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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #450 on: July 17, 2018, 01:17:11 AM »
It doesn't really have anything to do with the bridge but I had a thought.  Every time I see pics like this or culvert installation I always think that a long time ago, someone was working to put that fill in place when building the roadbed.....   Am I crazy or does it ever cross anyone elses mind???
Every day. I think that this was all done by hand, using only horse and tip cart to haul material.
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #451 on: July 17, 2018, 01:37:39 AM »
It doesn't really have anything to do with the bridge but I had a thought.  Every time I see pics like this or culvert installation I always think that a long time ago, someone was working to put that fill in place when building the roadbed.....   Am I crazy or does it ever cross anyone elses mind???

No, not crazy at all.  I think not only about the many that built the railroad, but the railroad's effect on the communities it served.  The story about this railroad is the story about the people of the Sheepscot Valley, and can be told countless times about the towns and villages across the country.

I grew up by Cape Cod and have always had an interest in the Cape's railroad history.  Over the years I've learned so much about Cape community life in the 1800s and early 1900s, just tracing the story of the railroad primarily through newspaper archives, as well as other sources.  I've learned a lot about Cape families that for generations had a career on the railroad.  Just this month I learned a great deal more about the Drew family -- several members were roadmasters or engineers on the railroads in southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape in the 1800s and early 1900s.

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« Reply #452 on: July 17, 2018, 03:34:32 AM »
I have similar thoughts at the beginning of Cockeyed Curve where there is a cleaved rock on the north side.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #453 on: July 18, 2018, 04:39:16 AM »
I saw a documentary recently that described a rail dispersal car used in building the transcontinental railway.  It was beautifully simple.  It was a very short flat car with rails balanced across the interior of the car.  On each side of  the car were two flat rollers at the corners of the cart for a total of four per car.  The car was advanced to near the end of track.  A rail was pulled to the side of the car and onto the rollers.  Rail would then be pulled over the rollers and laid on the ties and repeated on other side of car.  The car had 4 wheels and with a short wheel base I don't know if it was a full truck.  Thoughts?

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #454 on: July 18, 2018, 09:35:21 AM »
https://youtu.be/lyfDHIsdKxg

Building the Grand Trunk in Canada. Fast forward to 1:10 to see their track building train.
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« Reply #455 on: July 18, 2018, 03:42:41 PM »
I don't see evidence of gauging or spiking ahead of the machine.....

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« Reply #456 on: July 18, 2018, 06:51:10 PM »
I don't see evidence of gauging or spiking ahead of the machine.....

It's subtle, but if you look closely they're using gauge rods to hold the track in place. The spike crew is probably following along behind the train.
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« Reply #457 on: July 18, 2018, 06:53:45 PM »
I don't see evidence of gauging or spiking ahead of the machine.....

It's subtle, but if you look closely they're using gauge rods to hold the track in place. The spike crew is probably following along behind the train.

I say probably, and then I watch the rest of the video and do in fact see that the spike gangs are behind the track train.
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #458 on: July 18, 2018, 10:55:32 PM »
Timber Crib construction. Today one was completed..









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« Reply #459 on: July 19, 2018, 12:26:49 AM »
Timber Crib construction. Today one was completed..

Wow.  Even with all those troublemakers in the first photo (ducking and hiding now).  Great job!
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #460 on: July 19, 2018, 06:58:39 PM »
Meet Marty.
Jasons supervisor. He says where he goes at the bridge site, Marty goes. Always watching.



So while looking at this photo, I remembered those tracks from a few weeks ago that I found. And how that tail resembles those foot prints... Moose Trout anyone??
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« Reply #461 on: July 19, 2018, 07:17:18 PM »
Marty the Mouse Trout! I like it!
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #462 on: July 19, 2018, 08:36:17 PM »
Perhaps Marty is really the Duck in disguise!

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #463 on: July 20, 2018, 11:38:24 PM »
Marty the Mouse Trout! I like it!

Looks like lunch to me......

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #464 on: July 22, 2018, 01:09:03 AM »
Marty the Mouse Trout! I like it!

Looks like lunch to me......

Hey, don't talk about Marty that way. Moose Trout are sensitive. ::)

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