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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 20, 2018, 01:27:06 AM »
Thank you James & crew.

Everyone, I hope to lead a crew on Saturday 5/26 for ballasting, and or tamping depending on crew and equipment availability.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:33:05 AM »
Ballasting would be good, as we could get a speed upgrade in one location, and leave a little extra to prepare for tamping to be done next week. The new portion needs to be elevated so that will want a good amount of extra ballast. Maybe not up to the top of the rail, but maybe half way up the rail.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:07:16 PM »
Hey everyone,

Depending on a few variables, I would like to do some track work on Wednesday. If crew permits maybe we can ballast some areas that are in need of stone on Davis grade. Theres two joint bars to be changed out on Davis Grade as well. If the crew is small we have some smaller odd and end jobs we can do as well.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 07, 2018, 06:35:12 PM »
That is amazing news.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 06, 2018, 12:08:39 AM »
Hahaha.

Along with designating track projects for this summer, I hope to develope a few days of work we can do on regular scheduled weekend days so that not all of the track work falls during the week. The question is, can we actually generate the help?

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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 05, 2018, 10:34:08 PM »
Happy to say I forgot my spray can this time around, but found a great spot for next summers tie changing project.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:43:21 AM »
Track crew tomorrow coordinated by Dad, aka Mike, to pick up ties along Davis Grade. I will be there for a little while, time depending work. If I can be there for most of the day I hope to finish walking the line after the work train gets back. Tonight I will begin prepairing the work list of light tasks that a small 1-2 person track crew can accomplish.

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Museum Discussion / Re: A new connection with a sister museum
« on: May 04, 2018, 12:13:39 AM »
When I am conductor I like to make it a point to tell visitors that the schooners were once owned by the railroad. I remember seeing them briefly, and I know many wanted to see them restored. It is neat because the schooners were the most recognized part of Wiscasset.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 02, 2018, 03:38:08 PM »
Other track work to be done (not necessarily this weekend) will include surfacing and tamping the areas that need it between Brook Corssing and Sutters. Speed restrictions will be put up as needed, and posted tomorrow or Friday for the work area.

I will post a generic track projects list of things to be done with or without a leader in by the sign in book. Things such as tightening loose bolts, and replacing a couple of joint bars. Theres a lot to do this year, and I hope to get a day or two this year to raise some rough spots such as MP6, and MP 7 to ToM.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:43:27 PM »
It was nice to see many new and familiar faces. Hope many of our new friends as well as our reguoar work weekenders are able to join us this fall. (Myself included)

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 29, 2018, 01:26:39 AM »
HUGE thank you to the track crew the last two days. Friday we built 310' of track with 18-22 guys. Saturday we ballasted 650' of track, tamped 150', and a tie changing crew replaced 63 ties with a total of around 40 guys between the 3 crews. Fantastic work to all involved.

Other great projects were happening around the shop and campus as well.

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 29, 2018, 01:22:43 AM »
As a note, track crew replaced 63 ties today (In One Day). That is fantastic, and a job well done. On top of that, we ballasted 650' of track, and tamped and jacked 150'. Although we won't get it all done this weekend, the efforts have been amazing. Thank you everyone for the hard work put into the track the last few days.

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 28, 2018, 12:23:44 AM »
The track crew spiked 310' of rail today with 14 guys in the morning, and around 21-22 in the afternoon. With crew size, that is excellent work. This fall we have a big push, so we need to get as much track building time as possible. Today we got off to a late start, departed around 8:30a.m.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 26, 2018, 02:06:24 AM »
I like to view each member of the crew as a valuable member. Although there wasn't much to be done by you today Bob, we still appreciate the help and willingness to hang out with us in the rain. Thankfully the heavy rain held off till we completed our work.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:46:14 PM »
Plenty of work left. Have no fear on that. We have taken advantage of the crew size and prepped as much as possible. If a project finishes ahead of schedule, the crew can move on to the next project. There are 147 ties to replace (not counting our track repair), 310' of rail to place and spike, junk ties to pick up, ballasting, jacking, and tamping to be done. There are smaller projects to be done on track that can be done as well without the need of a dedicated foreman due to simplicity such as tightening bolts, etc.

Todays projects included:
- Rick & Jason surveying the pinch point and bridge site
-Finished prepping the rail, laying out ties for the new track, as well as ties to be replaced
- Jay built an awesome tie ladder that looks like it will work very well.
- Reassesed plans for Davis grade as a whole, such as specifics on raising track for at least half the grade.

Priorities are still the same with a minor note: odds are #9 will not be ready in time for the rail laying, but will still be used per normal work weekend duties.

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