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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 23, 2017, 12:08:39 AM
Tree removal (the fallen) may be Saturday, depending on the track unloading and weather. As well as weed whacking the slopes.
2  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Hiking Trails/Conservation Land at TOM and 218 on: June 22, 2017, 02:15:13 AM
We own the land the trail is on. We can simply relocate the trail to run beside the track, keeping it on our land.
3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / WW&F RPO on: June 21, 2017, 07:40:53 PM
I walked the other side last spring, looking at our property and checking for corners. No road coming up. I suspect some logging took place on the plain by the brook and they used the gentle slope to haul up over, or a farmer had the road to get to the brook.
4  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 21, 2017, 07:36:53 PM
Yes. Current hole has to go down about 2 feet. The hole is wide enough now to accomplish this. But I expect to remove some from the north side to have a place to put material while digging. Need to keep the current soth face as is as much as possible to have enough reach for the crane. When the hole is as deep as needed, I expect to be on virgin soil. Will take some prep, but hoping nothing much.
5  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / WW&F RPO on: June 21, 2017, 11:36:19 AM
I believe we already have the skeleton of a trail system at Top of The Mountain. The road down to the Porcupine Palace is one leg, and there is an overgrown road on the south side of the property that drops down the hill to Trout Brook. I've not bushwhacked between them, so I don't know how difficult it would be to connect the two to make a loop. However, perhaps where the road reaches the stream, we could build a footbridge to connect to the SVCA land across the stream and to their trail system.

Wayne,

If memory serves me correctly, just East of the Porcupine Palace road there is an old road that cuts off at a diagonal to the South East and connects to the road that slabs down the embankment to Trout Brook, perhaps near the Southern property line, but I don't know where that line is.  I didn't cross the stream, but would suspect that at some time that road was a ford across the stream and it continued West on the other side.

Bill

The road down over the bank is about halfway between stump row and porcupine pallace. It is overgrown, and will probably stay that way.  Anything within the Alna Shore Land Zoning district will be left untouched, unless we carefully plan things out, and see what would be needed to have a trail system close to the brook. We don't want to do anything in the area that will cause any type of erosion.
6  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 20, 2017, 03:35:41 PM
Mike,

Glad to hear your friend was able to access Coach 8 for a ride.  Maybe you need to have him come back and see how much of the campus he can explore.  And there are several levels of that exploration; how many places he can access, and compare that to how many areas he can access comfortably and easily.  Wendy uses both manual and electric wheelchairs, and while she can get around, a lot of bumps cause her back pain due to the jolting.  And pain can be a major deterrent for keeping wheelchair-bound folks away or from enjoying the total experience we are trying to offer.

Off my soapbox now.

Dave Crow
I did manage to get him in the machine shop. That was rough, and through the turntable pit. And we went all the way out Barry Lane.
Wheelchair access to the train was perfect.
7  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 19, 2017, 10:53:08 PM
Sunday, some top soil type dirt was leveled out on the lawn at the former location of a pile of gravel. The gravel was relocated west of the garage during the past 2 weeks. A little more to do to finish.

Also, I did a little welding to the Kubota, re-attaching a cutting edge to the blade.

I also had a handicapped friend come to the museum. He is in a motorized wheelchair. So he used Coach 8. Much to my surprise, this was his first train ride. He had even worked for Maine Central for a month before joining the service. Needless to say, he was very impressed. He was even able to turn around in the car (it was tight but he made it) and face south when the train headed south. A BIG improvement to how we can handle our mobility challenged guests.
8  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 18, 2017, 02:01:32 AM
Yes, gathering enough joint bars was interesting. The rail we grabbed has a 5-8-5 bolt pattern. We were using 6-6-6. So, the south end of the first rails are now 6-6-6. The north end is 5-8-5, as well as the next whole rail, and the short rails we needed.

All the rest of the rails appear to be 6-6-6. Which is good, because we have lots of 6-6-6 joint bars.
9  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: June 17, 2017, 07:29:56 PM



10  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 16, 2017, 11:31:35 AM
We haven't gotten that detailed yet. Though I had thought about it.
11  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 15, 2017, 04:31:46 PM
Here is a link to a very interesting railway based map. Even includes crossings, though unnamed, if you zoom in. Not as detailed as the map Ed provided, but shows all railroads.
http://www.openrailwaymap.org/mobile.php?
12  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 11, 2017, 03:38:05 AM
  Bryce and Dan did a nice job.

Way to go.
13  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: June 11, 2017, 03:02:52 AM
I wanted to wait until after I told the board to say this. The DEP Permit has been approved as submitted for the first section.
14  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread on: June 09, 2017, 02:23:20 AM
10-12,000. Maybe a slight bit more. Our current equipment should be about as heavy as we should go. But, if we decide to go heavier, we can always make new spring hangars to fit the heavier springs. Or, if we omitted the sprongs all together, we could double the weight. The bearings, if I remember, are rated for 10,000 each.
15  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 08, 2017, 05:55:08 PM
They are former guard rail posts that were replaced to meet current highway standards.
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