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Volunteers / Re: June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 23, 2022, 06:48:58 AM »
Jay Barta made the actual repair of the stand in the shop.  Dan and Steve P removed the stand Tuesday for repair; Dan and I reinstalled it yesterday after repair.

Thanks
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 16, 2022, 09:01:28 AM »
This will serve as temporary ADA access at SS while the platform is being rebuilt.  The new platform will include a wood ramp.  After that, this unit is portable for use as needed.

Jason

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 29, 2022, 08:58:53 PM »
Let’s see how well it works before we commit to an answer on that :)

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 28, 2022, 06:05:27 PM »
Yes, Bill, there are to imperfections at present.  The main line does require further alignment as there is currently a kink engineering the table.  Also- the table has a sweep itself (it’s old and been through a lot), which we are accommodating.  (No practical way to un-sweep the sweep).

There is a LOT of work to do before August 6- so the alignment issue may or may not be addressed before then. 

But.. good eye.

Thanks
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 27, 2022, 07:07:58 AM »
Monday and Tuesday we hosted two professional conservation assessors hired through a grant through the “Collections Assessment Program.”  The assessors look at our archival and historic collections (paper, photos, historic railroad equipment) in order to discuss and ultimately recommend potential improvement in the conservation of those materials.  The professional recommendations could offer us new ideas and approaches, and can also be powerful grant writing support material. 

Thanks,
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 22, 2022, 06:57:57 PM »
Build11 work session Wednesday-Friday as well.

Thanks
Jason

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 53 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 20, 2022, 07:44:29 AM »
The operative word in Ed’s message was easier… nothing we do is easy.  The point Ed makes is that we considered a number of options- at least 5- including the derelict Edaville GE (presuming it were available), and concluded that the conversion of a GE 45 tonner made the most sense overall.  I wouldn’t necessarily use the word “easiest” there because the deduction process also included such factors as acquisition cost, transportation, current condition, parts acquisition (think big things like prime movers, generators, and traction motors with gearbox), body work, end capability, etc.  It all ends up being a series of trade offs for which subjective judgment calls had to be made, however what was most attractive about this unit was its completeness, it’s in working order, and it’s low acquisition cost (even with transportation). 

The heavy steel work Mike refers to is real work, to be sure, but it’s typical work for any number of heavy fabrication shops anywhere in the country.  At the moment we have a sincere interest in hiring out the heavy fab work on these trucks to a local Maine shop according to our specifications.  Keeping the nature of the work to what is commonly commercially available was a key point of this plan. 

Now that the loco is on site, we can verify and refine our conversion plan.  I hope to get conversion specifics with visuals posted within a couple weeks so our members can see the plan.  I know there’s a lot of rumblings about how big it is and seemingly impossible the conversion will be- however, like always, we are breaking it down into understandable and manageable chunks.  Further- pending a final proposal to the board and subject to their approval- I hope the majority of this project is hired out, so as to keep the project out of the way of projects more core to our mission. 

Thanks all,
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 15, 2022, 04:46:57 PM »
I’d like to add to Steve’s work list to include the rest of the week.

Monday: prepare for GE53, receive 2 expected truck shipments, prepare for public train ops.

Thursday: final preparations for TBS turntable.

Friday: install TBS turntable, Steam charter 1pm.

Saturday: two train public day. 

Help is very welcome and encouraged ALL WEEK :)

Thanks
Jason

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DRO was very old and nonfunctional.  Plan is to acquire a newer, more standard model.

Fear not!  At least no too much…

Jason

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Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 29, 2022, 06:07:20 PM »
Don’t forget some huge news: No 11’s frame being assembled in the shop today!

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Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 18, 2022, 11:47:47 AM »
Thank you, Pete and Mike.

Jason

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Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 18, 2022, 09:45:13 AM »
These abbreviations are officially designated in the employee’s timetable.  Maybe we should post the location chart out of the TT on the forum.  That’s a little beyond me..

Jason

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Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 15, 2022, 07:00:03 PM »
Hey guys- other than maybe a demo for the sake of members, there is no tamping planned for SWW.  We’ll have our hands full with spiking and ballasting (two ballast trains).  We have a concise surfacing/ tamping plan for the entire Mountain- with about 12-18 major lifts to perform.  This work is scheduled May-July using both tampers.  There’ll be more ballasting this summer as well.

I don’t mind a SWW demo of the Harsco tamper if there’s interest, Joe and/or Steve Lennox are willing to lead it, and it’s in service- however it will still be in Sheepscot yard at that time. 

Thanks,
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: March 2022 Work Reports
« on: March 28, 2022, 08:32:44 AM »
Yes- plan is to make enough to cover both coaches 3 and 9 as well as a spare.  They’ll be easily convertible between LED and oil, with the plan to use LED most of the time and oil for occasional photo opportunities. 

Coach 3 is slated for a major overhaul once coach 9 goes in service.  We don’t want Eric and Ron bored, ever…

See ya
Jason

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Volunteers / Re: March 2022 Work Reports
« on: March 26, 2022, 07:28:34 PM »
Great teaser, Mike.

For anyone who knows.. please don’t let the cat out of the bag yet.

We’re working on an announcement…

Thanks all,
Jason

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