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Messages - Gary Kraske

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 17, 2018, 01:14:55 AM »
Ladies and Gentlemen:  Thank you for all the prodigious work over the past year especially and continually since the 1990's.  Barb and I are truly excited to see the daily and weekly progress reports on the various projects.  Thanks much for the before and after pictures and the continual word and pictorial updates.  We visited with the help of our daughter and her family this past August.  Rode the train I believe on Friday August 17th and thoroughly enjoyed conversation with James Patten and others plus other riders.  The gift shop ladies were great.  Thanks again from away.  Hope to make it back next year.  Barb & Gary Kraske

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:31:24 AM »
I would think the standard gauge locomotives were either Consolidations or Mikados.  They were taking fairly long trains into and out of the Berlin, NH paper mill.  I was in Rumford at the Oxford paper company mill where loaded train lengths of 1/4 to 1/2 mile were shipped daily about 363 days a year in the early 50's.  Also at the time the mill was still using coal as a fuel so incoming daily trains held about 600 tons of coal plus other chemicals and coatings such as clay from Georgia. The Berlin mill was one of our direct competitors.  The bridge you all have striven successfully would have had to handle these weights on a daily basis. 

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 24, 2018, 04:50:08 PM »
Thank you for the description, James.  Good to use wood it takes care of thermal expansion concerns at different times of year. Again thank you.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 24, 2018, 06:42:30 AM »
Insta track will be used to hold the track in place, then spiking as normal behind the train. Our insta track holds the track well enough for the slow speeds and locks rails in at a set distance apart.

Pray tell, what is insta-track?  Tried looking it up but just got a bunch of internet references.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:40:42 AM »
Fantastic work folks!  Really appreciate the pictorial progress to be able to follow from afar. 

Thanks from Barb and Gary

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Museum Discussion / Re: tie replacement
« on: September 12, 2018, 03:13:07 AM »
[quote author=Joe Fox
There is a much easier and faster method, which entails a tie inserter. After changing ties with a tie crane which is similar to this, tie inserter, a backhoe, and by hand, the fastest way is to use the inserter. However, the wrong operator and you can really hump or misalign the track. But with the correct operator, you can pull and insert a tie in about 40 seconds per tie.
[/quote]

Agree, have watched Alaska Railroad episodes where they use a tie inserter to replace ties almost year round.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2018, 12:16:18 AM »
Will the found 35 lb rails be useful to us or a museum piece?

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 10, 2018, 12:03:24 AM »
Really appreciate the fine woodwork performed by Marcel.  Thank You

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 06, 2018, 01:28:09 AM »
Tremendous work from you all!  Congrats to all the volunteers and the contractor.  Just wish I was 10 years younger.

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Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:24:17 AM »
Our brother, Dr. Manger, and his wife  Carol an RN, run a small farm, about 30 acres,  in Western Maryland with horses, chickens, goats, llamas, and sheep.  Carol brought in goats to "groom" the pastures of unwanted vegetation and found they did not like thistles and other thorny weeds.  She then brought in sheep and they ate everything, even under the electric fencing before being shorn!
The llamas were brought in to take care of eastern coyotes that threatened the chicks, goats and sheep.  They were good at the job.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 22, 2018, 07:38:34 PM »
Thank you all for the photographic record of progress on the ROW!  Although being from away, we plus our daughter's family, 5 total, plan to visit from 8/17 - 8/20.  Looking forward to seeing all the work.  We'll being staying at the Wiscassett Lodge.

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Original Railway / Re: Pay Check
« on: July 18, 2018, 05:14:14 PM »
It may have been made to E. A. Braun when looking at the front of the check.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:39:16 AM »
I saw a documentary recently that described a rail dispersal car used in building the transcontinental railway.  It was beautifully simple.  It was a very short flat car with rails balanced across the interior of the car.  On each side of  the car were two flat rollers at the corners of the cart for a total of four per car.  The car was advanced to near the end of track.  A rail was pulled to the side of the car and onto the rollers.  Rail would then be pulled over the rollers and laid on the ties and repeated on other side of car.  The car had 4 wheels and with a short wheel base I don't know if it was a full truck.  Thoughts?

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 04, 2018, 05:08:41 AM »
Outlets in the retaining wall for ground water relief or are the open joints enough?

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:57:03 AM »
Thank you, Mike

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