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Joe Fox

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #795 on: September 28, 2018, 05:09:59 PM »
Yes, there are some trees and trimming to be done this winter along the RoW to Trout Brook.

Job well done to everyone involved. What a crazy and tense summer as the Bridge used up most of our volunteer resources. I am still working on setting up my schedule for FWW, and I cant wait to go show my presentation I am putting together. Everyone has done a tremendous job this summer and it is absolutely amazing.
Track laborer, roadmaster, general laborer, and much more.

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« Reply #796 on: September 28, 2018, 05:24:31 PM »
Wowee...onto the next biggie, tracklaying project, before Mister Snow blows into town.
Take the wintor off, guys.  ;D
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« Reply #797 on: September 28, 2018, 05:28:34 PM »
I'll be up Fri. am for the weekend. count me in

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« Reply #798 on: September 28, 2018, 07:38:34 PM »
Also...congrats to WW&F planners and organizers Jason, Mike, Joe, others who got approvals, ordered materials,  set work sessions, invented work-saving devices, got-er-all-done; contractors who worked rail help into busy schedules.

Amazing.

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James Patten

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« Reply #799 on: September 28, 2018, 09:15:34 PM »
Over the winter we need to cut back the trees between the end of track and the bridge, and I guess we will cut additional trees in the right of way where we will be laying track, as trees were left behind to provide guidance to backing trucks.

Next year we have more road bed repair, including fixing the ditch along the straightaway south of the bridge.

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« Reply #800 on: September 28, 2018, 10:39:45 PM »
Taking winter off is not in our DNA.  It's a great time to do tree clearing and burning...

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« Reply #801 on: September 28, 2018, 11:41:49 PM »
Taking winter off is not in our DNA.  It's a great time to do tree clearing and burning...

And a lot of organizing and clean up around Sheepscot and the ROW.  We aren't knee deep in snow all winter and there is lots to get done before Spring.  So if you are feeling house bound, closed in and need to get out - you know where we are.

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« Reply #802 on: September 29, 2018, 03:52:30 PM »
Uh, Bob...that was my attempt at ironic funniness. I'm well aware there's always loads of WW&F tasks needing attention, are well taken care of by available volunteers.
Good luck with work through the winter.
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #803 on: October 30, 2018, 10:15:16 AM »
Down East magazine's Maine Dispatches column for November includes mention of the bridge move.

https://downeast.com/maine-news-november-2018/
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #804 on: October 30, 2018, 02:15:11 PM »
Yay for a second mention by Down East this year. Just in case there was extensive concern over the lack of publicity specifically in relation to the Trout Brook move (it was covered in the local papers), since we have decided to look at the "Mountain Extension" as a whole, there will be a large media focus when we open the railway to Trout Brook Station, including the bridge, extended track, right of way work, connection with Midcoast Conservancy and our overall aim of restoring service on the WW&F.

Rebuilding a railroad is a huge project, and I am continually impressed to see how we have made strides on the restoration of this one. May we continue to experience such success and meet like minded people who would like to come and join us.
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #805 on: November 17, 2018, 01:29:47 AM »
I came across the following news report from the Gardiner Reporter Journal of March 7, 1902, regarding the Carleton Brook bridge.

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« Reply #806 on: November 17, 2018, 01:40:50 AM »
The passengers must have loved pumping a hand car up that hill.  Mostly down hill from AC to Wiscasset.

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« Reply #807 on: November 17, 2018, 01:47:29 AM »
The bridge had a middle pier in 1902?  Very interesting. Was this maybe an earlier version of the structure prior to the pony truss design in the Masons' wreck (1905)?

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« Reply #808 on: November 17, 2018, 02:23:17 AM »
One wonders how many passengers there were - or handcars for that matter.

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« Reply #809 on: November 17, 2018, 04:04:16 AM »
Pumping a hand car up "The Ladder" north of Alna Center siding must have also been tough, especially after having climbed the long grade "up the mountain."