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I can barely believe that the FWW has come and gone.  My shoulder tells me the it has but any ache or pain is completely worth it as I think about all that was accomplished.  I want to thank each and every person who worked on the spiking crew.  We had first timers and old hands and everyone worked so hard and it was amazing to see the progress that was made each day.  We spiked down an amazing 900 feet (!) on Friday and kept up the momentum right up until the last spike was driven late on Monday morning.  Everyone worked great together rain and shine and although we worked hard we had lot of fun, too.  I was surprised and impressed by how quickly the bridge disappeared from view once we started spiking on the north side it.  Thank you all so much!

I also want to add that without the kitchen crew and those who get the lunches to the crew out on the line, none of this would be possible.

 It also great to see friends from farther away who I only get to see twice a year. 


Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 23, 2019, 09:15:09 AM »
Thank you to all of those who showed up to help with the spiking on Saturday.  We had a good day and I appreciate all the help.  Skip and Larry came all the way from Pennsylvania to assist and deserve a special thank you.  Once the next cycle is put down this week we should be ready for the big push.  Now let's pray for decent weather for the FWW.

I also want to thank Fred for being willing to serve as engineer for the work train on Saturday.  That was a huge help.

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 20, 2019, 06:08:39 PM »
Perfect!  Thanks.

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 20, 2019, 03:26:45 PM »
So we will be working on cycle 1 tomorrow with cycle 2 put down next week?

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 20, 2019, 09:14:59 AM »
Great work, everyone!  The weather is looking good for Saturday!  My plan is to have the entire east rail spiked and every fourth tie spiked to gauge so that when the crew arrives on the Friday of the FWW the west rail can be spiked while the gantry crew puts out the next cycle.  I don't anticipate any problems getting the 280 feet done.  See you tomorrow.

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 17, 2019, 09:19:02 AM »
When you are laying out the track would you please make sure someone is marking the ties for the first spike?   Thank you, in advance.

It will be nice to see the Johnson family again!

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 16, 2019, 09:17:18 AM »
Leon Weeks is making some tie nippers of a new design and I'm hoping we might have them to test this coming Saturday.

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 11, 2019, 03:23:25 PM »
Just to be clear (like I hope the weather will be) the spiking weekend will be 9/21 - 22.  If it rains this weekend maybe we'll get a break the following weekend.  I'll be spiking rain or shine.  Does anyone know how to get in touch with Leon weeks?  I'd like to know if he could have the newly designed tie nippers ready for a trial run on 9/21.

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 11, 2019, 09:21:24 AM »
I plan to get to Sheepscot early on Saturday morning and I am hoping that we can have a work train departure between 7 and 7:30 AM.  I plan to be there Sunday as well.  I know that some of Skip's crew from PA will be there and my goal is to get the entire east rail spiked and the rest at least safety spiked.  If we can do more that would be great.  What we're trying to do is to give the spike crews some work to do in the morning of 10/11 while the crane is laying out the next "turn". If the track we put down this month is safety spiked we can start right in with the finish spiking on Friday of the FWW and perhaps not have too much down time, except where sore shoulders might require it... :)

I'm looking forward to it.  Should be fun.  Pray for clear weather!


AMEN, Wayne!  Alain is spot-on.  We need to catch up and finish all of the projects that are languishing and get what track we have back in shape.  We've gotten over extended, in my opinion.  People gave a lot of money for the 21 Project and there sits Number 10 waiting while we need her in service.  Just my two cents.

Museum Discussion / Re: Reflections on 30 Years of the WW&F
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:15:27 AM »
I think Steve Z.  made some good points and one that I think, based on the responses, was missed.  I want to respond but I want my response to be thoughtful so I won't continue right now as I haven't fully put my thoughts together. 

Joe Fox will have primary authority over all of the track work because he is Roadmaster.  I will be in charge of the spiking crew and will be working under Joe's direction.  I know I will be at the railhead all four days so I don't see who is down at Sheepscot but I think we've got everyone on the same page and those in charge of other projects down there will be helping to direct labor to where it is most needed (which will be the railhead this fall).  We're all volunteers so there won't be any press gangs running that I've said it... :)

This is all very encouraging!  I'm feeling more confident about reaching our goal as I read the responses.  And with Thunder and Lightning spiking up a storm, how could we not make it?   :)

I'd be pleasantly surprised if any ballasting were to get done.  Best to focus on getting the track down.  You can never count on things going as planned and if it rains that will slow progress down considerably because you work slower in the rain and it is more dangerous.  500 feet per day for 4 days is a lot of track per day.

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