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Volunteers / Re: September 2023 Work Reports
« on: September 21, 2023, 06:03:49 PM »
Work done week of September 18.

Harold finished machining two additional components for No 11’s rear truck, then proceeded to clean and prepare the new (to us) lathe.

Quentin (typically a Build11 volunteer) finished facing the vacuum pot half shells and began drilling their bolting flanges. 

Jonathan coated 5 additional vacuum pot rod seal bellows.

Jerry, Carlos and I continued with the J&S truck re-work.  (We’ve had some inquiries on this- we are reworking the trucks to ensure the swing motion works correctly when loaded.  This was not the case when we test fit the trucks in July.)

Dan and I switched out the yard and moved No 7 in preparation for its return to Portland.  We also performed the weekly riding track inspection.

Randy, Brian Whitney, Dan, Jeff Verney and I realigned the most severe alignment deviations at ToM, using Jeff’s excavator before it leaves that site.

Eric, Ron, Seth and Lou continued paint prep work on coach 9.

Randy attempted to mow AC.  It was too wet.

Fred mowed around SS.

Bob L came in for a planning session for continuing work on No 10.

I spent today preparing for Saturday’s rules class, including issuing the newly revised rulebook.

Brendan spent the week in the new NW parking lot, as Jeff and Jay fed material.

Linda was in for archival work several days.

I saw Cindy and Stewart off and on- I’m sure they were busy.

I apologize if I missed anyone.


Volunteers / Re: September 2023 Work Reports
« on: September 17, 2023, 07:04:09 PM »
Anticipated Work
Week of Sept 18-22, 2023

J&S Truck Rebuild: Jerry/ Carlos
Vacuum Brake Cylinder Machining: Quentin
Coach 9: Eric’s team
Track Inspection: Dan and/or Jason
Switching: Dan, Jason

Track work at ToM (track lining with machine help): Dan/ Jason HELP APPRECIATED!
Coach 9: Eric’s Team
V Brake Cylinder Machining: Quentin

Rules Class Prep: Jason

Please note FareHarbor has a sign up for the rules class.  We’d appreciate knowing how many folks to expect either there or by responding to the rules class thread in the operating crew section.
FareHarbor sign-up (for both in-person and virtual attendees) is at:
 We are trying to arrange a live stream as well.


Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2023 - Official Work thread
« on: September 14, 2023, 10:45:04 AM »
2023 Fall Work Weekend
Railroad-related work list.

Friday, Oct 6, 2023.
Foreman Dan Malkowski.  Remove stone from between the rails on the Mountain.  This work is critical to winter operations on the Mountain in order to facilitate snow flanging.  We intend to experiment with winter Mountain ops this winter season. 

Saturday, Oct 7, 2023. 
Foreman J. Lamontagne and/or S. Lennox.  SS Upper (North) yard track leveling, switch inspection and repair.  This may include the removal of Barn 3 lead for regrading of sub-bed, and reinstallation of track, depending on available resources.

Sunday, Oct 8, 2023.
Foreman Dan Malkowski.  TIE and DINE!!  This is essentially a reschedule of the T&D what was to happen on 9/16/23.  The combined work events of Tie and Dine and Fall Work Weekend will conclude with dinner as usual and a steam train trip over the entire railroad.

Monday, Oct 9, 2023. 
Foreman Dan Malkowski.  Remove/ replace Brook Crossing planks.  Remove stone from between the rails working north from Brook Crossing.

Friday-Monday Oct 6-9, 2023:
Foreman Eric Schade.  Coach 8 major refurbishment (phase 1).

Wednesday-Saturday Oct 4-8, 2023:
Foreman Rick Sisson/ Gordon Cook.  Build11 work session involving newly arrived machined cylinders.

Other work TBD:
Work session on Head Tide Trail, pending an available work crew manager. 
Work sessions expected on Enginehouse, etc.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to express interest here or privately for specific aspects of our work plans.


Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2023 - Official Work thread
« on: September 13, 2023, 06:42:05 PM »
I plan to call cattail and leave a message.  I’ll work out details by email with John and team.


Volunteers / Re: September 2023 Work Reports
« on: September 10, 2023, 04:48:13 PM »
Anticipated Work for week of September 11-15, 2023.

Truck Work.  Jerry and Carlos.
Coach 9.  Eric.
Tie and Dine prep- afternoon.  Dan.

Coach 9.  Eric.

All week (pending)
Enginehouse.  Brendan. 
No 11 machine work.
V Brake engineering and planning
Continued truck work
Riding track inspection late in the week.

We plan to continue weekday track work with a Wednesday track day, every other week for now.  This Wednesday is a washout- with no pressing needs we will forgo working under water and plan to begin the following Wednesday.

Thanks all,

Volunteers / 2023 Fall Rules Class
« on: August 16, 2023, 11:02:30 AM »
Hi Folks,

Rules class for 2023 will be Saturday September 23, 2023.

Please note that attendance is required at least once every 3 years.  If this just doesn’t work out for you, we can offer an equivalent.

Also note- because Sept 23 is such short notice, for which I apologize, we will also be offering a spring 2024 rules class.  If you’re due to attend the fall 2023 class due to the 3-year requirement, we will honor the 2024 Spring class as equivalent.

More details to follow.


Volunteers / Re: August 2023 Work Reports
« on: August 10, 2023, 10:28:42 AM »
The SDC folks were in Maine on other business, so we gave a full tour of our facilities and projects.  It was quite nice to make the connection. 


Work and Events / Re: Jayne's Way Crossing Renewal May 30 and 31, 2023
« on: August 01, 2023, 06:30:43 AM »
It needs to be noted that the business and the road are not open to the public.


Volunteers / Re: July 2023 Work Reports
« on: July 02, 2023, 08:51:26 AM »
Row mow would help by reaching some of this, but much of this is beyond the reach of that machine.  Most of the rest of the railroad gets treated out to the ditches.  Row mow would reduce some of the hand work burden, however.


Volunteers / Re: TBS Weed Whacking Crew Request
« on: July 02, 2023, 06:56:08 AM »
Thank you Bill and Dave.  I’ll check it out this week- though it looks appropriate in the photos.  Probably another 2-person morning will finish up from where you left off south to MP8?


Volunteers / Re: July 2023 Work Reports
« on: July 02, 2023, 06:54:11 AM »
Thank you Bill and Dave for the weed whacking!  It looks great in your photos- I look forward to seeing it in person. 


Volunteers / TBS Weed Whacking Crew Request
« on: June 26, 2023, 12:57:35 PM »
Hello folks,

Would 1-2 of our volunteers reading this be willing to weed whack the railroad right of way from track out to each ditch between Rt 218 at TBS south to MP8?  This is an area we cannot power-spray due to proximity of the public trail system.  The volunteer who has been taking care of this for the past few years has some new health restrictions.

Please let us know here if you’re willing.  We’d like to get this done within the next 2-3 weeks if possible.


Volunteers / Re: June 2023 work reports
« on: June 03, 2023, 05:29:34 PM »
Pete and I, with help from Cody and Bob L, prepared and fired loco 9, which was then used to help Dan, Nick and James complete the switching in the afternoon.  Good times in the rain!

Everyone have fun on tomorrow’s mixed and concert trains!


Looks crooked.  Someone should do something about that..

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 22, 2023, 04:19:52 PM »
I’d always wanted to do one of these books on the locomotive 9 restoration.  Something to capture the attention to detail paid by so many- the original grease cup of No 8, the whistle, the jacket, studying photos for plumbing details and reproducing it- so many details that all blend together now.  Perhaps we still should. 

It’d be great to see such a book on coach 9.  Those kinds of documents help make this work worthwhile.

The window latches look fabulous, Ron, thank you for sharing.


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