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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Bob Holmes on February 15, 2018, 02:50:56 AM »
For us newbies, where is Davis Grade?

Thanks.
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Mike Fox on February 15, 2018, 12:03:02 AM »
I recognize that dirt as being TOM dirt...
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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« Last post by Fred Morse on February 14, 2018, 10:37:40 PM »
All those ties were put in mud. The water doesn't flow fast in those ditches. We didn't have much money then, I think we were counting each stone we put down. Now were doing great. You might say were on a roll. Hope it keeps going. Each year on the work weekends most everyone returns, maybe a little older but ready to get it done. and we will get it done!
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by James Patten on February 14, 2018, 10:36:28 PM »
Basically assembled, it needs the "outrigger" supports to be installed, the sheathing installed, and there's some additional cross bracing needed.
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Bill Reidy on February 14, 2018, 10:34:28 PM »
Alan Downey posted some photos his mom took during the Fall 2014 work weekend.  One showed newly placed rail with insta-track in place.

The forum thread:  http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2315.msg21355.html#msg21355

Here is the photo:

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« Last post by Paul Uhland on February 14, 2018, 10:18:13 PM »
Did not realize you guys planned a good-sized, total track and roadbed rebuild at that spot.  Much too big a job for one lonely tie inserter.   :P
But...its day will come.  ;)
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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Paul Crabb on February 14, 2018, 09:43:28 PM »
What is the status of the actual bridge? Is it fully assembled?
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Gary Kraske on February 14, 2018, 05:36:53 PM »
Thanks to you all for the explaination, it's apppreciated.  After the 1936 flood MEC used movable, by crane, rail flats to move a locomotive used in ripping up the Rumford to Rangel branch from the north side of the Androscoggin across a highway bridge and back to rails on the other side of downtown.
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Marcel Levesque on February 14, 2018, 04:39:41 PM »
Ask the duck.
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by John McNamara on February 14, 2018, 03:36:15 PM »
Before the advent of Insta-Track, a cart with eight sticks of rail was brought to the work site, and two sticks were placed, but not yet spiked or gauged. To install more rail, workers went back to the cart and carried off two more sticks, walked past the sticks just placed, and placed the additional sticks. As this process was repeated, each cycle required walking back and forth an additional rail-length to reach the cart and to reach the placement point. Insta-Track allows each set of sticks to be held together sufficiently to allow the cart to be brought onto the freshly-placed sticks. This eliminates the constant expansion of the cart-to-placement distance. Further, the constant forward progression of the cart is followed by spikers who properly gauge and safety-spike the rails. I'm not sure who originated the term "Insta-Track," but it may have been me.
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