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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #915 on: March 04, 2019, 12:18:42 AM »
Agreed!  We need to save that piece and have an artist fill it out to make Sid appear.  Keep it in the station, the kids will love it.
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« Reply #916 on: March 04, 2019, 06:19:34 PM »
Looks like Mike killed an Ent.    :(

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« Reply #917 on: March 04, 2019, 11:23:14 PM »
But it was an ent that looks like Sid.
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« Reply #918 on: March 04, 2019, 11:28:32 PM »
But it was an ent that looks like Sid.

Treebeard would not be amused.
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« Reply #919 on: March 04, 2019, 11:50:25 PM »
In what may be a fruitless attempt to bring this thread back to the straight and narrow, I note in the April 2018 issue of Trains magazine, which appeared in my mailbox today, a nice little blurb about the recent Webb Award and the Mountain Extension, including a Mike Fox photo of the current end of track. Also included was a note about the Fall 2018 work weekend and our tracklaying activity. Page 10.
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« Reply #920 on: March 05, 2019, 03:04:55 AM »
Thanks for the heads up Wayne.. I forgot to check my mail unril I read that. Mine arrived today too.

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« Reply #921 on: March 05, 2019, 08:14:48 PM »
With regards to making "Sid" come 'alive', you might contact "Maine Cabin Masters" near/around the Augusta Gardner area.  Chase Morrill runs the outfit that restores cabins and has contacts with various artists in Maine.  Their show is on the DIY network and is very enjoyable to us "outers" that need  visual taste of Maine.  The folks in the crew went to Cony and Gardiner High schools. Chase's sister Ashley does all the interior design.  Good show!
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« Reply #922 on: March 10, 2019, 12:05:08 PM »
Sid and his twin were brought back to the house. It was complete luck that we were even able to spot that feature. I cut 2 inches off of the end and it was a completely different look.

Saturday we spent the morning cutting some fir trees that would have eventually bothered the trains.



 This picture is a repost from last week, the trees removed were the tall dead fir trees, and the other fir trees just south of it. We were all done by 11 and headed south.
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« Reply #923 on: March 12, 2019, 02:03:00 AM »
Some belated photos from Saturday.

Leon Weeks (left) and Mike Fox (right) cut up a fallen fir tree, as James Patten brings slash to the fire behind me.  View is looking south.


The view looking north from the burn pile toward the bridge.  This gives some sense on the depth of the snow.


Ken Berlo tends the fire, as Fred Morse and Leon look on.


Mike tends to a saw as James looks on.


Ed Lecuyer, Leon and Fred tend the fire.


Mike contemplates how to cut down the last trio of fir trees.


Mike cuts the last trio of fir trees as fellow volunteers look on.


The last fir trees are down.  Mike cuts the trunks on the left, as volunteers bring the slash up to the fire on the right.




A short walk south to "Saw Mill" curve.  This view is looking south.  End of track is buried in the snow in the far distance.


Turning north, the view toward the day's burn pile and Trout Brook bridge.


Mike and crew retrieved Sid the Ice Age sloth and mate.  Note sure where Linda will keep these in the archives.


Mike turned off his saw at 10.15 a.m. Saturday, which I understand marks the end of Mountain Extension cutting for the winter.  The right-of-way between end of track and the bridge is now clear enough for Jeff Verney to come in this spring and summer and prepare the right-of-way and ditches for track laying Columbus Day weekend.

In the afternoon, #52 led a train of flatcar #126 and coach #8 for a trip up the line.  At Sheepscot Mills, #126 was dropped at Maine Locomotive & Machine Works with a pipe for a ML&MW project.  #52 continued north to Top of the Mountain with #8.  At ToM, #8 was dropped, and #52 continue down the Mountain to end of track.  Here's #52 with some volunteers at end of track, after they had inspected the tree clearing on the ROW north.
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« Reply #924 on: March 12, 2019, 12:11:53 PM »
Thanks for the photos, Bill. Looks like it was a productive day.

Why didn't Fred bring a chair for Leon :o???

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« Reply #925 on: March 12, 2019, 12:56:45 PM »
El Presidentaies chair should have been available.
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« Reply #926 on: March 12, 2019, 01:37:52 PM »
Thanks for the report Bill. It is always great to read someone elses perspective for the days activities.

Mountain cutting is done for now. If time permits, we may rent a wood chipper again and clean up the remainder of trackside debris. There is also a few more trees to take down to improve curve visibility. As we start running work trains, I will be asking the crews what they think, and if there is anything that needs attention before we start running passenger trains.

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« Reply #927 on: March 12, 2019, 03:25:15 PM »
If we do rent that wood chipper, can we blow some wood chips onto a flatcar for use at Alna Center in the picnic grove? That way we won't need to buy and will recover some cost of renting the chipper by making/using our own chips.

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« Reply #928 on: March 12, 2019, 04:16:13 PM »
We discussed that at the board meeting Steve. See Dave, Jason or myself to discuss..preferably all 3 at the same time..
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« Reply #929 on: March 12, 2019, 07:02:41 PM »
Sounds good. I think you jogged my memory. Maybe I was there for that. In any case, maybe we'll get a chance to sit down together this coming Saturday at some point.