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Messages - Jason M Lamontagne

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 13, 2018, 12:10:50 PM »
Confirming this weeks schedule.

Switch building Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Any crew who wants to come in Wednesday and Thursday and avoid today’s rain, that’s great.  Saturday we’ll be ballasting the switch, and probably helping Brian build the track connection.

Thanks,
Jason

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: November 11, 2018, 06:15:04 PM »
Track cars are load restricted by the general order which designates them a track car.  In this case we declared hauling capacity equivalent to 52.  The designation was really all about crossings.

See ya
Jason

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: November 11, 2018, 05:13:52 AM »
ML&M 100 (Brian’s Brookville) has been designated a track car for this very reason: it doesn’t have a sufficient audible warning device to protect crossings.  It’s also got a very limited number of qualified operators and we expect its use will be very limited, though we are extremely grateful that Brian has made it available to us.

Whistles use a lot of air.  Putting on a whistle on air loud enough to provide sufficient warning at crossings would be too hard on most small locomotive air systems.

See ya
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 07, 2018, 05:40:39 PM »
We plan to install the switch next week, beginning Tuesday.  Plan to take all week, including helping Brian make the track connection into his shop.  Once we have more definite timing on the plain track laying, we’ll put that word out too.

Thanks,
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: November 07, 2018, 05:39:13 PM »
Marcel,

Joe and I have discussed just that:  a sheet metal shield to protect the side sills.

See ya
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 07, 2018, 12:01:43 AM »
118 will be available by Saturday.  We’re using it to stage switch parts this week; once done we’ll use the crane to move them to the crane car. 

See ya
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: Work Day 11/3
« on: October 26, 2018, 10:05:24 PM »
Bill (Reidy), you’re fine running the tamper.  I did a little retroactive track car qualification with Dave.  I’ll send you an email to be sure we’re in the same page but I believe we’ve had this discussion a few times.

Bill B, others, the gist is that the tamper is a designated track car, for which there is a specific rule in the rule book.  Remember the rule book is a reference book!  Track cars do require specific training and a qualification endorsement for each specific track car- the training addresses the mechanical specifics of that piece of equipment and the rule requirements of all track cars.

See ya
Jason

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Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 24, 2018, 12:51:52 AM »
Honestly, given the development of ML&M (which began well after we built through and planned the east side siding), I believe a siding on the west side makes worlds more sense.  This keeps us at one main line switch, and allows more fluent switching of ML&M.  While the east side has been graded, grading of the west side is a simple matter and Brian would probably be willing to do that for us. 

A second main line switch and second siding, whereby the main must be accessed to switch them both, and we’re toying with another set of yard limits.  A single main line switch cleanly avoids that.

The idea of a west side stub end spur has been occurring to me for some time- but I figured first things first.  I do rather think a siding on the east side would be a wasted opportunity at this point.

See ya
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 23, 2018, 12:33:58 PM »
MMM work this week is shifted to Wednesday Thursday, due to rain today.  Most regular crew has shifted to that schedule.  Anyone showing up today (because of my late post), do not fear!  We will keep you busy.

I do apologize for the tardiness of this post.

Jason

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 21, 2018, 10:38:02 AM »
No, blocking 8 and 320 wasn’t planned- I don’t remember blue flagging 56 but maybe I forgot I did?  Maybe Brendan?  Correct course there would have been a limited service bad order.  Sorry.....

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 20, 2018, 11:04:00 PM »
Brian’s car will require a number so it can be included in conventional operating plans.  Brian has already approved of this.  No idea what number, but a number it must have.

See ya
Jason

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Museum Discussion / Re: New open car on loan to the railway
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:01:21 AM »
Brian’s open car, open 103, box 56, and the flats will remain outside.  Brian’s caboose may go outside should the need arise.  10 may move back to bay 1 as there’s been some interest in cleaning the running gear and addressing a few concerns there.

We plan to insulate the shop and provide a heating source, at which time we’ll resume on 10’s boiler.  We also want to establish the coach project and make steady progress on the consecutive “freight” car projects (flanger included).  Plainly there is crew overlap, but we are working on arranging a manager for each project, each of whom can rally troops to their cause as needed.  Also- the timeline on these projects isn’t set- with the worthy notation that we do want to get moving on long running projects such as 10’s boiler, 67, the new coach and loco 11.

See ya
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:28:25 AM »
Restoration schedule:

Finish 67, restore flanger 40 for use, then restore boxcar 56.  As such, 56 could be some time out.

The flatcar project is being considered for fast tracking, given its simplicity and our need for it to ballast the Mtn Ext.

The new coach should get a thoughtful start and steady progress beginning mid winter, proceeding concurrently with the consecutive fright car projects.

See ya
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:25:06 AM »
We are scheduled to receive one more B&SR boxcar, also gifted from MNG, which we are planning to trade to Brian for a B&SR flatcar.  Brian plans to restore the boxcar to its as built condition, while we’ll rebuild the flatcar for dual use as a flatcar and tank car base.  On the truck with the boxcar will be a small diesel locomotive bound for Brian’s shop.  It’ll he delivered there a short time after arrival.

At this time that’s the extent of any scheduled rail equipment receipts.

Thanks,
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:27:57 PM »
Tuesday and Wednesday this week our crew is meeting at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath in order to disassemble a pavilion that they have gifted us, thanks to facilitation by Dave Allan (our bridge contractor).  Meet time is 830; park in their main lot by the road. Please seek me out and check in with me upon arrival.

Pavilion 30x80 wooden structure with metal roof on scissor trusses, slated to become event space at AC.

Thanks,
Jason


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