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Messages - Al Michelis

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 03, 2019, 05:17:53 PM »
The Sloth from the Ice Age cartoon..

I concur - definitely the Sloth from Ice Age.

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Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 31, 2019, 12:36:51 PM »
 :)  Happy Birthday Fred!  :)

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General Discussion / Re: National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 29, 2019, 03:04:50 PM »
Wow - did I ever enjoy this film.  Brought back some really good memories.  I first rode the C&TS in the early 90's.  I've made 3 trips on this RR and enjoyed every mile of it.  My mother and I rode it in the late 90's and chased it the second day we were there.  My late wife and I rode it from both directions in 2003.

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Museum Discussion / Re: A neat Preservation Project Involving Students
« on: December 23, 2018, 12:43:37 PM »
It seems to me that this could be an opportunity to generate interest in RR history/preservation in our youth.  Just in case there is interest in this, I have searched out the closest CTE's to our museum:
https://capitalarea.mainecte.org/
http://www.brctc.rsu1.org/

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Museum Discussion / Re: Victorian Christmas Photos
« on: December 20, 2018, 12:21:15 PM »
Absolutely gorgeous photos.  World class for sure.

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General Discussion / Re: Testing Notifications
« on: December 20, 2018, 12:06:30 PM »
I check here several times a day, so I don't use notifications.  Like Carl said - check your SPAM folder.  I often find legitimate email there.

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Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2018
« on: December 11, 2018, 12:09:03 PM »
Lite rain in the morning.  Maybe we should tarp the benches and save us from having to dry them.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 04, 2018, 04:12:17 PM »
John,

I'll give you a hand.
Thanks! I'll be there Sunday afternoon and Monday. :)
-John M

I can't be there on Monday.  Have appointments in Augusta.  Perhaps we will finish on Sunday.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:04:25 PM »
John,

I'll give you a hand. 

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 29, 2018, 12:47:14 AM »
Ten days, counting.
 
Would do now what I didn't when fellow-westerner Ira posted me, asking if I was going to Work Weekend with him a couple years ago; but, worsening sciatica these days says--not a good idea.
Sorry.

BTW, how's Bridgework finish-up coming?
To me, this is exciting, like September New Car Rollout years ago. ;D

Paul, Bridge work is completed for this year.  They finished on Thursday.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 29, 2018, 12:41:49 AM »
Taking winter off is not in our DNA.  It's a great time to do tree clearing and burning...

And a lot of organizing and clean up around Sheepscot and the ROW.  We aren't knee deep in snow all winter and there is lots to get done before Spring.  So if you are feeling house bound, closed in and need to get out - you know where we are.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:28:25 PM »
ORF = Old Rail Fan???

Jeff S.

I'll go with that.  I like that better than "Old Retired Fart"

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:23:26 PM »
Alex,
I know that snap track seems like a good idea, but I can't see it working for us.  How would you deal with the curves on our ROW?  This is not flex track.  Also, we have been experimenting with staggered joints to relieve the stress caused by #52.  If that is working well, Joe might want to continue this on the new track.  Besides that, we have much to accomplish between work weekends and building snap track likely doesn't fit within our current task list.  May I suggest that you review the 5 year plan and suggest ways to help us ORF's find easier ways to get this done and save money at the same time.

I want to thank all of you younger ORF's that could still muscle all that heavy stuff around.  We couldn't have accomplished what we have without your dedication.  I don't know how you get the time away from your jobs and wives, but thanks to you un-retired younger folks as well.

See Joe's last post.

Al M

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 17, 2018, 11:58:54 AM »
John,
What about the suitcase connectors designed for phone wires. I've used them inside, but do not know if they are good outside in the weather. A standard phone splice doesn't get soldered, but what do you use to heat the shrink tubing? Your tape technique should protect the repair.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:16:17 PM »
I've seen no signs of ballast in the areas I've been to. The ties had to have been laid on the ground. Track must have been very unstable.

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