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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Volunteers => Topic started by: James Patten on January 29, 2014, 08:29:45 AM

Title: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on January 29, 2014, 08:29:45 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of February 1:

* Road machinery: Mike (maybe others) will be busy working on our tractors/excavators/back hoes/sky cranes/helicoptors/etc.
* Garage
* Big E show: Decompression after the big show.  We'll tally up the sales and everything else.
* #9: Jason will be working on Friday and Monday.  I'm sure he'll leave instructions for Saturday crews.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on January 29, 2014, 03:28:22 PM
Looks like the Wiscasset, Wingman & Flyover (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php?topic=2188.0) is off the ground!

BTW - Car 65 will need some cleaning on Saturday if the weather allows.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on January 31, 2014, 07:43:02 AM
I hope we can burn brush Sat. There's quite a lot near the new garage. I'll try to get a permit this afternoon.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 01, 2014, 06:47:21 PM
Work done on Saturday Feb 1:

* Slash and burn: Steve Z got a burn permit for the next month yesterday (we're in trouble now!).  Fred started up a fire near the big brush pile that had been built a few weeks ago, then got out the chain saw and started cutting up the big pine he dropped last weekend.  Once he was done with that, for good measure he dropped a poplar east of it and cut it up too.  Mike helped with the brush pile by using the John Deere tractor (got to specify them now) to push the pile onto/closer to the fire.
* Machinery: Zack had disconnected the backhoe from the Mitsubishi tractor yesterday.  Mike tried to start it but could not, so it was pushed off to the side.  Mike got the John Deere to haul the backhoe from the trailer to near the garage (using the scoop) then backed around to it to check on fittings.  Looks like it will all work, but Zack has a part on order which should arrive Monday.  Mike did some additional work on the Kubota.
* #9: Several people were in the machine shop working on #9.
* John R reported about $1300 in sales from the train show last weekend.  Neither the lanterns nor the set of Two Feet Between the Rails sold (unfortunately).
* Zack was cutting up more battens for the garage.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on February 01, 2014, 07:36:39 PM
Also, the brush pile by the coal pile was burnt, and the trailer received some modifications this afternoon.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 05, 2014, 08:00:45 AM
Anticipated work weekend of Feb 7-10:

Friday:
* Jason/#9 work day
* Board meeting (a week early because of Valentine's Day)

Saturday:
* With snow on the ground we can burn more tree trash
* Machinery work

Saturday at 1 PM there's a presentation at Owl's Head Transportation Museum regarding the MEC 470 locomotive restoration project - I think most of us will be there, so work will quit early.
Monday:
* Jason/#9 work day
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on February 05, 2014, 07:00:18 PM
No me this weekend. Taking the Mrs. to Owls Head for an anniversary present...
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 06, 2014, 12:16:31 AM
Can someone please give us Froma Wayers a report on the 470 presentation at Owl's Head? Thanks! :D
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on February 06, 2014, 06:44:40 PM
Can do Cosmo
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 08, 2014, 06:55:32 PM
Work done on 2/8:

In the prior week, Jason & crew have been working on the rear side of #9.  Now in place is the grate shaker mechanism, and the brake staff is in place. 

Friday was a board meeting.

Saturday:
* Mitsubishi tractor: Zack removed the beer keg full of rocks (it's now ready to supply ballast) from the front, and took the tractor out for a spin.  Cindy commented that it looked like Fred's tractor had had a baby.
* #9: A crew was working on #9 today.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on February 08, 2014, 09:10:17 PM
The new backhoe was attached to Fred's tractor this afternoon. A couple of notes on the operation of the backhoe. All the backhoe controls except for the swing are backwards of the diagrams on the controls and be careful when picking up the backhoe with the 3 point hitch. The center link will crush the hydraulic tank if you lift too high.

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Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on February 08, 2014, 10:06:39 PM
We will have to see about securing the lift so it can not be used while that particular attachment is on. We can Americanize the controls by swapping some hoses. Would be nice to have the controls work the same on the backhoe and excavator, for ease of operation and training, not to mention safety.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on February 08, 2014, 10:30:11 PM
I think who ever assembled the backhoe put the hoses on backwards.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on February 09, 2014, 08:23:35 AM
A bolt can be placed in the slot of the lift arm to stop it from lifting to high.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on February 09, 2014, 09:54:38 PM
Had a chance to play with the backhoe this afternoon. The backhoe seems to work ok a little slow until the hydraulics warm up. Fred's tractor is going to need an exhaust stack if anybody wants to spend any time in the backhoe seat without being fumigated.

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Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on February 10, 2014, 01:03:02 AM
Godzilla!
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on February 10, 2014, 04:19:56 PM
The backhoe attachment alone makes a nice addition to that tractor but the finger attachment to the bucket makes the backhoe even more valuable for moving material. Moving the backhoe to this tractor was a great move.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 12, 2014, 08:03:05 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Saturday - Monday, Feb 15 - 17: Winter Work Weekend.

* Saturday is the Whitefield Lions Club Train and Doll House Show, at the Augusta (ME) Armory.  John R, Marcel, and myself plan to be manning the table.  Stop in and say hi!
* Snow Shoveling: A Nor'easter is forecasted for Thursday - Friday morning, so some significant snow shoveling may be required Saturday morning.
* #9: I believe Jason is working Saturday and Monday, don't know about Sunday.  Lots to do: rear underframe work, boiler jacket fitting, smokebox.
* Garage and Machinery
* Tree cutting: I'm sure Fred has a few trees he wants to cut, although with heavy snow on the ground it will make it hard to get around.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Gordon Cook on February 12, 2014, 11:55:31 AM
It would be news if there was a tree that Fred didn't want to cut!

 ;D
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 15, 2014, 04:18:36 PM
Work done Saturday, Feb. 15th, 2014:

* Garage Rats - A crew including Zack, Steve Z., Fred, Start, Bill R., and Randy finished cutting and installing the battens on the east side.

* Shop/#9 - A good sized crew including Bill F., Ed G., Jason, Jonathan and Eric worked on a number of parts and plans for the locomotive.

* Rubber tired stock - Mike worked on the backhoe lines replacing some O rings and making adjustments.  When complete, he ran the tractor clearing snow and snow piles around the garage, house and shop.  Pushing the snow banks back is important since Alna is forecast to get an additional 12" of snow tonight. 

* Train show - James left early to man the museum's table at the Whitefield Lions Club show at the Augusta Armory.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 15, 2014, 06:30:34 PM
Train show report: both vendor and visitor attendance was down - there were a number of empty tables and blank spots that have had vendors in past years, and the visitors, which usually throng the place at opening, did not throng.  Sales were about $200, mostly in our HO cars and buildings.

I came back via Sheepscot and noticed on #9 that good progress has been made on the jacket templates.

It looks like there won't be anybody at the WW&F on Sunday. 
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on February 15, 2014, 07:38:59 PM
I swapped some lines to get the controls working correctly, finding air in the system. We bled what we could, and the backhoe responded better. Hoping with time more air will work it's way out.

Also, when parking the machine, care should be taken to remove the strain from the 3 point hitch. We came into garage to find a puddle of oil this morning. One of the seals may be going bad on the tractor, but to fix it would be time consuming.

And a manual thumb was donated and dropped off this morning for the excavator. It will need to be welded on. This will allow us to grab stumps or what ever else we want to lift. If I can get it ready, Jason can weld it when he has a few minutes. His welds would hold better than mine.

Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on February 16, 2014, 02:06:19 PM
Will there be a crew working on Monday, I'll get lunch if there is.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 16, 2014, 05:55:27 PM
Sunday, Feb. 16th, 2014

The "big Saturday night storm" was a dud.   The forecasted 12 - 16" of snow turned out to be about 4" of powder.  This morning dawned clear and it was sunny all day with temps reaching 30.  Steve Z. plowed around the shop, house and parking lot and garage rat #4 shoveled the walks and steps.  Too bad they blew the forecast, other than some wind, today was a real nice day.

Fred,  I can be at the railroad on Monday if you want to cut the pine where the woods track will go.  It will be sunny again tomorrow with less wind so we could get that done if you feel like runnig a chain saw.

Start   
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Fred Morse on February 16, 2014, 06:40:47 PM
I'd rather wait till there's only a couple of inches of snow so we can burn the underbrush too. I guess there's not going to be a crowd working.
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 17, 2014, 06:54:25 PM
Monday, Feb. 17th, 2014

There were about 7 volunteers at the railroad today and Fred fixed a nice lunch for the crew.

* #9 - Jason and crew worked on a number of things including the boiler jacket templates. 

* Garage - The work area was cleaned up and more tools were organized.  Most of the spare parts for the Model AA truck were brought over from the shop building. 

* Care package - Member Jeff Schumaker sent a box of goodies.  Not wanting to start a row between the shop crew and garage rats, he sent two of almost everything shipped so there would be things for the shop and garage.  New items include: 2 packs of work gloves, 2 tape measures, 3 heavy duty scissors (one goes in the office), 3 LED flashlights and a 3" electric cut off tool with a pack of extra cutting wheels.   Thanks Jeff!!   
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on February 18, 2014, 10:41:43 AM
You guys are most welcome. Just make sure Fred gets something. ;D

Jeff
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 19, 2014, 08:08:16 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Feb 22:

* #9: I think Jason is planning to be here Friday (but check with him first).  He won't be here Saturday.  Monday is a regular work day for him.
* Garage
* RTV (Rubber Tired Vehicles) maintenance/playing use
Title: Re: February 2014 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 22, 2014, 09:59:40 PM
Work done on Saturday February 22:

* Garage: See Stewart's report!

* #9: Wes continues to work on the boiler jacket templates.  Eric S was also working on something.

* Hydro-engineering: With all the melting going on the water was coming down the hill past the house and the bridge over the ditch was partially under water.  I started opening up the ditch from the drainage ditch near track 7 west toward the house.  At the end of the day the bridge was above water and it was flowing quite well.