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Other Narrow Gauge / Rockport Lime Company
« on: September 16, 2021, 06:45:07 AM »
The last remaining locomotive from the Rockport Lime Company is going to be cosmetically (my words) restored.

Work and Events / Mountain Extension Workday 8/14/21
« on: July 30, 2021, 04:55:54 PM »
I would like to try a work day on Saturday 8/14. This will be a clean up geared toward the opening on the extension next year.

Work will primarily be brush cutting and blade trimming from TOM to Fossel Rd. This area was cut many years ago, and only weedwhacked once. Now the bushes need to be cut with a powersaw. Brush can be hid in the woods, or loaded onto a flat and moved to FosselI for chipping or burning later. I expect we will finish this quickly, and then will be up to us where to go from there.

There are still a few trees I'd like to remove and some clean up down the Mountain, but that can happen later if we don't get to it.

Hope to see you there..

Work and Events / New to us work truck
« on: March 15, 2021, 09:34:18 AM »
As the museum continues to grow, it is not without pains. A lot of items get handled, moved, relocated, hauled and what not.

For years, we have had the Dodge pickup, generously donated by Fred. Recently, it has spent more time not running than being useable. I hope to have solved this issue.

We have purchased this 2004 Ford F350 with 50,000 miles. V-10 with an automatic transmission, 4 wheel drive, dumping platform body with a lift gate. It will be a great utility truck for us, and make shuffling anything easier. Brendan is already talking about lettering the doors.

Work and Events / Case Loader
« on: January 29, 2021, 06:48:27 PM »
Repairs have been ongoing since last spring to the loader. It started with a broken fuel injector line, then it was decided to do the brakes. It was torn down rather quickly in June or July, and has sat waiting for parts then work to be completed.

Since I did not take it apart, I really did not want to put it together, but wanted it done. So, I have tried to work on it when I could, today being a great day to do so because no one was there to talk with or help with other projects.

Last week, I completed the front end. Notice the space heater. It was only about 10 degrees and this ran for a few hours to get the chill off.

The back end looked like this at the start.

Knuckle installed, then the backing plate, and the relined brakes.

Bearing assembly.

The nut has a roll pin that goes blindly into the hole on the back of the outer ring of the planetary.

No go..

Got it..

Tire is on to get the proper torque on the bearings. Supposed to be 13 foot pounds, but I converted it to inch to get a more accurate setting.

All that is left is to fill the rear end with oil, bleed the brakes, install a new tie rod end if I can get one, and put on the tires.

Work and Events / Steam and Saws 2021
« on: January 02, 2021, 08:22:38 PM »
Today was the first Steam and Saws for 2021. Due to the weather and the cancellation of Steam and Sleighs, we cut at Alna Center.

We took our time starting, but here is a few pictures of before.

Brian is clearing our fire area

And this is after. We had James and Dave helping in the morning, and were visited by Fred then  Steve & Annie P. with their little Johnny in the afternoon. They toasted marshmallows on the fire. And Dave came by for the final inspection, followed by Zack to check on our progress.

General Discussion / Back Cove Trestle
« on: November 23, 2020, 08:37:06 AM »
The southern part of the Back Cove Trestle that runs between Portlands East End and the B&M Beans plant will be demolished. It has become a hazard to boaters as it continues to deteriorate, loosing pieces into the water.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR tracks end at the West end (RR south) and they had expressed thoughts of regauging and crossing it.

Here are a couple of Google images. The first is a picture of the south end, the second being the overall trestle. MNGRR is to the right, the B&M plant is on the left.

And here is a video shot in 2019, that really shows some of the deterioration.

Work and Events / B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 27, 2020, 09:19:49 AM »
Here is a couple of shots of Box Car 56 while in service. Notice the hinges for the livestock doors.

Images are property of Gary Kohler, and used with his permission. He has recently done a Power Point presentation, and until it becomes book for can be found for purchase here.

Volunteers / 2019 Volunteer Hours
« on: July 07, 2020, 09:30:07 AM »
The State of Maine has published their list of 2019 Volunteer hours, for those of us who live within it's borders, or, as one I have noticed, volunteered in a specific town, even though the volunteer hails from out of state.. It is broken down by Maine towns, in alphabetical order. It should be no suprise who is on the list, as there are several of us there every Saturday, as well as putting time in during the week either on site or remotely.

 This page should be free to view, but they do have an article limit, so if you view any other stories, you may not get the whole list.

Work and Events / Steam and Saws: February 15, 2020
« on: January 15, 2020, 08:38:13 PM »
With about a month to plan, I think we will have a Steam and Saws, 2020 version, in February. This will be the one day this winter we cut on the Mountain. In the past 2 years, we have done enough A LOT to get the construction of the track through, now for some improvements.

The task will be a little challenging. I would like to open some curves up a little more to increase visibility. Which ones we work on will depend on the amount of snow cover we have. Some of the inside of one curve I'd like to cut is on a steep slope, and I would not ask anyone to work on that if is not safe. Perhaps get what we can near the tracks and cut more when it is safe to do so.

Preliminary plans are to load the brush on a flat or 2 and haul it to TOM to be burnt in a pile. If this does not work, we will adapt on the fly and do something different. Any wood cut will be loaded on a flat and hauled back to Sheepscot.

So, mark your calendar. Lets play on the Mountain again this year. February 15th, 2020.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / 2019 Polar Express
« on: November 27, 2019, 11:11:07 AM »
2019 Polar Express had a little publicity this morning by way of live shots from WCSH 6 TV.  Here is the clip I found.

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Visit 9/29/19
« on: September 29, 2019, 04:28:31 PM »
Today, the Mrs had previously declared I was not going to be available to go to the WW&F if I wanted to, because it was her day. Her annual age advancement day is close, and she wanted to spend it with me. She wanted to go for a ride and see some foliage..

Found some.

President Sharon Barber brings the Wes Spear #4 into Sanders Station for the 1pm train.

A considerable amount of track work has taken place this year. The main line (right) has been moved slightly to get to the original alaignment.

Looking south from the train.

Car Barn progress, being constructed across from the roundhouse. I heard them say they are using 40 poles to build this, with the corners set in cement. I am unsure if the rest will be.

Work and Events / Mitsubishi Tractor
« on: August 30, 2019, 08:20:42 PM »
We talked about this for years.. And I posted it as part of a wish list 5 years ago.,2189.0.html

But the time has finally arrived. We have been kind of passively looking for years, but got more serious about it this year, and Brendan had an approval from the BOD to spend up to x amount.

So Wednesday I spotted this online, sent pictures to Brendan then called and talked about it. I started contacting the seller, finally got him today.

We are now the proud owners of 1 48" Woods Bush Hog. It is 20 years old, but up until recently had been kept indoors. It is in as near new condition as one can get. And got it for a heck of a deal. It will be delivered to the Museum on 9/7.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Gravel Pits
« on: August 18, 2019, 08:41:42 PM »
Railroad maintenance was always going on when the railroad was active. After the initial construction with some fills, lots of trestles and rickety bridges, the upgrades began.

I have found this website for LIDAR mapping.

This is the largest pit on the railroad that I could find. It must have been good material because of the amount taken. Also, the pit is much wider than the standard 66 foot right of way..

Having been there several times in person, this really puts it into perspective..very impressive.

An article in todays Portland Press Herald.

The nonprofit considered moving to Gray after the Portland Co. was sold for redevelopment, but it now plans to remain on the Portland waterfront, where it has operated since 1993.

Volunteers / Steam and Saws
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:27:51 PM »
Our clever marketing team has thought of this catchy slogan. So, let's promote it here also. Here is a link to the posting.

January 19th. Steam and Saws. And maybe Steaming Saws of we work hard enough. Cut some trees. Burn some brush. Enjoy the day.

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