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Volunteers / Re: June 2020 Work Reports
« on: June 06, 2020, 07:41:11 PM »
It was a pleasure to have the "youngsters" who are around my age or slightly younger up today. They all enjoyed themselves very much. Some of whom have never even been here before. As typical with the railroads unique charm if you will, they all left smiling and can't wait to come back.

What an enjoyable day. We toured the mountain, and got some native ticks as well.

General Discussion / Re: Corona virus and railroading
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:16:42 PM »
John, you would think these places would learn things like this. NOPE. They view repairable damage as a regular operating expense even if it could have been avoided. Makes no sense to me.

Museum Discussion / Re: POLL - Fundraising Special Train
« on: May 23, 2020, 04:59:24 PM »
Any chance if ballasting the track and leveling it before running on it? I know the grading is nice, but there are a few dips here and there that should be lifted and at least hand tamped. Just the trackman side of me. Is it anything critical, probably not as I run on track much worse all the time. If someone would like my professional opinion I'm more then happy to do so privately.

General Discussion / Re: Corona virus and railroading
« on: May 23, 2020, 04:54:10 PM »
Lol. Yes, there sure were a few. Flat wheel generally occur in yards with hand brakes left on and dragged, or from a train being in emergency. Watched a train from CSX roll by once when I was on a local that hit someone and almost every wheel on the train had flat spots and they were all in the same spot. Strangest sound you could ever hear.

And yea we run single stacks east of Ayer because of clearances. There are a decent number of bridges that barely clear a excess height boxcar.

So right now the East Deerfield and Ayer trains are being combined in Ayer or Portland to make MONSTER trains. I have my theories, but wont say publicly.

General Discussion / Corona virus and railroading
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:29:12 PM »
Well the virus impact has finally hit the railroad. Well, not really. Just leading them to do some stupid things like combining two trains. Here is a Edpo/AyPo combo I was on the other day. 11,000' of train, at 25mph. Takes a long time for us to go by. Lol.

Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: April 02, 2020, 01:40:49 PM »
Graham, typically there is lots of volunteers to help prep for SWW or FWW. Amd we are very fortunate because each work weekend literally requires HUNDREDS of hours of prep work.

Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 31, 2020, 06:24:06 PM »
The Governor has just issued a stay at home order April 2nd through the 30th unless going to work at an essential business or doing an essential activity. Guessing Spring Work Weekend will be cancelled. Insteas of mini work weekend through out the year, what if we plan a work weekend in November? Its the off season, and yes I know it is close to FWW, but I am thinking folks are more likely to come for a 3 day weekend then select days through out the summer. Just my thoughts.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2020
« on: March 31, 2020, 06:18:32 PM »
Guessing due to the Governor closing the state down April 2nd through April 30th to ALL except essential businesses and essential activities that the Spring Work Weekend will have to be cancelled?

Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 17, 2020, 07:12:18 PM »
May I suggest if we have to cancel the Spring Work Weekend, may we try to reschedule it instead? I fear the loss of even one work weekend will dradtically change the opening of the Moutain we have all wirked tirelessly to try to keep on schedule.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 27, 2020, 12:33:00 PM »
Absolutely amazing work Harold. The countless hours that you, Eric, and a few others have spent in planning, studying, and now executing for this project is simply amazing. Well done to everyone involved. It is very amazing to see things starting to shape up.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 27, 2020, 12:29:00 PM »
I too got my packet of FEBT stuff today. Very nicely put together. Intro packet of past and present acheivements. A little railroad history and route map along with yard map of Rockhill Furnace much similar to our museum guide. A FEBT brochure, trolley museum brochure, and the Timber Transfer quarterly newsletter Bill mentioned. Very exciting times lay ahead for the EBT.

Great video John. Glad you had a great first time visit.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 18, 2020, 05:12:38 PM »
I dont know how much the FEBT and the old EBT worked together, but my impression is it will remain virtually the same as it was.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:27:58 AM »
This is indeed amazing news. Here is to hoping for the best for them. I have just joined the Friends of the EBT, and hope many others do as well. $35 for an annual membership. I have always had a love for the EBT, and will be going down for a visit as soon as they resume normal operations. I've only been once back in 2012, but have seen countless video productions, pictures, etc of the EBT. Some of you may remember when Lee Rainey was able to attend our Spring & Fall work weekends. He was able to provide countless stories of the EBT to anyone who cared to listen.

Rails were across the bridge around 10a.m. this morning.

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