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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Volunteers => Topic started by: James Patten on September 29, 2021, 06:46:55 AM

Title: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on September 29, 2021, 06:46:55 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 2:

* Engine house construction
* Coach 9 machining of parts
* Pumpkin trains and a concert
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 29, 2021, 09:21:27 AM
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Oct 2nd.
11:00am*: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (SOLD OUT), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (SOLD OUT) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
12:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (SOLD OUT) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
1:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (2 tix avail.) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
2:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (SOLD OUT) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
3:00pm: Sheepscot Valley Steam Train (tix available), Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm (SOLD OUT) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
4:00pm: Music on the Railway: Sandy River Ramblers (LIMITED tix available) and Caboose Adventure (SOLD OUT).
*Includes charter by Black Sheep Tours.

Extra assistance is needed!!!
We expect to welcome 400 passengers to Sheepscot on Saturday and run seven train trips (concert pickup at 5pm) with two steam locomotives. This is our peak season for visitors. Help is needed on the trains, Sheepscot, at Top of the Mountain, and Alna Center. Please let me know (ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org) if you are available to help.

SPECIFICALLY, we need at least two people to help with parking. If this role goes unfilled, volunteers who arrive early may run the risk of getting unwittingly boxed in as the day progresses.

PLEASE PARK CONSIDERATELY.  All-day volunteers should park in what space is available in the upper/west lot and block each other in.
When starting the "2nd row" be sure to start it close and parallel to the one adjacent to the the Percival house, otherwise we will not be able to handle the anticipated traffic.

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.


PS: TWO bus tours are coming on MONDAY 10/4. Extra help giving tours would be appreciated.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 02, 2021, 05:50:19 PM
Work done on Saturday Oct 2:

* Engine house: Because of the threat that the crane truck would go away next week, it was decided to use it to raise the remaining east/west walls, as they had been completed during the week.  The walls went up and it was discovered the door in the east wall was off by a few inches, so the crew fixed it.
* Coach 9: Harold was working on coach seat castings.  Alan was working on a piece for the press which will help fix the truck frames.
* Wood and ash shuttle: Pete and Cody were shuttling ashes and split wood throughout the day.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 03, 2021, 04:09:33 PM
Chesterfield Associates has picked up Clancy the Crane. We had used it on several projects and was very handy. I would like to thank Davies Allan of Chesterfield Associates for allowing us to use it as much as we did.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 04, 2021, 09:49:52 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 5-6 October 2021

*  Track work: mark out track locations for engine house, paint/stake same
                        load rail crane on flat car
*  Shop work:  vacuum brakes (pending)
                         passenger car truck rebuild
                         fabrication engine house rail supports (pending)
*  Engine house build
*  Harsco Tamper repairs
*  Campus-Alna Center clean up
*  Coach #9 assembly 


NOTES:   Brakeman/Trainmen Level C, needed for Saturday's train operations (9 Oct)
              Saturday work session, tie layout
                         
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 06, 2021, 06:48:05 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Oct 9:

* Pumpkin Pickin trains, although the pumpkin trains are essentially sold out.
* Construct track at end of track Sheepscot (Engine House area)
* Engine house construction

No board meeting this weekend as regularly scheduled, it's the following weekend.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on October 06, 2021, 06:59:51 AM
Revised track plan:  ties will be laid out for the service and enginehouse tracks, and all 3 enginehouse leads will be constructed fully.  Track work at 218 will come later in the month and in November.

NOTE we have MAJOR parking concerns because we expect a bump in volunteers along with 5 sold out pumpkin trains.  Volunteers PLEASE park in the corner lot.  We have an agreement with the town to avoid street parking- this issue has caused some noteworthy concern within the town in the past.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 06, 2021, 07:36:42 AM
Josh also has buried utility work planned for Saturday and Sunday so the area immediately around the turntable and electrical distribution building will be closed, as will that driveway.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 07, 2021, 11:05:02 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 5-6 October 2021

Tuesday:

*  Track work, the run through and service tracks to the engine house center lines and tie placements
    were marked out. (painted)  (Steve L, Paul, Steve L, Chuck, Brian W)
    Stub switch repair (Bill B, Jeff S)
    Switch Stand repairs (Bill B)

*  Shop work, Passenger car truck rebuild continues.  (Jerry, Carlos)
                        Vacuum Brake work continues.  (Johnathan, Randy)
                       
*  Coach #9, assembly/build continues.  (Eric, Ron Harold, Lou).

*  Rail Crane loaded on flat car #126  ( Brendan, Steve L, Steve Leet, Chuck, Brian W, Paul)

*  Engine House  (Fred, Stewart, Brendan)

*  Switching crew (Bill B, Jeff S)

*  Gift shop/ mail, Archives work  (Cindy R, Linda)

Wednesday:

*  Shop work, Vacuum brakes/various projects  (Jonathan, Randy, Dave R, Jason, Harold, Gordan C)

*  Engine House  (Fred, Stewart)

* Campus clean up  (Fred, Stewart)

* Tamper( Harsco) repairs continue.  (Jay B)

*  Coach #9 Assembly continues  (Eric, Harold)

*  Archives, Gift Shop/mail  (Linda, Cindy R)

*  Work Saturday preparation rail sorting begins) (Steve L, Chuck, Steve Leet, Dave F)

*  Various projects around campus  (Bill B, Jeff S, Bob Holms)

Note:  Work session this Saturday. Pumpkin Trains!
           As always, there were volunteers who I missed or did not know who they were.

Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 07, 2021, 04:19:30 PM
Underground utilites work is being postponed until a later date.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on October 07, 2021, 07:38:45 PM
Too bad, I was really looking forward to more progress on the electrical infrastructure, which is (no surprise here) one of my own pet priorities.

Bob
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brian Whitney on October 07, 2021, 07:46:02 PM
Safety wise it seems like a good idea to postpone it with the expected large crowd of visitors on Saturday. 
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on October 08, 2021, 08:16:54 AM
Thursday the spray cart was winterized and covered.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 08, 2021, 01:04:10 PM
Safety wise it seems like a good idea to postpone it with the expected large crowd of visitors on Saturday.
It was gling to be all closed off with caution tape. Safety first. I may still put in a drain there tomorrow so a smaller area could be closed off by the tt still..
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on October 09, 2021, 07:50:17 AM
Among other things, the automatic bell ringer was repaired on 52 yesterday.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 09, 2021, 06:14:23 PM
Work done on Saturday Oct 9:

* New track: Track was laid for all 3 bays of the engine house from the turntable.  Ties were laid out for the through track and the outside track.  The center track flangeways were cleaned out and the diesel ran into and out of the center bay.
* Enginehouse: Brendan put up the posts for the vehicle door at the rear of the structure.
* Coach 9: Harold and Alan were both working on projects which will benefit the coach.
* West of garage ground works: Mike moved the gas shed over a bit, relocated some items next to the upside-down trailer, and worked to re-align the woods track to its new location in preparation for putting in a crossing.  It's not moving far.
* Computer work: Russ and Ewa worked on the laptop I hosed earlier in the year, on the archives computer, and on the office computer.
* Parking lot: Mike and Steve P put lines down on the ground for the parking lot.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 09, 2021, 07:49:58 PM
Testing the rails in the enginehouse with 52.

(https://i.postimg.cc/NFSYCjyT/1009211451e.jpg)

How it got there

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNYm2C5G/1009211217a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pLDxkxPh/1009211217.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/WpH21X93/1009211215a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CxySjdpp/1009211215.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FRPhcZNT/1009211216a.jpg)
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 10, 2021, 11:27:21 AM
Train crews were quite busy yesterday as well.  The Pumpkin Pickin' Trains to SeaLyon Farm have been very popular, and checking just now, I see the remaining two Saturdays are now sold out.  Tickets do remain for the Sheepscot Valley Steam Train service.  A couple of photos from yesterday.

Maine Narrow Gauge's B&SR No. 7 prepares to depart Sheepscot northbound at 2 p.m. with Train No. 11.  Her consist:  WW&F flatcar No. 118; Maine Locomotive & Machine Works' Franklin & Megantic coach No. 2; MNG's Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes combine No. 14; and WW&F caboose No. 320.
(https://i.imgur.com/qKLTedn.jpg)

WW&F No. 9 arrives at Sheepscot at 2.21 p.m. with Train No. 10.  Her consist: WW&F coach No. 8; W&Q coach No. 3; MLMW open car No. 130; and MLMW caboose No. 554.
(https://i.imgur.com/f2MOe1z.jpg)

More photos from yesterday's engine house track work can be found here (https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3966.msg52287.html#msg52287).
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on October 10, 2021, 04:42:41 PM
55 volunteers signed in the sign-in book Sat!
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 11, 2021, 12:50:28 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 12-13 October 2021

*  Track work, various projects to include continued work on the service track

*  Shop, passenger coach truck rebuild, vacuum brakes

*  Campus, various repairs needed around the campus

*  Alna Center mowing (pending)

* Tamper (Harsco) repairs to continue (pending)

*  Engine house build

*  Gift shop/mail, Archives work

*  Morning Charter

Note:  Sorry this is late.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Russ Nelson on October 12, 2021, 12:53:39 PM
55 volunteers signed in the sign-in book Sat!
I signed it twice! In AND out!
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 13, 2021, 06:47:28 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 16:

* Engine house construction
* Machine shop/coach 9 work
* Pumpkin Pickin' trains
* Board meeting 4 PM

Volunteers please park at the corner lot.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 13, 2021, 07:54:34 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 12-13 October 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Track work, the track crew completes preparation for Wednesday rail install
    on the new Service Track. This included loading rail, gathering tools, switching the work
    consist.  (Steve L, Steve Leet, Brian W, Paul R, Scott, Jay B, Ken A)

*  Shop work, work continues on the passenger trucks  (Jerry, Carlos)
                        work continues on the vacuum brakes  (Jonathan, Randy)

*  Coach #9, assembly continues with the roof and seat frames. (Eric, Ron Harold)

*  Engine House construction continues, wall work  (Brendan, Fred, Mark)

*  Alna Center mowing  (Randy)

*  Gift shop/mail  (Cindy R)

*  Greasing and Oiling rolling stock journals  (Phil B)

Note:  Several volunteers were on site that I recall Bryce and Zack, helping out.

Wednesday:

*  Track Work, the track crew and volunteers installed the rail on the service track.
    Work will continue later to include switch install, lining spiking and ballast.
    (Jason, Steve L, Eric, Randy, Steve Leet, Jay B, Jonathan, Scott, Dave F, Bryce)

*  Engine House, wall work continues,  (Brendan, Fred, Stewart)

*  Greasing and Oiling rolling stock journals  (Phil B)

*  Gift shop/mail  (Cindy R)

*  Switching (afternoon)  Jason, Bryce)

Note:  Once again there is always someone missed who is working around the railroad.
           Another good work day with a lot completed.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: john d Stone on October 13, 2021, 11:02:57 PM
I don't know if I'm putting this in the right category, but I just wanted to express my thanks to those who organized and participated in the mini-work weekend last Saturday. As always, I am amazed at the progress made during the intervals between my visits. With a two year gap this time, the difference was absolutely staggering! It was so nice to see and work alongside the good folks who make things happen. It's very rewarding to feel like I've at least participated a little bit in this wonderful venture and I eagerly look forward to my next visit.

Thanks again!

John Stone
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 14, 2021, 12:45:39 PM
It was nice to see you John, and many other friends that showed up last Saturday.  Because of all the prep work that was done, major progress was made this week with the yard tracks and engine house construction.  New photos are posted on the WW&F FB page.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on October 14, 2021, 05:02:53 PM
Rail was laid for the new Service Track on Wednesday Oct 13, 2021.  It is not ready for spikes- as we have to attend to some alignment issues where it ties into Barn 1 switch and through the new House Switch.  We plan to address those- and complete the House Switch prior to Saturday 10/30/2021.  The hope is that the work day on 10/30 sees this entire track and the House Track finish spiked.

Thanks all,
Jason
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 16, 2021, 07:46:32 PM
Work done on Saturday October 16:

* Engine house: More boards went up, some on the main west wall and some on the middle bay west wall. 
* Garage: Mike did some re-arranging of the first bay of the garage to accept a "new" tractor (see the story at https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/alna-spend-close-half-million-cross-road-if-voters-approve/152939 (https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/alna-spend-close-half-million-cross-road-if-voters-approve/152939) for further details, middle of the article), and worked on some vehicle repairs.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was working on it.
* Coach 9: Zack was working on assembling a core piece of one of the trucks, a wood-steel sandwich with new wood.
* Board meeting at 4.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on October 16, 2021, 07:58:08 PM
If the town is going to redo Cross road - this would be the time to put the grade crossing in - to include a second track for the runaround.  There is usually grant money for grade crossing work through the state DOT and it might help costs associated with the Cross road rebuild.  Signal equipment could probably be reused from the several OOS branch lines in the state.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 16, 2021, 08:45:47 PM
Also was tinkering on the loader today. A little preventive maintenance. Brendan told me of a coolant leak. Investigating I found this. It was not leaking but wanted to change it just the same. Short hose, about 6 inches.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vZ8ZRGfC/1016211101.jpg)

So that has been replaced, but found the root cause of the leak. A crack in the coolant tank. So, that will have to come out and be repaired.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on October 16, 2021, 11:11:51 PM
Train crews were also quite busy today, as the trains to SeaLyon Farm and the late afternoon concert were well-attended.  Spoke with many happy families on the return trip to Sheepscot after their visit to the farm.

Glad the heavy rain earlier in the morning was long-gone by the time of the first train and the rest of the day stayed dry.  It's been a long time since I saw rain as heavy as I drove through in Yarmouth and Freeport on I-295 a little before 8 this morning. 
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on October 17, 2021, 02:10:58 AM
Happy about learning of the weather improvement over the day. Nothing like a pouring rain to ruin any outdoors event. I still remember the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the AMTP in June 2016 when everyboby was drenched to the skin.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 17, 2021, 10:29:12 AM
Work done on Saturday October 16:

* Engine house: More boards went up, some on the main west wall and some on the middle bay west wall. 
* Garage: Mike did some re-arranging of the first bay of the garage to accept a "new" tractor (see the story at https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/alna-spend-close-half-million-cross-road-if-voters-approve/152939 (https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/alna-spend-close-half-million-cross-road-if-voters-approve/152939) for further details, middle of the article), and worked on some vehicle repairs.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was working on it.
* Coach 9: Zack was working on assembling a core piece of one of the trucks, a wood-steel sandwich with new wood.
* Board meeting at 4.



That tractor is as old as I am.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 17, 2021, 10:32:10 AM
If the town is going to redo Cross road - this would be the time to put the grade crossing in - to include a second track for the runaround.  There is usually grant money for grade crossing work through the state DOT and it might help costs associated with the Cross road rebuild.  Signal equipment could probably be reused from the several OOS branch lines in the state.

Question - If the crossings were put in, but not connected to the mainline, would the museum still come under FRA regulations?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on October 17, 2021, 10:55:16 AM
We have had official conversations with the FRA and they have made it clear that what they value most is a close, honest relationship and that they be part of the process.  There will be significant transitional concerns to our entire organization- both the FRA and our managers want to see that transition occur smoothly, over time, in advance of actually coming under their jurisdiction.  Dropping a crossing in- whether connected or not- would need to be presented to the FRA as a concept- and their endorsement sought- in order to honor the spirit of our discussions with them to date.

Let’s not forget there are other relevant entities to include in such planning including the W&Q, the town, the state. Finally- as soon as the road is crossed we are facing another round of significant environmental permits. 

Right now we are working hard to normalize and systemize the routine maintenance of our growing physical plant (equipment, buildings, track, etc) and attain a level of sustainability regarding the balance of operating expenses to operating income.  We want to keep moving forward with our FRA relationship, and “down payments” on future potential expansion- however that needs to be concurrent with this idea of normalizing the sustainability of our operation.

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 17, 2021, 02:52:12 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 19-20 October 2021

*  Track work, prep for tamper work (Tues), tamper work on main line (Wed), complete work on house track switch, select/load rail for same (pending)
*  Shop work, passenger car truck rebuild, vacuum brakes
*  Tuesday morning school charter
*  Engine house build continues
*  Campus clean up

Note:  Blaze orange doesn’t just mean Halloween, deer season is under way. It’s always a
           good idea to wear orange when working on track and walking the main line.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 17, 2021, 03:48:55 PM
This afternoon I drove over to the Museum to pick up the volunteer log for another round of data entry.  When I pulled in, Dave and others were admiring the "new" tractor.  Someone wanted to get pictures of it for the paper, so they started it and drove it around the parking lot.  It runs better than some of our other equipment!  It's also smaller than the picture in the news led me to believe, about the size of the Mitsubishi.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on October 17, 2021, 08:04:16 PM
That Ford is a nice machine. Small, yes, but tough as nails. As James observed, "it just wants to run." Basically an 8N with overhead valves and live hydraulics. Would sure look nice pulling the hay wagons at Sea Lyon...somehow a Kubota with a bucket doesn't quite do it for me.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 18, 2021, 10:27:12 AM
My father grew up on a farm and had an 8N. It was a tough little tractor.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Dana Deering on October 18, 2021, 03:22:43 PM
I have a 1954 Ford NAA and it is rugged and dependable. I’ve used it haying and logging and it is still going strong. Don’t abuse it and it will be with us for a long time.

Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on October 18, 2021, 07:36:04 PM
I know one young member who, when he's tall enough, will be mighty keen to drive that Ford tractor. Incidentally, if anyone has gotten a photo of us on Fred's mower, would you send a copy to me?

If you happen to see Cody around lunch time this Saturday, he'll have just met his goal of 150 hours of volunteer service since we started tracking it in April. We headed home last Saturday sitting at 147 hours. He's fairly chuffed about this accomplishment.

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Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Carl G. Soderstrom on October 19, 2021, 12:55:07 AM
Now there is a 40 year LM.  ;D ;D
Congratulations!!!
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on October 19, 2021, 08:59:16 AM
Congratulations, Cody!

Jeff S.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 19, 2021, 11:21:20 AM
Help Needed for Sat. 10/23:
We're looking for someone who can serve as "Agent" at Top of Mountain on Saturday. This person would stay at ToM between trains to assist passengers coming to/from SeaLyon Farm, guard the railroad crossing during the run-around, and answer questions about the railway and the event. Ideally, this person would also be qualified to give handcar rides (or at least be able to assist with them.)

Linda had done this with great success for two weeks - bringing with her a book of WW&F photos to show off. However, is no longer able to do that (for now.) Last week, her absence was visibly noticeable, with chaos among our visitors.

Let me know if you are interested in helping in this manner.

-Ed
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Baskerville on October 19, 2021, 12:16:55 PM
Congratulations on achieving 150 hours Cody.

BTY look out Fred, Cody is after your record. 
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 20, 2021, 06:50:08 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 23:

* Engine house - construction on going.
* Machine shop/Coach 9 work
* Woods track move/crossing construction to future storage area
* Final day of Pumpkin trains - the pumpkin trains are sold out, but the regular trips are still available.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 20, 2021, 09:07:01 AM
As of right now, conduit burial and installation of a box for comms is scheduled for Sunday. 7am start..
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 21, 2021, 10:14:21 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 19-20 October 2021

Tuesday:

*  Track Work, Service Track switch to Car Barn Switch #1 curved lined up, frog and points set.
    Steve L, Chuck, Steve Leet, Bryce, Jason, Randy, Leon, Scott)

*  Shop work, passenger car truck rebuild continues  (Jerry, Carlos)
                        vacuum brake work (Jonathan)

*  Engine House build,  (Brendan, Fred, Stewart)

*  Tamper (Harsco) repairs, (Jay B)

*  Morning Charter Run  (JB)

*  Gift Shop/mail (Cindy R)  Archives (Linda)

*  Lubricating Rolling stock  (Phil B)

*  Training,  Brakeman (Joe and Jay Monty, Scott, Ken)
                     Engineer   (Eric)

Wednesday:

*  Track Work, Service Track switch points frog, slide plates bolted, spikes in.
    Jason, Steve L, Steve Leet, Brian W, Bryce, Dan, David F, Chuck, Joe F)

*  Shop work, Vacuum brakes   (Jonathan, Dave P)

*  Engine House,  (Brendan, Stewart, Fred)

*  Gift Shop/mail (Cindy R),  Archives (Linda)

*  Coach #9 assembly  (Eric)

*  Admin work  (Randy)

*  Parking Lot prep.,  (Morning- Bryce, Afternoon- Steve L, Brian, Steve L)
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 23, 2021, 06:18:55 PM
Work done on Saturday October 23:

* Engine house: more boards went up, finishing up center bay east wall and run-through bay east wall (after the east wall was straightened).  Brendan assembled the corner post between bays 2 and 3 and erected it late in the afternoon.  Brendan also installed a bridge over the pit to the east door.
* Machine shop: Alan was at work turning an octagonal piece of metal into a round piece of metal.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was at work.
* Coach 9: Zack finished assembling one of the truck assemblies and started working on the next.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 23, 2021, 06:59:12 PM
Plow and Flanger were also moved on the woods track, so the south end of what will become something like Fred Shed Siding (current woods track) and be lined and crossing installed.

Some shots from today..

Cody and his dad Pete have been familiar faces all summer doing chores like this. Here they are moving a trailer load of kindling from the Enginehouse to the wood storage bin.

(https://i.postimg.cc/zvxq6vwG/1023210928.jpg)

And here Cody and Pete drive some nails.

(https://i.postimg.cc/yYN19hBg/1023211329.jpg)

I even snuck a picture of Stewart putting up more siding.

(https://i.postimg.cc/1RBRf7x1/1023211408.jpg)

I donned my blaze orange and headed south to check on beavers (none found and no dams) and turned to see 9 sitting there staring at me..

(https://i.postimg.cc/hPwBdHp6/1023211430b.jpg)

And I still like seeing tie impressions..

(https://i.postimg.cc/wjy94619/1023211433.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3JbKZyJL/1023211441.jpg)

And last part of the afternoon helped Brendan stand up the beams between stalls 3 (left) and 2

(https://i.postimg.cc/tJqXBWxc/1023211539.jpg)
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 24, 2021, 07:19:43 PM
Josh and I did a little digging today..

(https://i.postimg.cc/mg95rS8W/1024210855.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hjDypRgK/1024211101.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tgtv3CKr/1024211201.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9fjNwqnR/1024211220.jpg)

Pretty much back in shape. I will touch it up in the spring after everything settles.

(https://i.postimg.cc/260Ht98h/1024211524.jpg)
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on October 24, 2021, 08:10:03 PM
Josh and I did a little digging today..
Electrifying!!!   *



* I thought I'd beat the rest of 'em to the punch pun.
  :P
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 24, 2021, 08:23:44 PM
Saturday 10/23 also marked the end of 5 weeks of sold-out Pumpkin Pickin' Trains to SeaLyon Farm. This wraps up our busiest season for passengers.

A big thank you to everyone who helped crew these trains over the last 5 weeks, in absolutely no particular order:
Gordon C., Dan M., Steve P., Nicole O., Bill P., Jason L., Bryce W., Brian W., Ed L., James P., Wes C., Steve L., Bob C., Bill R., Jay M., Joe M., Trevor H., Bill B., JB S., Scott H., Dana D., Roger W., Chuck B., Jay W., Linda Z., Rick S., James N., Jay B., Eric S., Brian S., Ben R., John McN., Pete S. & Cody McF., Dave B., and John R. (apologies if I missed someone.)

And let's not forget Cindy R. (with her helpers Joan and Jim M.) for managing the sometimes crazy, chaotic gift shop. And a shout out to Nancy W. for keeping us all well fed each week!

Finally, thanks to everyone throughout the organization who worked behind the scenes to adjust to having to deal with parking and logistics for hosting 350-400 passengers each Saturday.

Together, we made an extra-special and unforgettable day for dozens of families. Well done, WW&F.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 24, 2021, 09:35:13 PM
Great underground news! BTW, at one time there was talk of a branching run to serve the engine house and one to serve the restrooms with additional service to the garage. That is, there would be a run to a underground box from which conduits would leave Eastward to the engine house, Northward to the car barn, and Westward to the restrooms/garage. These last items would be to provide freeze alarm service, as they already have electricity. I guess what I'm asking is what is now the conduit arrangement?
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on October 24, 2021, 10:04:37 PM
Regardless of the physical conduits themselves, a 'freeze alarm' can be fairly easily connected  via Ethernet, (preferably wired, or ...) WiFi.  Hopefully there are plans to get wired ethernet cables (Cat5 / Cat6 etc) to all buildings where conduits are planned.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 25, 2021, 04:26:10 AM
We buried one conduit for power to the enginehouse, one conduit for power to the carbarn, both running through a buried cement vault by the enginehouse, connecting with conduit buried by Brendan and Contractor Jeff, and one spare for power to the vault. We also buried 3 conduits for comms from the vault we put in by the electrical building to a smaller buried vault by the enginehouse, which connected to the pipes Brendan and Contractor Jeff installed earlier this year.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 25, 2021, 10:08:01 AM
Once upon a time (as the saying goes) every building was to have three conduits: power, comms (telephone and alarm), and spare. Does the new distribution system provide this?
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 25, 2021, 10:19:58 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 26-27 October 2021

*  MCC trail work/work day  (pending)

*  Track work, Service track switch completion, rail placement for Run Through track

*  Shop work,  Vacuum brakes, passenger truck rebuild  (pending)

*  Tamper (Harsco) repairs/rebuild

*  Engine House build

*  Campus clean up

Note:  Weather alert: there is expected to be heavy rain at times, volunteers should dress
           accordingly.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 25, 2021, 10:30:39 AM
Once upon a time (as the saying goes) every building was to have three conduits: power, comms (telephone and alarm), and spare. Does the new distribution system provide this?

Almost. There are only one power and comms each from the engine house and car barn. A 3rd conduit could be added if needed, but I think we can make it work as is (we usually do).
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 25, 2021, 02:29:46 PM
SPECIAL THURSDAY 10/28 WORKDAY ADDED!

We need volunteers for Thursday, 10/28 at 1pm to meet at Trout Brook Preserve to help our partners, Midcoast Conservancy, finish up the trail relocation.

The new trail officially opens on Saturday 10/30 with a special Grand Opening ceremony at 11:45am. A (nearly sold-out) "Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails" will be part of Saturday's festivities. We're hoping the weather cooperates!

Anyone who can help Thursday afternoon is welcome.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 27, 2021, 06:49:08 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday October 30:

* Track spiking in Sheepscot Yard, for the new track that went down a few weeks ago.
* Engine house construction
* Machine shop/Coach 9
* Halloween trains to SeaLyon Farm.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 27, 2021, 10:38:08 AM
The track spiking may not occur, even if the weather cooperates. Jason will update us.
Instead, an alternative (indoor) large/group work activity is being formulated. Details will follow.

Besides the "Halloween Train-and-Treat to SeaLyon Farm", a special "Ride the rails to hike the trails" guided hike with Midcoast Conservancy is planned - this will include a train to MP8 and a "Grand Opening" ceremony for the new trail system at Trout Brook Preserve.

All events are weather dependent; we will be deciding tonight how we proceed.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on October 27, 2021, 04:09:12 PM
I put in a article here about going back to Albion. I can't find it now. Where is it ?
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 27, 2021, 04:20:09 PM
I put in a article here about going back to Albion. I can't find it now. Where is it ?

It was split from this topic and moved to:
https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,4130.0.html
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on October 27, 2021, 05:51:58 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 26-27 October 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Track work, Service track and track switch was relined, a broken rail replaced and a short
                         section of rail added to smooth out the curve and rolling of the rail, good results.
                         (Jason, Steve L, Steve Leet, Randy, Phil B)

*  Shop work,  Passenger truck rebuild continues  (Jerry, Carlos)
                         Bolster build  (Zack)
                         Vacuum brake work/design  (Jonathan)

*  Engine House,  Brendan

*  Archives  (Linda)
    Gift shop/mail  (Cindy R)

*  Coach #9 build continues  (Eric)


Wednesday:

*  Shop work,  Vacuum brake build  (Jonathan, Dave P)

*  Coach #9 build Roof work  (Eric, Ken A)

*  Yard switching  (Jason, Steve L)

*  Equipment shopping/tools/parts and pieces  (Brendan) 

*  Campus clean up, dump run (Stewart)

Note:  Track work and outside called off due to the storm.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on October 28, 2021, 04:17:55 PM
Due to a variety of factors, not the least is the rain that dampened the prep work necessary, and the weather predicted for Saturday, we are postponing the track spiking session for the service track at Sheepscot until 11/13.

We are looking for ways to engage those volunteers who come on Saturday into existing projects.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John McNamara on October 28, 2021, 04:30:47 PM
We are looking for ways to engage those volunteers who come on Saturday into existing projects.
Give'm a mag phone call. :)
Lean TDR use for fun and profit?
Saturday 11/6 or Saturday 11/13?
-John M
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on October 30, 2021, 05:46:24 PM
Work done on Saturday October 30:

The day was drizzly for most of it, so not a lot of outdoor work.

* Engine house: The bay 2 back wall windows have to be moved, so the old windows were boarded up.
* Boxcar 67: Scraped by a new volunteer, and spots repainted.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was putting in posts
* Coach 9: Zack was putting some finishing touches on one of the truck mounting points.
* Archives: Linda and Nicole were scanning photos and storing ephemera.
* New toy: our new-to-us forklift "Millie" arrive ("Millie" because it's ex-military).  1980s vintage!
* Well attended Halloween trips.  The 11 AM train was also to celebrate opening the Conservancy trail at Trout Brook.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 30, 2021, 06:41:10 PM
The new forklift is at least 1980's vintage. The old forklift is from the 70's.

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Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on October 30, 2021, 07:09:42 PM
This is a serious-looking piece of equipment! Is it strictly a forklift or can it be fitted with a bucket? What happens to the old forklift?
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: John Kokas on October 30, 2021, 07:37:27 PM
If it's the same all-terrain fork that my ANG unit had, (which it appears to be) then it should be able to switch from forks to bucket quite easily.  We also had a specialized work platform that attached to the forks as well as a snowplow.  It was the favorite of my heavy equipment troops.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on October 30, 2021, 07:49:47 PM
It is built as a forklift only. Brendan says the dump cylinder is shorter (makes it stronger) to lift heavy objects. Our current Forklift has been plagued with issues with no time to fix between uses. The old one will be fixed to run again then sold.

This will also help preserve the case loader. It has been used as a forklift too much recently and one of the recently repaired cylinders is leaking again.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Richard "Steam" Symmes on October 30, 2021, 10:18:47 PM
I guess the original plans for building and maintaining the railroad as in days of old have given way to reality. I doubt the original railroad had forklifts, tampers, payloaders or any modern "toys". At least I've never seen photos of any. Also, didn't the original WW&F use gravel ballast? Again practicality has substituted stone ballast (I helped shovel off a few car loads at work weekends past).
  As for such things as event pavilions, you need to be careful not to turn the new WW&F into a theme park like the new Edaville USA. Or the water slide and other "amusement rides" such as at Clark's Trading Post. There's a great temptation to add more crowd pleasing "gee-gaws" to the place. Just saying. . .
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on October 30, 2021, 11:20:37 PM
As for such things as event pavilions, you need to be careful not to turn the new WW&F into a theme park like the new Edaville USA.

That structure at Alna  is actually a corn 'Husking Shed' as you can see from this original photo:  ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/QMHWCTCX/Waterford-Corn-Shop.jpg)
Thread link to the Corn Shop & Shed photo: https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3462.195.html (https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3462.195.html)

Note the close proximity of the Corn Shed and tracks in this one:

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/bridge%20move/IMG_7659.jpg)
Photo linked from this thread: https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3315.45.html (https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3315.45.html)

And how about a large group of people AKA 'workers' during an event at the Husking Shed:
(https://media.mainememory.net/images/640/75/6710.JPG)
Photo linked from this thread: https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3315.45.html (https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3315.45.html)


Perhaps we need to come up with some of those 'corn baskets' as seen in the foreground in that last photo to satisfy the purists!   ;)
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Steve Leet on October 31, 2021, 06:48:01 AM
So, if we have a corn husking shed at Alna center, shouldn't there be signage as to the fact? Just asking.
Title: Re: October 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Fred Morse on October 31, 2021, 06:59:54 AM
Hi ALL, A reminder, many of our Saturday crew will be going to the Sandy River- Rangley Lakes Railroad this coming Saturday November 6th. It's our normal "help others"day. We will be putting track into the 2nd bay of their new car barn. 15 of us went up there last year and I hope we have the same again. Those of us that leave Sheepscot Station Sat. leave around 7:00 A.M.. From Farmington take Rt. 4 to Phillips, cross river and take sharp left. A small road along side of river.