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Stewart "Start" Rhine
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« Reply #60 on: January 20, 2017, 06:45:13 PM »

Today started out sunny and got cloudy after lunch time, temp was 42.  

Over a dozen WW&F volunteers worked on a number of projects including:

* Boxcar #67 - Zack delivered a load of pine boards for the roof of the car and worked on getting the frame plumb.

* Workcar #1015 - Mike worked on the steel edges and frame of the car.

* MTFW - Both engines were steamed up.  #3 was put in switcher service and also ran qualifying traip to ToM and return.  The water tank was filled and heaters filled in case we need to heat the tank house this weekend.

* Engine #52 - Brendan started working on getting the air controls in the cab for the flanger blades.

* Kitchen - The crew had a nice casserole for lunch and was busy making a hot meal for Saturday.

* Campus - The Sheepscot platform was cleared early so the sun would dry it.  Sheepscot depot got some cleaning inside.
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« Reply #61 on: January 21, 2017, 06:33:28 PM »

Work done on Saturday Jan 21:

* Photo trains: Steam engines were firing up early in the morning, photographers showed up and the trains left town a little after nine.  They got back just before noon, and after some quick switching and lunch went out again at one.
* Workcar 1015: Mike did some grinding, cutting and welding.  He's narrowed the car a little bit by cutting off some wings.
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« Reply #62 on: January 21, 2017, 09:47:51 PM »

Besides picking up  the roof lumber at the  lumber yard, Zack cut and installed more oak braces on the West side of car 67.
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« Reply #63 on: January 22, 2017, 06:04:47 AM »

Any pics of Zack's progress?  Just love to see how its coming together and understanding the framing process.
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« Reply #64 on: January 22, 2017, 04:42:05 PM »

Sunday, January 22nd 2017.  The final day of the MTFW -

Most work surrounded the special trains that ran all morning.  Scenes were done at a number of places including Albee's field, Alna Center and Sheepscot yards.  The final mainline runby spot was at the same location as first one we had back in 1998. Photographers set up near  Brook Crossing at the top of Davis grade.  This is the spot where we ran the first run-by with Monson #3 during the Annual Picnic 19 years ago.  It's a good location to get shots of the train working up grade. The final yard shot was with #9 on the run through track and #3 on the turntable lead with both engines posed near the turntable. 

A special thanks goes to the Maine Narrow Gauge crew(s) who traveled to Alna, put in hours of prep work and ran #3 on numerous trains.  Without the cooperation of MNG, Boothbay Railway and the hosting WW&F the event would not have happened.  It was a lot of work and a challenge handling trains on icy rail but things went well and our guests couldn't say enough about how they enjoyed the weekend(s).  Some new friendships were made in the last 8 days and some serious photo sharing has taken place.  Departing visitors shook our hands and thanked us for the effort required to stage an event like this in January.  The kitchen crew did double duty serving lunch and supper to the train crews and setting up/cleaning the dining hall for our guests.  The mid-day break with Subway boxed lunches was a big hit for the photographers, it was a good chance to relax and warm up after being out all morning. 

For many WW&F volunteers it was a 10 day event with prep, repair and adjustments happening throughout.  The photos and good experiences is what our guests got from the MTFW.  Special train handling with unusual consists in sometimes difficult operating conditions is what many of our members got from it.  All members can be proud of the WW&F hosting this event.   

The next big things for the WW&F crew are the Amherst Big E Show next weekend followed by the Mass Bay RRE charter two weeks later. 
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« Reply #65 on: January 22, 2017, 08:12:40 PM »

Here's the group picture from Saturday morning:

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« Reply #66 on: January 25, 2017, 07:09:00 AM »

Anticipated work for weekend of January 28, 2017:

* Amherst Railway Show: New England's big train show is this weekend, at the Big E in West Springfield, MA.  We'll be there both days in the "Narrow Gauge corner" by the Heroes and Legends Cafe.  I think John Robertson would like someone to take over the show planning from him, so if you're willing please talk to him.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch:
* Boxcar 67
* Top of Mountain tree cutting
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« Reply #67 on: January 28, 2017, 05:37:43 PM »

Work done (at Sheepscot) on 1/28/17:

* Boxcar 67: Zack is busily putting in the diagonal supports floor to ceiling.  The sides were finished today and the ends started on.
* Tree cutting: We got a little bit of tree cutting in to keep Fred happy.
* Bulldozer: Mike got the radiator out of the dozer, with intent to have it repaired/rebuilt.
* Work car 1015: Mike cut some I-beams to size and got them moved over to the car body.  They will become inner support (about 2 feet apart) for the car.
* Coach 3: During the week some exploratory surgery was done on Coach 3 to see how it was built, in preparation for a new coach.  We all gawked at it.

Meanwhile some of the folks were busy at the Amherst Railway Society train show in West Springfield Mass...
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« Reply #68 on: January 28, 2017, 07:23:20 PM »

Zack has 2 braces to finish and the framework should be done.

On the equipment car, I also trimmed the ramp sliders down to fit in the pockets and welded them up. And cleaned up the welds from last weekend.
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« Reply #69 on: January 29, 2017, 10:44:30 AM »

Did anyone think to take a picture of what was revealed with coach three exploratory surgery?
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« Reply #70 on: January 29, 2017, 11:22:52 AM »

The framing was well documented both in pictures and dimensioned sketches.

The net result will be a full framing drawing.

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« Reply #71 on: January 29, 2017, 03:33:53 PM »

I had intended to take photos to share Bill, but forgot about it until I was halfway home.
There are some puzzling pieces in there, that we are curious about, or at least those that were there Saturday. There are little pieces of wood glued onto the framing. They are about 2 inches long, 1 inch wide, 1 inch thick. Cut at a 45 degree angle so it is 3 sided. One flat goes against the framing (glued) and the other against the siding. I need to get pictures to better describe them.
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« Reply #72 on: January 29, 2017, 07:04:24 PM »

Sounds like what we call "glue blocks" in antique furniture. If one flips over a table from the 18th or 19th century it will often have these little chamfered blocks evenly spaced around the corner where the frame meets the top. They can also be found where legs join frames. chest tops meet their sides etc etc.  Someone at some point in history decided that merely gluing the top to the frame was not enough. Sounds like an industrial use of the same?
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« Reply #73 on: January 29, 2017, 07:21:44 PM »

Eric Schade, who builds wooden boats for a living, and did the disassembly, found significant evidence that the original siding was glued to the frame as well as nailed.  In this way the siding may have been considered partially structural.  Eric believes this explains the existence of the small triangles.

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« Reply #74 on: January 29, 2017, 09:30:02 PM »

Makes sense. Would explain the use of those.
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