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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 20, 2019, 09:48:24 PM »
Bill, too bad, next time you'll come in France .In France there are quite a lot of disused canals that are fortunately become tourist attractions, Canal du Midi of course but Canal de Bourgone too and I live close to the canal d'Orleans that is still under repair.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 19, 2019, 02:58:37 PM »
 GREASE sure enough ! I should 've known it given that in the US you stuff the  connecting rod bearings with a lot of grease. As you can compare a  connecting rod to an arm and the bearings and journals to  the elbow or wrist joint it makes sense you say elbowgrease. Plus when you have an elbow tendinitis you can use  ketoprofen ointment to grease and ease it unless there is a fly in it.
Bill, tell me please when you are both coming to Paris, if you feel like going  over to Pithiviers and if  I'm not of course on vacation, it would be a treat for me to show you around the AMTP museum, facilities and of course take you for a ride on the train.

Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:32:22 AM »
Thanks Stephen for the report and well done you all .Things are definetly off to a good on the RR and that makes me happy.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 18, 2019, 04:44:17 PM »
Hello everybody ! I'am going to tell you the AMTP track maintenance story 1966- 2019.

As I wrote it  in a recent reply on this forum I think track maintenance  is of paramount importance. A well kept track means safety, comfort and mitigates the rolling stock wear and tear. Despite the great atmosphere that  usually rules in a trackcrew, trackworks are gruelling and time consumming so they need to be mechanized as much as possible and the WW&F is right to do it.
 In Pithiviers when I joined the trackcrew in 1977 the track maintenance was all about oil of elbow. We used a hand auger to drill the ties and a kind of T shaped tool to screw the coach screw that fix the rail to the tie, no spikes in France. That tool called for two volunteers to be turn efficiently. Of course forks and shovels to stuff the ballast under and around the tie and a heavy special mattock to damp it. Fortunately, in those days there were a lot of young volunteers in the trackcrew and nobody had arthrosis or back condition.
In the late eighties and in the nineties the AMTP had to renew long streches of track and it baught a second hand gas engine powered machine to screw the coach screws and a power generator  to operate a big electric drill but volunteers went on using the  damping mattock.
At the turn of the century, there were far less volunteers on the AMTP and thus less volunteers in the trackcrew and they were not getting any younger at that. So when it came to doing over  or even repairing  a long strech of track the  AMTP BOD decided to call on external roadworks contractors. But it costed an arm and a leg and the track was not properly damped if any. So once more we had to grab the mattocks  to finish off the work or else the train was like running on a roller coaster in places.

To be continued...

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:03:32 AM »
Hello Mike !For sure it counts, you worked as a WW&F special guide for a selected rider party.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:22:42 PM »
Thanks for the pics Mike . BTW how does it feel to be  a mere rider for once ?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 17, 2019, 04:12:40 PM »
Maybe Mike was a lonesome lumberman.

For sure, but  there will be a lot of water under the Trout brook bridge before it happens .

 It's what is worth  and maybe you'd think it's none of my business because I'll never be an hands-on volunteer but once the mountain  extension is completed  I think  the WW&F would be wise to consolidate for a few years what has been doing untill then before taking up extensing the line  northward or southward. 

   I can't help getting in my two cents worth on this discussion. I agree with Bill when he said in his February 13th reply that we have lots to do by then. But  of course it's no harm in dreaming. After all,those who decided on rebuilding the WW&F from scratch in 1989 had dreamed it and their dream has come true eventually.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:55:15 AM »
Good job of work you all did . You are soon going to have the nice and warm place to work you need given the wintry temps in Maine  . If only we could do the same in the AMTP Pithiviers workshop and enginehouse. Thanks for the pics Brendan.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:41:48 AM »
Thanks Brendan for those, I would say, cold pics.Will the WW&F firemen train as firemen to use that  steam firepump .I hope all my fire will warm you up a bit. Oh my god ! It"s high time I stopped the lousy puns.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 10, 2019, 09:54:41 PM »
 You did a good job of work despite the cold. Well done ! Have a nice week you guys.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 08, 2019, 02:17:05 PM »

Ah, free time.  I seemed to have so much of it when I was working.  Now that I am retired, I, like so many of my retired friends, don't know how I found time to work. 

Could it be that I am slowing down?  Surly not...

How true it is Bill. Of course it's not that we are slowing down  but I don't figure out why the f...... time is going by faster and faster.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: January 23, 2019, 05:22:42 AM »
Thanks for those pics . The shop will be soon a nice and warm place to work when the potbelly will be burning. By the way isn't the olive green jacket a M65 by Alfa ?

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