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Messages - Gary Kraske

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Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:24:17 AM »
Our brother, Dr. Manger, and his wife  Carol an RN, run a small farm, about 30 acres,  in Western Maryland with horses, chickens, goats, llamas, and sheep.  Carol brought in goats to "groom" the pastures of unwanted vegetation and found they did not like thistles and other thorny weeds.  She then brought in sheep and they ate everything, even under the electric fencing before being shorn!
The llamas were brought in to take care of eastern coyotes that threatened the chicks, goats and sheep.  They were good at the job.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 22, 2018, 07:38:34 PM »
Thank you all for the photographic record of progress on the ROW!  Although being from away, we plus our daughter's family, 5 total, plan to visit from 8/17 - 8/20.  Looking forward to seeing all the work.  We'll being staying at the Wiscassett Lodge.

Original Railway / Re: Pay Check
« on: July 18, 2018, 05:14:14 PM »
It may have been made to E. A. Braun when looking at the front of the check.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:39:16 AM »
I saw a documentary recently that described a rail dispersal car used in building the transcontinental railway.  It was beautifully simple.  It was a very short flat car with rails balanced across the interior of the car.  On each side of  the car were two flat rollers at the corners of the cart for a total of four per car.  The car was advanced to near the end of track.  A rail was pulled to the side of the car and onto the rollers.  Rail would then be pulled over the rollers and laid on the ties and repeated on other side of car.  The car had 4 wheels and with a short wheel base I don't know if it was a full truck.  Thoughts?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 04, 2018, 05:08:41 AM »
Outlets in the retaining wall for ground water relief or are the open joints enough?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:57:03 AM »
Thank you, Mike

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 02, 2018, 04:11:00 AM »
Thanks guys for the prompt replies.  It would probably have helped if I "googled" the correct spelling.  I looked at google satellite map to see if there is any obvious signs of abutments. No luck.  Thanks again.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:58:30 PM »
John: Excuse my ignorance but what is a Whitfield iron bridge?  I looked up one and it referenced me to a bridge in Georgia that is very ornate but looks like a light road bridge/pedestrian bridge. Help!

Volunteers / Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:34:07 PM »
Would a zero turn cutter be of use?

Work and Events / Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:21:56 PM »
Us too!  We'd be there at all 3 concerts.

Or to Lake Loof Lirpa!

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:45:38 PM »
I really like your spirit "Can Do!" and the way you solve all problems that arise. Great to follow your development.

Sorry about the problems with the tamper. I am sure you will solve also those problems.
But just wanted to point out an alternative to consider.
We had an old, classic Matisa BL09M tamper bought for scrap price from Swedish State Railways some 40 years ago.
But in spite changing a lot of the parts, it continued to be quite temperamental.
Thus we bought a new one some years ago from this company in France, specialized narrow gauge equipment.
Their product is a rather direct copy of the Matisa BL09, built with Chinese components. They can custom build what ever you like, and it does not cost a fortune. Our new unit works quite well.

More pictures from our 600 mm railway on our blog:

Dag B Tried the first link and got a virus warning that was not easy to eliminate on my IPad.  Had to turn off power and wait for a minute and that eliminated the problem.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:14:58 PM »
Thanks to all for the work and the pictures.  Wonderful to see multiple generations in the work force! Looking forward to coming up with the family around Aug. 19 weekend.

Work and Events / Re: Shingle Mill - Official Work Thread
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:09:50 PM »
Thank you , Troy. Barb & I looked at it last night and she got a real feel for what it was like in winter logging.  Growing up I heard stories about river driving but never saw any by the late 40's early 50's.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 28, 2018, 11:43:23 PM »
Eagerly awaiting pictorial exhibits of the written progress being made!  Thank you.

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