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Messages - Wayne Laepple

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My suggestion is to first clear all the loose dirt away from the rail and the crossing so they can see exactly what additional damage there may be to the track itself other than the bent rail. Get a look at the ties to determine their condition and whether they can be plugged. Then bring another rail to the scene and bolt it to the bent rail. Use that as a lever to slowly bend the rail back toward its original location. Actually, over-bend the rail just a bit so it will stay somewhere close to the original position. Respike the rail to gauge, starting at the end closest to the camera while holding it in place with the lever rail. Drawing closer to the broken joint, it will be necessary to hold the rail in place with bars so the lever rail can be removed. Then make up the joint and drive the few remaining spikes. It will probably be necessary to remove a few spikes from the adjacent rail to force the joint itself back into gauge.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 30, 2020, 08:23:37 PM »
Thanks for the report and the excellent photos, Mike.

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:15:40 PM »
Please. Not black. Too hot in the summer! Can we compromise with gray?

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:40:48 PM »
A T-shirt -- yes, please! With a pocket, if you please.

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General Discussion / Re: Steam Shovel found in Michigan Lake
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:06:11 AM »

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Museum Discussion / Re: What are the benefits of Membership?
« on: May 27, 2020, 08:56:42 AM »
You might be surprised to know, Ben, that work weekend volunteers come from as far away as Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, and even occasionally from overseas.

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Museum Discussion / Re: What are the benefits of Membership?
« on: May 26, 2020, 04:02:15 PM »
I'll let you in on a little secret, Ben. Sprague's, just across Route 1 on the Creamery dock, is just as good as Red's -- and no long lines. YMMV

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Museum Discussion / Re: What are the benefits of Membership?
« on: May 26, 2020, 01:00:13 PM »
In addition to the benefits mentioned earlier, if you can manage a trip or two to the museum each year for the annual work weekends, you will meet an incredible array of people from all over this country and beyond, and they will become your friends. They will teach you, if you are interested, any number of skills necessary to build and maintain a great piece of living history, and you will become part of that history. There is also great food.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 14, 2020, 09:38:54 AM »
Things like brake shoes and cylinder cocks get in the way, though.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 09, 2020, 12:48:03 PM »
We have two small internal combustion locomotives, either of which is capable of moving a dead locomotive in or out of the proposed roundhouse and onto the turntable. Let's not overthink this.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 08, 2020, 01:37:30 PM »
I have helped push No. 9 and No. 10 in and out of the shop on several occasions. Not that hard.

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I've always preferred the ex-, ex-, ex- or X-, XX-, XXX- nomenclature to the use of "former" especially when their are multiple previous owners. But that's just me.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 06, 2020, 06:04:39 PM »
Couldn't the ballast be hauled out there in a tip car? Might take two or three trips.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 05, 2020, 04:48:12 PM »
Looks really good, Brendan and crew. Has the rest of the roofing arrived yet?

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 03, 2020, 09:38:39 PM »
As I recall from my several visits to Portland over the part 20 years or so, whenever the display building was open, there was at least one and usually a couple of people walking around, chatting with visitors and generally keeping an eye on things. In fact, I remember once a volunteer admonished me when I stepped up on a step on "Rangeley" to get a peek inside. Will MNG folks do the same at Sheepscot?

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