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Messages - Bill Reidy

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Mike would know the soil conditions, based on all the preparation work he has done plus the work he's done setting culverts so far.  I know he's been very thorough in planning the work, arranging permits in manageable segments that can be completed within the permit's time frame, ensuring regulations are followed while also ensuring the finished result meets our needs.

Someone must have filled in any washouts that were north of the Trout Brook bridge at some point, because the drilling company was able to drive into the site.

Fred:  Yes, I remember the distance markers were set up at one time from the end of track before we purchased the ToM property, but after the ToM track was built, they were all moved northward, with point "0" somewhere just north of the north mainline switch.

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Edited for corrections based on Mike's later post.

After James and I finished walking the line yesterday measuring culvert locations, we continued walking past end of track all the way to Route 218.  Here are some pictures I took of the route down the mountain.  Mike and others can correct any mistakes I make in the photo descriptions.  Many of the pictures have location markers set out in 300-foot intervals.  I believe the starting point for these markers was the end of track at Top of Mountain before about 900 feet of track was added to bring equipment to the edge of the first washout.  The first washout, where Mike has set the 4-foot steel culvert, falls somewhere in the 1000-foot range.

1.  View looking south toward the first washout where Mike has set the first culvert (the right-of-way in shadows in the distance).  Barely visible in the distance is the current end of track, not yet in service.  The back of the 1200 FT sign can be seen on the right.




2.  At 1500 FT, there's a minor washout.  Mike has set a culvert several feet to the south, about where the surveyor's stake is on the right.  Jeff will bring in material to fill in the washout.  In the far distance, Mike can barely been seen walking toward the Kubota setting a relief culvert 200 feet north of this location at the next washout .




3.  Yesterday, Mike set the relief culvert at the north end of this year's permitted work zone next and last washout to be addressed this season.  Just beyond is the area where a portion of the right-of-way has slid.




4.  Mike finishing up work at the last washout on the relief culvert as James P. looks on.




5.  Turning 180 degrees and walking a few steps north, here is the section where a portion of the right-of-way slid.  Just beyond is the 1800 FT marker.




6.  The view south from the opposite end of the slide.  Note Mike and the Kubota in the distance.


 

7.  Turning 180 degrees again, here is the 1800 FT marker, looking north toward Head Tide.




8.  It seems there's a washout every 300 feet or so through this section.  Here's the view at the 2100 FT marker.  In the distance is a small washout.




9.  The washout just north of the 2100 FT marker.




10.  The most substantial washout north of the slide looks to be just north of the 2400 FT marker.




11.  The washout just north of the 2400 FT marker.




12.  At the 2700 FT marker, another small washout.




13.  3000 FT is the last marker that has been set out.  Here is the first spot where we break out into a sunny area, with the expected thicket of goldenrod, raspberry, etc.




14.  The Trout Brook bridge site, looking north toward Head Tide.  My best guess walking from the 3000 FT marker is that it's at least 600 feet from the marker, but I'm sure someone has measured it and knows better.




15.  The view looking south from the opposite side of the brook.  It's been dry in Maine, so we could easily cross while keeping our boots dry.  Note the evidence of drilling to check the soil conditions in preparation for the "new" bridge.


 

16.  North of the bridge site, the right-of-way has recently been cleared up to Route 218 so the drilling equipment could be brought in.  In this view, we looking south toward the bridge site at a location where the Midcoast Conservancy trails connect with the right-of-way.  If we turn 180 degrees, Route 218 is to the north, roughly the same distance away as the bridge site.




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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 24, 2017, 01:38:45 AM »
Congrats to Mike on the culvert work.

Jeff S.

Yes, absolutely.  You have see in person what Mike and helpers have completed this season.  Hopefully folks attending the fall work weekend in two weeks will take the opportunity.

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I decided to re-set the culvert at location 2. I was in too big of a hurry last week. The culvert is in properly, under the direct supervision of Fred.

Maybe we should send Fred with you on every trip up north.  It would keep him off the concrete.

Wouldn't that slow Mike down? ;D

As quick and thorough as Mike is with his work, I suspect he would have a hard time keeping up with Fred.  I know I can't!

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Museum Discussion / Re: We Want a Feline
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:16:45 AM »
Moose and squirrel!

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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:06:42 AM »
Congratulations!

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Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: September 16, 2017, 08:58:11 PM »
What difference a week makes!  That floor looks terrific.

We are very fortunate to have several volunteers as dedicated as Fred. Without them, progress would be much slower.

Every visit I'm always amazed by what has gotten done since my last visit.  I wish I was half as productive as Fred and others.

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I decided to re-set the culvert at location 2. I was in too big of a hurry last week. The culvert is in properly, under the direct supervision of Fred.

Maybe we should send Fred with you on every trip up north.  It would keep him off the concrete.

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Museum Discussion / Re: We Want a Feline
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:16:44 PM »
I think the Rhine's cats are spoiled by living in a super environment.  I don't think they would want to spend time in a dirty shop.

Bernie

But, but ... wait, super environment?  You haven't seen the junk yard in my cellar!

To a cat, that's a super environment.  Our cat likes to hop into boxes.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 15, 2017, 01:11:52 AM »
I don't see it mentioned anywhere else (perhaps it is -- I can be blind), but I see on tonight's Facebook post by Stewart that the floor of the gift shop was insulated yesterday at the same time the concrete pour was underway.  Glad to hear it happened.  The gift shop crew does a terrific job, and I'm all for improvements that make their job easier!

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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:29:29 AM »
Fred could not even make the 2 days..

Just keep the old guard rail posts/future ties piles away from the shop building and we should be fine.  Fred will be too busy cutting ties until the piles are gone to think much about the new concrete floor.

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Work and Events / Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Porjects
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:11:45 AM »
...I also found a longer throw rod that will allow me to relocate the TOM woods track switch stand further away from the track.  Right now it is so close that brakemen have to be careful if they are riding on that side of the locomotive...

Thank you!

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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 11, 2017, 11:12:30 AM »
As nice as it is to see ties moving North, can we keep 100 cut ones at Sheepscot for main line work?

We'll have to hide them from Fred after he cuts them!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:21:41 AM »
Perhaps the proper place to set up a display telling the bridge's story is somewhere on the Sheepscot campus, giving visitors the time and opportunity to learn the history and design of the bridge, either prior to or after riding the train.

Sometime shortly after our railroad had been rebuilt to Alna Center, I mentioned to Jason while passing over the Humason Brook trestle that after all the work that Harry and others, including the Marine Wing Support Squadron 472, Detachment B, of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan, had done, it was just momentary passing to train passengers.

We do make a point to mention the story of Humason in the museum guide booklet handed out to ticketed passengers, and the same will be done for the Moose/Trout Brook bridge.  We can also ask conductors to discuss the history of the bridge with passengers.

Signs can also be posted at each end of the bridge, though I'm not sure we want to encourage hikers to the bridge unless there's an adjacent trail.  Once the railhead reaches Route 218, perhaps a program can be developed to offer periodic walking tours back to the bridge.  In that case, it would make sense to provide a removable panel so tour guides can show the truss structure.

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Very nice, Mike.  Looks like you got a lot more done this afternoon.

I must be blind.  I didn't notice any hay bales when I was up there this morning, but I see the hay spread over the seeded areas in your new photos.

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