organize and consolidate.  Two toolboxes were emptied (or partially so) and claimed by the Garage department.  There's still plenty of room in the new boxes.
* Shop insulating: Jay was busy putting up vapor barrier and boards on the southeast corner wall of the extension.
* Bulldozer and other machines: Mike was tinkering with the dozer to get it running, was successful and flattened out some snow piles.  I think he was tinkering with the Kubota too.

Spring is in the air - it was mid-40s today.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:51:03 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday March 16:

* Flatcar 34
* Car shop insulation and sheathing
* Tree clearing - somewhere.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 10, 2019, 01:11:58 AM »
Work done on Saturday March 9:

* Mountain Extension: The last trees for winter 2019 were cut today.
* Guided Tour: Dave played host to dignitaries from Boothbay Railway Village
* Flatcar 34: Zack's got about 2/3 of the planks on.  He'll get about 3/4 done, then stop until the brake rigging gets on (since it's easier to install from above than from below).
* Car shop: Jay was sheathing the south wall.
* Line clearing: A large crew of people went along to clear the line.  A delivery was made to ML&M, and most of the crew toured his shop and got the low-down on the Amoskeag fire engine.  Then at ToM, the loco went down light down the hill and people got the tour there.
* Board meeting: we were out by 7:00.  Win!

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 06, 2019, 11:58:50 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday March 9:

* Mountain extension: cutting of a few trees in the morning on the straight south of the bridge.
* Flatcar 34
* Car shop insulation
* Delivery & line opening: As Jason mentioned above, in the afternoon we will make a delivery to ML&M, and open the line.  Perhaps even an MX tour.
* Board meeting @ 4

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Museum Discussion / Re: Getting the passenger car back inside
« on: March 05, 2019, 11:57:12 AM »
Rest assured, it will be.  It's going into Bay 4 (wood shop) first if it gets here before the car barn is ready.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 05, 2019, 01:39:21 AM »
I concur with Graham's assessment, as overall master of our website resources.  Fortunately we are nowhere near our disk limit (raising the limit incurs raising the price), but every 200K image brings us a little closer to the limit.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 02, 2019, 10:28:28 PM »
Work done on Saturday March 2:

* Mountain Extension: we are mostly done with the cutting.  There's a few trees Mike wants to take on the straightaway south of the bridge (next weekend), and there's several trees at the end of the curve at the end of track that have to come down (move everything via train to a fire location).
* Flatcar 34: All decking boards have been cut to length, Zack put down two of them this afternoon.
* Archives: Linda was busy scanning and cataloging.  She's actually been doing this all winter, I just haven't mentioned it.

There didn't appear to be much progress in insulating over the week, although the wall boards had been put up completely on the south wall of the center bay, and lots of shelving has gone up.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 02, 2019, 12:31:47 AM »
This has been a terrible winter for actual snow storms in our area.  Most storms end up with the Low skirting the coast instead of being deep in the Gulf of Maine, which means the coast and a bit inland gets some snow and then rain, while further inland they get snow, then ice, then rain.  Only mountainous areas and The County have gotten all snow.  Caribou has a good shot of breaking their all time snow record of about 200" in a year!  We've had only one good blizzard, back in January that canceled one of the Steam and Sleighs. 

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Volunteers / March 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 27, 2019, 11:50:39 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday March 2:

* Mountain Extension: more clearing, this may be it if we get enough people.
* Car shop insulation
* Flatcar 34

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Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 27, 2019, 02:20:37 AM »
65 never made it back to Sheepscot, it's still in Wiscasset.  It may need to return at some point, as Maine DOT is doing some reconfiguring work in the area this year.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: February 24, 2019, 09:17:53 PM »
Coach 8 when it was at Edaville had half regular seats (like with Coach 3) and half benches.  I've seen pictures from Edaville where the benches had cushions!  I think cushions would make the Coach 8 experience more comfortable.  The cushions are part of the reason that I like to use Coach 3 when I'm conducting.

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Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 23, 2019, 10:56:56 PM »
Work done on Saturday Feb 23:

* Mountain Extension: More tree cutting near the end of track, working north back toward what we cleared earlier this year.  Cutting got into the curve.
* Flatcar 34: Zack got most of the stake pockets in.  The car has been flipped (sometime this week).
* Car shop insulation: Jay was working on wall boards in the extension.  Some extra shelving has been put up.
* Loco 10: Rich and Rick scraped off some heavy grease from the running gear.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 23, 2019, 10:49:00 PM »
Photos from today, afternoon.

From the bridge, looking south:


From the end of the straightaway, looking north back toward the bridge.  All of this was completed earlier this winter.


From south of the end of track (it's buried in snow, so you can't see it), looking north toward the work done last week and this week.

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