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Messages - Paul Uhland

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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 25, 2017, 06:59:14 AM »
Great to see all that ROW work done by Mike and Mr. Verney, all the washout/culvert progress and survey work to Trout Brook and beyond.
The pics give an idea of how woodsy that stretch is.
Way to go.  :D

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There are those who try to control situations they are convinced would become  better run and easier if, in their limited view,  more efficient, quicker ways to work are followed, paying no attention to, in this case, more  historically appropriate  labor enthusiastically accepted and enjoyed by unpaid volunteers doing the work at a WW&F-acceptable  pace who draw strong satisfaction from it as their compensation.

The last thing I'd do is try to "improve" operations of a successful organization from afar by critical advice aimed at its methods, especially when I have never shared their actual work and cared not about WW&F's  work history/methods. 
 





   

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This  at-sunset trip, promoting relaxed, autumn family fun and highlighting local Maine history, sounds fabulous! I detect an atmosphere of easygoing, ruralness that is so appealing, especially since I spent my first 15 years on Staten Island, now jammed with un-ending neighborhoods!  :'(

I would ride if I was closer.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:36:00 PM »
Having a bit of experience with concrete laying, I want to back Jason's directive-- the new shop slab is a week old, has attained about half of its ability to support heavy loads,  can handle normal foot traffic.
But...it is still not yet optimally crystallized, its minimal crack resistance is even weaker, the surface can be gouged and scraped  easily.

What now exists is such a great $10,000 improvement, needs  more of a 'set' to withstand shop use, will be well worth it.

I'm thinking by Columbus Day should be the time to begin using it as intended, starting with that barn dance!  ;D

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Museum Discussion / Re: We Want a Feline
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:14:27 AM »
Oh Jeff, Ira... don't get old. Of course it is. ;)

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Museum Discussion / Re: We Want a Feline
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:19:05 PM »
A reminder of the '60s most hilarious TV cartoon series...Rockie & Bullwinkle & Friends, which used then-current news, such as early Sputnik and Soviet politics to parody those themes, but cleverly managed to keep those adult issues  interwoven with  child-enjoyed bad jokes and other silliness.
 I see villain Snidely Whiplash represented.

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Will Jeff  be able to fill the first washout to track subgrade level by FWW? The other smaller washout(s)? Trackwork possible by then? I'm wishing.  ;)

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Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:19:36 PM »
Yes, expensive epoxy floor paint would be a further improvement, but the multi-coats of sealer would have to be completely acid?removed after the concrete cures, with yet another  delay in area use.  :P
Think it best to use and enjoy the nice, new deck, maybe wipe thy feet and minimize  splats, smears and spills.  ;)

Bet the next project will be a concrete floor in bay 1. 

Heating...what's the latest?

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Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: September 16, 2017, 09:38:35 PM »
Am amazed how much wider, and lighter, the middle bay area looks now, including the bay 1 pass-throughs; floor also looks smoooooother than before.
You guys should get what the Navy awards for outstanding performance, a big Excellence "E" as painted on a deserving ship.

So how big a band is booked in for the Fall Work Week/Shop Building Spruce-up/Washouts Fillup Barn Dance Cotillion?  Start's right...that new floor is just itching for a dance mob!  ;D
Too bad Guy Lombardo passed. 

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Deep Thoughts...
« on: September 16, 2017, 05:57:17 PM »
About 11pm MST  last night (Friday) in the middle of my WW&F post the screen came up saying connection not possible,  gave up after several re-tries and a check of my computer. Anybody else notice? If not, must've been Windows 7 server probs.
Never happened before.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:26:34 PM »
Wow...Truck city! you guys get the Narrow Gauge Dynamo Award for 2017!
Great to see this progress, always makes WW&F activities easier.

So Fred, now you know why  flangeway blockout oil makes removal easier. Concrete hates it.  ;)

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Museum Discussion / Re: We Want a Feline
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:04:47 AM »
Little pets provide such a calming companionship to our lives.
My housemate older bro and I share digs with Squeaky Mom, Snippy, and Snuffy, all 'fixed', fulltime, professional cats who help keep us sane.  :D
 
Rest in peace, Buttercup.

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Museum Discussion / Re: We Want a Feline
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:43:53 AM »
The NMSL&RHS, proud restorers of almost-rebuilt ATSF 4-8-4 2926 in Abq, support a lively clowder of some 9 'site kitties' of every pattern and color, who are featured weekly as part of  updated photo work summaries similar to WW&F. One of the workers and his wife set out food bowls every morning. The cats have names such as Senator Grey, Tuxedo, Long Tail and Momma,  sleep wherever throughout the fenced work area. And the comments posted under the pics are usually understatedly hilarious.   ;D

PS...Our Abq winters at ~5000' with much strong sunlight, though we have the usual 4 seasons, are probably not as severe as at WW&F, so AFAIK, no special sheltering is given. There are loads of places for cats to avoid  weather at the worksite.


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Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:02:36 PM »
Gotcha, Bill. Looks like my eyes are  not  the teen-aged ones I once had.
The  floor is unquestionably a huge improvement, along with fewer columns and more access between bays 1 and 2.
Just watch out for the barrier-ignorers. They're always with us ;)

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Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:16:38 AM »
One concrete floor.
Questions...
*looks like the vapor barrier, usually the first to be laid, is above? the WWF mesh, which itself needs support to half the depth of the slab for proper reinforcement.
*when will the flangeway blockouts come out? Hope they were oiled.
*slab finish looks  rough, will make it harder to keep clean.
*no construction joints? Concrete cracks, wherever, whenever it wants.

Slab sealing is definitely needed.
And of course, treat that slab like it is radioactive, until mid-October!!



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