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Messages - Robert Hale

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Volunteers / Trimber framing, post/beam wood working skills
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:31:49 PM »
I am thinking of coming up to Maine next year to take the Shelter Institute's one week class on post and beam woodworking. I am doing it to learn a new skillset that I don't have and the VA can pay for the tuition. Would these skills be helpful in building cars/buildings at the museum? I would also stop by as well to visit before I left for home.

Rob

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Two Footers outside of the US / Model T crew car?
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:25:33 PM »

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 22, 2017, 03:10:29 PM »
To those members asking why I/we have not gotten more parts from the EBT:

It's not just all that simple. It took almost two years of asking every couple of months to get Mr. Kovalchick to turn loose the couplers. To be completely honest, I do not have a clue why he suddenly agreed to do business with us. He does not "give" anything away. Everything is a game with him, and he holds all the cards. Perhaps at some later date, I will again approach him and inquire about grab irons and other hardware, but until I/we get the 10 couplers safely moved to Sheepscot, I am lying low.

Wayne

Smart move, Wayne.

Jeff S.
Would this be considered "knuckling under"?  :P

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:43:05 AM »
Can 3' trucks be modified/narrowed to 24"? I mean making a new bolster or cutting it down to work?

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Museum Discussion / Re: New forklift
« on: October 31, 2017, 01:34:19 PM »
That is a good thing. Robust training is key to safe operations.

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Museum Discussion / Re: New forklift
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:32:41 AM »
I second Roberts suggestion. The backer should be higher than normal anticipated load.
It also makes a good place to secure slightly wobbly loads.

I've been OSHA trained for forklifts up to 15,000lbs since 1990 and have been through allot of training. I know any load that is lifted above your head is not fun, especially if it is heavy (pallet of tile/cement) or wide and heavy (bunk of pressure treated 2x6x16) and you have to move with it while lifted in the air. The most entertaining thing to do is fall through the floor of a truck trailer and end up on the trailer frame stuck. Been there done that.
The biggest issue will be safety and training, and make sure the forklift is only operated by people trained/approved by the museum. Last thing you want is an accident caused by someone who though they knew how to drive the lift. Seen that before as well.

Rob

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Museum Discussion / Re: New forklift
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:15:20 PM »
Ask OSHA for training materials or even a class for forklift operations. Given that the lift will be used on soft/un-even ground extra caution is needed when moving items. Also, I would suggest building up the back support on the forks for material handling to keep it from falling backwards.

Rob

Edit: Also for safety have all the hoses gone over to make sure none are suspect for failure.

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Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: October 10, 2017, 02:19:17 PM »
Too late, the Model T already christened the floor.  Don't know what its punishment will be........   :D

A night outside might be a good punishment. ;D

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General Discussion / Re: AT&SF manuals
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:12:46 PM »
I'll try to post them on Ebay again. Tried it a few years ago with no luck. Once I fix my computer (lost a HDD in my OS array and then my 3tb drive decided to erase it's self too) I'll try ebay again and will donate the proceeds. Thanks for the pointer, did not think of it that way.

Rob

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Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:10:38 PM »
What happens to the first person that gets the floor greasy or spills oil on it? Smokebox clean-out duty for a week?  :o

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General Discussion / AT&SF manuals
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:45:46 PM »
Hey all,
Is there any need at the museum for a Santa Fe diesel locomotive operations manual from 1968, air brake operating rules book and a time table from 1991? Or if someone would like them? I'll post a pic of them later after work or PM me and I can text the photos to you.

Rob

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RE Robert's question:  Potatoes!!  Potatoes were a big commodity on the WW&F.  There were large potato houses at points along the line.

We could easily create a "Potato Night" similar to the apple event this weekend.

Remember that potatoes are still one of the major agricultural products of Maine, and help drive Maine's economy.

I'm sure we find similar kinds of event support from the Maine potato industry...

Interesting. BTW what is the growing season for potatoes? It is a bulk agricultural product that lends it's self to rail transport in rural areas. Potato night with French fries and potato pancakes!!

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This might bring up another topic: What commodities/farms/factories are along the ROW? Since I am not from Maine I am not familiar with the area but in addition to this charter are there other types of items that the RR carried or could carry to incorporate a annual/biannual event in the RR operations? Maybe moving harvested logs, or materials or harvested food/materials?

Rob

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:22:43 PM »
Warning; sometimes it does sometimes get the moderator steaming.

Hence why 2 puns per week is my limit. Don't want the mods throwing ballast at me.


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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:52:45 PM »
Oh no........ now it begins......... I have never seen such a clever group of railroad enthusiasts.....

It keeps the forum lively. Careful though, compliments like that will cause a boil over into a steaming pile of puns. Just don't rake me over the coals for adding fuel to the fire.  :o

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