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Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:58:11 PM »
Rich Curry, involved at MNG (at least he was in the past).

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:17:31 PM »
The pictures so far don't do the Slide repair justice.  It's an impressive bit of work.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:16:48 PM »
Work done on Saturday July 14:

* Mountain Extension: Mike moved the equipment from north of the bridge to end of the track.   Don't know what else he did.
* Bridge: Alan and crew started putting queenposts on one of the temp bridges.  Basically smaller sections of I-beams.  The truss rods will be rails.  Also people were slopping more preservative on the approach timbers.
* Weed whacking: A crew worked at Trask Crossing (sorry I forgot about it).

That (and train operations) was kind of it, as far as I could see.  Not a lot of projects happening today.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 12, 2018, 12:30:49 AM »
In the Top Side Mold picture we see the lattice work, but don't you need the negative of that?

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:00:43 PM »
It is on hold.  It needs door tracks and some grab bars, among other things.  I think the doors themselves are done, just got no place to hang them.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:59:53 AM »
Work "wish list" for weekend of July 14 2018:

* Mountain Extension
* Bridge: staining?  Wood preservative?
* Track work
* Caboose 320
* Board meeting Saturday evening although there's a move afoot to move it to the 21st.

As a side note: Sunday afternoon at 2 PM our own Roger Whitney will be playing the pump organ at the Head Tide Church.  Although you can't take the train there yet.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 07, 2018, 08:31:03 PM »
Work done on Saturday July 7:

Thankfully the hot humid weather broke yesterday, and today was cool(ish) and comfortable. 

* Ice Cream Social: over 150 people attended.  Trains had plenty of people in them.
* Bridge: Preservative was applied to the cross pieces and the large approach timbers.  Meanwhile Zack was working to put ties on the bridge, worked in with the cross braces.
* Caboose: Marcel was working on the across-the-car pieces and was starting to work on the along-the-car pieces.
* Weed whacking: Joe was trimming weeds.
* Mountain Extension: Mike was spreading gravel.  Fred and minions finished cutting up the soft wood and delivering it up the road.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:06:42 PM »
..Put off that trip to Europe or picking up that Power-Ball check...
But...we could really use some of that Powerball check....

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 04, 2018, 05:55:14 PM »
Eventually, yes to all.  My lists are usually guesswork based on ongoing stuff, I don't know of any specifics planned for the weekend.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 04, 2018, 12:27:30 PM »
Anticipated work for weekend of July 7-8:

* Ice Cream Social: Saturday unless it rains then Sunday (no rain in the forecast).  We need help.
* Caboose 320
* Bridge
* Mountain Extension

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:58:51 PM »
I think that video was the inspiration for this idea.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 02, 2018, 02:12:54 PM »
Reuse relates to speeding up track laying.  I'll let Jason describe it as he understands it best.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F 52 is on Ebay
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:26:51 PM »
"Taken at Farmington, ME", wow! 

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:15:57 PM »
is a re-created Whitefield iron bridge a future possibility?  ;)

Not with the steel beams that we have, those will have other uses.

For Gary: the Whitefield Iron Bridge was a former Maine Central RR bridge that was used by the WW&F to cross the Sheepscot River in Whitefield (between Head Tide and Kings Mills).

Volunteers / Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:51:25 PM »
Work done on Saturday June 30:

Quite warm and humid today (I hesitate to say hot, as it will definitely be hot tomorrow)

* Mountain Extension: Mike finished ditching and culverting between the bridge and 218.  He mentioned that our contractor has been delivering material to The Slide on the Mountain.
* Machine shop: Linc has been getting the machines fettled.  Today they got the Kearney going, then drained it and refilled it with oil.  Alan was running a crew of Bryce and others, looked like they were oiling, cleaning, and investigating Coach 3 brake issues.  The crane rail arrived yesterday for putting a crane in Bay 3 (and I think 1 as well).
* Bridge: Zack was working on getting ties/timbers in, first for the long pieces which will be dropped to move the work site, then for others.  I don't think he got far.  Meanwhile Brendan and Alan were welding on the steel temporary bridge girders. 
* Boxcar 309: The north truck has been pulled for a couple of weeks to work on correcting the bent truck frame.  Eric S has been overseeing it (I think) and today finished with attaching a stiffener in each corner of the truck frame. 
* Visitors: we had a two visitors from the UK who came via Ffestiniog Travel and stayed the day.  Meanwhile I played tour guide for them and several other groups today.
* Wood: Early in the day Fred cut up a load of softwood at the 218 worksite and delivered it up the road.

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