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Work and Events / Re: Moving Rail and Ties
« on: September 11, 2008, 05:56:33 AM »
Hats off to the reliable OLD VOLUNTEERS and the always incredible "Two Forks" Zuppa.  Did he do it all while driving backward?  ;)  So, 75 sticks means 74 sticks that we can put down, if all are in good shape, which translates to 1,110 feet of new track.  So, I'll see the reliable younger volunteers on Saturday and we'll unload the rail and put down two sticks at the end of track so we can do any drilling to match bolt holes to the last rail at EOT to avoid having to do that on the work weekend.  Then we'll discuss moving ties.  Maybe if time allows we can move some on Saturday and the remainder on 9/27 when the others arrive.  Good job everyone!

Work and Events / Re: Moving Rail and Ties
« on: September 09, 2008, 08:29:56 AM »
Update on ties:

     I received word from Allan that we will be getting 5 foot ties (no cutting needed!) so that wil lspeed things up.  They should arrive the week of 9/22 so we'll see you for tie moving on 9/27!

Work and Events / Moving Rail and Ties
« on: September 08, 2008, 05:46:38 AM »
Hey Everyone,

     The rail we'll be laying during the Work Weekend is scheduled to arrive this week so we'll need as many hands as possible on Saturday 9/13 to move it to the rail pile at the end of track.  We also have ties to move.  If we get the rail done in a timely fashion we could start moving ties.  We also have ten foot ties on the way (delievery next week?) which will need to be cut in half, treated on the cut ends, moved, etc. So, I 'm sure there will be another day dedicated to tie work prior to the work weekend. We have enough ties on hand for about 900 feet of track which means we'll need 150 more to lay all the rail. 

Work and Events / Re: Track Work
« on: August 26, 2008, 08:45:28 AM »
Dave and all,

     I plan to be at Sheepscot on 8/30 and if we get enough crew we can begin moving rails or ties, whichever makes more sense based on the crew size.  I have to do some measuring for locations of tie piles and for the second crossing.  James will be organizing a track crew first thing in the morning and once trains start running we'll switch to tie or rail moving.  I won't be able to do a lot of heavy work thanks to my herniated disk but I'll do what I can and curse what I can't. 


Museum Discussion / 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 25, 2008, 08:44:55 AM »
If we try to pull off 1910 days or something like it it's going to take some palnning and coordination with the land owners, but I'd like to see it happen.  Lots of good ideas being tossed out there!

Duncan, you never know what might happen if you ask the fellow about the shovel.  He might like to see it put in opearable condition and actually running!

Museum Discussion / 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 22, 2008, 01:45:33 PM »
Can you imagine how an event like that at AC could grow?  And yes, the best part would be that everyone would get there by train!   Oh, and the engine noise you hear in the video is not the shovel!

I always wanted to be Mike Mulligan, even if it was just for a day...


Museum Discussion / 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 22, 2008, 12:56:47 PM »
Here's "my" shovel.  How'd that be for 1910 Days?  Suppose they'd miss it? ;)

Museum Discussion / 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 22, 2008, 12:21:23 PM »
1910 Days has been kicked around for a while and it would be fun to pull it off!  We might even get the Maine Farmers Draft Horse Club to bring some of their teams and equipment and demonstrate farming techniques from the 19-teens.  If we could find out what the Turner Center Creamery Ice Cream containeers looked like we could reporduce some and make homemade ice cream at AC and deliver it to Sheepscot in authentic containers.  Maybe by then we'll have a steam powered sawmill, and I'll have found my steam shovel and rock crusher and we could crush rock and load it onto flatcars at AC.  Of course the crusher will be run by Bob Longo's Steam Traction engine, once he finds one.  Just imagine all we could do and teach!

Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: August 22, 2008, 12:12:51 PM »
We are not going to Albion.  We're making a left turn at Weeks Mills and heading for Farmington ;D

Seriously though, I think our rate of growth is about right and the big headache is maintaining what gets put down and that gets tougher with every new section of track.  I agree that we need to think about future rail supply and I think the Board is doing a good job making sure we have rail without jeopardizing other financial needs.

It is hard to beat the fun of track laying!


Museum Discussion / Re: A few pictures from Annual Picnic 2008...
« on: August 18, 2008, 06:15:19 AM »
Watch out, Bullet Bob, I'm comin' up behind you!

Dashing Dana

The Picnic was a great time and thanks to all who made it so!  We had a long day on Saturday but I really enjoyed making the photo runs for all of you!  It's nice to see the results from your angle!


Museum Discussion / Re: Annual picnic
« on: August 01, 2008, 09:25:16 AM »
Just so you know,  James set up the Track Work Day on Friday and I won't be there.  James will be running the crew.  I have to work.  I'll be up on Saturday.  Can't wait to see the new props!

Work and Events / Re: Track Jacks
« on: August 01, 2008, 09:22:48 AM »
Maybe we can sell the back breakers to BIW to use as anchors for the DDG Destroyers.

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