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Title: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 01, 2021, 07:47:33 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 2-3 November 2021

*  Track work,  Complete service track switch, prep for spiking.
    Put rail down run through track, prep for spiking.
*  Shop work, Passenger truck rebuild
*  Coach #9 assembly continues
*  Campus clean up
*  Engine house build continues

Note:  Deer hunting season for rifle begins, wear bright/blaze orange while working/walking on the line.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 01, 2021, 09:53:15 AM
After Saturday's wind and rain storm an inspection trip would be a good idea.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 01, 2021, 10:07:06 AM
We have started doing twice-weekly inspection trips as NOP.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on November 01, 2021, 11:28:40 AM
Also on Tuesday 11/2 is a large K-8 school group. Extra help showing the kids around would be appreciated.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Benjamin Richards on November 02, 2021, 04:28:55 PM
Also on Tuesday 11/2 is a large K-8 school group.

What a joy to have these kids visit today. They were all so happy and well-behaved. The younger ones in the open car sang very loudly the whole way back from ToM to SS.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 02, 2021, 06:16:24 PM
I have to agree with Ben- what a pleasure.  We should make sure the school knows how much our crew enjoyed their visit.

Jason
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Joe Fox on November 02, 2021, 09:38:25 PM
From what I could see, the kids were all extremely eager to learn about things at the museum. And some of them were talking about attending previous events and how much fun they have had. So it is always nice to over hear different things about the smiles and joys we bring to local families, as well as the outsiders of course.

So many smiles today, and so many thank you’d. It was amazing to see and hear how the museum adapts for different school and educational groups.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 03, 2021, 06:46:06 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 6:

* Sandy River Day - Fred is leading a group of volunteers to the SR&RL Museum in Phillips, to help them lay track into their car barn.
* For those left back at the ranch, best to bring your own lunch.
* Moving merchandise from the second floor of the shop down to the Percival basement.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 03, 2021, 06:39:09 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 2-3 November 2021

Tuesday:

*  School Charter, this was a large group with very happy attendees as well as volunteers
    (Ed, Jason, Josh, Eric, Jonathan, Roger, Jerry, Carlos, Ben, Scott.

*  Engine House build continues,  (Brendan, Fred, Joe F, Mark, Stewart))

*  Track work, Service Track switch corrections made, guard rails completed, spiking
    ( Steve L, Steve Leet, Brian W, Leon, Paul, Randy, Jason)

*  Gift shop/mail (Cindy R) Archives (Linda) Carpentry for Archives (Randy)
.
*  Switching (AM) Bryce)

*  Coach #9  (Eric)

Wednesday:

*  Track work, Guard rails completed, frog spiked in, switch stand throw rods completed
    run through track rails placed, bolted, insta-tracked, 15 feet held off till spiked and pit rail placed.
    (  Steve L, Steve Leet, Leon, Jason)

*  Engine House  (Brendan, Fred)

*  Shop work  (Jason, Bryce, Dan)

*  Yard switching  (Bob L, Dan)

*  Campus clean up, dump run  (Stewart)

*  Coach #9 assembly  (Eric)

*  Vacuum Brakes fabrication continues  (Johnathan, Dave P)

*  Archives (Linda)  Archives carpentry shelves installed (Randy)

*  Gift shop/mail  (Cindy R)

*  Box car #67 painting  (Ken A)

*  Helping out in various areas  (Bob H)

Note:  A lot of volunteers performing many tasks this week… Thank you!
          Don't forget, the Sandy River work day this Saturday... See you there!
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 06, 2021, 05:54:33 PM
Work done (at the WW&F) on Saturday Nov 6:

* Engine house - Stewart and Dwight were nailing up more wall boards, with John R filling in for Fred as supervisor.
* Boxcar 67 - Pete, Cody, Steve P and sons were painting the boxcar
* Boxcar 56 - Marcel was working on it
* Merchandise move - I moved two tractor loads of books from the second floor of the car shop to the Percival basement to the new shelving.  The boxes are very heavy, at least gravity was working with me to bring them down the stairs.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 06, 2021, 08:07:02 PM
SR&RL day was well attended. At one count Fred had over 20 between the two organizations.

We had Fred M., Dave B., J.B. Smith, Rick S., Dan B, Steve Lennox, Joe L., Steve Leet, Brian W., Ken Berlo, Zack W., Leon Weeks and myself from the WW&F and their volunteers were Sharon Barber, John Stinchfield, Guy and Sonja Rouix, Scott Wilcox, Melvyn Webber, Rick Barr, Brian Donovan, Charles King, Leza Gough, Freya and Marin Hainley. I hope I remembeted everyone..

Frosty start this morning. This is what it looked like.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xCQXGDpn/1106210814.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DzLWbygx/1106210817.jpg)

Their #4 is up on blocks to get new bearings in the drive axles.

(https://i.postimg.cc/QdBKhqWG/1106210819.jpg)

Leon Weeks and I were talking and he pointed out this nest. Wax up your plows, the snow will be deep.. See it in the tree?

(https://i.postimg.cc/CxWB1fjZ/1106210843.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/X71BRPqk/1106210843a.jpg)

Getting busy. Changed a frog we installed last year. The frog was way too sharp.

(https://i.postimg.cc/fyw0snYB/1106211107.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jdMys5gN/1106211148.jpg)

Fred found a seat..

(https://i.postimg.cc/NjLmLcSn/1106211222.jpg)

Meanwhile, work was going on inside the carbarn to get the rails out the door..

(https://i.postimg.cc/tTdV8Cns/1106211232.jpg)

We got done puttsing with the frog and switch and moved to the Carbarn to help build toward the switch.

(https://i.postimg.cc/0Q1wtJjg/1106211316.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/GpyDJjcJ/1106211403.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNxzt4SK/1106211459b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y23W30wV/1106211542.jpg)

Oh, did I mention the food??

(https://i.postimg.cc/g25RZ7P2/1106211459a.jpg)
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 06, 2021, 08:15:41 PM
Forgot one photo.

(https://i.postimg.cc/sgkd15wZ/1106211600.jpg)
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 07, 2021, 08:08:06 PM
BRAVO to all!!  This is our 2 ft. community working together to mutually support each other....
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 08, 2021, 09:16:54 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 9-10 November 2021.

*  Track work, complete switch stand install, site clean up, prep for work Saturday
    Harsco tamper test (pending)
*  Passenger truck rebuild
*  Vacuum brake design/build
*  Coach #9 assembly
*  Engine house build
*  Campus clean up
*  Yard switching

Note:  There are crew and support openings on the Christmas Events, don’t get left out, sign up now.   
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 10, 2021, 01:46:15 PM
Anticipated work for Saturday November 13:

* Track laying/spiking - I think, either at Sheepscot, Trout Brook, or both.
* Machine shop/coach 9
* Boxcar 67 painting
* Boxcar 56 work
* Engine house work
* Board meeting at 4.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 10, 2021, 08:51:53 PM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 9-10 November 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Track work, Service Track switch build (Jason, Steve L, Steve L, Paul, Chuck, Leon, Scott, Randy)
*  Engine house build continues, (Brendan, Fred, Stewart)
*  Shop work, Passenger truck rebuild (Carlos, Jerry) Vacuum brakes (Jonathan)
*  Coach #9 assembly  (Eric)
*  Archives  (Linda)
*  Rolling stock greasing and oiling  (Phil)
*  Shop, support stand fabrication (Bryce)

Wednesday:

*  Track work, line clearing 2 tress cut up, Trestle clean up test (Steve L, Steve L, Brian W, Dan, Scott)
                        Switch completion,  (Jason, Dan, Leon, Scott)
*  Vehicle maintenance, tires replaced on Ford truck.  (Brendan, Fred)
*  Shop work, Vacuum brakes  (Jonathan, Dave P)
*  Communications, repair of track phone line  (John M, Brian W)
*  Tamper (Harsco), repair/rebuild (Jay B)
*  Box car #67 painting (Ken A)
*  Coach #9 assembly  (Eric)
*  Campus clean up/dump  (Stewart, Brendan, Steve Leet, Steve L)
*  Locomotive #9 maintenance (Wes)
*  Archives  (Linda) 
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 13, 2021, 08:33:05 PM
Work done Saturday Nov 13:

* Track: a crew spiked most of the service track and all of the enginehouse run-through track today.
* Engine house: Fred was driving the whip on rafters, getting them cut and beveled.  They ran out at noon and more arrived.  Brendan put up a couple in the afternoon.  There was a crew siding the west wall.
* Merchandise move: Nicole and I, helped by Brian and Dave, moved store inventory from upstairs in the car shop to the Percival basement.  A huge thank-you to Nicole for doing a lot of bringing things down the stairs.
* Coach 9: Alan was working on pedestals and other stuff for the coach.
* Mike was working on something but I didn't catch what.  He ran the Barth tractor up to SeaLyon.
* Board meeting.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 14, 2021, 05:01:59 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/xd8FRZZN/1113210752.jpg)

Steve Lennox and crew have erected this fence to keep the area behind the Tool House neat. A very nice looking addition.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y06X0BvZ/1113210917.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jj13kXVg/1113210917a.jpg)

Dave helped me cover the area we buried pipes in with hay. This area will be reworked in the spring.

(https://i.postimg.cc/26B9pZrz/1113211101.jpg)

Track work

(https://i.postimg.cc/zvZtqGGT/1113211102.jpg)

Enginehouse work

(https://i.postimg.cc/150T5w6X/1113211445.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jSZFyTMr/1113211445a.jpg)

Spiked track at the end of the day.

(https://i.postimg.cc/0y846jdf/1113211511.jpg)

Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 14, 2021, 06:03:21 PM
Thanks for the photos, Mike.  Great job by all involved.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 14, 2021, 08:48:09 PM
Mike, I'm a little confused.  Are the buried conduits between the electrical house and everywhere else now fully connected?

Thanks.
Bob
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 14, 2021, 10:50:11 PM
The conduits are all in. They run fron the electrical building to the shop, the house, the Engine house and the car barn, with spare conduit run between the electrical building, house, shop and a distribution box buried near the engine house. Ready for wires..
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 15, 2021, 10:28:59 AM
Great photos, Mike. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person tomorrow.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 15, 2021, 06:48:19 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 16-17 November 2021.

*  Shop work,  vacuum brake design/build, passenger car truck rebuild
*  Engine house build
*  Coach #9 assembly
*  Car barn excavation
*  Track work,  Sutters crossing clean up from mud/debries, Trestle clean up
*  Trout Brook EOT survey (pending)
*  Campus clean up

Note:  Report, better late than never.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bob Holmes on November 15, 2021, 08:11:16 PM
Steve, great report as usual.

Mike, that's terrific news about the buried conduit.  Running wire should be relatively easy compared to digging and burrowing.

Can't wait to see the next steps until all of our buildings have reliable electricity (and communications)!!!

Bob
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 17, 2021, 07:52:03 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 20:

* Track laying(?) or at least spiking, I think at Trout Brook.
* Engine house
* Machine shop/Coach 9
* Boxcar 67 painting
* Boxcar 56 reassembly
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jason M Lamontagne on November 18, 2021, 11:22:08 AM
Correction for Track work Saturday: ballast service track at SS.  Hoping the loader can do most of the work, with hand work to smooth it and form nice shoulders. 

Thanks,
Jason
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 18, 2021, 11:24:45 AM
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 16-17 November 2021.

Tuesday:
*  Yard switching, moving all rolling stock from car barn.  (Brendan, Bryce, Scott)
*  Car Barn excavation starts, removal of clay and dirt from between the 3 tracks,
    stone placed down readying for future concrete work.  (Brendan, J. Verney Excavation)
*  Track work, Sutters and Brook Crossing mud/debris clean out. (Steve L, Steve Leet, Paul, Brian W)
    Yard clean up,  (Paul, Brian W, Steve Leet, Steve L, Scott)
*  Humason Trestle clean up completed  (Steve L, Brian W, Steve Leet, Scott)
*  Shop Work, passenger car rebuild continues (Jerry, Carlos)
    vacuum brakes design/build  (Jonathan, Jason)
*  Engine house build continues  (Fred, Stewart)
*  Trout Brook EOT surveying.  (Randy, Paul)
*  Harsco Tamper repairs  (Jay B)
*  Coach #9 assembly continues on the roof  (Eric)
*  Gift shop and mail (Cindy R)  Archives (Linda)

Wednesday:
*  Campus clean up and dump run  (Fred, Stewart)
*  Car barn excavating (Brendan, Vernery Excavation, JB Smith, Jeff S)
*  Main line walk inspection, 20 plus joint bolts tightened, 2 ties marked for immediate replacement
    a variety of noted repairs for future maintenance.  (Steve L, Steve Leet)
*  Shop work, vacuum brakes build  (Jonathan, Dave P)
*  Track work, service track turn table lead prep for final install.  (Jason, Randy, Jeff S)
*  Coach #9 assembly continues-roof work.  (Eric)
*  Switching, rolling stock returned to car barn  (Steve L, Jay B, Steve Leet, Jeff S)
*  Archives  (Linda)
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 18, 2021, 03:50:06 PM
Boy, a lot of work was done over those couple of days. Great job, all!
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 20, 2021, 07:05:49 PM
Work done on Saturday November 20:

* Boxcar 56 - A crew worked on siding the car.
* Coach 9 - Alan was working on Coach 9 journal boxes.
* Ballasting - A crew ballasted the new yard track.
* Engine house - New rafters were beveled.
 
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Pete Stevens on November 20, 2021, 09:16:02 PM
Also today: Steve P oversaw some holiday decorating in preparation for the upcoming Christmastime trains.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 22, 2021, 08:54:22 AM
Anticipated work for Tuesday 23 November 2021

*  Track work,  clean up, Harsco Tamper test
*  Shop work,  passenger car truck rebuild (pending), other projects (pending)
*  Coach #9 assembly
*  Engine house build

Notes:  Short week, Thanksgiving Holiday.
             
Want to lose some of the weight you may have put on from your Thanksgiving Dinner,
then sign up for the Christmas train operation on Saturday! Join the fun.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 23, 2021, 09:21:45 PM
Work completed Tuesday, 23 November 2021.

*  Shop work, Passenger car truck rebuild continued.  (Carlos, Jerry)
*  Locomotive #9, repairs to glass valve and fire box grate repairs.  (Roger, Wes C, Jonathan, Jason)
*  Engine house build continues.  (Brendan, Fred, Brian W)
*  Archives work on going.  (Linda)
*  Track work, Track crew:  replaced 2 ties necessary for safe operations north of Janesway Crossing.
                                             Located and moved snow plow and materials for winter ops prep.
                                             Tested Harsco Tamper, it works with problems identified.
                                             Main line frm water tank to SS station, jacked, lined and half tamped.
                                             Third tie on main was discovered and replaced.
                                             (Steve L, Steve Leet, Brian W, Paul, Scott, Leon, Jason)

Note: A busy day in cold windy weather. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 24, 2021, 08:38:50 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday, Nov 27:

* Engine house assembly
* Woods track crossing
* Coach 9/machine shop
* First Saturday of Christmas trains to SeaLyon Farm.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 24, 2021, 07:29:41 PM
Brendan and Stewart are gone this weekend, so Enginehouse is probably out.

I may be there Friday working inside on the Kubota. Change the oil and retorque the head bolts. Then start organizing the garage to make room to work on the dozer and loader in there.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 26, 2021, 07:28:29 PM
Retorqued the headbolts on the Kubota today. Also, our dozer was retrireved from TOM and returned to Sheepscot. Dwight helped me remove the mud, part of getting it ready to go in the garage for undercarriage work.

(https://i.postimg.cc/8PgLrY64/1126210945.jpg)
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 27, 2021, 10:23:04 AM
Glad to hear there was someone up there to work with you, Mike. So, what needs to be done to Casey?

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Graham Buxton on November 27, 2021, 10:40:31 AM
Casey needs an undercarriage rebuild, from the Casey thread:

It has been a few years, but time to move this thread up to the top. Casey has been toiling away since its arrival with only some minor repairs. In order to continue using the machine, we need to invest in its future. We are doing that this year.

The most wear items on a dozer is the blade and under carriage. While the track pads are ok, the chains they bolt to are worn out. The bushings are gone around the pins and there is sideward play in the chain allowing it to fall off easily. I had been passively looking for new chains but kept coming up empty. That is until I was handed a magazine that had used equipment in it. There was a parts broker that had an ad that was in NH I contacted, and found us what is possibly the last 2 chains in the country. They arrived at my work yesterday.


We plan on replacing the bottom rollers, and he is getting a price for me for those.

Some may ask why repair instead of replace. Simple. This dozer fits our equipment car, and can be put almost anywhere along the railroad. Plus replacing it with something similar would be expensive. Money better spent on other projects or equipment.

https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2519.30.html

There is a photo of the new track chains, on a pallet,  at that thread link.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: James Patten on November 27, 2021, 06:58:08 PM
Work done on Saturday Nov 27:

* Coach 9: Alan was working on journal boxes.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel finished the south wall of the boxcar, and started to work on attaching the grab irons.
* Vehicles: I think Mike was working on vehicle repairs
* Computer: I fought with the office computer all day, and the computer won.
* Train ops: I think the trains were full.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Mike Fox on November 27, 2021, 07:10:40 PM
Here are a few pictures from today. I was in the shop several times and forgot to take any photos. Journal boxes look great, and Cody was busy flat filing something on one of them while Alan used an end mill on others.

Marcel and Jay completed the siding on the south end of the car and were working on the North East corner.

Trains? Yes, we had trains, with the proper seasonal flavoring sprinkled on the ground.

(https://i.postimg.cc/nhrBDSxw/1127210853.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wT6h6TGz/1127211244b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/yxK03V6F/1127211250a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FR3jKfvr/1127211250f.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nr1Bv6MN/1127211250g.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bvKx8xKV/1127211250h.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jjWHGgkJ/1127211250i.jpg)

And under proper adult supervision, Dave helped me remove the Blade from Casey, now ready for the garage.

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZKV60tGd/1127211455.jpg)
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on November 28, 2021, 10:48:18 AM
Nice to see a little snow for the first Christmas trains.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Stephen Lennox on November 28, 2021, 08:16:00 PM
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 30 Nov. and 1 December 2021.

*  Shop, Passenger truck build
*  Shop, vacuum brake design/build
*  Coach #9 Assembly
*  Engine house build (pending)
*  Winter/snow prep.
*  Friday Charter Prep.
*  Locomotive #11 build work week.

Note:  Winter, if your working outside, be prepared for cold temperatures and icy conditions.
Title: Re: November 2021 Work Reports
Post by: Bill Reidy on February 14, 2022, 05:20:58 PM
The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad has posted a YouTube video of November 6th's Trackwork Day in Phillips:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCBHkSZENN4