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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:41:19 PM »
We are doing the work at the South end of Cockeyed curve, north end of Davis grade. This is the area where the ties are literally in the mud.

Just over a 1/2 mile from Sheepscot.

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:59:39 PM »
Due to the significance of the repair, and the amount of work our volunteer man power efforts will be better utilized helping with this. If we did it with the machine, we would need to keep the track in place, and the finish product would not be nearly as good as if we removed the track.

The plan is to remove around 600' of track, level off the left over ballast to use as sub grade. Then put the track back down, reballast, and lift and tamp accordingly. This will give us new track, and a really well packed and tamped stretch of track that will finally be up out of the mud. The track in the current North end of Davis grade is sitting about an inch into the dirt, which is what prompted the need for this repair.

Currently it is not a dire repair, however as mentioned by Jason, this will be our last work weekend where we will have a chance to do this kind of work for a few years.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:21:15 PM »
Bill, I cheaped out and bought my jean coat at K-mart, and wear straight up jeans for special charters. Though not 100% historic it is very close. As time goes on, I will continue to improve my period era clothing.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Pondicherry Mill Trestle
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:54:57 PM »
It is unfortunate that it wasn't preserved.

Original Railway / Re: WW&F Pile Driver/Derrick
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:44:01 PM »
John, that is why I really do not like yard jobs. Half the time it seems like when your switching you get a car with a bad drawbar on the head pin. Makes kicking and stopping all the more fun. Only takes the second or third time, then you know to brace yourself for it.

Original Railway / Re: WW&F Pile Driver/Derrick
« on: January 19, 2018, 04:48:47 AM »
Phillip, yes it resembled OP. I have the M2FQ article, I can take pictures and have my Dad post them here. It looks very interesting, and to my knowledge was tge only such car to exist in Maine.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:05:02 PM »
The uphill climb starts off extremely easy, and is less than 1% for quite a ways. I suspect the only real 3% grade will be at the last 1,000' of the climb. From walks, and looking at Val maps, the grade slowly gets steeper and steeper the further south you go. As best as I can guess right now, there is about 1900' of 2% and steeper grade.

Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:54:18 PM »
Coal shed on the upper left, Car Shop on the right, and I believe the Carpenter shop is the building behind the car shop in the upper right.

Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:23:08 PM »
And yes, leaf blowers work great for light fluffy snow, and or lightly packed drifted snow. At Conway we used leaf blowers, or the air wand if needed to blast heavier wet snow away. The only problem with the air wand was we were usually restricted to the yard in North Conway and Conway where switches are easily accesible by plowed out areas.

Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 11, 2018, 12:14:26 PM »
During my time at Conway, an air wand with 100 psi will blast out any dirt packed to the top of the rail head right down to the base of the rail. The pipe nozzle was about a half inch wide and had a blast shield on the end. Although the shield did not shield all the dirt, it did help some. Each year we would go to the crossings in Hazens and work our way back. The crossing at Hazens was dirt, and over the course of the winter, you could not even see the rails. After a half hour of using the air wand, the crossing was usable once more. No picks were used, only shovels to help clear the debree blasted out.

Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 11, 2018, 02:28:20 AM »
After using the steam cleaning device, and having the pressure, is there a way we could make the "nozzle" be able to be used with an air compressor as well? Then in the fall we could blow out all the dirt in the flangeways on a few crossings.

Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 10, 2018, 12:21:01 AM »
Heres a video Stewart took of todays plowing adventure.

Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: January 09, 2018, 03:22:11 AM »
Just my opinion, but I think selling it may be a little over kill. However, I definately like the idea of using it as advertisement, etc. (With permission of course) When I first saw this picture appear on facebook, my first reaction was to how well the event was represented. I mean look at the sheer detail they put into it. From the ribbon and wreath on #9, to the warming fire, to feeding the horses. They made sure to capture the activities at Alna Center very well.

Museum Discussion / Ww&F on 207 1/2/18
« on: January 03, 2018, 12:46:36 AM »
Just heard from many friends that the picture in Downeast Magazine was featured on tonights 207. Did any of our locals see it? I unfortunately missed it.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Wins Grand Prize photo contest
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:04:54 PM »
The photo will be publicized in a special 2018 issue. I am sure Matt M will tell us what issue it appears in. It would be nice to get them to do a story on the Railway, especially with how widespread the magazine is.

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