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Messages - Joe Fox

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: December 17, 2018, 09:37:17 AM »
It is road cloth, which will hopefully help minimize weeds. We have used it in a few areas in the past, and with the clay on the mountain it also helped prevent workers from getting clay stuck on their boots.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:06:09 AM »
Switching was also done today to rearrange the yards, get things ready for Victorian Christmas, as well as organize the projects for this winter.

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Museum Discussion / Maine Christmas video
« on: December 09, 2018, 12:40:22 PM »
Hey everyone,

Here is a video link of the WW&F Christmas slideshow I put together using the Maine Christmas song in the background.

https://youtu.be/-r6GW9Su5yA

Photos have been used from many previous events.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:41:03 PM »
Wiscasset had a coal shed where flat cars were backed up a ramp track and hand shoveled into hoppers that gravity fed into the engine tenders as needed. In later years the building appears to have been used for car storage. The coal shed was the building built into the hill side just north of the roundhouse.

Other designs were ground level coal bucket stations. For todays modern purpose there has been talk of a coal bucket station similar to Bridgton Jct or Albion designed to allow for a dump truck to unload into.

As for tamping the ML&M switch I have hopes to do that on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 08, 2018, 02:08:07 PM »
The old style coal pit would have worked well for a cement pad, as the coal is contained within the walls and on the pad. Or even if some spills, it will make a majority of the pile dirt free. Coal and dirt burn kind of ok in a stove, but not in a high heat force drafted fire.

However if we have a cement pad, it would be nice to see it placed where the coal pile will be permanently located. Unless we set up a way to build the pad for the roundhouse and set it up there temporarily.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:56:16 PM »
We really need a real coal storage bin with a cement pad to avoid the dirt in the coal. That makes for a very crummy fire.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 27, 2018, 03:43:29 PM »
#9 can be equiped with a steam nozzle for the flange ways, however it only works when we use #9. We talked about making one that could run off of air as well that could aide in blowing dirt, snow, or chipped ice out of the flange ways.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 24, 2018, 07:32:13 PM »
As of right now, yes. That will allow him to cycle projects in and out of the shop and onto a storage track as needed.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:17:45 AM »
The "new" flat car sides are stored in the car barn if anyone is interested in using them to help reduce shoveling on the outside. I will try to be there Saturday, but that is now work pending.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 19, 2018, 05:06:59 PM »
I dont think drilling holes all the way is a good idea, nor efficient. Which goes back to our original talk. Many hands make light work, and make quick work. Mechanizing is appreciated on small volunteer days, and Boothbays spiker is great and definately helped spike their track on their work day this past spring.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:54:09 PM »
Snow isnt the issue. The issue is we really need to ballast, and the ballast pile is now covered in melted snow which is now iced into the pile, and snow covered which means we will probably not be able to ballast this year unless we get a sudden heat wave. Snow can always be plowed before track is built which is no big deal.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:26:27 AM »
More snow in the forecast for Tuesday. Estimating 2-4" of snow in our area.

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Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:24:37 AM »
One important note, with the exception of ONE contracted employee, everyone is ALL volunteers. Which is absolutely incredible. Everyone has stepped up to the plate this year to accomplish our endless task list. Some of us even doubled or nearly trippled our hours on top of working 40+ hours a week at our paying jobs.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 17, 2018, 10:26:45 PM »
More snow/rain in the forecast for Monday. Hopefully we can ballast that switch before we get a lot of snow. Ballasting on top of snow is less than ideal, and the pile may be frozen by then. In which case train crews, please be sure to read the postedTemporary Speed restrictions. Chances are there will be some changes before Christmas trains.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 16, 2018, 11:02:01 PM »
Paul, yes this will be our first derail on the WW&F, and the only reason for really needing it is due to the steep grade out of ML&M shop and to protect our main line through there.

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