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Title: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 01, 2020, 08:01:26 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Jan 4, 2020:

* Pavilion
* Car barn extension
* Tank car 14
* Coach 9
* Board meeting at 3:00
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 01, 2020, 12:06:16 PM
I'll be up Thurs 1/2 - Saturday 1/4 - Hopefully there will be some projects on Thurs & Friday. Friday looks to be a nice day (for January.)
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on January 01, 2020, 12:20:31 PM
I was surprised that no one was there, There's been many years we worked New Years day. On well, times change. If they would get the tracks cleared the next couple of day  of melting would  clear them good.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 01, 2020, 01:03:44 PM
With all the warm days the snow on the tracks is a non issue.  Sorry we missed you Fred.  Happy New Year.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 01, 2020, 01:06:29 PM
Gordon reports that he’ll be up Friday and Saturday; on Friday he’ll begin a job to facilitate the riveting of no 10’s smokebox.  Alan will join him Saturday and they’ll forge ahead with it.

I’ll be in tomorrow and Saturday.  I hope to complete assembly of the brake controller, help mike move trusses, and attend to a few other things.

Ed, others- there’s plenty of prep needed for the photo event as well- beyond what you know.  We’ll connect tomorrow...
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on January 01, 2020, 01:19:00 PM
With all the water in the snow it might not melt as fast. Are people there now?
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 01, 2020, 01:29:12 PM
I expect to be in Sheepscot on Saturday as well.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 01, 2020, 03:18:51 PM
I am planning to load and possibly transport trusses Thursday, with a potential storm planned for Saturday.

Saturday will depend on weather. I'd like to assemble trusses, but time will tell.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 02, 2020, 08:07:23 PM
Wednesday, Jason and I were discussing todays plan when he told me that ML&M needed help unloading a turntable that we were going to store.
So when I arrived this morning, I went right to work. I started the equipment, and shoveled off the flat car I was going to use, then pushed some snow with the dozer causing some vibrations and disturbing the slumbering guests that were at that point still sound asleep upstairs.
I finished pushing the snow and was getting fuel for the Forklift when Brian showed up. Having a halfa**ed plan, I went to work again, moving things out of the way while Brian, Brendan and Brians father fought with the frozen chains and binders. By the time I was ready they were too.

Turntable safely unloaded (snow and ice covered anyting is slippery on a forklift) and scrap rail put in front of it. Then I realized I had not gotten a picture, so this is what I took.

(https://i.postimg.cc/tJ7zpzZS/0102201612a.jpg)
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 02, 2020, 08:36:13 PM
Also, I plowed into Alna Center this afternoon. Gravel roads are fun to plow. You have to leave the plow up off the ground a few storms to build up a good base you can plow. Downside is that base is ice.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Keith Taylor on January 02, 2020, 08:40:13 PM

I finished pushing the snow and was getting fuel for the Forklift when Brian showed up. Having a halfa**ed plan, I went to work again, moving thongs out of the way while Brian, Brendan and Brians father fought with the frozen chains and binders.



Wasn’t it a bit chilly for that sort of skimpy attire?  :)
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 02, 2020, 09:12:19 PM
Haha.. Well they weren't in use, that is why I was moving them.. Thanks for the laugh. Fixed now..
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 02, 2020, 11:11:39 PM
I hope to be there Saturday, at least for the BOD meeting...
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 04, 2020, 07:42:55 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 4:

* Pavilion: a train brought up the flatcar with the trusses to Alna Center successfully.  The trusses were plucked off by the crane truck and stored.
* Tank car 14: Zack worked on getting the railing around the tank on, and putting on the tank tie downs.
* Machine shop: was busy with several people working, not sure on what!
* Board meeting
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 04, 2020, 08:30:56 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 4:

* Machine shop: was busy with several people working, not sure on what!


Were James N. and Bryce Up to Something, again?  ::)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 04, 2020, 09:01:54 PM
Bryce, 2nd James, Gordon, Eric, Jason and Brendan were all Up To Something.  Most of them not on the same thing.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 05, 2020, 09:54:01 PM
Some photos inside the shops Saturday.  People smarter than I spent the day indoors.

James Noblini was preparing a repair to one of TCDA dairy car No. 65's couplers:
(https://i.imgur.com/EumSItY.jpg)

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

Gordon Cook was preparing tools for the riveting of No. 10's smokebox.
(https://i.imgur.com/8zGvDFt.jpg)

The smokebox is about ready for the work.
(https://i.imgur.com/rjJ628M.jpg)

Zack was working on the straps for the tank on B&SR SOCONY tank car No. 14.
(https://i.imgur.com/vhaqwNb.jpg)

Eric Schade was inspecting the newly arrived sill timbers for planned coach No. 9.  That photo will appear in the January/February Newsletter.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 08, 2020, 08:05:29 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Jan 11:

* Car barn extension
* Pavilion
* Photo weekend prep
* Coach 9
* Meeting with Alna selectmen regarding moving the Archives to the town office basement 10 AM.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on January 08, 2020, 08:33:03 AM
Saturday: I will clean the railroad of snow- every inch of the railroad even if I have to use a spoon.  It’ll be warm and rainy- this is our best opportunity to prepare for the first Grand Reunion weekend.

I would appreciate help- train will leave 10ish, as I want time to get in and connect with a few folks before going.  Bring your spoons...

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Crow on January 08, 2020, 08:33:53 AM
Is the basement of the Alna town office climate controlled? Will only paper archives get moved, or is the intention that other, larger items get moved, too?

Dave Crow
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 08, 2020, 11:02:57 AM
The basement has been built out on one end as a climate-controlled, Fire Marshall-approved archival space for the Town's archives.  The other end is getting the same treatment for us.  I think only the paper gets moved.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bernie Perch on January 08, 2020, 02:09:26 PM
I am curious as to what is being moved and will the current archives rooms be used for something else?  I spend the work weekends doing caption work on the photo albums and wonder if this material will be accessible.

Bernie
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 08, 2020, 03:27:38 PM
The Archives are moving because we're running out of space.  Bernie, you'll be able to access it because Linda will have the key to the downstairs of the Town Office and will let you in to help out.

The current archives room has no official post-archives plan, but I am hoping it will be turned into the business office - as I am also running out of storage space for our records.  Need to scan everything, I guess.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 08, 2020, 10:08:36 PM
Just what youz guys need...another project!!
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 09, 2020, 08:09:17 AM
Actually somebody else is doing the build-out, hired by the Town.  All we have to do is move in when they are done.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on January 09, 2020, 08:16:17 PM
Actually somebody else is doing the build-out, hired by the Town.  All we have to do is move in when they are done.
What a deal, the town is been really good to us..
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 09, 2020, 08:31:29 PM
Well....yes, but we still have to pay for their time and materials.  The meeting on Saturday is to negotiate how much time we have to pay them.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 09, 2020, 08:32:58 PM
It's a win-win for both of us.  I suspect the negotiations will be fair to each...
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 11, 2020, 02:08:14 AM
Any chance of No. 10`s new smokebox being ready for this summer's train-pullings?
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Alan Downey on January 11, 2020, 07:49:40 AM
Paul, ordinarily I prefer not to discuss speculative completion timelines for major projects including #10. But can I say that regardless of the progress on #10's smokebox, the rest of #10's boiler will not be ready for the summer. The bulk of the work still remains ahead of us.

I am generally planning on making progress on #10's smokebox this winter/spring. This will likely include rebuilding the squeeze riveter to rectify some issues we've had with it, making our own rivets for the non-code work, and performing the actual riveting. And all of that will fit in between photo charters, crew availability, and other shop concerns. We're just going to pick away at it as we can.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 11, 2020, 06:03:13 PM
Thanks Alan, obviously much more work and distractions than I realized.
Will praise your work when its done!
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 11, 2020, 06:49:01 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 11:

* Pavilion: Fred really pushed Mike to get to work this morning, so they continued work on the grounded trusses.  I don't believe that they went up today.
* Line clearing: Today was a warm day, so in prep for the photo event next week Jason wanted it plowed and flanged.  The plow didn't do much, the flanger did most of the work.  The yard tracks were also flanged.
* New display track: A track west of Loco 8 was added, no spiking but the steel spacers were used.  This will be used to display Monson 4.
* Photo event prep: Alan and minions were busy making up coupler cutting levers for various pieces of equipment that will be run for the photo event.
* Car barn: Stewart was working on the roof overhang.  Dan, Bryce and James N were working to support the mismatched high rail from the bay 1 extension to the existing track - the rail in the concrete is too high, but there's no lowering the other track until spring.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 11, 2020, 06:56:22 PM
Quote
Dan, Bryce and James N were working to support the mismatched high rail from the bay 1 extension to the existing track

That's not what the photographic evidence shows. Photo by Jason Lamontange.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 11, 2020, 09:14:31 PM
That's not what the photographic evidence shows. Photo by Jason Lamontange.

That photo is just brilliant.  Sorry I missed that scene while in Sheepscot today.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 12, 2020, 09:58:29 AM
Hey! The minions have their own minion. ;D

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 15, 2020, 08:10:23 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Jan 11, 2020:

* The Grand Reunion Photo event: a training day on Thursday for the MNG crews, Friday is SR&RL day, Saturday is big train day, and Sunday is the wrap up day.  Because of this, not sure that much else will be happening, although when the train is out Sheepscot will empty of patrons.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Anthony Vo on January 15, 2020, 09:08:41 AM
wish I could attend, but I'm stuck down here in Maryland :'(
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Al Michelis on January 15, 2020, 12:23:09 PM
The weather forecast for tomorrow and the weekend looks like this weekend's event will be interesting.  Will you need extra help on Friday?
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 15, 2020, 12:28:48 PM
Will you need extra help on Friday?

Yes! Come on over if you are available. There are lots of minor prep tasks (and a whole lot of switching) that is needed.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 18, 2020, 06:22:38 PM
For sake of completeness: work done on Saturday Jan 18:

* Alna Center: Mike, Fred and others cleared snow off the work area at Alna Center.  Of course no work there because of the photo specials.
* Photo trains: Today was cold.  Nobody had any frostbite that I'm aware of.  The SR&RL combine had the stove going (having smoke coming out of a stack in a car is a new look for us).
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 18, 2020, 08:01:16 PM
Actually I was able to do a little between trains..
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 22, 2020, 10:00:51 AM
Anticipated work for the weekend of Jan 25-26, 2020:

* Springfield Show - the annual Amherst Railway Society show at the Big E.  We have tables, come by and buy!
* Steam and Sleighs - trains operating Saturday and Sunday, Sheepscot to Top of Mountain where SeaLyon Farms will take visitors up to the farm.
* Pavilion - Mike and Fred (and maybe others) will be working to erect more trusses (maybe the last of them for now).
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 24, 2020, 03:20:08 PM
Those who will be at Sheepscot on Saturday 1/25:
There are 225 passengers who have pre-purchased tickets for "Steam and Sleighs". Able-bodied volunteers should please park in the new West lot.

Please direct visitors to the Gift Shop to pick up their tickets, etc. Trains will be running at 10:30, 12:00, and 1:30. A 3:00pm train will run to pick up passengers who choose to lay over at SeaLyon farm (Top of the Mountain) for the Sleighride and other activities.

Many of these guests are first-time visitors to our railroad. These trains are all SOLD OUT.

We'll be running "Steam and Sleighs" again on 2/1, 2/15 and 2/16. Tickets are still available for these trains - but are selling fast.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 24, 2020, 05:04:52 PM
I assume the Sunday event was cancelled due to the expected storm.  So what is it going to do rain or snow?  Down here near Philly they are talking 60's with strong thunderstorms and wind.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 24, 2020, 05:30:29 PM
Sunday 1/26 Steam and Sleighs was cancelled due to the predicted rain. This would create unsafe conditions for the horses. (Slush/Mud is not suitable for sleigh or wagon rides.)
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 24, 2020, 08:20:08 PM
Ed;
Do we have any way of knowing where our guests are coming from? Presumably local but who knows.
Dave
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 24, 2020, 08:41:05 PM
Do we have any way of knowing where our guests are coming from? Presumably local but who knows.

There is a simple breakdown BY STATE for a demographics report. While not super-useful, it does give some insight. Here's the breakdown for all "Steam and Sleighs 2020" passengers:
Maine   453
Massachusetts   13
Florida   5
Connecticut   4
New Hampshire   3
New York   2
Texas   2

It would take some work to get statistics on the Maine data, but it is interesting how many are coming from out-of-state. I assume some are folks with local ties who happening to be visiting from Florida, Texas, etc. No one in their right mind would want to move from Texas to Maine, for example.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Crabb on January 24, 2020, 09:30:31 PM
I guess Alan D. isn't in his right mind.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Alan Downey on January 24, 2020, 10:36:01 PM
I'm really not! Have you seen the types of characters I hang out with?  ::)
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 24, 2020, 10:49:45 PM
Good point Al, very good point !!!
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on January 24, 2020, 11:26:29 PM
I'm really not! Have you seen the types of characters I hang out with?  ::)

I wouldn't know. You never wanna hang out with me on 3... :-\
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Al Michelis on January 25, 2020, 09:31:32 AM
I guess I'm not in my right mind.  I moved from Phx, AZ to Dresden, ME on a beautiful fall day.  After 40 years in the oven, I declared myself well done.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 25, 2020, 06:44:58 PM
Work done on Saturday Jan 25 (just 11 more months to Christmas!):

* Steam & Sleighs: very well attended, every train "sold out".  Things are somewhat rough around the edges operationally, for both us and SeaLyons, but everyone had a great time.
* Pavilion: last set of trusses went up (for now) today.
* Machine shop: Alan and Carlos were working on fixing up the riveter (not the deep throat one, the other one).
* Springfield train show: hopefully a report will be forthcoming from someone there.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 25, 2020, 08:01:51 PM
James missed the party..

(https://i.postimg.cc/jdjSGTPV/0125201137.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FFpKWzfg/0125201137-Burst01.jpg)
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on January 25, 2020, 08:03:51 PM
Wow, great cake, and Fred deserves all the honors we can bestow upon him...
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on January 25, 2020, 08:42:44 PM
Now there's a happy engine face that even Sir Top 'M Hat would be proud of!   ;D
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 25, 2020, 09:04:39 PM
It was a busy day at Springfield, though I don't have numbers.  4-5 new or renewing members.  Good to see Monson No. 3 under steam outside the Better Living Center.  Heavy rain held off until the end of the show today at 5 p.m.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on January 25, 2020, 09:07:38 PM
Oh, and Happy Birthday, Fred!
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on January 25, 2020, 10:05:47 PM
Then there was that 11:45 a.m. singing phone call from the Big E to Fred... The three part harmony wowed the crowd in the Young Building.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 25, 2020, 10:14:49 PM
Happy Birthday, Fred!

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on January 25, 2020, 11:05:36 PM
Then there was that 11:45 a.m. singing phone call from the Big E to Fred... The three part harmony wowed the crowd in the Young Building.
You guys helped make his day! Completely suprised him.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Uhland on January 26, 2020, 12:22:42 AM
So glad Fred got all his birthday recognition. No doubt he won't be forgotten by his friends, co-workers and and knowing railfans.

You're my hero, Fred!!!
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on January 26, 2020, 02:48:10 PM
The frosting from the edge of the box sure tasted good. So did the cake when I got to it.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 27, 2020, 11:13:02 AM
I hope you got the first piece of cake, Fred.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on January 27, 2020, 11:36:09 AM
I did!
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on January 28, 2020, 06:17:32 PM
No report on the Steam and Sleighs event last Saturday? No pictures? Was everyone except Fred and Mike at Springfield?
Title: Re: January 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on January 28, 2020, 06:39:29 PM
I was conducting, and too busy to take pictures.  Mr. Picture, aka Stewart, was at the show, as was Bill.