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Title: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 01, 2021, 03:12:40 PM
Anticipate work for Tuesday and Wednesday 2-3 March, 2021.

*  Shop rearrangement an prep for the lathe.
*  Vacuum brake work continues
*  Vehicle repair (pending)
*  Campus clean up
*  Tamper inspection continues.


              Rules and Standards for Operations

XX.  Safety Rules (Rules 140-152)

142.  Personal Safety Equipment
         a.  Footwear:  heeled, fully enclosed above the ankle leather skinned sturdy boots.
              Safety shoe/boots are preferred.
         b.  Full legged pants are required for locomotive service and track crew service.
         c.  Full sleeved shirts are required for steam locomotive service.
         d.  Safety or shatter resistant glasses are required when using any power tool.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 03, 2021, 07:50:22 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 6:

* Sheepscot Saws: cleaning up the downed limbs caused by grading for the storage box, plus cutting down a few trees in the way of further expansion.
* Vehicle repairs
* Machine shop
* Boxcar 56
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 04, 2021, 10:08:00 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 2-3 March 2021

Tuesday:

*  Vacuum brakes continued
*  Shop clean up and rearrangement, prep for the new lathe.
*  Tamper inspection continued

Wednesday:

*  The new lathe arrives from storage and set up in the shop.
*  Vacuum brake work continue.
*  New tires for the Back Hoe picked up and ready for installation.
*  Tamper controls inspected, Tamper moved under it’s own power.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on March 04, 2021, 01:23:32 PM
There is a report of at least one tree down south of Trask Xing.  With last Monday’s wind storm, a line inspection with chain saws is in order.  We currently plan to do this next Tuesday or Wednesday, however it’s ok if it happens on Saturday.  If you do please bring appropriate crew and equipment, and let us know that you did so.

At present I plan to be on site tomorrow but not on Saturday.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 04, 2021, 01:31:52 PM
Maybe Saturday afternoon we could make a trip. Maybe. Will see how the cutting goes. Probably the last safe day we will have to burn so want to focus on that and get as much done as possible.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Brian Whitney on March 04, 2021, 06:25:00 PM
I will be there on Tuesday and can help with tree removal if needed.

Brian W.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Gordon Cook on March 04, 2021, 07:53:41 PM
Pictures of moving the new big lathe in on Wednesday, March 3. A serious upgrade to our machine shop capabilities.

(https://i.ibb.co/TmpRcL2/image.png) (https://ibb.co/Pw34xQj)

[(https://i.ibb.co/g7gBrj7/image.png) (https://ibb.co/rty1Q7t)

(https://i.ibb.co/2gcRb69/image.png) (https://ibb.co/QrYh5cg)

(https://i.ibb.co/M6pCGR2/image.png) (https://ibb.co/2NPksjn)]

Many, many thanks to our neighbor, Ken Boudin, for the use of his space and equipment.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on March 04, 2021, 08:43:55 PM
Re Saturday Lunches -
Nancy Weeks will be cooking for us on 3/6
Fred Morse will be cooking for us on 3/13

Thanks Nancy and Fred for keeping us fed!
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 04, 2021, 10:05:58 PM
Thanks Ed
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on March 05, 2021, 09:35:24 AM
Any thought of drip pans under the equipment to catch misc. oils and cutting lubricants?
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 06, 2021, 07:07:46 PM
Work done on Saturday March 6:

* Cutting & burning: working behind the garage and storage containers, we cleaned up slash left from prior clearing and dropped a few trees.  The area can be filled with gravel and used for storage.  A bunch of hardwood was cut and taken by Fred in the tractor to be cut and split later.
* Electrical distribution building: Zack was insulating the building walls.  The building in the last several weeks has gotten a ceiling and a door lock, and now contains a bunch of electrical supplies.
* Machine shop: Alan was directing painting of the radial drill press while working on further organizing the area.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 06, 2021, 09:25:52 PM
It was great seeing different old faces today.
(https://i.postimg.cc/CxvvbQ5c/0306210825-HDR.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nV7wN2SL/0306210855.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5NSK20Vd/0306210855a-HDR.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/P5f3pjXL/0306210855-HDR.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/K8mVPTN8/0306211419.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/htMYpGyb/0306211419-HDR.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpmPbL76/0306211420.jpg)
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 07, 2021, 11:42:25 AM
From a distance, it's hard to tell who the new old faces are. :o

Jeff S.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on March 07, 2021, 11:44:49 AM
Jeff,

You and me both:  Did Mike mean New Faces on Old Guys or are there New Guys that have Old Faces ??  ???
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on March 07, 2021, 01:37:08 PM
HWMNBN made his first appearance in over 5 months. His primary comment was that things hadn’t changed much insult-wise  since his last appearance. He also welcomed me at 7:35 by wishing me a good afternoon.
Dave
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 07, 2021, 02:32:41 PM
It was great seeing different old faces today.

Hey!  I resemble that remark!

HWMNBN made his first appearance in over 5 months. His primary comment was that things hadn’t changed much insult-wise  since his last appearance. He also welcomed me at 7:35 by wishing me a good afternoon.
Dave

Wow.  And I hadn't even posted this photo yet of you holding up Fred's tractor, with Fred on the left.

(https://i.imgur.com/55lxYrR.jpg)

It was great to see everyone.  Unfortunately, I only took one other photo yesterday, of the tree cutting and burning.

(https://i.imgur.com/3ivq7ox.jpg)

Nancy made a great lunch, too.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on March 07, 2021, 03:41:58 PM
Wow.  And I hadn't even posted this photo yet of you holding up Fred's tractor, with Fred on the left.

They're "testing" the rebuild.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 07, 2021, 05:58:12 PM
I have volunteered to lead a crew Saturday to clear the line, weather depending. I think an 8:30 departure would be fine, and hope to finish by lunch.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 08, 2021, 10:59:50 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 9-10 March 2021.

*  Vacuum brakes continue
*  Air Compressor Loft  (Pending)
*  Tamper cleaning/inspection.
*  Shop work (clean up-projects)


Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway

                   Time Table No.15

Page 6:
                   Magneto Phone Ring Patterns

Dispatcher:                1 long, 1 short
Alna Center Station:   2 longs
Sheepscot Station:     1 long
North End of Track:    3 longs

The Long Rings should be at least 2 seconds long.
The Short Rings should be 1 or 2 cranks of the handle.


Every person on the operational crew should be familiar with the Magneto Phone System.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Roger Cole on March 08, 2021, 12:41:37 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 9-10 March 2021.


Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway

                   Time Table No.15

Page 6:
                   Magneto Phone Ring Patterns

Dispatcher:                1 long, 1 short
Alna Center Station:   2 longs
Sheepscot Station:     1 long
North End of Track:    3 longs

The Long Rings should be at least 2 seconds long.
The Short Rings should be 1 or 2 cranks of the handle.


Every person on the operational crew should be familiar with the Magneto Phone System.

I can remember our family having a "party line" as a child.  Our ring was 1 long and 2 shorts.  I can remember a nosey neighbor who liked to listen in on other peoples calls.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on March 08, 2021, 03:56:35 PM
I cut up 3 Maple logs today into firewood length and used the tractor bucket to transport it and stack it to be split. Just like old times.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 08, 2021, 06:57:06 PM
Thanks Fred.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 08, 2021, 08:39:17 PM
I'm glad to hear the tractor is back in service.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 10, 2021, 07:53:02 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 13:

* Line clearing: led by Mike, leaving about 8.
* Machine shop work (painting the RDP)
* Boxcar 56
* Board meeting at 3

Lunch by Fred.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 10, 2021, 09:06:16 PM
We have at least one large pine completely blocking the tracks just north of Trasks. Steve L. said they walked the line to AC, so not sure what is north of there. Also, he says the West rail at Sutters is iced over again, so we have that to deal with as well on the way North. Steve sent me this photo..

(https://i.postimg.cc/dV3DwWbr/Resized-20210310-111658.jpg)
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 10, 2021, 09:21:37 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday March 9-10, 2021.

Tuesday:
 
*  Strapping, flooring acquired and readied for the air compressor loft, the loft build begins.
*  Vacuum brake work continues
*  The Sander for Fred’s tractor arrives.
*  Tamper inspection continues, all but one function is checked, most work but repairs are needed.
*  Crew recovers Big Joe which both gas engine and compressor started (Wow). Minor repairs to be
    made and oils to be changed. We expect he will be ready for April operations.
*  Steam Maintenance team in, working on Locomotive #9.
*  Archives on going.

Wednesday:

*  Track Crew Leaders inspect ties from Sheepscot Water Tower to Alana Center for the up coming tie
    replacement work days.
*  Shop work continues with the Air Compressor Loft project.
*  Coach #9 team continues assembly.

NOTE:  There are various on going projects being conducted on and off site from a number of people. 
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 13, 2021, 08:33:21 PM
Work done on Saturday March 13:

* Line clearing - a work crew cleared the line to Top of Mountain (including the big tree seen above), then worked back clearing off off-the-track blowdowns before running out of chain saw gas.
* Machine shop - Alan's crew was working on the radial drill press painting.
* Boxcar 56- Marcel was working on the ends of the stringer beams.
* Board meeting - we authorized spending lots of money.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 13, 2021, 09:54:17 PM
Fred cooked us lunch today.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vBRmQnMF/0313210803.jpg)

The big tree..

(https://i.postimg.cc/dtWthpv9/0313210919-HDR.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nhCVB2hf/0313210932-HDR.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HW9LgjhR/0313210936a-HDR.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VkpfRtJr/0313210936-HDR.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjscqBhm/0313210951-HDR.jpg)

We found a smaller tree obstructing the track just south of Top Of the Mountain.

(https://i.postimg.cc/hP4tPcFj/0313211010-HDR.jpg)

The camera set up at the BOD meeting

(https://i.postimg.cc/vZNBNjNm/0313211747.jpg)

Last of the discussion for the night..

(https://i.postimg.cc/J4RGDjXR/0313211748.jpg)
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 14, 2021, 10:47:10 AM
What is that in the next to last photo?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 14, 2021, 11:10:59 AM
The Camera watching the BOD meeting.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on March 14, 2021, 03:15:14 PM
Jeff, This is the New camera. Much better, clearer, bigger view than the old one.

 Look top of photo, camera mounted on post above the lamp.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on March 14, 2021, 03:18:48 PM
The camera is not new at all. Its the same camera I've had for many, many years.

What was new this time was:
- How I positioned it (slightly better so to get more the table.
- HIGH SPEED INTERNET at SHEEPSCOT!!! No more bandwidth problems!

That said, I really would like to get a dedicated cam for the Percival House so I don't have to keep bringing mine to every BOD meeting (then hooking it back up for work.) But its a minor inconvenience.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 15, 2021, 11:05:58 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 16-17 March 2021

*  Vehicle/Equipment repair
*  Shop rearrangement
*  Shop clean up

                     Rules and Standards for Operations

III.   Signal Rules (Rules 10-16)

10.  Color Signals

a. Carried on Trains

i.     Red:  End of train marker.
ii.    Green: Section following
iii.   White:  Extra train.
iv.    Yellow or Orange:  Service connection (Rule 24).
v.     Blue: Do not couple or move
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on March 16, 2021, 09:59:37 AM
Quote
I really would like to get a dedicated cam for the Percival House so I don't have to keep bringing mine to every BOD meeting

The WW&F's many friends and followers from far and not-too-far away have stepped up to the plate. THREE individuals pooled together to fund a complete webcam and microphone setup for exclusive use in the Percival House for livestreaming the BOD meetings!

Thanks guys.

If you want to help the WW&F with material purchases, our Amazon "wish list" is at:
www.wwfry.org/wishlist (http://www.wwfry.org/wishlist)

Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on March 16, 2021, 06:44:25 PM
That's terrific Ed, with as much as you do, getting a better cam setup that's also less work for you is great.

Do I assume that we can install this "permanently" in Percival House, or might we find other uses for it to livestream events around the campus??

Just wondering.....

Bob
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on March 16, 2021, 08:36:52 PM
Quote
Do I assume that we can install this "permanently" in Percival House, or might we find other uses for it to livestream events around the campus??

My intent is to set up the camera and microphone "permanently".

Part of the issue with the current set up is that the only perch available for a temporary camera does not provide a wide enough angle to cover the whole BOD table. Cable length is also a consideration - which limits where I can place my laptop, etc. I'm hoping these will be solved by mounting the camera and cabling in an appropriate manner.

For other events on-campus, we can still use my camera if necessary - or even get another, the camera alone is only $25. We've only done a small handful of livestream events, due to the poor Internet access. With that resolved, we can hopefully expand this - at least within wifi range on the Sheepscot grounds.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 16, 2021, 10:22:24 PM
Perhaps the rules review and any future operational safety meetings would fit into this plan.  These could be broadcast live like the BOD meetings when they occur and also recorded so folks who had schedule conflicts and/or new members wanting to learn can watch them at a later time.

Two foot steam meets the 21's century.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on March 16, 2021, 11:52:10 PM
Two foot steam meets the 21's century.
We are looking for a camera and microphone that work on 32VDC from a steam turbo.

Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 17, 2021, 06:55:30 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 20:

* Boxcar 56
* Machine shop reorg
* Electrical distribution building
* Vehicle repair

Not sure what Mike has planned..
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on March 17, 2021, 08:54:18 AM
We are looking for a camera and microphone that work on 32VDC from a steam turbo.
;D ;) :P A typical webcam is powered by the laptop USB port that it is plugged into. So without adding any other equipment, the webcam has power as long as the laptop battery holds out.

 If you really want to charge the laptop battery from a 32VDC turbo, choose a laptop that has an available 12VDC (car) charger accessory  and use a 32V DC-DC Buck converter to step that down to 12V. Here is one that is a bit overkill, but could easily power a laptop & webcam:

https://www.powerstream.com/dc36v-12v-30a-wide-range.htm

Note that one is likely to lose a viable WiFi signal before getting too far out of the Sheepscot  yard area.  ::)
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 17, 2021, 05:30:15 PM

Not sure what Mike has planned..

Mike isn't sure what he has planned. I would like to do a little surveying at some point, and perhaps could use help doing that I suppose. I would also like to work on Freds pickup, or at least look at it. And I am sure there are other things to look at. I was going to work on the forklift, but the parts that were ordered and arrived at the museum have been misplaced.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on March 17, 2021, 06:21:12 PM
Perhaps there should be box or bin in some central location for such items to be dropped so that things don’t get misplaced?
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 18, 2021, 05:37:13 AM
That may help, but the table makes a nice bin. We have started including names on packages of who ordered but they still get opened by others. Getting rather frustrating. How can you claim you did not get your whole order if you did not open it?
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 18, 2021, 11:08:48 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 16-17 March 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Big Joe’s service continued with oil/oil an fuel filters changed. A function check was
    conducted with everything functioning properly.  (Steve L and Brian W)

*  Wood stacking and prep for splitting (Fred)

*  Shop clean up (Randy)

*  Boiler work (Jason and Gordan C)

Wednesday:

*  Fire wood prep and storage (Fred and Randy)

*  Machine shop window trim painting (Stewart)

*  Main Line tie inspection (Dan)
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Brian Whitney on March 18, 2021, 03:52:59 PM
I will be there on Saturday. I need to change one more filter on Big Joe. It should only take a few minutes. The hydraulic fluid on the forklift was frozen on Tuesday. There must be water in the system That should be changed along with filters to prevent damage to the pump. I'll be available for whatever needs doing.
Brian W.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 18, 2021, 05:12:10 PM
Yes, we have known about the water in the Forklift and even had the fluid at one time, but it was winter and could not be done. The tank needs to be drained and the large suction line removed and drained as well, being the lowest point on the machine.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Brian Whitney on March 18, 2021, 06:38:13 PM
Let's do it Saturday if we have the supplies on hand.  Or at least see what is needed and get the parts. It is/or will be warm enough soon to fix it.
Brian W.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Alan Downey on March 18, 2021, 07:16:24 PM
I've got a machine that I'll be planning to load onto a trailer on Saturday morning. It's not particularly heavy, but it's 9 ft tall and I don't know if the loader can reach that high to lift it from above. It would be great to have the forklift with fresh fluid in it soon, but if the loader is unable to pick something 9ft tall from above, I'd ask that you please hold off until I can get wrapped up.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 18, 2021, 08:09:50 PM
Alan knows about height.. But the forks go under the load, remember?..

Not doing it Saturday, but in a couple weeks when it stays warm. We will have to get more oil. It has been used kn other machines.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 20, 2021, 06:01:52 PM
Work done on Saturday March 20:

* Machine shop: the day began with the 9-foot drill press getting put on a trailer and going to a good home.  I think Alan was hopeful to turn the power on for the radial drill press, but that didn't happen. 
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was in working on it.
* Electrical building: Zack finished insulating, and he put plywood on the walls.
* Garage area clean up: The John Deere tractor, forklift, front end loader, the Mitsubishi and both lawn tractors were were all out and about.  Mike's truck made a dump trip.  The area west of the garage got some clean up and re-arrangement.  Then the fuel shed was moved to the cleaned-out area, cleaned up and reorganized, then loaded up with gas cans and propane tanks from around the garage.  One of the oil drums was moved into the garage.
* Wood splitting: Fred got his 3 tractor-loads of wood moved for the day.
* Sign painting: Steve P and Nicole scraped the crossing sign at Alna Center.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 20, 2021, 08:54:10 PM
Took a walk to TOM today. This is the improved view to the north after this winters activity, and Brian using his pole saw to get some pesky branches..

(https://i.postimg.cc/tJVLLSrG/0320211104-HDR.jpg)

The results of todays rearranging and clean up. I also hauled off the waste oil. Much improved. Everyone pitched in and got it done..

(https://i.postimg.cc/m27r98Tn/0320211539.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qgV90sYh/0320211542-HDR.jpg)
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 20, 2021, 09:33:09 PM
A few more photos today.

Fred's been busy.  Here are the split wood piles this morning near the Sheepscot section house and water tank.
(https://i.imgur.com/PQ0LmjP.jpg)

This week, Fred and helpers had split 9 tractor loads of wood.  This morning Fred split three more while I tried to keep up.  Here he's driving the tractor after today's last load was stacked.
(https://i.imgur.com/NirY4dt.jpg)

Meanwhile, James Patten and Capt. J. B. Smith were busy moving a cut of cars on the Sheepscot upper yard run-through track.
(https://i.imgur.com/e0Fflnz.jpg)

In shop bay 2, Alan Downey, Carlos Steinke and Jerry Steinke were busy with the Bridgeport drill press.
(https://i.imgur.com/rjxnRce.jpg)

Marcel Levesque (left) was busy with B&SR boxcar No. 56 in shop bay 3.
(https://i.imgur.com/XZm5P1w.jpg)

Stewart Rhine was busy touching up the paint on repaired windows and trim on the shop building.  He later moved onto the car barn extension.
(https://i.imgur.com/x3f8tUP.jpg)

After a great lunch of salad, BLTs, hot dogs and desserts by Nancy Weeks, started by Fred (but somehow the bacon he was cooking kept disappearing), the fuel shed was moved from its location by the 3-way switch to over by the garage.  Here's Mike Fox starting the move, as Brendan Barry looks on.
(https://i.imgur.com/a36uymy.jpg)

Mike's already posted a good photo of the fuel shed placed to the west of the garage and noted the cleanup needed to make room.  While the cleanup was underway, Dave Buczkowski cleaned up years of accumulated white pine needles from the back of the fuel shed roof.
(https://i.imgur.com/3mxIQa9.jpg)

The above was only a portion of the work done today.  It felt like the first day of spring.  The temperature was in the low 20s when I arrived a bit after 7 this morning and was in the low to mid 50s when I left around 2.30. 
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 20, 2021, 11:33:00 PM
A very impressive set of pictures.  Big things are happing at Sheepscot.  Thanks for the pictures.  They really show how things are moving along.

Also, in noting the "Meanwhile, James Patten and Capt. J. B. Smith were busy moving a cut of cars on the Sheepscot upper yard run-through track." That is an impressive cut of flat cars.  And it doesn't include any of the various versions of box cars, cabooses (cabeese?), passenger cars, etc. floating around.  I know they don't all belong to us, however, it is an impressive collection of 2-foot railroad rolling stock history.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on March 21, 2021, 03:26:18 PM
Thanks for the photos. I was going to ask when the fuel shed got moved, after seeing Mike's photos. I don't have to now.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 21, 2021, 03:42:08 PM
Also, in noting the "Meanwhile, James Patten and Capt. J. B. Smith were busy moving a cut of cars on the Sheepscot upper yard run-through track." That is an impressive cut of flat cars.  And it doesn't include any of the various versions of box cars, cabooses (cabeese?), passenger cars, etc. floating around.  I know they don't all belong to us, however, it is an impressive collection of 2-foot railroad rolling stock history.

That struck me too, Bill, which is why I took that photo.  I also meant to take a photo of the four boxcars outside shop bays 2 and 3, but then things got busy with the fuel shed move.
Title: Re: March Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 22, 2021, 09:25:07 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 23-24 March 2021.

*  Sheepscot yard clean up
*  Locomotive prep (with ML&M) (pending)
*  Vehicle repair/maintenance)
*  Wood splitting, stacking


               Rules and Standards for Operations

III.  Signal Rules (Rules 10-16)

10.  Color Signals

       b.   Fixed Position
             i.   Red:  Stop at Flag (except at switch targets)
             ii.  Yellow:  Sound audible Signal 14 (I), proceed at restricted speed.
             iii. Green:  Proceed
             iv.  White and Green:  Station Stop at a Timetable-designated flag stop.
             v.   Yellow adjacent Red:  Stop and proceed at Restricted Speed.
             vi.  Yellow and Black Number:  Speed Board, Rule 72 (d)
             vii. Green with White R:  Speed Board Resume, Rule 72 (d)
             viii. Blue: Do not couple or move
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 24, 2021, 06:46:51 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday March 27:

* Parking lot/machinery/garage area clean up continues
* Vehicle repair
* Boxcar 56
* Machine shop organizing
* Electrical building
* Wood splitting
* Alna Center clean up
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 24, 2021, 07:51:02 PM
AC clean up should also be added. The crane will be moved and hopefully the Kubota.
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 25, 2021, 01:08:31 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 23-24 March 2021.

Tuesday: 

*  Tamper (Wilma) Function checks, equipment checks for repairs, relocated to the machine shop
    bay #3 lead.  (Steve L, Joe F, Brian W. Chuck B)
*  Yard switching, included Open car, Caboose #554 moved to the Woods track, 1 Flat to the loading
    ramp, 2 Flats and Tank car moved to Main Line.
*  Fire Wood  (Fred)
*  Bridge work (ventilation- Randy)
*  Sheepcot Campus clean up (everyone)
*  Painting, Dairy Car and Machine shop windows (Stuart)
*  Brookville moved from Machine shop Bay #3 to Bay #1)  (pushed)

Wednesday:

*  Sheepcot Campus clean up and firewood (Fred, Brendan, Chuck B, Steve L)
*  Shop work (Jerry and Carlos)
*  Yard Switching,  Locomotive’s moved, #4 to loading ramp, #8 to run through lead.
    This clears up the display tracks for Round House work. (yes, it looks pretty bare)
    (Jason, Brendan, Steve L, Dan M, Randy)
*  Loaded flat moved to ML&M.  (Dan M, Steve L)   
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on March 27, 2021, 08:49:34 AM
Steve L -- Thanks very much for your detailed descriptions of the work you and the other weekday volunteers are doing. It's all very important work. I'm looking forward to spending some time with you guys in May.
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on March 27, 2021, 05:52:08 PM
Work done on Saturday March 27:

* Alna Center cleanup - in prep for Easter trains, some junk was cleaned up from the area using the F-350 (and its lift gate!).  While others worked at that, Mike worked on the Kubota to get it started (which it wouldn't do).  The crane truck was also moved out of AC to Sheepscot.
* Machine shop: The reorganization continues (just like at work except ours costs less money).  The Milwaukee by the Bay 3 door was rotated, and Alan was working to try to take apart one of the lathes.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel and crew were working on the boxcar.
* Electrical building: Zack was putting finishing (non-electrical) touches on the inside of the building.
* Operational meeting: An ops planning meeting to figure out the operating days and themes for the year.
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on March 27, 2021, 07:43:55 PM
Work done on Saturday March 27:... * Operational meeting: An ops planning meeting to figure out the operating days and themes for the year.
As our leadership plans four our operating days and themes, and I suspect the details of the work Saturdays, I wanted to complement one of our younger members.  Dan Malkowski, who has now grown up and will be taking a leadership roll of the tie replacement crews.  As I reflect on the the various forum posts and news letters, I see Carlos Steinke who, with his father, has taken a strong roll in our shop machine renovations.  I am sure there are more of our young folks who, like Jason, have grown up with our Museum and are now putting their experiences to work to preserve our history.  Please forgive my having not named the others I am sure I have missed, but they are noticed. I, for one, am proud of each of them.
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on March 27, 2021, 09:29:28 PM
A couple of other work items today.

Fred Morse split up the rest of the logs today, with the help of Dwight Winkley.  Here Fred moves the last tractor load over to the split wood pile near the Sheepscot section house this morning.  Note in the background work has started to clear the site of our planned engine/round house.  B&SR No. 8 and Monson No. 4 have been moved away from the area of the turntable.
(https://i.imgur.com/PE7ziJL.jpg)

The letter/sign board that greets our visitors outside our restroom building had badly faded after years of exposure to the strong summer afternoon sun, as seen in this view.
(https://i.imgur.com/lNCS8Uj.jpg)

An application of leather shoe dye today has improved its appearance, which despite the glare can be seen here.  A small test had been made the previous week on the lower left corner of the above photo.  That's Monson No. 4 on the ramp track to the left.
(https://i.imgur.com/LwJEtNY.jpg)
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on March 27, 2021, 09:33:41 PM
We made a huge improvement at Alna Center. As James said, we discussed what could be done to improve the looks. It did not look like a lot, but by the time they were done, the truck was loaded. Then after lunch, the extra cement was loaded in the truck and hauled to Sheepscot, and some low areas were filled by hand and rocks lugged to the wall.

The Kubota is putting up a fight. The rebuilt injection pump was installed,  but the book to check the pump timing was home. So, next week I will check the timing if I can, and switch back to the old injectors. It chugs like it wants to run..
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on March 29, 2021, 10:31:17 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 30-31 March 2021.

*  Sheepscot campus clean up
*  #52, snow plow removal/storage, brake adjustment.
*  Shop work:  Vacuum brakes, Air Compressor move (pending)
*  Vehicle repair, test (Tamper)

                     Rules and Standards for Operations

IV.   Train Signals (Rules 17-26)

26.   Blue Signal Protection of Workers

   a.  Blue Signal Meaning.
        A blue signal displayed on or in advance of a piece of railroad equipment indicates
        that Employees are under or around it.

   b.  Required Use
        Blue Signals must be used as prescribed in “Rule 37”

   c.  Required response.
        When thus protected, unless the Employee placing the signal grants permission other wise:
        i.    Blue signaled equipment must not be move or coupled to.
        ii.   A blue signal on track must not be passed.
        iii.  A blue signal shop door must not be opened.
        iv.  Cars may not be placed within (3) car lengths of a displayed blue signal.
 
37.   Employees Under, Behind or Between Cars
        e.   In Buildings
              When the door is closed, display a Blue Signal on the inside and the outside faces of the door.   
              When opening the door, protection shall be rearranged per Part (d).

Note:  When a door flag (signal) is up, no one should even enter the track as most building track leads
           are 3 car lengths or less in length outside the building.
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Whitney on March 29, 2021, 02:10:38 PM
With these winds we are having today, a run up to Alna Center with a couple of chainsaws will likely be needed!
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on April 01, 2021, 09:32:36 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 30-31 March 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Locomotive #9 prep for Saturday Operations  (Roger, Wes C, Dan)
*  Yard switching (W/Loco #9).
*  Tamper (Wilma) repair and maintenance, brakes adjusted (right side)
    brakes tested (yes it now stops)  (Brian W, Steve L)
*  Shop work  (Alan, Jerry and Carlos)
*  Vacuum brake work  (Jonathan, Randy)
*  Machine shop Bay #1,  oil drum brought in and drums moved
*  Sheepscot campus clean up, Roundhouse prep.  (Brendan, Fred, Brian W, Steve L)
*  #52, the snow plow had been remove and stored for the season (Brendan, Steve L, Brian W)

Wednesday:

*  Main line checked and cleared for Saturday operations  (Steve L, Dan, Chuck)
*  Mountain Extension walked/cleared  (Steve L)
*  Rail inventory begins (Steve L, Chuck)
*  Tie changing (Dan, Bryce)
*  Vacuum brakes  (Jonathan, Randy)
*  Parking lot clean up  (Brendan, Fred, Steve L, Chuck)
*  Archive work  (Linda)
*  Journal box inspections/oiling  (Phil B) 
Title: Re: March 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on April 01, 2021, 07:28:12 PM
Fantastic  progress, weekday crews!  I can't wait to rejoin you again...