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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #75 on: January 25, 2018, 06:00:12 PM »
Right on Ed.

Track laying will be the big push, so we are going to try a few ideas to aid in the laying.

First, a new method for moving and laying rail is being planned. It is a work in progress, so I hope the planners try it out before use this fall.

Second, and this may just be about the best improvement, but has been done before. We will pre stage ties. Stacks of 30, every 60 feet. This will enable us to use our help steadily, with less down time as the car is reloaded. We will also place spikes, joint bars and bolts near these piles, so everything is there as we go along.

And lastly. The new rail distribution will be with heavier equipment, so new "insta-track" braces will be made. This will allow steady northward progess, and a spiking crew can follow along.

1200 feet may seem like a lot, but, 300 feet a day using the old way was not uncommon.
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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #76 on: January 25, 2018, 08:58:09 PM »
Jeff, I bet you would like to be here when were cutting brush!

Fred,

I'm not to be trusted with a chainsaw. :o

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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #77 on: January 25, 2018, 09:01:53 PM »
Here's the map (also found in the Nov/Dec 2017 Newsletter.)



Track ends at Location 1; the tree that was blocking the ROW just south of Location 1 was removed on 1/20/18, then skidded out using #9.

Trees have been (or are being) cleared from Locations 1 to 4 and Location 8. We are waiting to remove trees at Location 6 (Section 3) due to permitting. Trees have also been cleared at Locations 13-17.

Goal for spring/summer: Repair ROW up to Location 9.
Goal for Fall Work Weekend: Lay track up to Location 9 (1300 feet from Location 1).

Mike or Jason can offer corrections/comments.

What will it take to repair the ROW at location 4, the slide? Also, any particular ROW work planned for SWW?

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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #78 on: January 25, 2018, 09:52:38 PM »
Mike Fox wrote:
Location 4 is getting repaired by our local contractor. Gravel fill faced with stone, like the big fill at location 1 was.   

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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #79 on: January 25, 2018, 11:54:36 PM »
1200 feet may seem like a lot, but, 300 feet a day using the old way was not uncommon.

Which leads to the question:  What is our record for track laying on a work weekend?

I have two guesses:
-- Fall 2001, when we laid the main line between Sheepscot Mills to and across Humason Brook; or
-- Two years later, when we laid the track from Trask's Crossing to Alna Center.

OK, I just cheated, and looked at the old newsletters posted on the forum.  50+ volunteers laid about 1,350 feet of track in October 2001; and not quite 1,300 feet with 60+ volunteers during the 2003 fall work weekend. 

So 1,200 feet this fall sounds very reasonable.

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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #80 on: January 26, 2018, 12:26:15 AM »
It would be nice if, particularly in Section 3, some of the low branches and small trees down to the creek were removed to open up the view of the stream for passengers. Maybe not this winter, but next winter for sure...... Ever since the first time I walked this section, I've admired the view of the stream from there.

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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #81 on: January 26, 2018, 01:29:53 AM »
We may be able trim some branches, but that is a shoreland area and we can do very little. We could remove downed deadwood to improve that, but very limited small vegitation can be cut. There is a spot between location 8 and 9 that is out of the shoreland that can be limbed, and that area is very scenic.
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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #82 on: January 26, 2018, 01:51:07 PM »
Ed,

Thanks for posting the map and summarizing the cutting locations.

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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #83 on: February 13, 2018, 01:57:33 PM »
Saturday Mountain Extension Work Plan:

We have gotten permission from the DEP to clear trees from the permitted Section 3 "Pinch Point" area!  This will be done, along with burning as much of that new slash, and old slash remaining from prior clearing on Section 4.

Mike will drive up first thing in the AM.

Diesel work train with one coach will depart SS 8:30AM.  Volunteers who want to help with cutting and burning are encouraged to ride this train, however feel free to ride a later public train up to the action. 

Steam passenger trains will begin running at 10AM with two coaches.  They will run at least hourly, last train leaving SS at 2PM.

There will be a caboose set up at ToM with heat, hot chocolate, and Steve P to host the public.

Should be a good shin-dig, we hope to see you!!

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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #84 on: February 13, 2018, 02:04:12 PM »
It has been mentioned before, but don't wear your Sunday best near the brushpiles.
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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #85 on: February 13, 2018, 05:35:16 PM »
Hi Folks,

To help us get us started on the right foot this Saturday I'll be cooking up a breakfast of eggs, biscuits, meats, and fruit along with coffee and tea to wash it all down. I'll make eggs to order, but if you want poached, you might be on your own. I'll have breakfast up starting at 7:30 and will be clearing up at 8:15 before the work train departs.

See you there,
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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #86 on: February 17, 2018, 11:47:07 PM »
First things first. I would like to say a big thank you to all that came and helped today. It was a great time. I cut down 95% of the trees that were cut down, and after we got a good rhythm going, the tree would hit the ground, and two more saws (thanks Jay and Stewart) would work the top up while I worked up from the butt. Steve Z was up early, cut a few trees and the walking was getting to his knees. Fred came up, wanted to know why we didn't have two fires going, and left I think with Steve, probably right after we lit the second pile.
So, get to the photos you say...ok


Looking South at second burn pile


Looking North, across location 6, at second burn pile


Looking south, halfway between between location 7 & 8


Zoomed in on Bob Cavanaugh


Looking North from halfway between location 4 & 5, Dwight walking toward the second pile



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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #87 on: February 18, 2018, 12:44:42 AM »
DID YOU KNOW?:  That a well organized WW&F volunteer crew can make a substantial tree disappear (from initial cut to stacking/burning) in UNDER five minutes?

Remarkable!

Also, there were at least 40 snow-chasing visitors today coming to the railroad to hike/snowshoe.  Lots of little kids enjoying the experience.  A very successful snow weekend!

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« Reply #88 on: February 18, 2018, 12:55:30 AM »
Paid passenger count was 74... we’re very pleased with our first winter service offering.  More details will come...

Cutting crew did fabulous.  The combined work/ public event blended nicely and made for a great festive atmosphere.

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Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« Reply #89 on: February 18, 2018, 12:59:49 AM »
As I said when this was first announced, this was a brilliant idea. I'm sure it will grow if it's done again.