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Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
« on: July 24, 2015, 07:40:15 PM »
The excavating and grading crew has wanted a dozer for awhile and asked the board of directors for money for a dozer. Funds were appropriated and the search was on for a machine. After a month and half of looking the museum purchased a Case 450 dozer this week. We bought a dozer small enough to load on a flat car so we can use the dozer for grading right of way as the main line progresses.

Stopped at the Kennebunk rest area to check the chains.



The dozer was put to work clearing next to the garage and the end of the future woods track.













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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2015, 08:34:36 PM »
Great pictures!

A few years ago one of our visitors was a fan of ancient tractors and was very interested in our TerraLoader. If the TerraLoader is a CASE product, maybe this new addition will cause us to become a stop on tours by CASE enthusiasts.  ;)

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2015, 11:07:45 PM »
 The BOD did a fine job of buying a right sized bulldozer. Now they will have to build a dozer barn with a rock floor.  Mike is really good at putting in the frost heave post.   Fred L. Kuhns

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2015, 09:21:23 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2015, 04:43:38 PM »
What these 40 and 50 year old young people have done is wear us old people out and now making it easier for themselves.

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2015, 09:05:26 PM »
Well Fred, we helped wear you out, all the while thinling how we could do as much as you with less effort. We are never going to last as long as you did if we work as hard as you have.  ;D
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2015, 10:22:10 PM »
Ira, very similar to ours. We have all the books for it.
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2015, 10:24:47 AM »
Dwight, thanks for the pm.
New name for the dozer:

Case-cee.

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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2015, 10:41:24 AM »
This will definitely help with the washout/landslide construction, not too big for the trackbed.  Also this would be great for getting rid of all those stumps along the ROW which prevents mowers from doing a lot of the grass cutting.

Great acquisition guys!
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2015, 12:57:31 PM »
Stumps would be better handled by the excavator, with the idea of not disturbing too much of the original landscape.
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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2015, 01:05:03 PM »
A major point in this acquisition is that we can control the manner in which the right of way down the mountain is restored.  It's a beautiful stretch and its existence is a testament to the people (and horses) who built it by hand (hoof).  As a two-foot gauge hand built right of way carved along the side of a steep valley wall, it has a decidedly different look than it would have had it been built with modern equipment.

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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2015, 02:15:38 AM »
Congrats on finding this WW&F-sized dozer, just right for track sub-grading,  ROW extensions and road-building.
And somebody built it a safety cage/sun shade/rain roof.

Don't forget to stencil "WW&F Rwy" on it. I'm big on branding everything with the company ID, cuz ya never know when any advertising just might get noticed.

Yes Ira, it needs a name.
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« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2015, 04:31:14 AM »
Don't worry about the name just yet, I was on the Case before we bought it. ;D
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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2015, 10:27:06 AM »
what year was the Case built?

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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2015, 10:40:12 AM »
You know, when I ride up the line, I look all the stumps and roughness along the ROW and think how much neater and cleaner it could be made and how much easier it would be to maintain but then it would lose its character. As the stumps rot away they could be kicked out but let's keep the rough ROW I am sure it was pretty rough in its original state. That is what adds to its allure!
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