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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:57:05 AM »
They look great. Can't wait till we have them in service on our trains. :) I can not say it enough, we are very fortunate to have so many wonderfull members, volunteers, and friends.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:55:46 PM »
Change of plans. If I tamp Saturday it will be after the last train. I will now arrive around 8 to get tools and brush cutters ready to reassemble track on the Mountain, and brush cut the mountain area. Depending on crew spirits, I would like to brush cut some other areas as well later in the day. The Mountain track work needs to be done Saturday, and we will need 4-5 guys to make it happen. Ideally I want someone to bring us up there before the first train.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 18, 2018, 11:12:36 AM »
Due to the extremely short track work window, track work (if any) will be tamping and jacking on Davis Grade. Tamper will be leaving between 6:30-7, and return to Sheepscot by 10:10. After if there are any extra hands we can do some brush and grass cutting along the ROW.

Track work and grass cutting will depend soley on how much help is on hand to fill the top priority projects.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:35:21 AM »

Building the Grand Trunk in Canada. Fast forward to 1:10 to see their track building train.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 16, 2018, 12:04:05 AM »
Rich is a very great guy, and lots of experience in the railroad field. He has been involved with Conway Scenic, MNG, and many other operations and is full of knowledge. And what makes all that knowledge all the better is he will not say anything he knows unless asked. He as been a volunteer with us since 2006-2007 and hopes to be able to come join us more often. Rich was one of the guys at Conway that took me under his wing and showed me some things. We have been in contact, and we both hope to see him become a regular part of our core group of guys.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:42:30 PM »
Humason is about 30 feet from abutment to abutment.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:32:58 PM »
In the event that the rail crane is unable to be used, I have an idea to allow use of one flat car for ties, and two work flats for rail. Again, only as a back up plan. One way or the other we will hopefully build more than 1200' this year.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 12, 2018, 01:37:20 AM »
Work done today, 7/11/18

Track work was done on the Water Tower switch, as well as looking at a few other things around the yard.

Work was then done with a decent sized crew on the mountain to allow work to continue with grading. See photos on the Mountain thread.

Back at Sheepsot a crew continued staining the bridge and prepping other materialsfor the bridge.

-Note: all names have been removed to protect the parties identity. In all honesty, I didn't want to leave anyone out and my memory with names is terrible.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 12:41:20 AM »
That looks awesome. Retaining wall at the pinch point will begin soon.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:50:38 AM »
Seeing a few sneak pics, it looks great. Errr, I mean RED.

Museum Discussion / Re: 2018 Operating Schedule
« on: July 09, 2018, 11:42:24 AM »
Could always go back to a different version of the schedule. 10, 11, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3.

Museum Discussion / Re: 2018 Operating Schedule
« on: July 08, 2018, 10:33:04 PM »
We had dozens of first time visitors yesterday, with many newbies from Portland, Winthrop, and Augusta. The Portlanders were surprised to hear about our operational Portland Company equipment. I continue to urge the importance of our history of our Railway as well as the equipment to tell our visitors, almost everyone is happy to listen. Also another thing I may suggest, is finding ways to promote family fun on any operating day to help attract more families.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 07, 2018, 08:31:02 AM »
That looks awesome. Lots of fine craftsmanship there.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 06, 2018, 02:33:43 AM »
If anyone knows of anybody who may be intetested in volunteering, there are at least 6 different projects going on right now that could use help. Bridge work, prep work, grass cutting, track work, shop help, and many others.

Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 05, 2018, 01:03:09 AM »
Well today didn't go as well as I had hoped. Tamper is still down,  Linc and I tried to find the missing parts, no such luck. Then I did some brush cutting, but experienced some issues there as well. Oh well, there is always another day I guess.

Track crew of one is a challenge, but I have developed a good system for me to work alone. Also trying to develope ways to line track alone, and work on new ways to jack and tamp with a one man crew. This and working on new flat car sides should help out with track work.

Other things I am thinking on is a ballast regulator to push stone out of the middle of the tracks, and wings to pull stone up, or if you travel in reverse could push stone out. All just ideas, but as our track grows and track crew continues to decrease our demand for actual track machines increases.

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