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Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: May 18, 2018, 10:53:54 PM »
Recent Wiscasset Newspaper article:

Looking forward to this event!  Thanks Steve for all your work on this, and Mike for the suggestion of the event.  Hope work lets me volunteer for the event.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:21:59 PM »
Wow -- thanks for posting!

Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:20:58 PM »
How about members versus Board of Directors?  They have nine members, after all.  ::)

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:24:07 AM »
With advanced notice, I can take a day or two or three off this summer for weekday work.

Otherwise I'd go out with a crew on a Saturday or Sunday for the track work that can be done before and between trains.

Thanks Joe.

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 05, 2018, 11:21:25 PM »
...but found a great spot for next summers tie changing project.

We're beyond joy you found this, Joe.  ::)

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 03, 2018, 12:53:39 AM »
Oops -- I see Jason's answer sneaked in ahead of mine!

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 03, 2018, 12:52:32 AM »
Yes and no.  The work Jay did installing installing the replacement compressor and a new engine for the hydraulics was fabulous -- no issues at all there.  Air pressure was considerably higher than in the past, even with two compressors running.  I will say when the Big Joe is propelling itself, the new hydraulics engine sounds like a go-cart.

During the weekend we did have a few of issues at the front -- a broken hose, easily fixed by Jason, a broken weld to one of the top holders for a tamper, which required a trip back to Sheepscot where Jay had to grind the metal and then weld, and on Sunday, an issue with one of the pistons which perform the pinching action on the tampers.

Jason was out with us on Sunday and noted the issues with the front end.  He has plans to rebuild it.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: May 01, 2018, 02:29:32 AM »
Some photos from the work weekend.  Tonight is the first chance I've had to post them since returning from Maine.

Friday -- Davis Grade track reconstruction:

Early in the day, showing the work train positioned to provide rail as the track was extended northward.

The goal for the day.

Crews lined the track as it advanced northward.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the west rail landed perfectly to mate up with the existing rail to the north.  About a half-inch needed to be cropped off the east rail.  Dana Deering handled the cropping.

The last of the spiking was completed just as the rain set in before 5 p.m. Friday.

Saturday -- Davis grade:

The rain had passed but it was still very damp first thing Saturday morning.  Here crews arrive to prepare dumping ballast and later lifting and tamping track.

Ballast being dumped by one crew, while another replaces ties on Davis grade a little bit further north.  Ballast and tie replacement work were performed along most of the grade, not just the 300+ feet that was torn out and rebuilt.

Big Joe:

Jay Barta spent a good portion of the late winter and early spring installing the replacement compressor and making other improvements to the tamper.  Here Jay is making final checks late on Friday so Big Joe would be ready on Saturday.

At the insistence of one individual who shall go unnamed, Jay added a cup holder for the operator.

On Saturday, Jay showed Dave Buczkowski the changes made to Big Joe.  The same individual who wanted the cup holder also wanted an umbrella, so an umbrella he got!

Dave operating the improved Big Joe on Davis grade.  Adding to the ambiance, we found the vibration of the tamper in operation caused the umbrella to slowly spin.  Since our president is a frequent operator of the tamper, some wise guy put up "TAMP FORCE ONE" signs on Big Joe during lunch Saturday.

Tie replacement and tamping continued on Sunday, up to the area just south of Sutter's Crossing.  Here was the view from the tamper of the newly rebuilt 300+ feet of track as the work train and Big Joe both headed back for Sheepscot around 2 p.m. -- all ready for the start of the 2018 season.  The weather was with us -- rain set in around 3 p.m.!

Aside from the Davis grade work, much work got done in Sheepscot.

A busy crew rearranged machinery in the shops.

Much work on the stairways for both doors on the north side of the Percival house was completed.

Late Friday:

Late Saturday:

And grab irons and other metal appliances were painted on newly restored B&SR box car #67:

The best part of the weekend was seeing many old and new friends.  I understand 50+ volunteers signed the volunteer log on Friday and Sunday, and 80+ on Saturday.  I know I had many good laughs with friends while working much harder I normally do at my desk job!

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:48:05 PM »
Many hands make light work..

Know that well.  Spent four hours Sunday burning brush from all the tree damage this winter on my whole one acre.  After the first hour I was thinking how much easier it was this winter at the museum with many hands feeding the fires.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:21:10 PM »
The last picture makes my day evening, Jason and Mike.  Sure sign of spring.  I always look for Yertle and companions on the trip north and return.

Looks like it has been a very busy week in Alna so far...

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:01:24 AM »
I'm guessing modern eyeglasses, but I'd be blind without mine  :-[

Anyway, a couple of great videos were posted by our guests from last weekend, as posted on our Facebook page.


Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:56:06 PM »
Aw, nuts.  I have to work Saturday, as much as I wish I could be there.  For what little it's worth, I'll be IT-period-dressed Saturday during my company's weekend data center project.  Yeah, I know -- not much.

Hope a couple photos from Saturday will be posted this weekend.

Work and Events / Re: April 2018 Work Weekend prep and work
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:46:20 AM »
Thank goodness you have us around Mike.  Otherwise you wouldn't get nearly as much work done.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 15, 2018, 12:46:24 PM »
Maybe the beavers can help Fred with the ties.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 15, 2018, 01:30:44 AM »
Photos from the Percival house exterior stairways' preparation for spring work weekend have been posted in the April 2018 Work Weekend prep and work thread.

As usual, Mike had a busy day at our museum!

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