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Stephen Hussar
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« on: April 02, 2017, 04:07:34 PM »

Group photo from October 2003 work weekend, at the site of soon to be built Alna Center station...

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Ira Schreiber
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 07:42:42 PM »

Lots of familiar suspects.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 07:59:14 PM »

Nice photo!  This is probably off-topic, but I notice your rail is spiked down to the crossties without using tie plates.  I presume that was the way the original WW&F rails were secured and you want to be "period" accurate.  Anyone know when tie plates began widespread use?
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2017, 10:52:52 PM »

Everyone looks so young in that picture..
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 12:02:10 AM »

Everyone also looks much slimmer in that picture.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2017, 02:13:48 AM »

Bill Baskerville - is that you standing behind the Alna Center sign?

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 04:07:33 AM »

Jeff,

Alas, no.  When I discovered the WW&F Alna Center was already constructed.  I have only been coming up about 13 or 14 years or so.

What that means is I have to come more often to make up for it, or as they say in Texas, I wasn't born near the WW&F, but when I found out about it, I came as soon as I could, and as often as I can.

Hope to see you there the end of the month.

Bill
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 12:06:09 PM »

The fellow behind the sign is Don Konen and his partner Patty Osborne next to him.  They are involved in Danbury Railroad Museum.

In looking at the group, I recognize pretty much everybody except the guy on the extreme left, and the person on the Brookville.  Most of these people still volunteer here!
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2017, 12:34:45 PM »

The guy on the Brookville looks like Dave B.  The other one (with hand on the hood) is me. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2017, 12:53:45 PM »

Great photo Stephen. It amazing to see how much things have changed over the years.

Roger, tie plates for 60 lb rail are very rare and hard to find. Special plates could be made however would be an added expense. Tie plates really didn't come into play until 75 lb rail was developed, and were not in use by every rail line until 85 lb rail was built because at that time it was discovered that tie plates help prevent wheel wear, transfer the weight more across the tie, etc. The two footers really weren't heavy enough to warrant tie plates.

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2017, 01:01:03 PM »

Beyond what others have already stated, a couple of things come to mind. This was Oct 2003...rail was laid across Humason trestle in Oct 2001...that's quite a distance in 2 years...is this the year that 1600+ft was built over the weekend? (before mechanized tamping) Also, how the ROW leading up to AC station appears today. Only 14 years later and yet it looks like it has been there for 50 years.  
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2017, 05:47:32 PM »

I think Steve used some sort of narrow angle lens to make some of us appear less circumferentially challenged. Thanks Stewart for confirming that's me on the Brookville. I myself wasn't totally sure though I know I was there that weekend. The cockeyed hat was the giveaway for me. I think that was the last time I wore it (especially after I saw the photo) Why does Bill R look like he's 15 years old and 95 lbs?
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2017, 01:07:54 AM »

Never use my name.
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2017, 01:36:32 AM »

Is that "Start" partially obscured by that fat guy in bib overalls in the front?
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2017, 02:49:24 AM »

Hi Wayne,

Yes you may have missed my earlier comment that I'm the one leaning on the Brookville... and hiding behind ya.   Grin
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