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Messages - Mike Fox

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Volunteers / Re: December 2021 Work Reports
« on: December 04, 2021, 11:28:55 PM »
Yes, thank you Dave for all the chipping help. He was able to get most of the pads cleaned off.

Kind of tight in the garage at the moment. The Kubota is not staying in there much longer, but want to keep it in there as long as I can and use it moving the track chains.





Also on the what else got done today, 5 bundles of ties were removed from in front of the garage to the West lot.

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General Discussion / Re: Tie Laying
« on: December 02, 2021, 09:26:41 AM »
Hearing protection is a must for lots of stuff we do. Even some jobs you think don't need hearing protection. I use them with any small engine, most power tools, running equipment, spiking or anytime noise is present. I had tinitus for a long time, though not as bad as others, and by comstantly using hearing protection, I barely hear the constant ringing.

As for the rest of the safety items, that is everywhere. Injuries cost companies millions of dollars every year, so if there is a proven way to reduce or eliminate the hazard, they do it. Safety is something we should embrace.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 29, 2021, 09:36:45 AM »
Another reason for the west stall rafter placement is that the rafters for the center stall have to tie into the west stall rafters. The rafters for both stalls have to line up for their connection on top of the post & beams.

I am not sure they can. There are 3 different angles in the roof. The angle changes on that beam.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 27, 2021, 07:15:22 PM »
Stall 3 of the Engine House.


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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« 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.















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


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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 26, 2021, 07:37:54 PM »
There is. Shop rules have been drawn up. But it still happens.

Not sure where these go but I know where they are.


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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« 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.


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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 24, 2021, 07:41:48 PM »
at the end of the day, volunteers more often than not leave their tools where they lay not where they came from.

This has been a problem that has existed for a long time. I think it can be solved by having things neat to begin with. We need to be better about tool care. At the end of the day, picking up and putting away the tools should be part of the work. I know I have spent a fair amount of time looking for tools because they did not get returned to where they belong at the end of someones day. Treat tools like they were your own, take care of them, and the next person will have them to use as well.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« 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.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 23, 2021, 10:42:45 AM »
AND, Wayne, the tool you need will be guaranteed to be at the other end of the line, even if you have the toolcar with you.

Just need twice the amount of tools..

I thought the intent of the tool car was to be able to secure tools on a jobsite or over a work weekend without having to haul everything back to Sheepscot.

I do like Erics idea though. Color coding the tools. After a big weekend the tool house tools could be returned, while the tool car tools stay in the car.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Lorenbahn
« on: November 19, 2021, 08:42:17 AM »
Interesting locomotive..and quiet..

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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« 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..

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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« on: November 14, 2021, 05:01:59 PM »


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





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



Track work



Enginehouse work





Spiked track at the end of the day.




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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« on: November 06, 2021, 08:15:41 PM »
Forgot one photo.


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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« 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.





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



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?





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





Fred found a seat..



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



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









Oh, did I mention the food??


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