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Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Re: Downeast Thunder Railroad (18" Narrow Gauge)
« Reply #45 on: March 30, 2013, 11:32:46 PM »
There's a big sugar shack in Whitefield and the operator brought a 5 gallon bucket to the Alna Store when we were in there for supper Friday evening.  When we finished our meal, store owner Amy gave all of us a free Maple Syrup Sundae.  Wicked good.

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Re: Downeast Thunder Railroad (18" Narrow Gauge)
« Reply #46 on: March 31, 2013, 11:36:36 AM »
Happy Easter to all. We'll be boiling down maple sap all day today, taking advantage of great weather. We got all of our equipment set up for the event yesterday, and we've been collecting sap over the past few weeks. We have enough such that we'll be cooking sap over a few more days (plus we continue to collect more every day). So far it looks like a good season.

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Re: Downeast Thunder Railroad (18" Narrow Gauge)
« Reply #47 on: April 22, 2013, 11:46:08 AM »
To all following the progress of DTRR:

Sorry for not posting any updates lately. With the warm weather moving in, I've been very busy with farm work (we have a very short growing season here in Maine) and that includes pulling out our brooders and taking delivery of 50 meat chicks plus a half dozen pullets (egg laying chicks) to add to our existing flock. Our incubator is full of White Pekin duck eggs, and I have to get the meat bird coop & run ready for when the meat chicks come out of the brooder.

There has been some progress on the railroad though. The spur from the wood lot to our firewood processing area and outdoor wood boiler is the main focus, and the staging/unloading area at the wood boiler end has been cleared, and quite a bit of gravel has been put in place. This will be the first place where rail will be installed.

The backhoe that broke last month is still down, but I have recently had time to get to it and disassembled most of the machine for better access to the broken pivot bracket piece that requires major surgery. I've also removed the broken hydraulic cylinder to make repairs easier.

There will be more significant updates in the near future but probably not with the frequency I reported them during the cold weather months.

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Re: Downeast Thunder Railroad (18" Narrow Gauge)
« Reply #48 on: July 31, 2013, 07:40:52 PM »
Checking In:

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still around and working on DTRR whenever time allows. The work of cutting trees and clearing brush through the intended route of the RR is very time consuming and quite frankly, boring to talk about. That's about all I'd have to report throughout this summer, so I refrained from making several similar posts. Farm work has taken most of my time, but a greater concentration of work on the RR will take place after harvest season (and the weather cools down a bit). I'll probably have something more significant to share in September or October.

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