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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 19, 2018, 12:26:49 AM »
Timber Crib construction. Today one was completed..

Wow.  Even with all those troublemakers in the first photo (ducking and hiding now).  Great job!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 17, 2018, 01:37:39 AM »
It doesn't really have anything to do with the bridge but I had a thought.  Every time I see pics like this or culvert installation I always think that a long time ago, someone was working to put that fill in place when building the roadbed.....   Am I crazy or does it ever cross anyone elses mind???

No, not crazy at all.  I think not only about the many that built the railroad, but the railroad's effect on the communities it served.  The story about this railroad is the story about the people of the Sheepscot Valley, and can be told countless times about the towns and villages across the country.

I grew up by Cape Cod and have always had an interest in the Cape's railroad history.  Over the years I've learned so much about Cape community life in the 1800s and early 1900s, just tracing the story of the railroad primarily through newspaper archives, as well as other sources.  I've learned a lot about Cape families that for generations had a career on the railroad.  Just this month I learned a great deal more about the Drew family -- several members were roadmasters or engineers on the railroads in southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape in the 1800s and early 1900s.


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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 17, 2018, 01:05:47 AM »
Wow!  What a change since Saturday!

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 15, 2018, 11:41:07 PM »
Bills location 10 is actually location 9. And his location 11is actually location 10. There used to be stakes there marking, but had been tossed aside.

Thanks Mike.  I was confused by a stake on the ground for location 10, which I thought was much closer to actual location 9 than actual location 10.  I've updated my photos post to reflect the correction.  Hopefully that didn't diminish my point on the work that has been done and that which remains.

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Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:08:33 PM »
Dave,

Was that you and HWMNBN on that crew?

Jeff S.

It was Dave, Rich, Bob and me on that crew.  I am embarrassed to say I did not get Rich and Bob's last name.  Rich has volunteered in the past, and I believe this was Bob's first visit.  They both did a great job and I hope they have the opportunity to visit us more often.  We had some good laughs yesterday at Trask's -- great guys!

Not to mention clearing vegetation around a crossing goes a lot faster when you have four people working each quadrant!

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:46:56 PM »
I spent a little time yesterday afternoon taking a walk from the end of track down to the site of Trout Brook bridge and back.  Here are some photos I took along the way.

1.  Current end of track, at location 1 on the Mountain Extension, looking south toward Sheepscot.  A few years ago someone (Fred I believe) put up markers every 300 feet from the area of the north mainline stub switch at Top of Mountain out to about 3000 feet north.  End of track currently falls around the 1000-1100 foot mark. 


2.  Turning 180 degrees to look north along the right of way.  Mike's truck is parked on the right-of-way.


3.  Walking north, looking back at Mike's truck.


4.  Turning 180 degress, the view looking north.  Jeff Verney has cleaned up the right-of-way, pulling stumps and spreading gravel.


5.  Looking south at the 1500-foot marker.  The culvert for location 2 is visible just beyond the mark sign.


6.  Standing at location 2, looking north past the 1500-foot marker toward the area of the slide (location 4).


7.  Just south of the slide (location 4), looking south.


8.  The repaired slide area at location 4, looking north.  We now have a nice, wide right-of-way here.  Jeff did a very good job.


9.  Looking south through the repaired slide area at location 4.


For comparison, here is the same view posted by Mike January 16th in this thread.


10.  Another view of the slide area, trying to convey the size of the repair.


11.  Turning 180 degrees to look north along the right-of-way.  We're at about the 1800-foot mark, where our well-traveled and well-used Kubota was parked for the day.


12.  Looking south at the Kubota, with my back toward the pinch point/location 6.


13.  Turning 180 degrees to look across the pinch point.  Barely visible on the far left is the string line that marks where the block retention wall will be built.  This is about at the 2100-foot mark.


14.  Here is why this the pinch point.  Barely visible just about the silt fence is Trout Brook, very close to the right-of-way.  Also visible is the string line marking where the block retention wall will be built.


15.  Looking south across the pinch point toward the Kubota.  This view clearly shows how the road on the right-of-way has shifted over time into the hillside to the east to get by the loss of right-of-way here.  The string marking the location of the wall is visible to the right.


16.  One final look at the pinch point, showing the string line for the retention wall.


17.  Mountain Mike prepares to install another section of silt fencing at location 8.  We're looking south toward Sheepscot.  This location is about at the 2400-foot mark.


18.  Can you spot Mike setting the silt fence around location 8?


19.  Mike setting the silt fence along the down slope edge of location 8.


20.  Looking north along the right-of-way across location 8.


Next few locations are corrected thanks to Mike's later post.  Sorry for my confusion!
21.  Looking south along the right-of-way at the 2400-foot mark.  Location 10 9 is just behind me.


22.  Looking north at the same location, with the 2400-foot marker on the left and location 10 9 just beyond.


23.  The washout at location 10 9.  We're looking from the south side.  This is the second of two locations to receive a 48-inch steel culvert.  The first was location 1.


24.  View looking south across location 10 9.


25.  Looking south at the 2700-foot marker.  Location 11 10 is behind me.


26.  Turning to look north, here is the view at the 2700-foot mark and location 11 10.


27.  Culvert at location 11 10.  View is looking north.


28.  View looking south across location 11 10.


I did walk the remaining 1100 feet or so to the Trout Brook bridge site.  The right-of-way appeared to me to be in generally good shape between location 11 and the bridge site.

Hope these photos give a sense of all the work that's been done so far by Mike, Jeff, Jason and everyone else involved in preparing the right-of-way.  It's really something to see in person.


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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2018, 01:21:14 AM »
Humason is about 30 feet from abutment to abutment.

It was a big deal then when Humason was bridged in 2001, thanks to Harry Percival's design and construction by the Marine Wing Support Squadron 472, Detachment B, of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan.  Times have changed!

Harry must be smiling seeing what's been accomplished since then, and particularly with the Mountain Extension.  A fitting tribute to his legacy.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 12, 2018, 11:02:06 PM »
What this does is open up the possibility of laying 1400 feet of track this fall. That is huge. That is half way from end of track to the bridge.

That is huge.  I had thought if 1200 feet were built this fall, we would still be well under halfway to the bridge, making next year's goal to have track reach the bridge very tough.  But 1400 feet this fall and another 1400 feet year sounds very realistic.

This was not me Bill.

I know.  Jeff (as usual) is doing an excellent job.  I happened to catch the Kobuta in a couple of the photos from yesterday, and having seen it last Saturday by the Route 218 end, I had to make the remark.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:59:12 AM »
That Kubota (not to mention Mike) sure gets around.

Beyond the retaining wall, which will be a lot of work, what else remains to be done to the right-of-way in preparation for track-laying Columbus Day weekend?

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:38:12 AM »
Just amazing.  Wow.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 08, 2018, 08:53:19 PM »
If they care for the volunteers why do they work me so hard???

Hehehe!   I view you as a ring leader rather than a follower, Fred.  You're usually leading the charge! 

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Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 08, 2018, 01:26:47 AM »
Fred and his minions must have been busy today.  When Dave and I stopped by around 8.30, there still was quite a bit of pine to be cut up and hauled away.  Must have been multiple trips.

I heard the paid ticket count was 165 today.  I saw lots of families having a good time both at Alna Center and on the train.  Thank goodness the weather was much better today than it has been the past week -- a bit cooler (still warm) and more importantly not muggy.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:46:27 PM »
I resemble that remark! LOL

Me too!

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:20:11 PM »
Oh, and I repositioned the remaining wood for Freds crew. Thank you Fred

Fred has a crew?

Jeff S.

Fred has his minions, although I don't believe any work quite as hard as Fred.


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Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 04, 2018, 11:29:21 PM »
Very good Mike -- thanks!

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