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Work and Events / Re: 2019 Easter Express
« on: April 22, 2019, 04:55:15 PM »
Great array of nice well framed pics thank you so much Brendan and Mike. The steamy atmosphere is the only bright side of the rain . You take nice pics but at the throttle it's often an other kettle of fish.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 22, 2019, 04:42:11 PM »
Shovels or forks ?. It makes no difference ballast is tough to handle and a true back killer when you're ageing.

Work and Events / Re: 2019 Easter Express
« on: April 21, 2019, 05:18:58 AM »
Hello! Thanks Bill for those nice pics of trains in the rain. Happy you guys got fun ! Nice to see two locomotives on the line again! Happy Easter !

Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 21, 2019, 05:12:33 AM »
So you made it big again despite that awful weathear GREAT ! I'm leaving for Pithiviers in lovely weather I wish the AMTP  would gotten 700 riders today and tomorrow alltogether. Have a nice Easter.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 20, 2019, 11:58:39 AM »
Hello Bill, your ballast chutes look great and I'm sure they are going to operate very well and spare the track crew quite a lot of aches and pains. I was an AMTP track crew member for decades and when I was getting on 50, the critical age, I really appreciate the just retired new AMTP trackcrew manager that made a wheelbarrow to carry the ties from the flatcar or the pile to  their very place and a portative  crane set on the flatcar to load and unload the heavy gas engine powered  machine used to screw or unscrew the coachscrews used to fix the rail onto the ties.  His motto was" No use toiling when you can do otherwise". I'm sure that every trackcrew member will thank you a lot for sparing their back at the end of the SWW. Have a nice Easter weekend.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: April 14, 2019, 12:30:09 PM »
Some perfect weather for a short stroll out. Well done to those who carried out this restoration steadily through Winter.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:25:42 PM »
Comforting piece of news indeed. I'm going to Pithiviers at Easter, I'll keep you posted.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:59:15 PM »
Hello Wayne. Your right, track contractors that had carried out trackworks for the AMTP over the past years had always more or less botched the work. This time the AMTP was not even allowed to put its two cents in on the works although it is the user of the line  and liable for the rider safety. SYSTRA was in charge. Fortunately Colas Rail the contractor already came back to Pithiviers to  repair the worsen parts . Last weekend the AMTP checked out steam locomotive 062 #10 cuppled with an open car and the engineer told me that even at 16 mph, the permitted maximum speed, the engine was fairly steady. I think we'll be definetly aware of the after works track conditions at the end of the Easter long weekend and the run of several heavy trains with closed cars in the consist.

Best regards.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: April 07, 2019, 05:44:13 PM »
Mike I'm sure that the ultimate form of disturbance will be brought about by the lay of a brand new track someday.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: April 06, 2019, 02:31:45 PM »
Bill, Restricted speed , for sure.The riders of the test train were sat in an open car. AMTP open cars are more steady than the closed ones that come from a three-footer streetcar. They are a bit wider, higher and more heavy than the open cars and have a tendency to sway quite a lot on their trucks when the track is not properly lined.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:49:10 AM »
AMTP TRACKWORKS STORY  1966 -2019 Part 5

Hello !
The trackworks undertaken and funded by the Conseil Général du Département du Loiret, the owner of the ROW, are over. A test train ran on March 26th. Conseil Général du Loiret ,Colas Rail Co and SYSTRA Co representatives were on board as well as the AMTP officers and track manager. SYSTRA Co is specialised in railroad engineering and trackworks supervision. This company was mandated by the Conseil Général du Loiret to make an audit of the track before the works start then choose the contractor and oversee the works. Actually the AMTP did not have a say in the works carrying out in so far as the ROW does not belong to the association.
When the test train was back to Pithiviers Station, Conseil Général représentatives and AMTP officers were not satisfied, to put it midly. Sad to say but despite  changing  2400 ties and  supplying 551 short tons of fresh ballast the track looks like both a winding road and a rollercoaster. A few spots even feature some dangerous cross fall. Of course every representative has promised the AMTP that they'll see to fix up what is wrong. But apart from the most dangerous places that will be hopefully do up in the few next weeks, I'm afraid that the track won't be properly lined and tamped before the start of the operating season at Easter.
 I'll keep you posted.

Well done Ed! I know you guys have been using to working miracles for thirty years , but still this one looks like being too foolish. Maybe, I'm but a naysayer.

 Interesting and sunny video thank you for sharing it. The TPT , the AMTP ancestor,  carried sugarbeets but its rail network only streched over 20 miles for the main line and 75 miles for the branch lines and spurs. Hey ! Australia is five times larger than France if I'm not mistaken.

It's very much exciting to do rail archeology; I did a lot in the nineties around Orleans in France where like everywhere in the country there were quite a lot of three-footers in the first part of the last century. How happy I was when I found some vestige and how it was interesting to picture on the spot what the railroad facilities  and trackage were  by looking at the same time old post cards or photos in a book. Have a nice day on the B&B RR.

Hi B2, Dare I say it, you have stealthily made a smart system to drop the ballast bang on the target. At this rate I'm sure that you are soon  going to work out laser guided ballast. I'll stop kidding. I think your system will save the track crew a lot of pains. Bravo Bill !

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