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Messages - Wayne Laepple

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:07:39 PM »
Spiking by hand is hard work, particularly if done correctly. I have seen many folks who want to drive the spike at an angle, which is not correct. The spike should be driven as vertically as possible, so that as it cuts down through the tie, the fibers act like the barb on a fishhook against the spike, helping to keep it from pulling out. Driving a spike that way requires one to keep the hammer parallel to the tie, which for most folks means bending at the knees. That's what makes it hard. It's also very important to set the spike well before trying to drive it home, to avoid it flying away or bending if not hit squarely on the head. I remember an old track foreman who once told me a properly driven spike should show shiny spot the size of a dime where the maul hit.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 23, 2018, 04:03:07 PM »
If 450 feet of track can be built each day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), that should be close to the 1,400-foot mark.

How will the gauge be maintained for the movement of the work train across the newly-laid rails until the spiking is done? Especially in the curves. Insta-track?

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:57:16 PM »
I think Dwight meant the work would begin Monday and could continue through the week until completed.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 23, 2018, 01:07:53 AM »
I wonder why, with all the various trucks and trailers available, that ties were not taken out along the right-of-way on the mountain and dropped off in advance of the rail-laying. Seems to me that a crew could be kept busy positioning ties ahead of the rail laying folks if the ties were already staged along the grade.

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UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Latest news from the L&B's shops
« on: September 13, 2018, 08:36:00 PM »
The Lynton & Barnstable has built several passenger carriages at a site some miles from the railway. Their previous location had more space than the current shop, so they decided to experiment with prefabricating various parts for the newest car. Perhaps we can learn some things from their experience. Here are some photos of their work thus far:

http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/trust/groups/pages/latest-fridaywood-farm-september-2018

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 06:58:57 PM »
Sorry, no bootleg Yuengling this year. I am not attending the FWW as I am recovering from heart surgery. hope to see everyone next spring!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 01:28:47 AM »
I was a bootlegger for a while. I used to bring Yuengling north until it became available in Massachusetts and Maine. I still occasionally find a case of Little Kings in the back of my car.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2018, 07:37:11 PM »
If this had been a government job, they would still be doing "studies."

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2018, 12:51:10 PM »
Well done, all! You guys are just fabulous!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:48:01 PM »
Thanks for all the wonderful photos of these final details. I was really interested in how the bridge would be rigged and transported to the site, and I think I understand it now.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Stars of Sandstone 2017
« on: September 04, 2018, 07:40:08 PM »
Check this out. Sandstone Estates in South Africa is over 17,000 acres with a large two-foot gauge railway, antique autos and farm machines, military vehicles, aircraft and even oxen. Just astounding that all this is in one place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=937ZkuLyj7w&feature=youtu.be

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 27, 2018, 05:03:14 PM »
Well done, Mike. This repair will last as long as we want to run trains on it. I know you accomplished this particular part of the project with minimal help, not because it was anyone's fault, but because you were able to stick to it and get 'er done.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Moxie
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:52:08 PM »
Multiple colors of birch beer, no less! Red, white, blue, caramel, clear and beer-color.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:14:51 PM »
Without going into heavy detail, what repairs are necessary to put the flanger in service?

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Work and Events / B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 20, 2018, 09:28:59 PM »
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The B&SR flanger from Maine Narrow Gauge arrived today.
I suppose that will occupy one bay of the shop over the winter?

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