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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 17, 2018, 12:04:56 AM »
Hey everyone,

Sorry I haven't been able to be at the railroad this week. Work has really put a damper on that. I still hope to start working on sorting rail this Saturday if all goes well. Made a brief appearance today to show some friends around real quick and do a quick track inspection. Sigh, so much to do, so little time. :/

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:32:31 AM »
The cross member is permanent and is the bridge cap that holds the piles together. It is held in place with bridge pins. One the batter piles are onstalled the cross bracing will go up.

Not to spoil a surprise, but I am also going to make one for a 2018 in review. So much has been done this year and it is important to see just how much was accomplished this year alone.

Hey Everyone,

I have assembled a presentation showing the current progress of the mountain and Bridge project. The presentation is just over 5 minutes long, but covers all of our amazing progress. Without our members, friends, donors, and volunteers none of this would be possible. Please note that even though the presentation is only a week old, it is already outdated.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:31:56 AM »
I have created a separate thread for the new version of the video, and you can find that page under Museum Discussion. Here is a link to the final video.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:56:30 AM »
Ok, I can adjust that easily. Thank you Wayne.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:21:25 AM »
Thank you everyone. I hope to put the presentation onto a dvd once the bridge is in place. Once I upload the finql copy with background music I will share it all over the place.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:58:45 AM »
Hopefully we can take some full length ones for replacements in the yard. So far I am up to 10 full length ones that we need in the yard. Plus we need a few other full length ones.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:29:26 AM »
For the away crowd, here is a slideshow put together by yours truly. Photo credits are at the end of the presentation, and shows the progress of the bridge and Mountain projects as of last week. Please note that the photos are only updated from last week, so anything done over the last week has already changed. There is no sound so please forgive me as I am still learning how to put a power point together.

Again, WE NEED YOU. Without our generous members and volunteers none of this is possible, and as we prepare for the Fall Work Weekend we will need as many hands as we can get. Preparing the rail should be relatively easy work, but time consuming as some of it needs to be cropped, drilled, flipped end for end, and stacked in piles of 5 east rails and 5 west rails for easy working both now and when it comes time to build track.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:46:27 PM »
Hey everyone,

We will need as much help as we can get this Saturday 8/18/18. Between needing help for the bridge stuff we also need help with Mountain work, regular operation help, and help prepairing for Fall Work Weekend. 2-3 guys for the mountain, and I will need 2-3 guys to work with me if I am free. In the event I am not around Saturday, I will have things set up for a crew to organize rail without me. We are pinched for space, so the 10 rails we sort out will be loaded on a yellow work flat in a way so they can be loaded and unloaded with the fork lift or tractor.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:15:52 PM »
The bridge is getting the same thing as any other bridge on or near a stream bed has, which is piles at slight angles.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:21:11 AM »
Special thanks to Steve Lennox for the finess with the tie.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:06:46 AM »
I dont know what the final head counts were today, but the steam train seemed to do very well, especially on the 10:30 and 12 departures. And a decent charge of first time visitors, and many familiar faces. A fun time was had by all, and everyone that I talked to had a great time.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 09, 2018, 03:23:52 PM »
I started working on them at 7:30 in the morning, by 9 we had a 3-4 man crew moving them around. Needless to say we were all very happy when the last bolt was in.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:52:50 AM »
Work done at Sheepscot 8/8/18

The four corners that the bridge sits on were bolted together. Took the day to complete, and may not seem like much, but they are 3 wood blocks, each one weighs around 300 lbs or more and to drill through all three the top block on each one had to be removed to finish drilling the last two. Then pounding the long bolts through was another chore in itself.

Piles were sorted and loaded at Sheepscot in preperation for the contractor.

Work went on at the bridge site to prep for the piles, including the contractor rigging the crane up for setting piles.

Grass was mowed at Alna Center to be ready for this weekend.

Sheepscot was a very busy place yesterday, and if something happened that was not mentioned its not intentional.

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