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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:39:56 PM »
Ties are secured to the bridge timbers, then the rails are spiked down to the ties, and then bridge decking will be fastened. Without the ties being secured to the bridge timbers the ties would be free to move length wise on the bridge which would not be good.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 04:09:38 PM »
The entire bridge has been coated with fire retardent. Any fire prevention source would be supplied by either the tender and hose on the steam engine, hand pump fire extinguisher from on board the train, or a fire hose from the responding fire department.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:03:04 PM »
Yay. Glad to see the bridge stringers that we worked so hard on are getting used.  Those bolts weren't much fun to drive in. :)

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:09:12 PM »
Not to say ATV's wont be an issue, we are extremely fortunate to have some very caring and considerate neighbors.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: September 16, 2018, 05:39:32 PM »
This question has come up a lot. Once the rail crane is built, the plan is to load up a car load of rail at Sheepscot at the end of each night. More than half of the ties are currently staged at ToM, and we havent set up an official loading time on that yet. My guess would be the same thing, ties get loaded at the end of the day at ToM by the crew before returning home. Spikes, bolts, and joint bars will be on a yellow work car pushed ahead of the track building train if everything goes well.

I have been told the rail crane will be operational in two weeks, to allow some time to test it and make modifications if needed.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:38:15 PM »
Completely forgot about cutting up ties. Thank you Al. It was nice to clean up the dumped off mess. If things look tidy, then it is less of an eye sore.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 15, 2018, 11:33:34 PM »
Work done today including but not limited to:

Tightened track bolts, brush (and phone line) cutting, sorted joint bars for Fall Work Weekend, caboose 320 work, Mountain grading, train operations, turntable painting, lunch for the crews, and a few shop projects.

Wait, did he say brush and phone line cutting? Yes, but by accident. Only plus side is, we found A break, and hopefuly THE break but wont know until it is repaired. (Sorry John, I am to blame)

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:49:34 AM »
That would be a very long list. Lol. I'd say there has been probably 20 or more volunteers to help work on the bridge including but not limited to Jason, Brendan, Zack, Fred, Dwight, Steve L, Randy, Mark, Phil, Steve P., Steve Z, Mike, Dana, Rich Currie, Bob Longo, Bob Holmes, Michael Ross, Leon Weeks, James, myself, and a few others.

Edit: Also included Dave B, Bill R, Stewart, Linc, and many more.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:45:54 PM »
As of 10:30a.m. Eastern Time, the 100th usable rail was moved into the rail piles. Thank you everyone for all the help.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:36:11 PM »
Good thing there is a bridge to cross over on now.

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Museum Discussion / Re: tie replacement
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:26:49 PM »
There is a much easier and faster method, which entails a tie inserter. After changing ties with a tie crane which is similar to this, tie inserter, a backhoe, and by hand, the fastest way is to use the inserter. However, the wrong operator and you can really hump or misalign the track. But with the correct operator, you can pull and insert a tie in about 40 seconds per tie.

None the less, any kind of track work is always interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 10, 2018, 09:11:06 PM »
Due to heavy rain on Tuesday, SWW track prep is post-poned till Wednesday. Sorry for any inconvienence.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2018, 07:05:30 PM »
What a fantastic article, photos, and video.

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

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:24:58 AM »
1400 is our goal, and to put it simply, if we achieve our goal of 1400 feet, 2019 Fall Work Weekend will see tracks extend across Trout Brook as early as Sunday afternoon. Anyone able to join us this year please do so, and feel free to tour the work zones at your discretion. Pictures do not do justice.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:13:28 AM »
Our blacksmith and other machine shop crew have been "piled" up with bridge work. #10's boiler and boxcar 67 are two projects at tge top of the list to resume once manpower permits.

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