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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2018, 11:55:33 PM »
I was going to say "Alan," but the Alan has been around for a while now.  Although an outside view is not its normal habitat (particularly with snow on the ground).
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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2018, 12:17:31 AM »
Alan is kind of strange, but he's definitely not a machine.

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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #32 on: November 18, 2018, 12:26:21 AM »
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« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2018, 12:46:59 AM »
Aren't you guys glad  ;D you put the flat car and tarps over the switch?  Someone in your group is really a smart forward thinker.

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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2018, 04:46:00 AM »
Alan is kind of strange, but he's definitely not a machine.

I wouldn't say that. I've seen the reports of all the work he's done since he showed up.
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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #35 on: November 19, 2018, 01:48:52 AM »
So nobody commented that the machine Alan is using is a spike driver.  Maybe it wasn't clear enough in the photo.

The spike driver is one that Boothbay Railway Village uses.  I think there was some trepidation that all the spiking would get done Saturday (we didn't have a very big crew), so talk got going early afternoon about the BRV spike driver.  It's electric, run by a generator in the back of Brian's locomotive rescue truck.  We needed the generator to predrill the spike holes.  Brian went to get the driver, while he was gone we got most of the spikes finished.  There was about 4 ties left when he came back with it, so we gave it a try.  It works, after a fashion, but the holes needed to be drilled all the way for the driver to work.  The operator also has to lean on it pretty good.

We did find that dipping the spikes in linseed oil helps drive them much better, both manually and with the driver.

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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2018, 02:13:14 AM »
We did find that dipping the spikes in linseed oil helps drive them much better, both manually and with the driver.
As a big fan of linseed oil, Harry Percival would have been pleased.

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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2018, 04:42:56 AM »
By George, could that be a new-fangled, eleftrikal spike hammer contraption??
Used one once, is easier on the arms than a pneumatic one.
Whatever works, especially out there in the soggy, freezing snow.

Good luck Monday, guys. It's a pleasure following your work.
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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #38 on: November 19, 2018, 06:06:59 PM »
I dont think drilling holes all the way is a good idea, nor efficient. Which goes back to our original talk. Many hands make light work, and make quick work. Mechanizing is appreciated on small volunteer days, and Boothbays spiker is great and definately helped spike their track on their work day this past spring.
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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #39 on: November 20, 2018, 12:47:41 AM »
The switch stand is in and the switch is functional.

Heading north this morning.





The work train was left over the switch to keep the snow off.



Moving rails between flatcars.



Adjusting the switch throw.


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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #40 on: November 20, 2018, 12:59:05 AM »
Our weekday crew are unsung heroes.  Just sayin'.
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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #41 on: November 20, 2018, 06:46:23 AM »
Our weekday crew are unsung heroes.  Just sayin'.
I can't say fairer than that . Rain,  should say snow, or shine , come hell or high water they are always on the ground to achieve their  assignment. Kudos !

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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #42 on: November 20, 2018, 01:15:13 PM »
Winter is coming has arrived.

What's going on in the background with the dump truck?
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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2018, 01:33:45 PM »
Brian was bringing in gravel to regrade in front of the shop for the siding.
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Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« Reply #44 on: November 21, 2018, 05:49:15 AM »
I see a possible culvert pipe lurking in the background.
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