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Title: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 02, 2021, 10:24:00 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 3-4 August 2021.

*  Tie replacement Albee filed crossing. A number of ties need replacing before
    Saturdays operations. (to be done Tues., volunteers bring your lunch)

*  TOM track crossings to be built/completed. (Wed. volunteers bring your lunch.

*  Tamper repair continues.

*  Alna Center mowing/campus clean up  (pending)

*  Locomotive #9 test fire and qualification run/switching prep for weekend ops.

*  Shop work, Coach #9 assembly (pending)

NOTE:  Track crew does not expect to return for lunch both days.


TIME TABLE No. 16, Effective at 12:01 AM, Saturday, May 29, 2021

Page #3

   Permanent Track Speed Limits and Conditions (table)
   Speed Table
   Magneto Phone station location list, Siding Length List, Flag Stop List

   Whistling before 10AM at all whistled crossings is discouraged;  approach prepared to stop                             
   and yield to vehicular traffic.                                                                                                                   

   All crossings to be whistled for are marked by a “W” sign 250 feet from the crossing, which
   acts as a marker only and is not intended to denote where whistling begins.  Any train unable
   to whistle must approach prepared to stop and yield to vehicular traffic.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 02, 2021, 06:26:24 PM
If you are planning on being around and generally available to help out at Saturday's Annual Picnic, please let me know. We will need all the help we can get and it would be very useful to know who is coming, at least for parts of the day.

Thanks!
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 04, 2021, 06:53:25 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday August 7:

* Annual Picnic (a week earlier than normal) - all hands needed on deck
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 04, 2021, 05:17:15 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 3-4 August 2021.

Tuesday: 

*  Locomotive #9 maintenance check, Qualifying run on the Mountain Extension
    for Bryce, Fireman training for Steve P.  (Roger, Wes C)

*  Track work,  critical ties replaced in the Albee Field area.  (Steve L, Brian W, Chuck, Steve Leet)

*  Brookville repairs,  (Jay B)

*  Shop work, wheel pressing (Jerry, Randy)

*  Mowing Alna Center,  (Fred, Randy)

*  Campus Maintenance/clean up  (Pete, Cody)

*  Gift Shop work, (Cindy R)

*  Coach #9 assembly continues  (Lou)

*  Yard Switching  (Ed, Jason)

Wednesday:

*  TOM (new track crossing) stone work  (Leon, Chuck, Jared, Steve Leet, Steve L, Elijah, Paul)

*  Campus clean up, trash run,  (Stewart)

*  Field mowing above Fossil Crossing,  (Fred)

*  Coach #9 assembly continues  (Eric, Ron)

*  Supporting projects and repairs  (Brendan, Bob H)

*  MLMW crew making repairs on Locomotive #3.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 04, 2021, 07:56:53 PM
It was a bust-butt kind of week.  Thank you Steve and crew for setting priorities, fitting in extra ones, and making it happen.  The level of activity and progress on these days has been astounding.

Thanks,
Jason 
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on August 04, 2021, 11:03:03 PM
If you are planning on being around and generally available to help out at Saturday's Annual Picnic, please let me know. We will need all the help we can get and it would be very useful to know who is coming, at least for parts of the day. Thanks!
I would like to drop by in the early afternoon and take a crack at finding the magphone problem between Brook Crossing and Sheepscot.

Hopefully my trundling around in the woods won't adversely affect Picnic operations. I'm sure that it won't adversely affect telephone service. ::)

-John M
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 05, 2021, 10:17:20 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, August 7th.
10:00am: Annual Picnic Train - 90min trip featuring #9 pulling an all-coach consist. [SOLD OUT.]
11:00am: Annual Picnic Train - 90min trip featuring #3 pulling an open car/caboose train consist. [SOLD OUT.]
12:00pm: Annual Picnic Train - 90min trip featuring #7 pulling an all-coach consist. [SOLD OUT.]
1:00pm: Annual Picnic Train - 90min trip featuring #9 pulling an open car/caboose train consist. (tix available*)
2:00pm: Annual Picnic Train - 90min trip featuring #3 pulling an all-coach consist. (tix available*)
3:00pm: Annual Picnic Train - 90min trip featuring #7 pulling an open car/caboose train consist. (tix available*)
4:00pm: Annual Picnic Train - 90min trip featuring #9 pulling an all-coach consist. (tix available*)
6:00pm: Annual Picnic Special - Double-header (7 & 9) to Milepost 8 featuring a 6-car ALL COACH train; runby at AC (tix available*)
*As of Thursday 8/5.

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

Specifically, we NEED assistance for crowd control at Sheepscot - car hosts on the trains would also be helpful. Contact ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org to help.


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: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 05, 2021, 10:20:28 AM
PLEASE PARK CAREFULLY AND CONSIDERATELY at Sheepscot on Saturday!

We are anticipating a record number of attendees for the annual picnic. If you are arriving early, and staying for the 6pm train to Mile Post 8, please park in such a way to allow others to box you in.

Thanks!

-Ed
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 07, 2021, 05:48:39 PM
Work done on Saturday August 7:

* Annual Picnic - Great turnout.  I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
* Fred and Dwight did some trimming at Alna Center
* Boxcar 56 - Marcel did some work on the upright posts in the morning.
* Mike tried to fix the starting issues with the forklift (I don't know if he was successful).
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on August 07, 2021, 11:35:35 PM
With major assistance from Joseph Gilbert ("Joseph from Maine") and his girlfriend Sophie, plus testing assistance from Benjamin Richards, functional operation of the entire magphone system between TOM and SS has been achieved. The telephone in the AC station needs some wiring adjustments, as I evidently installed the new handset cord incorrectly, but it still works fairly well.
-John McNamara "Chief Dingaling"
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 08, 2021, 02:18:09 PM
                     Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 10-11 August 2021.

*  Track work, lifting joints between Albee’s field and TOM. Track crew to bring lunch
    as we will do lunch on site.

*  Prep. Work for the Trout Brook turn table

* Shop work, wheel pressing  (pending)

*  Coach #9 assembly  (pending)

*  Yard switching Prep for weekend operations (Thursday)

*  Campus clean up, trash, mowing, general maintenance


                                        Rules and Standards for Operations


TESTS!   Don’t forget to take the Basic Safety Test as required by all crew members regardless
                if you attended the 2021 Rules Class. This test is an open book test and must be
                submitted no later than 31 August 2021.


NOTE:  Working on the main line or in the yards, pay attention to ticks and the sun/humidity.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 10, 2021, 01:34:26 PM
Congratulations and thank you John McNamara, Joe and Sophie on your mag-phone success!  Very glad to hear it.  This piece of progress got swept away in the craziness of last Saturday but I'm very pleased the phone is back in service.

Thanks!
Jason
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on August 10, 2021, 03:10:33 PM
Thank you for the thank you; not complete success until I make some minor adjustments at AC; should be usable but not perfect.
-John  M
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on August 10, 2021, 07:02:05 PM
John (the Mag Phone Miracle Man) McNamara!!
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 11, 2021, 06:50:51 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of August 14-15:

* Mountain clearing - Mike's leading a crew on Saturday to do some cleanup along the Mountain.
* Machine shop
* Great War reenactment trains - both days.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 11, 2021, 07:39:06 AM
To keep it simple, we are not using the train. Fred and Dwight along with help from Al and Zack have really opened Fossel Rd up and that will be our access. We will be meeting at Sheepscot between 8 and 8:30, and any that come later can join us on site. We can return to Sheepscot for lunch, or bring your own lunch and watch the trains at TOM. The plan is to be done and back to Sheepscot by 3, so those that would like to can enjoy a free train ride.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 11, 2021, 10:25:37 AM
Mike's Making Molehills on the Mountain work event is being actively publicized to recruit new volunteers (as was done for Tie and Dine, Rock the Mountain, etc.) While there is no requirement to do so, there are signups at:
https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/296526/?full-items=yes&flow=420374

Invite your friends (or your enemies, we don't discriminate.)
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 11, 2021, 08:23:30 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 10-11 August 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Track work, from mile post #7 traveling north to the southern crib near TOM, ballast was put down
    and 15 joints were raised and tamped.  (Brian W, Steve Leet, Nichol, Leon, Jared, Steve L)

*  Shop work, two more wheel sets were pressed.  (Jerry, Jason)

*  Locomotive #9, cross head pipe work and maintenance, I expect Jason will give a better description.
    (Roger, Wes C, Jason, Randy, Jerry)

*  Mowing Alna Center,  (Fred, Randy)

*  Coach clean up, ash pit clean out, trailer painting  (Cody, Peter)

*  Coach #9 assembly continues   (Lou)

*  Gift shop work (Cindy R)

*  Rolling stock journal box oiling,  (Phil)

*  General campus maintenance,   (Brendan, Stewart)

*  Tamper (Wilma) repairs,  (Jay B)

Wednesday:

* Track work, the remainder 7 joints were lifted and tamped, ballast loaded on 2 flats.
   (Steve L, Brian W, Dan, Nick (Dan’s nephew), Paul, Elijah).

*  Locomotive #9,  Maintenance/repairs   (Roger, Wes C)

*  Sheepscot mowing  (Fred)

*  Bridge Work,  railing and fence assessment,  weed whacking  (Randy)

*  Trash run  (Stewart)

*  Gift shop work  (Cindy R), Archives work

*  Trout Brook turn table moved to parking lot for adjustments and reconfiguration.
       (Brendan, Steve L, Brian W)

*  Yard switching  (Ed, Jason)

       
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on August 12, 2021, 11:47:40 AM
As always, I am amazed and proud of the amount of important work accomplished by these very dedicated weekly volunteers, as reported faithfully by Steve Lennox. I am in awe of you folks.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on August 13, 2021, 06:04:29 AM
 I fully second Wayne.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: john d Stone on August 13, 2021, 10:04:14 AM
And I will third Wayne!
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on August 13, 2021, 12:09:58 PM
can we get a pic of the Trout brook turntable?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 13, 2021, 12:19:45 PM
Quite often work that goes unreported happens on Sunday. Marcel has been steadily working on the Morse boxcar, getting the framing done. Nothing quick about it, and usually only has one other volunteer with him.

Without all of our volunteers, we would be at a stand still. Every one of them deserve praise.

I do think Steve missed his calling. Always supplying us with very detailed reports. A great talent to have.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on August 14, 2021, 03:32:44 PM
The Bridgton turntable being moved Wednesday.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/s5/bbarry74/IMG_4283.JPG?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/bbarry74/a/58e384d0-fdec-4da1-9e1e-c14e3edadb0c/p/505a208e-9c5e-4777-8ba6-215865b96698)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/s5/bbarry74/IMG_4285.JPG?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/bbarry74/a/58e384d0-fdec-4da1-9e1e-c14e3edadb0c/p/0a0628b8-dea8-444a-b7e7-2ebb23b1e011)
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 14, 2021, 06:04:18 PM
Saturday morning, I stopped and grabbed 2 bags of ice on the way to the museum, thinking with the humidity it would be nice to have something cold to drink. Cindy had picked up several flavors of gatorade.

I loaded everything up when I arrived, about my usual time, 7:10. We had 2 powersaws, 4 blade trimmers, gas, oil, and my cooler plus the museums cooler full of water and some of the gatorade. We waited until 8:30 and had a decent crew of 6 ready to go north and trim some brush. We started off withDwight Winkley, Brian Whitney, Steve Leet, Art and Sam Dove, and myself. By 9 am, we were knocking the bushes down.. Here is Sam closest to me moving some brush, his dad Art ahead of him. Brian is on the left, with Steve furthest away.

(https://i.postimg.cc/KzPN3bkp/0814210909.jpg)

About 15 minutes later looking back on that spot.

(https://i.postimg.cc/52yn7DTj/0814210924.jpg)

I turned around and shot south to TOM. Dwight is walking up the track. Shortly after this we were joined by Peter and Cody Stevens.

(https://i.postimg.cc/h48yfLV4/0814210924a.jpg)

Done. They were finishing up at TOM so I came back and cut the west side of the big culvert.

(https://i.postimg.cc/02x4fW9J/0814211121.jpg)

Train was in..

(https://i.postimg.cc/nVq5qbfJ/0814211122.jpg)

Compared to a picture I took a couple weeks ago

(https://i.postimg.cc/0Nmx56rm/0731211337.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FzbBvcVR/0814211123.jpg)

Lets compare todays work

(https://i.postimg.cc/VLRVHqNZ/0814211129.jpg)

With a picture I took a couple weeks ago

(https://i.postimg.cc/Px4gN1HL/0731210847.jpg)

And again

(https://i.postimg.cc/bwwBXZDy/0814211130a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/YS1KKJyz/0731210849.jpg)

We were done. Headed to lunch and some took a trainrise at 1. It was a great day and if it hadn't been so hot, we may have continued..

(https://i.postimg.cc/dVNSJJr8/0814211140.jpg)

I did catch Brendan bush hogging the field while we wereup there.

(https://i.postimg.cc/4NBW1X8r/0814211017.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5tZ7FpPy/0814211017a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bvGVJ494/0814211017c.jpg)

And don't forget the trains. It was hot. They swapped crews after 2 runs to help with the heat.

(https://i.postimg.cc/NjXrj4rp/0814211130b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KYy3kMPF/0814211130c.jpg)


Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 14, 2021, 06:17:25 PM
Hi,

Any chance of getting a photo of the prep work down by 218 for the turntable?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 14, 2021, 06:20:03 PM
Bill,

Prep work for the turntable hasn’t started yet.  We are staging this month and will do all the site work within two weeks in September.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 14, 2021, 06:57:56 PM
This is what I found today. Turn table has been moved to the main parkinglot.

(https://i.postimg.cc/yNSnBcVH/0814210735.jpg)

The 2 vertical rows of rivets mark the end of the original turntable. Edaville welded ends on and installed truss rods to tension the added length.

(https://i.postimg.cc/SsFdKRsz/0814210736.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hvK09YVD/0814210736b.jpg)

I also found these marks, ready for cutting. This is beyond the weld because Edaville also changed the outer ring. Cutting the turntable back to the original length would complicate the modifications.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Vkh43DPg/0814210736a.jpg)

As for which table this was on the B&SR. It is impossible to tell. The originals had a running board along the bottom of the turntable beam, and wooden sides that went between the running board and the timbers on top of the beams that supported the track. Edaville welded the rail directly to the I beams. See the following image from one of Peter Barneys books.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Hxz6PHYc/0814211855.jpg)
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 14, 2021, 08:13:45 PM
As for which table this was on the B&SR. It is impossible to tell. The originals had a running board along the bottom of the turntable beam, and wooden sides that went between the running board and the timbers on top of the beams that supported the track...

So I have to ask, now seeing the historic photo, what would be the usefulness of the running board?  I assume this was an armstrong turntable, so anyone not on the engine would have been needed for the turn.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 14, 2021, 09:40:42 PM
It was like their pit. Engineer could walk along with running gear closer to eye level. No bending to oil.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 14, 2021, 10:38:58 PM
I also found these marks, ready for cutting. This is beyond the weld because Edaville also changed the outer ring. Cutting the turntable back to the original length would complicate the modifications.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Vkh43DPg/0814210736a.jpg)

The marks are for cutting.  They are equal radius dimensions from the center of the pivot pin.  Steve L. and I measured these out this spring and I marked them for Jason to cut.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on August 14, 2021, 10:44:06 PM
How did we happen to acquired this turntable? Doesn't Edaville still use a turntable?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on August 15, 2021, 12:29:27 AM
Will the planks be added as they were in the pic of the B&S location?

To be clear the wheel support radius would have to be changed if it were
to be put back at original location & TT length?

As long as there is room where it is going and locos fit all is good. :-)
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 15, 2021, 12:09:47 PM
It belongs to MNGRR. We worked out an agreement with them to use it. As part of the agreement, any modifications we make, including modifying the length, needs to be undone if they want it back. They had hoped they could use it to turn coaches to even out wheel and weather wear on their cars, but there is no room for it there.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 16, 2021, 10:29:42 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 17-18 August 2021

*  Track work, joint ballasting and lifting between mile post #7 heading south.
    Volunteers attending should bring lunch, questions, email Steve at stvlxx@yahoo.com

*  Shop work, wheel pressing continues

*  Sheepscot, Alna Center clean up/maintenance

*  Tamper/Brookville repairs continue  (pending)

*  Trout Brook turntable work continues

*  Engine house work continues


                  Rules and Standards for Operations

Testing reminder for Operating crews, this is the Basic Safety test, due date 31 August 2021.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on August 16, 2021, 11:35:52 AM
what will be the usable length of the turntable when installed?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Piche on August 16, 2021, 12:02:20 PM
what will be the usable length of the turntable when installed?

Don't know the exact dimensions, but it'll be long enough to fit any locomotive put on it (probably). The extensions were put on so that passenger cars could fit comfortably on it.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Kevin Kierstead on August 16, 2021, 02:15:25 PM
so that's around 40', give or take? Also how far in from 218 will it be sited?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 16, 2021, 02:20:48 PM
Final length of rail on turntable will be 31’.  Turntable center will be 228’ from Center of RR/ Rt218 crossing.  Length is limited by desire to avoid encroaching on the hillside to the west of the turntable location..

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 18, 2021, 06:53:23 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Aug 21:

* Machine shop
* Engine house
* Train ops 11 - 5 - there's a concert for the 5 PM train.
* Board meeting at 4
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on August 18, 2021, 07:02:24 PM
Today four new trackside flag holders were completed.  I want to put a coat of white paint over the primer before I declare them finished.  They are the same as the four I brought up about 8 or 10 years ago.  They will arrive for the FWW.

XVII 122. Out of Service Track in Effect (Working Limits)
i. Fixed Red flags placed at both ends of the Out of Service Track segment.
ii.Fixed Yellow flags placed preceding the red flags a sufficient distance to provide ample warning to approaching trains, unless within Yard Limits and not on the Main Track.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 18, 2021, 07:45:34 PM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Aug 21st.
9:00am: Handcar Hop (AVAILABLE).
11:00am: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (AVAILABLE) and Caboose Adventure (AVAILABLE).
1:00pm: Ice Cream Express (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
3:00pm: Ice Cream Express (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
5:00pm: Music on the Railway: Pejepscot Station (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).

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

Specifically, we NEED assistance - tickets are selling very well and crowd control at Sheepscot, Alna Center, and on the train is necessary. 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: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 19, 2021, 12:00:51 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 17-18 August 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Track work, MP#7 heading south, 8 more joints ballasted, lifted and tamped., select brush cut.
    (Steve L, Brian W, Chuck B, Steve Leet, Bill Reidy)

*  Brookville repairs  (Jay B)

*  Shop, wheel pressing  (Jerry, Carlos, Stewart)

*  Campus maintenance and clean up.  (Fred, Randy)

*  New Machine Shop Storage building, shelving build begins.
    (Brendan, Randy, Jason)

*  Gift shop, kitchen supplies  (Cindy R)


Wednesday:

*  Track work, MP#7 heading south, 5 more joints ballasted, lifted and tamped. MLMW switch received ballast
    in preparation to lift the lower east side of the track.
    (Steve L, Steve Leet, Chuck B, Brian W, Paul and Elijah, Dan, Nick, William)

*  New Machine Shop Storage Building shelving continues.  (Brendan, Randy, Chuck, Jason).

*  Brookville work  (Jay B)

*  Campus maintenance and clean up  (Fred, Stewart)

*  Switching, Caboose #554 staged at Alna Ctr, Open Coach #130 on Car Barn lead #1, Flat cars
    #118 and #126 on Woods Track, Engine #52 on Machine shop lead #1.
    (Chuck B, Brian W, Dan, Steve L)
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 19, 2021, 06:29:37 PM
A few photos of the south-of-mile post 7 track work, led by Stephen Lennox Tuesday.  Chuck B. helped load track tools before we left Sheepscot around 9.30 a.m.

Steve Leet talks with Brian Whitney aboard Big Joe as they prepare the tamper for service at Top of Mountain.
(https://i.imgur.com/aBtY3sU.jpg)

Big Joe is positioned by Brian and Steve Lennox at MP7 as tamping work is about to start following lifting and leveling of joints south.
(https://i.imgur.com/xfK3H18.jpg)

Steve Leet and Brian shovel stone as the tamper, operated by Steve Lennox, tamps ties south of a lifted joint.  Progression was south-to-north at each lifted joint.
(https://i.imgur.com/vquOXXL.jpg)

Tree saplings close to the track were also cut during Tuesday's work.

Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 19, 2021, 07:53:00 PM
Hallelujah!  I'm looking forward to having the crew lift joints at Albee's Field (I think those are arguably worse than the ones at MP 7).
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on August 20, 2021, 07:35:15 AM
Thanks Bill for the report. Trackworks are endless. As soon as you have been  fixed  one place  you have to run to an other one worse than the previous location. I guess that the clay ground of the ROW does not help matters as regards the geometry and comportment of the track. Trackworks are time consumming and require quite a lot of workforce at that  so  it's a sound idea to  advertise for new volunteers on fb  especially if you decide on  crossing 218 some day.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Dana Deering on August 20, 2021, 12:23:00 PM
Regarding the turntable. My guess is that if Edaville had only one turntable it would have been the one from Bridgton Junction because Mr. Atwood bought all of the Junction trackage. If it was the Junction table than it is the turntable that was originally at the Harrison yard. Ed Mead states in “Busted and Still Running” that the Harrison table was moved to the Junction when the Harrison branch was abandoned. The old Junction table must’ve been replaced with the “newer” Harrison table. Also, there is a photo in a couple of Bridgton books that shows what could be the initial scrapping of the Bridgton Yard turntable.   Possibly Atwood bought both? One for parts?  I don’t know, but my guess is that the table we now have is the Junction/Harrison turntable.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 21, 2021, 07:40:43 PM
Work done on Saturday Aug 21:

* Ice Cream Social - Dave, Steve L, Steve P and others set up for the ice cream at Alna Center in the morning, and served ice cream for the 1 and 3 trains.
* Archives - Linda and Nicole were flipping through books matching up pictures from a recently received set of photo albums.
* Board meeting - 4 - 6.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 23, 2021, 10:30:58 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 24-25 August 2021

*  Track work, lifting joints between Rosewood and Albee’s Crossing, MLMW switch lift. (Tues)

*  Conservancy/WW&F work day, weed whacking, build crossing/fence at Trout Brook Bridge

*  Coach #9 assembly

*  Brookville/Tamper work

*  Shop, wheel pressing

*  Grounds maintenance and clean up


                           Rules for Standards for Operations

BASIC SAFETY TEST:  This is the last week to get your test in, the end date is 31 August.


NOTE:  Don’t miss out on your chance to be on the train crew! There are openings in all positions, beat the rush and sign up today.

Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 25, 2021, 06:46:27 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Aug 28:

* Engine house
* Machine shop
* Public train ops (help needed)
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 25, 2021, 10:04:54 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Aug 28th.
9:00am: Handcar Hop (available).
11:00am: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails (SOLD OUT WEEKS AGO) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
1:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
3:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (available).
5:00pm: Presentation: Wild Blueberry Express (tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).

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

Specifically, we NEED assistance over the NEXT TWO WEEKS:
- 9/4 is the BBQ and Farmstand Express (cookout at ToM) with an evening concert.
- 9/11 is a large charter with nearly 200 passengers over two shifts - campus tour guides/docents needed.
- Plus, Pumpkin Pickin' Trains start 9/25 (two steam trains running on the hour every hour 11-4, plus concerts at 5pm)
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: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 25, 2021, 07:58:26 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 24-25 August 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Track work,  Big Joe had a minor repair to a tamping hammer and it was back to work
    completing 4 more joints, lifted, ballasted and tamped. Further the ML&M switch was
    lifted and hand tamped, this area will need another lift. The day ended with ballasting a
    small erosion spot north of the Jane Way Crossing.
    (Steve L, Dan, Leon, Jared, Chuck, Steve Leet)

*  Shop work, Jackson Sharp truck work begins (Jerry, Carlos, Jason)
     Vacuum brake work,  (Johnathan and Randy)
     
*   Tamper/Brookville work continues  (Jay B)

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

*   Alna Center mowing,  (Fred, Randy)

*   General maintenance and clean up  ( Stewart, Fred, Randy)

*  Gift shop and Archives work  (Cindy R, Linda)


Wednesday:

*  Midcoast Conservancy joint work day. Work completed included members help build new trail   
    bridges from parking lot to track right of way, weed whacking along east side of track from trail end
    Trout Brook Bridge, some 20 fence post holes dug, set and tamped between trail track crossing south
    to the north end of bridge, fencing to be added next week, pedestrian track crossing built .
    Steve L, Steve Leet, Brian W, Chuck, Bill R, JB Smith, Paul and Elijah, Isobel from Midcoast and 
    two new volunteers Steve Gaskin and Ed who I don’t remember his last name.

*  Turn table test hole completed,  (Jason, Steve Leet, Brian W, Bill R, JB Smith, Paul, Elijah.

*  Shop work, Vacuum brakes, Trout Brook Bridge railing.  (Randy, Jonathan)

*  Coach #9 assembly continues,  (Eric, Ron)

*  Sheepscot campus mowing and Maintenance, trash run,  (Fred, Stewart)

*  Gift shop  ( Cindy R)

* Tamper/Brookville work,  (Jay B)


NOTE:  I am sure I missed people. Note the work completed was under the hottest days this summer.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 25, 2021, 10:01:09 PM
Some photos from today on the Mountain Extension for the trail, fence and crossing work north of Trout Brook.  Yes, it was a tad warm.

Early in the day on the work of setting fence posts.  The fence will separate the relocated Midcoast Conservancy trail on the left from the railway on the right.  We're looking north, with roadmaster Steve Lennox leading a crew on the four-man auger.  In the foreground is Steve Leet, who led with professional guidance on lining and setting the fence posts.
(https://i.imgur.com/avphbna.jpg)

The fence posts set before lunch.  Early on, a crew also brush cut the trail and fence line south of the new trail crossing.
(https://i.imgur.com/Ul5K7k5.jpg)

Looking south along the new fence line from locomotive No. 52.  Today's work train (north-to-south) was 52, Bridgton & Saco River flatcar No. 34, and Maine Locomotive & Machine open coach No. 130.
(https://i.imgur.com/BRtCPa8.jpg)

The fence post line nearing completion, looking south toward Trout Brook bridge.  In the distance, Steve Leet is working with a crew to set the final few posts.  20 posts were set.
(https://i.imgur.com/ves9fQy.jpg)

Not a great photo, but here is the roll of new wire fencing that will be installed.  The fence separating rail and trail is meant to resemble fence lines from the historic railway, as researched by Steve Piwowarski, with example seen on page 146 126 of Two Feet to Tidewater.
(https://i.imgur.com/JsDqjzv.jpg)

The new trail crossing installed today.
(https://i.imgur.com/X81ZV3b.jpg)

Today's crew shoveling stone to make ballast ramps to the trail crossing.
(https://i.imgur.com/jb1kiqC.jpg)

While this work was underway on the new trail crossing and southward toward Trout Brook bridge, Midcoast Conservancy's Isobel Curtis, Lands Environmental Steward, was busy leading a crew rerouting a portion of the trail on the east side of the railway north of the crossing.  A couple of photos of the work accomplished today.
(https://i.imgur.com/8xVwNmO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/x4BtTkc.jpg)

Did Steve Lennox mention it was very hot today?

Edit:  Jason provided two corrections to my original post.  Thanks!

2nd edit:  Corrected the page reference in Two Feet to Tidewater.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 26, 2021, 08:39:42 AM
Wow. Looks great! Nice work. It has been over 100 out here the last 4 days and today will be another. At least I am not working in it..
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on August 26, 2021, 09:16:46 AM
Is the 100 degrees the actual temp or feels like temp? If the former, it probably felt hotter than that. NW Ohio has been having the same weather.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on August 26, 2021, 09:44:42 PM
Actual. Today was only 100. Feels like temp was 107 or something like that. Saw 113 on Tuesday.. Too hot for this guy to be too far from the AC..
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on August 26, 2021, 09:55:59 PM
Bill,

Thanks for your report on the hole boring business.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 28, 2021, 05:44:06 PM
Work done on Saturday Aug 28:

* Brush cutting: A crew was cutting on Averill Road, and around MP 7.
* Shop annex: Brendan was putting in additional supports on the floor of the annex in order to place the shelves for steel stock.  Meanwhile I moved the nails and screws from Fred's Shed to the annex.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on August 28, 2021, 07:17:54 PM
Work done on Saturday Aug 28:

* Brush cutting: A crew was cutting on Averill Road, and around MP 7...

The north side of Jayne's Way crossing was also cut.  The northwest corner of Trask's crossing could use some attention.

I did see the Averill Road crew also cut the poison ivy patch behind the Alna Center outside phone post.  I felt itchy the rest of the day after that sight.

Looks like the public trains were well-attended, at least through 3 p.m., when I left.

Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on August 29, 2021, 05:48:36 PM
Anticipated work Tuesday August 31, Wednesday September 1, 2021

*  Trout Brook Bridge fencing build,    (Tuesday)
*  Trout Brook Bridge railing build begins.
*  Locomotive #11 Work Session Tuesday thru Thursday. The focus will be on
    boiler plate flanging for Locomotive #10 and #11.
*  Shop work, rebuilding trucks continue.
*  Flanger/Brookville repairs continue
*  General maintenance and campus clean up.


       Rules and Regulations for Operations

This is it! Basic Safety Rules Test to be handed in by Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on August 29, 2021, 08:46:46 PM
Can we take and print the rules test online? Also, I must say the fence posts look great. Love the trail relocation efforts. Looks great to see a formal trail in place now.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 29, 2021, 10:35:49 PM
Tests were emailed and are also posted in the Operating Crew section of the forum.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Leet on August 30, 2021, 06:44:09 AM
So where do you find the operating crew section of the forum, It does not seem to appear on the home page
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 30, 2021, 08:00:23 AM
The Operating Crew section is a sub-forum under the Volunteers section. Like the 'members only' section, it is not visible to the general public - or those outside of the Operating Department.

That said, since you have started entry into the program, you have been added to that list and you should now see the Operating Crew section.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Paul Crabb on August 30, 2021, 10:04:40 PM
Are there "due dates" for the other tests?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 30, 2021, 10:15:36 PM
Yes - anyone who attended a rules class in 2020 or 2021 should have all tests completed by the end of this year.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on August 31, 2021, 07:20:13 PM
Today (Tuesday Aug 31) was busy.

* Shop Annex - Brendan was busy adding stuff in the annex, while Wayne and Kitty Laepple were sorting and organizing the bolt bins.
* Coach 9 - Some sanding was going on.
* Wood shop - that's the former machine shop.  Some old objects got removed and new objects got added.
* Passenger trucks - Jerry and Carlos and myself removed the top frame piece from two passenger trucks that were in a wreck at Edaville in the '70s.  The frames need to be bent straight.
* Loco 11 - Various people were doing stuff involving lathes, sparks, and heat.
* Trout Brook - the fence got put up.
* Mowing - Fred and Randy mowed.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 31, 2021, 08:21:49 PM
Bryce and Dan led an effort to make a mounting bracket for the new injector for 9, and finished it!  We hope to install it next week if lucky.

Steve Leet led a crew of 4 and completed installation of the fence at Trout Brook. 

No 11 work party focused on preparing to flange boiler plate.  That work commences tomorrow on both 10 and 11 boiler plates.

Thanks all,
Jason
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Dwight Winkley on August 31, 2021, 09:28:08 PM
Which fence are you talking about. The fence on the bridge or the trail fence?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on August 31, 2021, 09:40:36 PM
Sorry.. I meant the trail fence.  The bridge railing components were cut to length today.  We need a few more parts so that’ll get installed next week.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 02, 2021, 08:54:40 AM
Work completed for Tuesday and Wednesday 31 August and 1 September 2021.

Tuesday:

*  The work performed on Tuesday has already been posted. Noted was the completion
    of the fencing along the west side of the road bed separating the hiking trail from the
    road bed. Signage, a kiosk and bridge railing will complete most of this project.
           (Steve Leet, Brian W, Paul, Elijah, Randy)

Wednesday:

*  Shop, Flanging work continues, (Jason, Rick, Gordon, Brendan

*  Wood shop, work was being performed in the Machine Shop Bay #4  (Eric, Ron)

*  Shop, Vacuum brake work continues  (Johnathan, Randy)

*  Shop Annex, set up work continues   (Wayne and his wife)

*  Tamper, work/repairs continue  (Jay B)

*  Archives,  (Linda)


Note:  I’m sure some volunteers were missed, I am in North Carolina attending the Narrow Gauge
           Convention, various WW&F handouts have been placed on display.
   
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Dave Crow on September 02, 2021, 10:31:14 AM
Will the walking trail within the drainage ditch, from what I can see in the photo, affect the drainage?  Will hikers get upset if they are walking in soggy ground? will there be additional grading or trail construction to prevent a feeling of being walled in between the fence and the hillside?

Just random thoughts from an occasional day hiker.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 02, 2021, 10:55:37 AM
The re-routed trail's location was selected primarily by Midcoast Conservancy with our input and suggestions. Several joint work days have brought us this far.

If any of those items become a concern, the trail could (potentially) be routed up the hillside. However, that would not provide direct access to the bridge site, making a hiker's jaunt atop the tracks (as opposed to alongside them) more likely.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on September 02, 2021, 11:20:25 AM
Where is the phone line?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 02, 2021, 11:25:07 AM
I thought the phone line was buried on the East side of the track in this stretch. Mike?
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 02, 2021, 12:13:01 PM
I thought the phone line was buried on the East side of the track in this stretch. Mike?
I think our chief ding-a-ling has a photo of my using the mag phone line at a post which was on the west side of the track more or less about 30 or 40 yards north of the bridge.  I don't know if that was a temporary location or that the line was routed from the East side of the tracks on the south side of the bridge to the west side of the tracks on north side of the bridge so it would be on the same side of the tracks as the future Trout Brook Station.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on September 02, 2021, 01:50:00 PM
The phone post north of the bridge, made famous by Conductor Bill Baskerville in the January/February 2021 WW&F Newsletter, is along the trail, about 6 to 8 feet from the fence.  I assume it will need to be moved or abandoned/hidden.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on September 02, 2021, 02:44:34 PM
John, when we put in the posts we looked for the buried line as best we could, I don't think we hit it, but we certainly gave it consideration.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on September 02, 2021, 03:01:21 PM
The phone line crossed to the west side North of the bridge, to be on the same side as the station. Someone will need to check it for operation, though the line itself is mostly in waterline there, and has red caution tape above. Leaves the box at about a 35 degree angle until it gets to the center of the roadbed.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Whitney on September 02, 2021, 05:25:17 PM
After installing the fence posts it seems logical to me that the phone connection could be mounted on one of the fence posts on the track side, which would keep it on the west side and also make it easier to get to from the track. That way there would be minimal movement of the line.
Title: Re: August 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on September 02, 2021, 07:04:43 PM
I was up there yesterday.  The east side of the trail up to the new crossing still needs lots of work as it's mostly in drainage terrain.  Stay tuned.