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Messages - Jason M Lamontagne

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Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:21:18 AM »
Box67 forging cheduled for this week.  Likely go into next week.

See ya
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:37:44 AM »
Yay!  Great work, guys!  Thank you!!!

Jason

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Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:34:34 AM »
Current plan is to put Eric’s models in there.  That way it can stay up for the week.

See ya
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:55:07 PM »
An operative change (actually started during Easter Eggspress) is that we will form a boarding line only for the next train.  Only folks with a boarding pass for the next train will be in that line, like waiting for a specific movie at a theater.  We’ll have signs and volunteers that help folks understand that, and will have activities (such as Eric’s model trains) to give folks something to do since we don’t want them waiting in line till the right time.

Everyone in a boarding line for a specific train will need a boarding pass for that specific train.  It doesn’t matter how they got the pass (ticket booth walk-up line, will-call line, or black market).  Once in the line with the correct boarding pass, all are equal. 

The number of boarding passes per train are intentionally a little lower than the actual capacity of the train, so we have a little wiggle room for misunderstandings. 

The total number of boarding passes gives a total event (both days) capacity of 1600, broken down as 900 on Dec 16 and 700 on Dec 23.  These limits were our best effort at optimizing the limiting capacities of all parts of the event: parking, people flow, AC activities, etc.  In years past only train capacity was considered; we’re trying to grow beyond that mentality.

We have only made 1/2 of the total number of boarding passes available by reservation.  In this way, we reserve a substantial portion of our capacity for folks who don’t know about or choose to use the reservation system.

This is a working experiment; we hope it helps make the event more predictable and enjoyable for visitors and volunteers alike, and we hope to learn from it and make improvements as necessary.

Thanks,
Jason


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John,

I appreciate your offer and agree on weekday work, though the plan Wayne suggests for weekends has worked for us in the past and is still viable. 

I want to bring a little emphasis to the fact that we aren’t looking for a lesson here.  We’ve been doing this for a while too.   We’ll listen to new ideas and implement them when they make sense.  Experienced help is great- we want it and will happily add it to our collective. 

Thanks,
Jason

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There is more at play which would affect this decision, including desired fire protection on the Mountain extension (and entire line), and the availability of components which are more conducive to the tank car project.

All are relevant topics...

Jason

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We have Portland Co drawings for the hopper.  I’ve wanted this for a good 15 years; in fact as originally envisioned, flatcar 126 was going to be a PoCo hopper.  Needless to say, the project changed direction.

We’ve turned down a handful of steel hopper proposals in favor of a WW&F historically based hopper- someday.

See ya
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 06, 2017, 12:56:57 AM »
The floor beams are part of the bridge assembly contractor’s contract.  That’s why he owns the stubs.  They weren’t part of the Case Western study, so the only prep they saw before last week was being cut to length for a wide gauge bridge- which we just corrected :)

See ya
Jason

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Hi Jeff,

We’re keeping our permitting requirements off-line for now, as we work diligently to secure the necessary permissions one section at a time.  As a direct answer for your question, we have gotten the clearance to proceed on our section 2 work (in this case, we are more than 75’ from the brook, there is no active waterway or wetland).

The fill will be placed at a self-stable slope, clothed and rip rapped.

The problem can be corrected entirely within the width of the right of way we own. 

Thanks,
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm
« on: October 31, 2017, 09:48:03 AM »
I was the only one at the RR yesterday, at least during the bulk of the day.

I walked around the Sheepscot campus.  The only damage there is the destroyed roof of Harry’s old garden shed.  I drove into Brook axing and Sheepscot Mills Xing, noting several trees down.

I plan to organize an inspection and clean up train today.

The damage to Maine’s electrical network is staggering.  It will be at least days before power is restored in many areas.

Jason

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Original Railway / Re: "standard" font(s) used by WW&F on publications
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:38:53 AM »
IFC Railroad font reasonable matches a promotional pamphlet that the W&Q put out in the 1880’s.  Full of the grandness of building to Quebec.

It doesn’t come standard on MS Word, but several of the font sites have it for free.  Now I get lovely emails from those font sites several times a week...

See ya
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:35:32 AM »
The bridge assembly contractor, Tim Andrews, put in three days this week, assisted by several of our crew:  Fred Morse, Steve Zuppa, Phil Goodwin, Steve Lennox, Mark Cheetham, Eric Schade, Leon Weeks, Phil Blauvelt, Randy Beach, Zack Wyllie, Dwight Winkley, Dick Forest, Brendan Barry, and anyone else who I forgot to add...

The trusses are impressive...  Brendan has promised pictures today.

See ya
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:30:26 AM »
Thank you guys but for the kind words regarding the application.  I have tried to give it my full attention. 

Mike, Dave and Ed have both been a huge part of it.  Ed has produced several very professional maps for us, while I bounce nearly every reference I want to use off of Mike and Dave. 

Some of our regular crew has been actively involved in helping survey and perform other tasks, including Steve L, Randy, Phil G, Mark, and others.

See ya
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 24, 2017, 07:56:59 AM »
Tim Andrews holds the contract to reassemble the bridge.  Wayne Duffett, our member and volunteer, is he lead engineer for our bridges.

Our agreement with NSPCB includes the provision of some volunteer labor to help them complete the reassembly of the bridge.  This was, in turn, a result of their agreement with Tim, as Tim’s contract was let a number of years ago and they desired not amending that contract.  In the spirit of cooperation, and to give volunteers the opportunity to take part, we agreed. 

We are being mindful of the resources this is using.  We hope to have the bridge compete before the end of the year.  So far- we’ve only had two days with Tim, and two days without Tim performing structural repairs to Wayne’s specification.

Thanks,
Jason

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Museum Discussion / Re: Potential track building cars?
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:41:44 PM »
Interested.  See back channel email.

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