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Messages - Bob Holmes

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:50:17 PM »
Back to my question which I phrased poorly.  Which part of the bridge sets directly on the abutment:  is it the ends of the side trusses?  Are the bottom cross pieces below the level of the abutment, and do they then have the tracks mounted to them?

Or is it something else I cannot picture?

Thanks...

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:44:23 PM »
Alain, what is the total length (km or miles) of the AMTP?

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:04:58 AM »
So which part of the bridge actually rests on the abutments?

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General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:39:47 PM »
Alain, I thoroughly enjoyed your website.  Please tell us more about Musée des transports de Pithiviers!

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Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 29, 2017, 04:28:42 AM »
Jeff, all that is nice.  But when we need a ticket booth for high volume events such as Victorian Christmas, why not have one that will serve that specific purpose and can then be put away the rest of the year so as not to detract from our historical mission.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« on: November 29, 2017, 04:21:23 AM »
At this time of year, I'm a skeptic.  IMHO, these matching schemes are designed to draw traffic for holiday sales, and aren't really going to produce much revenue for us.  Let's not respond to the current internet hype, and decide deliberately which of these "sharing" programs could really be viable all year long and produce a real, modest revenue stream.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 28, 2017, 03:08:25 AM »
One thought about Prebles is that it could be the flag stop at ToM, as that area is developed as a destination (saw mill, shingle mill, etc.).

Why not design and build an actual ticket office/booth specifically for that purpose?  It could be stored out-of-sight when not in use, but be positioned in the best place for ticketed events.

We move huge timbers around at will, so transporting a tiny ticket booth should be no problem.

If properly designed and planned ahead, it could be built in a weekend (don't we have some previous experience with that idea?!)

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: Amtrak to Wiscasset (and Rockland) in 2018?
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:13:36 AM »
Having observed it for 15+ years, Rockland is now becoming a hopping place.  It's gentrifying in a nice way.  In addition to the stable institutions and businesses (the Farnsworth, FMC, the harbor), Main Street has blossomed.  One of the best restaurants in Maine (Primo) is there, and there are many new restaurants as well.  The annual Lobster Festival is legendary.  The cruise ships now stop there as well.  It's only going to get better, so as a rail destination, it's increasingly attractive.

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General Discussion / Re: Amtrak to Wiscasset (and Rockland) in 2018?
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:26:33 AM »
Remember, they are only currently talking about a seasonal tourist-based traffic schedule.  We should encourage that for a whole lot of reasons.  Perhaps it can be another gateway toward Amtrak service to L/A and further north in the future.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:42:58 PM »
Check with Jason re the status of wood preservative and fire-proofing coatings on the bridge...I think it's complicated.

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Work and Events / Re: Albion Day 2017
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:16:21 PM »
The morning crew cleared the ROW all the way to ToM.  There were a dozen or so trees.  I'm told there are a couple of big ones beyond ToM, but they can stay there for a while.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:13:23 AM »
IMHO, the bright yellow ROWMOW cars stand out, and get the attention of visitors.  That can only enhance the appeal of the yards to the uninitiated...

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:08:42 AM »
FYI, there were two extension bars added to the wrenches totaling about 8 feet long.  It took two guys a lot of effort to make the final push to tighten (Jason was one of them!).

It's my understanding that there's a final process to heat the tension bars in the middle to about 150 degrees (which will expand them outward) and then do the final tightening with the wrenches/extension bars so that when they cool down (contract), the tension will be even tighter.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 29, 2017, 12:00:30 AM »
Monstrously big nuts!

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Museum Discussion / Re: New forklift
« on: October 28, 2017, 11:53:29 PM »
Way to go!!!

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