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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #150 on: September 25, 2018, 10:10:55 AM »
Not really a labor saver Paul, but a clever way to quickly get the rails in gauge so the work train can pass over.
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #151 on: September 25, 2018, 02:24:47 PM »
OK. But certainly sounds like a timesaver to me. :)
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #152 on: September 25, 2018, 10:28:14 PM »
Remember those videos of the tracklaying machine in Canada?  You will note that the huge work train passed over freshly laid rail before spiking.  How they held the rail in gauge with those insanely heavy machines, rail cars, etc. is a mystery to me.  But they did it successfully.  So we are just repeating history.

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #153 on: September 25, 2018, 11:42:04 PM »
Work done today but not limited to; more Fall Work Weekend Prep such as tool counting, insta-track inspection, marking rail center lines for crane lift, bridge wok, yard switching, and work on #9. Very busy but productive day. Now is crunch time for the regular volunteers to finish up the bridge work, and finish up the preparation work for the Fall Work Weekend. Although not much credit has been given to the amount of work gone into Fall Work Weekend prep, I estimate we are up to around 200 hours in just track material prep alone, from cutting ties, preparing the rails, sorting joint bars, etc. Thank you to everyone who has helped, and will be continuing to help in the next 9 days. Track building weekends are our most well attended work weekends, and I am anxious just like everyone else to build track down the mountain.

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #154 on: September 26, 2018, 12:06:03 AM »
Also for those wondering souls, we have 23 usable spike mauls, 25 insta-tracks, 5 tie nippers, etc. Other tools to be used for tie nipping can include lining bars on other ties, or lining bars on a 4x4 block. Or a claw bar used against the base of a shovel.

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #155 on: September 26, 2018, 02:25:09 AM »
How they held the rail in gauge with those insanely heavy machines, rail cars, etc. is a mystery to me.

If you watch the video several times and look carefully you will see a worker put down an iron spreader-gauge bar as the rails are are being placed. Later toward the end of the video you can see a worker with the spiking crew who picks up the spreader-gauge bar.
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #156 on: September 26, 2018, 10:03:06 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of Sept 29:

* Fall Festival: Saturday during the day.  Then there's a "moonlight" train that night.  We'll likely need help at Alna Center for crowd control and games, and at Sheepscot for crowd and parking control.
* Mountain Ext. prep: Mike's last day, he hopes.  Then there's any tie, rail, and tool prep for the big push, which is coming right up in 2 weekends.
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #157 on: September 26, 2018, 02:46:01 PM »
Ten days, counting.
 
Would do now what I didn't when fellow-westerner Ira posted me, asking if I was going to Work Weekend with him a couple years ago; but, worsening sciatica these days says--not a good idea.
Sorry.

BTW, how's Bridgework finish-up coming?
To me, this is exciting, like September New Car Rollout years ago. ;D
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #158 on: September 28, 2018, 11:47:14 PM »
Ten days, counting.
 
Would do now what I didn't when fellow-westerner Ira posted me, asking if I was going to Work Weekend with him a couple years ago; but, worsening sciatica these days says--not a good idea.
Sorry.

BTW, how's Bridgework finish-up coming?
To me, this is exciting, like September New Car Rollout years ago. ;D

Paul, Bridge work is completed for this year.  They finished on Thursday.

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #159 on: September 29, 2018, 02:49:39 AM »
Marvelous!
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #160 on: September 29, 2018, 09:08:02 PM »
Work done today, Saturday:

* Mountain Extension prep: Mike worked diligently.
* FWW prep: Work continued on the rail crane.
* Operations: Fall Festival was today, and I had forgotten to mention the "moonlight" train this evening at 6:00, to Alna Center for a talk.  The Festival was quite busy, made even busier by another tour group.  This tour group had radio headsets for the guide to talk to the rest, it made it easy to disseminate information.

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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #161 on: September 29, 2018, 10:10:39 PM »
Finished Mountain Extension work for this year. Only worked half a day. Yup. Just 12 hours.
Moonlight special was leaving as I returned to Sheepscot. Thrain looked pleasantly packed. Parking lot was full.
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #162 on: September 30, 2018, 01:56:04 AM »
Thank you everyone for all the tremendous help on all aspects today. What a HUGE day. Between Falls Festival, two trains running, a night train, and a LOT of other projects going on, it was fantastic.

Other fall work weekend prep included picking out two rails to crop and drill to help offset the rails for the crossing just north of end of track. Thank you to the guys who helped me get the rail, and who then drilled the rail. And also thank you to Dana and Fred for helping retrieve the crossing ties. It was a very long day for many of us, but in the end it was well worth it.
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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #163 on: September 30, 2018, 11:06:47 AM »
Jasons pictures of Saturday nights Moonlight train.

Sutters Crossing headed North



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Plucking off the caboose at TOM



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Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« Reply #164 on: September 30, 2018, 02:42:45 PM »
I really like the photo on cock-eye curve.  Good to see the caboose back in service.
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