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Stephen Piwowarski

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Re: Summer Work Weekend July 20 & 21 "Rock the Mountain" - CANCELLED
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2019, 03:29:29 PM »
Heads up folks! Joe Fox and I spoke this morning and we are still on for Rock the Mountain this weekend. We are expecting hot weather, so having more people rather than fewer will be key to make sure no one gets exhausted. Plenty of water and drinks will be provided to keep everyone hydrated. If it does prove unbearably hot, we will likely find some other work to do as there is always plenty happening around here.


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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2019, 04:18:29 PM »
This post involves "Rock the Mountain," as it concerns magneto telephone service at TOM.

I recently purchased 1000 feet of wire with the intent of extending the magneto telephone wire further down the Mountain Extension during the Summer Work Weekend. However, I may need to use it to repair/replace a portion of the existing line. While the line works fine between Sheepscot Station and the terminal 300 feet beyond Albee’s Crossing, it does not work at the terminal 200 feet beyond Rose Wood Crossing. Needless to say, it also doesn’t work at TOM.

According to measurements I made with our wheel a few years ago, there are three terminal boxes between Albee’s crossing and Rose Wood crossing. As mentioned above, things work at the terminal 300 feet beyond Albee’s, and I think I succeeded at the terminal 750 feet beyond Albee’s. The status at the third terminal, 1222 feet beyond Albee’s (116 feet beyond MP7) is a mystery, as I can’t find the post due to very high grass.

Using the measuring wheel, I need to find a spot 1222 feet beyond Albee’s (or 116 feet north of MP7) and cut a swath (possibly with a blade trimmer) through the grass until the mystery post is sighted. A call from that post will confirm or deny service toward Sheepscot Station and limit the search for cable damage.

Unfortunately, conflicting commitments prevent me from doing that this weekend. I’ll try for the middle of some week unless some kind soul gets there first.

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Re: Summer Work Weekend July 20 & 21 "Rock the Mountain" - CANCELLED
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2019, 05:07:58 PM »
John, I remember where that post is. There were planks spanning the ditch there that may provide a direction to head.
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Re: Summer Work Weekend July 20 & 21 "Rock the Mountain" - CANCELLED
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2019, 07:10:02 PM »
UPDATE!!!
Due to the high temperatures expected, this weekend's "Rock the Mountain" ballasting event has been cancelled.

Volunteers are still welcome Saturday to work in the Sheepscot yard where there is shade and easy access to water and other beverages. Exact work will be determined shortly.

Those who are steam-crew qualified are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to help rotate folks in and out of the cab during the day. If the heat is unbearable, 52 will be used for some of the afternoon passenger runs.
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Re: Summer Work Weekend July 20 & 21 "Rock the Mountain" - CANCELLED
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2019, 12:25:10 AM »
will any work be scheduled to be done Sun.?
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Re: Summer Work Weekend July 20 & 21 "Rock the Mountain" - CANCELLED
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2019, 12:49:24 AM »
I am sure there will be work that can be done on Sunday regardless of whether it is the planned work or not. I suspect some RoW cutting could happen, along with a few other things.