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James Patten

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #45 on: June 20, 2018, 10:56:38 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of June 23:

* Track work: Joe hopes to organize a track crew for Saturday
* Mountain Extension: Mike work.
* Caboose 320
* Shop work

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #46 on: June 20, 2018, 11:13:45 AM »
Track crew may change up a little on Saturday, depends on how commited I am. I really want to see us eliminate one of the speed restrictions Saturday morning or depending on how things go, maybe Saturday afternoon after the last train.

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #47 on: June 20, 2018, 12:53:55 PM »
My time Saturday willbecut shortby an afternoon wedding, but am toying with the idea of working Sunday also to stay on schedule..
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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #48 on: June 23, 2018, 12:26:12 AM »
Kind of a late post, but I will be at the railroad at 430 to head out with the tamper. I hope to be back around 8 to gather the work crew and ballast train.

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #49 on: June 23, 2018, 09:01:28 PM »
Very busy day today. Had a 2 man track crew and we managed to jack and tamp 120ish feet of track and upgrade the speed restriction through the north end of Davis Grade. (Hopefully the empty tie cribs can be filled during the week.) The tamper upgrade is a HUGE improvement.

Shop crew did some machine work and brake work. Work continued on the caboose, and grading at the North end. And a few other various projects.

I have hopes of returning on Saturday 6/30 having a track crew distribute ballast, tamp, or pick up ties. I can not stress how critical it is to get help on track. Like maintaining a house, it is much easier when work is kept up with it. Theres a list of small track projects to be done posted in the house.

Any and all help is always appreciated.

Edit: I can not make it Saturday due to work
« Last Edit: June 23, 2018, 11:03:19 PM by Joe Fox »

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #50 on: June 23, 2018, 11:29:03 PM »
The tamper upgrade is a HUGE improvement.

Can someone elaborate on the tamper upgrade?

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #51 on: June 24, 2018, 12:50:09 AM »
The rest of the pile of hard wood was cut up and hauled back to Sheepscot today from Trout Brook Preserve. The last culvert was installed this morning, and 2 loads of gravel that was delivered yesterday were spread out. 3 more loads are waiting to be pushed around on Sunday.
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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #52 on: June 24, 2018, 01:24:59 AM »
Can someone elaborate on the tamper upgrade?

New air compressor (used, but in better shape/more reliable than what was on there), new hydraulic motor (much smaller, quieter, and more reliable than what was on there), new hoses (I think) and a revamping of the squeeze function.

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #53 on: June 24, 2018, 01:47:56 AM »
New Hydraulic Motor also has a higher travel speed when you throttle up the engine.

The used air compressor puts out more air 185, CFM ( cubic foot minute)

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #54 on: June 26, 2018, 08:02:30 PM »
Just looked at the Tamper photo on page 2 of the newest Newsletter.

Can you find  the work that ROW-MOW did on the Tamper while it was down for rebuilding?

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #55 on: June 27, 2018, 10:53:48 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of June 30/July 1:

* Track work: need to empty the flatcar of stone if it hasn't been already, at the Davis Grade work site (east side of track).  It would be nice to pick up some of the old ties on the side.  It would be nice to do some tamping.
* Bridge: doesn't it need staining?
* Mountain extension work
* Caboose 320
* Machine shop/wood shop set up

And, of course, running trains.

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #56 on: June 27, 2018, 11:56:11 AM »
Ballasting may be done today, and has changed due to tamping and lifting done last Saturday. But picking up old ties would be appreciated and or any ballasting that may be left.  ;)
« Last Edit: June 27, 2018, 12:18:29 PM by Joe Fox »

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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #57 on: June 27, 2018, 03:59:52 PM »
Boy, lots of impressive improvement work in progress.  :D
Hope you dedicated workers don't get burned out.  :P

Also waiting to see attractive stain work all over the TB bridge.  8)
Big, bare wood surfaces are magnets attracting spray can vandals, at least, unfortunately, here in Abq.  >:(
« Last Edit: June 27, 2018, 04:09:29 PM by Paul Uhland »
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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #58 on: June 27, 2018, 04:30:20 PM »
Just looked at the Tamper photo on page 2 of the newest Newsletter.

Can you find  the work that ROW-MOW did on the Tamper while it was down for rebuilding?

Here is my take on the improvements.  They started with that big gray and white thing behind our fearless leader. 

You know we are all behind our fearless leader........ but I digress.  The compressor, though used, is new to us and provides a larger volume of compressed air while also being quieter.  Note the spare wheel mounted on top of it.

It is difficult to see, but there is a new hydraulic pump and motor that also provides greater volume which has the side effect of allowing greater speed up and down the rails to the work site.  Hence, perhaps, the need for a spare wheel should the increased speed result in a flat.

Of course there is the Caribbean style umbrella and cup/water bottle holder for said fearless leader.  Operating Big-Joe requires such exertion that keeping cool and hydrated are important and necessary sub tasks.  Perhaps future upgrades could include a fan to keep the black flies away during the early spring work weekends.

The plumbing rework is an artwork in itself to behold.

There were also upgrades to the tool box, jack squeezing mechanism and probably a few more that I have missed.    I am sure our able Row-Mow expert Jay Barta could expound on them.
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Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« Reply #59 on: June 28, 2018, 01:05:06 AM »
I am on vacation this week and was able to make a rare Wednesday visit to Sheepscot.  The mid-week volunteers were very busy today.

First thing, Stewart led a small crew to put down clean dirt and grade rainwater away from the west side of the restroom building.  Hay was put down after to hold the soil in place.  A rainstorm is expected tomorrow.

A ballast train was then assembled in the north yard for the trip north to the area of this past spring's work weekend trackwork south of Sutter's.



We unloaded the car and returned to Sheepscot.  Upon return, a peek into bay 2 of the shop building revealed work is well underway on the first of two temporary steel spans that will be used to support the placement of the historic Moose Brook bridge later this year.



Fred said he was tired after the ballast train (he did quite of bit of the shovelling) and did not want to get a load of pine logs today from the right-of-way north of Trout Brook, but 10 or so minutes later he said let's go get a load of pine.  So before lunch, Fred, Al Michelis and I went up and loaded the pickup truck with pine.  There were no signs of new deer, moose or moose trout tracks.



A work of art.



Fred estimates there are about eight loads of pine remaining to be picked up.  Fred, Al and I had a good lunch at The Alna Store on the trip back to Sheepscot.  After lunch, Fred and I delivered the pine logs to a neighbor at the other end of Cross Road. 

The afternoon was spent sorting and stacking 30+ large timbers to be used for the approach spans for Trout Brook.  Jason handled the forklift, as Randy Beach (right) directed.



The timbers were put into two piles, sorted primarily by length.  Tarps were then put over both piles, as a soaking rain is expected tomorrow.  The timbers need to be kept dry for preparation work.





Meanwhile, Zack set a pair of steps in the ground by the driveway outside the first floor northside platform and steps.



Warm day today but not oppressive.