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Bill Reidy

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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #45 on: April 25, 2018, 06:48:05 PM »
Many hands make light work..

Know that well.  Spent four hours Sunday burning brush from all the tree damage this winter on my whole one acre.  After the first hour I was thinking how much easier it was this winter at the museum with many hands feeding the fires.
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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #46 on: April 25, 2018, 06:48:08 PM »
Tomorrow we are surveying Mountain Ext curves w Rick.  All remaining Davis grade work will be on the weekend.  The major jump start today was intended to allow track laying to consume less of Friday. In turn, this will allow a bonus somewhere- such as removing old ties from ditches, clearing Mike’s path to re-ditch Saturday morning un-encumbered.  The head start may also allow a more though tie changing program further south on Davis grade.  If all else fails, the head start today protects against unexpected delays during the weekend.  In short- we will never run out of work; we’ll do our best to use crew efficiently.

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« Reply #47 on: April 25, 2018, 08:42:08 PM »
Special KUDOS to the Wednesday crew who put down ties for the entire 300 feet of rail to be relaid this weekend.  There were only half a dozen of them (I was not much help at all) and the work was backbreaking.  Imagine hauling heavy ties one or two at a time along loose ballast with a rickety wheelbarrow in the rain.  And they ran an extra train back out there to finish the final few feet.  Those coming for SWW should give these guys and extra hug...

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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #48 on: April 25, 2018, 09:06:24 PM »
I like to view each member of the crew as a valuable member. Although there wasn't much to be done by you today Bob, we still appreciate the help and willingness to hang out with us in the rain. Thankfully the heavy rain held off till we completed our work.

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« Reply #49 on: April 26, 2018, 06:21:21 AM »
Bob, your always a help and we appreciate that your out there with us.

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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #50 on: April 28, 2018, 08:26:39 PM »
HUGE thank you to the track crew the last two days. Friday we built 310' of track with 18-22 guys. Saturday we ballasted 650' of track, tamped 150', and a tie changing crew replaced 63 ties with a total of around 40 guys between the 3 crews. Fantastic work to all involved.

Other great projects were happening around the shop and campus as well.

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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #51 on: April 28, 2018, 08:42:44 PM »
Jason sent these to me.









Mike
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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #52 on: April 29, 2018, 08:57:19 PM »
Thank you to all who attended! Together we accomplished a lot this weekend. It was great to see and speak with my narrow gauge family from both near and far. I am truly humbled that you all gave up your weekends and traveled to help us reach our many goals. The Fall Work Weekend will feature our continuation towards Trout Brook and Route 218. I look forward to seeing you all then.

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« Reply #53 on: April 30, 2018, 12:14:58 PM »
Thanks to all for the work and the pictures.  Wonderful to see multiple generations in the work force! Looking forward to coming up with the family around Aug. 19 weekend.

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« Reply #54 on: April 30, 2018, 03:43:27 PM »
It was nice to see many new and familiar faces. Hope many of our new friends as well as our reguoar work weekenders are able to join us this fall. (Myself included)

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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #55 on: April 30, 2018, 09:29:32 PM »
Some photos from the work weekend.  Tonight is the first chance I've had to post them since returning from Maine.

Friday -- Davis Grade track reconstruction:

Early in the day, showing the work train positioned to provide rail as the track was extended northward.






The goal for the day.




Crews lined the track as it advanced northward.




I was pleasantly surprised to see the west rail landed perfectly to mate up with the existing rail to the north.  About a half-inch needed to be cropped off the east rail.  Dana Deering handled the cropping.



The last of the spiking was completed just as the rain set in before 5 p.m. Friday.


Saturday -- Davis grade:

The rain had passed but it was still very damp first thing Saturday morning.  Here crews arrive to prepare dumping ballast and later lifting and tamping track.




Ballast being dumped by one crew, while another replaces ties on Davis grade a little bit further north.  Ballast and tie replacement work were performed along most of the grade, not just the 300+ feet that was torn out and rebuilt.




Big Joe:

Jay Barta spent a good portion of the late winter and early spring installing the replacement compressor and making other improvements to the tamper.  Here Jay is making final checks late on Friday so Big Joe would be ready on Saturday.




At the insistence of one individual who shall go unnamed, Jay added a cup holder for the operator.




On Saturday, Jay showed Dave Buczkowski the changes made to Big Joe.  The same individual who wanted the cup holder also wanted an umbrella, so an umbrella he got!




Dave operating the improved Big Joe on Davis grade.  Adding to the ambiance, we found the vibration of the tamper in operation caused the umbrella to slowly spin.  Since our president is a frequent operator of the tamper, some wise guy put up "TAMP FORCE ONE" signs on Big Joe during lunch Saturday.




Tie replacement and tamping continued on Sunday, up to the area just south of Sutter's Crossing.  Here was the view from the tamper of the newly rebuilt 300+ feet of track as the work train and Big Joe both headed back for Sheepscot around 2 p.m. -- all ready for the start of the 2018 season.  The weather was with us -- rain set in around 3 p.m.!




Aside from the Davis grade work, much work got done in Sheepscot.

A busy crew rearranged machinery in the shops.




Much work on the stairways for both doors on the north side of the Percival house was completed.

Late Friday:




Late Saturday:




And grab irons and other metal appliances were painted on newly restored B&SR box car #67:




The best part of the weekend was seeing many old and new friends.  I understand 50+ volunteers signed the volunteer log on Friday and Sunday, and 80+ on Saturday.  I know I had many good laughs with friends while working much harder I normally do at my desk job!
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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #56 on: May 03, 2018, 04:15:23 AM »
Thanks Bill for these interesting pics of that busy week end on the track and in the workshop . Everything is ready for the start of the operating season all due to the dedicated volunteers. Those who had planned and prepared  the  SWW over the past few weeks and those who were on the ground last week end. Bravo you all !

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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #57 on: May 03, 2018, 08:07:58 AM »
I was unable to attend this work weekend, but, as expected, you guys accomplished a tremendous ammount of good work! The track work looks ready for Northeast Corridor speeds! Thanks to all for keeping the dream alive! Now, on to Quebec!!!

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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #58 on: May 03, 2018, 08:42:16 AM »
John;
You were missed. We'll give you a hall pass for this time but I hope we'll see you in the Fall for the Great Push Northward!
Best regards,
Dave
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Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« Reply #59 on: May 03, 2018, 02:35:16 PM »
Big thanks for the pic roundup. Biggie improvements happened.
Prepping the Trout Bridge next week will be fun to watch.
Am waiting for finishup of 67 work and its rollout for service.
Latest 10 nooz always fun.
Good luck on season start.
Paul Uhland