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John Kokas

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #300 on: January 20, 2018, 05:56:58 PM »
Well that answers the question on the bayside part of the RR.  But it still leaves open the question about inland pile-driving.  Nicely presented Ben, would have received an "A" in my social studies class.   :D

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« Reply #301 on: January 20, 2018, 06:33:58 PM »
Thank you John.  Several options that I can think of. They did not have pile driving capabilities in 1912 but may have in previous and/or later years. Their pile driver was so primitive/inefficient that it was preferable to subcontract the Wiscasset work. They subcontracted inland pile driving as well.

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« Reply #302 on: January 20, 2018, 06:37:35 PM »
In "Big Dreams and Little Wheels" mention is made of a trip-hammer arrangement  utilized to drive piles on the Burnham extension. Four poles, 25-30 feet tall were erected over the place a pile was to be driven and two large draft horses were used as motive power to lift an 1100 pound weight used to pound the piles in.Sounds painfully slow!

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #303 on: January 20, 2018, 07:48:39 PM »
Those poor horses. Pull ahead. Stop. WHAM! Back up. Stop. Repeat. By the end of the day, they wouldn't know whether they were coming or going!

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #304 on: January 20, 2018, 10:22:14 PM »
"Pull ahead. Stop. WHAM! Back up. Stop. Repeat." I've worked yard jobs like that, Wayne!

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« Reply #305 on: January 20, 2018, 10:28:43 PM »
I hear you, John -- but you're not a horse.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #306 on: January 21, 2018, 02:16:59 AM »
Hoghead is what I'm purported to be. I don't know whether that's up or down the scale from horse! None-the-less, can you imagine being faced with a lengthy stretch of piling to pound, and that's the tool you have to work with? Patient folks back then!
 
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« Reply #307 on: January 21, 2018, 02:56:07 PM »
Doing the best they could with the tools available.

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