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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2023
« on: April 26, 2023, 06:56:58 PM »
For Friday's crew 2, I plan to have X52's train ready for the trip north to Top of Mountain by 8.30 a.m. for departure from Sheepscot at 8.45.  The weather forecast looks very good for the day's scenic trip up the valley and work on the Mountain.  Hope we have a good turnout for this important maintenance work.  Thanks to all who attend.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: April 22, 2023, 07:37:35 PM »
Lumber staged on railcar 1005 for the first track door.

Stewart removing straps from one of the stall 1 windows so it can be opened.

Grounds prepared for construction of the garden track next to the engine house this coming Friday.

Rail to be used for the garden track on B&SR flatcar 34.

Volunteers / Re: April 2023 Work reports
« on: April 22, 2023, 07:22:39 PM »
Well, I took a few photos, as Mike and James worked...

Mike starting the trench from the catch basin he installed a week toward the ditch by Cross Road, as James looks on.

With the trench dug about halfway from the catch basin, Mike trenched back from the street ditch.

With the culvert sections in place, Mike backfilling around 2 p.m.

I can see in Mike's photo a lot more work was done after I left at about 2.30 p.m.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Caption This...
« on: April 16, 2023, 07:59:53 PM »
Or you hit a copper water pipe behind the wall.  Just sayin'...

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Caption This...
« on: April 16, 2023, 09:37:26 AM »
Should water be shooting out where you set that last wallboard screw?

Volunteers / Re: April 2023 Work reports
« on: April 15, 2023, 09:03:43 PM »
It was nice and smooth when I pulled in a little after 3 with the Odyssey.

Volunteers / Re: April 2023 Work reports
« on: April 08, 2023, 09:56:35 PM »
Some additional photos from today, aside from what I had opportunity to take for:

Today's first public train returning to Sheepscot this morning.  The train crew was busy, as trains were well attended.

Snow can still be found in Sheepscot, if you know where to look.  West side of the car barn this morning.

A pleasure today to update the public signboard to, after three years, replace COVID public health guidelines with a note to our guests to pardon our appearance as we have many Sheepscot projects underway.

And our updated events calendar on the public signboard.  Good to see the many partnerships.

Current flyer for 2023 events.

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: April 08, 2023, 08:34:23 PM »
Mike Fox, Brian Whitney and others were busy today reinstalling and testing the restored cylinders for track lifting/leveling.  A few photos:

Brian (left) and Mike (right) planning the start of the day.

Mike lifting the first cylinder for reinstallation.

After the cylinders were reinstalled, they were tested.  James Patten (left), Cody McFarlane (on board) and Joe Fox (kneeling) look on as testing is underway.

Work and Events / Re: Archives Room - Official Work Thread
« on: April 08, 2023, 08:13:18 PM »
Electrician and member/volunteer Josh Recave busy at work today wiring the new archives and gift shop storage rooms in the basement of the Percival House.

While archivist Linda Zollers was busy upstairs cataloging new additions to our archives.

A couple more photos from earlier today of the stones placed along the eastern mainline embankment for the planned rebuilt platform.

Looking north by the mainline, next to the new planned passenger shelter location.

And a view from the northeast corner of the freight house/gift shop building.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: April 08, 2023, 08:02:19 PM »
A few more photos, showing Brendan and others at work on the engine house earlier today.

Brendan cutting planks for the wooden platform over the pit.

Brendan demonstrates how the east panel by the person door lifts.

And a west panel lift.  Sandy River combine in place for our temporary gift shop prevents a complete lift.

Stewart shingling the upper east side wall of bay 1, as Fred Morse looks on.  Fred did much of the lower shingling on the building.

And Zack Wyllie completed the shingling of the east wall center bay 2.  Here he's working on prep for the last shingle.

Volunteers / OT: April 2023 Work reports
« on: April 07, 2023, 08:34:23 AM »
Work done on Saturday, April 1 (no fooling!)...

After all that, there was a Ham & Bean Supper at the Alna Fire Department - yum!

There's a nice report in the Lincoln County News on the revived ham & been supper (plus a photo of Steve P.!):

Record-Breaking Ham and Bean Supper Return Draws Hundreds to Alna

"A crowd of over 300 gathered at Alna’s firehouse to share a ham and bean supper for the first time since 2019 on Saturday, April 1, brought by local effort to revive the event.

"Records for attendance, donations, and pie auction bidding were all broken by a healthy margin, according to volunteers..."

Volunteers / Re: March 2023 work reports
« on: March 24, 2023, 10:01:20 AM »
Now it's likely I won't be in Sheepscot tomorrow.  I do plan to be up April 1st, weather permitting.

Volunteers / Re: March 2023 work reports
« on: March 23, 2023, 07:03:45 PM »
I was hoping to cut between ML&M and the trestle this winter, and if some would like to do that Saturday that would be great. I can't join you though.

At the moment it looks like I can be in Sheepscot Saturday.  Anyone else interested in a cutting crew (including an engineer for 52 or 51 to get to ML&M and points north)?

Volunteers / Re: March 2023 work reports
« on: March 19, 2023, 06:43:07 PM »
Dan in his element, or more like wearing his element..

That's a brilliant photo of Dan.

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