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Stephen Lennox

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #60 on: April 22, 2021, 09:05:14 AM »
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 20-21 April 2021.

Tuesday:

*  Clean out of Machine shop bay #4 begins.,
    (Eric, Jason, Chuck, Brian W, Mark, Steve L, Brendan, Fred, Stewart) 
*  Vacuum brakes continue  (Jonathan, Randy)
*  Yard switching  (Bryce, Dan)
*  Archives  (Linda)

Wednesday:

*  Clean out Machine shop bay #4 continued/finished  (more or less)
    (Eric, Jason, Stewart, Alan, Randy, Jonathan, Dan, Chuck, Steve L)
*  Roundhouse prep., more surveying  (Randy, Jonathan)
*  New cabinets complete/mounted for welding/gas parts pieces an supplies. (Brendan)
*  Work Saturday prep. 54 ties laid out.  (Stevel, Chuck, Dan)
*  General campus clean up  (everyone)

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #61 on: April 22, 2021, 04:27:37 PM »
Major shop clean up continued all day on Thursday 4/22.

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #62 on: April 22, 2021, 06:25:15 PM »
Great grunt work, guys.  It's not sexy, but acutely important.

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #63 on: April 23, 2021, 07:38:17 AM »
How about photos of the clean bay 4?

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #64 on: April 23, 2021, 09:47:00 AM »
Bay 4 isn’t ready for photos... it’s a big job :)

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #65 on: April 24, 2021, 04:57:56 PM »
Work done on Saturday April 24:

* Tie and Dine: A very successful tie replacement session.  30-something ties were replaced, all between the water tower and the first curve.  The tamping crew started up by the car barn on the ramp track/woods track lead, then tamped behind the spiking crew.  The spent ties were placed on the train behind the tampers. 
* Alna Center: Mike was dozing around the pavilion.  He also tried to get the Kubota going with no success.
* TCDA 65: Stewart was painting it at the end of the main line (the Sheepscot end, not the Trout Brook end).
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was working on truss rods.
* Archives: Linda and I were working on scanning/organizing
* Linda was also doing a bit of gardening
* Dave was doing correspondence in the office for most of the day.

I checked out Bay 4.  The walls are getting makeovers.  See the picture below.

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #66 on: April 24, 2021, 05:22:00 PM »
Only dozing I did at the Pavilion was moving it out of my way to work on the Kubota. As James said, it still was not ready to come out of its slumber. I thought it had a burnt valve and was checking the adjustments on them when I had a sneaking suspicion what the real problem was. Changed direction and removed the head and sure enough, head gasket had burnt through between the 1st and second pistons.


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« Reply #67 on: April 24, 2021, 06:08:08 PM »
Forgot to show this..



I set up one of the new track mounted blue flags. Excellent work by Leon and his grandson. Very impressive.
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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #68 on: April 24, 2021, 08:12:51 PM »
A few photos taken today.

Dan Malkowski, who led today's tie replacement work, admires a Maine Central conductor's box recently acquired by Stewart Rhine.  Stewart had another name for the box, which I can't remember.


Dan briefed Tie and Dine volunteers before the day's work started.


Three teams performed the work today:  Dan (left) led the bad tie removal work; Dana Deering (right) led the installation and spiking of new ties; and Jason Lamontagne (center) led the tamping crew.


Jacks were used to lift the rails to make removal of bad ties a bit easier.


Dana's crew followed, inserting and spiking to new ties.


While waiting on the first new ties to be installed. Jason had the tamping crew work in the Sheepscot north yard.  The ramp/woods track leading out of the car barn bay 3 switch was out of level.  Here jacks are set and the west rail was raised.


With the west rail raised, Bryce Weeks ran the tamper as shovelers added stone.


Meanwhile, Bill Piche and Nicole Ormanski repaired the car barn bay 3 switch.


With the north yard work done, the tamping crew moved out onto the main line.  Bryce Weeks is running Big Joe just south of Jayne's Way crossing shortly before lunch.  By this time, the tie replacement crews had moved on north of the crossing.


Late morning, just south of Jayne's Way.


By lunchtime, No. 52's work train, trailing Big Joe, had reached Jayne's Way crossing.


A view of the crews working just north of Jayne's Way before lunch.


Back at Sheepscot, Museum president Dave Buczkowski thanked today's volunteers during lunch.


A casualty of the day's work.


In the afternoon, the work train picked up the bad ties, loaded onto flatcar No. 126.


Other work included the cutting of brush along the main line between the Sheepscot north yard switch and Jayne's Way.  Shortly after 3 p.m., the work train crew patiently waited for Stewart to finish painted the dairy car, before moving the car out of the way for the 4 p.m. dinner train.


The 4 p.m. train to Top of Mountain and dinner at Alna Center consisted of No. 9, ML&MW open car No. 130, WW&F coach No. 8 and WW&F caboose No. 320.


Nancy Weeks and the kitchen crew provided a nice lunch and dinner today.  Here volunteers enjoyed dinner in the Alna Center pavilion.


After dinner, Dana regaled the crowd with the story of Gagnon, Moose Callaire Extraordinaire.


Bill Piche helped out No. 9 to bed at the end of the day.


Glad to see many new faces today.  Sorry I didn't catch many names.
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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #69 on: April 24, 2021, 08:58:52 PM »
Thanks for the cool photos, Bill (and Mike). Looking forward to seeing the progress myself in three weeks.

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #70 on: April 24, 2021, 09:50:43 PM »
Nancy Weeks and the kitchen crew provided a nice lunch and dinner today.  Here volunteers enjoyed dinner in the Alna Center pavilion.
The photo accompanying that caption (the photo that shows Nancy's trailer)  shows the extra-wide spacing of [roughly] middle pair of Pavilion support posts on that side being put to good use!  8)
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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #71 on: April 25, 2021, 07:40:47 AM »
A very productive day yesterday!  The spiking crew was almost all new faces from JB Smiths sailing crew. They were quick studies and were doing great by mid day and then moved right along after lunch. They seemed to be having fun apart from fighting off the ticks.  Let’s see if I can remember all the names:  Olivia, Nadie, Dinny, Noah, Scott, Walker, and Ian. I hope I got everyone. Also kudos to Dan for a very successful first time running of a big event like that.  Great job, Dan. We got a lot accomplished and all of the crews worked really hard. It was fun to see so many of the folks I haven’t seen in a while. It felt like old times!

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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #72 on: April 25, 2021, 09:27:47 AM »
Bill what happened to the pic of Jason with a tamping bar?
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Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« Reply #73 on: April 25, 2021, 11:17:52 AM »
Looks like a decent size crew and perfect weather.

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« Reply #74 on: April 25, 2021, 03:19:02 PM »
The photo accompanying that caption (the photo that shows Nancy's trailer)  shows the extra-wide spacing of [roughly] middle pair of Pavilion support posts on that side being put to good use!  8)

Yes.  Mike Fox's post spacing redesign worked out well.  The pavilion is a great event space.

Bill what happened to the pic of Jason with a tamping bar?

You mean this one?


Looks like a decent size crew and perfect weather.

Clear skies, with temperatures in the low 50s at the start and low 70s in the afternoon.  Volunteers, ticks and black flies were all quite happy.

Dan Malkowski, who led today's tie replacement work, admires a Maine Central conductor's box recently acquired by Stewart Rhine.  Stewart had another name for the box, which I can't remember.

Conductor's grip is the term Stewart used.
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