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Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« Last post by ALAIN DELASSUS on September 22, 2019, 01:31:01 PM »
Thank you Bill for that comprehensive coverage of that busy Saturday. The weather was on your side, let's hope it goes on.
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Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« Last post by Jeff Schumaker on September 22, 2019, 01:18:41 PM »
Thanks for the photos, Bill.

Jeff S.
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Work and Events / Re: New west parking lot
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on September 22, 2019, 12:32:53 PM »
Will the new lot be ready for use by the Work Weekend? If so, perhaps volunteers could be encouraged to park there rather than in the east lot, saving it for use by visitors.
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Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on September 22, 2019, 12:16:31 PM »
Rail laying will resume this Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24,25, 2019.  We will lay “cycle 2” of this year’s extension, which is about 280’ and should get us nearly off the curve.

Prep and start Tuesday- finish Wednesday.

Crew call!
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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Bill Reidy on September 22, 2019, 01:03:05 AM »
Some photos from today (Saturday) showing spiking and phone line placement north toward the bridge.
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Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« Last post by Bill Reidy on September 22, 2019, 12:57:25 AM »
Some photos from today (Saturday, September 21st), showing the rail put down last Wednesday being partially spiked freeing insta-track units, plus Mike's work to lay buried magneto phone line.  More or less in chronological order from this morning.

Early this morning, Mike was busy breaking a trench for phone wire a short distance north of where he ended the prior Saturday.  Trout Brook bridge is visible in the distance to the north.


Standing behind (south of) Casey the bulldozer, the view looking north toward the bridge, as Mike worked.  We see the end of the road fabric put down in advance of placement of ties and rails, with a stake marking the centerline for the track.  A magneto telephone post will placed to the right of the tree on the right, where the phone line Mike buried last weekend meets the phone line buried today.


Turning 180 degrees to look north, we see the end of the ties and rails put down last Wednesday.  After ditching and putting down grass seed, Mike spread the hay over the ditches a week ago.


Fred rightly complains we always take photos of him sitting, and not so much when he is working.  Here's Fred spiking, as Leon Weeks and his grandson Jared look on.  Fred was also engineer for today's work train.  Note the new tie nippers (lifters) -- one in use on the left, and another on the ground on the right in front of Leon.  Leon recently made them in his shop.  They worked great today.


A view from the rear (north end) of the work train.  The steel drums on the right mark the area where the start of the new ties and rail were put down last Wednesday.  The new rail at this end has been fully spiked on the east rail and safety spiked on the west.


Looking south, folks safety spiking the west rail.


Late morning, Mike putting down the phone wire from where he ended last weekend to just south of Trout Brook bridge.


Unlike Wednesday, it was a summery day today, with temperatures in the low 80s in the afternoon.  The right-of-way looks great, pretty much all ready for the Fall Work Weekend.  By mid-afternoon, the cycle 1 rail put down Wednesday had been fully spiked on the east and safety spiked on the west.  Spikers will be busy first thing Friday of Fall Work Weekend on this section as more ties and rail are put out by the gantry train.
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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Mike Fox on September 22, 2019, 12:56:46 AM »
Wire was installed from the north end of Sawmill Curve to about 100 feet from the bridge today.

Removed some dirty material from the south side of the bridge and constructed a new ramp to get onto the north end of the bridge (Contractor Jeff removed the ramp he put in).

Now I need to talk Contractor Jeff into backing over the bridge one last time with a load of Rip-Rap to cap off the slopes in the shoreland zone by the bridge.


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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Last post by ALAIN DELASSUS on September 21, 2019, 10:22:16 PM »
Thanks Brendan for the pics and reports. It looks that everything is on the right track to make Trout Brook Preserve within October. it 'll be great to see #9 on the bridge and beyond.
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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Bill Baskerville on September 21, 2019, 08:43:11 PM »
Now we are really looking ready for the FWW!!!
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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Brendan Barry on September 21, 2019, 08:07:09 PM »
Heading north back towards the bridge in the railroad's truck. We were dropping off rolls of road cloth about every 350 feet for track construction.









Jeff Verney cut down the gravel ramps leading up to the bridge put in for truck traffic. Gravel had to be added on the north side of the bridge to take the dip out of the grade coming off the bridge.

Gravel cut down on the south side of the bridge. The grade had been built right up to the bridge decking.





The north side of the bridge.



Fabric laid out on the grade from the end of track.





The track that was laid last week.



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