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Work and Events / Victorian Christmas 2018
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:19:45 PM »
The weather prediction for Saturday has changed from rain to just mostly cloudy. Temps in the 30's. It could turn out to be a great day (better than the rain they were predicting).

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Volunteers / Mountain Extension Workday 11/10
« on: November 01, 2018, 01:55:07 PM »
The woodchipper has been reserved, and will be delivered Friday 11/9 to be set on a work flat. We will need a couple of sharp saws, so we are not picking big stuff. The chipper will run as much as possible to get all the use we can out of it, and make renting it worth it.

Saturday Nov 10th forecast is currently saying mostly sunny with temps in the 50's. This is Maine, and the forecast is bound to change faster than a traffic light on Route 1, but hoping that forecast holds true. It would make for a very pleasant day.

Reminder, safety glasses and hearing protection around the chipper. Bring yours if you have some you like. We do not have much extra for eye protection, so do bring that. We do have some hard hats with all of that on there if someone needs.

I would like to leave Sheepscot with the Woodchipper Express between 7:30 and 8, and the train can follow anytime after, probably at 8:30, to give time for those traveling to get there. We may also run a mid morning shuttle to pick up anyone else that came later.

We will return to Sheepscot for lunch. Cindy is talking about making a chowder.

We will be wrapping up around 3, to make it back in time for the Board Meeting.


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Volunteers / October 27th Work Party
« on: October 14, 2018, 03:25:19 PM »
I have gotten the ok, so here it goes.

We are going to do a Mountain Extension clean up/tree cutting on October 27th.

We plan on renting a large wood chipper, and using the museums smaller one for small branches.

The intent is to clean up all previously cut wood loading it on a flat car and chip the brush, and perhaps cut more if we have time.

Wood chippers are loud, so if you have hearing protection you like, bring it with you. Otherwise, some will be available. Eye protection is also advisable, and we don't have a huge supply of them.

Also, the 27th is the first day of Deer Hunting, so an orange hat or vest is also encouraged.


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Work and Events / Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 14, 2018, 03:14:22 PM »
Mountain Extension before, during and after shots, taken from approximately the same positions where possible.

If anyone else has some before and afters, please share.

Location 1

Looking South

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North from Location 1, Fall 2018





Location 2


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Looking South from Location 3

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Location 5 and 6 Looking North


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Location 7

Looking South

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Looking North toward Location 9, Fall 2018






Location 9

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Pondicherry Mill Trestle
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:39:57 PM »
Took a few minutes today and walked in to the trestle, or what is left of it. I have been concerned about this since the town allowed creation of a trail system through the area. These pictures show what is left. I will have to go through my older photos to see what is missing now, compared to a few (10?) Years ago when I was there last.











Looking toward where the old mill would have been, other side of the brook.


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Volunteers / January 2018 Work Planning
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:21:34 PM »
Getting the word out early. Wednesday, January 3rd, we are planning a tree cutting day. Temps are expected to be 40 degrees warmer than this morning, with a high of 22 expected. We will be going to TOM, and walking down the mountain to cut and stack the brush and logs out of the way, unless we build a fire to burn some of it.

Saturday, we are planning to start at the Trout Brook site. I will make an attempt to back drag everything there on Wednesday, so we can walk around easier on Saturday. We plan on burning, but if that does not work out, we will limb the trees, stack the brush for chipping, and move the logs to a spot out of the way for removal later.

Hope to see you at one or both of these days.

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Work and Events / Humason Brook Trestle
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:21:59 AM »
During the Fall Work Weekend, a small crew built this retaining wall, and today the repair was completed by the installation of the rest of the erosion stones. The retaining wall is needed to prevent further erosion, and provide a footing for the Mud Sill that sits behind it. An excellent and quick solution, to what could have developed into a huge problem.

Photo taken by Jason


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Work and Events / Car 1016?
« on: April 08, 2017, 09:32:35 PM »

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Work and Events / Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2017, 10:18:30 PM »
I started work this weekend on the conversion of this trailer from road to rail. Boards were removed and burned, leaving the center board for support when I cut the cross members.




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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Interesting find
« on: October 21, 2016, 01:41:09 PM »
I have emailed the person about this, hoping to hear back..

https://maine.craigslist.org/atq/5821532628.html

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General Discussion / Forum layout
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:46:40 PM »
Is mine the only one that changed? I now have "Other" as the top category instead of General Discussion..

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Museum Discussion / Railfan & Railroad: August 2016
« on: July 25, 2016, 06:52:30 PM »
We have made the cover of Railfan & Railroads August 2016 magazine..



http://railfan.com

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General Discussion / 1905 automobile versus train race
« on: June 28, 2016, 10:00:09 AM »
Interesting article in the Sun Journal today. Take a few minutes to read it. I like stories like this. About a 1905 adventure.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/encore/2016/06/27/1905-auto-trip-includes-milking-cows-racing-train/1949726

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Work and Events / Flat Car 1014 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 20, 2016, 10:41:02 AM »
After some discussion as to what was needed at the museum, a recently donated broad gauge car (4'-8 1/2") will become a work flat. Having two of these will help make track building more efficient.

I started by trying to get the slip axle apart. I was not having much luck at home so I took it to the shop at work. I used a band saw and cut the axles to length.



I kept after the slip axle, trying to get it apart whole. I finally cut the axle to length, and used a press after I cut the axle again at the middle. 3000# on the press ( had it to 5000# but got nervous ) and applied some heat to get the axle to separate from the sleeve. I tried the sleeve on the non slip axle and it was too small. Pawed around the shop and came up with a short piece of pipe that the ID was slightly larger, but not quite enough to slide onto the pipe. So next I will clean and polish the two axle ends to get them to fit.  

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