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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 24, 2017, 02:34:42 PM »
Hey everyone,

Due to a change in plans last week, track work wasn't able to get done. Tuesday I will be at the museum rain or shine to do track work on last weeks planned area. All are welcome to attend, even if only to watch or learn how we do things. We will be jacking, tamping, and if time permits maybe even ballasting. This will be our last attempt at track work before the fall work weekend, as the following week I plan to do prep work as directed or needed.

Tuesdays crew, ideal size is 5-6 guys. If we have more we can find things for them to do as well. As Gene Wilder said "so much to do and so little time"

To see some negative comments on here astound me.

Alex, first off let me say that there is nothing wrong with trying to find easier, and maybe more efficient ways of doing things. So please don't let others offend you.

As far as building track everyone works at their own pace, and no one does what they feel uncomfortable with. And I think 1200' of track built in one weekend is amazing with an all volunteer crew, and no one pressuring anyone. 20 guys on a 30' rail makes it nice. And currently theres not much point in trying to lay rail any faster than normal because of the grade problems that lay ahead. When we go to build track next year, we can build around 1100', then the next track building will only be able to go as far as the next grade area needing attention, etc.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:51:20 AM »
Probably not. As much time and effort that has been put into this project by the dedicated crew of MNG and contracted help, I believe her first runs should be on MNG rails. This will be a huge attraction, and they are all excited to see her return to steam on home rails. However, who knows what the future may hold for joint events, visiting power, etc.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:41:27 PM »
One of my first days as apprentice fireman, the "sisters" (two f units) had air compressor problems which took the normal valley train engine off the valley to go assist the notch train. While sitting in front of the station with steam, two other engines were attempted to be started but with dead batteries they would need to be charged for at least an hour.

Then it was decided to run steam on the valley train to Bartlett ahead of the notch train which was still disabled at Mountain Junction. It was an interesting run to Bartlett and there were more people out taking pictures than on the advertised steam run to Bartlett for Railfan weekends.

If we didnt have steam ready to go, there wouldn't have been a trip to Bartlett. It was a great first day for me on steam, and added to my first year of experiences on the full size stuff.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 20, 2017, 03:13:19 AM »
I have some interesting stories in the few years I have been a railroader, but I am not sure any are really book worthy. One day I got a train over the road with a blown high pressure gasket, just barely though. Or the time when we had to use steam to save the day. There are a few more stories I might be able to think of, but those two are the most interesting in my opinion.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 19, 2017, 01:50:59 PM »
That they have. Thank you to the good track guys I had a chance to work with at Conway, that knowledge has now carried over. Its nice to share experiences with others as well as knowledge. Every day we learn something new, and I am pleased to be able to continue to use most of the things I learned years ago on a weekly basis in some form or another.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 19, 2017, 01:19:44 AM »
Lol. You guys are too funny. For those who don't know, heres a brief story on how I got where I am today......

In April of 2005, I had to do a community service project for school, and decided what better place than the WW&F, which my family and I had ridden at least 4 times prior. So in doing so I met Dana, James, Jason, Zack, Dwight, and many others. Of course we already knew Fred from past visits as he was our conductor or brakeman many times. After a long 10 hour day of track work, we continued to come back every few weeks through out the years.

After High School in 2008, I took another step towards my dream and got a job at Conway Scenic with the help of experience I already had from the WW&F, only to find out later that the OM and our current CMO knew each other was a big help I am sure. I did track work, conductor, fireman and engineer up there until the fall of 2012. During the summer my path would soon take one more serious leap towards my career of choice.

By September 2012, after passing pre hire tesring, I began my career with Pan Am. Leaving many friemds behind was hard, but this was what I wanted to do. Starting off as a conductor trainee, then moving up to brakeman and conductor. Seeing many neat places and learning a lot of new stuff. In 2014, I was then promoted to Engineer, and after completing the required tests, have now traversed about 80% of the system.

All of this was done with the help of the guys at the museum, and Conway Scenic. I am still very much a part of the museum, as time and work permits, and none the less have not forgotten where my story began. ;)

Laying track at our current levels may seem slow, however at 1,000 to 1200' per work weekend, our track laying crews keep right up with the excavating crew. We could be at Trout Brook currently in 3 weekends, our only hold back is the washouts that lay ahead.

The current plan is to hold off on mainline track laying till next spring or fall, depending on how filling goes this year. The hope is to lay 1,000' at a time again like we used to do. If we can build 1,000' of track in 3 work weekends we will be almost to 218, and across Trout Brook. We have 7 work weekends between now and the estimated timeline for being over the brook if everything goes well. All of this will depend on money, and a few other matters, but that is the anticpated timeline.

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:31:10 PM »
Hey everyone, I have hopes to do more main line surfacing this weekend between North end of Cockeyed curve, and Humason. Can we have a flat car with a partial load of ties and stone at Sheepscot for use on Wednesday please? By partial load, I suspect 20 ties should be plenty, and the rest can be a partial load of stone with no side boards. Thank you,


Work and Events / Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Porjects
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:41:48 AM »
I would rather tamp main line spots in areas where we are able and do the yard at a later time for a few reasons. Typically there are enough people to help in the yard, and work in the yard will be fairly decent. Maybe we can do the yard stuff prior to work weekend?

He had a lot of nice stuff, however recently sold off most of his live steam collection.

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:17:51 PM »
Some track building will happen this fall, but most likely on the Sawmill siding to get it to the tree line.

Museum Discussion / Re: Photo from 9/9/17
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:50:18 AM »
Wayne used to work for the same company as me, and is now a dispatcher for Keolis. He was very impressed with the operation and said he hopes to return when he can visit for more than an hour.

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:41:49 AM »
As nice as it is to see ties moving North, can we keep 100 cut ones at Sheepscot for main line work?

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