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Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 30, 2021, 07:49:47 PM »
It is built as a forklift only. Brendan says the dump cylinder is shorter (makes it stronger) to lift heavy objects. Our current Forklift has been plagued with issues with no time to fix between uses. The old one will be fixed to run again then sold.

This will also help preserve the case loader. It has been used as a forklift too much recently and one of the recently repaired cylinders is leaking again.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 25, 2021, 10:30:39 AM »
Once upon a time (as the saying goes) every building was to have three conduits: power, comms (telephone and alarm), and spare. Does the new distribution system provide this?

Almost. There are only one power and comms each from the engine house and car barn. A 3rd conduit could be added if needed, but I think we can make it work as is (we usually do).

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 25, 2021, 04:26:10 AM »
We buried one conduit for power to the enginehouse, one conduit for power to the carbarn, both running through a buried cement vault by the enginehouse, connecting with conduit buried by Brendan and Contractor Jeff, and one spare for power to the vault. We also buried 3 conduits for comms from the vault we put in by the electrical building to a smaller buried vault by the enginehouse, which connected to the pipes Brendan and Contractor Jeff installed earlier this year.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 24, 2021, 07:19:43 PM »
Josh and I did a little digging today..

Pretty much back in shape. I will touch it up in the spring after everything settles.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 23, 2021, 06:59:12 PM »
Plow and Flanger were also moved on the woods track, so the south end of what will become something like Fred Shed Siding (current woods track) and be lined and crossing installed.

Some shots from today..

Cody and his dad Pete have been familiar faces all summer doing chores like this. Here they are moving a trailer load of kindling from the Enginehouse to the wood storage bin.

And here Cody and Pete drive some nails.

I even snuck a picture of Stewart putting up more siding.

I donned my blaze orange and headed south to check on beavers (none found and no dams) and turned to see 9 sitting there staring at me..

And I still like seeing tie impressions..

And last part of the afternoon helped Brendan stand up the beams between stalls 3 (left) and 2

« on: October 21, 2021, 10:28:08 AM »
No running with bag pipes. You may get kilt.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 20, 2021, 09:07:01 AM »
As of right now, conduit burial and installation of a box for comms is scheduled for Sunday. 7am start..

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: October 18, 2021, 07:41:31 AM »
It has been a couple years, so I thought I would post an update. Since last reported, we now have over 1200 active members. There has been an uptick in Life Membership, and I would say 2/3 of the Life Memberships purchased lately are new members.

This time of year, I am putting about 8 hours a week (plus working my full time 55 hr a week job) on membership duties due to the Fund Drive. The rest of the year I average 4 hrs a week.

Speaking of the Fund Drive, it is progressing very well, but I will leave the details to the newsletter. If you have donated, thank you. If you haven't, please consider doing so.

And lastly, if you are reading this and you are not a member, consider joining.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 16, 2021, 08:45:47 PM »
Also was tinkering on the loader today. A little preventive maintenance. Brendan told me of a coolant leak. Investigating I found this. It was not leaking but wanted to change it just the same. Short hose, about 6 inches.

So that has been replaced, but found the root cause of the leak. A crack in the coolant tank. So, that will have to come out and be repaired.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 16, 2021, 08:34:52 PM »
The wood pounders and nail drivers continued today.. I grabbed these when they had quit for the day.

Work and Events / Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
« on: October 15, 2021, 09:05:46 AM »
That is what we were told, but the serial number has since revealed it is older. And looking it up again just now, it is actually a 1965.

Work and Events / Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
« on: October 14, 2021, 09:45:03 PM »
That one we believe is a 1968. It received a lot of attention over about a year ago, getting finished up over the winter with new brakes and a few other parts to keep it going.

Work and Events / Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
« on: October 14, 2021, 11:41:13 AM »
It is antique, built in 1966, give or take a few years... And the smaller size does not dwarf our railroad equipment.

Work and Events / Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
« on: October 14, 2021, 10:05:17 AM »
It has been a few years, but time to move this thread up to the top. Casey has been toiling away since its arrival with only some minor repairs. In order to continue using the machine, we need to invest in its future. We are doing that this year.

The most wear items on a dozer is the blade and under carriage. While the track pads are ok, the chains they bolt to are worn out. The bushings are gone around the pins and there is sideward play in the chain allowing it to fall off easily. I had been passively looking for new chains but kept coming up empty. That is until I was handed a magazine that had used equipment in it. There was a parts broker that had an ad that was in NH I contacted, and found us what is possibly the last 2 chains in the country. They arrived at my work yesterday.

We plan on replacing the bottom rollers, and he is getting a price for me for those.

Some may ask why repair instead of replace. Simple. This dozer fits our equipment car, and can be put almost anywhere along the railroad. Plus replacing it with something similar would be expensive. Money better spent on other projects or equipment.

« on: October 11, 2021, 03:54:16 PM »
Don't give me too much credit, you guys did the layout, I just followed what had been laid out. Also, removal of some items that happened last week, combined with a little more organizing Saturday resulted in about 4 or 5 more spots being created during the day. Every little bit helps.

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