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Work and Events / Re: 2008 Brushcutting
« on: September 05, 2008, 07:57:20 PM »
I was glad to be able to get in one morning of brushcutting. The right of way looks much better groomed. I for one next year would love to do more.

Work and Events / Re: Saturday's rail moving party
« on: September 04, 2008, 07:10:12 PM »
I guess we better plan on a rail unloading party for the following Saturday.  ;D

Work and Events / Re: Track Work
« on: September 02, 2008, 06:47:25 PM »
Rarely did we have to lift a whole rail from the ground to the flatcar. 

Well we did once Saturday. We had it on the car but it did not stay!

Work and Events / Re: Saturday's rail moving party
« on: September 01, 2008, 08:34:55 AM »
After some rough measurements, I roughly calculated there is 22.85 tons there. Of course, this does not account for rail wear and the ones that have joint bars.

 And you forgot to add Stephen, it was all loaded by hand.


General Discussion / Re: Danville Junction
« on: August 26, 2008, 08:22:19 PM »
I stopped at the Junction this morning and talked with a foreman I know. He said they dropped 2 lengths of the rail at the junction for use in the reconstruction. The rest was sent West to Vermont for use there.

Kennebec Central / Re: Kennebec Central Passenger Stations
« on: August 26, 2008, 06:01:57 PM »
I think there were atleast two in Randolph and one building in Togus. I remember reading they had to walk to get from the building to the train. I believe it was a Military building, non-railroad owned.

Boothbay Railway Village / Re: B&SR coach 11 at Boothbay
« on: August 26, 2008, 05:57:38 PM »
I don't know the exact date when the conversion was made, but I bet it has spent atleast a third of it's life as a coach. And it was "modified" in a shop that will probably never modify an original car again. So there is some history in it being in a coach configuration too.

Work and Events / Re: Track Work
« on: August 26, 2008, 05:52:10 PM »
I'll also attend. See you then.

General Discussion / Danville Junction
« on: August 25, 2008, 06:04:03 PM »
For those interested, I had learned about a month ago that Danville Juntion would be changing. No more diamond. The crew member from St. Lawrence and Atlantic told me the tracks would swing from the mainline and roughly parallel MEC/Guilford/PanAm toward where the diamond is. Also the Station road will be closed. Read the following article in Mondays Sun Journal for more info. Get your photos now before it is too late. And maybe unrelated, but an Eastbound SLR Railtrain went through South Paris this afternoon about 3:30. All those rails, probably 1/4 mile long each, looked like they might be a handfull to wrestle them at the museum. Now if we could only find welded 60# rail someone wants to part with.

Work and Events / Re: Track Jacks
« on: August 24, 2008, 07:57:41 PM »
Add one more high lift jack to the inventory. Wayne Laepple and I purchased one in PA. He drove over and picked it up and will bring it for the Fall work weekend.

Also on the jack side of things, I will be at least lettering and possibly numbering the current inventory of Aluminum Jacks. This will help with identification, should some be loaned out to any other organization.

Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: August 24, 2008, 01:06:51 PM »
A mechanical tamper would make things a lot easier. But if we could get a crew every Saturday morning for track work, the current method would work fine also. I am hoping to devote more time to this next year, and am hoping I can get some to join me. Work this year kept me away. Next year I may not be as busy.(I hope)

Museum Discussion / Web/Security Camera
« on: August 22, 2008, 07:23:57 PM »
I know on the old forum there was talk of someone offering a web camera. Any updates on this?

Museum Discussion / 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 22, 2008, 07:11:45 PM »
For those with it, the RFD TV is an awesome place to see these tractors and shovel in operation. I think the show was called Antique Tractors but I don't recall. A quick search of their site shows a listing called Classic Tractor Fever. Sometimes the have what is called a Threshers reunion on there that has the steam shovel, tractor and locomotive, all on the same grounds.

Volunteers / Re: Filming (for Fun) This Saturday (???)
« on: August 21, 2008, 07:03:34 AM »
I know the Joe you speak of rather well. He actually put some of my videos on you tube. I did the Plow extra videos. He was on the crew so could not film them. John's suggestion is the best. And also the best value. Trains start running at 10, with the last leaving at 4. There is enough time between trains to change locations.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: Franklin St?
« on: August 17, 2008, 08:46:00 PM »
I saw a piece on the news last week sometime where some cruise ship visitors had found MNGRR. #4 was shown briefly. There must be a "things to do while in Portland" list they pass around when coming into port. I was glad to see that on the news.

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