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May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 01, 2022, 07:16:09 PM »
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 3-4 May 2022

*  The track crew to do basic clean up, prep for weekend ops and mountain extension track work
*  Shop crew to continue on rebuilding the passenger car trucks
*  Coach #9 assembly to continue
*  Brendan and Jonathan headed to Mass. To pick up a used/new machine for the shop
*  Trash run, gift shop and mail work (I expect quite busy after the weekend)

Note: Frequently after work weekend there is a lull, but volunteers will be jumping in continuing
          projects and getting ready for the May 7 Mothers Day Tea. Another successful Spring Work Weekend.

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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2022, 05:44:09 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 7:

* Annual Meeting - at 2 at the historic Alna Meeting House.  Unfortunately it will not be streamed online.  Usually lasts less than an hour.
* Mother's Day Tea trains
* Vehicle repair
* Enginehouse construction
* Machine shop work - loco 11 and coach 9

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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2022, 05:00:34 PM »
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 3-4 May 2022

Tuesday:
Shop Crew:  Passenger truck build continued with more frame assembly (Carlos, Jerry, Jason)
                   A crew went to Mass. To pick up a new shop machine, no… I don’t know what it is.
                   (Jonathan, Brendan)
Campus:      Cutting and stacking fire wood  (Fred, Paul, Leon)
                   Trash pick up, building carpentry work,  (Stewart)
                   Gift shop/mail (Cindy R)
Track crew:  Various crew prep. Projects, TBS run around prep for spiking and ballast.
                   (Steve Lx, Steve Lt, Leon, Paul, Scott, Randy)
Coach #9      Coach assembly/build continues  (Eric)
Oil/lubrication:  Rolling stock journals oiled and lubricated  (Phil B)
Admin/Meetings:  (Dave B, Jason)

Wednesday:
Track Crew:  TBS main line prepped for spiking and ballast  (Leon, Steve Lx, Steve Lt, Jay B, Randy)
Shop Crew:   The machine gets unloaded  (Jonathan, Brendan)
                    Vacuum brakes design/build and testing  (Jonathan)
Archives:       (Linda)
Gift shop/mail  (Cindy R)
Coach #9       Assembly/build continues   (Eric, Ron)

Note:  TBS track work area is on the south end of the turn table. Rain on Wed. prevented some outside work.

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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2022, 06:36:40 PM »
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A crew went to Mass. To pick up a new shop machine, no… I don’t know what it is.
                   (Jonathan, Brendan)
I was along on that trip, in fact it was to pick up a new Hurco SM1 milling machine which I obtained through a friend in MA for FREE. This is a major step up from our old Bridgeport we have in the shop now. There is discussion ongoing as to replacing the Bridgeport with this or keeping both. There are uses for both.

Today I reassembled the machine and started a full cleaning.

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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2022, 07:33:51 PM »
The new mill.



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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2022, 01:59:15 PM »
Wow! That baby blue will really stand out amongst all the gray machines!

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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2022, 04:12:57 PM »
Thurs. 5/5
After a successful test firing of #9, an impromptu training and switching crew was assembled to deliver caboose 554 (filled with chairs and other supplies for the Mother's Day Tea and Luncheon) to Alna Center.
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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2022, 04:43:14 PM »
This is a major step up from our old Bridgeport we have in the shop now. There is discussion ongoing as to replacing the Bridgeport with this or keeping both. There are uses for both.

Today I reassembled the machine and started a full cleaning.
Those old round ram “M” head Bridgeports make really stout drill presses!

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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2022, 07:15:58 PM »
Big thanks to Ron for arranging the deal in the first place, and to everyone who made it's retrieval happen! This should be yet another step in the direction of making our shop user-friendly.
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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2022, 04:40:53 PM »
Work done on Saturday May 7:

* Vehicle work: Mike worked on the front end loader (brake system), backhoe (more hoses), and the dozer.
* Machine shop: Ron was working to clean up the blue Smurf Milling (or is it a Thomas Milling) machine, while Alan was working on the Trout Brook turntable center casting.
* Mother's Day Tea: Ed and others set up for the tea in the Pavilion, and must have broken it down too.
* Volunteer Hours recording handover: Ben Richards' wife has asked to take over this job, so he and I sat down to transfer the database and tried to figure out the fiddly computer bits needed to make it happen.
* Annual Meeting: a small attendance, the meeting took only a half hour.

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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2022, 07:03:53 PM »
The Mother's Day Tea event was fantastic! Guests seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. They particularly appreciated the gentle breeze that kept the black flies elsewhere. Here are a couple of photos to show what the caterer, Maine Tasting Center, provided. It was really top notch. I expect we'll see more, and better, photos from "Start" shortly.



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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2022, 07:11:18 PM »
I didn't take many photos today, but Cody and I happened to be there when Alan had a significant breakthrough on the turntable screw. Here he is muscling his way through some rough threads. Photo credit: Cody.


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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2022, 08:37:03 AM »
Work done on Saturday May 7:


* Machine shop: Ron was working to clean up the blue Smurf Milling (or is it a Thomas Milling) machine, while Alan was working on the Trout Brook turntable center casting.


Must be a Smurf machine. It doesn't have a smiling face on it. :o

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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2022, 01:58:29 PM »
The shaft I was trying to remove on the dozer was a fighter. So, I lubed up a bolt and threaded it in the center of the shaft.



First couple of tries, I had to hit the bolt to jar the shaft loose. This allowed me to remove it with only a 3/8 ratchet.



Kept shimming with various objects until I got it free.





Old vs. new



And Alan trying to clean the threads on the upper portion of the center pivot of the B&SR turn table.



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Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2022, 03:52:05 PM »
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 10-11 May 2022

Spiking and ballasting turntable leads at TBS
Vacuum brake design/build/testing
Passenger car truck rebuild
Vehicle repair (Big Joe)
Engine House build
SS campus clean up