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Messages - Bill Piche

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Volunteers / Re: NO ROOM AT SHEEPSCOT FOR SPRING 2019 WORK WEEKEND
« on: April 04, 2019, 08:20:56 PM »
I've parked my camper next to the ramp into the Percival house before. I think as long as they know you're coming they have no problem with it.

Which reminds me...I need to send the powers that be an email about the work weekends.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:12:39 PM »
Time is relative, depending on gravity.  Gravity must have a reverse correlation with age - the younger you are, the more gravity you have, the slower time goes for you.  As you age you lose gravity and things speed up.  Of course it's an internal clock, as a watch on a young person moves at the same rate that it moves on an older person.

"Youth is wasted on the young"

A way that I have learned to look at it is the perception of time is what changes with age and it's directly related to the percentage of your life that time occupies.

When you're 10 a day is a greater percentage of your total life than when you're at 20, 30, etc. Since it's a smaller percentage you perceive it as going faster than a child would.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Coming down the tracks...
« on: January 24, 2019, 09:21:34 PM »
Another nice picture. My mom (Sandra) took that on the Polar Express dress rehearsal\sponsor's night the weekend before Thanksgiving.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Source for a conductor's hat?
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:57:34 PM »
When I sourced conductor hats for the Old Colony & Newport Rwy I got them from Modern Uniform & Cap Company in Stoughton Ma. This was in the days before web sites and my records have their phone as 617-334-3236 and the caps I got from them look like the one Ed has and those I saw at Springfield several years ago.

That might be a little out of date. Stoughton has been in the 781 area code for over 20 years now. I know because that's the town that I live in.

I can't say I've found anything for them still existing, though. Probably packed up a long time ago or sold the business to guys like the one that shows up in Springfield.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 18, 2018, 04:46:00 AM »
Alan is kind of strange, but he's definitely not a machine.

I wouldn't say that. I've seen the reports of all the work he's done since he showed up.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 21, 2018, 01:14:21 AM »
I agree that it's Brian's call. I was just thinking in terms of continuity. Seems to be a big thing and such (the coach 8 renumbering followed by the planned coach 9, the creation of the 50 series for the internal combustion locos, 10\11, etc).

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 21, 2018, 12:30:11 AM »
Brian’s car will require a number so it can be included in conventional operating plans.  Brian has already approved of this.  No idea what number, but a number it must have.

See ya
Jason

Perhaps 107? The highest number open excursion car that I knew of was 106, which was in Portland with 102 and 105 before the frame was deemed unsalvageable and the car demolished.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 19, 2018, 03:40:14 PM »
I get decent reception with Verizon on the main campus in Sheepscott. I get ok reception at TOM and just above minimum down in the cuts on the mountain extension. You probably won't find a better major carrier to get reception with even being as close to Route 1 as the railroad is.

You also might wanna try looking into US Cellular. I heard they have good reception in the more rural areas of the state, but I couldn't find their coverage map anywhere.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:41:42 PM »
Great work over the weekend to all involved!  I noticed in the above photos that the joint bars are staggered, yet it appears to be tangent track.  I thought we had the joint bars across from each other on tangent track to prevent side rocking of the cars?

Thanks from Chicago for another week.

Dave Crow

That track is just starting to come out of a curve. The joints were staggered on the curve to help alleviate kinking in the curves. I will defer to Joe or another higher up track guy but I would think that the staggering won't be taken out on that straight because there's another curve further down the grade from that spot.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:48:41 AM »
Somebody is gonna be real upset that you took their doorstops to mock up a bit of track there.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 02, 2018, 08:13:30 PM »
I've used and been witness to using power hammers to do spike driving and they do have their benefits and drawbacks.

One big drawback (and you can see it in the picture provided) is that you need a pilot hole for every spike or you need them the be pre-set in the tie by somebody with a maul. You can't start them with the power hammer.

Another drawback is that you're more prone to bending spikes beyond recovery. Hand hammering is just as likely to bend the spike, but you can stop and bend it back out mid drive. With the power hammer you're liable to not notice it until it's too late. The possibility of bent spikes goes up if you're using smaller spikes than you see on 3' and standard gauge lines.

With the pine ties it seems easy enough to drive spikes that I bet the gangs will have no major problems putting down 300-500 feet a day. That's 150-250 ties and 600-1000 spikes. 800 ties and 3200 spikes in a weekend is a big order, but doable based on what has been done in the past. I believe the record years they were doing it with oak ties and no pilot holes, which from my experience in Portland I can tell you is no fun.

Turnout is never predictable but with how much it's been known that "new iron" is going down my understanding is that turnout is up, especially with the younger demographic. I believe Joe's spring tie replacement group had at least 8 guys under the age of 25. That's not the 100+ that have mobbed the fall work weekends in the past, but 75 or so replacements plus the wholesale track section replacement in 4 days is testament that even a small crew can get a lot done with the current materials.

My understanding is that we only want a maximum of 1600 feet this year anyways because the contractors are going to be accessing the roadbed from right next to where that 1600 feet stops. Equipment and additional materials and whatnot are going to come in through there instead of going over the bridge to reach the areas between the future EOT and the bridge site.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 06:53:45 PM »
I don't see evidence of gauging or spiking ahead of the machine.....

It's subtle, but if you look closely they're using gauge rods to hold the track in place. The spike crew is probably following along behind the train.

I say probably, and then I watch the rest of the video and do in fact see that the spike gangs are behind the track train.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 06:51:10 PM »
I don't see evidence of gauging or spiking ahead of the machine.....

It's subtle, but if you look closely they're using gauge rods to hold the track in place. The spike crew is probably following along behind the train.

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Those interested in seeing B&SR 7 in operation, she is tentatively scheduled to run the following days in May through early July.

As a hedge against the longer fire ups that the bigger locomotive would require from cold we've decided to run her Friday evenings for the ice cream trains. Day trains (10-4) will be diesel operated with 7 taking over for the 5, 6, and 7 PM departures.

The following days are confirmed scheduled steam days subject to the usual equipment may change without notice disclamer.
Sat May 26
Sun May 27
Mon May 28

Fri June 15
Sat June 16
Sun June 17

Fri June 29
Sat June 30
Sun July 1

Below dates are tentative and subject to changes:
Mon July 2
Tue July 3
Wed July 4

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A few videos have started to surface on the youtubes from Saturday.

Here's one from Hansel Gordon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUZ0QAOk5Rk

One from an account called "NorfKhazad":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJyIADihTtg

A video of clips from Mark Spremulli:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1L0xPmzgoc

A "musical" video with pics and clips from an account "726Berkshire"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5ZXcOSUim4

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