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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Work and Events => Topic started by: Brendan Barry on July 24, 2015, 07:40:15 PM

Title: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on July 24, 2015, 07:40:15 PM
The excavating and grading crew has wanted a dozer for awhile and asked the board of directors for money for a dozer. Funds were appropriated and the search was on for a machine. After a month and half of looking the museum purchased a Case 450 dozer this week. We bought a dozer small enough to load on a flat car so we can use the dozer for grading right of way as the main line progresses.

Stopped at the Kennebunk rest area to check the chains.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/IMG_0870.jpg)

The dozer was put to work clearing next to the garage and the end of the future woods track.

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Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on July 24, 2015, 08:34:36 PM
Great pictures!

A few years ago one of our visitors was a fan of ancient tractors and was very interested in our TerraLoader. If the TerraLoader is a CASE product, maybe this new addition will cause us to become a stop on tours by CASE enthusiasts.  ;)

-John
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on July 24, 2015, 11:07:45 PM
 The BOD did a fine job of buying a right sized bulldozer. Now they will have to build a dozer barn with a rock floor.  Mike is really good at putting in the frost heave post.   Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on July 25, 2015, 09:21:23 AM
Is this our Case?

http://murphyused.com/images/specs/666.pdf

Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred Morse on July 25, 2015, 04:43:38 PM
What these 40 and 50 year old young people have done is wear us old people out and now making it easier for themselves.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on July 25, 2015, 09:05:26 PM
Well Fred, we helped wear you out, all the while thinling how we could do as much as you with less effort. We are never going to last as long as you did if we work as hard as you have.  ;D
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on July 25, 2015, 10:22:10 PM
Ira, very similar to ours. We have all the books for it.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on July 26, 2015, 10:24:47 AM
Dwight, thanks for the pm.
New name for the dozer:

Case-cee.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: John Kokas on July 26, 2015, 10:41:24 AM
This will definitely help with the washout/landslide construction, not too big for the trackbed.  Also this would be great for getting rid of all those stumps along the ROW which prevents mowers from doing a lot of the grass cutting.

Great acquisition guys!
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on July 26, 2015, 12:57:31 PM
Stumps would be better handled by the excavator, with the idea of not disturbing too much of the original landscape.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on July 26, 2015, 01:05:03 PM
A major point in this acquisition is that we can control the manner in which the right of way down the mountain is restored.  It's a beautiful stretch and its existence is a testament to the people (and horses) who built it by hand (hoof).  As a two-foot gauge hand built right of way carved along the side of a steep valley wall, it has a decidedly different look than it would have had it been built with modern equipment.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on July 27, 2015, 02:15:38 AM
Congrats on finding this WW&F-sized dozer, just right for track sub-grading,  ROW extensions and road-building.
And somebody built it a safety cage/sun shade/rain roof.

Don't forget to stencil "WW&F Rwy" on it. I'm big on branding everything with the company ID, cuz ya never know when any advertising just might get noticed.

Yes Ira, it needs a name.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on July 27, 2015, 04:31:14 AM
Don't worry about the name just yet, I was on the Case before we bought it. ;D
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dwight Winkley on July 27, 2015, 10:27:06 AM
what year was the Case built?
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Win Nowell on July 27, 2015, 10:40:12 AM
You know, when I ride up the line, I look all the stumps and roughness along the ROW and think how much neater and cleaner it could be made and how much easier it would be to maintain but then it would lose its character. As the stumps rot away they could be kicked out but let's keep the rough ROW I am sure it was pretty rough in its original state. That is what adds to its allure!
Win Nowell
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred Morse on July 27, 2015, 10:49:39 AM
Right now there are a lot more pressing needs for the dozer then doing the whole ROW. We do toss the stumps out of the way as they rot out. With building the new car barn I don't think there's going to be much cutting on the ROW this year unless we get a lot more people to cut it.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on July 27, 2015, 12:28:14 PM
what year was the Case built?

1973
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: John Kokas on July 27, 2015, 01:06:08 PM
Dwight, thanks for the pm.
New name for the dozer:

Case-cee.

Now all we have to do is find the rest of the Sunshine Band........... ;D
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on July 27, 2015, 02:01:05 PM
Win, you are exactly right. Last year while moving material at Top of the Mountain, I was trying so hard to toss the material in the woods to hide it. What I was unable to hide, I tried to level it out, keeping with the contour. As we procede down the mountain, I am going to have to be selective where the overburden is placed. With the dozer, I can push quite a ways to a location, leaving most of the terrain outside of the ditches untouched. I would like to get started on that this fall, but other areas have become a higher priority. Hoping for a couple Saturdays up there before work weekend but we will see.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on July 27, 2015, 03:33:32 PM
Fred, we may be able to interest some of the SVCA people in coming down and cutting with us north from Top of Mountain to Head Tide as the would like to see a trail go in between ToM and the Trout Brook Preserve.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred Morse on July 27, 2015, 05:04:54 PM
That would be great.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 04, 2015, 09:26:16 PM
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/IMG_1004.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on August 05, 2015, 07:18:58 PM
Don't they look puuuuurrrrrdy?  :)
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Uhland on August 05, 2015, 07:58:37 PM
I can see it now..."WW&F Contractors--what's your project?"  ;D
Nice to see more helpful  equipment...#9, Big Joe, the Kubota, Case dozer.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on August 05, 2015, 10:16:20 PM
Notice the dozer carries its own mast-mounted lamp for night work. ;D
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on August 05, 2015, 11:04:38 PM
It also has ROPS which the Kubota needs.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on August 06, 2015, 12:48:50 AM
"Casey 'Dozer!"  ;D
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on August 26, 2015, 08:35:55 PM
Part for Dozer landed at ROWMOW MFG. today. Dozer reassembly as time permits Saturday as well.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 29, 2015, 06:50:32 PM
Bulldozer two weekends ago with the track broken and front idler removed to pull out the broken track adjuster.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/IMG_1073.jpg)

The track adjuster is a small hydraulic cylinder you pump up with a grease gun to maintain track tension. The adjuster is the part circled in white sitting on the track frame.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/0bde9143-e092-439d-81dd-dbdbd84e0f45.jpg)

Bulldozer back together today.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/IMG_1114.jpg)
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on August 29, 2015, 07:48:31 PM
Last Saturday we took that apart. We should be good enough when we do the other side that we can do it in a morning.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 14, 2021, 10:05:17 AM
It has been a few years, but time to move this thread up to the top. Casey has been toiling away since its arrival with only some minor repairs. In order to continue using the machine, we need to invest in its future. We are doing that this year.

The most wear items on a dozer is the blade and under carriage. While the track pads are ok, the chains they bolt to are worn out. The bushings are gone around the pins and there is sideward play in the chain allowing it to fall off easily. I had been passively looking for new chains but kept coming up empty. That is until I was handed a magazine that had used equipment in it. There was a parts broker that had an ad that was in NH I contacted, and found us what is possibly the last 2 chains in the country. They arrived at my work yesterday.

(https://i.postimg.cc/jjxRqBQm/1013211733.jpg)

We plan on replacing the bottom rollers, and he is getting a price for me for those.

Some may ask why repair instead of replace. Simple. This dozer fits our equipment car, and can be put almost anywhere along the railroad. Plus replacing it with something similar would be expensive. Money better spent on other projects or equipment.

Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on October 14, 2021, 10:12:47 AM
I would say something about a "chain letter," but that would start a chain of posts about bad puns.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 14, 2021, 10:40:02 AM
Quote
Some may ask why repair instead of replace. Simple. This dozer fits our equipment car, and can be put almost anywhere along the railroad. Plus replacing it with something similar would be expensive. Money better spent on other projects or equipment.

Also, while the machinery we own and maintain is not "period appropriate" to 1894-1933, there is a certain charm to seeing older construction equipment toiling away at a museum.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 14, 2021, 11:41:13 AM
It is antique, built in 1966, give or take a few years... And the smaller size does not dwarf our railroad equipment.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Benjamin Richards on October 14, 2021, 01:33:16 PM
Not to get too far off-topic, but our wheel loader is a real gem too. Once customers experienced the agility of an articulated loader in the 1960's, the rigid-frame concept was not long for this world.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 14, 2021, 09:45:03 PM
That one we believe is a 1968. It received a lot of attention over about a year ago, getting finished up over the winter with new brakes and a few other parts to keep it going.
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Graham Buxton on October 14, 2021, 10:30:13 PM
Back in 2015 (bottom of page 1 & top of page 2) Brendan said . . .

what year was the Case built?

1973

  :)
Title: Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 15, 2021, 09:05:46 AM
That is what we were told, but the serial number has since revealed it is older. And looking it up again just now, it is actually a 1965.