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Messages - James Patten

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Volunteers / Re: August 2022 Work Projects
« on: August 10, 2022, 06:48:31 AM »
Anticipated work for the weekend of August 13-14, 2022:

* Saturday is the Annual Picnic.  Two train ops, with the picnic at Top of Mountain.  Volunteers will still be able to eat in the Percival House. 
* Sunday is a photo charter featuring The Mountain.

Note that normally there'd be a board meeting on Saturday, but because of how busy it is and that board members are also crews, the meeting will be held on the 20th at 8 AM.

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I was out of position for the christening, as I didn't know it was happening until it did.  I got a picture of Steve on the pilot of 9, but I think people got in the way of the action.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 07, 2022, 04:00:53 PM »
Actual new mileage between the two platforms is .88 miles, or from MP 7.33 (from TOM platform) to MP 8.22 (TBS platform).  Total length 3.38 miles.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2022 Work Projects
« on: August 06, 2022, 06:08:45 PM »
Work done on Saturday August 6:

* First paid passenger train to Trout Brook Station.  That took up the entire afternoon and a good chunk of the morning for the prep work.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 05, 2022, 07:08:53 PM »
It was a really impressively long train in-and-of itself, when it was stopped at Top of Mountain.  I was head-end brakeman for the hill, which meant I got to ride an engine on the way down and look back for signals.  I rode in 7, and was struck how for most of the trip down the hill I couldn't see the far end of the train because of the near constant curvature.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 04, 2022, 03:04:55 PM »
It's for people with REALLY long legs to get to the top of the car. ;D

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Volunteers / Re: August 2022 Work Projects
« on: August 03, 2022, 07:00:16 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday August 6:

* The Mountain Extension Grand Opening!  Taking up the entire afternoon.
* In the morning work will probably continue on the TB station.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: August 02, 2022, 06:51:38 AM »
Looks like video is the way to go to reach many more people.

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Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 30, 2022, 05:29:44 PM »
Work done on Saturday July 30:

* Stone and TBS switching: In the morning Steve Lx and I took 52 to AC to get 2 flatcars of stone, which we took to TOM.  We then ran down the hill and retrieved the Harsco tamper from the tail track, and switched everything else onto the tail track, then took the Harsco back to TOM and returned lite to Sheepscot.  In the afternoon the steam train took the flats down to TBS and left them there.
* TB station: Stewart and Zack put up the trim.
* Rules class: held in Coach 3 and then part of the train down to TBS.

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Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 27, 2022, 06:41:15 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday July 30:

* Rules class in the morning (9am start)
* Mountain Extension Qualification run in the afternoon
* Concert train in the evening
* Trout Brook station construction
* Drainage work

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That turntable needs lots of leverage to turn, even empty.  Or a gallon of on grease on the railheads.

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Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 23, 2022, 05:35:11 PM »
Work done on Saturday July 23:

* Trout Brook/218 tail track: Joe, and I spiked a few ties, with Fred holding the nipper.  When we ran out of shade we stopped, because even at 9:30/10:00 it was too hot.
* Trout Brook Station: Zack was measuring and cutting, and they must have done some work there after I left.  Brendan will be doing more work in the late afternoon after the site is in the shade.
* Drainage work: Mike worked on drainage improvements at Sutter's and Brook Crossings.
* Trailer painting: Before it got too hot out in the morning I finished painting the underside of the trailer.
* Truck work: Jerry was pondering reassembly of a coach truck.
* Coach 9: I think Harold was doing something with it.
* Archives: Linda and I tried scanning negatives with a fluid layer, with OK results (but it's a lot of work).
* Lavender trains - kudos to the steam crew for doing it in this weather.

The day was somewhere around 90 degrees and humidity in the 70s (oppressive). 

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Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 20, 2022, 06:40:38 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday July 23:

* Trout Brook station construction
* Sutter's Crossing work - Mike is moving the Kubota to Sutter's for drainage improvement work
* Machine shop
* Last Saturday of Lavender trains

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Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 16, 2022, 06:25:13 PM »
Work done on Saturday July 16:

* Trout Brook Station - in the morning Brendan, Stewart, Fred and myself worked on the station building, finishing the north and south walls.  In the afternoon they (minus me) worked on the roof boards.  I understand they finished the east (road side) wall.
* Clean the Mountain - Mike had a good crew to clean up the wood left trackside from prior clearing efforts.  They did all they set out to do and more.
* Boxcar 56 - Marcel was working on it.
* Lavender trains - well patronized.

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Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 13, 2022, 06:41:32 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday July16:

* Mountain Extension clean up - a crew led by Mike with a chipper will work to do some clean up on the Mountain Extension before the grand opening.
* Trout Brook Station construction
* Machine shop
* Lavender trains

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