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Russ Nelson

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2017 Fall Work Weekend Review
« on: October 09, 2017, 03:18:04 PM »
Summary: Excellent time, would visit again

First time volunteer. Live in Weare, NH, a 3 hour ride. Heard about the WW&F via railroad.net, knew about the bi-annual work weekends. I had the weekend free-up unexpectedly, so I thought I would check it out. Came prepared with battery tools and hand tools in case I ended up working on carpentry or machines. Really wanted to do track work, though, because those other things you can do elsewhere or on your own house.

Friday we added ballast to track 2 and lined it.  Saturday was the most fun and we had the most people. More than enough people to lift a stick of rail and place it without feeling the weight. Added 18 sticks to the shingle mill siding, so 9 x 30, or 270 feet. Carried ties out, started spikes on one side, carried the first rail out, placed it up against the spikes. Carried the second rail out, bolted the rail joiners, spiked the first rail, gauged and spiked the second rail. Sunday we dropped more stone and added ties and another four sticks to the main line. Still needs ballast and alignment. We're now past the culvert on the south side of the dump truck access road.

Learned many subtleties, like the inside spikes should be on the same side of the tie to prevent the tie from rotating. Alternate ties should have the spikes on opposite sides. You should hit the spike with the spike maul. Not the tie. Not the railhead. Admired the skill of others who were able to drive in a spike like the tie was butter.

The sole unpleasant part of the work was waiting for the stone train to arrive. I want to work on a work weekend, not wait.

The bunkhouse was comfortable, if a bit "snorey" (I don't snore, of course, or if I do, I sleep through it). Definitely a bargain compared to any hotel. The food was hot, tasty, and plentiful, and on Saturday, delivered to us.

Updated OpenStreetMap at Top of the Mountain (https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/44.09555641992282/-69.62409245305264) and the yard (https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/44.06114088433436/-69.62396341684173). Added the mill siding and updated the new end of the line.



Photos and video from my weekend: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dtDphCUMCzMQ8xFz1

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Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Review
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 03:48:40 PM »
Russ it was great to meet you and many others. Ballasting on Saturday wasn't really a plan until we worked ourselves out of spiking. Next fall will see a lot more track buiding on the main line with any luck. When we dedicate a day to shuttling stone, typically there are two trains that run the cars back and forth when ballasting a lot of track.

It is great to share knowledge with those willing to learn, and those eager to teach, such as Dana and others.

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Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Review
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 05:27:01 PM »
Russ,
I wish I knew you were there. I would like to have met you. I know of you from the other forum, having seen several of your posts there.

Yes, there are time at the museum that it is hurry up and wait. But you will find as you come more often, those wait times give you a chance to catch up with like minded folks you only get to see once or twice a year.

Welcome aboard.
Mike
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Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Review
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 02:48:09 AM »
Russ...outstanding, complete videos!
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Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Review
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 05:40:24 PM »
Great videos, Russ. Hope to see you at the spring work weekend.

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Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Review
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 05:55:34 PM »
Thanks for the compliments. Google Photos didn't include this video, which I think is the best: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LaCH1ABYfpyPpSQ02