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Volunteers / Re: 2019 Volunteer Hours
« on: July 07, 2020, 08:18:18 PM »
Is Volunteer Hours Tracking part of some larger program (like Member Management software), or is Hours Tracking some sort of stand-alone software (perhaps a spreadsheet?)?

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Volunteers / Re: July 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 04, 2020, 12:14:38 PM »
I suspect that loader belongs to 'contractor' Jeff Verney.  ;D

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: June 21, 2020, 12:53:56 PM »
My guess is that it is grain crops that are most at risk from trackside fires in the Pithiviers area.

Here is an agricultural overview of the area:
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Beauce, region, northwestern France. It stretches southwest of Paris toward the Forêt d’Orléans. One of the great traditional granaries of France, Beauce is a flat, fertile, treeless limestone plain that was once planted mainly with wheat and sugar beets. Maize (corn) was introduced in the 1950s and is now cultivated along with wheat and barley. Petit Beauce is an area of similar characteristics between the Loir and Loire rivers to the north of Blois. Agriculture in Beauce is highly productive. In recent years problems of overproduction and pollution of the water table have diminished interest in the exclusive cultivation of cereals. Production has been diversified to include rape seed, sugar beets, potatoes, vegetables (for the canning and frozen food industries), and pulses. The use of fertilizers is now strictly controlled, and mustard is sown to absorb excess nitrates. The church spires, grain silos, and water towers of the market towns thrust vividly out of the unrelieved flatness. Chartres, Châteaudun, Étampes, and Pithiviers are the main towns, and all have agricultural markets.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Beauce

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Volunteers / Re: June 2020 Work Reports
« on: June 20, 2020, 08:04:46 PM »
I've noticed what appears to be a "weather-beaten" ::) tarp that seems to line the tip car in several recent photos.  But I am having difficulty  as to why that tarp is present.   I can see that one might not want the liquid muck that may be present in a ditch to leak out on top of that pristine ballast ;D , but it seems unlikely that a beat up tarp is waterproof.  So what what is the tarp for?

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AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: June 12, 2020, 07:51:51 PM »
You can actually check the mailbox box for 97 Cross Road (or any other mail delivery point) by computer.  ;D

The Post Office offers, for free, Informed Delivery, which offers, on a daily basis,  a scanned image of the outside of all letter size mailpieces, and a notification of other sized pieces in that mailbox.  It works quite well for me.

See: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action

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Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 30, 2020, 07:31:15 PM »
Yes!

And a question, what is the meaning of the "R" sign alongside the track near the culvert repair?

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Museum Discussion / Re: What are the benefits of Membership?
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:13:25 AM »
I'm in East Tennessee, and have been to the 2019 Spring and Fall Work Weekends. While I was there, I also recall seeing another vehicle with [Nashville] TN plates.

If I am not mistaken, Harold Downey is in Texas (!) and working on making wooden parts for a new coach. I understand he has on occasion driven up to Sheepscot with a trailer load of pieces.

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Benjamin, there are quite a lot of photos of TCDA #65 available both in the the WW&F forum threads, plus some others elsewhere.   If you already know how to find those, then  the rest of this is superfluous.  ;)   Otherwise, here are some suggestions.


Most of the TCDA photos are in the "Official Work  Thread:"
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,1623.0.html

There may also others available in other wwfry.org  threads, the best way to see what is available to you is to put "turner" into the search box at the upper right of this page.

Also, try a Google Image search with this phrase pasted into a Google Search box "TCDA turner  dairying", and then click the "Images" tab in the search results (default is the "All" tab)


If what you really need is 'dimensions' and not covered above, then I am out of ideas.


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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 14, 2020, 08:27:14 AM »
If 2x4s of a suitable dimension are not available, or more ooompf 8) is needed in moving a dead locomotive, there is a 'mature' technology solution available  ...


Image source and product page: https://www.aldonco.com/store/p/198-Manual-Car-Mover-with-guard.aspx

Costs more than a 2x4, but very cost effective for small operations.





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Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 03, 2020, 03:49:30 PM »
So we don’t get carried away with all this new-fangled computer/Zoom marlarkey I have tasked John McNamara and Stewart Rhine to come up with a remote meeting solution that is compatible with our mag phone system. And no lithium batteries either!

 :) It should be fairly straightforward to arrange the mag phone receiver/microphone/handset to be in close physical proximity (duct tape?) to a laptop microphone & speaker (might work best with a 'plug-in' microphone/headset for the laptop). This would be a separate laptop from the main one in use as the 'primary' device in the Percival House.  Then have that mag-phone laptop log into the conferencing system like any other user.   Then all is needed is for someone (Dave? ;D ) to go to one of the mag phone locations elsewhere along the mag-phone line, and participate in the meeting from, say, the station at Alna Center.  8)
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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:56:08 AM »
! think the plan is to floor the original car barn with some sort of reclaimed asphalt or rubber material from old tires that will bring it up to the level of the concrete floor.  Perhaps one of our more educated members can refresh our memories of what that material is.

I can't speak to Ed's education, ;D but he generally  seems to be 'plugged in' ...  8)


The Car Barn/Exhibit Space project has several phases.

The current Phase (build out, initial displays) is fully funded (or nearly so.)

The next phase is a reclaimed asphalt floor to be added in the 'old' part of the structure. This is going to cost roughly $4100 in materials. We have a grant application submitted to cover this expense. We should be hearing about the results of that request in the 90 days or so.

Other phases include electrical installation, extension of the 'bump out', and a few other improvements.

I think its fair to say that $4100 is just a fraction of what a 'poured concrete' floor would cost.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Annual Meeting Notice
« on: April 28, 2020, 09:49:46 AM »
Or if you don't have a scanner, just use a camera/phone to take a digital photo and email that.




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Volunteers / Re: April 2020 Work Reports
« on: April 27, 2020, 07:41:44 PM »
From the perspective of getting rock to a 'rail only' location, (and not having a bunch of shovel-wielding minions :) available  to unload it) is the combination of the rail trailer and the white truck dump body suitable for the task, or would a dump bed on a pickup be more suitable?

Also I'm curious to know if the white truck has 'air brakes'? (If it does, then as I understand it, an 'air brake endorsement' on a driver's license would be required for anyone driving that truck on a public road.  While that may not matter for fixing culverts, it does tend to limit the pool of potential drivers for other, more mundane tasks.)

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Volunteers / Re: April 2020 Work Reports
« on: April 27, 2020, 01:52:16 PM »
Mike, this wouldn't be particularly helpful transporting concrete, but what do you think about adding a 'dump bed' capability to the Museum's pickup?   It seems like the pickup (with rock / dirt) could transported on the rail wheel equipment trailer that gets used to move the dozer etc.   I don't know how long the sloped end of the trailer compares to the distance of the pickup wheels to the end of the pickup bed (where the dump hinge would be), so that would need to be evaluated, or perhaps just back pickup off the trailer to dump where the roadbed permits. 

Here is an example product: https://www.piercearrowinc.com/product-category/dump-kits/
I'm not promoting a specific product / vendor, the link is just for discussion.

If you thought adding that capability to the Museum's pickup would be useful (and used), we could likely find a way to pay for it.  I would not expect that the pickup would be used to haul rock from a quarry, just used to move material around the WW&F property. And yes, I understand that a dump bed on that pickup isn't going to be functional in time to use it to fix this particular culvert. :)


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