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Title: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 01, 2015, 07:07:36 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday April 4:

* Easter Eggspress: Steam trains running in the afternoon to Alna Center and back.  We need help corralling all the little ones and not-so-little ones in their egg hunts and back at Sheepscot, putting out the eggs, running trains, giving tours, etc.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 01, 2015, 06:30:59 PM
This has been a busy week at the RR.

Monday's crew was Jonathan, Randy, Eric and myself, focused mostly on no 9 cross head and valve work, Eric on the new whistle.

Tuesday I went to Pittsfield where Leverett Fernald, CMO of Downeast Scenic RR, New England Steam (restoring 470), and Cianbro's only on-staff machinist, surface ground our valves for us.  Meanwhile, Steve Z spent time digging out the snow banks left against the doors from plowing last week.

Today's crew was Jonathan, JB Smith, Eric, Randy, a new fellow (I'll get his name), myself and I saw Stewart signed in also- though he was over in the garage.
It was a VERY productive day- no 10's rear truck reassembled and reinstalled, snow bank removal completed, cars taken out, inspected and spotted for Saturday's event, no 9's whistle brought near completion, right cross head finish assembled, left valve seat lapped (more to go), valve chests and caps cleaned, first valve stem set up in lathe and re-turning begun.  Not sure what Stewart was up to...  It's fun to be this busy mid-week, and we made great acriss-the-board progress.

Note- this is all true, regardless of the date!

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 02, 2015, 01:17:31 PM
Great news!
And, as always, love seeing any pics of your activities.
Good luck this weekend.
Oh, and Happy Easter.  :D
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 04, 2015, 06:09:24 PM
Work done on Saturday, April 4:

* Easter Eggspress: We had over 400 people for Easter Eggspress - pretty good for a day that was cold, windy, with periods of rain and/or snow.  About half of the parking lot was available for parking (the rest covered in snow), so most people parked along the side.  Lots of kids, lots of happy families afterward.  We ran three 3-car trains, and one two-car train.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on April 04, 2015, 06:48:02 PM
Sounds great. Wish I was there. My paint project is taking longer than expected and putting me behind. I am thinking about next Sunday morning, to get something done on the Kubota. Digging season is coming, and I want the mower working before then.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 04, 2015, 09:12:10 PM
For the record when we're wondering next year what our exact number was this year:  415 store count, 425 train count.

A little wet, but fun to host that many people and see them have a good time.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 05, 2015, 07:40:03 AM
The weather was a bit of a challenge for the AC crew.  First we shoveled a wide path to the 4 and under field through snow that was a foot deep.  We checked the regular field north of Averill Road but the snow was too deep (2+ feet) so we made the area behind the station the older kids field. This is under the pines and had less snow.  We set out wooden planks for a board walk for the egg hunters to get behind the station and it worked pretty well. 

The egg crew did a nice job of setting up each field about 15 minutes before each train arrived.  The rain, snain and snow showers soaked everyone but they came back to the depot to warm up by the wood stove.  We had about 10 people working the fields plus station agent Ed who was in constant contact with dispatcher James regarding train departures and capacity.  A good many parents thanked us for doing the event and we thanked them for turning out for it.  Special thanks to Josh B. who had two totes of eggs for each train.  With 360 eggs in each tote, (one for each field) it was easy to track egg use.  Thanks also to Nancy Weeks who made a wonderful lunch that kept us going.

Around 2:30 it snowed so hard that we coundn't see the south switch from the depot window.  It was a long but satisfying day. 
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on April 05, 2015, 09:07:12 AM
Cheers for the folks who made the day such a success. I'd been watching the forecasts all week long, and they were pretty grim, but it sure sounds like you folks persevered and made it work! Well done!
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on April 05, 2015, 09:22:44 AM
Sounds like a great job was done and a good time was had by all! I had every intention of being there, but some unexpected things came up over this weekend that had to be dealt with.

I'm curious. How does attendance this year compare with previous Easter Eggspresses?

Steve
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 05, 2015, 10:33:21 AM
The peak was two years ago at 575.  That was a beautiful day.  Last year, with inclement weather we had 370.  Our Facebook event page showed 101 people coming- which is really at least 202 people (adult and child); all in all the Facebook event page appears to be doing well by us.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 06, 2015, 03:49:17 AM
On a side note of the Easter Trains, there were a few that were disappointed by the way be four and under group was but I understood that it had to be in an easy bare spot that was relatively small.

Also met many new families to the railroad, many of which were local. I gave a few tours, one to a family from Wiscasset, the other from New Gloucester. I talked to a family from Jefferson that had a great time and look forward to returning this summer. There was also a family I spoke to from Colorado who was visiting family in Wiscasset. His family had been here before, but he was a first timer. He was very interested in the history of the railroad, how we build track, how we run and control the trains, etc. Very nice to talk to different families and hear that many have made the Eggspress a family tradition. One family said this was their fourth year in a row.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 08, 2015, 07:03:44 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday, April 11:

* Salvage - A few of us will be revisiting the location of the "salvage" operation that we visited middle of March.  If there's anybody in Southern Maine/NH/Mass that would like to join us, please back channel me for directions.  We won't be removing anything really big, but we could use the help in sorting the trash from the treasure.
* Loco 9
* Regular train operations - Regular train operations begin today - 11, 12:30 and 2:30.

At the end of the day, the Alna Volunteer Fire Department is putting on one of their scrumptious ham and bean dinners.  Fund raiser for them, of course.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 08, 2015, 07:35:22 AM
Shop work this week...

Eric has the whistle nearly complete- a bit of touch up work.  We'll also need to rework the connection to the boiler; the repro whistle has a vertical valve spool which pushes down into whatever the whistle threads into.  Presently, that's a code shut off valve which, due to an internal passage, would prevent the whistle from making much more than a peep.  So even though it's done, it won't be mounted quite yet.

Randy is nearly finished lapping valve seats.

Jonathan and I are nearly finished valve box, stem and bearing refurbishment.  Today will see reassembly in those parts, and measurements for reworking the chest caps.

JB was in yesterday and got a start assembling vacuum brake cylinders, for which Eric has finished making diaphragms.

Phil was in and finished the two new rod wedge keepers we needed; he's moved on to drain holes in the gibs (thanks for the reminder, Keith) and now valve rods.

Per routine we saw Stewart on trash rounds yesterday, Zack and Steve Z on a check-in (Zack may have been busy in the basement- not sure).

Planning on valve timing next week...

Busy weeks are fun- as is the ever-closer end of this project!

See ya
Jason

S
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 11, 2015, 06:19:34 PM
Work done on Saturday, April 11:

* Salvage: A crew of 8 or 9 showed up at the shingle mill site and brought home lots of chains, nails, bridge washers, several grindstones (so several noses can be put to them at once), an old water pump, and lots more tools.  They showed up back at the Museum in time for lunch and we unloaded after lunch.
* Inspection trip: JB and I ran the diesel up the line to the end without any issues, other than the track structure being still frozen and therefore pretty rough riding.  This past winter the surveyor marked the pins of the Clark property purchase boundaries, so we spent about 2 minutes looking for the southeast corner marker, without success.  Still 2-3 feet of snow in the woods.
* #9: Wes spent time working on templates for the jacketing in the cab area.  JB worked on the vacuum pots.
* Woodshed: I spent time cleaning up and organizing the wood shed contents.  Kindling is now stacked on one end of it, the firewood on the rest of it.  Not many sticks left from last year.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Philip Marshall on April 11, 2015, 09:38:00 PM
I look forward to hearing more details about the shingle mill in due time. What an interesting collection of items!

-Philip Marshall
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 11, 2015, 09:44:02 PM
Yes, we haven't gotten to removing any of the actual mill pieces yet.  Just all the stuff the owner collected over his life.  When we do remove the mill and such, we'll need our trailer and probably a bunch of the new chain we just got to tie it all down.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on April 12, 2015, 07:30:14 AM
That is why the chain was left there the first trip. So it could be used to tie down the bigger pieces...
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Wayne Laepple on April 12, 2015, 07:48:49 AM
Any chance the structure itself can be salvaged, or is it "too modern?" Or too far gone?
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on April 12, 2015, 06:12:49 PM
No Wayne. There may be some salvagable lumber on the outside, but not enough to make it worth while. What I suggested was the floor. It is well worn THICK flooring. Save what we can, and put in the new building for the authentic look.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 15, 2015, 06:44:11 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday April 18:

* Work weekend prep - Whatever needs to happen before the SWW will start.
* Loco 9
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on April 15, 2015, 09:16:13 PM
Kubota work also. I have some plumbing to do. I was hoping to have the mower in operation before SWW, but that is not going to happen. Maybe during work weekend if there is no need for it.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Mike Fox on April 16, 2015, 05:54:48 PM
No Kubota work this weekend. Work has requested my presence.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 18, 2015, 05:38:27 PM
Work done on Saturday, April 18th -

* Track - Rick, Dana and crew worked on the south ToM switch, installing guard rails.  Both flatcars were set up to haul stone next week.

* R-O-W - Downed tree limbs were cleaned up along the track from Sheepscot to AC.

* Yard - Locomotive firewood was stacked.

* Shop - Work on #10's tender truck.  Steve P. and Ed spent some time cleaning up to be ready for the Work Weekend.

* Car Storage Buiding - Fred cut strips of plywood and made a boardwalk to the s/e corner of the frame.  More lumber was ordered for bracing.

* Garage - The front and east end were painted.  More work was done sorting items from the mill building.

* Restroom building - Staging was set up along the north wall for painting during the WW.

* Percival House - The basement was cleaned and set up for the dining room next weekend.

* Equipment - Dana changed the oil in Big Joe's compressor engine.

* Trains - We had passengers for all three trips.

* Kitchen - Cindy made a lunch of biscuits and gravy.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Brendan Barry on April 18, 2015, 09:26:30 PM
Stewart painting the garage on Friday.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_6.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Paul Uhland on April 19, 2015, 01:24:01 AM
Garage looks mahhhvaluss!
Plywood walkways will help get car barn work going til ground dries out.
Question--what is the WW&F "standard" building color, if any? Yellow, green or gray?
Percival basement would make a swell "speakeasy" casino  ;)
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on April 19, 2015, 09:07:54 AM
WW&F Carson Peck era colors after 1907: 

Depots - dark green lower and trim, light blue gray upper.  We use Ben Moore Evergreen and Yarmouth blue.

Shop complex - Medium yellow with brown trim.  Early W&Q was yellow with dark maroon trim which faded to tan. 

Engine houses, water tank and section house buildings - Cedar or pine shingles were natural.  Shingles turned dark brown with age.


Modern non-railroad buildings - The restroom and garage are Stonehenge gray with white trim.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 22, 2015, 07:17:26 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of April 24 - 26:

Spring Work Weekend.  There will be a cast of thousands.  Or maybe dozens.
* Track work at Top of Mountain
* Painting restrooms and garage (weather permitting)
* Feeding the troops
* Loco 9
* and other stuff.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on April 22, 2015, 06:53:33 PM
Car shop trusses?
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on April 22, 2015, 07:24:13 PM
Car shop trusses?
Has something to do with car shop hernias. (I wouldn't say this if it were anyone but you, Ira.)
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on April 22, 2015, 07:33:20 PM
And the rest of the world...............
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Andre Anderson on April 22, 2015, 08:29:27 PM
Car shop trusses?
Has something to do with car shop hernias. (I wouldn't say this if it were anyone but you, Ira.)

Yes if you try to lift one by yourself !  ;D ::)  ;)

Andre
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 22, 2015, 08:29:35 PM
Car shop trusses?

Unlikely.  We need to get a crane in to do it, the ground is still pretty muddy from winter and the rain this week so it's unsafe to do so.  I spent an hour or so one morning before I got up trying to figure out how to put up the trusses with 30 people and ramps, but couldn't figure out how to do it safely.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on April 23, 2015, 03:41:20 PM
Back in the day, I owned three cranes and have set a lot of trusses.
I used plywood sandwich platforms under the outriggers and set a lot in very muddy construction sites. Not getting the crane stuck was the big issue.

Spread some stone around the site and go for it.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Joe Fox on April 23, 2015, 09:08:55 PM
Ira, stone is in high demand and low quantities as it is. However, when I was in building construction we installed roof trusses our selves by two guys on extension ladders and a guy in the middle pushing with a pole, while a few guys inside the house pulled a guide rope as a precaution.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: Ira Schreiber on April 23, 2015, 11:05:08 PM
Actually Joe, I have put up small trusses the same way.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: James Patten on April 26, 2015, 06:07:01 PM
Recap of Spring Work Weekend:

* Top of Mountain Track: Mostly serviceable, needs some work on one of the switches but otherwise fully ballasted, tamped, and ready to go.
* Loco 9: Lots of work in smokebox, on running gear.  The old smokebox and boiler were reunited.
* Car storage building: The east side staging planks were raised.
* Shop building: The snow plow damage was repaired.  East side windows were also repaired.
* Food: Lots of good meals were prepared.
* Garage: Wired for 20 amp service (feeding off the restroom).
* Coach 8: Windows were repaired.
* Hydrant: The hydrant in Bay 3 was dug out by fellows from the Naugatuck, the pipe replaced and approved by Zack, and the hole filled back in.
* Firewood: Much of the firewood was split and stacked.
* Rules Review on Saturday
* Magneto phone line: the fault in the line between AC and TOM was found and repaired.
Title: Re: April 2015 Work Planning
Post by: John McNamara on April 26, 2015, 09:24:08 PM
* Magneto phone line: the fault in the line between AC and TOM was found and repaired.
Unfortunately not quite. One fault was found and fixed, but there is at least one more between Rose Wood and TOM. Service has been confirmed from Sheepscot to Rosewood, thanks to help from Joseph G.