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Work and Events / Re: New ramp track
« on: June 21, 2019, 05:08:05 PM »
I wont say the size as it would be wrong, however this is the rail that was used for part of the north yard project, and appears to be the same size as the rail in our lower yard.

Work and Events / Re: New ramp track
« on: June 21, 2019, 12:54:15 PM »
The rails were left long to allow for some variation after lining it. Once the track is lined the rails will be cut to their final length.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 11, 2019, 03:21:01 AM »
Harold this is amazing craftsmanship you are performing at a remarkable pace. Keep up the good work. Very fascinating reading how each piece is made. You have really done a thorough job researching and documenting the process.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 04, 2019, 11:14:01 AM »
Such amazing work. Very impressive stuff, well done.

Volunteers / Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« on: June 02, 2019, 11:53:22 AM »
I hope to use ties at ToM for tie replacements. We have a few hubdred ties up there that really need to be used up or relocated to where they will get used.

Route 218 would need lights but probably no gates. The FRA is really very pleasant to deal with. If you are honest and open with them, they are great to work with.

As far as extending the railroad, we are interested in continuimg the extension efforts and starting next year we will begin to weigh in some factors as to which direction we may want to go, how long of a break we may want, etc.

Whatever the decision just know that extension efforts are still part of the plan and any period of a "break" in extension will simply be for us to complete other projects, etc. Such as a roundhouse for example.

For those who may not know of Train Mountain, they are the worlds largest 7.5" gauge railroad with over 37 miles of track. Not 37 scale miles, that is 37 ACTUAL miles of track. A very impressive railroad. Much like us, they host a few work parties through out the year that are 7-9 day sessions.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 27, 2019, 06:03:50 PM »
We did this with two side boards, and let me say its a pain in the neck because not every pocket or stake line us the exact same ever again.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 26, 2019, 12:37:00 AM »
A HUGE thank you to our track crew of 8 this morning. Unloading two cars of stone is a lot of work for only 8 of us, and we managed to get it done in 90 minutes. As Gene Wilder once said in the movie Willy Wonka & the chocolate factory "so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it."

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 23, 2019, 03:18:10 PM »
Excellent. I hope to retrieve the flats first thing (7a.m. or earlier) Saturday morning prior to departure if I have a brakeman. (Unless of course the arrive at Sheepscot prior to Saturday morning)

Original Railway / Re: Water tanks on the WW&F
« on: May 23, 2019, 08:56:15 AM »
I can directly think of 3 water tanks. Bailey, Head Tide, and one at one of the "Mills". Then you had the stand pipes in Wiscasset, Albion and most likely Winslow.

As for coal consumption it really depends on the train and terrain. Monson appears somewhat flat, but I would suspect Sandy River may have under estimated their coal consumption as they ran the large engines a lot near the end.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 21, 2019, 10:04:24 AM »
Track work for Saturday May 25th:

Two trains are running on Saturday so I would like to have the ballast train leave Sheepscot around 7:30 so we can ballast some areas on the main line and return the diesel by 10. With the loss of our work train I am thinking we may test run the tie changer in the yard, then head North to tamp after lunch depending on crew and equipment availability. So much to do, so little time.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 19, 2019, 11:26:54 AM »
Current plan for next Saturday is to ballast if the tamper is not available. I would like to do this as early as possible as there are some spots on the main line I want to hit. During train time we may test out the tie changer near Sheepscot.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 16, 2019, 12:01:20 AM »
Sorry to hear that Gary, but please feel free to visit any time.

James, Dana hass made mention he will also be there on Saturday. That would be great if you guys could go out and do some tamping. I would be extremely appreciative. :)

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