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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #75 on: September 09, 2017, 08:47:19 PM »
Don't forget that Engine 52 has a wedge plow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KySu8wd5yTo
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #76 on: September 09, 2017, 08:47:53 PM »
Not to harp continuously on the subject, but I read that the original Moose Brook bridge include two inspection panels on each truss to assess the condition of the timbers and monitor the tightness of the tension rods. Would it be anathema to use a piece of plexiglass or Lexan to replace one inspection panel on each truss?

I don't think you will see much through there. I would be concerned about sweating, then eventual rot of what it is hooked to.
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #77 on: September 09, 2017, 09:09:15 PM »
Okay. I know when I'm beaten. (sigh)

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #78 on: September 10, 2017, 01:17:54 PM »
I guess they saw through your best arguments, Wayne!

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #79 on: September 10, 2017, 02:54:01 PM »
Ouch!

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« Reply #80 on: September 10, 2017, 04:05:37 PM »
This is not a PUNNY Truss. It is a PONY Truss..

Actually, during some of the original discussions, it was brought up that it would be grand to leave the interior of the trusses exposed. This then turned into roofing the whole structure to make it completely enclosed, looking similar to the covered bridge that was in Phillips. It was a major modification, not just slap a roof on it and be done. Height would need to be added. More discussions followed, and it was brought up that the original railroad would not have made a significant change like that. And since we are recreating what would have been, it was decided to keep the appearance as designed.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #81 on: September 10, 2017, 04:42:50 PM »
Wayne.
I guess the whole issue is now open and shut!

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« Reply #82 on: September 10, 2017, 05:29:52 PM »
Not shut, just fully sheathed....... :D
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #83 on: September 10, 2017, 08:01:23 PM »
I guess the topic has been fully covered. Should move on before we get board.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #84 on: September 10, 2017, 08:16:30 PM »
You wood put it that way.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #85 on: September 10, 2017, 08:19:36 PM »
Stop now, before the moderator CUTS this thread.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #86 on: September 10, 2017, 08:21:41 PM »
Perhaps the proper place to set up a display telling the bridge's story is somewhere on the Sheepscot campus, giving visitors the time and opportunity to learn the history and design of the bridge, either prior to or after riding the train.

Sometime shortly after our railroad had been rebuilt to Alna Center, I mentioned to Jason while passing over the Humason Brook trestle that after all the work that Harry and others, including the Marine Wing Support Squadron 472, Detachment B, of Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan, had done, it was just momentary passing to train passengers.

We do make a point to mention the story of Humason in the museum guide booklet handed out to ticketed passengers, and the same will be done for the Moose/Trout Brook bridge.  We can also ask conductors to discuss the history of the bridge with passengers.

Signs can also be posted at each end of the bridge, though I'm not sure we want to encourage hikers to the bridge unless there's an adjacent trail.  Once the railhead reaches Route 218, perhaps a program can be developed to offer periodic walking tours back to the bridge.  In that case, it would make sense to provide a removable panel so tour guides can show the truss structure.
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #87 on: September 10, 2017, 09:11:57 PM »
"In that case, it would make sense to provide a removable panel so tour guides can show the truss structure."

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #88 on: September 11, 2017, 06:05:44 AM »
Considering that we will need to re-route a Midcoast Conservancy trail or two to get them off the track bed, while doing that we can include a sign near where the trail crosses close to the bridge that covers the history of the bridge. 

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #89 on: September 11, 2017, 07:42:59 AM »
Part of the requirement for the gift of this bridge is the construction of an informational Kiosk, near the bridge.
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