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James Patten
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« on: March 01, 2017, 12:00:14 PM »

It's March 1!  Spring in Maine appears to be rapidly approaching.

Anticipated work for Saturday March 4:

* Boxcar 67: trucks, belt rails
* Storage container delivery prep
* Archival work
* Office work: a "new" laptop arrived, I will be transferring all office functions to that (this replaces the one with the broken hinge)
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2017, 12:22:08 PM »

I think Sat. we'll continue burning brush and dead trees around the storage box area, There will still be snow in the area.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 01:50:00 AM »

What's the eta of the container? IIRC, the ones 2926 has were made by Hyundai.
Wonder how many there are in use by shippers, sold to the world public, etc? Millions?
Who knew how handy and popular they would become.
We have a just-opened little 2-story, East Abq shopping mall on I-40 made up of containers.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 03:06:46 AM »

Malcolm Purcell McLean invented the modern inter-modal shipping container.   Many of us older folks can remember the McLean Trucking Co based in North Carolina.  McLean Trucking was founded by Malcolm, his sister and brother.  In the early 1950's he started working on a way to carry his companies trucks on ships.  At that time US regulations didn't allow a trucking company to own ships. 

McLean founded a new company and bought two WWII ships and converted them to carry the containers without the truck chassis.  This reduced the labor cost to unload a ton of cargo from $4.86 a ton to $0.16 a ton.

With the US involvement in the Viet Nam war Sea-Land container cargo increased by 40%. 

There are now reported to be over 17 million shipping containers in the world.  It is estimated that there are 10,000 shipping containers lost at sea every year.  Many of them, because of their cargo, float just at or below the surface, and become a hazard to vessels.

As Paul Harvey would say, "Now you know.... the rest of the story",
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2017, 11:58:54 AM »

And another bit of the rest of the story - with narrow gauge content.  The White Pass & Yukon was the first railroad to build/own a container ship, and transferred containers from ship to train, the Clifford J Rogers.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2017, 09:15:44 PM »

Work done on Saturday March 4:

* Container prep: We burned some of the tree trash from cutting earlier in the week, and Fred insisted on cutting a few more down.  Meanwhile Mike got the Kubota going and managed to cart away most of the logs to a corner of the parking lot.  Then he tried dumping some material down to extend the fill, but it soon got too cold for him (it was in the teens with a hefty wind). 
* Archives: Linda was sorting through more Museum-era pictures.
* Office: New laptop, moved a bunch of stuff over to it.
* Special delivery: We got an unexpected delivery of 6 used utility poles from On Target, they showed up after most everyone had left, and Mike directed them to put them at the end of the parking lot.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2017, 10:55:48 PM »





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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2017, 11:27:29 PM »

Also, I worked on 1015 for about an hour this afternoon, removing and axle and springs. Then loaded the springs and the frame rails for the trip to ROWMOW Mfg. to hopefully get something done.
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 04:28:51 AM »

Fine looking poles. Any immediate need for them?
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2017, 12:16:38 PM »

We have a collection of other such poles.  We intend to start a utility pole museum  Grin

Actually the last plans that I heard for them were that we'd used them in constructing our coal storage bin (they'd be the walls).
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2017, 02:51:51 PM »

I wonder if they'd have some use at the first washout going down the mountain.
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2017, 04:29:57 PM »

Dave, it would be dicey/impossible getting an auger truck to the site in order to drill holes as well as to set them - if you're thinking they could be used as the vertical piles for a retaining wall?  Maybe a post hole auger mounted on a Bobcat(R)?  If we do have to drive piles, I suggest sections of rail so there is no chance they will rot in any of our lifetimes...
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2017, 05:30:58 PM »

No piles. Dave B. is talking something temporary..
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2017, 11:56:15 AM »

Anticipated work for weekend of Saturday March 11:

* Board meeting Friday evening
* Boxcar 67 - truck assembly, belt rails
* Storage container arrival prep
* Top of Mountain area/down the Mountain right of way clearing.

Forecast promises to be quite cold and windy, but Spring isn't very far away!
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2017, 03:02:06 PM »

I was hopeing we could go North to cut and burn brush Sat. However there's to much ice at Davis crossing. Guess we will have finish cleaning and burning behind where were going to out the big box.
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