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Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 31, 2020, 01:14:40 PM »
Jay Barta has agreed to adopt this project and is mid process getting a new carb.  Jay is currently planned to be out for a couple months.  Upon his return this is on his list, followed by the Brookeville rebuild (which will be moved in to shop bay 3 for him).  Note the carburetor has likely never functioned correctly under our ownership.

Until and even after the tie changer is in service, the tie ladders provide a great service.

Thanks Wayne, all,

Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 28, 2020, 08:49:24 AM »
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Dan Malkowski, Bryce Weeks and Brian Strait plan a tie changing party.  I’m sure they’d appreciate any help they can get.  No other trains are running so this is a great day for it.


Volunteers / Re: July 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 09, 2020, 08:28:37 PM »
We may rename it in the next Timetable.  There’s no road name sign on 218 for that one anyway.

Thanks for the great report Steve- please keep doing it and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to

Volunteers / Re: July 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 04, 2020, 04:04:54 PM »
Jeff has very kindly been donating his services to load flatcars each week. 

Museum Discussion / Re: Wheel standard and turnout drawings
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:56:52 PM »
We do have standard number 8 switch design, and wheelset design.  These two must reconcile against each other at the frog check gauge.  We use minimum check gauge on switches 22-1/2”, wheelset back gauge of 20-7/8” on wide flange contour wheelsets and 21-1/4” on narrow flange contour wheelsets.  Most original Maine two foot wheelsets, including PoCo used narrow flange contour, and 21-1/4” back gauge.

I’m sorry I don’t remember the radius of closure rail on our no 8 switches but I can look it up if you need it.  Actual lead is right around 31’.


Volunteers / Re: June 2020 Work Reports
« on: June 06, 2020, 04:52:41 PM »
Thank you, James and crew, I consider that a great success.  I hope we continue these ballasting sessions weekly- one round of four cars each Saturday morning for several weeks.  Honestly- 7-10 person crews working mornings only is a sustainable approach.  I like it, thanks all.


Museum Discussion / Re: POLL - Fundraising Special Train
« on: May 23, 2020, 05:40:53 PM »

We have a plan to address the worst of the track surface issues before these trips.  Let’s connect off the forum- it’s related to our conversation last week.


Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 17, 2020, 08:25:09 AM »
Thanks for the report, Mike, but I want to clarify your first statement.

The volunteers who performed the track repair last week were asked to join us for this specific purpose (as opposed to just showing up).  Our goal is to keep the railroad passable (keeping up with Mike’s repairs), for unexpected circumstances that may pop up.  That has already happened: on the Mountain we have some severe sun kinks on unballasted track which will require treatment ASAP in June. 

We’re working on developing a protocol for open volunteering to resume in June- as were going to need it to get work done.  As of now the railroads policy basically an extension of Dave’s statement in April, as far as I know.


Volunteers / Re: January 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 08, 2020, 08:33:03 AM »
Saturday: I will clean the railroad of snow- every inch of the railroad even if I have to use a spoon.  It’ll be warm and rainy- this is our best opportunity to prepare for the first Grand Reunion weekend.

I would appreciate help- train will leave 10ish, as I want time to get in and connect with a few folks before going.  Bring your spoons...


Volunteers / Re: January 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 01, 2020, 01:06:29 PM »
Gordon reports that he’ll be up Friday and Saturday; on Friday he’ll begin a job to facilitate the riveting of no 10’s smokebox.  Alan will join him Saturday and they’ll forge ahead with it.

I’ll be in tomorrow and Saturday.  I hope to complete assembly of the brake controller, help mike move trusses, and attend to a few other things.

Ed, others- there’s plenty of prep needed for the photo event as well- beyond what you know.  We’ll connect tomorrow...

Volunteers / Re: January 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 01, 2020, 01:03:44 PM »
With all the warm days the snow on the tracks is a non issue.  Sorry we missed you Fred.  Happy New Year.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread
« on: December 29, 2019, 11:33:13 AM »
The end tie downs go through the deck and a spreader underneath which divides the load across the center and intermediate sills.

We need to forge new brake shoe keys, install them and the shoes, and the brake system is done.

There’s some plumbing which we’ll do in the spring since it doesn’t need to carry water for the winter charters.

See ya

Volunteers / Re: December 2019 Work Reports
« on: December 25, 2019, 04:29:37 PM »
Merry Christmas all,

We’ve been actively working on the vacuum brake controller too.  It’s close to completion; we’ll finish it then move back to flanging.  Vacuum brake cylinders are also near completion- that’s Jonathan’s effort.  Once he’s done the crew will install them on coach 3.


Volunteers / Re: Watch your Tamper...
« on: November 24, 2019, 05:26:34 PM »
We checked cross level before lifting and found the worst at 1-1/4”.  That translates to about 2-1/2” at the end of the tie when leveled.  The entire stretch was out of level ranging from 1/2” to 1-1/4”.

See ya

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread
« on: November 24, 2019, 11:38:17 AM »
Great photos. I take it that the underside will be blasted on Monday? Who will be painting the tank?

Jeff S.

Christmas Elves, I believe.  (Wes Heinz plans to come paint...)

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