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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #120 on: October 13, 2016, 07:37:06 PM »
Today, Jason and I had a meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers. We took him down the mountain to the brook, discussing what we would like to do, need to do, and what we would have to do.
The whole reason for the invite for the sitewalk, was to answer our question, of do they need to give us a permit. The short answer is yes.

The longer answer is complex. But to keep it simple, anything that disturbs the soil, bank to bank in a stream needs a permit through them. Part of the clean water act.
What I had decided before we met, is we should permit in sections. Only get permits for what we can reasonably do before the permit expires. The first section will involve the Fossel Washout, and a small cross pipe just north of the Fossel property line, and will stop before the slide.

Next section would consist of the slide. No Army Corps involvement there, but I suspect a DEP permit may be needed. Third section would include the next two washouts, and perhaps make it to the approach to the bridge. This third section may be split, depending on the type of work we decide to do at one of the washouts.

The two washouts will need to have plans for the approval from Army Corps. We can't just drop in a pipe, throw in some gravel and continue. Nothing we can't handle, but needs to be planned out and the plan followed.

The first washout north of the slide will be a substatially larger project than I thought, and there will be much discussion before we actually decide what to do there.

Next, I need to schedule a walk with DEP...




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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #121 on: October 13, 2016, 08:23:12 PM »
Exciting to be talking about it despite the regulatory headaches we will encounter. Would there be any advantage to head south from 218 as well – have two rail heads working toward each other? Getting the bridge in sooner than latter could be advantageous in working on the uphill stretch? Having a presence on 218 sooner than later could be advantageous marketing wise? We seem to have plenty of rail and it has been my impression at the few work weekend that I have been able to attend that there are more than enough eager track workers to have labor on two rail heads – particularly given that there will be no switches.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #122 on: October 13, 2016, 09:41:48 PM »
Not really. If we start at 218, we have an instant major expense, a bridge. And with no connection to the rest of the railroad, any rail equipment used would need to be hauled up to the northern location.
But, we are still in the planning stages, and anything is possible.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #123 on: October 15, 2016, 05:44:33 PM »
Hi Mike,

Thanks to you and Jason, for your transparency and for continuing to be so proactive as regards museum growth and expansion.


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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #124 on: October 15, 2016, 06:47:41 PM »
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #125 on: March 13, 2017, 09:10:45 PM »
I am pleased to announce our permit through Army Corps of Engineers has been approved. This permit will cover the dirtwork needed to get us up to within sight of the slide.

The official paperwork is enroute to President Zuppa and he should see it this weekend.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #126 on: March 13, 2017, 10:04:22 PM »
Nice work Mike! Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated. Now that you've gone through the learning curve the next one should be a bit easier.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #127 on: March 14, 2017, 01:11:31 AM »
That's great news, Mike! Thank you for working through the bureaucracy for us to make sure it's done the right way.

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« Reply #128 on: March 14, 2017, 02:49:11 PM »
That's terrific, Mike!  Thanks!
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #129 on: March 14, 2017, 06:30:31 PM »
Great job, Mike. Dealing with any Government can be quite frustrating as I did it for over 20 years.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #130 on: March 14, 2017, 08:15:52 PM »
Good work, Mike. It takes someone with a lot of patience and perseverance to deal with government agencies. Thanks for taking this on. Without, progress would grind to a halt.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #131 on: March 15, 2017, 12:36:44 AM »
Great news. Thanks, Mike.
I see two busy WW&F years ahead.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #132 on: March 15, 2017, 09:04:32 AM »
This old Government Contractor is impressed with the proactivity you folks display in your dealings with the various regulatory agencies. 

Your attitude is both responsible and mature.

There can be great benefits to all parties when everyone is on the same page and surprises can be kept to a minimum.


Cheers Guys,
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #133 on: March 15, 2017, 10:25:48 AM »
I see two busy WW&F years ahead.

Every year is always busy - with something.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #134 on: March 15, 2017, 10:34:10 AM »
Congratulations Mike. Job well done.

We should also note that much of the capital necessary for this phase of the project was raised by a challenge grant sponsored by the Emery Rail Heritage Trust (http://emeryrailheritagetrust.com/). This foundation was created by John H. Emery, who was an avid enthusiast who loved rail travel - especially those sites whose mission was to recreate the passenger experience from about 1920 to 1960. The WW&F served a vital link in the first decade of this era, allowing residents of the rural Sheepscot Valley to connect to the Maine Central, whose trains could whisk them off to Portland, Boston, or even New York City.

The trust also values our commitment to involve youth in our projects. The fact that we have four volunteers under the age of 18 who qualify for a 2016 Governor's Youth Volunteer Award (each with over 100 hours of service given during the year) is very impressive. Coupled with our successful college internship over the last two years (and her continued involvement as a volunteer) greatly exemplifies the virtues important to Mr. Emery of passing our love for railroading on to the next generation.

I understand that the orders for the materials needed to begin work have been placed. Thanks to the Emery Rail Heritage Trust, and the members who gave to the Fall Fundraiser, for making this a reality.
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