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Volunteers / Summer Work Weekend July 20 & 21 "Rock the Mountain"
« on: May 06, 2019, 12:00:50 PM »
With much left to do on the mountain we are going to coordinate a Summer Work Weekend to finish ballast a few areas on the mountain that have been lifted and need more ballast, as well as try to do more tamping. Other work that needs to be done is we also need to line the track to its final location. If time and crew permits we can look into doing prep work for the Fall Work Weekend. I am sure there will be a project or two at the shop that will require some help, but overall our primary focus is the Mountain in an effort to ensure it is ready for many rail laying trains this fall.

Thank you everyone for all your hard work during the Spring Work Weekend, and hope to see many of you for the Summer Work Weekend.

Joe

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Volunteers / Track Work Day 5/4/19
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:17:11 AM »
Hey everyone,

I am trying to get a track crew together to head North at 8-8:30a.m. on Saturday. The goal is to lift and tamp one joint near MP 6 on the way north and spot a car to be loaded with stone at Alna Center. If crew permits I would like to unload the car after the last train of the day, at around 2:30p.m on Davis grade. This would allow us to lift two speed restrictions on Saturday if all goes well. During train time I hope to tamp more on the mountain. If someone is willing to bring a lunch to stay up tamping that is great. Otherwise we can take the 11:00 train out of ToM back for lunch.

Joe

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Volunteers / May 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 30, 2019, 10:36:49 AM »
Hey everyone,

With a busy summer ahead, I hope to do a few Summer Work Weekends to coordinate some track work on the mountain, main line work, and Fall Work Weekend Prep. If we can, I would like to start with track work this Saturday. My thought is if I am able to be there, or someone else is willing to coordinate I hope to ballast the south end of Cockeyed Curve, and hand tamp one problem area near MP 6 that is a single joint. Ideal crew size would be 7-8 people. This would hopefully allow us to lift 2 speed restrictions on the main line.

Once that is done, we can regroup and see what others would like to do. There is much to be done this year and with your help we can definately keep things rolling along and shorten up the track project list.

Thank you everyone again for all your help this last weekend. A lot of work was done in just a few short days.

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Volunteers / Track Work 2019 (Not counting Work Weekends)
« on: March 27, 2019, 11:14:49 AM »
Hey everyone,

Spring is upon us and so is our track maintenance season. Last year I did a vast majority of maintenance alone. This year I hope we can get some intetested in doing some track work on a few Saturday as there are some track projects in Sheepscot that need repair. One of them I hope to tackle as soon as the ground is thawed and will require at least 4 of us to make it happen in one day. Preferably a Saturday when guys are looking for something to do.

Other track projects include things we were unable to complete last year.

I will try to keep this thread active and give everyone as much notice as possible.

Joe

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Hey everyone, its never too early to begin planning for the upcoming work weekend(s). The Spring work weekends primary focus will be to ballast the almost 1500'of unballasted track on the Mountain. We will be using #9 with two flat cars, and Monson #3 with two flat cars. (The fourtth will be on loan from MNG) While we are ballasting, there will also be a tamper crew to begin tamping from the end of track up the hill. Ballasting is not fun, but many hands make light work and I hope many of you are able to join us.

Later this summer, probably starting in late June or early July we will begin sorting out the 180 rails we need to build track to Route 218. To do so, I estimate we will sort through a total of 260 rails to get decent ones for us to use. Once we have all materials ready for Fall Work Weekend, I then plan to sort through the rest of the pile if there is any left. Make a pile for croppable rail and a pile for scrap rail.

Also this summer there will be a lot of other trwck projects that need to be done. (Some can be done on weekends. As the ground thaws I have already found a few spots that require attention. Some has been on the project list for a short time now, and a few have just popped up.) See the track work thread in the volunteer section for details.

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Museum Discussion / Maine Christmas video
« on: December 09, 2018, 01:40:22 PM »
Hey everyone,

Here is a video link of the WW&F Christmas slideshow I put together using the Maine Christmas song in the background.

https://youtu.be/-r6GW9Su5yA

Photos have been used from many previous events.

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Volunteers / Work Day 11/3
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:54:24 AM »
Hey everyone,

Since Albion Day has been canceled and there is interest in a work day still here is my plan for 11/3. I hope to be there, but am doubtfull. I know it is also the day for the Topsham Train Show, but I hope we can arrange the following.

I want to jack and tamp the last remaining stretch of Davis Grade. Line it if we have crew. (Could Come-A-Long the worst spots if needed) Ballast as needed behind the tamping crew.

If crew and myself are available, I would like to have 4 of us finish Cockeyed Curve as well.

If you are able to attend please let me know so I can make final arrangements and get things ready. Ideal crew size is 8-10 people.

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Museum Discussion / WW&F 2018 in Reveiw slideshow, and speech
« on: October 12, 2018, 12:27:03 PM »
Hey Everyone,

Unfortunately the slideshow and speech didn't really happen this year during the Fall Work Weekend, so here they are.

Thank you for all-of your support, dedication, and hard work. Without all of you, none of this would be possible. Rather today is your first day volunteering, or just another day from the last few years all of you are a cog in the wheel that helps keep this museum growing.

It is heartwarming to see so many of us all here for the same goal and passion. To restore and preserve this small part of Maine history, and in many cases we work harder here than we do at our every day jobs. Yes, myself included. As many of you know this has been a rather busy year for us, from the BIG bridge project, to Mountain repairs, track work, caboose repairs, and much more. At times the Bridge and Mountain projects were rather stressful and putting serous demand on our regular volunteers, everyone pitched in and kept their heads held high knowing it was for a great purpose. Even those of us not so regular, you are still as much a vital part of the museum as everyone else, because without everyone of you our progress on Work Weekends would not be nearly as spectacular.
We can’t thank you all enough for your dedication, support, and hard work. Please enjoy the following slideshow as we look back at 2018 in review.

After the feedback from the two slideshows I have assembled so far, I plan to make these an annual thing, with two in the works for next year. A 30 years presentation that will include before, during, and after photos. And a 2019 in review slideshow that will include photos from October 2018 to September 2019.

https://youtu.be/ziJApvP1Qvg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev4BB33vJLk&t=9s

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Volunteers / October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:31:07 AM »
We have a busy week ahead of us, with many arriving early to help finalize the prep for Falll Work Weekend. Today a center line will be resurveyed along the rail grade, and a marker placed at the end of our goal. (Would hate to see us get ahead of ourselves. :) ) Crane should be finished later today, and hopefully recieve a load test in the afternoon.

Other work later this week include testing out the crane, loading the track building train, finish preparations for work at Sheepscott, etc.

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Hey Everyone,

I have assembled a presentation showing the current progress of the mountain and Bridge project. The presentation is just over 5 minutes long, but covers all of our amazing progress. Without our members, friends, donors, and volunteers none of this would be possible. Please note that even though the presentation is only a week old, it is already outdated.

https://youtu.be/HegJfm0TyD4

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / MNG attends Gray Town Meeting 8/7/18
« on: August 08, 2018, 01:48:17 AM »
Maine Narrow Gauge attended the Town of Gray's town meeting tonight, and set fourth a wonderfull presentation. Their presentation followed the MDOT presentation, and in my mind was even a little more professional as they showed everyone a presentation and site proposal. Job well done to all who made it happen, and put together such a fantastic presentation. I attended tonight on an unofficial state just to show support. Such a great group of volunteers, and I look forward to our continued support amongst the other groups.

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Work and Events / Fall Work Weekend Prep 2018
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:30:30 PM »
Hey everyone,

In conjunction with the time consuming bridge project, we will need to start sorting, cropping, and drilling rail in prep for the work weekend. I estimate this to consume 8 days. Hopefully it is less, but that is my anticipation. To make it happen I will need a forklift operator at a bare minimum, or hopefully a place for the rail to be staged for me to work alone on it.

Track work and many other tasks have taken an extreme back burner by everyone this year. And I know many view it as not needed, but this is a huge behind the scenes KEY into making our Work Weekends a HUGE success and for many the sole reason for coming.

I hope to start on 8/18 but that will depend heavily on the bridge. So 8/25 is the absolute latest we can start.

How much rail do we need to prep? 100 sticks, equivelant to 1400' of track length.

I will do my best to post a better schedule in the next week or so. Should only need a crew of 2-3 most days, but if there is more theres always lots to do.

Joe

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Volunteers / Fire Season is here
« on: June 02, 2018, 06:00:58 AM »
Hey everyone,

A friendly reminder that fire season is upon us. (This is not an issue, but just a reminder to everyone) Please do not throw cigarette butts in grassy or wooded areas, when using any kind of tool that puts off sparks or hot debri please have a fire watch man, and always keep an eye out for fires along the line. Here in Maine there have been many fires from cigarettes being thrown out vehicle windows and lightning strikes.

In Colorado the Durango & Silverton is currently cancelling trains due to a massive forest fire north of Durango.

We should check all our fire hand pumps, and fire car and get it ready to go should we need it. We have been cery vigilant with our services to the town, hopefully we can keep up the good work. Remember as Smokey Bear would say, you can help prevent forest fires.

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Other Narrow Gauge / Durango & Silverton cancel trains due to fire
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:51:16 AM »
As of right now it appears one of the morning trains to Durango started a huge forest fire that started near the railroad tracks just north of Durango. In the late afternoon the fire went from being just 200 acres, to being 863 acres just after 5pm on Friday.

All trains returning from Silverton on Friday were cancelled, and passengers had to be bussed via Ridway and or Telluride. All trains cancelled for Saturday June 2nd.

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Work and Events / April 2018 Work Weekend prep and work
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:56:19 PM »
Jason and I walked the line today and established working limits for track to be removed, and much other needed work. 310' will be removed to allow a complete rail bed rebuild from the ditches up. There are around 200-250 ties to change outside of this, and the hope is to use the new tie machine for this. (To help pull ties out as that is the most tine consuming part) Prior to use, I hope to get in a test day or two with it to ensure things work as planned.

 I will be at the railroad on Tuesday April 24th, Wednesday April 25th, and possibly the 26th if needed. Then Friday and Saturday of the work weekend. There is much to do, and I hope to get as much of the prepping done as possible the few days I am there.

-Ties, we will need lots of ties that will be put in with a tie replacement crew. Those riding the train will notice several new dots. I hope to have these laid out sometime between the 24th & 26th.
-I anticipate the need to drill about 40 holes for new joint bars, depending on joint bar status will depend if this changes.

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