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Joe Fox

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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2018, 07:20:10 AM »
Although I am thinking ahead in some aspects, it is nice to have many bend my ears to remind me of some details that may be overlooked. Small details like some of the bolts that may be bad, which is when I came up with the repair kit idea. It is a team effort, and I must say I am very excited for this weekend. We all work together very well, and everyone is always looking out for each other.
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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2018, 10:24:09 AM »
....and Joe Fox is now a licensed contractor of Insta-Trak Corporation, a major supplier of railroad track materials with offices in principal cities. (Maynard MA and Auburn ME)
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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2018, 12:34:27 PM »
Thank you Jeff. The new one was made with a 4×4 laying around at my house just itching to be used. After making several wood blocks today, with more to make later this week the end result will be a Insta Track repair kit which will include a hack saw, hammer, small vice grips, pliers, washers, wing nuts, bolts, and blocks so that we will have a way to repair any insta tracks that get broken during the day.

Who on the track crew will be assigned the duty of remembering the kit? :o

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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2018, 12:37:47 PM »

Who on the track crew will be assigned the duty of remembering the kit? :o

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The same person assigned to remember to charge the Joint Bar Bolt Impact Wrench and bring it along.

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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2018, 01:35:08 PM »

Who on the track crew will be assigned the duty of remembering the kit? :o

Jeff S.

The same person assigned to remember to charge the Joint Bar Bolt Impact Wrench and bring it along. 
Bill

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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2018, 09:17:22 PM »

Who on the track crew will be assigned the duty of remembering the kit? :o

Jeff S.

The same person assigned to remember to charge the Joint Bar Bolt Impact Wrench and bring it along. 
Bill

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Heh.  You're going to have a wait, then, on bolting track together.  I can't be in Alna until Saturday.

At least the weather forecast looks good -- let's hope the forecast holds.  This is from WMTW in Portland:

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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2018, 10:13:16 PM »
Wonderful weather forecast!!!!!

Just great for laying track, running trains, building decks, cleaning up the parking lot and other odd jobs.
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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2018, 09:49:23 AM »
Weather forecast Thursday to Monday is looking very good. Going to be in the upper 50's and low 60's most of the weekend. Perfect track building and other working weather.
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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2018, 08:00:51 PM »
The rail gantry was tested out today. Tomorrow the plan is to put 150' of track down using the normal Wednesday crew.

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Railing being loaded back up after being run out and put down from the trailing flatcar.



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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2018, 08:52:40 PM »
I hope we have considered our track laying will be on a down grade.  Need a hefty couple of folks to keep the rail from racing down the crane from the loading flat car to the EOT.
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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2018, 09:01:52 PM »
The rail will be eased down the crane with a rope and pulley. So each crane will have an operator and a handler. All part of my estimated 13-14 man crew size. Each person will have a designated job, and the tie handlers will also be needed to help slide the rail up against the spacer against the other rail.
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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2018, 10:27:27 PM »
Joe,

As usually, you have it under control and have thought of everything. 

I am looking forward to being a part of all this work this weekend.

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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2018, 05:16:41 AM »
The main idea for the crane was developed by Jason, Brendan, and Rick, and I helped add input here and there. Just someone on the sidelines like everyone else trying to hep make sure things run smooth.
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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #28 on: October 03, 2018, 07:29:11 PM »
Finally figgered it out...a pair of chainfalls rolling under both long girders as shown pick up  rail sticks, "trolleying" them from back flatcar to be lowered  to the ties in front of the leading flat, onto insta-track "speed mounts", awaiting permanent gauging/spiking/bolting, permitting the rail setter rig to advance faster and with much less backbreaking effort than if all done manually.

Verrrrrry clever. Youz guys, as usual, work ril gud!  ;D
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Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2018, 08:27:37 PM »
The rail gantry in action. We put down about 160' of rail after lunch with a crew of 12.





































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