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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Bill Reidy on September 23, 2018, 05:01:43 PM »
...And both are a pleasure to work with.

Yes -- definitely!  We're fortunately we have younger members like Bryce and Dan.  Bodes well for our museum's future.
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Gordon Cook 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.
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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on September 23, 2018, 04:03:07 PM »
If 450 feet of track can be built each day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), that should be close to the 1,400-foot mark.

How will the gauge be maintained for the movement of the work train across the newly-laid rails until the spiking is done? Especially in the curves. Insta-track?
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on September 23, 2018, 03:57:16 PM »
I think Dwight meant the work would begin Monday and could continue through the week until completed.
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by John Kokas on September 23, 2018, 03:21:34 PM »
Looks like a bit more work then can be fit into two days but of course you guys always manage to surprise me. :)
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Dwight Winkley on September 23, 2018, 01:49:40 PM »
Tomorrow, Monday. Work permit ends Sunday Sept. 30th.
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Jeff Schumaker on September 23, 2018, 01:44:13 PM »
Is it an optical illusion, or has Bryce grown a few inches? He looks taller than Dana.

Jeff S.
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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Jeff Schumaker on September 23, 2018, 01:42:08 PM »
The rails are supposed to be spiked after the rail laying crane passes. No one should be working under the crane.

Pre staging was offered, but now can not be done because it is something that would have had to be done as I moved south. The grade is too narrow for trucks.

So, the order of progression with the crane is supposed to be this, or at least this is what I have been told.

Set out a bundle of ties to be dispersed. 16 ties in a bundle. 2 rails go on the ties. Another bundle of ties can be set on the north end of the next two rails so they are not so close to the ground. The joint bars go on. Train moves north. More rails then ties. Joint bars. Move north.

Meanwhile, the spiking crew is south of the crane, spiking track.

The crane car will have the tie bundles, and the flat car will have the rails. Joint bars and bolts will be on a yellow work flat ubder the crane, and the spikes will be on the other behind the locomotive (south side).

This set up should cary enough to do 450 feet in one go. I still don't have a firm grasp on exactly what they plan to do to reload all those ties, but the rail will be loaded in Sheepscot.

I myself am going to miss the old method. The teamwork and leadership that came from those days were great. Everyone was always smiling. It was all done like it would have been back in the day.

Will Thursday & Friday of FWW be used to test this new method of track laying?

Jeff S.
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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Alex Harvilchuck on September 23, 2018, 12:10:09 PM »
You know one way that will blend old and new is to build snap track sections by hand in Sheepscott then load them onto the gantry system for placement and delivery.
Finish spiking by hand when the section is placed to adjust for final gauge.
It give all the "fun" of hand spiking track without having to do it in the middle of the forest.

Then the ties don't have to be handled twice (onto the flatcar and off the flatcar) since the work is done on campus.

The Kubota, in addition to the gantry, could be used to coarse tweak the placed sections with hand baring for fine adjustment.
Once everything is done bring the MOW car to the new EOT to load the excavator.

I include a link to one of Jerry's fine photographs of the D&SNG rebuilding from the big washout with snaptrack.



We all want to get to Rt 218, we just don't want to see anyone hurt or injured with material, tools and equipment.
The hand snaptrack assembly can then be closely supervised by the experienced folks and can be used as a learning experience
- a teachable moment! With a bathroom nearby!

A snaptrack section can be created during the year as an exhibit to show how track is laid by hand.
Participants would know that their little bit of effort with the display will actually be used on the railroad.
Interactive exhibits with explanatory signage are good.
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by John Kokas on September 23, 2018, 10:56:20 AM »
So when do we get to finish the south approach?  FWW ?
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