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Joe Fox

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #405 on: July 02, 2018, 05:16:57 PM »
The use will be to build a rail crane to travel the length of the flat car and then some extra on each end. The crane will be used to distribute tie bundles and rail as track is built. Thus reducing a huge factor in track building. We are all getting older, and we can not do things like we used to. Our normal size track crew averages 4-8 at best, sometimes even just 1 or 2. Work weekend track crew size continues to drop, so it was decided it was time to start seriously mechanizing everything with track work.

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« Reply #406 on: July 02, 2018, 06:11:23 PM »
I'm thinking Jason has come up with a WW&F version of "snap-track" and we'll go down the mountain laying panels at a mile/day pace.  If not, it would be real cool to imagine such a contraption.
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« Reply #407 on: July 02, 2018, 06:22:23 PM »
Thanks Joe,

At 74 I feel young when I come to the WW&F because there, I am "middle age".

Sounds like an interesting project and a great boon to our efforts, and a savior for our backs.

I can't wait to see the drawing of this new crane.

I am sure it will look something like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzYr7UGg8HI



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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #408 on: July 02, 2018, 06:58:51 PM »
I think that video was the inspiration for this idea.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #409 on: July 02, 2018, 07:19:06 PM »
Timbers laid out at Sheepscot for the approach span stringers.


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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #410 on: July 02, 2018, 08:34:13 PM »
Tie bundles are not part of the plan for the start. Handling the rail will be enough. I have another plan for the ties to make best use of our manpower.
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #411 on: July 03, 2018, 12:44:19 AM »
That 1900s railbuilding film is astonishing!
 Whipping together a spindly but clever system for that time, to speed up and take away a lot of the drudgery involved in a (I know) backbreaking  chore is damned impressive.
Setting up a similar system on a smaller scale at WW&F I'm sure would be absolutely welcomed. And probably fun to watch.  ;)
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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #412 on: July 05, 2018, 04:00:06 PM »
The bridge work outlook is fairly clear next week and gets hazy further out, due to weather and work progress uncertainty.

Week of July 9 (Next week):

Monday, Tuesday: pre-fab bridge abutments at Sheepscot.
Wednesday: install silt fence, mark out abutment excavation at bridge site (finish abutments if needed).
Mon-Wed: paint bridge (different crew).  (Painting could happen this or next Saturday, as possible.  Check with Linc- as the wood needs to be dry, and the work coordinated.)
Thursday: (rain forecast): continue work on steel temp spans.

Week of July 16.
Remove stumps from south bank. 
Jeff excavates for north abutment
Prepare stone bed for north abutment
Install pre-fab abutment.
Jeff backfills abutment.

Week of July 23:
Prepare for and drove piles for bents.

At that point, while we have goals, it’s best to wait rather than announce plans.  As we get closer we’ll post updates.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #413 on: July 05, 2018, 05:02:01 PM »
It goes without saying but, I'm going to say it anyhow.! We need all the help we can get. Put off that trip to Europe or picking up that Power-Ball check. As uncle Sam says WE NEED YOU!!!

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« Reply #414 on: July 05, 2018, 05:06:42 PM »
..Put off that trip to Europe or picking up that Power-Ball check...
But...we could really use some of that Powerball check....

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #415 on: July 05, 2018, 09:33:43 PM »
If anyone knows of anybody who may be intetested in volunteering, there are at least 6 different projects going on right now that could use help. Bridge work, prep work, grass cutting, track work, shop help, and many others.

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #416 on: July 09, 2018, 09:28:48 PM »
Photo update courtesy of Linc Reed-Nickerson. Painting is underway.







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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #417 on: July 10, 2018, 05:42:03 AM »
It is actually a stain. Paint will crack and peel and need recoating sooner. Stain will last a long time and just fade while still providing protection
« Last Edit: July 10, 2018, 10:12:17 AM by Mike Fox »
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« Reply #418 on: July 10, 2018, 05:43:36 AM »
..Put off that trip to Europe or picking up that Power-Ball check...
But...we could really use some of that Powerball check....

Speaking of Europe, there is always Paddy Power ...

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Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« Reply #419 on: July 10, 2018, 09:35:50 AM »
Bridge color looks good.

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