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Title: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on April 28, 2021, 06:50:28 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 1 - Annual Meeting day

* "Director's Special" - train ride for members going to MP 8, and also making stops at Top of Mountain and Alna Center (to review the pavilion).  I think departure is 10:30.
* Annual Meeting - online and in-person, in the car barn extension, at 2 PM.
* Machine shop organization
* Vehicle repair
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on April 28, 2021, 09:51:48 AM
Anyone planning on taking the Director's Special trip to MP8 should sign up at:
https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/300032/calendar/2021/04/?flow=420374&full-items=yes (https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/300032/calendar/2021/04/?flow=420374&full-items=yes)

Those planning on attending the Annual Meeting online can do so at:
www.wwfry.org/meeting (http://www.wwfry.org/meeting)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 01, 2021, 02:44:27 PM
Thanks for broadcasting the Annual Meeting online, Ed.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 01, 2021, 05:52:06 PM
Work done on Saturday May 1:

* Director's Special - departed 10:33 from Sheepscot, arriving ToM at 10:45 or so.  After #52 arrived (as insurance), #9 headed down the hill and stopped at MP8.  We left around 11:30, after running around at ToM we stopped at AC to take a look at the pavilion, returning to SS around 12:30.
* Annual Meeting - held in the car barn bump out.  Probably 12-15 people there, a few more online.
* Archives - Linda got a large format scanner, which required rearranging of equipment on the desk. 
* Nancy made lunch.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on May 01, 2021, 07:20:13 PM
Sorry I missed the Special, it would have been great fun....
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 01, 2021, 07:59:35 PM
You are in luck Bob. Here is a video of our ride from just south of the Bridge to TOM

https://youtu.be/ZNo9N0xScro (https://youtu.be/ZNo9N0xScro)

Here are some pics..

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President Dave and I are looking at the new vents at the top of the bridge. These are to help improve airflow to discourage pests like carpenter ants.

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Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John Scott on May 01, 2021, 11:25:04 PM
Thanks, Mike, for the video and photographs. Together, they give a very good idea of the experience. Riding a narrow gauge train through the woods in Spring is pretty good. The propelled ascent of the mountain was spectacular. I would have attended the AGM, except that its commencement would have been at 4am Sunday, here in Melbourne. Through your efforts, many have been able to enjoy the occasion.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on May 02, 2021, 09:59:38 AM
Mike thanks for the report. The grade is really steep nearing TOM and it seems to me that # 9 was not very comfortable on that strech of track unless the rails were a bit damp it was rather early in the morning after all. Anyway a powerful locomotive like # 11 will be welcome in the years to come.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on May 02, 2021, 01:47:56 PM
Great video, Mike. Thanks.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on May 02, 2021, 06:23:54 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 4-5 May, 2021.

*  Prep-work for Saturday 8 May, Level the Mountain.
*  Measurements, planning bridge work
*  Vehicle repair:  servicing Tamper, Brookville (pending)
*  Campus, parking lots clean up.
*  Track inspection (pending)


                 Rules and Standards for Operations

IV.  Train Signals (Rules 17-26)

25.  Equipment Bad Order
       Out of service equipment whose Movement is restricted or prohibited due to
       mechanical reason must have a properly completed Bad Order Tag attached
       in a prominent location. These signals maybe removed by any Employee after
       confirming that repairs have been properly effected. If the in-service status of
       a piece of equipment changes from that reported in the Timetable for more than
       a day, this must be reported on the Informal Notice Board, for later inclusion as
       a formal Notice and finally the next Timetable revision. 
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on May 02, 2021, 09:00:47 PM
Mike thanks for the report. The grade is really steep nearing TOM and it seems to me that # 9 was not very comfortable on that strech of track unless the rails were a bit damp it was rather early in the morning after all. Anyway a powerful locomotive like # 11 will be welcome in the years to come.

Those weren't slips in the video. They were Joe backing off the throttle because we were going to end up faster than the current maximum track speed for the area. Maybe one real slip but the track isn't leveled out completely yet, so probably hit a low joint.

When we go to regular operations with fuller trains 2 cars will still be fairly easy for 9 to take up the hill, especially since the train will pull easier at 10-15 mph than at the 5-10 we were doing in the video.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on May 04, 2021, 12:09:52 PM
Bill thank you for the clarification but anyway the strech of line between Troot Brook Station and TOM will stay the more challenging  one for the engine crew but the best location for photographers and video shooters.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 04, 2021, 06:57:57 PM
The wheels never even attempted to slip under my gentle touch. #9 hauled that train up the hill with extreme ease, and she could have definitely handled more train. Back in the day they would pull 6-8 cars up the mountain with an engine like #9. Coaches being much heavier, 4 coaches would be around the max I would imagine.

Near the top of the grade I allowed the train to slow considerably to allow a smooth stop at ToM. One thing you learn with years of throttle time is how to minimize your effort and allow certain things to work in your favor. Running a train is like an art, and the longer the train the more patience and skill you need to have and you always want to know, where your train is at behind you. Not so important with a short train, but with a two mile long train the train behind you may be in 3 different states of travel so you need to exercise extreme caution in making adjustments of any kind.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on May 04, 2021, 07:28:56 PM
Joe, great perspective from the guy in charge!
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 05, 2021, 06:53:13 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 8:

* Level the Mountain - jacking and tamping the Mountain grade. 
* Machine shop organizing
* Pavilion/Alna Center landscaping
* Excavation work at Sheepscot for roundhouse and drainage.
* Vehicle repair
* Board meeting at 4
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on May 05, 2021, 10:03:45 AM
Joe thank you for your kind explanations. The slowdown right before TOM on the steepiest part of the journey from TB  misled me and I jumped to the wrong  conclusion. Sorry. I do agree with you when you say running a train is an art as to stoke up a locomotive for that matter. In Pithiviers given the pretty flat profil of the main line  it's fairly easy to drive an engine, which is far from the case on the WW&F. Out here the only location where  you are likely to be in trouble is the short 0.3 % tight curved grade close to Pithiviers Station that mostly worries the enginneers when  the train goes downhill.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on May 06, 2021, 09:00:14 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 4-5 May 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Track inspection to Alna Center   (Mark & Steve L)
*  Tamper (Big Joe) service and prep for Saturday  (Brian W)
*  Vehicle repair (Brookville)  (Jay)
*  TB work site inspection  (Jason, Steve L)
*  Big Joe moved to TB  (Steve L, Mark, Brian W)
*  Shop work, wheel press  (Jerry, Carlos, Jason, Alan)
*  Various campus project  (Fred, Randy)

Wednesday:

*  Vacuum Brakes  (Jonathan, Randy)
*  Car Barn excavation/drainage layout  (Jonathan, Randy)

Note:  Most work project canceled for Wed. due to heavy rain
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on May 06, 2021, 09:39:44 AM
TB?
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 06, 2021, 09:50:50 AM
TB = Trout Brook
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 08, 2021, 08:03:13 PM
Work done on Saturday May 8:

* Level the Mountain: the crew got a bunch of track leveled and tamped, on the straightaway south of the bridge.
* Enginehouse: Jeff Verney was digging our Olympic Swimming Pool with Brendan helping.
* Machine shop: Alan was puttering around.
* Moving dirt: There's a big hill of dirt on the west side of the parking lot.  Fred started moving it a scoopful at a time to behind the containers in the John Deere.  Mike was also going to landscape at AC.
* Vehicle repair: Mike said that he got the Kubota running.
* Archives: I helped Linda out with some archival stuff, then she worked the rest of the day exploring the Lincoln County News archives for W&Q related material.
* Board meeting.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 08, 2021, 09:38:03 PM
Cleaned the head and top of the motor in good shape.

(https://i.postimg.cc/wxL0xWxc/0508210855.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MH25bB5Q/0508210855-HDR.jpg)

All I needed to do was fix the head gasket, but..since I had the head off, I figured I would re-seat the valves. I did not have a valve spring compressor so I improvised. A little swearing, but not bad..

(https://i.postimg.cc/Dyh5Sq8V/0508210900-HDR.jpg)

I put the compound on..

(https://i.postimg.cc/HLNBnR73/0508210856.jpg)

Reinsert it and grind away, using a screw driver in the slot on the valve.

(https://i.postimg.cc/gJ64ZsVp/0508210856a.jpg)

After starting, it idled for a bit nice and smooth. Then started knocking hard. I shut it down. Having heard that sound before, I figured it was an injector. I took out all 3 new injectors, replaced with the old injectors and fired it up. No noise. I only wish I took a couple minutes to check which injector it was. Left it running while I greased it up, ready to work, only it wasn't. It would not move. Seems like there is something stuck in the return from the drive pump. It builds pressure and stalls the motor when you try to move. I did not have a catch can to pull a line off to see if I can narrow it down so I parked it.

Graded to Pavilion with the dozer.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vHvhfcV4/0508211530.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 08, 2021, 09:53:35 PM
I didn't have many opportunities to take photos today.  Here's a handful in chronological order.

The single-day Work Saturdays in lieu of our normal Spring Work Weekend have worked well so far, based on observation of 3 of the 4 so far.  After Spring and Fall Work Weekends resume, I hope these Work Saturdays can continue.  Today's event was "Level the Mountain," to lift, level and tamp a section of track on our Mountain Extension.

Dave Buczkowski operated our Big Joe tamper.  Here's a morning photo of Dave at work.
(https://i.imgur.com/FKCdwno.jpg)

A photo around lunchtime of a portion of the volunteers who helped jack and level the track, and shovel stone.  I counted about 15 to 20 of all ages.  Ken Berlo is in the foreground.  We're looking north (down grade).  Trout Brook bridge is hidden in the background.
(https://i.imgur.com/HlVI7tM.jpg)

Dave (left) and Steve Lennox (right) refuel one of Big Joe's tanks after lunch for the afternoon's work.  Steve was the team leader for today's Level the Mountain.
(https://i.imgur.com/Q2wQzeY.jpg)

After today's work finished on the Mountain Extension, I joined Dave to stop by Alna Center.  Mike had repaired the Kubota excavator head gasket and was grading the interior of our pavilion.
(https://i.imgur.com/zRQxAMG.jpg)

While at Alna Center, today's work train passed by on its return trip to Sheepscot.  I had driven to Trout Brook, rather than take the train from Sheepscot since I was on call for work, so I had an opportunity to take this photo.  Maine Locomotive & Machine Works open car No. 130 is in the lead on the right.
(https://i.imgur.com/vhYp5cz.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on May 10, 2021, 09:11:15 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 11-12 May 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Tie changer introduction
*  Container rearrangement
*  Vacuum brakes
*  Vehicle repairs (Brookville)

Wednesday:

*  Survey, tamping south of Trout Brook Bridge

Note: The TBB tamping is an all day event, extra help is always appreciated,
          bring your lunch, your rain jacket tick spray. If you nee to leave early you may want
          drive an park at the EOT (end of track) and not at the trail head parking lot.
          Departure is expected to be around 9AM.

There will still be work on various jobs around the Sheepscot Campus.
   

                             Rules and Standards for Operations

XIX   General Rules  (Rules A-U)

S.  Safety;  Following the Safe Course
                 
Safety is of first importance. In case of doubt, the safe course must be followed.
                    Take the time required to ensure safety is maintained.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 11, 2021, 12:08:59 PM
Steve’s lift job at the bridge tomorrow is a BIG job- if you are available please join his crew!!

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 12, 2021, 06:51:37 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 15:

* Level the Mountain - ballasting and tamping on the Mountain.
* Earthworks - Mike moving dirt around at AC
* Enginehouse work
* Machine shop
* Boxcar 56
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on May 13, 2021, 10:40:15 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 11-12, 2021

This is a busy week at the Railroad with a variety of things going on each day from Monday through Saturday.

Tuesday: 

*  Tie inserter test and introduction  (Wayne, Jason, Steve L, Brian W, Chuck)
*  Vacuum brakes  (Jonathan)
*  Excavating, earth moving.  (Brendan, Fred)
*  Wheel press  (Jerry, Carlos)
*  #11 Storage container rearranged  (Steve L, Bill B, Brian W, Chuck, Leon, Wayne, Jason)
*  #11 Shop work, (Jason, Rick, Harold, Alan)
*  Brookville  (Jay)
*  Safety Officer in for tests and related paper work.  (Bob L)

Wednesday:
*  Tamping on the mountain extension  (Steve L, Dana, Bill B, Chuck, Leon Jarred, Jay B)
*  Surveying Round/Engine house  (Brendan, Randy, Jonathan, Jay B.)
*  Coach #9, assembly  (Eric, Ron)
*  Various shop metal and machining projects (Jason, Rick Harold, Wayne, Allen, Tom)
*  Campus clean up, repairs  (Stewart)

Note:  There was a variety volunteers in and out, I am sorry if I have missed someone.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 15, 2021, 06:08:34 PM
Work done on Saturday May 15:

* Level the Mountain: a small crew worked on the Mountain.  A few of us worked to shovel the extra ballast out of the gauge north of where the work stopped last week, while the tamper worked north on the inside of the gauge from where it started last week.  Alas, the tamper broke, the pipe that provides the in-out movement sheared off.  The tamper is back at Sheepscot for repair
* Pavilion: Mike was moving dirt again at AC.
* Fred was moving dirt from the big pile at Sheepscot to behind the storage containers.
* Enginehouse: Several "from away" folks were stringing out the boundary lines for the concrete footers.
* Surveying: Rick did some surveying for the relocating Woods Track.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 15, 2021, 08:56:42 PM
Enginehouse swimming hole with the stringing done. Note the blue ribbons on the strings. The pink paint line is the building center, stall 2.

(https://i.postimg.cc/HkLPV6MV/0515211223.jpg)

Fred doing what Fred does .

(https://i.postimg.cc/bNp5jyN0/0515210909c.jpg)

He, Brendan and Stewart have been lugging dirt from the Enginehouse project to behind the containers to make us a storage area.  Another foot lift of it, cap it with a foot of gravel and we should have a great area to store items out of the way and public eye.

(https://i.postimg.cc/wT2GqC7C/0515210909a.jpg)

I had to dress this up a little for Fred. He has been making a loop, and this side was rough.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vTM0MhM8/0515210909.jpg)

Finally got the Kubota functioning properly. The hydraulic brake is in the rearends. I figured that out finally by removing a driveshaft to see if the axle would free wheel. It would not. I could not even spin the drive shaft. I chased some lines, and took one off. I got enough oil out of it to cover the bottom of a dixie cup. That was enough to release the brake. Everything moved. Put it back together and went to work..finally.

Ditching around the north west corner.

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Filled in some of the skidder ruts. I have a stump to dig out first, then I will smooth up some more.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Sscgw5Bt/0515211551.jpg)

Pushed a little out front too with Casey. I pushed the ballast away from the edges, and found some hidden suprises, like a pallet and an old telephone pole. Then pushed the piles that were in this area up toward the Pavilion. This is still very damp. I will have to improve the drainage at some point. Not enough time to do it before the next event here.

(https://i.postimg.cc/KY69pFHM/0515211550.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on May 16, 2021, 10:29:42 AM
Thanks for the photos, Mike.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on May 17, 2021, 09:31:20 AM
Anticipated work Tuesday and Wednesday May 18-19, 2021.

*  Track reconnections  (pending)
*  Mountain extension tamp/lift planning
*  Turntable site inspection
*  Bridge work, beam removal/recovery  (pending)

*  Tie and Dine preparation   (Wed)
*  Vacuum brakes   (Wed)
*  Brookville   (Wed-pending)


                 Rules and Standards for Operations

XVIII.   Definition of Terms  (No Rule Numbers)

Forward Direction: 
     Steam Locomotives:  Boiler end of locomotive is forward.
     Other Locomotives:   The long-hood end of locomotive is considered forward;
                                        other wise the end labeled with “F”.
     Multiple Locomotives:  The conductor shall assign a direction as Forward
   
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 19, 2021, 06:53:58 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 22:

* Tie and Dine - another round of tie replacement.  I don't know where the work plans to be.
* Dirt moving - Mike at AC around the pavilion, Fred at SS reducing the large pile in the parking lot
* Engine house
* Machine shop
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 19, 2021, 07:52:00 AM
I am not pushing dirt this weekend. Fire Department commitment.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on May 19, 2021, 08:01:59 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 18-19 May 2021.

This is another on going and busy week.

Tuesday:

*  Mountain extension tamp and lift planning  (Steve L, Brian W, Nick)
*  Tamper (Big Joe) repairs  (Jason, Leon, Bill B, Bob L)
*  Shop, wheel press  (Jerry, Carlos, Alan, Wes C)
*  Moving Dirt Pile  (Fred)
*  Fire Extinguisher Installations  (Stewart)
*  Tool Shed repair/shingling  (Stan & Ralph)
*  Excavating Car Barn Drainage  (Brendan, Jeff (contractor)
*  Alna Center mowing  (Randy, Fred)
*  Car Barn track leads positioned for installment/bolting  (Jeff, Brendan, Steve L, Brian W)
*  Engine House footing preparation  (Contractor)
*  Vacuum Brakes  (Jonathan, Randy)

Wednesday:

*  Tie and Dine prep, ties loaded/placed  (Dan M, Steve L, Chuck, Fred )
*  Brookville, work continues  (Jay B)
*  Tool Shed work continues  (Stan, Ralph)
*  Track Leads #1 and #2, Joints bolted up  (Steve L, Chuck, Dan)
*  Dirt Moving  (Fred and Stewart)
*  Vacuum Brakes  (Jonathan, Randy)
*  Engine House footings, measuring Etc. (Contractor, sorry unknown name)
*  Finale, assembly on Tamper (Bill)  Tamper test (Bill, Jay B, Steve L)
*  Brendan and Fred were working all over the campus on various things

Notes:

For everyone I missed sorry, what a week it is.
There were various other things going with work being done and visits from
            (Dave B, Cindy R, Steve P and Johnny, Roger W.)
Looks as if the Engine House foundation is being poured Thursday.

I expect Brendan and Stewart will elaborate more on special projects.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on May 20, 2021, 05:46:09 PM
Drainage was fixed around the car barn Monday and Tuesday.

Stone was placed on the slope of the ditch on the west side of the car barn to stop the erosion of the bank from the water coming off the roof.

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 A large french drain was put in at the track doors to keep water out and prevent the frost heaves at the door openings.

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Jeff grading inside the building to put the tracks back in.

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Putting the bay one track back in.

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Steve and Chuck bolting track two back together.

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Another french drain was run down the east side wall from the culvert by the extension to the new drain by the track doors.

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Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on May 20, 2021, 06:01:43 PM
Stan and Ralph came up fron CT to work on some carpentry projects. They fixed the rotten window trim on Sheepscot Station and made a good start on repairing the Sheepscot section house.

Repaired window on the station.

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The section house was raised 6 inches higher off the ground to keep the building drier. Stan and Ralph stripped the shingles, replaced the rotten lower sheathing boards, replaced the corner trim, fixed the rotted door threshold, and started the on the new shingles.

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Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 22, 2021, 05:48:58 PM
Work done on Saturday May 22*:

* Tie and Dine: A good crew worked from mid-way through Davis Curve, to the beginning of Davis Cut.  Approximately 40 ties were replaced.  The tamper crew started at the south end of Davis Curve, leveling the track and lifting joints all the way to the crossing, and then just tamped the ties after that.  The ticks were well represented.
* Section house: Stewart has inherited the shingling.
* Dirt moving: Fred moved more dirt before his clutch leg gave out.

* Because I was involved with the Tie & Dine crew, I can't report on everything that went on.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Whitney on May 22, 2021, 06:13:55 PM
Did the tie changing machine get used today?
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 22, 2021, 07:07:44 PM
It did not.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 22, 2021, 07:58:12 PM
We did not have a chance to connect with Dan prior to the event to work out the exact usage of the machine.  The most important aspect of efficiency in a large crew project like today is that everyone understands their role.  Coming in to today, all the foreman and principal team members understood their roles from the first Tie and Dine quite well.  We’d hoped to rework the plan to include the tie changer for today’s event but just didn’t get there.  I still hope we can prior to next months Tie and Dine.

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 22, 2021, 09:28:29 PM
Tie and Dine 5/22: Dan explaining it all.
All the following photos are courtesy of the 9-year-old event photographer.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 22, 2021, 09:30:52 PM
Tie and Dine 5/22: Jacking up the rail
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 22, 2021, 09:32:48 PM
Tie and Dine 5/22: Big crew
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 22, 2021, 09:34:16 PM
Tie and Dine 5/22: Tamper Crew
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 22, 2021, 09:38:59 PM
Here's a link to a Google Photo Album with a couple of fun time-lapse movies from 5/22 Tie and Dine work.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/VNaX1W3wADw215kG9
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on May 22, 2021, 11:00:45 PM
Pete, thanks for posting those photos and the  time lapse vids at the link (and thanks also to the young worker who made the images).

And for those of you who might not have clicked on that link yet, that link also had this photo of a [presumably] removed tie:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3c29NvsmjLkdvYeibzJHwrTh_SBg0bdo2gA662Eq5jOLAZckLwEvTlvYfFpTrTA_Rr5-lH3JCqe0BLiH8myvQNP6eZRToOf3vP1C-9nmkLUCMagmj8UgvnrpyQGLeUb1I2vGAkNCoEkZumjlDJ_wcxD=w640-h480-no?authuser=0)

 :-X
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on May 23, 2021, 07:13:56 AM
It was great to see a few new volunteers yesterday as well.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on May 23, 2021, 09:36:38 PM
This Summer’s Maine visit
or
A few things that were worked on not reported elsewhere

52’s front horn was repaired
The targets in the north yard were changed to agree with our new switch rules
The track 3 into the car barn was reconnected
The MNG turntable was marked for cutting to fit our 218 track/row space
A 17 switch stand was taken apart
Two tools were fabricated to remove the springs from a 17 switch stand
A good 17 switch stand was kit bashed and assembled from available parts
This stand will replace the one with broken ears on the main line and north yard switch
A movable box was fabricated to keep loose switch stand parts in one place and out of the dirt
The fire sprayer car was repaired


Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on May 23, 2021, 10:18:11 PM
You were a busy guy, Bill. I wish we'd had more time to visit while I was there. See you in October, I hope.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on May 24, 2021, 09:25:11 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday May 25-26, 2021

*  Track work, finishing car barn leads to include, lining, tie replacement, ballast
    spiking and tamping.
*  Track work, finishing turn table lead.
*  Vacuum brakes
*  Small equipment repair (Brookville)
*  Shop work (pending)


                     Rules and Standards for Operations

XXIV.   Safety and Efficiency Program (S&EP)

209.  Rules Class
         A Rules Class is held annually for the purpose of discussing and demonstrating
         the basic training points as found on the training record.  The class will focus on
         general and safety rules and basic skills, with additional instructions on rules
         for higher crew positions.  All attendees will take part in the General Session each
         time they attend a Rules Class.

NOTES:
                What a coincidence, this years Rules Class is scheduled for July 24th, 2021.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on May 24, 2021, 10:45:40 AM
This Summer’s Maine visit
or
A few things that were worked on not reported elsewhere

52’s front horn was repaired
The targets in the north yard were changed to agree with our new switch rules
The track 3 into the car barn was reconnected
The MNG turntable was marked for cutting to fit our 218 track/row space
A 17 switch stand was taken apart
Two tools were fabricated to remove the springs from a 17 switch stand
A good 17 switch stand was kit bashed and assembled from available parts
This stand will replace the one with broken ears on the main line and north yard switch
A movable box was fabricated to keep loose switch stand parts in one place and out of the dirt
The fire sprayer car was repaired

The north yard switch stand will be replaced? Hurrah!

Jeff S.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on May 24, 2021, 10:57:16 AM
That was a productive visit, Bill B, thank you muchly!

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 26, 2021, 06:48:26 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday May 29:

* Public train service, including Pie and Run by in the evening.
* Earthmoving, at AC (around the pavilion) and SS (in the parking lot)
* Shop work
* Engine house construction
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 26, 2021, 08:07:55 AM
Hi all, I have a very eager engineer-in-training at home. Cody's been up for three work days this spring, and he would really like to help out in some way this Saturday. If anyone has any ideas for him, I'd be grateful. Tasks involving wheelbarrows or wagons - or being in a locomotive  :)  - are especially popular. Thanks! ~Pete
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on May 26, 2021, 09:32:20 AM
If nobody comes up with a 'wheelbarrow task', how about giving him a phone/camera and a "title", perhaps reporter, videographer, reporting specialist, archivist, or ?? and ask him to document whatever is going on.  The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec group call that position "Chronicler".

Make arrangements with Ed so he can have his own WW&F forum account to post his work here.  Perhaps some of his work might end up in the WW&F newsletter!   :)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 26, 2021, 09:56:10 AM
I am in communication with Pete to find a spot for Cody to help this weekend. That said, I do like your idea, Graham.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on May 27, 2021, 08:52:28 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday May 25-26, 2021.

Tuesday:
           
*  Track work, Car Barn lead #1 ballasted, Turn Table lead assembled, 5 ties replaced
    ballasting begins.  (Steve L, Leon, Chuck, Randy, Jay B, Jonathan)

*  Dirt moving and bring in ballast  (Brendan and Fred)

*  Shop work-Wheel Press work  (Jerry, Carlos, Jason)

*  Tool Shed shingling continues  (Stewart)

*  Coach #9 Assembly continues  (Eric and Ron)

*  Mowing Alna Center  (Fred and Randy)

*  Box car/tool car build  (Marcel)

Wednesday:

*  Track work, Turn Table lead ballasted, lifted, lined and tamped. A final readjustment
    and dressing to be completed later this summer.  (Steve L, Dan, Chuck)

*  Weed whacking Sheepscot Campus  (Randy)

*  Vehicle repair, Brookville  (Jay B)  (we heard it running)

*  Tool building shingling  (Stewart)

Note:  Fred took time out to show us how to spike!
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 27, 2021, 10:04:44 AM
I?ve added a pile more photos to my WW&F Ry Google Folder from Saturday work days this year. If Cody?s not in it, he probably took it. He notices some interesting details!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/VNaX1W3wADw215kG9 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/VNaX1W3wADw215kG9)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John Houghton on May 27, 2021, 11:16:41 AM
Pete/Cody,

A great set of pictures! Nice for those of us that live far away. Which one is Cody?

John
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 27, 2021, 11:51:55 AM
The short fella with the blue cap and blue shirt.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John Houghton on May 27, 2021, 01:13:22 PM
Pete,

Thanks! That was my guess. So glad to see him out "working on the railroad." What a wonderful experience for him!

John
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on May 27, 2021, 07:54:29 PM
My reaction is that Cody takes totally unconventional pictures that most of rail photogs would not even consider of interest!  This is a fascinating library of very different, and fascinating, views of the WW&F, that needs to be saved in the archives.

More from Cody in the future.

Bob

Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 27, 2021, 08:42:56 PM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, May 29th.
9:00am: Handcar Hop (AVAILABLE)
11:00am: Sheepscot Valley Service, including Hike with Midcoast Conservancy (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
1:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Service (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
3:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Service (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
5:00pm: Pie and Dine (ANNULLED) - may substitute a Handcar Hop if there is demand.

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.

Specifically, we NEED one or two people to act as Parking Attendants - especially between 10:30am to 1:00pm. Contact ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org to help.


All trains are limited to 75 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 (http://www.wwfry.org/covid)
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets (http://www.wwfry.org/tickets) to buy tickets.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on May 27, 2021, 10:26:52 PM
Cody is a very attentive future trainman and capable of a lot more as he grows.  When he is given clear instructions, he follows them.  When instructed on a task I also found him to be very safety conscious. 

Many of his pictures are, interestingly, from the perspective of a little person, which most of us overlook.  It was a pleasure to work with him the last couple of Saturdays.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on May 27, 2021, 10:59:40 PM
Bill B, you have a devoted fan. Just look at him in that photo at the bathroom porch! You were so patient with him. He'll look longingly at #52 until you come back in the fall. Thank you so much for your kindness.

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Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on May 29, 2021, 05:45:21 PM
Work done on Saturday May 29:

* Electrical Building - Josh appeared and started organizing in the building, and putting in electrical boxes.
* Section house - Stewart was burning old wooden shingles from the section house, and some of the pieces of the newer shingles.
* Alna Center - in the afternoon Mike was moving dirt.

The day was cold and raw, starting out with rain.  The rain stopped, but it never warmed up that much.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on May 29, 2021, 08:41:03 PM
We also ran public trains today, with some activities in conjunction with SeaLyon Farm and the Midcoast Conservancy.  Ridership was moderate, which I thought was quite good given the chilly, damp weather.  I didn't get a chance to take many photos, but here are a few random ones.

The consist of today's train was (north-to-south) Franklin & Megantic coach No. 2 (owned by Brian Fanslau/Maine Locomotive & Machine Works), open car No. 130 (also owned by Brian/MLMW), WW&F coach No. 8 and WW&F caboose No. 320.  I understand the caboose was sold out for all three trips today.
(https://i.imgur.com/FZIGty0.jpg)

A busy scene by the water tower.  Dan Malkowski adds water to No. 9's tank, while smoke from the burning of the old shingles is seen by the Sheepscot section house.
(https://i.imgur.com/FV7i78U.jpg)

Engineer Dana Deering talks with a young family.  All the visitors I spoke with today had a great time.
(https://i.imgur.com/vvH9CsV.jpg)

Our home-made tamper Big Joe, seen here on the shop bay 4 lead, has provided good service this spring, but the item I focused on here is the new drain between shop lead 4 (right) and the newly-restored turntable lead (left).  A lot of drainage work has been accomplished here and by the car barn, as well as the foundation excavation for the new engine house.
(https://i.imgur.com/7owIFqz.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 29, 2021, 09:13:46 PM
The only photo I took of AC today was my oil filter removal device. I could not budge it by hand, and I did not want to return to Sheepscot to get a filter wrench, so I grabbed one of my ratchet straps and presto..

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNThY58n/0529211412.jpg)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on May 29, 2021, 09:50:08 PM
The only photo I took of AC today was my oil filter removal device. I could not budge it by hand, and I did not want to return to Sheepscot to get a filter wrench, so I grabbed one of my ratchet straps and presto..


A belt works good in a pinch as a strap wrench, too.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on May 30, 2021, 03:58:49 AM
It ain't pretty, and it ain't neat but a screwdriver (i know use the correct tools)
driven through the can also works.

The new shingles on the section house look great - now can someone do something
about that eyesore of plywood in the window? A coat of black paint or denim blue or
hang an old coat so it is not so obnoxiously obvious? It has been years like that and does not
look good in photos.

Rant over  ;)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on May 30, 2021, 01:35:20 PM
It ain't pretty, and it ain't neat but a screwdriver (i know use the correct tools)
driven through the can also works.
I guy I worked with did that, he wasn't to handy, still couldn't get the filter off and had to have the car towed to a shop.
M. Nix
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on May 30, 2021, 02:39:14 PM
Repaired window will be picked up Tuesday, 1st June
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on May 30, 2021, 02:46:40 PM
Quote
now can someone do something about that eyesore of plywood in the window?

My understanding is that something is planned. If it occurs, I suspect everyone will like the results....
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 30, 2021, 03:21:25 PM
A coat of black paint on that plywood has been discussed for years. Real easy to get to now 😉
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on May 30, 2021, 03:59:30 PM
Maybe an enlarged photo of Fred would work   ;)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on May 30, 2021, 07:25:38 PM
Pleaseeee!!!
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on May 30, 2021, 08:54:15 PM
How about an enlarged picture of Harry.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on May 30, 2021, 09:05:48 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/tCrsLNJQ/FV7i78U.png)
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on May 30, 2021, 10:00:24 PM
I think you need to expand on the idea, Mike.

Make it a picture of Fred in one of his chairs sitting in the Window. Put a speaker nearby with a button you feed a quarter into and press to get a "Fred-ism". Things like comments on how to spike, how you need more tools than you think you do, how long the ties have been up at top of the mountain (3 years), etc.
Title: Re: May 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on May 31, 2021, 08:36:54 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/tCrsLNJQ/FV7i78U.png)

Is Fred the Friendly Section House a new addition to Thomas the Tank Engine and friends? :o

Jeff S.