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Messages - Brendan Barry

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Work and Events / Re: 2019 Easter Express
« on: April 21, 2019, 04:15:21 AM »

Is there any budget/priority to finish putting a concrete floor in Bay 1 this year?

There is no present plan or labor hours available to concrete bay 1 right now. Bay 1 is mostly used for parking the steam engine and really isn't used for maintenance. Putting a concrete floor in would also involve taking out all the posts between bays 1 and 2 and putting steel beams up and a center post to support the second floor . Bay 1 is supported on mudsills on all four sides right now that would need to be removed and replaced with concrete footers.

Remember we have to lengthen and widen the car barn this summer. The car barn is a priority project to get the coaches from Portland  undercover and provide us with museum dispaly space. We also have a 30' x 80' pavilion to put up at Alna Center and 2000' of track to put down this year.

OK the obvious question...why the wall work?
And the finished Car 34 woodwork looks gorgeous, Zack!

The bottom of the wall was removed last year when we put the concrete floor in. The upper portion was serving no purpose other than blocking the light in the shop.

The insulation crew hard at work.

The pile is getting smaller.

The windows are trimmed out on the east wall of the shop extension.

The upper wall removal between bays 1 and is finished.

The rest of the crane rail is up. Bay 3 has a dual gauge section at the north end to clear the stove pipe. The north crane bridge will run on the narrow section and be narrower to fit by the stove pipe. Running the crane beams farther apart in the rest of the bay allows for wider crane bridges over the machine shop area.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:54:17 PM »
One of the trucks going under 34. The truck needs to be painted and have the bearings repacked.

The other truck dissasembled to swap out a wheel set. The brake beams also need to be installed.

The replacement wheel set in the lathe getting the bearing journals turned.

34 with the stakes and side boards installed. The Bridgeton flat cars had the end stake pockets set in from the end of the car.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 27, 2019, 02:11:39 AM »
The last deck board went on the car today.

The insulation crew finished the east wall of bay 1 today.

Window trim going on the east wall of the shop extension.

The last pieces of crane rail being prepped for installation.

Removing some of the upper section of the wall between bays 1 and 2.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 24, 2019, 12:41:38 AM »
Flat car progress.

All the wall sheathing in the shop extension was finished today.

The front wall of the shop with the new shelving up.

Jay putting up the last board on the east wall.

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 23, 2019, 11:55:23 PM »
New door hanger castings for 67 arrived today.

Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 22, 2019, 02:30:24 AM »
The museum's big trailer flipped over to replace worn out suspension parts. Four spring equalizers on the trailer were broken and three more were close to failing.

The trailer has six short axles under it and rides on twelve tires.

After everything had been disassembled. The front two axles were just flipped over after the bolts and bushings were burned/cut off of the spring hangers. The back four axles were pulled off the trailer after the sping equalizer bolts were cut off. It is a lot easier to deal with the bushings and old bolts in the spring eyes on the ground.

The back four axles.  The axle in the middle still has the remains of the spring equalizers attached to the spring eyes. One of the cut off equalizers is laying on the ground to the right of the saw.

Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 19, 2019, 09:37:15 PM »
We lifted B&SR boxcar 56 off of it's trucks today. The trucks are going under B&SR flatcar 34. When boxcar 56 is rebuilt we will use the swing motion Bridgeton trucks that are under WW&F flatcar 126 and 126 will get a new set of common bolster trucks.

The trucks sitting on the roundhouse track where we picked up the car.

Next to the coal pile at the bottom of the driveway.

In the parking lot after squeezing between the house and the bathrooms.

Placed temporarily on the west side of the parking lot.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 16, 2019, 03:10:05 AM »
All the flatcar pictures I have taken up to the end of February.

Picking up the flatcar.

The car barely survived loading in one piece onto the trailer but not the unloading.

The flatcar being rebuilt in bay 2.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:34:56 PM »
Nice photos, Brendan Who does the steam pumper belong to? How was it loaded onto a flatcar?

Jeff S.

I don't know who owns the steam pumper. The steam pumper came in by truck to ML&M and had just been unloaded when we stopped for a picture. We were heading north and uncoupled from the train so people could take pictures.

Thanks Brendan for those, I would say, cold pics.Will the WW&F firemen train as firemen to use that  steam firepump .I hope all my fire will warm you up a bit. Oh my god ! It"s high time I stopped the lousy puns.

I don't believe our crews will have anything to do with the fire pumper. After the boiler is fixed I believe the pumper will be shipped off to it's new owner.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:39:19 AM »
All three walls of the shop extension are insulated and the entire ceiling of bay 3 is insulated. The old ceiling portion of bay 2 is insulated and a start has been made on the extension ceiling of bay 2. We started putting interior sheathing up on the bay 3 wall in the extension. The plan is to get the interior wall sheathing completed in the shop extension so shelving and storage can be put up and things organized to make the machine shop functional again. Once everything is off the floor we will go back to working on the ceilings.

Bay 3 ceiling done in the old part of the shop. A flat ceiling had to be framed into the upper portion of the bay to allow for ventilation of the dead space above bay 4.

South and east walls of the shop extension insulated.

Interior sheathing going up on the west wall of the shop extension.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:31:10 AM »
No. 9 posed next to a self propelled steam fire pumper being delivered to Maine Locomotive and Machine for boiler work. No. 9 was out making trips for fireman training.

Fred plowing out the right of way at 218 this morning. We plowed out the right of way down to the bridge.

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