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Messages - Ken Fleming

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Museum Discussion / Re: Getting the passenger car back inside
« on: March 01, 2019, 12:32:45 AM »
Maybe we could use a Chinese one point switch for 4 wheel cars.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: A ride to the front
« on: November 25, 2018, 11:27:49 PM »
My father was a brakeman on the C.B.& Q., when he was drafted in the Great War and served in France. He drove a Holt tractor hauling 6" naval guns the had been mounted on special carriages. The 6" shells were shipped by the "little trains".  He spoke about them frequenty, saying that he got kick out of them.

Of interest, my brother was brakeman on Italian railways in the Po valley when WWII ended in Ilaty. He didn't get Spring of 1946.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 20, 2018, 10:28:39 PM »
Where is the ramp for us wheelchair bound individuals?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 25, 2018, 06:40:33 PM »
That nice,big red blank "canvas" is inviting tagging.  Be ready!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 24, 2018, 09:54:54 PM »
How are we going to keep 4-Wheelers and snow mobiles off the bridge?

Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: April 02, 2018, 06:47:39 AM »
Clam bake at A.C.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: January 25, 2018, 01:07:51 AM »
By Spring, we should have a good start on a log yard at the future saw mill site.

Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:50:48 AM »
If these cars are junk, how about grab irons, cut levers and other useful hardware? Nick would probably sell scrap price.

Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:34:16 PM »
If this deal a once in  lifetime  buy, why only 5 pair?  We need 2 pair for current projects and several for RIP track forever.  They don't rot!

Volunteers / Re: July 2017 Work Planning
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:11:53 PM »
Tie replacement can be done using the Kubota.  We changed out 400 ties using a tractor mounted backhoe. After spikes are pulled, you straddle the track and push tie up to rail using side of bucket.  Then you reach over to other end of the tie and with the points of the bucket to pull tie out.  Older ties work great because you can really stick the points in. It's slick with practice.  Ties can be inserted using the bucket like cupped hand.  It took us longer to pull the spikes and get the tie plates out the way, then did to pull/replace the tie.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 10, 2017, 06:54:09 PM »
Save the trees for feed stock for our saw mill.  Log trains into mill and flats of lumber out.

Work and Events / Re: Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 04, 2017, 10:10:34 AM »
Interesting way to "Hy-Rail" the Kubota.

General Discussion / Re: Government Surplus
« on: May 16, 2017, 03:30:30 PM »
I my real point is to have someone from the museum open an dialogue with August Surplus office.  Just a friendly call every now and then.  Invite whomever they are to visit the museum to see what we do.  There may only an odd ball items of interest to us, but we'll never know if just sit on our hands.  If wishes were fishes, we would have us fry.  You can't see if you don't look!

General Discussion / Re: Government Surplus
« on: May 12, 2017, 08:04:40 PM »
Its time to wake the Surplus topic.  Someone needs to establish a contact in Augusta.  The one I had has retired.  I still have access, but due to health problems I don't have the time anymore.  There are still a lot $12 hammers out there (lol).

Base closure and never ending wars have created a lot surplus stuff.  We need to get our hands in the pot!

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 03, 2017, 05:43:12 PM »
Try Bill Gates.  I read somewhere he is a rail fan.

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