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Messages - Bill Reidy

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:22:03 PM »
Mike -- should we get the magneto phone line wire in place and buried before permits expire next year for TOM to Route 218 right-of-way preparation?

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 16, 2018, 05:00:11 PM »
The lack of stone ballast is the reason there are so many historic photos of WW&F locomotives rolled over, particular during the spring mud season.

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Work and Events / Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:29:08 AM »
It's getting time to note plans, preparations and progress for the 2018 Fall Work Weekend.

Fred Morse has led volunteers the past many weeks so that 1,000 ties were ready by the end of today (Saturday, September 15th).  Don't believe his claims we overwork him -- we had trouble keeping up with him today cutting and stacking the last bunch of ties!  Here's a photo of the tie piles at Sheepscot -- there's many more staged at Top of the Mountain.  Cut tie ends at Sheepscot were treated by Mark Cheetham later in the day.



Roadmaster Joe Fox and fellow volunteers have sorted and stacked 100 sticks of 60-pound rail.  Here's a small sample of the rail stacked, with layers sorted by 5 east and 5 west running rails, ready for transport to the Mountain Extension.



Today (Saturday, September 15th), Joe led a group of volunteers to dig through our inventory of rail joint bars and identify 235 that fit our rail and are judged good.  The bars were stacked on pallets.



Plenty of track bolts and spikes are stored at Sheepscot, so all track material is now at hand to build new track down the Mountain.  Thanks to Mike Fox and assistants, the right-of-way is ready for the goal of 1,400 feet of new track Columbus Day weekend.  We know that amount of new track is possible -- in 2001 we completed the push from Sheepscot Mills over the new Humason Brook trestle, and in 2003 from Trask's Crossing to Alna Center.  While some of us may have gotten older, we're fortunate to have younger members and friends join us since then.

All we need now is good weather Columbus Day weekend Friday - Monday, October 5th through 8th, and a strong volunteer turnout.  Work weekend volunteer turnout has never been a problem.  Can we set a new work weekend record of 100 volunteers on site Saturday?

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:17:24 AM »
Bill,
I think Fred threw some shade on your antics riding the running board.
Dave

Yes, I figured that out.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:52:04 PM »
As always, thanks Brendan for the photos for us away folks.

Wayne -- sorry we won't see you Columbus Day weekend.  We wish a speedy recovery for you!

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 12, 2018, 09:22:37 PM »
Nice job, Bill.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2018, 11:01:59 PM »
Ed,

The "presentation" will take place FWW. ;D

Jeff S

I think we'd enjoy seeing that.

And then Ed can pass the 12-pack to Jason, who has well-earned it.

If Mike likes Moxie, he should get a 12-pack too.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:51:32 PM »
In that last photo, it looks like Steve Z. is directing Fred, but I know better.  Fred's always in charge!

Fred has the right idea.  Some insurance is good -- we always reject a few ties out in the field.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2018, 01:18:27 AM »
Mike,

Dunkin appreciates the mention.

What do you do in your off time?

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 09, 2018, 12:28:12 PM »
Plus Mike and Jeff set the second and final 48" culvert on the Mountain Extension.

Another slow Saturday on the WW&F!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:02:39 AM »
I'm speechless.  I've seen some of the hard, hard work that has been put in the past year to lead up to yesterday, but to see the achievement yesterday -- speechless.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 08, 2018, 11:18:43 PM »
Thanks for the update, Al -- greatly appreciated!  It's an amazing accomplishment today after months upon months of hard work by our museum, and thanks to the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, Case Western Reserve University, the National Park Service, Tim Andrews of Barns and Bridges of New England, and our bridge engineer Wayne Duffett, who has provided much assistance in other WW&F projects (edit -- I should have mentioned contractor Jeff Verney, who has been a great friend to our museum).  A truly great day in New England historic preservation.

Between this, the Mountain Extension right-of-way preparation for Fall Work Weekend, and all the other accomplishments this summer large and small our board must have had a slow monthly business meeting today!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 06, 2018, 11:47:29 PM »
Thank goodness for adult supervision.

I bet that was one of the few moments Fred was sitting still.  I wish I had his energy!

As for all the photos -- WOW!  Thanks for posting them.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 06, 2018, 10:01:31 PM »
All the volunteers trying to get the Museum.

That rush is usually over before 8 a.m.

Except for our president.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:13:39 PM »
Great photos, Brendan.  Thanks for posting them.  Incredible amount of preparation work completed today by everyone involved!  That was a lot of work done.

I'll admit when I first opened your post, I was concerned by all the troublemakers in your first photo... 


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