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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« Last post by James Patten on February 14, 2018, 11:51:49 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Feb 17:

* Steam Train Snow Day (or however it's being billed): Public steam trains to ToM for snoeshoeing, X-country skiing, looking at our cutting & burning progress
* Mountain ROW Clearing: We'll be clearing trees at the Pinch Point location
* Boxcar 67
* Whitefield Lions Club Train & Dollhouse Show: At the Augusta Civic Center (just to cause confusion), we have a table there.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Fred Morse on February 14, 2018, 09:12:00 AM »
No. Its 4X4 5 Ft. long timbers with notches cut in for the base of the rails to sit in to hold the gauge with a sliding top to press against the web. We use 3 or 4 in a 30 ft rail so we can run light work flats over them.
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Gary Kraske on February 14, 2018, 05:44:15 AM »
Sorry, but is Insta-Track an inside joke?
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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« Last post by Carl Soderstrom on February 14, 2018, 04:45:53 AM »
OK
So it is not a between trains exercise ;D LOL
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on February 14, 2018, 01:26:50 AM »
Originally thought we’d make new, all steel insta track but we have a retro-fit plan for the McNamara originals which we plan to use instead.  They will need to do more work as they support a fully loaded flatcar and full size locomotive.
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by John McNamara on February 14, 2018, 01:10:59 AM »
Does the new rail-laying process still involve Insta-Track, or should I sell my Insta-Corp stock before The Street finds out?
-John M
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on February 14, 2018, 12:23:50 AM »
The week prior to the work weekend, we’ll pull 3 out of every 4 gauge side spikes from this stretch.  On the afternoon of the photo charter, the rails will be pulled in full 600 foot strings south, in the gauge of the remaining track.  Thus the breaking down during the intervening week.

Jason
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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Last post by Mike Fox on February 13, 2018, 11:42:53 PM »
Spring Work weekend will actually be about 2 weeks long. The weekday crew will do as much as possible to prepare for the work weekend, both during the week prior to the last charter, and the work weekend. Saturday prior we have a photo charter, and after the charter has cleared south the last time, the rails will be removed.

Sunday we will toss the 300 ties to the side. The dozer will be staged out of sight, probably at Sutters, to be able to get right to work without loading and unloading that day. We will then grade the stone smooth. I plan on making several passes to make sure all the tie pockets are full of stone and compacted.

During the week, the plan is for the weekday crews is to break down the rail to be ready for reinstallation. Also, some filter fabric will be laid out, so when the ties get laid out they will be on top of it.

Relaying the track Friday and probably Saturday will see the debut of a new planned rail handling attachment. The design is intended to prevent lifting and carrying the rail, and will be fitted to a flat car.

What doesn't get done work weekend will be finished over the summer.

And, to add more..the ditches on this section of Davis Grade need to be cleared out. If it is dry early enough, this may get done in early April. There is other work to do there, but may wait until another time.
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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« Last post by Mike Fox on February 13, 2018, 11:22:00 PM »
See my reply in the Spring work weekend thread..
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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on February 13, 2018, 11:19:13 PM »
Carl -- This will be THE major project of the work weekend, beginning Friday morning and running through Sunday afternoon. I am sure there will be plenty of pre-work weekend staging of materials and other preliminary work. If they elect to pull all the spikes and bar the rails off the ties and out of the way, clearing the grade will go pretty fast. As for actually building the track, the WW&F gang has laid more than 1200 feet of rail starting on a bare grade in three days, so this 600 feet should be a walk in the park -- unless it's raining. Getting stone down on the whole works and getting it surfaced may be another story, but they are nothing if not persistent.
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