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Title: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 04, 2015, 08:15:19 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Feb 7:

* Loco 9
* Percival house basement

With all the snow we have (a good 3 feet I'm sure), I can't think of many outdoor activities that we can be doing, other than moving the snow around.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 07, 2015, 08:17:52 PM
Work done on Saturday Feb 7:

* Basement: Zack put wallboard in the doghouse door extension to the outside, and in the downstairs bathroom-to-be.  Fred, Dwight, and I put up styrofoam insulation in between the first floor rafters and the concrete outside wall.  All of the west wall is done and about half of the east wall.  The north and south walls may get fiberglass.  Lots of spiderwebs and my first job this morning was using a broom to get rid of a bunch.
* Kubota: Mike did some tinkering with it.
* Inventory: Linda did some counting in the gift shop to try reconcile some of the inventory.
* Archives: Linda also worked in the archives.

During the week Brendan completed the new bench for the bench grinders in the shop.  It's pretty sturdy.

As you can see from Brendan's post "Pictures of Sheepscot for the Away Crowd", there's a lot of snow around and we're getting more tonight through Monday (about a foot overall, if you can believe the weatherman).
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on February 07, 2015, 09:12:00 PM
New bench in the machine shop. If your doing any cutting, grinding or beating on metal please use the new bench. We're trying to keep the grinding dust away from the books, toolbox and lathe.

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Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on February 07, 2015, 09:17:20 PM
Pretty sturdy does not cover it. I noticed the bench but did not really look at it until Stewart brought it to my attention. That thing would hold up a locomotive. He built it to take a beating. And I think it will.

I removed the transmission today from the Kubota. Addressing 2 leaks that were out of reach. Leaks have been fixed and it will be reinstalled next weekend, weather permitting.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Philip Marshall on February 08, 2015, 10:27:42 AM
That's quite the bench!
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Greg Klein on February 09, 2015, 10:29:45 AM
I see it doubles as an earthquake shelter.  Good Thinking... you can never be too safe.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on February 09, 2015, 12:15:14 PM
What's the plan to keep this sturdy workbench from becoming yet one more horizontal surface to leave tools on?
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on February 09, 2015, 02:00:45 PM
What's the plan to keep this sturdy workbench from becoming yet one more horizontal surface to leave tools on?

That's the definition of "workbench."  ;D

                     "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up." - Lily Tomlin
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 11, 2015, 08:14:41 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Feb 14.  The Winter Work Weekend.

Friday
* Board meeting at 4:30, in the Percival house.

Saturday
* Loco 9
* Percival basement - finishing insulating between main floor and basement concrete wall, whatever else Zack is working on.
* Snow removal
* Other jobs that Jason comes up with

Sunday, Monday
* Loco 9
* Snow removal
* Other jobs that Jason comes up with
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on February 12, 2015, 01:59:00 AM
Needs a piece of 3/8 plate on top for light hammering.

Does the museum have an anvil? I have one I am willing to donate (and some other stuff)
problem is getting it from here to there. ???
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on February 12, 2015, 12:57:34 PM
Yes on the anvil. A neighbor of mine donated one a few years ago, and I brought it to Sheepscot. I vaguely recall that there was another one already there. There is an area outdoors immediately behind the shop that is intended to be a hot-metal-working area. The anvil(s) is (are) out there.

-John
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on February 12, 2015, 01:26:12 PM
I always figured anvils are one of those things one can't have too many of.  So, sure, we'll take it!
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Hansel Gordon on February 12, 2015, 04:31:56 PM
Just in case Wile E. Coyote comes around.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on February 12, 2015, 04:43:29 PM
Yes, exactly.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Philip Marshall on February 12, 2015, 06:06:30 PM
I agree about never having enough anvils! I collect antique tools and currently have five of them. (I used to have six, but I sold one to a guy whose hobby is making suits of armor.) They're both useful and decorative. :)

-Philip Marshall
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on February 13, 2015, 12:54:32 AM
We could really use a blacksmith cone if anybody has one.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on February 13, 2015, 01:59:18 AM
It is a Farrier's anvil - almost new condition.
Have a portable forge (coal)(12v blower) that has not been used in 40 years.
The problem it is in MN.

I will see if I can get it to NH this Summer.

Carl
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Philip Marshall on February 13, 2015, 07:37:09 AM
Blacksmith's mandrel cones are hard to come by. I don't have one but I will keep my eyes open.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 14, 2015, 06:39:31 PM
Work done on Saturday Feb 14:

* Snow: With the coming storm Zack thought it might be a good idea to get the snow off the ramp to the house (it hadn't been shoveled yet this year).  So Fred, myself, Dwight and JB worked at clearing that.  Under the eaves the snow was humped over my head.  Later in the day Brendan was busily working with the tractor to move snow from one pile to another to give more room to plow the 2ish feet expected tomorrow.
* Kubota: Mike put the part back that he took out last week.
* Basement: Zack finished up the drywall for the basement entrance.  Dwight finished up stuffing styrofoam boards into the spaces between first floor joists and the outside wall.
* Loco 9: Jason rented a floor polisher to start polishing up the cast iron sheets.  We also bought a hand-held one for finish work.  Meanwhile work continued on insulation around the boiler.
* Light repairs: Stewart contorted himself to remove blown bulbs from the light shades on the ends of the car shop.  The snow blows up into the shades, melts around the bulb, and blows it.  It wasn't easy.
* Archives: Linda worked on archives.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on February 14, 2015, 07:50:29 PM
Carl,

I hope you meant ME.

Cheers -- Wayne
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on February 17, 2015, 02:57:04 AM
Wayne no it is MN

But anvil has been appropriated. Still have other "stuff".

I am 45 min west of Twin Cities airport if someone is coming to area
let me know so we can meet.

Carl
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 18, 2015, 08:04:31 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Feb 21:

* Percival house basement
* Snow moving
* Whitefield Lion's Club Train and Dollhouse Show at the Augusta (ME) Armory.
* Loco 9 (but no Jason)
* Also need volunteers to move cabinets from storage to the Museum
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 21, 2015, 07:22:11 PM
Work done on Saturday, February 21st -

* Archives - A crew of 4 volunteers traveled to Nobleboro to get two donated steel cabinets (one file and one map) for the archive room.  Once back to Sheepscot, the crew of Steve Z., Start, J.B. and Dwight removed a small 2 drawer cabinet from the archive room and replaced it with the new 4 drawer cabinet.  They also removed the unused closet doors making more room to access the shelves.  The map cabinet was put in the cellar for now.  Linda worked on the archival material for the next 3 hours.  She really likes her new cabinet.

* Percival House - Dwight cleaned the floor and Zack and crew moved the table saw from the restroom porch into the cellar.  Fred cleared more snow from the front ramp.

* Restroom Building - Fred shoveled a lot of snow from the porch to get to the table saw which was buried in snow under a tarp.  Fred also cleared a path to the propane tank.

* #9 Greg spent much time polishing the iron sheets for the boiler jacket.  They look better with each application.

* Kitchen + News - The crew made a nice chicken corn potato chowder which really hit the spot on a cold day.  While everyone was dining Steve Z. announced a wonderful gift from volunteer, Julius Stuck's estate.  Julius passed away last year, he not only supported the railroad with many volunteer hours but he left $5,000 in his will to continue our mission of restoring Maine's history.  We all miss Julius and we appreciate his thoughtfulness in caring about the museum.   To honor his memory, a beautiful portrait of Julius was unveiled to the group.  The portrait, taken by Matthew M. will be hung in the Alna Center depot.   

* Garage - Mike continued his repair work on the Kubota excavator.

* Train Show - James and John R. staffed the museum's table at the Augusta train show.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 21, 2015, 08:04:52 PM
We did very well at the Augusta Train show, taking in more than $400.  That's the most we've done since I've been treasurer.  The crew was myself, John R, and Marcel.

There were several families that stopped by the table that have ridden on our railroad, many of them during Victorian Christmas but a few that get out during the summer too.  One mother and daughter mentioned that they avidly watch us on Facebook, awaiting news about #9's restoration.  Lots of people asking about #9 getting back under steam again.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on February 21, 2015, 08:22:27 PM
The Kubota was exercised Saturday afternoon. Did some snow removal with it. Then tucked it away and started the next project. Figuring what is needed to mount the mower.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 21, 2015, 10:05:49 PM
One more note relating to garage work.  Every month we start the railroad's 1930 Ford truck to charge the battery and keep the oil up in the engine.  This week the truck started right up and ran well for 10 minutes.  Not bad with temps in the single digits.  We wonder how many of today's autos will still be running in 85 years.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on February 22, 2015, 02:19:47 PM
Good to see you snow stalwarts doing what you can amidst those brutal, nonstop NE  blizzards.  The Elna weather posts show a letup and "warming" this coming week,hopefully. #9 work photos always appreciated.
Here in New Mexico we always can use more moisture.
It's true...life's not fair.   >:(
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on February 22, 2015, 02:32:46 PM
Also, how about some pics of the house basement, museum work?
Work is fascinating...love to watch it and its results constantly!  ;D
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on February 22, 2015, 02:47:42 PM
Here in New Mexico we always can use more moisture.
If only there some economical and practical way of shipping snow, I'm sure those of us in the Northeast would be happy to ship some (lots) to our friends in the Southwest.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Ken Fleming on February 22, 2015, 04:14:04 PM
I see if I can get a blacksmith cone from my blacksmith/rail fan buddies here in Lancaster County.  B-T-W, their Horning (Black Bumper) Menonite brother visited us last year, so they well know who we are.  They only travel by train and told Wayne and I that they are planning a visit to the museum to provide input for building a blacksmith shop.  They have a monster machine shop, all run by hydraulics and lighted by gas lights.  They also built a 15" gauge railroad behind their shop using a hand-powered engine.  Neat.


Several blaksmith cones currently on eBay.  (2/22/2015)
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Philip Marshall on February 23, 2015, 03:58:39 PM
Lancaster County, PA is certainly the place to look! Not only is there the large Amish and Mennonite community still using horse power, but one of the best regarded of the old blacksmith's toolmakers, the Champion Blower & Forge Co., was located in Lancaster.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Hansel Gordon on February 25, 2015, 01:35:50 AM
Also, how about some pics of the house basement, museum work?
Work is fascinating...love to watch it and its results constantly!  ;D

There's not much to see right now... Just picture Fred cutting instillation and Zack installing a bathroom!
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 25, 2015, 08:22:11 AM
Anticipated work Saturday Feb 28:

* Loco 9
* Percival house basement
* Snow transport
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on February 25, 2015, 06:41:46 PM
The Weather Wiz must've noticed our unbalanced winter scene across the country. NM has gotten a couple moderate snows and cold fronts this week, with more on the way through the weekend. Our mountain snowpack that provides spring agricultural runoff was melting, will get continuing replenishment.
Hope Wiz's New England snow snit  has calmed down, will go after us next.  ;) 
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on February 28, 2015, 09:27:00 PM
Work done Saturday Feb 28:

* Percival basement - Dwight put spray foam in the cracks of the styrofoam boards that were put up last week.  Zack was busy working on something too, relating to the bathroom downstairs.
* Snow - Mike did some additional work on the Kubota and then used it to move snow.
* #9 - More efforts at making a shiny, reflective jacket for the loco.  Started with four people on sanders with heavy grit, moving down to progressively less grit until it was just Brendan on a buffing machine.  The final effort resulted in a decent reflective shine.  Greg and Brendan then started on the next sheet.  Fred kept busy shuttling back and forth between the Museum and Ames True Value.
* Archives - Linda did some work there.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on February 28, 2015, 10:42:42 PM
WW&F's Busy Bee Brigade gets the attendance award this weekend.  :D
2926 Saturday Abq work cancelled due to snow.
C&TS Chama yard deserted due to lots of snow.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on February 28, 2015, 11:06:28 PM
I did snap a few pictures of the basement, and when I get a minute or 3, I'll get them posted.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Ken Fleming on March 01, 2015, 11:26:16 AM
Will the new basement complex be wheelchair accessable?
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on March 02, 2015, 01:22:26 PM
(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/0228151423_zpskvehtsee.jpg)
Insulating between joists

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(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/0228151424_zps3osrspfi.jpg)
Toilet side of bathroom

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Sink side of bathroom

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/0228151425_zpss4avqnfd.jpg)

Pump tank and plumbing
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 05, 2015, 03:58:33 PM
Thanx for the pics.
Nice work, as usual.
Basement looks bigger,cleaner  than I imagined.
Can't wait to see how further renovations go.
So offices, the Museum will live here?
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on March 05, 2015, 06:55:28 PM
The basement wasn't very clean when we started.  Having a full cement floor really helps.

Currently, the intent is that the basement becomes a kitchen and dining area for the volunteers.  Maybe even a bunking area.  Offices will go elsewhere.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on March 06, 2015, 04:02:06 PM
It is NOT a cement floor, it is a CONCRETE floor.

That is like calling a cake a flour since flour is what holds it together.

Ira
Semi-official nit picker.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 06, 2015, 07:50:26 PM
It is NOT a cement floor, it is a CONCRETE floor.

You mean that wasn't a "cement pond" on the Beverly Hillbillies?

Apologies to everyone under a certain age for this obscure reference.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on March 06, 2015, 10:52:12 PM
Wellll doggies! Where's Ellie Mae?
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Dwight Winkley on March 07, 2015, 12:18:20 AM
The second celler view shows the west side of the celler. There is just as much space to the right of the photo.

Plans call for a ceiling after the electrican does his work.

At present there are about 4 steps leading down to the celler from outdoors.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on March 07, 2015, 12:24:54 AM
Ellie Mae (Donna Duglas)stepped on the rainbow Jan. 1 2015 - RIP
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 07, 2015, 12:26:37 AM
Ellie Mae was a DISH! (WW2 talk for a fox, babe, super cutie.)
Abq recently added an old show channel, ME TV --Bev Hbillies, Gunsmoke, Hogan's Heroes, MASH, Wonder Woman, Perry Mason, lots of "dusters", etc. Love it.

BTW, in viewing your great old Ford flatbed, would love to see "WW&F Railway" in white letters on both doors..
C&TS is finally putting their logo on their SUVs, fire trucks.
Never hurts to tell the public who youz guys are.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 07, 2015, 12:59:21 AM
Found Facebook basement photos on the big WW&F website. Nice.
Also, am wondering why the museum, a subset of the Railway, is presented as the line's "parent company"? :-\.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 07, 2015, 09:34:15 AM
Hi Paul,

Thanks for the nice comment regarding the WW&F facebook page. 

Here's an answer to your question about the 1930 Ford flatbed:  The truck has marked side boards on the bed, they don't show up in the most recent fb photo.  The WW&F Ry lettering on the boards is the from the same stencil as the flatcars so the lettering is large, easy to read from a distance during photo shoots and parades.  There are other photos of the truck on facebook if you scroll back a couple of months.

Start

Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on March 07, 2015, 09:54:18 AM
The "Museum" in our name is as much to clarify our non-profit, historic preservation purpose as much as anything.  It also delineates us from the original WW&F.  The museum's original name, "Sheepscot Valley Railroaders," was a perfect reflection of our founder's and our organization's spirit- that is rebuild and operate the railroad as a railroad, not a museum.  The bylaws made clear that the museum is a subset.  That name led to confusion, however, particularly amongst the local community as to just what we were.  The original name was apt, as was the new name and the timing of its inception.

And now for the next name change:  Wiscasset, Warerville, Farmigton & Martian Colony Railroad...

See us
Jason
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 07, 2015, 02:39:03 PM
Tnx for the answers, guys.
Now, may the warm winds of spring come early to Maine and quick-melt all that **** snow.
NM skies are clear, mild this week. Time for the East Coast to get the hint.  ;)
Oh...set clocks ahead tonight. Beats me why it gets earlier every year, but gives extra evening daylight work time, especially for you more-north latitude folks.
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Andre Anderson on March 07, 2015, 06:51:32 PM
While the thoughts of lots of warm weather is nice they actually need mild to cool weather so the snow melts slowly, if it melts too fast they then will have floods and that is no fun at all! So I hope that it warms up slowly so the snow can melt and not overload the rivers and streams causing damage.

Andre
Title: Re: February 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on March 08, 2015, 09:59:58 PM
Andre...you're correct, sir. My impatience to see outdoor work continue took over.
Looks like Alna's wx forecast this week will not permit WW&F palm tree planting.