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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 07, 2022, 12:07:24 PM »
Yesterdays celebration was truly incredible. What an honor to be able to host such a Grand Opening occasion. Hopefully the speeches were videoed.

From seeing the RoW with trees, seeing the rails discovered at ToM, hiking the railroad grade several times, seeing the rebuilding of the grade, organizing track material prep and helping with work weekends, and be around as much as possible, it is truly an impressive stretch of railroad.

To everyone who contributed as little as an hour, or several hundred plus hours, a job well done. Steve Lennox, you and your crew did phenomenal work to ensure the mountain was completed on time.

I look forward to seeing and helping with future track projects that may lay ahead.😁

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 05, 2022, 04:07:38 PM »
Wow. The craftsmanship in this car is truly fantastic. You don’t fully appreciate the detail, and fine detail until you see the amount of time and skill it takes. Keep up the great work guys.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 05, 2022, 03:59:56 PM »
Wow. Very interesting. All that work completed in essentially 4 years.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:27:49 AM »
That is correct.

Volunteers / Re: August 2022 Work Projects
« on: August 04, 2022, 11:49:45 AM »
Getting the Mountain ready for service, and completed has been a HUGE undertaking by so many. It is truly remarkable how much work has been done, and what work continues to be done the last several weeks.

A HUGE round of applause for everyone who has taken the time to step up to make this happen. I know it has been strenuous on our volunteers, and everyone alike, but the rewards are well worth the efforts. Not just for our museum and our guests, but in memory of so many that wanted to see Harry’s dream continue to be carried out.

Work and Events / Re: 2022 July 30 Rules Class
« on: July 31, 2022, 07:44:22 PM »
May I add, I like the idea of the training train as part of the class. It gives everyone a chance to review the more common rules that we may not even think about, and see them put into action. The class as a whole was great, informative, and more.

It is also good to see how if someone does something wrong, or right, that the class can then understand what occurred, etc. AND, it is a learning experience and not criticism. I agree with Bill, top notch all the way. Everyone who organized it, did a Phenomenal job.

Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 30, 2022, 03:49:57 PM »
Tomorrows work for 7/31/22 is cancelled due to not enough interest. Steve’s and his crew will take care of it sometime during the week.

Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 27, 2022, 07:45:09 PM »
*Edit, Sunday 7/31 will be ballasting and tamping the tail track off the TBS turntable. ALL help is still welcome.

Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 27, 2022, 08:48:05 AM »
Also looking for volunteers to help spike 56’ of track at Trout Brook Station on SUNDAY 7/31. Any and ALL help is appreciated and welcome.

Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 23, 2022, 10:58:20 PM »
Small spiking crew, but our efforts today were enough to help gain more headway for next weekend or

I hope to lead a spiking crew, and possibly a ballast crew on Sunday 7/31 if enough help arrives.

Volunteers / Re: July 2022 Work Projects
« on: July 21, 2022, 06:06:07 AM »
I would like to lead a small spiking crew for a couple hours on Saturday from 8:30-10:30 if anyone is interested. The goal is to set some start spiking the tail track at TBS near 218. A work party will also take place on Sunday July 31st to complete this work, and maybe do some ballast work if time permits.

Museum Discussion / Re: WCVB Chronicle Monday, July 18th
« on: July 19, 2022, 05:07:15 AM »
It was very well done. I like how they mention that everyone is volunteer and so many other terrific highlights.

As Dave said, we are truly a very fortunate group, with many diversified talents among us.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: East Broad Top must sees
« on: July 05, 2022, 01:47:00 PM »
I am friends with Lee Rainey and the CMO there as well. Great guys. I miss when Lee was able to help us during work weekends.

Other Narrow Gauge / East Broad Top must sees
« on: July 05, 2022, 01:23:00 AM »
Hey everyone,

Planning a trip to the EBT very soon, and am looking for some opinions on must sees of the railroad. I have seen Orbisonia, Robertsdale, and Saltillo once in 2012.

I’d like to see the Pogue trestle, and more but need help on how to find the more hidden gems. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: July 02, 2022, 02:19:20 PM »
The biggest thing with Wilmar when tamping, is the heads drift left to right. Which requires the operator to pay very close attention to the tamping heads each time you tamp. There are some things in the works to eliminate this and by pinning the heads in a “normal” working position so they won’t drift.

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