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Title: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on June 30, 2021, 07:03:59 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday July 3, 2021:

* Lavender Ice Cream trains.
* Earth moving with Mike.
* Garden tool shed modifications.
* Tie cutting and stacking
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on June 30, 2021, 11:27:29 AM
* Earth moving with Mike.

Sounds like a TV series!!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 30, 2021, 11:36:46 AM
* Earth moving with Mike.
Sounds like a TV series!!  ;D ;D

Yes, it's called Dirty Jobs.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on June 30, 2021, 11:45:43 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, July 3rd.
10:00am: Handcar Hop (AVAILABLE)
12:00pm: Ice Cream Express (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
2:00pm: Ice Cream Express (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
4:00pm: Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train (tix available), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
6:00pm: Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train (tix available), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
8:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Sunset Special (tix available) [Pickup passengers from Lavender Farm]

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

Specifically, we NEED assistance for the evening trains - the Lavender trains are selling very well and crowd control at Sheepscot and on the train will be needed. 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: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 30, 2021, 01:40:18 PM
* Earth moving with Mike.
Sounds like a TV series!!  ;D ;D

Yes, it's called Dirty Jobs.

Hey quite often I resemble that remark..and proud of it. 😁
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on June 30, 2021, 01:45:03 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday July 3, 2021:
* Tie cutting and stacking

Is that the Fred version of the Tie and Dine?
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on June 30, 2021, 04:52:32 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 29-30 June 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Cut ties moved and new ties placed for cutting  (Steve L, Chuck, James)
*  Prep for location #8 crib, beam selected and drilled.
*  Dairy car ramp installed,  (Randy, Steve L)
*  Shop work, wheels pressed,  (Jerry, Jason, James)
*  Coach #9 assembly  (Ron, Lou)
*  Load of metal taken/sold to scrap yard  (Brendan)
*  Alna center mowing  (Fred, Randy)
*  Fred Shed, work started to add double doors,  (Stewart, James, Fred, Zack)
*  Brookville, final work being done, oil change, some painting  (Jay B)

Wednesday:

*  Car switching, Caboose #554 moved to Alna Center,  (Dan, Bryce)
*  Boat display moved from car barn to Dairy car for display, (Randy, Brendan, Steve L
*  Dairy car ramp repairs,  (Randy)
*  Sheepscot campus mowing (Fred)
*  Fred Shed work  (Stewart)
*  Brookville work  (Jay)
*  Prep for location #8 crib continued  (Steve L)

Noted: Temperatures were averaging between high 80’s to 94 degrees. Work was taxing everyone.

            If you have nothing to do this Saturday, give Ed a call, he is looking for extra help with the
            Ice Cream social and train operations.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 03, 2021, 05:13:22 PM
Work done on Saturday July 3:

* Fred's Shed: Stewart built and hung the second door in the widened doorway, then got it so it would lock.  I then proceeded to put in the trimmers and two generators from the garage into it.
* Ties: Fred cut up one batch of ties, with Zack and Dwight assisting.  Then cut up the last batch (because it was cool out), which tired him out early.
* Train ops: appeared to go well, at least the first two of the day.
* Forklift: Mike attempted to fix it, but was unable to do so.
* Earth moving: Mike was moving stumps and earth around at Albee's Field.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 03, 2021, 09:37:08 PM
Napa did not have what we needed (go figure) for the forklift, so I have ordered a replacement Solenoid.

Some shots from today.

Fred Shed. Sheepscot Saw Sharpening Service...

(https://i.postimg.cc/13JHqy0n/0703211012a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dtRnJ2L9/0703211012b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tCG20SCT/0703211013.jpg)

Stewart scewing the last door together

(https://i.postimg.cc/3rvnc5hV/0703211013a.jpg)

Ready for a ramp..

(https://i.postimg.cc/Df9Yvf57/0703211636.jpg)

Alna Center

(https://i.postimg.cc/MGHY0gts/0703211053a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XYVLqr56/0703211053b.jpg)

More benches arrived today

(https://i.postimg.cc/4drwxw6W/0703211053c.jpg)

Set up for the Ice Cream Social

(https://i.postimg.cc/MpxPBsh4/0703211128.jpg)

And here they come

(https://i.postimg.cc/7LZKs5Pn/0703211237b.jpg)

I managed to move a few big stumps today, as well as leveled the area between our phone line and Tom Albees field. I walked along the field when I was all done to get rid of the stray root or 2. I did not think who ever mows Toms field would like getting that in the mower or bailer. Also moved the wire out of the way. One of my trips running my hand down the line, I felt something. I checked the wire and a small fury animal like a racoon had bit the line. It punctured it. Luckily we will be replacing it soon.

The grass and weeds hide a lot..

(https://i.postimg.cc/d0N4zJLP/0703211551a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W1n9wGV4/0703211551.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/85FtGx6F/0703211554.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/c4fkrq5w/0703211555.jpg)

I am going Monday (day off from work, woohoo) and finish cleaning that up, then move the equipment to TOM, and start a small project there. Not sure at this time when I will return to the field to continue.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on July 04, 2021, 09:56:16 AM
Thanks for the photos, Mike. I wonder if the furry critter was trying to call Sheepscot? :o

Jeff S.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on July 04, 2021, 10:36:53 AM
I see that there are what appear to be a series of round red clay drainage tile (pipe sections) in Mike's 2nd to last photo.   Are those there to mark/protect the phone line?
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on July 04, 2021, 10:39:33 AM
Yes
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on July 04, 2021, 11:01:17 AM
Some photos from yesterday, July 3rd.

Before heading to Albee's field to remove stumps, Mike Fox worked on our 10,000-lb. capacity forklift.
(https://i.imgur.com/5JcGdtV.jpg)

Nearby, Fred Morse continued the work of cutting old wooden highway guard posts into two-foot gauge ties.  Zack Wyllie and Dwight Winkley handled the cut offs as Fred handled the chain saw.
(https://i.imgur.com/3C84X9t.jpg)

The day's Ice Cream Express event was staged at Alna Center.  A freezer was set up in Maine Locomotive & Machine Works' caboose No. 554, with a cord running out to Dave Buczkowski's generator.  In this view, Dave was setting up the generator as Steve Leet looked on.  In the background, Jay Wiley was setting up the area around the caboose.
(https://i.imgur.com/PclQkRa.jpg)

Later in the day, our guests wait in the line for ice cream.  Caboose No. 554 had a service connection in place (extension cord to the generator), but we had no yellow or orange flags to protect the car.  So instead, the car was blue flagged for the event.
(https://i.imgur.com/EY0eyZ5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wKhO7Op.jpg)

Our pavilion at Alna Center saw good use, with outdoor games, tables and benches set up.
(https://i.imgur.com/D4w4mCa.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0gASz46.jpg)

Our Ice Cream Express trains ran from Sheepscot to Top of Mountain, before stopping at Alna Center on the return trip south.  Consist north-to-south (left-to-right) was Maine Locomotive & Machine Works open car No. 130, Franklin & Megantic coach No. 2 (also owned by MLMW), WW&F coach No. 8 and WW&F caboose No. 320.
(https://i.imgur.com/73azLLZ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/IyC3tT2.jpg)

WW&F locomotive No. 9 was the day's power.
(https://i.imgur.com/FCU6Gll.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on July 04, 2021, 09:45:18 PM
I have noted the yellow flag situation. There does exist at least one pair; they must have been in use elsewhere. I am not sure if they were available earlier on Saturday, or if they had been in use on a prior day and left about. It has been a few weeks since I was able to get up to Sheepscot and do a "flag round-up".
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on July 05, 2021, 12:35:16 AM
Last time I was up to Sheepscot there were some flags in a bag hanging behind the dispatch office door.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on July 05, 2021, 08:57:25 AM
I was told Saturday we might only have two yellow flags.  I believe two were in use around Mike's work zone by Albee's field.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike the Choochoo Nix on July 05, 2021, 09:09:49 AM
Wouldn't blue flags be the most appropriate anyway? The car should not be moved until the ice cream serving is done and the power cord is disconnected right?
M.Nix
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 05, 2021, 09:35:24 AM
My thought in regards to the Caboose is: A notice is put on the notice board, the Blue Flags are put out when employees/volunteers are working around, on and under a piece of equipment and or place the Alna Center runaround track out of service.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 05, 2021, 09:39:28 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 6-7 July 2021.

*  Crib installation begins at location #8.
*  Coach #3, wheel set to be changed out.
*  Coach #9 assembly continues  (pending)
*  Engine house work continues.
*  Trout Brook Station Turn Table (former B&SR TT), center pivot base concrete forms to be built.
*  Clean up Sheepscot Campus and Alna Center following operations.

Note:  Any volunteers working with Crib construction, bring a lunch with you as the lunch
           break will be taken on site. Expected train departure 0930.


                                      Rules and Standards of Operations

XXI.   Basic Operating Procedures (Rules 160-172)

165.  Procedure for Initiating Movement

         a.  Preparation for Movement.
              Prior to initiating a movement, the Employee responsible for initiating
              Movement shall:

i.   Check the rail is clear of trigs, skates, hanging equipment or anything else that
     may impede movement.
ii.  Ensure personal safety by checking the sides and rear of the train or equipment for any
     person(s) within an unsafe proximity.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on July 05, 2021, 11:35:51 AM
Many railroads have a camp car signal which provides equivalent protection as a blue flag.  At present we do not have such a signal.

Our service connection signal is intended to alert a crew to unplug an extension cord and/or look for any other tethers which an be readily identified if one knows to look.  Our blue signal prevents any railroad equipment from encroaching within 3 car lengths of a blue signal in order to protect life and limb.  Therefore, all in all, a blue signal was probably a better choice for the ice cream caboose than the service connection signal while people were present.  Because a blue signal is under the control of the person placing it, a service connection signal should have been displayed when the freezer in the car was plugged in and subsequently left unattended. 

Strictly speaking a blue signal is for workers on or around equipment.  The ice cream event was not that- it was much more in line with the camp car signal.  A camp car signal is less restrictive on who can remove it.  Since we don't have that- we're left with a blue signal. 

We do have a shortage yellow flags- our Ops Clerk Ben Richards knows it and is on it.

Thanks all,
Jason
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on July 05, 2021, 12:18:50 PM
I had to go back and reread the rulebook about the service connection a few times. I had originally thought it indicated a connection from one car to another car, like maybe something the conductor needed to know when uncoupling.  But then I remembered the most common usage for us, which is 52's engine block heater.

I agree the blue flag was probably the safest choice when ice cream was actually being served.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on July 05, 2021, 12:42:52 PM
Only for the record. Outhere generally speaking  in such a situation a red flag or marker is displayed at each end of the standing car meaning don't couple or move, people at work on or around it. Plus the switches of the siding are padlocked to avoid being thrown in reverse.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 05, 2021, 06:21:07 PM
Done at Albees for now..

(https://i.postimg.cc/T1tmMgb0/0705210924.jpg)

Seeded with what seed I had left.

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjzRTNxr/0705211508a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/V6Bng3L3/0705211508b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XJ09wV3f/0705211509.jpg)

I got 1015 out today..

(https://i.postimg.cc/XNL9CSP5/0705211414.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/k5Sx6VrM/0705211431.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on July 05, 2021, 07:28:22 PM
Mike, I hope Tom is happy with this as well.  Great job!
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on July 05, 2021, 07:31:03 PM
If someone can donate a whole bunch of sturdy yellow fabric, we can make more flags pretty easily...

Same for other flag colors, they wear out pretty quickly in use...
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on July 05, 2021, 07:32:17 PM
Thanks Mike.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on July 05, 2021, 07:56:35 PM
So I actually have a little flag experiment going on... I made two pairs of new red flags over the winter. They went in service at the same time, in April. One set is the traditional duck canvas. The other is made from an outdoor synthetic, polypropylene I think it is. I'm interested to see about fade resistance, ease of laundering, and general durability. The synthetic material was significantly more expensive, but if it performs better, then I would consider using it for the decreased maintenance burden.

Half a yard of fabric will make two or three 18x20 flags depending on the width of the bolt. But what we really need are flag poles. If anyone knows who made those real nice split ones that are varnished and laser engraved, I would like their number  ;D
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on July 06, 2021, 05:46:17 PM
Ballast crib being installed at location 8 today.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/s5/bbarry74/IMG_3979.JPG?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/bbarry74/a/58e384d0-fdec-4da1-9e1e-c14e3edadb0c/p/5494c80b-69b6-4cd3-a16e-facbe102c8bd)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/s5/bbarry74/IMG_3978.JPG?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/bbarry74/a/58e384d0-fdec-4da1-9e1e-c14e3edadb0c/p/04b54655-65ed-43f3-a277-d8d05f5d6e13)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/s5/bbarry74/IMG_3975.JPG?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/bbarry74/a/58e384d0-fdec-4da1-9e1e-c14e3edadb0c/p/68e57b21-4776-4050-a4b6-3b89a268a32b)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/s5/bbarry74/IMG_3976.JPG?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/bbarry74/a/58e384d0-fdec-4da1-9e1e-c14e3edadb0c/p/21159df7-b2f0-466c-b3cb-9752c64ba9c3)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on July 06, 2021, 07:19:39 PM
A good simple project would be to make several dozen flag poles...is there a template on how best to do that?
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on July 06, 2021, 08:24:51 PM
It looks to me as though the anchors for the tieback cable for the ballast crib at Location 8 are pieces of rail pounded!!! into the ground.   I have pounded in quite a few Tee-posts (fence posts), but  I imagine the effort to pound in a rail section is considerably more work than a Tee post.  :o   I suspect somebody got a workout doing that.  ;)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on July 06, 2021, 10:00:27 PM
Bob, I think the template should be the track token flag inside the station. It has all the desired features and specifications. I could also make a drawing.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 07, 2021, 06:56:35 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday July 10:

* Public hiking and lavender trains.
* Earth moving at Top of Mtn (initially it's probably more like tree moving)
* Machine shop
* Work on the lawn tool shed
* Board meeting at 4.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 07, 2021, 09:41:51 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, July 10th.
10:00am: Handcar Hop (AVAILABLE)
12:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails (3 tix available) and Caboose Adventure (AVAILABLE).
2:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
4:00pm: Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train (tix available), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
6:00pm: Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train (tix available), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
8:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Sunset Special (tix available) [Pickup passengers from Lavender Farm]

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

Specifically, we NEED assistance for the evening trains - the Lavender trains are selling very well and crowd control at Sheepscot and on the train will be needed. 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: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 07, 2021, 09:48:33 AM
Yes, tree trimming Saturday at TOM and maybe a little earthwork, but only until lunch. We will clear out prior to the event so we do not disturb it. Any help will be welcome as I want to pile the brush to burn it this winter. Parking at the end of the Fossel Rd and walking up the tracks.

Also, I will need a hand first thing unloading benches at AC. They are heavy, and I don't want to blow a gasket..
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 07, 2021, 08:31:30 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday June 6-7 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Fred Shed, work continues with new shelving and work benches. It is noted that Stewart and crew
    have been working on the shed Saturday through Monday.

*  Coach #3, wheel replacement, the truck was pulled, wheels replaced and truck remounted.
    (Jason, Eric, Jerry, Randy, Elija, James)

*  Coach #9 assembly continues.  (Ron, Lou)

*  Car journal oiling  (Phil)

*  Location #8 Crib, constructed  (Steve L, Leon, Chuck, Brian W)

*  Engine house work  (Brendan)

* Box car rebuild  (Marcel)


Wednesday:

*  Ballast, Fred loaded ballast for crib work.

*  Location #8 Crib,  ballasted, clean up and completed   (Steve L, Leon, Chuck)

*  Coach #3 wheel replacement, truck adjustment, replacement completed. (Jason, Eric, Randy)

*  Coach #9 assembly.  (Eric, Ron)

*  Locomotive Maintenance, #9 smoke box cleaned out, #8 steam cleaned  (Bryce)

*  Sheepscot Campus mowing.  (Fred)

*  Switching, Coach #3 returned to Car Bar bay #1,  (Brendan, Steve L)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 07, 2021, 08:56:26 PM
Sunday July 4th between a parade and family time, I spent about an hour making pieces for 8 new benches for AC..

(https://i.postimg.cc/q7HfD7sz/0706211933.jpg)

Tuesday I was back at it after 13 hours at work (a normal day for now), spent another hour and finished cutting and assembled all the legs.

(https://i.postimg.cc/qv3VGKCP/0706211933a.jpg)

I made a quick jig on the floor and put them together.

(https://i.postimg.cc/nL4yyt2T/0706211932.jpg)

And just a little time tonight so I finished one. Hoping to assemble the other 7 tomorrow night.

(https://i.postimg.cc/tT9Kymmb/0707212023.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on July 08, 2021, 08:11:14 AM
Looking good, Mike.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on July 08, 2021, 10:22:39 AM
Good job of work Mike but when do you sleep ?
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 08, 2021, 03:48:18 PM
I don't..
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on July 08, 2021, 06:55:21 PM
Hey Mike,

How about saving some of that fun work for us FWW folks to tackle.  Not all of us can do trackwork anymore.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 09, 2021, 06:31:22 AM
I would love to but we need seating for 75 by July 17th. I am sure there will be more needed and I for one would not mind someone else doing them. One thng that could be done FWW is all the seats painted. The Pressure Treated is wet right now but by then it should be dried enough for a coat of paint.

And, as the use of the Pavilion evolves, I am thinking we may even want some kind of sectional stage, something that can be taken apart and moved easily.

Anyhow, last night I finished the 5th new bench out of 9, one is already at the ACP..

(https://i.postimg.cc/BZ1YZ76H/0708212110.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on July 10, 2021, 01:32:49 AM
Mike

I would recommend Semi - Transparent Stain rather than paint. If there
is any moisture in the wood it will push the paint off the surface.

People had/have that problem with decks when I worked in the hardware store. Also make sure all 6 sides
get coated, as they will be in an environment that is not entirely dry.

Looking good.

 
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 10, 2021, 07:54:25 PM
Work done on Saturday July 10:

* Track inspection: after yesterday's deluge rains, we inspected the line before the first train.  Two crossings had dirt washed over them, and were cleaned.  No other issues.
* Top of Mountain: Mike was working to clear a new road for the farm loop.
* Lawn care shed: Stewart was building shelves and mounting a vise.
* Coach 9: Alan was machining pedestals for the truck.  Nicole was making the new axles shiny (where the journals will be).
* Trains: well attended.
* Board meeting: we made good progress.  I was running the meeting on Ed's computer, so if people tried to get in but could not my apologies for not paying attention at the right moments.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 10, 2021, 09:37:06 PM
8 more benches were delivered today to AC..after a stop at the Depot at 6am for more screws. I ran out last night with 2 benches to finish.

(https://i.postimg.cc/13FLYdyM/0710210606.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d0KzM91F/0710210830.jpg)

And some before and after shots of what I did at TOM. I was hoping for help, but wound up working by myself. I made one brush pile out of the way and we may or may not burn it this winter. It could become a habitat for animals if left alone.

Before. Looking up the old twitch road I found this winter, toward the Lyons field.

(https://i.postimg.cc/C1wT84T7/0710210850.jpg)

After I brushed to the first opening. Brush pile is on the right out of sight.

(https://i.postimg.cc/k5QPDpZD/0710210929.jpg)

And after I cleared the stinky dog wood out of the way. Did I mention they stunk?

(https://i.postimg.cc/wT1KDvPC/0710211058.jpg)

Veering off the twitch road slightly, headed for the southern part of the loop.

(https://i.postimg.cc/NF03Jf0r/0710211139a.jpg)

And standing in the loop looking toward what was cut. I was done for today.

(https://i.postimg.cc/8kKQFWyd/0710211140.jpg)

Also, Stewart has installed this overhang at Freds insistance over the doors of the Fred Shed.

(https://i.postimg.cc/0yJs1Q0Y/0710211252.jpg)



Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on July 10, 2021, 10:07:38 PM
After a long day at the railroad including the board meeting, I was having dinner about 9:00. On my mind was the whistle I heard for the 8:00 pm train. It occurred to me how many WW&F volunteers made today a success. We had two entirely different train crews due to the number of trains today. James has already reported on all that was going on. He didn’t catch it all. Relatively new volunteers and old alike pitched in. One stands out for special mention though he will be embarrassed by it - Trainmaster Ed Lecuyer saw to it that all trains were crewed, drafted the operating plan and arranged to Zoom the board meeting. He may have also served on the evening train crew.
As I write this I’m sure the last piece of equipment is just being put away.
The smiles and thank yous that were seen and heard today were evidence that our hard work was worth it all. I couldn’t be prouder to be associated with such an incredible group of people. Thank you all!!!
Dave
PS And to think Fred wasn’t anywhere to be seen today. Imagine what else would have been accomplished!
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on July 10, 2021, 10:39:40 PM
Some photos from today.

* Track inspection: after yesterday's deluge rains, we inspected the line before the first train.  Two crossings had dirt washed over them, and were cleaned.  No other issues.

James, Steve Leet, Dave Buczkowski and I were on the inspection train, No. 52 running light.  Crossings needing attention were Jayne's Way and Sutter's.  We then checked Humason Brook.  The flow under the trestle was a trickle a week ago.  Roger Whitney said his rain gauge in Puddledock showed 5 inches of rain fell from Elsa yesterday, and it was very evident at Humason trestle today.

View looking north toward Alna Center:
(https://i.imgur.com/37hyjh7.jpg)

View looking south back toward Sheepscot. 
(https://i.imgur.com/Jt2RAV2.jpg)

After the inspection trip, the public train's consist (north-to-south Maine Locomotive & Machine Works open coach No. 130, WW&F flatcar No. 118, WW&F coach No. 8, WW&F caboose No. 320) was assembled for the first train at 12 noon.  Here Dave guides No. 9's engine crew to couple onto coach No. 8 in the Sheepscot upper yard as James and Steve look on.
(https://i.imgur.com/fPMKtOi.jpg)

* Trains: well attended.

Yes.  A view after the 12 noon train arrived at Top of Mountain.  Run around for No. 9 is starting.
(https://i.imgur.com/25amidO.jpg)

* Coach 9: Alan was machining pedestals for the truck.  Nicole was making the new axles shiny (where the journals will be).

Photos here (https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2944.msg51450.html#msg51450).
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 11, 2021, 06:25:39 AM
One stands out for special mention though he will be embarrassed by it - Trainmaster Ed Lecuyer saw to it that all trains were crewed, drafted the operating plan and arranged to Zoom the board meeting. He may have also served on the evening train crew.

I best not single anyone out, otherwise I will be embarrassed by omission - but special mention to everyone who saw to it that the trains were crewed, the operating plan drafted and executed, and are interested enough in our organization to attend a "Bored" meeting from away. And thanks to the diehards who served on the evening train crew after a long day.


[EDited.]
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on July 11, 2021, 09:45:24 AM
Thanks for the photos, Bill. Is Dave doing a fish count on the trestle in the 2nd photo? 8)

Jeff S.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 12, 2021, 08:25:30 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 13-14 July 2021.

*  Engine house construction (as needed)
*  Building concrete form for Trout Brook turn table.
*  Photo charter preparation
*  Yard switching
*  Fred Shed build continues
*  Shop work  (pending)

Note:  July 24, “Rules Review”
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on July 12, 2021, 10:57:05 AM
Brendan has just confirmed that he does need help this week to get the track installed in the enginehouse.  If you're available, please come lend a hand.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on July 13, 2021, 07:50:10 PM
Where Steve Lennox says "Yard Switching" for work to do today... I have to say as a complete novice, that I was impressed by the logic-puzzle game of shuffle that went on to move B&SR #8 up to ML&M.

Kudos to Dan, Bryce, Jeff, and Jason for pulling off a remarkable feat! - and for allowing Cody and me to ride along.

The process went something like this (It really needs a diagram):
1) Clean up and lubricate #8, move handcar, crane, and trucks out of the way.
2) Couple #52 to Flatcar #118 and #118 to Loco #8
3) Drop #8 on the mainline at ML&M
4) Couple #118 to two B&SR boxcars at ML&M, pull them off the siding, split them apart, push the unnumbered one back onto siding,
5) Couple B&SR #51 to Loco #8 (after Jason brings a spare coupler pin), push #8 onto siding
5a) Not sure which was heavier - the deer flies or the rain
6) Head to TOM pulling #118 and #51, runaround with #52
7) Stop off at Alna Center to pet Steve P's goats
8) Return to Sheepscot

Here Dan removes a trig.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM-JKLVxkFvClpDXyYVmeJIKO-XttIf5uSAot-1XA5gAHn9oyY2jXvpruWHUzwP9T4uv3mBzTyuHdEgdvPc0z3VkwLGVULfuecbv06S1-rTHkWaOI23MjduDoIzwwSDFLp9thHNj2Hq4mHU6IPTRIUOp8_jC=w1019-h765-no?authuser=0)

Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on July 13, 2021, 08:11:06 PM
And here are two photos Cody took of the prep work on the Engine House rails (before we were lured away by all the other excitement)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM-JKLUUjRrJHOsbeI5mNKF0q_ZVZHGBnJ0qYMCc4JjM6yq_y21wm3B8TadaNIRD7RrEUXfz2Z9UZluJGutLnPzyE4nG-9rNjo0k13eyB-TsSnabVBvDvL-nL5Svi0LXFYZWpmfoNsGhKFlkaRcAzUCjkOTS=w1359-h764-no?authuser=0)

(https://https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM-JKLVO-9Ao8ofQbaylX5ahedJ3dsWroLzqvW9Vlfw6UV3C1rlBQXJT6dDUDf9LT55KH60FMZNwkYj9TEL-ELjeqOMKNzQ7_Ajd-CEiRTMhJcVaEcCtB9y7zMG5jN2Vgwds8q_4NstwOSn_VklYLzHDLxlo=w1253-h764-no?authuser=0)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM-JKLWFMtMmJxJWUBqJuo5aLMbBBBwuHidrPSEdXFyy7CSNbcKy5QmFNOPWd539EUBT7bQRAvNRNN6SvADyfpBgQCyZsUE0uRHX446RmftVopTSn4EV02G8ohbZFcmD6847NEQ5AE3vtzBOKO80i8_IPLH-=w1019-h765-no?authuser=0)

He didn't take this one...
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM-JKLVfXVFAj41cw14IKuzNY9oHyeRhPQUhPp5eKLRuTndIukpVmI62ckOaEJ2MlDIvjbx5v9A2RqEnV1Mw_klT_VyuP6bHyJTcdkUXxyD-z2lGLBIUYR0bPusG54NezjjeQ6KfNWNnbh7j6_wL4mKWEr1C=w1019-h765-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 14, 2021, 06:51:28 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday July 17:

* Earth/tree/vegetation moving at Top of Mountain, with Mike
* Engine house work
* Machine shop work
* Lawn equipment shed work
* Lavender/Storytime train rides
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 14, 2021, 09:52:58 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, July 17th.
10:00am: Handcar Hop (AVAILABLE)
12:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Storytime Train w/ Stationmaster Steve (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (AVAILABLE).
2:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (AVAILABLE).
4:00pm: Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train (tix available), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
6:00pm: Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train (tix available), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT.)
8:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Sunset Special (tix available) [Pickup passengers from Lavender Farm]

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

Specifically, we NEED assistance for the evening trains - the Lavender trains are selling very well and crowd control at Sheepscot and on the train will be needed. 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: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on July 15, 2021, 03:42:30 PM
If anyone is available to help me switch tomorrow that would be greatly appreciated.  If so please drop me a line.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on July 16, 2021, 06:33:47 PM
Thanks to Stewart and Steve P for helping me switch today.  We consolidated open space in the barn to accommodate coach 8 and caboose 320 coupled and under cover, as well as making space for B&SR 7 to come and go over the next month’s worth of special operations. 

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 17, 2021, 05:58:17 PM
Work done on Saturday Jul 17:

* Top of Mountain: Mike and I continued to blaze a return road for the farm trailers, we reached the field. 
* Alna Center: After Stationmaster Steve gave his story to kids, Mike worked around the pavilion.
* Roundhouse: Brendan was leveling up the track that will have concrete around it, and started working on the flangeways.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 17, 2021, 08:37:19 PM
The road James spoke of, from the loop.

(https://i.postimg.cc/HLqVvJmc/0717210939.jpg)

Looking back at the loop.

(https://i.postimg.cc/sfpZ8JvV/0717211117.jpg)

A little further in.

(https://i.postimg.cc/02nK52YF/0717211116a.jpg)

And further in still..looking toward the tracks.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Gp84jFWn/0717211113.jpg)

Turned and looked to the field. My plan was to make is so you could not see the destination from the train..

(https://i.postimg.cc/qv7hNVQR/0717211116.jpg)

Moved toward the field a bit..

(https://i.postimg.cc/gJ3rCYcM/0717211112.jpg)

The Farm

(https://i.postimg.cc/X74y0yC9/0717211113a.jpg)

Looking toward the train from the field. Still some limb pruning to do.

(https://i.postimg.cc/t4m1PSmz/0717211114.jpg)

The Pavilion got some trimming..

(https://i.postimg.cc/k5zbr1Q5/0717211527.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/50zFfBgS/0717211527a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MpsB5KXV/0717211527b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/g0nZTF65/0717211528.jpg)

Fred and Rand have been keeping the fields mowed. I wanted to do more trimming but the rain came in.

(https://i.postimg.cc/5NSLHmVP/0717211528a.jpg)

Fred and Dwight trimmed Fossel Rd. part way

(https://i.postimg.cc/9QXTyqXc/0717211540.jpg)

It was thicker than this when they started

(https://i.postimg.cc/y69FKHrC/0717211541.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on July 18, 2021, 08:49:14 AM
Zack also helped with the trim work on Fossel Rd.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 18, 2021, 08:24:30 PM
On Saturday we carried well north of 200 passengers - including the "Storytime Train with Stationmaster Steve" (which was very well received) and the "Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Trains to SeaLyon Farm" which included one damp, but not horrible, 4pm experience.

Some recent (public) reviews left for us - all 5-stars:

What a great railway experience for both adults and children. Worth a trip to check out authentic steam railroad

Fun, little historic ride. Volunteers we're very friendly and informative. Make sure to wear sunglasses to help avoid particles from the steam.

Great organization. they love to run the trains for the public to enjoy. This is one of the places in Maine you must visit.

First time visiting. Took the lavender sunset ride out to the farm. Had a GREAT time. We will definitely be back and can't wait to show our friends and family!
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 19, 2021, 08:27:11 AM
The Lyons had tractor trouble noticed early in the day Saturday. Ed made a few hasty phone calls, and we wound up loaning them Freds Tractor. I drove it up and gave Don a quick lesson on it. I checked with him later and he said all went well and he would like to buy 2 just like it because it is a "real tractor".
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on July 19, 2021, 09:44:13 AM
He needs a John Deere B!
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 19, 2021, 10:32:19 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 20-21 July, 2021.

*  Bridge work, to include, piling brackets, removal of temporary timbers, ice walls
    and spiking. Stone work to follow up later.
*  Trout Brook turntable pivot base, work continues.
*  Machine shop, wheel pressing prep.
*  Fred Shed work continues (pending)
*  Engine house work continues.
*  Sheepscot campus clean up
*  Switching


                               Rules and Standards for Operations

                    RULES REVIEW!  This Saturday, July 24, 2021  9AM.

                    (beat the rush, get their early and get a good seat)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on July 19, 2021, 01:39:58 PM
Any chance for pictures of the Trout Brook turntable work?
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on July 19, 2021, 03:07:09 PM
Or maybe a scale drawing of the proposed track and structure layout?
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 21, 2021, 06:47:43 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday July 24:

* Rules Class, 9 - 3
* Top of Mountain road building
* Volunteer appreciation trains in the evening
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 21, 2021, 10:39:14 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, July 24th.
4:00pm: Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train* (tix available), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (AVAILABLE.)
6:00pm: Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train* (tix available), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (AVAILABLE.)
7:05pm: Train Crew Volunteers/Pickup passengers from Lavender Farm

*FREE passage to any WW&F volunteer and their guests!! Email ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org to reserve a spot.

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

Specifically, we NEED assistance for the evening trains - the Lavender trains are selling very well and crowd control at Sheepscot and on the train will be needed. Contact ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org to help.

Anticipated Operations for SUNDAY, July 25th.
10:00am: Private Birthday Charter (Diesel 52 & open car) departs SS.
12:00pm: Private Birthday Charter departs ToM; returns to SS.
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Train rides ToM <-> AC for Maine Open Farm Days at SeaLyon Farm (tix at Farm by donation.)


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: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 21, 2021, 07:23:35 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 20-21 July 2021.

Tuesday:

*Track work, the crew concentrated on spiking the track on the Trout Brook bridge,
   this included adding tie plates, pre drilling and then spiking the rail and plate.
   ( Steve L, Dana, Bob L, Steve Leet, Chuck, Brian W. )

*  Machine shop, wheel axles and wheels were worked on and prepped for mounting. (Jerry, Randy)

*  Tamper (Wilma), work begins with more trouble shooting the electrical system  (Jay B)

*  Coach #9 assembly continues  (Eric)

*  Car cleaning, (Pete, Cody)

*  Archives, work continues  (Linda)

*  Engine house, work continues, prepping the house tracks for the concrete pour (Brendan, Fred)

*  Fred Shed, finishing touches completed today, it looks great!  (Stewart, Fred)

Wednesday:

*  Track work, spiking continued and completed.  (Dan, Steve L, Brian W, Chuck)

*  Machine shop, wheels and axle prep completed.  (Jerry, Randy)

*  Gift shop work, which goes beyond just operational days.  (Cindy R)

*  Coach #9 Assembly continues (Eric)

*  Rolling stock oiling, this goes on every week by one volunteer.  (Phil B)

*  Various switching within the yard.  (Steve L, Brian W, Jason)

*  Computer work and Rule Book up dates  (Ed, Jason)

Again, a busy week and apologies to anyone I missed.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 22, 2021, 08:36:58 AM
Wow. A lot to keep track of. Great report Steve. Glad the bridge is getting some attention.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 22, 2021, 08:52:23 AM
Here are some photos I was just sent of the bridge. Looks great. Ready for planking...

(https://i.postimg.cc/5yqKyJrt/received-215286440372564.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kGdh7GfZ/received-853096732277960.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on July 22, 2021, 09:08:05 AM
Does look great (I agree!) but not quite ready for planking.  We need to add stone around the pilings per the bridge engineer, and the access is through the bridge beams.  Hope to accomplish this in the next month..

See ya
Jason
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 22, 2021, 08:34:22 PM
I forgot about the stone.

More pics from Steve Lennox from Tuesday.

Steve Leet is walking toward the photographer, which was Bob Longo. Steve Lennox is behing him, looking like he is ready for a break.

(https://i.postimg.cc/cLRwvNfp/IMG953360.jpg)

And here is Steve Lennox dtiving a spike, not sure who is immediately behind him then it looks like Chuck then Dana. Someone can correct me if I am wrong.

(https://i.postimg.cc/wB9JJbV7/Resized95-IMG953353.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on July 22, 2021, 10:18:23 PM
Are you going to re-stage the infamous Mason's Wreck?  CGI it on video. what the heck. . . If James Cameron could sink the CGI Titanic, you should be able to sink the train and bridge.  C'mon. . . some "techie" out there ought to be able to pull it off. I double dog dare ya!
 
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on July 23, 2021, 12:40:07 PM
The distance compression effects of a long telephoto lens are really evident in the "Steve Lennox dtiving a spike" shot. People who have never seen the real 47-ft bridge will believe it's only 4' long.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 24, 2021, 07:14:12 PM
Road is stumped and somewhat leveled. Don Lyons is tickled with it. He plans on putting stone on it because it is very soft. I have one pipe to install next weekend and then one to do for him in his field.

(https://i.postimg.cc/QCMMK0MZ/0724211114.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/D0YwrLWJ/0724211115.jpg)

Looking in from the field

(https://i.postimg.cc/DzVmprx1/0724211609.jpg)

Looking up from the loop

(https://i.postimg.cc/Jhb0fsFv/0724211627.jpg)

While I was at TOM, Fred led a crew to do some trimming on our Fossel Rd. Al and Zack and possiblt Dwight helped.

(https://i.postimg.cc/qv6zGbxk/0724211647.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 24, 2021, 08:21:51 PM
Work done on Saturday July 24:

* Rules review class - Ed, Jason, Bob, Steve L, and Bill R put on a day-long rules review.  There's a new rulebook out.
* Road building - See Mike's report, above.
* Grass cutting - Fred, et. al. cut on our road down on our Fossel property.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on July 24, 2021, 09:10:54 PM
A few photos from the Rules review today.

The morning session, broadcast online by Ed Lecuyer to crew members who were remote, was held in W&Q coach No. 3.
(https://i.imgur.com/PshkZKF.jpg)

Portions of the afternoon sessions were held outside.  Here Jason was presenting.
(https://i.imgur.com/1yfXRT6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fBkDO8J.jpg)

Beautiful day today, though it was a tad bit warm in the summer sun.  A portion of the afternoon Rules session moved back into the car barn for the shade.

Work done on Saturday July 24...
* Grass cutting - Fred, et. al. cut on our road down on our Fossel property.

I hear Zack was part of the et. al.

I also hear the evening Lavender trains were sold out.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 26, 2021, 09:06:48 AM
                              Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 27-28 July 2021

*  Bridge work, building bridge piling protection (ice shields)
*  Shop work, flanger work for Locomotive #11
*  Turn table prep.
*  Sheepscot campus clean up
*  Prep for photo shoot
*  Track inspection


                                              Rules and Standards for Operations

New up dated Rule Book, Version 6.7 is now in effect as of July 24, 2021, this rule book
supersedes previous rules.

Time Table No. 16 remains in effect by General Order No. 16-1.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 26, 2021, 09:26:46 AM
Quote
I also hear the evening Lavender trains were sold out.
Yes. They. Were.

We carried about 150 passengers over the two Lavender trains (and one pickup run.) Lots of fun and the return trains smelled of lavender. We could have easily sold another block or two of tickets, had we had the capacity (mostly due to the tractor ride to the farm.) Next year we'll gear up for more dates/times.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 26, 2021, 09:42:07 AM
Switch Crews Needed for WEDNESDAY 7/28 & THURSDAY 7/29.
Please let Ed or Jason know (or reply here) if you are available and willing to help. Plans may change so please let us know before coming.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on July 26, 2021, 10:24:57 AM
Train crews this week: PLEASE take extra care to round up your flags and RETURN them to the station when finished. I am out of town until 8/3 and cannot perform my usual Clerk tasks in preparation for the photo charter(s). We cannot be searching for flags on Saturday morning.

There are two sets of fairly new red flags in service, one pair the usual size and one pair slightly oversized. They seem to get split up frequently. It would be nice if those were matched to each other and used for the photo runs, instead of some of the older ones that look like they were used wipe down #9's running gear :D

Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 28, 2021, 06:52:52 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of July 31-Aug 1:

* Photo charter "Arrivals and Departures" held on Saturday, three locomotives in steam.
* Photo charter for "Dynamo Productions" held on Sunday, featuring B&SR #7.
* Top of Mountain road building
* Machine shop organizing
* Engine house work
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 29, 2021, 10:22:06 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 28-29 July 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Coach #9 assembly continues   (Eric, Ron, Lou)
*  Trout Brook Bridge ice shields built-completed  (Steve L, Randy, Jonathan)
*  Tamper (Harsco) work continues  (Jay B)
*  Campus clean up  (Fred, Stewart)
*  Archives  (Linda)
*  Gift shop  (Cindy R)
*  Prep for Photo Shoot  (Jason, MLMW crew)

Wednesday:

*  Switching, a large day long switching project in yards and entire Maine Line
    in prep for the photo shoot.  (Jason, Ed, Dan, Bryce, Steve P.)
*  Main line inspection from TOM to Sheepscot, 117 ties to be replaced, 108 joint bars tightened.
    (Steve L, Leon, Randy)
*  Coach #9 assembly continued  (Eric, Ron)
*  Gift shop  (Cindy, Linda)
*  Campus mowing  (Fred)

NOTE:  Not working on campus, I am sure I have missed someone.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on July 31, 2021, 05:57:38 PM
Work done Saturday July 31:

* SeaLyon Farm road - Mike was ditching the road he built last week, and left a spot for a culvert.
* Photo event - Locos 3, 6 and 7 in steam.  7 went out in the morning, 3 and 6 in the afternoon.  Jay and I switched a bunch of cars and locomotives, spotting the dead locos for the photo finale tonight.
* Loco 51 - Jay didn't get to do much on it except spray paint parts.
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on July 31, 2021, 07:26:32 PM
You mean 9, not 6??
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on July 31, 2021, 07:55:56 PM
#9 was SRRL #6 today.

You have to get started pretty early to beat these 2. Fred on the left, Dwight on the right, do the behind the scenes work here, cutting the brush back on Fossel Rd. They were later joined by Zack, but I was already in the woods by then. I cut some stuff with a power saw after lunch they could not get, including some limbs along 218 to improve visibility to the North when pulling out.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xCnr0twD/0731210828.jpg)

The rain during the week dampened everything, including the new part of the farm loop. I added to the ditches, and back bladed with the dozer to try and smooth it up to help dry it.

(https://i.postimg.cc/PrRkmbwY/0731210859.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vZxwX1rj/0731210859a.jpg)

We needed a culvert, but I wanted something that was cheap and tough. $100 for what is seen here. We will see how it holds up.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y287SB2X/0731210955.jpg)

Did I forget to mention the mud?

(https://i.postimg.cc/Mpgq80Zq/0731211002.jpg)

As part of the collaboration with Sealyon Farms, we have been helping each other out, as seen by us doing the road. What is not seen is Don mowing TOM for us, and doing what he can to help things flow better, offering his tractor when he can. And in return, we help him when we can. There was a soft spot in the field that Don wanted a culvert in, but hadn't picked up the pipe yet. He wanted a hole dug so he could drop it in then backfill. Well, it is ready for him.

(https://i.postimg.cc/RVFB6pNv/0731211423.jpg)


(https://i.postimg.cc/Gp0wfczp/0731211423a.jpg)

Stopped in to AC on the way back south, and grabbed a couple pics of the photographers grabbing pics. Here is one as #3 passes by southbound.

(https://i.postimg.cc/pLmR7cHs/0731211526.jpg)
Title: Re: July 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on August 02, 2021, 07:52:32 AM
Thank you Mike for the report and pics. Starting up a partnership  with Sealyon Farms has really been a brillant idea.