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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 04, 2019, 02:58:15 PM »
Last thought:
We're bigger now: more people, more projects, more machines, more tools, etc.
This issue has become acute because of our growth and facilities improvements. That's a good thing, but, as you all know, bigger means more complication and requires more planning and coordination to keep things moving. We've seen that already in other areas and organizing the shop is another part of all the good things that are happening.

Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 03, 2019, 11:05:18 PM »
I am a big fan of making it easy to do the right thing. If there's already a spot designated for the tool I'm holding, it's doesn't take much more effort to put it away. If I have to figure out what to do with it, then I'm probably going to mutter "#%#*!" and just set it down somewhere.
John's idea is great, 'cause if a volunteer doesn't know exactly what category thing they are holding, they will still have a good chance at getting it back in the right place.
I am with Wayne in acquiring more tool chests to store tools out of the dust of the shop and keep those that are precision instruments separate from the every day stuff.
And we shouldn't forget to organize all materials.
And, to Mike's point, I'm optimistic that a neat shop will encourage its own discipline. If the shop is a mess, it will tend to stay a mess. If we see a well organized shop, we'll be more inclined to keep it that way, and that will become part of the WW&F culture.

Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 03, 2019, 03:26:47 AM »
[This is not meant as a criticism, but as a recognition of a side effect of the many tasks being done by many people at the 'Shoppes at Sheepscot", and a suggestion going forward to make our new shop more fun and productive. ]

Jason writes-
"The shelving is a hugely important step as it allows us to organize the mess which has congregated in the center of the new machine shop area.  Instead of moving the mess, we now have the opportunity to find permanent homes for what the shop needs, save some for upstairs, and throw a lot of stuff away."

One of the frustrating things for all of us trying to accomplish a job at Sheepscot is the time wasted looking for something. Many people work in our shop, and have different habits, styles, and ways of doing things. Moving the machine shop shuffled the deck even more than usual.
A place for everything and everything in its place will be a tremendous time and energy saver for everyone. 
I would encourage a thorough and complete plan for the location, storage, and identification of all the 'stuff' in the new shop, including someone responsible for implementing it. That person will need to be someone who can be there often, to keep things under control, with a good sense of organization and understanding of how tasks are done.
I feel we've ignored this for a long time for many good reasons, and I understand that it is not a 'fun' job or one that just anybody can do well.
But now is a great opportunity to make the new shop space much more efficient and fun and really make the most of all the good work already done.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: February 26, 2019, 02:38:57 PM »
One thing I have noticed is that in addition to the better seats, the passenger car trucks on 3 make for a much more comfortable experience. The other coaches have a pretty hard ride and the lack of seat cushions exaggerates that harshness, especially for those patrons with poorly padded posteriors.  ::)

Original Railway / Re: Mapping the W&Q and the WW&F
« on: February 25, 2019, 07:24:22 PM »
I was just looking at the map from the link posted on May 25, 2106.

A minor but fun observation:
There is a "Wye Farm" in Weeks Mills just south of the original Y.

Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 20, 2019, 02:48:31 PM »
A few pictures from last Saturday:

Backlit #9 pushing in for the first train of the day:

Conductor Bob Cavanaugh and Brakey Dan Malkowski:

Progress on flat 34:

Zack and Fred bending truss rods:

Worktrain crew, JB Smith, Bill Reidy, Dave Buszkowski:

General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 14, 2018, 05:55:28 PM »
I was immediately struck by the lack of autos in the 1911 film and prevalence of horse drawn vehicles. The 1929 film shows traffic that's more like we know today. The combination of horse droppings and car exhaust must have been a real treat.  :-X
It's a good illustration of the transition in transportation technology that was happening 100 years ago and led to the demise of the Maine two-footers among many, many other changes.

Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:19:20 PM »
Wondering if the ML&M switch got ballast and tamping yet?

Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 20, 2018, 01:15:13 PM »
Winter is coming has arrived.

What's going on in the background with the dump truck?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 04:52:07 PM »
Is it an optical illusion, or has Bryce grown a few inches? He looks taller than Dana.

Jeff S.

Not an illusion: he and Dan are clearly in the "spurt' stage of adolescence. And both are a pleasure to work with.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:31:56 PM »
Thanks, Mike. I assume then that the bridge is not in its final resting place yet.
Another question, how did you get to the top of the diagonals and tension rod to attach those? Was the sheathing left off there?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:30:48 PM »
Unless there was some magic or I'm just missing it, the bridge was jacked up and the dollys and tongue disappeared at some point before the last batch of pictures. When did that happen?

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:38:11 PM »
Morning rush on a Saturday?

Probably being ironic...

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:35:45 PM »
No "O S___" or "Ooopsies"   ? :P

That's great news.
What Paul said.
Saturday will be exciting and hopefully fun.

Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 27, 2018, 01:39:07 PM »
In addition to the really exciting stuff, Gordon C. made and installed two brackets on #9 to support the engine vacuum brake rods. They will hopefully extend the life of the vacuum brake diaphragms by supporting the weight of the rods and reducing the amount of flexing that the diaphragms undergo. There is evidence in the wear pattern on the fireman's side rod that they were an original feature of the vacuum brake system.

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