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Title: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 30, 2020, 07:15:33 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 3:

* Pavilion
* Pumpkin trains
* Vehicle repairs
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 30, 2020, 09:34:41 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, October 3rd:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Still Available
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT [1 ticket available])
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT [1 ticket available])
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on September 30, 2020, 10:14:30 AM
Is there any possibility to add an additional car to expand seating?
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on September 30, 2020, 11:13:28 AM
As there is an "intermodal transfer" 8) once the train delivers the patrons to Top of the Mountain, more passengers on a given train means more issues with getting those people to the Sealyon Pumpkin Patch (and back) in an efficient manner. It seems unlikely that Don Lyon can add more transfer capacity at this point in the year.

While walking is an option, walking back carrying a pumpkin might be less fun. :-X
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 30, 2020, 11:44:46 AM
State of Maine limits inside gatherings to 50 people.  We've interpreted that to mean an entire train.  We limit it to 40 just to be safe.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on September 30, 2020, 12:06:07 PM
We also can't fit another car in the runaround at top of mountain.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 30, 2020, 12:34:35 PM
40 passengers (20 per wagon) is also the limit that Don Lyons can handle with his two wagons - without doubling up trips. That would make the layover at the farm 10-20mins shorter for certain passengers.

In the post-COVID future, we could run more trains, so that SeaLyon always has customers - and isn't idle while the train returns to SS for the next load. We have lots to consider and learn from the success of the current offering.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on October 01, 2020, 09:24:58 AM
In a normal world you'd have a second section arriving as the first section is departing A/C.  Thereby the SeaLyon wagons are not making any movements without passengers.  But we'll need #10 back online for next year ......
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on October 01, 2020, 10:53:49 AM
In a normal world you'd have a second section arriving as the first section is departing A/C.  Thereby the SeaLyon wagons are not making any movements without passengers.  But we'll need #10 back online for next year ......

Timetables prior to the lockdown included 2nd class trains that would travel a set time behind the 1st class train and they'd pass in Alna Center or sheepscot. There was also provisions for 2nd sections. You can see an example of the 1st\2nd class dynamic in this video from last year's annual picnic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiTK2R8pSZs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiTK2R8pSZs)

Monson 3 handled the 2nd class train and is still able to whenever we go back to being able to run multiple trains since WW&F and MNG are on very good terms right now.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 03, 2020, 05:37:41 PM
Work done on Saturday October 3:

* Pavilion: Another 5 rafters were assembled and put up.  Then Mike manhandled the truck so that it was going out the side door, and set up another 5 outside the pavilion structure for working on next week.
* Pumpkin trains: sold out for the day.

Not sure what occurred on the Sheepscot side today.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 04, 2020, 08:22:42 PM
Anticipated work Tuesday October 6 and Wednesday October 7, 2020

Tuesday:

*  Prep and survey of support cribbing for main line at ToM.
*  Shop work (pending)
*  Small engine repair (repair)
*  Servicing/repairs and clean up from Saturday operations.
*  Archives and gift shop work
*  Dump run.

Wednesday:

*  Install cribbing
*  Shop work pending
*  Campus maintenance (pending)

Note:  Work train to leave 0930  (hopefully)
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 04, 2020, 08:53:26 PM
What's the cribbing at TOM for?
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on October 05, 2020, 04:46:19 AM
To stop loosing ballest down the steep embankments where the culverts are placed.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 05, 2020, 08:10:29 AM
James, the locations are just south of TOM where the 2 deep culverts are. Long term plan is to build the shoulder out with material, but that is a ways out. These walls can last up to 15 years, so it buys considerable time to make the permanent shoulder inprovements.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 07, 2020, 06:48:29 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday, Oct 10:

* Pavilion - put up the next 5 trusses.
* Pumpkin trains
* Machine shop
* Vehicle repair
* Board meeting at 4.  Hopefully this one won't last until past 8:30.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 07, 2020, 07:37:41 PM
Work completed for Tuesday 6, and Wednesday 7 October 2020

Tuesday:

*  All preparations were made for the ToM cribbing to include drilling rod holes in the beams,
    clean up of pre-made rod threads and loading of all parts to include nuts, washers and tools.
*  Shop work, repairing parts to put the Tamper back in service this weekend.
*  The archives and gift shop are a continual work in progress.
*  Campus clean up and dump run.

Wednesday:

*  Two sets of cribbing installed, waiting on ballast to finalize the job.
*  Tamper readied for operation.
*  Electric building work.
*  Spruce up (painting and repairs)  Sheepscot Station.

Note:  Dan and his crew were out changing ties this past Sunday.
           “Start” has been making repairs, clean up and servicing switches and the grounds.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 07, 2020, 08:00:20 PM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, October 10th:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - ANNULLED
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.

Note: Due to declining interest, and to facilitate use of the mainline before steam operations begin, all October Handcar Hops have been annulled.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on October 07, 2020, 08:55:54 PM
Slick design on the retaining cribbing! Great work guys! Thoughts on a similar system using earth anchors at SS north of the platform?
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 07, 2020, 09:02:42 PM
The cribbings and tie rods are an inspired design.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 08, 2020, 03:12:26 PM
When Jason told me about this plan last winter, he used the term retaining wall. I was not for it. He then described what he meant, where he planned ln using them, and how long he expected them to last. A great use of extra timbers that may have otherwise gone to waste. Plus it allows us the time to make permanent improvements over time.

A nice quick repair. Looks great.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on October 08, 2020, 04:14:53 PM
Just out of curiosity. Are those gonna be set any lower into the stone than shown in the pics? I'd hate to see what happens when a locomotive with outside frames gets close to them.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on October 08, 2020, 04:45:15 PM
Thanks Mike and all- I’m pleased with how these turned out- and thanks to Foreman Steve L for a well executed and well reported job. 

The inside of these beams are set just beyond the loading gauge.  Also- the track is 6-8” low at these locations- the reason for the shoulder reinforcement in the first place.  As soon as we can load stone, will ballast lift and tamp these locations.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Gordon Cook on October 09, 2020, 01:04:06 PM
Agreed, an elegant solution to the problem of unsupported ballast tending to work downhill.
Maybe apply them to the track near the pumphouse at Sheepscot and the turntable lead?

Armchair track foreman question: Should the cribbing be tied to the track structure itself or left to float?  I'm thinking more in the horizontal plane than vertical.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 09, 2020, 09:45:26 PM
Will there be sufficient space between the rail and the timbers to place and operate a track jack?
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on October 09, 2020, 10:02:36 PM
Will there be sufficient space between the rail and the timbers to place and operate a track jack?
You can set the jacks up inside the gauge, too. The tall jacks might be needed to do it that way, though. Of course that's assuming you're carrying stone to the spot from the flat.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on October 10, 2020, 10:53:45 AM
 A clever, unexpensive, efficient  system Well done !
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 10, 2020, 07:49:44 PM
Work done on Saturday Oct 10 - what would have been the Saturday of Fall Work Weekend.

* Car barn windows: Stan and Ralph were painting the window frames.
* Coach 9: Harold arrived with more kits for the coach (window frames among other things), plus patterns for Loco 11
* Pavilion: The next 5 trusses were connected and set into place.  A rather tricky job, because it had to be done from outside the building.
* Track work: Dan was running a crew somewhere on the Mountain Extension that included jacking and tamping with Big Joe.
* Pumpkin trains: More sold-out trains.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 10, 2020, 08:27:46 PM
Thanks to some work that Joseph Gilbert and I did on Friday, there should be magneto telephone service from EOT to SS. Please give it a try. Calls are free and socially distant.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on October 10, 2020, 09:53:28 PM
After James left Alna Center. Two more tresses were installed. One at a time, on the East end of the pavilion. That leaves 4 more tresses to install. They will be installed one at a time.

dwight
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on October 11, 2020, 12:05:47 AM
I miss our work weekends.
Whine, whine, whine.
Curse you evil Covid.

But, each week a great and intrepid group of those who live lots closer accomplishment amazing things.

We in the away crowd live vicariously through the regular posts and updates, which helps a lot.

Thanks to all, near and far.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on October 11, 2020, 01:00:13 AM
Thanks to some work that Joseph Gilbert and I did on Friday, there should be magneto telephone service from EOT to SS. Please give it a try. Calls are free and socially distant.

Many thanks to you both. I can call most anyone I really want to talk to from the phone located in nearby Alna Center station. Alas, I still have to use the regular phone for everyone else.

 ;D
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on October 11, 2020, 07:56:05 AM
I'll bet that the Alna Center phone never receives robocalls!  :P ;)
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 12, 2020, 07:40:24 AM
This past Saturday marked the 3rd day of our Pumpkin trains, with 3 more Saturdays to go.  I was curious just what was going on at the SeaLyon farm, so I took the 1 PM train north.

We were met with 2 hay trailers pulled by tractors.  We climbed aboard and set out, arriving at the farm by the road about 5 minutes later.  The pumpkin patch is located by 218:
(https://i.imgur.com/fRHxx4u.jpg)

Meanwhile the Lyons had set up a tent for serving food, a tent for deserts, and a tent for other goods or buying the pumpkins.
(https://i.imgur.com/Go4P51I.jpg)
To the right of the tent further back is the spot where the bonfire would be that evening.

Deserts and farm goods:
(https://i.imgur.com/An5pV01.jpg)

Everyone wore their masks, there was plenty of hand sanitizer to go around.  Pumpkins were on sale from $5 to $20.  There was also a schedule on their whiteboard about when the departure from the farm would be back to the train.

Everyone seems to be having a good time, which is the important thing.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Joseph Lupinski on October 12, 2020, 08:29:43 AM
Thanks James was wondering when we would see some photos of the event.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 12, 2020, 08:43:15 AM
I'll bet that the Alna Center phone never receives robocalls!  :P ;)

No robocalls, but Alna Center does get a lot of crank calls.   ::)
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 12, 2020, 08:45:49 AM
Thanks for the photos, James.  From everything I hear, the Pumpkin Pickin' trains have been a hit.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on October 12, 2020, 09:59:24 AM
In James' last SeaLyon photo (the one showing two popup tents), I see that the red wood shed in the background is still where it was earlier.   Back before everything changed, ::) the WW&F was offered that shed for TOM. There was discussion about that here:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3462.msg44944.html#msg44944

Is moving that shed still in the works, or have plans since changed, or ... ??


Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 12, 2020, 10:04:17 AM
The Lyons are keeping that shed, at least for the time being. We may end up with it at some point in the future, but that has not been decided.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 12, 2020, 12:02:28 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14, October 2020

Tuesday: 

*  Prep work for the Trout Brook switch.
*  Small engine repair (pending)
*  Electrical building (pending)
*  Gift shop and archives
*  Campus clean up and dump run

Wednesday:

*  Prep work for the Trout Brook switch
*  Coach #9 assembly (pending)
*  Small engine repair (pending)
*  Electrical building (pending)

Note:  Schedule work is always subject to change.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 14, 2020, 06:46:24 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 17:

* Pavilion (CANCELLED)
* Vehicle repair
* Pumpkin trains (CANCELLED)
* Prep/switching for Sunday's charter

Rain is forecast for the morning, so the Pavilion work may be delayed until after the rain lets up has been cancelled.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 14, 2020, 01:01:56 PM
Forecast for Saturday 10/17 is now rain all day.
We are cancelling pumpkin trains, due to the anticipated cold, wet, windy conditions.
Passengers will be offered to reschedule for Sunday 10/25 or receive a refund.

The private charter on 10/18 is not affected by this change.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Rick Rowlands on October 14, 2020, 07:42:07 PM
Ed I know how much you love cold wet rainy days!   ;D
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on October 14, 2020, 08:11:01 PM
It's those cold, rainy days that you wish you were in that nice warm, smoky, dry cab shoveling coal into that firebox.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 14, 2020, 08:43:58 PM
It's those cold, rainy days that you wish you were in that nice warm, smoky, dry cab shoveling coal into that firebox.
..or in the cab of 52 with the doors closed, the heater on, and windshield wipers running. I've been there and it was fine.  I felt sorry for the steam guys. ;D
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 14, 2020, 09:39:32 PM
I will monitor the forecast, but if what I saw tonight is accurate, heavy rain mid day. Then the winds pick up. I will probably do something indoors, but undecided what it will be.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on October 15, 2020, 01:21:37 AM
It's those cold, rainy days that you wish you were in that nice warm, smoky, dry cab shoveling coal into that firebox.
Unless you're running in reverse
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 15, 2020, 08:41:05 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 13-14 October 2020

Tuesday:
*  Flat cars spotted for loading
*  Trout Brook switch ties cut and loaded
*  Campus clean up
*  Archives and Gift Shop work continues
*  Half the day gets rained out.

Wednesday:
*  Prep for Trout Brook switch continues to include bending guide rails
    and closure rail, further loading of switch materials.
*  Coach #9 assembly continues
*  Dump run
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 16, 2020, 10:00:22 AM
No Pavilion work Saturday. The predicted forecast has dampened my spirits.. Hoping for good weather next Saturday.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 17, 2020, 05:33:47 PM
Work done on Saturday October 17:

* Coach 9: I finished drilling holes in some brackets that I had started on Monday.
* Shop: Brendan started up the coal stove so that it would be warm for tomorrow's charter.
* Archives: Linda's been busy transcribing 1901 diaries from a Leonard Keith, whom I believe was a surveyor for the FS&K, and the Winslow branch of the WW&F. 
* Charter prep: Switching was supposed to occur later for the charter.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 18, 2020, 08:44:52 PM
Sunday, October 18th -

The charter was a success with a number of first time visitors.  Some of the scenes presented were WW&F favorites while others were completely new, staged in new locations.  We heard nice comments from the guests and many asked questions about the museum's projects. Some said they will be back.  Our charter client, Dynamo Productions mostly shoots video but there were some still photographers on hand as well.  A few random photos have been posted on the WW&F fb page.  Look for videos on youtube or other sources in the next week or two.   

It was a great day to show what the WW&F crews can do. 
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 19, 2020, 09:48:59 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 October 2020

Tuesday:
*  Trout Brook switch work to include, final prep, track lining,
    tie placement… (ballast pending).
*  Shop work pending.
*  Vehicle repair pending.
*  Campus clean up, repairs and dump run.
*  Archives and gift shop work (always on going)

Wednesday:
*  Trout Brook switch work.
*  Coach #9 assembly.
*  Archives and gift shop.

Note: As Maine closes in on deer season, remember to put
          blaze orange in your work kit.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 21, 2020, 06:48:32 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Oct 24.  Better weather predicted than last week.

* Pavilion, finish up attaching the trusses.
* Pumpkin trains (both Saturday and Sunday)
* Vehicle repairs
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 21, 2020, 11:39:42 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, October 24th:
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)

Anticipated Operations for SUNDAY, October 25th:
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (1 ticket available*)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (3 tickets available*)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (6 tickets available*)
*As of Thursday 10/22 @4:00pm.

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
We ESPECIALLY Need folks to fill a "Gatekeeper" position - which requires basic computer/tablet/phone skills and a knack for dealing with the public.
(Train handling qualifications are NOT required to assist as Gatekeeper.)


All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.

Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 21, 2020, 03:13:09 PM
I'd like to add a quick task involving Rose Wood Crossing. There is a temporary telephone cable running across the Rose Wood Crossing road about 30 feet from the track. It would be good to take a pick axe and cut a 2-inch deep groove across the road at that point so that the line can be somewhat buried. Access should be via the railroad rather than via 218, as the distance is short. It's a short walk from TOM to Rose Wood Crossing, so perhaps someone from a Pumpkin Train could do it. I didn't have time to do it last time. Thanks!
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on October 21, 2020, 08:37:27 PM
Hi John, I’ll be conductor on Saturday. I think we can arrange for that to happen.

Best,
Steve
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 21, 2020, 10:47:58 PM
Thanks! That would be great! Having a crew member carrying a pick axe would be a great "scare the kiddies" Halloween effect.  While I've seen your Number 1 Assistant carrying a wrench almost his size, carrying a pick axe would be overdoing it a bit, so best to find someone else. :)
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 22, 2020, 10:34:10 AM
Work completed Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 October 2020

Tuesday:
*  Trout Brook switch parts moved to location, construction
    began with additional lining, tie removal and switch ties put in.
*  Shop was being performed on various machines.
*  Electric building work continued.
*  Fork lift repairs started
*  Archives/gift shop work on going. There is some really interesting
    historical notes and diaries being presented.
*  Campus clean up and dump run.

Wednesday:
*  Trout Brook switch continues, with rail points, closure rails,
    guard rails and frog unloaded and put in place.
*  Coach #9 assembly continues
*  Electrical building work continues.
*  Forklift repair continues.

Note:  Tuesday was attended by 15 volunteers.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on October 22, 2020, 12:37:44 PM
Good job of work you all. I can't wait for looking at photos of the laying of the South switch of the future Troot Brook station.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 22, 2020, 06:25:20 PM
Thursday, October 22nd - the big project was the wood shed:
 
- The side for large wood was cleaned out.
- The small wood/kindling side was organized.   
- The large wood area was restocked using wood from the pile near the oil house.  The back row of the stack had collapsed and half the wood was in the grass, covered with pine needles.  The wood was rescued and stacked in the wood shed to dry.  Engine crews should not use logs from the shed for a couple weeks so the wood can dry.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on October 22, 2020, 07:04:23 PM
Would love to see pics of 218 switch, electrical building (a personal interest) and the wood pile cleanup.

Pictures are worth....

Thanks
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 24, 2020, 05:14:14 PM
Work done on Saturday 10/24:

* Pavilion: all trusses are up!
* Machine shop: Alan was working in there.
* Archives: Linda was going through a care package from Allan Fisher.
* Trains: Sold out trains today.  Two more rounds: tomorrow and next Saturday.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 24, 2020, 11:05:21 PM
Also, as requested, the phone line was buried at Rosewood crossing.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 25, 2020, 11:29:54 AM
Also, as requested, the phone line was buried at Rosewood crossing.
Great! Thanks to whoever did it, and thanks for telling me about it. I was afraid that someone (two-legged or four-legged) would trip over it.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on October 25, 2020, 07:27:29 PM
How about some pix on the electrical shed and the 218 switch?
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 25, 2020, 09:30:13 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Tuesday:
*  Trout Brook switch, continue installation, slide plates,
    switch stand.
*  Electrical building
*  Vehicle repair
*  Archives and gift shop
*  Campus clean up and dump run

Wednesday:
*  Trout Brook switch, plans on completion
*  Coach #9 assembly
*  Box car #56 preparation for movement (pending)
*  Shop work (pending)

Note: Volunteers working on the TBS frequently bring lunch and eat on site.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on October 25, 2020, 11:06:08 PM
Where is #56 going?  ML&M ?
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on October 26, 2020, 04:46:25 AM
Hopefully in bay Three to have repairs and become a tool car.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 26, 2020, 11:26:36 AM
Work done Sunday 10/25:
* Four sold-out trains to ToM/SeaLyon farms were run, carrying a total of nearly 150 passengers.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 26, 2020, 12:01:57 PM
Also on Sunday, October 25th -

The rest of the collapsed wood pile near the oil house was cleaned up and some was loaded into the wood shed. (The woodshed is full now).  The remaining wood was loaded into the Model AA flatbed truck and parked in the garage.  The wood can dry out inside and will be available for firing engines in January. 
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on October 26, 2020, 12:02:54 PM
Now a MOW tool car would be wonderful.  A place for all our hand tools to be hung, shelves for jacks, various bins for spare parts, floor space for buckets of spikes, bolts, and nuts would be ideal.  Mobile and can be brought directly to jobsite.  Don't forget small generator and electric lines.  I know some MOW guys who will be doing a happy dance over this one, including myself.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on October 26, 2020, 12:57:51 PM
We have got a MOW car in years at AMTP. Very practical and plus it contains all the needed tools  in case of derailment. But it's always such a mess inside because it's packed with quite a lot of various and sundry things  nobody takes time to put away properly after using them. Obviously, it wont go that way at WW&F. 
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 26, 2020, 01:06:21 PM
A tool car would need a couple of windows or skylights. It gets pretty dark at the ends of a boxcar, even one as small as a two-footer. Maybe a small window at each end would be sufficient.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Roger Cole on October 26, 2020, 01:14:29 PM
... or battery-powered lighting.  It's amazing how much light modern LEDs produce with minimum power requirements.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 26, 2020, 01:21:01 PM
We have been wanting one for a long time, but when all we had was 309, we did not want to loose bunk space. Now that we have boxcar 56, it is time. We have some guys with great organizational skills that can set the inside up sensibly. The rest of us will need to help keep it organized after. Put everything back in its spot, very much like we do with the tool shed. It will be another great project to have completed.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 26, 2020, 01:23:03 PM
Wayne, this car is framed for windows, done while it was in Bridgton. It was some kind of livestock car, and will be restored to that.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 26, 2020, 05:51:48 PM
Wayne, this car is framed for windows, done while it was in Bridgton. It was some kind of livestock car, and will be restored to that.
Complete with the livestock.....us!
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on October 26, 2020, 07:13:42 PM
Wow, the livestock car (probably pretty unique to Maine 2 footers) restored to livestock car appearance and converted internally to a Tool Car?

HOW COOL IS THAT?
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 27, 2020, 12:26:02 PM
The SR&RL had two or three stock cars that looked like stock cars.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 28, 2020, 06:48:53 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 31: note that this is the beginning of deer hunting season, so wear your blaze orange. 

* Boxcar 56, if it's in Bay 3
* Vehicle repairs
* Coach 9
* Machine shop re-arranging/prepping.
* Last day of pumpkin trains (sold out).

Because of before-mentioned hunting season, Mike will not be around to drive the pavilion work.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Alan Downey on October 28, 2020, 10:32:45 AM
There are some machine shop equipment changes in-progress. I will be cleaning up and preparing a lathe to leave the shop, and maybe doing some cleanup on the radial arm drill in preperation for re-assembly. I'd welcome help!
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 28, 2020, 11:45:11 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, October 31st:
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
We ESPECIALLY Need folks to fill a "Gatekeeper" position - which requires basic computer/tablet/phone skills and a knack for dealing with the public.
(Train handling qualifications are NOT required to assist as Gatekeeper.)


All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 28, 2020, 09:25:55 PM
Work completed Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October 2020

Tuesday:
*  Trout Brook switch continues, switch plates, guard rails, closure
    rails and points installed, bolted and locked in with spikes.
*  Vehicle repair, the fork lift is back in operation.
*  Shop work included the new lathe and various projects.
*  Gift shop and archives work is on going.
*  Campus clean up and dump run.
*  Coach #8, caboose 320 cleaned, J boxes serviced.

Wednesday:
*  Trout Brook switch continues with a variety of lining and spiking.
    The switch was unloaded and throw bar measurements made.
*  Coach #9 assembly included the frame was turned right side up.
*  Shop work continued.
*  Electric building worked on.
*  Box car #56 prep begins, contents inspected (just a beginning)
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 29, 2020, 03:57:37 PM
Thursday, October 29th -

* Coach 9 - The truss rods received gloss black paint. They are the first parts of the coach to get a finish/top coat. 
* Handcar - The track crew (including two guests) retrieved handcar #2 from the Humason Brook jigger track and brought it back to Sheepscot.  Some cleaning and re-arranging of the section house was done.
         
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 31, 2020, 05:58:21 PM
Work done on Saturday October 31.

* Boxcar 56: The boxcar was emptied out, with some material going in an MNG boxcar and stuff that we own went elsewhere.
* Electrical building: Brendan started working on rafters and found the lumber wasn't long enough. After lunch he figured something else out and started putting up rafterss.
* Machine shop: Alan was working around the shop lubricating and cleaning.
* Weed trimmers: Fred got one working.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on October 31, 2020, 06:16:34 PM
  Brian got Two working, They didn't work long. He's going to order some parts. I told him James would be happy to pay for the parts. If we can fix the older ones it will be great!
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on October 31, 2020, 07:02:26 PM
  Brian got Two working, They didn't work long. He's going to order some parts. I told him James would be happy to pay for the parts. If we can fix the older ones it will be great!

A lot of parts that are no longer supplied by the manufacturer are available  online. The dealer told me parts weren't available for my old chainsaw, I found that everything was online as aftermarket .
M. Nix
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on October 31, 2020, 07:12:48 PM
Are sure that getting replacement parts is more cost effective than just getting new trimmers.  After all, they are just commodities these days.

Bob
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 31, 2020, 07:31:52 PM
Good question, Bob. If we're buying WalMart specials for $90, it's not worth the time and effort and hassle to fix them. Toss them on the scrap pile and buy another one. On the other hand, if we're buying professional grade units for $350, that's a different story.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 31, 2020, 08:32:36 PM
They are the professional grade. And they take a beating.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on November 01, 2020, 07:45:09 AM
   The parts that we hope will work will be bought on line. We do have on order another medal bladed trimmer. We'll need these next year as bushes are encroach on our railroad and roads to it.
   
   On another subject! Next Saturday, a group of out regular volunteers, at the invitation of the Sandy River & Rangley Lakes Railroad folks, are going to go to Phillips Me. work with them for a day. We also plan to do some sighting where we will be working and in the town, The station and old shop building etc.

   After that we have a very busy Fall and Winter ahead. We will be cutting and clearing at TOM and also working on the pavilion. Inside work will be on number 10&11 boilers and a new passenger car and boxcar 56. A very busy Fall and winter indeed.
Title: Re: October 2020 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on November 02, 2020, 12:28:17 AM
I have had good luck with the metal blade with chainsaw teeth - especially with the woody grasses and
weeds - burdock, thistle, lambs quarter. (Of course not against rock or fences) and easier to sharpen.
A customer of mine preferred the 80 tooth on saplings and Sumac.

Your results may vary.