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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 21, 2018, 02:09:34 PM »
We may try at Trout Brook to burn what piles we have, and maybe finish cutting. Was plowed after last storm so should be easy walking.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: February 20, 2018, 12:03:25 AM »
Hi Dave. Only going to remove what is necessary to prep the roadbed. Most of the rest are going to be cut flush with the ground and let them rot in place..or at least that is my intention. It all depends if we get to it or not..

Should be plenty of clearance for the train. If anything is close, we can always cut them later.

Great to hear Ed.

Undoubtedly, timing is everything. Once a locomotive is gone, it is gone. What was not mentioned in the hasty original announcement, the locomotive was underwater in August. Not completely, as far as I can tell, but this is what led up to the contractors being called in to destroy it.

As far as the WW&F making a token donation. I do not agree that an organization of our limited means should do such a thing. If our members would like to, that is up to them, but the museum should not be taking monies designated for elsewhere by the donors and donate it to another organization.

I wish them luck. Hopefully the can find someone to donate the transportation...

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: February 18, 2018, 10:27:47 PM »
I know the map is available for reference, so I figured it will help with knowing where we are.

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 18, 2018, 01:35:54 AM »
As reported in the Down the Mountain Tree Clearing thread, we cut off the Pinch Point today. About 200 feet long, 20 feet wide. A very good crew, after a slow start. We wound up with 20 to 25 or so volunteers wandering in and out of the ditches, cutting bushes and piling brush on the fire, and stacking the wood.

Steam crew was entertaining us with the whistles echoing up the valley. I was also busy first thing and missed the breakfast. Train was to leave at 0830 and had to be assembled

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: February 18, 2018, 01:03:58 AM »
We were too far away from the train to get many visitors, so we had no idea how many guests were around. The ones that did make the trek to us were very interested in what we were doing and why.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:47:07 PM »
First things first. I would like to say a big thank you to all that came and helped today. It was a great time. I cut down 95% of the trees that were cut down, and after we got a good rhythm going, the tree would hit the ground, and two more saws (thanks Jay and Stewart) would work the top up while I worked up from the butt. Steve Z was up early, cut a few trees and the walking was getting to his knees. Fred came up, wanted to know why we didn't have two fires going, and left I think with Steve, probably right after we lit the second pile.
So, get to the photos you say...ok

Looking South at second burn pile

Looking North, across location 6, at second burn pile

Looking south, halfway between between location 7 & 8

Zoomed in on Bob Cavanaugh

Looking North from halfway between location 4 & 5, Dwight walking toward the second pile

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:18:47 PM »
Yes Ed, thanks for putting a lid on the caps

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 15, 2018, 12:03:02 AM »
I recognize that dirt as being TOM dirt...

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:42:53 PM »
Spring Work weekend will actually be about 2 weeks long. The weekday crew will do as much as possible to prepare for the work weekend, both during the week prior to the last charter, and the work weekend. Saturday prior we have a photo charter, and after the charter has cleared south the last time, the rails will be removed.

Sunday we will toss the 300 ties to the side. The dozer will be staged out of sight, probably at Sutters, to be able to get right to work without loading and unloading that day. We will then grade the stone smooth. I plan on making several passes to make sure all the tie pockets are full of stone and compacted.

During the week, the plan is for the weekday crews is to break down the rail to be ready for reinstallation. Also, some filter fabric will be laid out, so when the ties get laid out they will be on top of it.

Relaying the track Friday and probably Saturday will see the debut of a new planned rail handling attachment. The design is intended to prevent lifting and carrying the rail, and will be fitted to a flat car.

What doesn't get done work weekend will be finished over the summer.

And, to add more..the ditches on this section of Davis Grade need to be cleared out. If it is dry early enough, this may get done in early April. There is other work to do there, but may wait until another time.

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:22:00 PM »
See my reply in the Spring work weekend thread..

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:04:12 PM »
It has been mentioned before, but don't wear your Sunday best near the brushpiles.

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 11, 2018, 05:04:59 PM »
Tie insterter will not be able to be used on the large part of the Davis Grade project, due to the planned work. But on other locations it will come in handy

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 11, 2018, 05:01:21 PM »

The bottom ones were bent that way originally to hook onto framing. The center step is supposed to be like the top 3 originally, but again is like that to catch a framing member, then bent to get it to the proper spacing.

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