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Philip Marshall

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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2019, 01:41:10 AM »
Is there a plan for when the new ramp track is going to be laid? I'm mostly free for the next few weeks and would like to come up and help if I can.

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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2019, 03:45:49 AM »
Thanks, Mike.
Great work.
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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2019, 07:46:22 AM »
Hi Philip, all,

We plan to lay the ramp track next week- likely beginning Tuesday.  The switch isn’t quite done; as soon as it’s serviceable we’ll lay track.  At the moment we are fighting several frozen switch stands, so there’s a thin chance we’ll need all of Tuesday on the switch.

It’d be great to have you, Philip, and anyone else who wants to join us!

Thanks,
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« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2019, 05:56:40 PM »
Thanks, Jason.

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« Reply #19 on: June 06, 2019, 07:57:55 PM »
This week, Brendan made me a nice step for getting on the tractor. It makes it a lot easier getting on it. Probably in a few years I'll need another one. I hope! John Deere will be making reproductions of it next year.
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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2019, 02:24:01 AM »
Always interesting to see new track go down.
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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2019, 12:39:13 AM »
Work done on Saturday June 8:

* Alna Day.  A number of vendors/groups/etc set up at SS; Midcoast Conservancy at AC.  A pretty fair day for visitors.  And great weather!
* Ditching: Mike was doing some ditching at Sheepscot Mills.
* Board Meeting. 

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« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2019, 03:16:24 AM »
A few pictures of the challenge. I wanted to ditch during train time, so I worked like this. It was hard to sray up there, kept sliding toward the ditch, but I managed..



West side ditch. I stopped ditching because I want to put the next bunch in the truck, rather than dump them where Brian has improved.



East side. Again, I want to use the truck to haul off the ditching, so I did not finish that either.

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« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2019, 02:07:15 PM »
A few of us worked on getting grass and brush trimmers working again, will have to get a few parts for a couple of them. When the parking lot is full we can't cut ties. I think we got 5 trimmers working, now we need the people to run them. We usually don't do to much out on the line until mid July, that way we only cut once. Hope were working on the bridge again by then as well as building the addition on the car barn.

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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2019, 03:36:14 PM »
Mike. Those ditches you worked on look great.
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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2019, 04:48:13 PM »
Thanks Bill. There are more that need attention, but only so much time...and we have a couple of extensions to work on..
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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2019, 06:41:45 PM »
The Brush around Alna Center was cut Thursday to Saturday's first train.

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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2019, 02:23:37 AM »
A few photos from Saturday...

First, Al Michelis assists as Fred Morse tends to one of our Stihl brush trimmers.  Dwight Winkley had been busy the latter part of the past week cutting portions of the active railway, so Fred tuned additional trimmers so others can assist in the work.


Fred explains the finer points of the trimmer maintenance work to Al.


While Fred and Al worked outside, Leon Weeks worked on the trimmers inside the garage.


A photo of the planned ramp track retaining wall as it stood Saturday.  Maybe not be clear from the photo, but the right-of-way from the woods track switch to the ramp track wall looked ready for track.


Prior to train time at 10.30 a.m., crews prepped their trains.  Conductor Ed Lecuyer worked with No. 9's steam crew to pull out two cars of the first class train consist from the car barn.


While fireman Roger Whitney added water to the tank for No. 3.


In the afternoon, we see (left-to-right) brakeman J.B. Smith look on as engineer James Patten oils No. 9 and fireman Bill Piche adds waters to No. 9's tank.


A couple of notes:

I saw the yellow flag northbound early in the day as we approached Sheepscot Mills but since I was busy talking with passengers, I didn't see the reason for the flag.  I had assumed it was Dwight brush cutting in the area.  It wasn't until the last train southbound, when crowds were less, that I saw the Kubota parked and the ditching work completed by Mike south of the crossing.  It looked terrific.

While on train crew I didn't have a chance to visit the displays and events staged at Sheepscot, Alna Center or Top of Mountain stations.  I was disappointed, but I did have a chance to speak with many of our guests during the day.  They all greatly enjoyed the Alna Day event, which speaks volumes of the work by Steve Piwowarski and other Museum and town members to make Alna Day a success.
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Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2019, 04:02:32 PM »
Since WW&F is helping promote area business and tourism, is local government or chamber(s) of commerce involved?
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« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2019, 04:25:25 PM »
Short answer is yes. There have been Business After Hours events at other locations that were attended, and the museum has also hosted a couple. A great way to network locally.
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