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Title: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 25, 2018, 05:44:38 PM
Also, any particular ROW work planned for SWW?

SWW major projects:

1.  Rebuilding track on Davis Grade
2.  Building 2 story external staircase for north end of Percival House.

The next several (probably at least 6) work weekends will be devoted to new construction on the Mountain Extension, so we wanted to make a big maintenance but this spring as it’ll be our last chance for while.  Davis grade needs a lot of ties changed.  We’re going to take an aggressive tact.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 26, 2018, 10:17:10 AM
Thanks for the info, Jason.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 28, 2018, 08:51:41 AM
Speaking of rebuilding track on Davis grade, did the digger adapter for tie replacement every get working?  Last I remember hearing was that the valves were going to be rebuilt.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Mike Fox on January 28, 2018, 09:45:35 AM
Cylinders are out for repair. Sitting dry for years have dried them out.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 28, 2018, 10:57:48 AM
Thanks Mike.

This now begs the question of a new, larger compressor with built in hydraulic pump for Big Joe.  Any news on that front?
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Mike Fox on January 28, 2018, 11:37:06 AM
We are actively looking. I keep finding some for Brendan to look at but he has been busy supplying the North Country with fuel.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Hunt Dowse on January 28, 2018, 03:31:19 PM
A reminder that the Wiscasset Motor Lodge will not be open for SWW.  Cod Cove Inn is offering a 10% discount (announced after FWW '17) if you tell them you are from the WW&F.  Several rooms available at this point. 
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: John Kokas on January 28, 2018, 04:48:30 PM
I know it's posted somewhere on the forum - but I can't find it.  When is SWW this year?  Its not on the museums events webpage yet.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Wayne Laepple on January 28, 2018, 05:12:05 PM
Last weekend in April. 27, 28, 29.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Mike Fox on February 13, 2018, 07:42:53 PM
Spring Work weekend will actually be about 2 weeks long. The weekday crew will do as much as possible to prepare for the work weekend, both during the week prior to the last charter, and the work weekend. Saturday prior we have a photo charter, and after the charter has cleared south the last time, the rails will be removed.

Sunday we will toss the 300 ties to the side. The dozer will be staged out of sight, probably at Sutters, to be able to get right to work without loading and unloading that day. We will then grade the stone smooth. I plan on making several passes to make sure all the tie pockets are full of stone and compacted.

During the week, the plan is for the weekday crews is to break down the rail to be ready for reinstallation. Also, some filter fabric will be laid out, so when the ties get laid out they will be on top of it.

Relaying the track Friday and probably Saturday will see the debut of a new planned rail handling attachment. The design is intended to prevent lifting and carrying the rail, and will be fitted to a flat car.

What doesn't get done work weekend will be finished over the summer.

And, to add more..the ditches on this section of Davis Grade need to be cleared out. If it is dry early enough, this may get done in early April. There is other work to do there, but may wait until another time.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on February 13, 2018, 08:23:50 PM
The week prior to the work weekend, we’ll pull 3 out of every 4 gauge side spikes from this stretch.  On the afternoon of the photo charter, the rails will be pulled in full 600 foot strings south, in the gauge of the remaining track.  Thus the breaking down during the intervening week.

Jason
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: John McNamara on February 13, 2018, 09:10:59 PM
Does the new rail-laying process still involve Insta-Track, or should I sell my Insta-Corp stock before The Street finds out?
-John M
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on February 13, 2018, 09:26:50 PM
Originally thought we’d make new, all steel insta track but we have a retro-fit plan for the McNamara originals which we plan to use instead.  They will need to do more work as they support a fully loaded flatcar and full size locomotive.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Gary Kraske on February 14, 2018, 01:44:15 AM
Sorry, but is Insta-Track an inside joke?
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Fred Morse on February 14, 2018, 05:12:00 AM
No. Its 4X4 5 Ft. long timbers with notches cut in for the base of the rails to sit in to hold the gauge with a sliding top to press against the web. We use 3 or 4 in a 30 ft rail so we can run light work flats over them.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: John McNamara on February 14, 2018, 11:36:15 AM
Before the advent of Insta-Track, a cart with eight sticks of rail was brought to the work site, and two sticks were placed, but not yet spiked or gauged. To install more rail, workers went back to the cart and carried off two more sticks, walked past the sticks just placed, and placed the additional sticks. As this process was repeated, each cycle required walking back and forth an additional rail-length to reach the cart and to reach the placement point. Insta-Track allows each set of sticks to be held together sufficiently to allow the cart to be brought onto the freshly-placed sticks. This eliminates the constant expansion of the cart-to-placement distance. Further, the constant forward progression of the cart is followed by spikers who properly gauge and safety-spike the rails. I'm not sure who originated the term "Insta-Track," but it may have been me.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Marcel Levesque on February 14, 2018, 12:39:41 PM
Ask the duck.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Gary Kraske on February 14, 2018, 01:36:53 PM
Thanks to you all for the explaination, it's apppreciated.  After the 1936 flood MEC used movable, by crane, rail flats to move a locomotive used in ripping up the Rumford to Rangel branch from the north side of the Androscoggin across a highway bridge and back to rails on the other side of downtown.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Reidy on February 14, 2018, 06:34:28 PM
Alan Downey posted some photos his mom took during the Fall 2014 work weekend.  One showed newly placed rail with insta-track in place.

The forum thread:  http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2315.msg21355.html#msg21355

Here is the photo:

(http://www.susandowneyphoto.com/Other-1/WWF/i-qTRvPgG/1/L/SHD_1845-1-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Mike Fox on February 14, 2018, 08:03:02 PM
I recognize that dirt as being TOM dirt...
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bob Holmes on February 14, 2018, 10:50:56 PM
For us newbies, where is Davis Grade?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Reidy on February 14, 2018, 10:59:41 PM
I recognize that dirt as being TOM dirt...

Better man than I.  For no good reason, I thought this was the north yard.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Dwight Winkley on February 14, 2018, 11:37:28 PM
Leave Sheepcott headed north, go around the first curve and you are headed down Daves Grade. At end of this grade ROW passes under the large electric transmission line.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Baskerville on February 15, 2018, 11:42:38 AM
If Davis grade runs from the first curve to the power lines that appears to be about 1,500 feet of track.

About where is the 600 feet of track we are going to rebuild? 

I seem to remember that the track is embedded in mud from the old logging crossing thru a small cut to the north which might be about 300 feet.  I think the turtle pond is just after that.

Am I remembering the correct crossing and cut?
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Dwight Winkley on February 15, 2018, 11:55:01 AM
Bottom end of the grade in the cut. No level ground to "dump" the ties (for later pickup)that are removed.   Bill, where you have been change out the joint bars.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Baskerville on February 15, 2018, 01:22:52 PM
Dwight,

The places I have noted that still have missing joint bar bolts are:

3 places missing bolts twix Sheepscot north yard limits and Jayne's Way Crossing
2 bolts missing near Sutters Crossing South Whistle Post
9 places missing bolts twix four joints south of Albee's crossing and 2nd Phone Post North of Alblee's Crossing
2 places missing bolts south of the old TOM Rail Pile south of the South TOM switch

There are also a few bolts missing from the frog on both Alna Center switches which will take some care in installing them as the quarters are so close.

This doesn't include inside the SS yard limits where there are lots of missing bolts.

When I did my last slow travel of the line a couple of years ago, this was all that was left to do on my attempts to complete this project.

If nothing else happens between now and my summer visit in July and August perhaps I will be able to complete this project.  Of course, as so often the case, something else more important or more urgent comes up and jumps in the front of the 'to do list' line.

Bill
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on February 16, 2018, 12:33:55 PM
[Moderators Note]
A discussion regarding caps was moved and combined to the Vintage Clothing topic: http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2317.0.html (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2317.0.html)
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Joe Fox on February 16, 2018, 01:41:19 PM
We are doing the work at the South end of Cockeyed curve, north end of Davis grade. This is the area where the ties are literally in the mud.

Just over a 1/2 mile from Sheepscot.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Reidy on February 16, 2018, 03:31:51 PM
[Moderators Note]
A discussion regarding caps was moved and combined to the Vintage Clothing topic: http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2317.0.html (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2317.0.html)

Thanks, Ed, for a cap on that discussion.  Hat's off to you!   8)
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on February 16, 2018, 03:36:44 PM
I am not even going to dignify that with a response. I can't be constantly coming up with new jokes off the top of my head.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: John Kokas on February 16, 2018, 05:39:33 PM
Seriously Guys!  I think we're scraping the bottom of the punster pile here.  I know we are capable of better (sic) wit.  :o
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Mike Fox on February 16, 2018, 07:18:47 PM
Yes Ed, thanks for putting a lid on the caps
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on April 24, 2018, 08:47:23 AM
About what time do the festivities typically start each day?
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on April 24, 2018, 09:50:56 AM
Hi Lightning;
We usually gather about 7:00 am. The steam crew comes in earlier. And I arrive fashionably late somewhere after 8 am. I hope you can make it. It's been awhile since we've seen you.
Dave
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Baskerville on April 24, 2018, 07:55:25 PM
Lighting,

Of course you can always join the early birds at the Ships Chow Hall around 6 or shortly after.  For the late sleepers there is usually a second "Chow Hall" shift that starts around 7 and arrives at the Ry around 8 ish.  Think of our esteemed pres....
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Joe Fox on April 24, 2018, 09:10:45 PM
Track crew size depending by priority:

Friday:
Crew 1: Track laying with #9 & flat car 118
Crew 2 & 3: (depending on crew availability) Tie changing on Davis grade, south of the track laying crew

Saturday:
Crew 1: Jacking, tamping, & ballasting from near Sutters south. Around the same time Mike will be working the ditches, and loading a car with tailings and ties to go south to Sheepscot.
Crew 2: If manpower permits we may run a second crew to change ties near Crew 1, once the tailings train is no longer needed, we can resume work south of the tamping crew.

Sunday:
Crew 1: Finish up any ballasting needed on Davis grade, and or another key project, or ballasting in other areas.

Regardless of weather, we have plenty to do. The more we get done now the more the weekday crew can focus on other projects, such as the bridge, #10, etc.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Wayne Laepple on April 25, 2018, 07:23:28 AM
Has Dana retired as roadmaster/track supervisor?
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on April 25, 2018, 07:57:00 AM
Dave,

I've already made hotel reservations and roped in my two younger brothers... It'll be great to be there!

Thanks for the info on where things happen.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on April 25, 2018, 09:49:05 AM
Ahh, the prodigal son returns! And we are the better for it!
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: James Patten on April 25, 2018, 10:18:25 AM
Has Dana retired as roadmaster/track supervisor?
I think Joe is Dana's minion.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Joe Fox on April 25, 2018, 10:27:56 AM
Dana is not retired, just busy with work. This is just a post to say what the weekends plans are with track.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Mike Fox on April 25, 2018, 07:06:35 PM
Jason's pictures..

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9154_zpsgqyhvwyx.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9151_zpsre7qkq4f.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9157_zpsbq3vcivf.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9162_zpsw7oois9l.jpg)

And the turtle has come out...I thought I saw the ripples of it Sunday as I came by Eastman Lake, and here it is.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9169_zps8lpwbdez.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 25, 2018, 07:21:10 PM
The last picture makes my day evening, Jason and Mike.  Sure sign of spring.  I always look for Yertle and companions on the trip north and return.

Looks like it has been a very busy week in Alna so far...
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Mike Fox on April 25, 2018, 07:28:32 PM
I am in hopes they save enough work for this weekend..

Many hands make light work..
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Joe Fox on April 25, 2018, 07:46:14 PM
Plenty of work left. Have no fear on that. We have taken advantage of the crew size and prepped as much as possible. If a project finishes ahead of schedule, the crew can move on to the next project. There are 147 ties to replace (not counting our track repair), 310' of rail to place and spike, junk ties to pick up, ballasting, jacking, and tamping to be done. There are smaller projects to be done on track that can be done as well without the need of a dedicated foreman due to simplicity such as tightening bolts, etc.

Todays projects included:
- Rick & Jason surveying the pinch point and bridge site
-Finished prepping the rail, laying out ties for the new track, as well as ties to be replaced
- Jay built an awesome tie ladder that looks like it will work very well.
- Reassesed plans for Davis grade as a whole, such as specifics on raising track for at least half the grade.

Priorities are still the same with a minor note: odds are #9 will not be ready in time for the rail laying, but will still be used per normal work weekend duties.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 25, 2018, 07:48:05 PM
Many hands make light work..

Know that well.  Spent four hours Sunday burning brush from all the tree damage this winter on my whole one acre.  After the first hour I was thinking how much easier it was this winter at the museum with many hands feeding the fires.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on April 25, 2018, 07:48:08 PM
Tomorrow we are surveying Mountain Ext curves w Rick.  All remaining Davis grade work will be on the weekend.  The major jump start today was intended to allow track laying to consume less of Friday. In turn, this will allow a bonus somewhere- such as removing old ties from ditches, clearing Mike’s path to re-ditch Saturday morning un-encumbered.  The head start may also allow a more though tie changing program further south on Davis grade.  If all else fails, the head start today protects against unexpected delays during the weekend.  In short- we will never run out of work; we’ll do our best to use crew efficiently.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bob Holmes on April 25, 2018, 09:42:08 PM
Special KUDOS to the Wednesday crew who put down ties for the entire 300 feet of rail to be relaid this weekend.  There were only half a dozen of them (I was not much help at all) and the work was backbreaking.  Imagine hauling heavy ties one or two at a time along loose ballast with a rickety wheelbarrow in the rain.  And they ran an extra train back out there to finish the final few feet.  Those coming for SWW should give these guys and extra hug...
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Joe Fox on April 25, 2018, 10:06:24 PM
I like to view each member of the crew as a valuable member. Although there wasn't much to be done by you today Bob, we still appreciate the help and willingness to hang out with us in the rain. Thankfully the heavy rain held off till we completed our work.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Stephen Lennox on April 26, 2018, 07:21:21 AM
Bob, your always a help and we appreciate that your out there with us.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Joe Fox on April 28, 2018, 09:26:39 PM
HUGE thank you to the track crew the last two days. Friday we built 310' of track with 18-22 guys. Saturday we ballasted 650' of track, tamped 150', and a tie changing crew replaced 63 ties with a total of around 40 guys between the 3 crews. Fantastic work to all involved.

Other great projects were happening around the shop and campus as well.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Mike Fox on April 28, 2018, 09:42:44 PM
Jason sent these to me.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9225_zps2sha0kve.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9227_zpsarlrrsjo.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9228_zpsws3ls5ri.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9235_zpsi6zbgert.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/IMG_9244_zpsr0lgfpck.jpg)
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on April 29, 2018, 09:57:19 PM
Thank you to all who attended! Together we accomplished a lot this weekend. It was great to see and speak with my narrow gauge family from both near and far. I am truly humbled that you all gave up your weekends and traveled to help us reach our many goals. The Fall Work Weekend will feature our continuation towards Trout Brook and Route 218. I look forward to seeing you all then.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Gary Kraske on April 30, 2018, 01:14:58 PM
Thanks to all for the work and the pictures.  Wonderful to see multiple generations in the work force! Looking forward to coming up with the family around Aug. 19 weekend.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Joe Fox on April 30, 2018, 04:43:27 PM
It was nice to see many new and familiar faces. Hope many of our new friends as well as our reguoar work weekenders are able to join us this fall. (Myself included)
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 30, 2018, 10:29:32 PM
Some photos from the work weekend.  Tonight is the first chance I've had to post them since returning from Maine.

Friday -- Davis Grade track reconstruction:

Early in the day, showing the work train positioned to provide rail as the track was extended northward.

(https://i.imgur.com/cYpvsVj.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/raAVHPo.jpg)


The goal for the day.

(https://i.imgur.com/6fPvgqs.jpg)


Crews lined the track as it advanced northward.

(https://i.imgur.com/hxnu9Hz.jpg)


I was pleasantly surprised to see the west rail landed perfectly to mate up with the existing rail to the north.  About a half-inch needed to be cropped off the east rail.  Dana Deering handled the cropping.

(https://i.imgur.com/GL7VDxG.jpg)

The last of the spiking was completed just as the rain set in before 5 p.m. Friday.


Saturday -- Davis grade:

The rain had passed but it was still very damp first thing Saturday morning.  Here crews arrive to prepare dumping ballast and later lifting and tamping track.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZT9XwKt.jpg)


Ballast being dumped by one crew, while another replaces ties on Davis grade a little bit further north.  Ballast and tie replacement work were performed along most of the grade, not just the 300+ feet that was torn out and rebuilt.

(https://i.imgur.com/dEPmdCl.jpg)


Big Joe:

Jay Barta spent a good portion of the late winter and early spring installing the replacement compressor and making other improvements to the tamper.  Here Jay is making final checks late on Friday so Big Joe would be ready on Saturday.

(https://i.imgur.com/eHJCmxT.jpg)


At the insistence of one individual who shall go unnamed, Jay added a cup holder for the operator.

(https://i.imgur.com/HkYznw6.jpg)


On Saturday, Jay showed Dave Buczkowski the changes made to Big Joe.  The same individual who wanted the cup holder also wanted an umbrella, so an umbrella he got!

(https://i.imgur.com/x63g5T5.jpg)


Dave operating the improved Big Joe on Davis grade.  Adding to the ambiance, we found the vibration of the tamper in operation caused the umbrella to slowly spin.  Since our president is a frequent operator of the tamper, some wise guy put up "TAMP FORCE ONE" signs on Big Joe during lunch Saturday.

(https://i.imgur.com/51Cninh.jpg)


Tie replacement and tamping continued on Sunday, up to the area just south of Sutter's Crossing.  Here was the view from the tamper of the newly rebuilt 300+ feet of track as the work train and Big Joe both headed back for Sheepscot around 2 p.m. -- all ready for the start of the 2018 season.  The weather was with us -- rain set in around 3 p.m.!

(https://i.imgur.com/wts8Tp2.jpg)


Aside from the Davis grade work, much work got done in Sheepscot.

A busy crew rearranged machinery in the shops.

(https://i.imgur.com/lYBhUuM.jpg)


Much work on the stairways for both doors on the north side of the Percival house was completed.

Late Friday:

(https://i.imgur.com/kIDXVHt.jpg)


Late Saturday:

(https://i.imgur.com/HA6C86Y.jpg)


And grab irons and other metal appliances were painted on newly restored B&SR box car #67:

(https://i.imgur.com/4inFcSQ.jpg)


The best part of the weekend was seeing many old and new friends.  I understand 50+ volunteers signed the volunteer log on Friday and Sunday, and 80+ on Saturday.  I know I had many good laughs with friends while working much harder I normally do at my desk job!
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on May 03, 2018, 05:15:23 AM
Thanks Bill for these interesting pics of that busy week end on the track and in the workshop . Everything is ready for the start of the operating season all due to the dedicated volunteers. Those who had planned and prepared  the  SWW over the past few weeks and those who were on the ground last week end. Bravo you all !
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: john d Stone on May 03, 2018, 09:07:58 AM
I was unable to attend this work weekend, but, as expected, you guys accomplished a tremendous ammount of good work! The track work looks ready for Northeast Corridor speeds! Thanks to all for keeping the dream alive! Now, on to Quebec!!!
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 03, 2018, 09:42:16 AM
John;
You were missed. We'll give you a hall pass for this time but I hope we'll see you in the Fall for the Great Push Northward!
Best regards,
Dave
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 03, 2018, 03:35:16 PM
Big thanks for the pic roundup. Biggie improvements happened.
Prepping the Trout Bridge next week will be fun to watch.
Am waiting for finishup of 67 work and its rollout for service.
Latest 10 nooz always fun.
Good luck on season start.
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Joe Fox on June 07, 2018, 07:39:25 AM
This Spring Work Weekend was our last chance to do some much-needed main line maintenance during a work weekend for the next three or four years due to the Mountain Extension beginning this fall that will be our push to reach 218. A lot of planning went into making the Spring Work Weekend a success, and a lot of prep work was done as well. Starting on Saturday April 21st we had a team of horses, who also pull the horse drawn wagon during Victorian Christmas, brought in by the Verney’s to pull flatcar 118 to recreate scrapping the railroad on a stretch of track that was to be rebuilt. With the track removed, Mike Fox came in with the excavator and bulldozer to move the old ties out of the way, and level the ballast off to give us a new sub-grade to build new track on top of.

Friday of the Work Weekend we had a track crew size of around 20 that built the 310’ of track that was torn up the previous Saturday. This was a new process due to the rail still being on flatcar 118, instead of the normal work flat. The crew worked very hard to put the track down, and we had some laughs about the muck that was on either side of our work area. Meanwhile back at Sheepscott a crew of 20+ worked on the new stairs to the house, moved machines around to relocate the Machine Shop into the Shop extension built a few years ago, a few other projects around the yard, and the wonderful kitchen crew made our hungry volunteers some great meals.

Saturday was another busy day as our track crew grew to a size of about 40, and we split up into three crews. We had a ballasting crew who ballasted 650’ of track, a tie changing crew who changed out 63 ties in a single day, and a tamping crew that tamped 150’ of track starting at the north end of Davis Curve, and working their way North. Two ballast trains were run back and forth from the Davis Grade work site to Alna Center to shuttle stone. Back at Sheepscott a crew of 40+ moved machines, worked on the stairs, did a few small projects, and the kitchen crew made 2-3 meals to feed our volunteers.

On Sunday the crew was a little smaller and did more tamping, changed out a few more ties, and did some other odds and ends, as well as the Sheepscott crew continuing with their projects. Special thanks to everyone who helped make the Spring Work Weekend a success, but an extra special thanks to our track crew who helped fix our main line who worked hard to not only get track built, but also to change ties, and various other projects. We got more track work done during this weekend, than I had actually thought we would do, so again, Thank You. Hope to see everyone this fall when we continue Down the Mountain.

Joe Fox
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: John McNamara on June 07, 2018, 12:02:01 PM
Great article Joe! ;D
-John M
Title: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 12, 2018, 05:57:16 PM
[moderator's note]
A discussion of rather interesting foreign-built track equipment has been moved to:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3206.0.html  (http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3206.0.html)