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Title: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on April 30, 2019, 06:36:49 AM
Hey everyone,

With a busy summer ahead, I hope to do a few Summer Work Weekends to coordinate some track work on the mountain, main line work, and Fall Work Weekend Prep. If we can, I would like to start with track work this Saturday. My thought is if I am able to be there, or someone else is willing to coordinate I hope to ballast the south end of Cockeyed Curve, and hand tamp one problem area near MP 6 that is a single joint. Ideal crew size would be 7-8 people. This would hopefully allow us to lift 2 speed restrictions on the main line.

Once that is done, we can regroup and see what others would like to do. There is much to be done this year and with your help we can definately keep things rolling along and shorten up the track project list.

Thank you everyone again for all your help this last weekend. A lot of work was done in just a few short days.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 01, 2019, 07:03:19 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 4:

* The beginning of regularly scheduled train service.  Trains at 10:30, noon, and 1:30.
* As Joe noted above, track maintenance needs to happen: ballasting south end of Cockeye Curve and tamping a joint near MP 6 can lift some slow orders.  Plus tamping near Sheepscot Mills switch. 
* Shop work: I think boxcar 67 is going to make its way in for finishing work.  Not sure if electrical work will occur, or other things in the shop.
* Annual Meeting: At 2 at the Alna Meeting House.  The 1:30 train can deliver you to Alna Center, from which you have to walk.  You'll have to find your own way back, however.
* Board meeting: after the annual meeting, back at the Percival House (instead of on the 11th).
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on May 01, 2019, 11:10:30 AM
I noticed that the museum website (under "Events") shows the Annual Meeting as happening at 1:00 rather than 2:00. Is 2:00 the correct time?
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 01, 2019, 11:59:04 AM
You know, I always mess up the time.  I'll have to look at the ballot.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on May 01, 2019, 01:16:07 PM
The ballot says 2:00.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 01, 2019, 02:38:12 PM
Then 2 PM is the correct time, and I'll fix it tonight on the website.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 01, 2019, 02:55:12 PM
I already fixed it on the web site.  ;)
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on May 01, 2019, 02:57:09 PM
In which case you can take the noon train up, walk to the meeting @ 2 with time to spare and make your way back to Alna Center in time for the last Southbound train at around 3:30. Don't forget to put the flagstop signal out!

Steve
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 01, 2019, 03:00:17 PM
the last Southbound train at around 3:30.

Full Sheepscot Valley service does not begin until Memorial Day Weekend - there is no 3:00pm departure from Sheepcot to Top of the Mountain and Return. Thus, there is no last Southbound train from Alna Center around 3:30pm.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on May 01, 2019, 06:23:06 PM
Thanks Ed! Good catch! I should remember that!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 04, 2019, 08:09:17 PM
As of today, about half of the 1422' of track from last year has been lifted and tamped but will need another surfacting next year as things settle out. Overall what has been tamped so far is a vast improvement on what was there. Some areas we ran out of stone so we will need to get more stone in place and lift it again. Prior to that happening I hope to finish tamping the mountain. I estimate we have 1 or 2 days left of tamping depending on the size of the crew.

Thank you to everyone who helped us do track work today.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 04, 2019, 08:38:48 PM
Work done on Saturday May 4:

* Track: tamping on The Mountain, as reported by Joe above.
* Shop: unfortunately I didn't venture in when anything was occuring, so I can't report on what happened.
* Annual Meeting at 2:00 at the Alna Meeting House, we were out in about 35 minutes.
* Board meeting started early at 3:40 and still went on past 7:00.
* The Cincinnati mill machine was shipped away today.
* A good count of passengers for the first day of regular operations.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 04, 2019, 09:45:11 PM
Had to work this morning so I got to Alna just in time for the Annual Meeting.

Inside the historic Alna Meeting House.  Jason provides a report during the Annual Meeting.
(https://i.imgur.com/WZJpRqe.jpg)

The Alna Meeting House.
(https://i.imgur.com/zRntjIz.jpg)

Tonight was the monthly Board of Directors meeting.  Here's the Board during the meeting...
(https://i.imgur.com/sBKJsPy.jpg)

...as members and friends look on.
(https://i.imgur.com/EkLzmgK.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Scott on May 05, 2019, 02:24:06 AM
Those photos are appreciated, Bill.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 05, 2019, 08:35:23 AM
Flat Car 205 from the Maine Narrow Gauge had some copper napth applied early in the week, then was painted and numbered Friday.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 05, 2019, 11:25:46 AM
Zack made 4 or 5 pallets to put firewood on. They can only be 3 Ft. wide as they go between the tracks behind bay 1,2,3. Some split wood was brought over also. It's been very wet since the Spring work weekend. None was split after last Sunday. Mike brought a pick-up truck of soft wood to be split. Hope to make more pallets next Sat.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on May 05, 2019, 11:58:22 AM
With all that split wood, isn't there some concern that at least some of it will rot before it can be used? Doesn't it have to dry for some months before it can be used? I guess I don't have a very clear idea of how much is consumed for each fire-up.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 05, 2019, 12:25:23 PM
It's all the hardwood removed from the 1400 Ft. of roadbed last year, Most of the 20 pick-up truckloads were given away. We now have to make room for the wood from the rest of the roadbed. Were putting up on pallets to help keep it from rotting. On warmer winter days they can use it in the stoves to save on buying coal. We also have some good hardwood to be cut at Alna Center for the parvillion.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 05, 2019, 03:01:07 PM
By the way,Mike cut most of that wood himself I think, During the winter most of us cut North of the bridge. Spring and summer most of us worked on the bridge.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 05, 2019, 03:26:24 PM
We cut a lot of that wood to the smaller size so it would be easier for Fred to load.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on May 05, 2019, 07:48:11 PM
Does 205 have car brakes?  I couldn't tell from all the photos.  If not, are there plans to add them?  It seems to me that MNG would want their only flat car they could load and park somewhere.  We know how useful such flats are on the WW&F...
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on May 05, 2019, 07:49:49 PM
Bill, great photos of the hard work and dedication driving the WW&F...
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 06, 2019, 01:20:52 PM
I got One pile of split wood all relocated, Will do another small pile tomorrow then clean up the area before splitting more. Got to get the wood out of there as some of the clay and dirt that's going to be removed at the car barn site will be put in that area for future fill.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 06, 2019, 06:20:21 PM
I think we can find a better spot for that filll. We are trying to clear that area to make way for a coal pile.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 07, 2019, 03:57:03 PM
[Moderator's Note]
A discussion on the merits of wood firing and/or converting #10 to burn wood, has been split from this topic and moved to Museum discussion.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 08, 2019, 07:04:39 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 11:

* Mother's Day Tea - the noon train will carry participating patrons to Alna Center for their tea.  Regular shoulder service otherwise.
* Shop organizing
* Mountain Extension tamping?
* Work around Sheepscot - wood splitting, car barn extension prep.

This evening 4 - 7 Maine Narrow Gauge has their Annual Meeting, at the Portland Company complex in Portland.  I believe Jason is presenting during it.  This is why the board meeting was moved.  All WW&F members invited.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 08, 2019, 08:54:38 AM
One way or another tamping on the mountain will be happening. Led by either Dana or I. Any chance we can coordinate a load or two of stone sometime on Saturday for the "Big Dip" near Fossil crossing.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 08, 2019, 10:04:32 AM
It would be best to get the stone early in the morning on Saturday (or on a weekday) as Mothers Day Tea is at Alna Center from noon to 1:30.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 08, 2019, 11:47:33 AM
I can skip up with the tractor and load a flat on their way north.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 08, 2019, 03:03:45 PM
Still chipping away at the wood pile. I might see the end if I use a spy glass. Hopefully a couple of weeks it will be done if not to much rain and help.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 09, 2019, 05:12:41 PM
More wood splitting today. Have to do it while the sun shines. Like making hay. Some of the wood is only good for the bon-fires at Alna Center. Can't put any more between the tracks, got to find another place. We do need a lot more help during the week. If we don't get it were going to fall behind on all our projects. I'm not kidding. Even Jason is getting a little concerned. I guess the best people we could get are the ones that tell us how to recruit people.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 09, 2019, 05:23:48 PM
As I read of all the new RR projects over the last few months, I was hoping you guys would not be overwhelmed with work while running passenger traffic.
Looks like your priorities are correct.
Good luck.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Richard Cavalloro on May 09, 2019, 09:57:26 PM
What days are best to come up during the week?
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 10, 2019, 12:48:24 AM
Tuesday and Wednesdays are the best volunteer days with some work on select Thursdays and Fridays.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on May 10, 2019, 03:39:16 AM
I guess the best people we could get are the ones that tell us how to recruit people.

That gives me an idea. Thanks Fred!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 10, 2019, 01:53:57 PM
Jason has created a list of projects, but not in any priority. We get done what we get done. Priority being the Car Barn Extension. That should be the focus of the contracted leader of that project. Organizing the help needed to complete the extension. At the same time, Jason and the shop crew plan to focus on brakes and getting back into #10.
I will be working on the Mountain, with little extra help needed, but will take a hand or another operator if one shows up. It won't be near as intense as last year.

Pavillion work is not as important as everything else we have going, but definately high on the list. I would not even mind kicking it a year. Plus the normal maintenance over the summer. Nothing we can't get done. Eventually.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Rick Knight on May 11, 2019, 12:24:53 PM
Is Jason's list published anywhere ??? I would certainly like to help on #10 seeing that Paul and I woke it up from a very long slumber some years ago. We had a heck of a test trip at Edaville late at night. Rick.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Crabb on May 11, 2019, 12:26:58 PM
Is there someone who should be notified if showing up for Tuesday and/or Wednesday? Or just show up and see what is going on?
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 11, 2019, 02:04:22 PM
Just arrive any time on Tuesday or Wednesday. No special request or notices are published. View Tuesday & Wednesdays just like you would on a Saturday. If extra hands are needed a notice may go out via the forum.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 11, 2019, 03:36:25 PM
Good news! All the wood has been split. Thurs. afternoon Dwight show up and he started in splitting, then on Fri. He worked between rain showers and later Fri. Rick helped him. Today while I hauled some of the wood away and stacked Al, and Leon finished it around 1:30. Thanks for the help everyone. Should be able to get it moved this week baring rain.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 11, 2019, 05:20:15 PM
Fred, you deserve a couple weeks in the Bahamas.
Way to go, Mr. Bunyan!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 11, 2019, 06:15:19 PM
Work done on Saturday May 11:

* Percival House well: Zack decided it was time to replace the well pump, so that was what he and Mike worked on.  The old pump was about 70 feet down, and was quite corroded.  The new pump is higher horsepower, and is 200 feet down.
* Wood: Fred made another platform, over by the gas shed, and put more wood over there.
* Mother's Day Tea: The noon train took 20 or so people to Alna Center for a tea, and picked them up on the 1:30 train.  The "new" coach, F&M Coach 21, was on the train. 
F&M Coach:
(https://i.imgur.com/1Z1JoGX.jpg)

The Tea at Alna Center:
(https://i.imgur.com/YH5C8RPl.jpg)

The whole train:
(https://i.imgur.com/ZHlsJ9Sl.jpg)

Photos taken with my brand new smartphone, rather than my DSLR camera.  Pretty good quality, I'd say.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on May 11, 2019, 07:15:55 PM
Kudos to Steve P for organizing the Tea Party.  By all accounts, it was very successful, and sets a precedent for future years.  According to Steve, there were about 30 participants, and we even made a little money on the event.  The moms I saw were glowing!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 11, 2019, 09:11:12 PM
Actually, Zack did not decide to do the pump today, the pump did. It had been bothering for a while, not building enough pressure. We pulled it and found this..

(https://i.postimg.cc/3wzmxbyh/0511190923.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Hx55c45y/0511190923a.jpg)

The old one was only about 70 feet down. We checked the depth of the well by tying a weight on my 200 foot tape, and sent it down. Zack spent the morning gathering the rest of what he needed. Mid-afternoon, he was ready to set the new pump. Leon and I helped with setting it back in. This time, it is about 175 feet down.

(https://i.postimg.cc/s2M5yRgK/0511191423.jpg)

While Zack was gone, I worked on the dozer. Brendan had mentioned it only ran with the choke full on. Cleaned the sediment bowl, installed a new fuel filter and replaced the rubber lines on either side of it. Still acted the same. So the carb came out and was cleaned. Runs perfect again. Or more like, runs like it used to.

Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 11, 2019, 10:52:18 PM
Some photos from today (Saturday, May 11th):

We need more wood split and stacked, Fred.
(https://i.imgur.com/1ysNYZ5.jpg)

Oh, nevermind.  Dave Buczkowski and Fred Morse stack some of the last split wood on the overflow pile near the three-way switch at Sheepscot.
(https://i.imgur.com/t6eqoQG.jpg)

Earlier this week, Bill Baskerville asked me to get a few photos of locomotive No. 52 with its new handrails installed.  Bill had fabricated the handrails a while back, and someone/some people installed the hand rails during Spring Work Weekend.  Thank you Bill and the installers for this safety improvement to 52.
(https://i.imgur.com/XTGrLJF.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/OjOY4Y1.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ScO2nUC.jpg)

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

In shop bay 3, locomotive No. 10's smokebox has been placed on the lathe to secure it while drilling work is underway.
(https://i.imgur.com/z9u6LMi.jpg)

Meanwhile, No. 10's frame and cab rest at the north end of bay 3, with a sign about No. 10's restoration for the public.
(https://i.imgur.com/MkQwQbM.jpg)

This past week, Brendan Barry worked on drainage on the west side of our car barn.  The drainage ditch has been lowered a few feet and a culvert reset lower under the woods track.  Material piled to the left of the ditch will form the roadbed for our new ramp/exhibition track that will come out between our garage and restrooms building.
(https://i.imgur.com/2mQqBu7.jpg)

The view from the north end of the car barn showing a portion of the woods track removed to accommodate the repositioned culvert.  A stub switch will be installed over the culvert to branch the new ramp/exhibition track off to the left of the woods track.
(https://i.imgur.com/FQFUuaZ.jpg)

This past week, the shop crew bolted and riveted the frog to be used on the new stub switch on the woods track.
(https://i.imgur.com/4uf79ff.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Kf8HWXa.jpg)

Regarding today's trains, engineer James Patten wanted No. 9 to be turned to face north, so the engineer's position would be on the east side of the train and he could have better visibility to the platforms at Sheepscot and Alna Center.  Today we held our first Mother's Day Tea, with tables set up on the east side of the track at Alna Center.  Here No. 9 is centered on the turntable before it is turned to face north.
(https://i.imgur.com/YyreGHW.jpg)

No. 9 has been turned to face north, now all set for the day.
(https://i.imgur.com/Wxul0PY.jpg)

The recently delivered Franklin & Megantic coach on the turntable lead at the Sheepscot lower yard.  Brian Fanslau (Maine Locomotive & Machine Works) has performed a handsome restoration of this car.
(https://i.imgur.com/vmXf4Wz.jpg)

WW&F coach No. 3 and the Franklin & Magentic coach were set out on the turntable lead in the morning for use on the noon and 1.30 p.m. trains.  Moms and families were seated in the two coaches for the ride to Alna Center and later return.
(https://i.imgur.com/edPzG5d.jpg)

In the afternoon, No. 9 handled a four car train consisting of WW&F No. 3, the F&M coach, MLMW open car No. 120 and WW&F coach No. 8.
(https://i.imgur.com/ilU1bJX.jpg)

WW&F No. 3 and the F&M coach out on the main at Sheepscot.
(https://i.imgur.com/7DKtfeY.jpg)

As Mike noted, the Percival House well pump was replaced today.  Here Zack Wyllie, Mike Fox and Leon Weeks work on installation of the new pump mid-afternoon.
(https://i.imgur.com/ciKep3t.jpg)

A couple of notes: 
-- Yes, that's the sun visible in today's photos.  Clear days have been a rare treat this spring.
-- I'm glad James got a photo of the Mother's Day Tea setup at Alna Center.  Families I spoke with enjoyed the event.  Steve P. did a nice job organizing the event. 
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 12, 2019, 05:55:31 AM
What a nice group of pictures, well done!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on May 12, 2019, 08:28:52 AM
What's the history of the F&M coach?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on May 12, 2019, 10:10:27 AM
Great photos, Bill. Thanks for posting them.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Philip Marshall on May 12, 2019, 12:28:38 PM
It's F&M coach 2 = SR&RL coach 21, built by Jackson & Sharp in April 1903 as the first half of an order of two cars. After the railroad shut down in 1935, the car body (sans trucks) was purchased from the scrappers by a local resident in Avon, ME and eventually found its way to Edaville after WWII.

The other car in the J&S order was F&M combine 3 = SR&RL combine 14, which is supposed to arrive at Sheepsot later this year.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on May 12, 2019, 07:23:04 PM
Agree with Fred, great pix Bill.

BTW, what is the future purpose of the woods track after the new ramp/exhibition track is laid???
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 12, 2019, 08:21:43 PM
Bob, we need more storage track, but this will also serve as a ramp track, built with heavier rail to accomodate heavier equipment, and as a display track for a car to be placed we want seen. Plus it gave a place for the ditchings to go.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 12, 2019, 08:36:55 PM
After the new ramp track is in service the woods track will be a staging and dead storage track.  We will lose the loading area on the runthrough track once the roundhouse is built, so the end of the woods track will serve for loading.  We will also store the rail crane behind the garage, and have an off system panel track for small 4 wheel carts- arranged such that the forklift can readily access both the panel track and the woods track.  Most of the time the woods track will be dormant, and thereby serve as a dead end track.  That will save an incredible amount of switching.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on May 12, 2019, 08:50:52 PM
It might be worth considering a split rail derail on the Woods Track, similar to what's intended for the ML&M sidings.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 15, 2019, 09:26:13 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 18

* 21 Campaign Thank you day.  21 Campaign supporters have been invited to spend the day with us, there'll be special trains in the afternoon, shop tours during the day.
* Car barn expansion
* Mountain Extension: I'm available to run a crew for tamping, departing around 9.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 15, 2019, 03:47:46 PM
The split wood has all been stacked. Got the lawn mower out and started, Got to clean the garage a little next then sharpen chain saw blades.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Gary Kraske on May 15, 2019, 05:51:41 PM

* 21 Campaign Thank you day.  21 Campaign supporters have been invited to spend the day with us, there'll be special trains in the afternoon, shop tours during the day.

Thanking WWF for the this day, but unfortunately Barb and I cannot make it.  We are mulling over how to designate our spring donation.  There are so many excellent endeavors including archiving facility.  Thanks again!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 15, 2019, 08:01:20 PM
Sorry to hear that Gary, but please feel free to visit any time.

James, Dana hass made mention he will also be there on Saturday. That would be great if you guys could go out and do some tamping. I would be extremely appreciative. :)
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 16, 2019, 09:45:48 PM
James;
I’ll make an effort to make your 8 o’clock departure time. I feel bad that I can’t volunteer HWNMNBM as he will be at Brian’s graduation.
Dave
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 17, 2019, 06:40:10 AM
Work train would be departing around 9, not 8.  Saturday is an e-waste collection day, so I'll be taking my 23-year old computer in, and maybe my 19-year old laptop too - so a late arrival at Sheepscot.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on May 18, 2019, 06:45:29 AM
Nice set of pics  that show things are coming along fast. Thanks Bill.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 18, 2019, 06:05:53 PM
Work done on Saturday May 18:

* Mountain Extension: We got a late start, but started right up when we got there.  Unfortunately we only got about 30 feet or so and the tamper broke - the squeeze air cylinder broke (see picture below).  Took the first train back, then drove up after lunch and hiked in with tools to remove the cylinder, then moved the tamper to the mill siding at the top of the hill.
* Drainage: During the week we acquired a catch basin, Brendan dug a hole for it and for the drain pipe, and he and Mike put the pipe in and filled things back in.
* Boxcar 67: Has been moved into Bay 2 of the car shop.  Zack and Stewart set up scafolding to work on getting the doors on.
* Trains: Today was the 21 Campaign special train, and tonight is Jason's talk on the Narrow Gauge.

(https://i.imgur.com/OO6PBsA.jpg)
The broken cylinder.

(https://i.imgur.com/T8EK3zy.jpg)
The catch basin.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 18, 2019, 09:24:16 PM
Work done on Saturday May 18:

* Mountain Extension: We got a late start, but started right up when we got there.  Unfortunately we only got about 30 feet or so and the tamper broke - the squeeze air cylinder broke (see picture below).  Took the first train back, then drove up after lunch and hiked in with tools to remove the cylinder, then moved the tamper to the mill siding at the top of the hill...

Thanks James.  He Who Likes To Volunteer Me also likes to blame me whenever the tamper breaks, but I wasn't in Alna this weekend.  Was Dave there this weekend?

I do plan to be at Sheepscot this coming Saturday, and if a small crew and tamper are ready, I can join the crew.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 18, 2019, 09:44:56 PM
Also, the power line to the garage was mostly buried in conduit to be ready for when Josh has time to finish it.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 19, 2019, 07:26:54 AM
Current plan for next Saturday is to ballast if the tamper is not available. I would like to do this as early as possible as there are some spots on the main line I want to hit. During train time we may test out the tie changer near Sheepscot.

Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 19, 2019, 09:20:50 AM
Some of the catch basin install yesterday. It went fairly well with the help of Brendan and the borrowed machine (for the car barn extension work) of Chesterfield Associates, and a few others that lended a hand in passing, or as they checked on us.

This is the first of several that I plan to put in the parkinglot, and there are plans for others around the campus to tie things together where possible.

(https://i.postimg.cc/G2czdBxZ/0518191037.jpg)

Brendan checking the level on the basin, as I set it with the boom truck.

(https://i.postimg.cc/LXNDXHyh/0518191203.jpg)

Once the basin was set, Brendan dug the trench for the pipe.


(https://i.postimg.cc/5yy3QZGg/0518191514.jpg)

My one action shot. Brendan is backfilling around the basin, and I had used our Kubota to fill over the first full length of pipe. My truck in the background is in no danger (objects are further away then they appear).


(https://i.postimg.cc/ZqPjGPp8/0518191803.jpg)

Finished product. Long day but it is done. The cone on the left marks the end of the new siding that will be built soon.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 19, 2019, 02:48:07 PM
Alas, it was me at the helm when Tampforce One gave up the ghost. It was probably due to not having brakes which was caused by, how do I put this, a prior operator who was not present Saturday....
Hopefully Tampforce One will make its way to Sheepscot for some much needed maintenance. The umbrella was, however, in fine working order.
Dave
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 19, 2019, 07:19:57 PM
If we do ballast, we probably need the flatcars to be filled during the week, as Alna Center will be the site of the WWI re-enactor's camp next weekend.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 19, 2019, 10:41:41 PM
Well done.

So, currently:
*car barn expansion to start
*storage/display spur survey
*loco 10's rebuild continues
*boxcar 67 gets its doors hung and awaits special metal roof install
*spot  trackwork maintenance and continuing Mountain Extension ballasting/ leveling
*the tie puller will make its debut
*Sheepscot drainage work
*Alna Center activity
*road trailer rebuild
*Run trains

Whee!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 20, 2019, 05:19:02 AM
Don't forget, pavilion at Alna Center and NEW Pass. car.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 21, 2019, 06:04:24 AM
Track work for Saturday May 25th:

Two trains are running on Saturday so I would like to have the ballast train leave Sheepscot around 7:30 so we can ballast some areas on the main line and return the diesel by 10. With the loss of our work train I am thinking we may test run the tie changer in the yard, then head North to tamp after lunch depending on crew and equipment availability. So much to do, so little time.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on May 21, 2019, 08:42:01 AM
Saturday's evening train coming into Alna Center.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9724.jpg)

3D topographic models of the mountain made by Ed Lecuyer for Jason's talk on narrow gauge railroads. One model shows the WW&F alignment down the mountain and the the other model shows what a standard gauge alignment down the mountain would look like. The standard guage model is in the foreground

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9726.jpg)

Train coming back to Alna Center after going to Top of the Mountain to run around.

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/sww%2019/IMG_9725.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 21, 2019, 03:25:29 PM
Joe, you have Two flatcars of stone at the TOM, get your crew together for Sat. Do you think the 1918 soldiers will help. Ha,Ha!!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on May 21, 2019, 04:16:35 PM
Let's see...… I'm a 1918 era soldier and I have a choice;  shovel in ballast or dig foxholes and trenches?  Easy decision if you ask me !    :o
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 22, 2019, 12:10:42 AM
Be careful...some developer might swing by and try to put up country condos after offering to buy the WW&F!  ;)
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Smith on May 22, 2019, 01:01:44 AM
Ed, those topographic models are most interesting. They also appear to have made use of Bill Baskerville's chute design if I'm not mistaken. 
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 22, 2019, 07:04:29 AM
Anticipated work for the weekend of May 25-26:

* Train ops: first weekend for Saturday & Sunday train operations.  Note that we are NOT running trains on Memorial Day.  This weekend the World War One reenactors from last year's Annual Picnic are here, celebrating the end of the Great War and their return home Stateside.
* Track maint: Joe's called for a 7:30 departure from Sheepscot to ballast, returning by 10.  Test out the tie changer for the rest of the morning.
* Mountain Extension: Tamping in the afternoon.
* Car barn extension/landscaping: No doubt Mike and/or Brendan have something planned.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 22, 2019, 07:10:41 AM
Parts are in for the dozer so I expect to spend most of the day fixing the final drive. Also have a little tinkering to do to the John Deere.

Also have another 2 lengths of culvert to add to our project from last weekend.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 22, 2019, 02:28:31 PM
86 ties cut to length so far this week, only, 914 ties to go!
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 22, 2019, 03:19:51 PM
Fred;
That's 86 more ties than I cut this week. Way to go! the Energizer Bunny has nothing on you!
Dave
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 22, 2019, 03:38:03 PM
I had Help Dave. Also Steve Z mowed the grass at Alna Center today so the soldiers should be happy.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 23, 2019, 11:18:10 AM
Excellent. I hope to retrieve the flats first thing (7a.m. or earlier) Saturday morning prior to departure if I have a brakeman. (Unless of course the arrive at Sheepscot prior to Saturday morning)
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 23, 2019, 12:07:35 PM
Even though there are many exciting WW&F  improvement projects  underway, at least they are mostly oto (one time only in broadcast-speak) ones, would be overwhelming if all continued nonstop.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 25, 2019, 07:56:37 PM
Work done on Saturday May 25:

* Track work: A morning train went out with 2 flatcars loaded with stone, and took care of the slow order on Davis Grade.  However Big Joe was not ready to roll, the new cylinder arrived but was all day getting installed.
* Yard: Mike got the bulldozer working, and graded out the location for the new ramp track.
* Boxcar 67: Zack got one door installed.
* Machine shop: Brendan and Alan work busy.
* WWI Reenactors: A fair sized group, a number of photographers today.  After the regular trips we ran a 5 PM trip so they could do some stuff.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 25, 2019, 08:30:02 PM
A couple of shots from today.

(https://i.postimg.cc/h48vXN2g/0525190855.jpg)

The seal let go without us knowing, and very well could have beed bad when we bought it, and as a result this bearing (actually the race is pictured as I was in the process of removing, nothing left of the bearing) was ruined. It filled the housing with dust, which made some nice mud. I changed my plan of replacing everyting and just put in this new bearing and seal. This winter, I hope to remove the housing, or at least the pan and big gear (center of which is pictured) to clean all parts and replace the bearings then.

(https://i.postimg.cc/fysbHvT6/0525191133.jpg)

A door went on 67 today. It took 4 guys and some screw jacks, but Zack is happy to get this door in place.


(https://i.postimg.cc/gjK216xr/0525191133c.jpg)

Pictured above, we see a Facebook Team member capturing the moment for an upcoming News and Views post.


(https://i.postimg.cc/sDw2c7FN/0525191311.jpg)

Brendan has been working around the car barn. He had dug this ditch last week, and piled the spoils up where the ramp track is going to be. He leveled and pushed with the borrowed excavator from Chesterfield Associates, getting it fairly close. Hard to do with an excavator. After I fixed the dozer, I leveled out places he though was high and places where I felt it was low. From the back corner of the garage to where I stopped dozing is fairly close by feel. Where the dozer is sitting is high. Many years on a dozer day and night, you kind of pick up a feel of what is level both ways and what isn't. It would be very hard to get it exact with the clay we have, and it doesn't have to be,  because the jacking and tamping with stone will make up the difference.


(https://i.postimg.cc/zGvGPv8X/Resized952019052595174145.jpg)

And we had the WW1 Reenactors at AC today. Here, they posed by #9. Photo by Joe..
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 25, 2019, 08:37:00 PM
A HUGE thank you to our track crew of 8 this morning. Unloading two cars of stone is a lot of work for only 8 of us, and we managed to get it done in 90 minutes. As Gene Wilder once said in the movie Willy Wonka & the chocolate factory "so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it."

https://youtu.be/ZWJo2EZW8yU
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 25, 2019, 09:48:37 PM
Another busy day in Alna, so I didn't get a chance to take many photos.  Here's a few...

Roadmaster Joe Fox led a small work crew early morning to dump stone on the portion of Davis grade that was rebuilt during the Spring 2018 work weekend.  This removed a year+ speed restriction to the pleasure of many.  A very good effort by Joe and crew, not that this stopped us from ribbing Joe on how much we missed the former Roadmaster Dana Deering, who was also part of the crew.  No good deed goes unpunished, Joe!
(https://i.imgur.com/lZojMl7.jpg)

We ran two steam locomotives today in support of the WW1 event cosponsored with the 103rd Regiment Living History (https://www.facebook.com/103rd-Regiment-Living-History-659126390943866/).  The 103rd provided a terrific camp at Alna Center -- Here are a few photos.  Wish I could have spent some time there -- I was on train crew today.

To start, Monson RR No. 3's train northbound is on the siding at Alna Center, while WW&F's No. 9's train is pointed southbound toward Sheepscot.  I really liked the "party like it's 1599" T-shirt.
(https://i.imgur.com/1QSUmVw.jpg)

Some photos of the 103rd.  Wish I could have spent time to visit their camp.  We encouraged all our passengers to stop at Alna Center and spend some time.  As far as I could tell, nearly all if not all on No. 3's trains did so.
(https://i.imgur.com/I3I2nIq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rchb7sJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ym3XMSE.jpg)

Great crew on No. 3 today -- Roger Whitney, Bill Piche and Dave Buczkowski.  They were busy placing caboose 320 on the Sheepscot shop bay 2 track for later pickup by the 5 p.m. train while Joe Fox, Dana and others made adjustments to the Sheepscot runaround track switch into shop bay 1. 
(https://i.imgur.com/dfkPptw.jpg)

A beautiful spring day today.  Sunny, warm dry days have been rare so far this New England spring.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Smith on May 26, 2019, 01:01:42 AM
Thanks for the great pictures, Bill! Two of them reminded me of bivouac during basic training at Fort Dix NJ in April, 1951. After long march we were turned into a rocky field at about 1 AM and told to set up our pup tents. About 6 AM we were waked up by the cry of "FIRE!!" The mess sergeant had managed to set his kitchen tent ablaze. Don't remember how we got it out, but the mess sergeant was so grateful that we "firefighters" got extra big servings.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on May 26, 2019, 09:14:12 AM
I see there’s now 2 porta-potties at AC. It’s now quite the coming place- perhaps I should say quite the going place.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 26, 2019, 01:57:16 PM
Don't worry John, it happens.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on May 27, 2019, 11:28:23 AM
So what adjustments were made to the bay 1 switch?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on May 27, 2019, 11:43:06 AM
Am still bewildered? as to why the flatcars' new sideboard stakes are not permanently screwed to each board and all easily mounted/removed as units??
They couldn't add that much weight for two guys to handle. The separate stakes look easily damaged and in the way, or lost, as is.

 Great to see coming display/storage track subgrading and site drainage  work underway...one 67 door up (where's that consarned metal roof contractor? ???)...10 work continuing.

Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on May 27, 2019, 12:45:42 PM
Wood is not "static".  It grows and shrinks as the humidity changes, and screwing the stakes to the sideboards means that each stake would have to line up *perfectly* with its pocket to mount the sideboards.

Even more frustrating than mounting an imperfectly lined sideboard is trying to de-mount one where the stakes are jammed against a pocket.  When mounting a "staked" sideboard, at least one can rest the misaligned sideboard atop the pocket while examining where the problem might be.  But trying to remove a jammed sideboard (with attached stakes) most likely means finding more helpers to hammer or pry while the original two guys lift.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 27, 2019, 02:03:50 PM
We did this with two side boards, and let me say its a pain in the neck because not every pocket or stake line us the exact same ever again.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 27, 2019, 03:50:20 PM
Stakes often become stuck because of dirt or stone particles getting jammed into the gap between the pocket and the stake.  When that happens generally you either need to shake it back and forth to get loose, or bang on the underside of the stake.  Attaching to sideboards would be troublesome.

As to the switch, Joe saw something wrong with it so they tried to replace the joint bars, then tried to drill holes in one of the rails.  But neither track drill fit in that spot.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 28, 2019, 03:08:11 PM
Tues crew cut and stacked another 100 ties today before then rain came.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 28, 2019, 03:38:36 PM
Very nice Fred. We are going to have to find you some trees to cut soon, because at this rate you will finish the ties quickly.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on May 28, 2019, 05:00:04 PM
A couple of years ago I was working on missing joint bar bolts and concentrated on the main line outside of the SS yard limits.  I got that project down to about 15 locations north of the SS yard limits.
 
At that time there were a whole bunch of missing bolts in the SS yard, most being south of the water tower switch.  Since the yard limit speed is 10 mph, we only need three bolts per joint bar.  I suspect Joe, who is doing a great job trying to keep our rails aligned and clean up a few old projects, found an issue that needed prompt repair.
Title: Re: May 2019 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on June 21, 2019, 05:40:42 PM
That is a sharp-looking Meeting House.  ;)