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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:33:34 PM »
Not to say ATV's wont be an issue, we are extremely fortunate to have some very caring and considerate neighbors.

At minimum the ROW and especially the bridge + approach trestles should be posted for No Trespassing since not everyone is as considerate as our good neighbors and friends. We should be posting all crossings with such discrete signs -

Legally the signs might have to be posted by the W&Q since that is the entity that the Museum is leveraging.

U.S. Code › Title 49 › Subtitle V › Part A › Chapter 201 › Subchapter II › § 20151
- Railroad trespassing, vandalism, and highway-rail grade crossing warning sign violation prevention strategy <- Thanks go out to Cornell Law School!

(c)Model Legislation.—
(1) Within 18 months after November 2, 1994, the Secretary, after consultation with State and local governments and railroad carriers, shall develop and make available to State and local governments model State legislation providing for—
(A) civil or criminal penalties, or both, for vandalism of railroad equipment or property which could affect the safety of the public or of railroad employees; and
(B) civil or criminal penalties, or both, for trespassing on a railroad owned or leased right-of-way.

I'll see if I can dig up the specific Maine legislation for RR ROW Trespass.

I'd urge the BoD to consider it as an agenda item.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:15:38 AM »
A reasonable estimate for 6000 track feet of rail would be $120,000 at todays rail price.

$70,000 for ties, spikes and culverts.

$100,000 to repair two large washouts and one major landslide.

$60,000 in excavating and ballast costs.

$30,000 for the queen truss bridge over Carleton Brook (this may be high)

Total is $380,000.

If we used annual fundraiser for next 7 years just to extend track, we could be at Rt 218 in 6 to 7 years.

But as you know we have other needs to provide for.

This old post from 9 years ago was interesting enough to look back and contemplate considering the bridge is almost in place and just about all the grade is done to Rt 218 and there's enough rail and materials piled at the museum to get there.... Would be interesting to compare the actuals against the estimate.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:10:14 AM »

Are you going to stop just giving us pictures of Cross Road? This teasing isn't fun!

More great work!  8)

Does the grading go past Location 10? I thought you mentioned you had completed that location a few weeks ago... or was Contractor Jeff waiting for Location 9 to be finished so he could put the fill in and dress location 10.

I say let Fred loose with a chainsaw on Section 5.....tell him there is a case of Moxie (or his preferred beverage) at the north end of Section 5 with his name on it.

Any thought of running the grade with a stone rake just to integrate all the wiffles and provide a good, smooth surface for the fabric before the track is layed?

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: Latest news from the L&B's shops
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:37:51 PM »
All of the L&B heavy coach construction and restoration is done off-site....

The L&B's East Anglia Support Team (EAST) are busy restoring L&B heritage vehicles at Friday Wood Farm, Colchester.

Not just coaches, but they are building the next two Steam Engines remotely....

The plan is for ‘YEO’ is to be built in North Derbyshire and ‘EXE’ at Boston Lodge.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:19:19 AM »
I was a bootlegger for a while. I used to bring Yuengling north until it became available in Massachusetts and Maine. I still occasionally find a case of Little Kings in the back of my car.

Wayne "The Bandit" Laepple bootlegging a truck of Yuengling east of the Susquehanna River to Portland, Maine in less than 12 hours.
Sounds like movie material! Call Hollywood!

I caught a photo of Wayne's ride to FWW full of Yuengling and Moxie all in glass bottles.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2018, 03:33:18 PM »
We didn't tell you about the 6 months of permitting work with Town of Alna, DEP, Army Corps of Engineers, etc etc.

i.e. paperwork.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2018, 12:29:13 PM »
If this had been a government job, they would still be doing "studies."

You forgot about filling out the paperwork in order to conduct the "studies"....

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2018, 12:28:16 PM »
What a fantastic article, photos, and video.

The level of support is remarkable, and our volunteers are amazing and do unbelievable things.

Reading the article, the only thing I want jumping out of it's skin is a moose trout into my frying pan - with lemon and pepper!
Corporate Presidents aren't as good with lemon and pepper, they just taste like chicken. ;)

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 11, 2018, 12:26:15 PM »
Good job Fred. Only another 500 to go..

It is like a carrot for FWW. If ties, spikes and rail keep magically appearing in the ROW, then the crew keeps feeling obligated to keep working. Next thing ya'know you're at the bridge.

So keep cutting Fred!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2018, 12:08:50 AM »
So it the Maine DOT going to hire you to rebuild Rt 218? I still think you're just trying to fake us out with pictures of Cross Road instead of the roadbed.
Looks better than great. Is this the 4' culvert at location 9? Sounds like 1400' at FWW is a possibility....


Richard Hoare / Ffestiniog Railway's LYD / Wikipedia

TWO MW's for the L&B

With our Planning Permissions in place, now is the time to progress the construction of new locomotives for an extended Lynton & Barnstaple Railway; construction of both locomotive and railway will take approximately five years. Accordingly, the 762 Club is to construct not one, but two Manning, Wardle locomotives to run on the L&B. These will be ‘YEO’ and ‘EXE ‘. The company name ‘Manning Wardle’ is now owned by the L&BR Trust, consequently these two locomotives will be works numbers 2048 and 2049. They will not be ‘replicas’ but simply new locomotives. The design will be closely based on that of ‘LYD’ with other various improvements over the original three locos built in the 19th century.

The plan is for ‘YEO’ is to be built in North Derbyshire and ‘EXE’ at Boston Lodge. Construction will begin as soon as CAD drawings are prepared from the set used to construct ‘LYD’ and also as funds begin to accrue.

Full drawings and pattern equipment is in existence and has been made available thanks to the generosity of James Evans and the Ffestiniog Railway.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Moxie
« on: August 25, 2018, 11:48:03 AM »
Oh yes you do Ed!  I savor each and every one.  For those who would be interested, I am bringing a case of original recipe Moxie to FWW.  The stuff in the cans is corn syrup sweetener and a slightly different recipe.  My bottler in PA still makes it according to the original recipe with cane sugar and in glass bottles the way it used to be.  You can easily taste the difference.  8)


Would that be the Catawissa Bottling Co.?

Jeff S.

Everyone knows the best Moxie comes from Pennsylvania. It's just like drinking a Guinness n' Dublin me boyo!

Catawissa Bottling Company produced the Moxie brand of soda under license from 1945 to 1967. In 1978, the company again contracted to produce Moxie, which it continues to produce to this day in addition to selling Moxie collectibles and paraphernalia.

So ya'all are drinking that fake Moxie in a can! Maybe you'll get the bridge and all that track done faster with REAL Moxie like Popeye with his spinach!  ;D

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:51:28 AM »
Years ago, I ran a 90 lb air hammer for a street contractor. That thing was HEAVY, got heavier through the day, easy to do severe damage to back and shoulders.

60 pound electric hammer, a 90lb hammer would bust the ties.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:49:53 AM »
Hand spiking is the last, great bastion of building our railroad by hand, as many other concessions are made out of necessity. 

Handling those pneumatic spikers is no easy feat for those of us of “average” build.  Anyone bulked enough to handle one properly shouldn’t be trifled with.  I know from a touch of experience (trying to handle a pneumatic spiking hammer, not getting beat up by a pneumatic spiking hammer operator).  There is no ability to finnesse track gauge by drawing a rail with spiking technique.

If the mood of the crew swings towards automation in this regard- we’ll certainlu give it fair consideration- as we always strive to do.  We want to hear from those folks who would otherwise be wielding spike mauls.  I figure this FWW we can take the crews temperature again.  The introduction of such devices would be well thought out and executed.  If a couple showed up by surprise, I’m sorry to say they’d likely go unused that weekend.

See ya

They are period equipment, the pneumatic jackhammer was first invented in the 1840s with the electric jackhammer in 1917.

One doesn't need to be pro wrestler to handle them, it's only driving with a 60lb force. The gentleman pictured in Como is an "average" person.

The point is to use the tool with finesse.  As for the ability to use power equipment to adjust with precision, I know 5 heavy equipment operators, including my cousin, who can roll a raw egg around on grass with a backhoe without breaking it.

The key is to have the right head on the hammer so it allows you to control the spike without it being in the way of driving the spike.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:32:20 PM »
John Henry told his captain,
"Well, a man ain't nothin' but a man,
But before I let your steam drill ** beat me down,
I'll die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord.
I'll die with a hammer in my hand."

** Power Hammer

John Henry got his butt kicked by the steam drill. He did die with a hammer in his hand.

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