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Messages - Gary Kraske

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John, thanks for the reply.  'Fraid the truck I had in mind won't do.  Thanks again!

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 03, 2019, 11:09:39 PM »
Mike Ouch, I feel for you, did that as a youngster while ice skating on snow covered Worthley Pond. The cloud view was not worth the pain!

John, what would be the transporter for the boxcar and paneltracks.  Would a two wheel drive two capable F-150 six cylinder be enough to haul the envisioned load?  Just thinking of options, I know of a 2014 F-150 with only 3,000 miles on it that might be available.

Me too!  Copy access please, dollars are awaiting dispersal!

General Discussion / Re: Testing Notifications
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:58:58 PM »
I, like Bob, go to the forum daily, or sometimes several time a day to get my Sheepscot fix.  Perhaps I don't have enough to do when I am not in Maine.
. same here, I rely on visits to the Forum to get my fix.

Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:17:14 AM »
Glad to hear about progressing on heating the machine shop in order to proceed with the boilers builds during cold i.e. less than 50 degree inside temperature months.  Also was great news about exceeding 21 campaign funding goal!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 16, 2018, 08:14:55 PM »
Ladies and Gentlemen:  Thank you for all the prodigious work over the past year especially and continually since the 1990's.  Barb and I are truly excited to see the daily and weekly progress reports on the various projects.  Thanks much for the before and after pictures and the continual word and pictorial updates.  We visited with the help of our daughter and her family this past August.  Rode the train I believe on Friday August 17th and thoroughly enjoyed conversation with James Patten and others plus other riders.  The gift shop ladies were great.  Thanks again from away.  Hope to make it back next year.  Barb & Gary Kraske

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:31:24 PM »
I would think the standard gauge locomotives were either Consolidations or Mikados.  They were taking fairly long trains into and out of the Berlin, NH paper mill.  I was in Rumford at the Oxford paper company mill where loaded train lengths of 1/4 to 1/2 mile were shipped daily about 363 days a year in the early 50's.  Also at the time the mill was still using coal as a fuel so incoming daily trains held about 600 tons of coal plus other chemicals and coatings such as clay from Georgia. The Berlin mill was one of our direct competitors.  The bridge you all have striven successfully would have had to handle these weights on a daily basis. 

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 24, 2018, 11:50:08 AM »
Thank you for the description, James.  Good to use wood it takes care of thermal expansion concerns at different times of year. Again thank you.

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 24, 2018, 01:42:30 AM »
Insta track will be used to hold the track in place, then spiking as normal behind the train. Our insta track holds the track well enough for the slow speeds and locks rails in at a set distance apart.

Pray tell, what is insta-track?  Tried looking it up but just got a bunch of internet references.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 21, 2018, 09:40:42 PM »
Fantastic work folks!  Really appreciate the pictorial progress to be able to follow from afar. 

Thanks from Barb and Gary

Museum Discussion / Re: tie replacement
« on: September 11, 2018, 10:13:07 PM »
[quote author=Joe Fox
There is a much easier and faster method, which entails a tie inserter. After changing ties with a tie crane which is similar to this, tie inserter, a backhoe, and by hand, the fastest way is to use the inserter. However, the wrong operator and you can really hump or misalign the track. But with the correct operator, you can pull and insert a tie in about 40 seconds per tie.

Agree, have watched Alaska Railroad episodes where they use a tie inserter to replace ties almost year round.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:16:18 PM »
Will the found 35 lb rails be useful to us or a museum piece?

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:03:24 PM »
Really appreciate the fine woodwork performed by Marcel.  Thank You

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:28:09 PM »
Tremendous work from you all!  Congrats to all the volunteers and the contractor.  Just wish I was 10 years younger.

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