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Messages - Brendan Barry

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:38:03 AM »
Clearing for the new parking lot west of the present lot.






















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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:27:37 PM »
The rail gantry in action. We put down about 160' of rail after lunch with a crew of 12.






































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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 02, 2018, 09:00:51 PM »
The rail gantry was tested out today. Tomorrow the plan is to put 150' of track down using the normal Wednesday crew.

Chainfalls mounted.



Railing being loaded back up after being run out and put down from the trailing flatcar.




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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:30:42 PM »
Fred's truck was the first "railroad" vehicle across the bridge to pick up the generator and left over the lumber from the south side of the bridge.



The south side of the bridge was seeded and mulched this morning.


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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 28, 2018, 12:58:59 AM »
The bridge ties being laid out and drilled for spikes on the approach span.



Two of the spikes that secure the bridge ties are sticking up in the foreground. Each ties gets four spikes driven into the stringers.



North approach span from the west side of the bridge. Jason is driving a tie spike above.



Approach span ties all done.



Starting to put the decking on the approach span.





Word has come that a dump truck is coming to deliver rip rap to the south side of the bridge shortly throwing the decking crew into hurry up mode.







First load of rip rap being delivered to bring the grade up on the south side of the bridge.



After the truck left the decking crew was back at it.



Second load of rip rap delivered.



The final truck load of rip rap being delivered for the season.







The first motorized crossing all the way across the bridge went to the little Komatsu excavator.









Looking south after the south side of the bridge had been backfilled.



Looking north across the bridge.



South approach span finished.



Looking north on the east side.



Looking upstream at the east side of the bridge from the bend in the brook.





That's it we're done for the year. Tomorrow we have to seed and mulch the south side of the bridge site and pick up some stuff from around the bridge site.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2018, 12:15:35 AM »
Dumping a load of 1.5" stone off the south end of the bridge to finish the crib abutment pad.





We used the excavator to walk the crib abutment across the bridge and lower the abutment into place.





After the abutment was in place another load of 1.5" stone was dumped off the bridge to fill the abutment using the mini excavator.



After the abutment was full of stone our local excavation contractor started dumping loads of rip rap so we could back fill around the abutment.









The abutment filled with crush stone and starting to be backfilled with rip rap.



Moving rip rap to the back of the abutment to make a ramp to get the excavator up on top of the abutment.



Another load of rip rap being dumped.



End of the day Tuesday.



Moving rip rap Wdnesday morning. There was alot of rain Wednesday night and the brook came up a couple of feet in the morning.



Looking out of the excavtor sitting on top of the abutment. We had to build cribbing on top of the pile caps to get the dump trucks out to the end of the bridge. We used the cut offs from the bridge floor beams and temporarily installed some of the decking boards out over the cribbing.



Putting the mud sill in place on the crib abutment.





Checking the mud sill height.



The first south approach span stringer going in.



Steve slinging the second approach span stringer.



The last stringer going in.



Drilling the stringers and pile cap for pins.



Looking north with the stringers in.



Randy and Jason driving the pins to secure the stringers to the mud sill.



Ice and water shield applied to the top of the stringers.



Putting the end cap on the stringers.



Ties placed on the approach span for installation tomorrow.










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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 25, 2018, 12:11:09 AM »
Stewart touching up the paint where the siding was cut to fit around the corbels.



The railroad's pickup truck made it out on the bridge today.



All the cribbing was removed from under the south piles today and the area was mulched and seeded.



Cribbing from the south side coming back across the bridge.



Grading for the south abutment crib.



Dumping 1.5" stone off the south end of the bridge for the abutment pad.





Spreading out the stone for the crib abutment base.



Checking the grade.





Pad almost done at the end of the day. We need to get another couple of yards of stone tomorrow to finish.



The north end of the bridge site was seeded and mulched today.



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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 12:00:58 AM »
Flanger on the the bay 4 lead this morning.



Flanger lifting mechanism. The hand wheel and big gear in the back left operates the spreader wing.



Spreader wing



Flanger blades for between the rails.





Flanger blades for outside the rails.






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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 22, 2018, 11:52:26 PM »
The cut tie pile at Sheepscot.



Caboose work





New windows for the cupola











The temporary bridge spans from the covered bridge off loaded from the trailer onto a flatcar for the trip over to the shop for conversion nto the rail gantry crane.





Legs for the rail gantry crane going together.









Trimming the end off on one of the temporary spans.



Bringing one of the beam sets into bay 2



Lining the two sets of beams up.





Tacking the two sets of beams together.



Bolting the beams to the legs.





Mounted on the flatcar.



Rolled out into the yard. More welding and bracing still needs to be done.






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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:33:42 AM »
Spiking ties to the north approach span.







Excavator across the bridge to retrieve constuction leftovers from the south side.



Filling the bucket up with pile cutoffs and dunnage from the bridge move.





Heading back across the bridge to get some more cribbing out.



Retrieving one of the moving dollies.





Heading back to the bridge to get the other moving dolly and move the dolly further north up the right of way.







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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:30:06 PM »
Grading out two loads of rip rap to bring the grade up to the approach span stringers.







Spreading out a load of 1.5" stone on top of the rip rap.









Grading to the approach span done.







Putting ice and water shield over the top of the approach span stringers.



Linc cleaning off the last timber for the ice and water shield.



Placing ties on the approach span.



Bob slinging a bridge tie.



Ties in place on the approach span.









Bob's picture of me taking a picture.










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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:24:23 PM »
Marcel's progress on the caboose.










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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:24:48 AM »
Bridge down on the corbels looking north.



Looking north from underneath the bridge. All the cribbing has been removed from the north end except for the two beams bolted to the piles under the caps.



Underneath the bridge looking south.



North approach abutment with the crane mats removed.



Mudsill sitting on top of the north approach abutment.



Approach stringers going in.











Approach stringers being pinned in place.





North approach span complete except for ties.










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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:54:57 PM »
John there’s underground splice boxes in the garage and I believe there’s scotchlocks to fix the the wires upstairs in the shop. I’ll be back up this week.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:02:14 AM »
Thursday/Friday pictures.

Removing ties off the first temporary span.







The first temporary span being lifted out.





Rollers under the south end of the second temporary span.



Rolling the second temporary span out from under the bridge.







First temporary span loaded on the trailer.



Second temporary span being lifted out and being swung over to the trailer.



The bottom of the bridge after the temporary spans were removed.



Jacking up the north end of the bridge to put rollers under the bridge to adjust the bridge sideways on the pile bent.



Steve cranking on the come along to shift the bridge sideways.



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