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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:03:06 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of Sept 29:

* Fall Festival: Saturday during the day.  Then there's a "moonlight" train that night.  We'll likely need help at Alna Center for crowd control and games, and at Sheepscot for crowd and parking control.
* Mountain Ext. prep: Mike's last day, he hopes.  Then there's any tie, rail, and tool prep for the big push, which is coming right up in 2 weekends.
* Bridge

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 24, 2018, 11:15:38 AM »
Insta-track is method of temporarily assembling track so that equipment can move over it to facilitate laying more track, until the spikers can spike the track down and remove it.  It's a 6"x6" piece of lumber with notches cut out for the rails, and wooden clamps that can be slid over the rail bases to hold it all in place. 

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 12:41:12 AM »
The first vehicle to cross over the brook in how many years?
Weeks.  Remember, the bridge itself crossed the brook on wheels?

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 22, 2018, 09:38:41 PM »
Work done on Saturday Sept 22:

* Caboose: nearly finished, except for one window that Marcel is going to try to get in tomorrow.
* Bridge: a crew worked the whole day on planking the bridge, but ran out of screws.
* FWW prep: The two temp bridge spans were taken into the shop and modified to turn them into the rail gantry.  The supporting towers were gusseted and welded, then one of the spans was brought in and the queen post removed, and one of the ends was modified.  The end of the other was also modified, then the spans were put end to end and tack welded together.  I left at that point.
* Clean up: Fred was cleaning up material brought back from the bridge site.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:24:36 AM »
The bridge, and roadbed, are both in the middle of a land trust's property, Midcoast Conservancy.  I doubt there'll be much issue.

Further south in the past we've had issues with snowmobiles riding along the track and compacting it in between the rails, not so much nowadays.

FYI I think bridge work has a week and a half left to go, before our in-stream zone permit suspends until next year (Sept 30).  I'm guessing the south abutment needs to be finished in that time.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 19, 2018, 11:00:34 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of Sept 22-23:

* Mountain Extension: Mike will continue ditching and other prep work.  Presumably rail sorting and prepping, and tie prepping will continue to happen. 
* Caboose 320: Any finish-up work left on the cupola.
* FWW prep.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:02:50 PM »
At some point we should go back and bury the old wire.  We'd still want the pole every thousand feet or so. 

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:56:59 AM »
Allan way underestimated the cost of a new bridge.  I think even if it was assembled on site, it would cost more.  The turntable, also a queen truss bridge, cost around $40K.  Trout Brook is longer, and required a fair bit of prep work on site.

All the work that Jeff did, which includes the landslide, cost about $25,000.  I think most of that was landslide.  However he we'd have him do everything that Mike did, it probably would cost at least $100K.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:24:36 AM »
We have some really clever people working for us.  I would never have thought to use the temp bridge to attach the outrigger tension rods.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:00:59 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of Sept 15-16:

* Mountain Extension: Mike will be ditching, among other things.  Plus Fred will want to cut ties.  And rail sorting.
* Bridge: not sure there's anything for weekend crew to do?
* Caboose 320: It may still need paint on the cupola
* Operations, of course.  I don't know of any huge parties showing up.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:49:48 PM »
We didn't tell you about the 6 months of permitting work with Town of Alna, DEP, Army Corps of Engineers, etc etc.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 09, 2018, 12:29:11 AM »
Work done on Saturday Sept 8:

* Bridge: the move is done, the bridge is in place over the brook but not yet down on the pilings.  They started out around 7:30 or so but had trouble getting out of the parking lot.  They backed up, fixed some things, and by 8:30 were on Cross Road.  Then they ran into problems getting on to 218.  Once they got on it things seemed pretty smooth after that.  I caught them at the fire house, then half an hour later as they were coming down from the Alna Store and crossed the brook on the highway bridge.  They backed in on the ROW, then to the bridge site, and eventually crossed the stream.
* Fred was cleaning up the spot that the bridge sat.
* Birthday party with 2 cars (60 people).
* Concert
* Board meeting.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2018, 12:23:15 AM »
Board meeting was slow to get started as most of the board members were at the bridge site at meeting time.  However it was not a boring meeting - chock full o' news.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 08, 2018, 03:08:45 PM »
Bridge has been delivered as of approx. 11 AM.  They finally left the parking lot at 8:25.  Once they got out on 218 it seemed to go pretty smoothly, at least from a chaser's point of view.

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