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Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« Last post by Stephen Piwowarski on October 13, 2019, 01:18:10 AM »
Not wanting to be idle for even a moment, we also have been concurrently running public trains all weekend to Top of Mountain where they are met by a hay wagon from SeaLyon farm for a trip up to their pumpkin patch. We are doing these 'Pumpkin Picking Trains to SeaLyon Farm' for the 10:30AM, 12, and 1:30PM trains.

Today we probably had in the neighborhood of 50 riders, which is great considering the rain. Conductors could give better information. Meanwhile, we've got about 45 tickets presold for tomorrow's 10:30AM train.

It's great to see the railroad doing what railroads are meant to do even in the midst of extending the railway. And what an impressive effort to pull it all off. Very nice work everyone- you've done a great job and it shows in the nice things people are saying online and the kind comments from passengers who've ridden so far this weekend.

Nice work setting a great standard of service.

Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« Last post by Mike Fox on October 13, 2019, 01:17:29 AM »
John McNamara (Chief Ding-a-ling) reported to me tonight that the phone wire has been sucessfully tested from South of the bridge to Sheepscot.
Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Mike Fox on October 13, 2019, 12:58:38 AM »
I arrived early, and had the truck running before daylight. Wanted to get right up there and get the last grading done before the rails started flying.

First thing I did was use the boulder as a ramp to load the Kubota. No pictures of the loading because I was too busy hanging on to get off and snap a shot.

Then I spent about half an hour finishing dozing, leveling the low spot. Then I lugged a bale of hay to South of the bridge to cover over the material I placed last weekend.

Dropped the Kubota at Alna Center before lunch, using the piles of ballast as the ramp.

Back north in the afternoon to check on progress and visit. Steady climb from the bridge.

Some pictures from today

First rail to go on the bridge being hoisted off the flatcar on the crane:

The first car of the train on the bridge:

The engine on the bridge.  Yes, there's a little generator on it, to recharge batteries.

Everything on the north side of the bridge, under the apple tree.

The track from the south (downhill) approaching the bridge.  Apologies for the size, I wanted folks to see the undulations that made it difficult to run a heavy train up the hill.
Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« Last post by ALAIN DELASSUS on October 12, 2019, 08:48:28 PM »
wow ! Thanks Ed to keep us posted  with your dispatcher accuracy. Too bad you can be on the spot.
Well done you all I can't wait for the pics of the first train that will cross the brook.
Work and Events / Re: 2019 Fall Work Weekend (October 11 - 14) Track Work Planning
« Last post by Joe Fox on October 12, 2019, 07:26:36 PM »
Rails were across the bridge around 10a.m. this morning.
Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on October 12, 2019, 01:23:58 PM »
9:08am: First rails have touched the bridge!
9:39am: Flat 126 with crane on bridge.
Thank you Bill for the report of that busy day .Come to think when I joined the WW&F in October 2017 the bridge was in pieces on Sheepscot campus and the place you laid track Friday was a wilderness. That blows my mind.
Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« Last post by ALAIN DELASSUS on October 12, 2019, 06:37:07 AM »
[quote author=Ed Lecuyer link=topic=3550.msg43527#msg43527 date=1570837368

A most excellent and productive day.

 To put it midly Ed. Well done you all !
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