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Bill Sample

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #780 on: September 28, 2018, 12:24:43 AM »
What world class work the bridge crew has done.  Looking forward to the FWW visit to see the progress in person, but many thanks to Brendan, Mike and the others who have kept us folks from away up to date photographically.

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« Reply #781 on: September 28, 2018, 12:39:41 AM »
I've edited one of Brendan's photos (Thanks Brendan) to better show the beauty of this location.
"Over the river and through the woods".... Such a PERFECT railway!

Splendid job, ALL.

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« Reply #782 on: September 28, 2018, 12:52:35 AM »
That next to last picture says it all and should be conserved permanently.  What a well done job by all!

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« Reply #783 on: September 28, 2018, 12:57:22 AM »
Great job everyone, not only is the bridge " saved" but it has been put to it's original use!
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« Reply #784 on: September 28, 2018, 12:52:53 PM »
Does the crossbeam upon which the temporary bridge beams also get removed?

Great job!

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« Reply #785 on: September 28, 2018, 12:55:45 PM »
Hello All,

This has been (and will continue to be) and amazing project.  Hands down- the most amazing part has been our team of volunteers.  This absolutely wouldn’t have happened without the tremendous team effort, made up of individuals who all stepped up their level of involvement to challenge of the many difficult tasks before us.

Steve Lennox, Randy Beach, Mark Cheetham, Eric Schade, Phil Bleauvelt:  these hard hitting guys, already used to giving two days a week, all gave at least that and sometimes 4 days in a week.  Any given day you’d find Steve hopping around like a monkey doing hard physical tasks in tight little places.  Eric built cribbing on the south side which settled nary a 1/4” under the full weight of the bridge and the temp spans.  Randy kept a firm handle on most of our transit work while performing many intermediate tasks.  Mark was everywhere- providing a brawny back at the drop of a hat.

There are so many others who stepped up:  Steve Zuppa, Fred Morse, Steve Piwowarski, Bob Longo, Dana Deering, Zack Wyllie, Dave Buczkowski, Alan Downey, Bob Holmes, Stewart Rhine, Jonathan St Mary, JB Smith, Jay Barta, Al Michaels, Bryce Weeks, Bill Reidy, Mike Fox, Roger Whitney, Kevin Keirstead, Paul Crabb, Bill Baskerville, Ed Lecuyer, Gordon Davis and others.  Joe Fox managed to be a key player on the bridge while simultaneously performing a tremendous effort to prep for FWW.  Brendan Barry has give us multiple weeks of intensive volunteer effort- 8-10 hour days, 7 days a week, weeks on end, being the sole museum operator entrusted with Chesterfield’s equipment.  If I forgot you, yell at me; I deserve it.

Chesterfield Associates crew Dave Allan, Zach, Davis and Troy also deserve a special call out for being so flexible and patient in the execution of our plan; in fact Dave was instrumental in lending his many years of expertise in refining the details of our plan.  Of course Wayne Duffet, and his associate Christopher Snow, have volunteered invaluable engineering services as well.  Jeff Verney, our local excavation contractor, has been available with material at the drop of a hat- and handled the site prep like the professional that he truly is.

Every one of these people has been critical to this project’s success.  Every one.  Everyone has been a team player: no one turns down help when offered, and is happy to do their part without recognition.  But everyone deserves recognition.

And while this happened- we still ran our railroad, with a multitude of new events and community engagement opportunities.

I’m proud to be a part of this.  Let’s keep going; we’re well on our way to Farmington.

See ya
Jason
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #786 on: September 28, 2018, 12:57:07 PM »
During the coming FWW, it would be great to get all the folks who worked on the bridge project together at the bridge for a photo.

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« Reply #787 on: September 28, 2018, 01:00:21 PM »

I am curious to see what the bill will be from Chesterfield Associates   ??? :o

Will you need to be sitting down when you get it? ::)

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« Reply #788 on: September 28, 2018, 01:43:37 PM »
I wonder if we'll get a nice colored picture of the bridge on the first page of our newsletter like we had of number Nine/

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #789 on: September 28, 2018, 02:00:07 PM »
Jason forgot to mention our excavation contractor, Jeff Verney. He has somehow managed to fit us in his schedule every time we asked. We are very lucky to have him in town.
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« Reply #790 on: September 28, 2018, 02:13:48 PM »
I am in awe of the guys who have done the lion's share of this work.  I was happy to be a small part of it.  Maybe someday when I can retire I can be part of the week day crew!  You guys did an amazing job.

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« Reply #791 on: September 28, 2018, 03:30:42 PM »
Fred's truck was the first "railroad" vehicle across the bridge to pick up the generator and left over the lumber from the south side of the bridge.



The south side of the bridge was seeded and mulched this morning.

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« Reply #792 on: September 28, 2018, 03:50:29 PM »
Dave...SOP: at the end of sizeable projects the 'owner' inspects  to discover unfinished or improper elements, makes up a "punch list" listing needed corrections.
Probably bridge boss Jason or his rep would do so.






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« Reply #793 on: September 28, 2018, 04:43:06 PM »
Outstandingly built on time and expertly finished,  the great Trout Brook Bridge is now ready for trackwork I'm sure to the cheers of  WW&F  fans across the world.
Superbly well done!! ;D ;D ;D
Yes, a great big worker pic must go into, at least, the newsletter.
It's been a pleasure following the guys doing pro-level bridge work since last autumn.
Unsung heroes!

One question...why is there no gravel covering the south approach rip-rap, matching the north approach?
And I realize undone ROW grade work shown to the south can't be done until further permit approval is given.
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« Reply #794 on: September 28, 2018, 04:50:11 PM »
Unless my eyes deceive me from Brendan's last pictures, do we have more tree removal/trimming to do this winter around the south end of the bridge?  Looks like its really filled in over the summer.
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