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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 12, 2018, 10:48:10 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 15: Victorian Christmas!

The only official thing anyone will be working on this Saturday will be the efficient operation of Victorian Christmas.  We need parking control, crowd control, ticket booth, train crews, refreshment organizers, tour guides, etc. etc.  Ground crews needed at both Sheepscot and Alna Center.

Volunteers should make every effort NOT to park at Sheepscot.  With no snow on the ground, the corner lot is available for such.

Ho ho ho!

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 09, 2018, 01:00:35 AM »
Work done on Saturday Aug 8:

* Car shop: Brendan and Alan were busy getting one of the crane rails up.
* Fireman school: Steve P, Steve L, and Dan were all fireman trainees.  Roger taught, and I ran.  Since the two open cars were right there in the yard, we grabbed those much to the dismay of conductor Bill.  One trip to AC and back; one trip to ToM and back (so that John could make some measurements), and one trip to ... Cockeye Curve and back (we quit because the blower valve got stuck, so returned to put the engine away).
* Other stuff: Apparently Mike was busy with the dozer, but I don't know what everyone else did.
* Board meeting: not quite a record night but close.  Finance took the prize for the longest topic (it wasn't intentional).

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:08:00 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 8:

* Victorian Christmas prep: clean-up, set up, etc.
* Machine shop: insulation, stoves, rail cranes
* Dozer repair
* Bridge ROW south clearing.
* New fireman school.  We'll need a few for train crew.

Board meeting at 4:00.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 01, 2018, 11:24:38 PM »
It wasn't windy, but with the trusses standing nearly vertical they were unstable for a time.  Mike was up on the pile halfway through stabilizing when it started to tilt, but we caught it in time.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 01, 2018, 10:16:12 PM »
Work done on Saturday Dec 1:

* Pavilion: the trusses were removed from the trailer and stacked nearly vertically at the west end of the parking lot.  We had a few exciting moments during the whole process.  Then all the 2xs and boards were stacked underneath.
* Machine shop: the Bay 1 east crane rails were raised to the rafters and attached.
* Historical group meeting: Dave and I attended, and learned that everybody has a problem with storing archives!  We also became acquainted with the President of Boothbay Railway Village.  Not a great deal of discussion about the 200th.

No tree cutting occurred.  And now that the trailer is empty it can be flipped over and repaired soon.

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Volunteers / December 2018 Work Reports
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:46:41 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 1:

* Charter: there's a charter Saturday for a retirement party.  Some train crew may be needed for that.
* Tree cutting: Starting at the north end (by the bridge) and working south.  Be careful coming off the south end of the bridge, the ground is very rough (until we get snow on it).
* Historical group meeting: Dave and I (and maybe others, not sure) will be attending a morning meeting of local historical groups.  Part of the reason is to get ready for Maine's 200th anniversary in 2020.
* Machine shop: crane rails and insulation.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 25, 2018, 06:58:54 PM »
Alna Center crossings were blessed with getting packed down by snow mobilers.  I'm standing there trying to remember why I do this every winter.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:07:39 PM »
Work done Saturday Nov 24:

* Switching: In the morning we traveled to Sheepscot Mills, cleaning out the crossings as we went.  We retrieved the two flats and brought them back to the North Yard.  In the afternoon we traveled the length of the line, cleaning crossings also.  When we got back, we brought 67 over to the car shop, which required switching pretty much everything outside around.
* Fred: sharpened chain saws.

To report on the shop heat: Jason acquired 2 coal stoves over the weekend, and the piping for exhaust has been acquired.  I think stoves and piping will be installed this week.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:00:39 PM »
Images from today, which should be fairly informative

From the north end of the switch looking south.


Closeup of the ties.


You'll notice that Brian appears to have cut ties in half, and then used some full length ones periodically.  He also graded his approach to the building.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 23, 2018, 06:00:11 PM »
The only work plan I know of is picking up the now-empty flatcar from Brian's returning the shop and loading some reject rail and a couple of frogs from Davis on it, and redelivering back to Brian. So we'll need help with the rail and frog pick up.  Whether Brian is around to direct our efforts, I don't know.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 21, 2018, 11:30:48 PM »
Brian is supposed to unload the flatcar on Friday, but that's his work, not ours.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 21, 2018, 11:04:41 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 24:

* Track: We need to retrieve the two flatcars from Sheepscot Mills and bring them back to Sheepscot Station, and prep 118 for stone (stakes, boards, etc). Perhaps we can even get stone from Alna Center, if someone is willing to drive the tractor up there.  If we can get stone, then we should unload it over the new switch, and over the lifted track south of Sutter's Crossing so that the speed restriction can get lifted.  Load up the flatcar with our reject rail and old frogs from Davis grade and deliver.
* Machine shop

Not sure what else there is.  At some point it will be time to start cutting trees, but maybe not until after Christmas.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:48:52 AM »
So nobody commented that the machine Alan is using is a spike driver.  Maybe it wasn't clear enough in the photo.

The spike driver is one that Boothbay Railway Village uses.  I think there was some trepidation that all the spiking would get done Saturday (we didn't have a very big crew), so talk got going early afternoon about the BRV spike driver.  It's electric, run by a generator in the back of Brian's locomotive rescue truck.  We needed the generator to predrill the spike holes.  Brian went to get the driver, while he was gone we got most of the spikes finished.  There was about 4 ties left when he came back with it, so we gave it a try.  It works, after a fashion, but the holes needed to be drilled all the way for the driver to work.  The operator also has to lean on it pretty good.

We did find that dipping the spikes in linseed oil helps drive them much better, both manually and with the driver.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 18, 2018, 11:23:42 PM »
Alain, it's a play on the Harry Potter villain Voldemort, whom everyone refers to as "He Who Must Not Be Named", or when shortened is HWMNBN.  "He Who Likes to Volunteer Me" refers to Dave Buczkowski, another volunteer.  Dave and Bill are good friends In Real Life.

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Museum Discussion / A letter of encouragement
« on: November 18, 2018, 08:55:19 PM »
We received this letter in the mail from a donor to the 21 Campaign, which I thought should be shared to the forum.  Although the donation applies to the 21, the message in the letter applies to the forum and the Museum as a whole.

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This donation is in recognition of the tremendous progress your whole team has made in 2018.  As you know, the list of accomplishments the museum has made this year is long, varied and inspiring.  You have an exceptional team of employees and volunteers who worked together to get all of this done.  I only wish I lived closer so that I could donate some of my own "sweat" to help in meeting your goals.

I want to add how important your "Forum" is to keeping my interest and enthusiasm about your progress high.  I read it at least daily.  The many postings and pictures keep me up to date and make me feel almost like I am there.  Without them I'd lose my connection and interest in your wonderful organization.  Please encourage your "posters" to keep it up.

Consider yourselves all encouraged!

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