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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 17, 2018, 11:26:45 PM »
More snow/rain in the forecast for Monday. Hopefully we can ballast that switch before we get a lot of snow. Ballasting on top of snow is less than ideal, and the pile may be frozen by then. In which case train crews, please be sure to read the postedTemporary Speed restrictions. Chances are there will be some changes before Christmas trains.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 17, 2018, 12:02:01 AM »
Paul, yes this will be our first derail on the WW&F, and the only reason for really needing it is due to the steep grade out of ML&M shop and to protect our main line through there.

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:37:11 AM »
#6 frog, and the track is going to go into the left bay of the building where the track is already.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 14, 2018, 02:09:45 AM »
Normally we don't let rain stop track work, however today was a severe exception. 34 degrees and pouring rain. Many places were sheet ice creating an extremely dangerous outdoor working environment. So we retreated to working on switch parts inside the shop, and Steve L and I unloaded the flat car of wood retreived this past weekend. Once we got that done our consensus was it was way to wet and cold to do anything else outside. By 4p.m. the rain had reduced to a light drizzle.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Victorian Christmas 2018 - Tickets Now Available!
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:55:35 PM »
Our one Christmas event is just too popular. Most New England tourist railroads do 1/4 of their annual ridership between Thanksgiving and Christmas and I must say these numbers hold close to true for us as well. Victorian Christmas is nice, but it is extremely evident this event is wildly in popular demand.

This is just a little fun fact, Conway Scenics original Polar Express was a sold out 9 car train 8 trains per four days. Over the course of 18 days, they would have three times as many patrons as they did for Thomas, and would have nearly 18,000 people in those few short days. Of course times have changed, and they had to change the name to avoid Trademark fees, and the trains have been reduced to 8 cars now and tickets are almost always available unlike the old days when the only way to get tickets was to stay at a hotel with a package deal, win the lottery drawing, or know someone with the Polar Express event.

One thing to consider, what about "after hours" Christmas trains on Victorian Christmas? We keep making the event shorter, but I remember times when we used to run trains till 5-5:30p.m. and people still had fun even though Santa had returned to the North Pole, and the wagons had left.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:38:42 PM »
Work on the ML&M switch is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and Wednesday and complete it on Saturday. Saturday will hopefully also see the ballasting of the switch and speed restriction on Davis Grade.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 08, 2018, 03:26:56 AM »
In this sense we are connecting a contract shop, with no plans to make actual revenue runs. And an exemption can be filed for less than so many tons, which in our case we would never reach any way.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 03, 2018, 10:52:27 PM »
Also, thank you everyone for todays efforts. No one let the rain dampen their spirits and we pressed on against the rising waters. Water water every where, and not a drop to drink.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 03, 2018, 09:58:02 PM »
Once we are able to ballast todays tamping I am happy to say that Davis grade will finally be completed with the exception of a few lining spots.

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Volunteers / Re: Work Day 11/3
« on: November 02, 2018, 02:07:58 PM »
Tomorrow planned work may get slowed down slightly by the rain, please dress accordingly. I hope to get as much as work done as we can.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 02, 2018, 02:05:04 PM »
Track Work for Saturday 11/3 (tomorrow) still planned. Please dress accrodingly.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: November 01, 2018, 03:47:47 PM »
For this, the side boards will be made of wood, however if we decide to make another piece to angle stone into the middle, that could be attached to the wood and made of light sheet steel. Also I am in the development stage for designing something for the tank/flat car to have a chute angled to the center of the opening on the flat car deck. This could give us a center dump car that would need one or two guys to help move ballast to the chute, and a side dumping car with a few guys to shovel the ballast against the sides, and a regular sided flat car.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: November 01, 2018, 04:39:37 AM »
Same height as before, except now with an outer board to direct stone to the shoulders instead of being done entirely by hand. Pictures to follow once they are completed.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: October 31, 2018, 11:42:41 AM »
Side note, tamping limit signs beginning next spring will be fastened to the ties. The signs are laid on the ties for a reason, and its rather important they remain in place.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: October 31, 2018, 11:26:56 AM »
This is me being crazy, but I hope to get a small crew together to leave by  7:30, and then have 52 & 118 head to Alna Center around 8-8:30 to get loaded with ballast and bring up the work crew. Tamper follows the work train north, and I will meet the tamping crew on Davis grade for instruction on tamping. (We found the tamping limit signs someone threw out into the grass and woods and have replaced them in their respective spots to resume tamping.)

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