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Joe Fox

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #165 on: May 21, 2017, 04:06:40 PM »
Maybe a detailed article is due sometime, showing the work that lies ahead so all of the members can get a good understanding and full appreciation on what we need to do, etc.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #166 on: May 21, 2017, 05:37:23 PM »
I have 4 days off between shifts, if I had some notice I could be there weekdays to help out

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« Reply #167 on: May 21, 2017, 05:57:52 PM »
Paul, et. al.
I have worked with Mike and he is a good planner and working foreman. Have no doubts on his abilities, he is capable.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #168 on: May 25, 2017, 08:51:04 PM »
I have been spending my free time the last 2 weeks getting the DEP permit ready, and expect to mail it out Tuesday. That is probably about the same time I can start to see straight again..
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« Reply #169 on: May 26, 2017, 12:38:55 AM »
Ira...I have absolutely every confidence Mike is competent. His many work successes  show it.

The concern here is there are so many challenges and variables to continuing track building north:
<thinking out the project's carefully staged  planning done by Mike 
<plowing through all the bureaucratic paperwork also done by Mike
<obeying physical/time limits imposed  by the government at washout sites
<marshaling available volunteer manpower when needed
<getting enough materials
<timely organizing and rail-moving all the heavy, dirty pieces/parts needed
<prioritizing, postponing other projects
<Mike's personal involvement in building some of the rail equipment needed, etc.
In my experience with projects of varying complexity, this one, while not large scale,  is just as challenging  due to its remoteness, limited, part-time labor, working around and manning scheduled passenger runs.

My point, also others, is to  publicize desired work at designated times for workers to plan involvement  per their lives and obligations, realizing disruptive challenges will probably pop up,  progress  depending on
luck, good weather, no catastropes.
 OPERATION WASHOUTS   WILL SUCCEED!
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #170 on: May 26, 2017, 06:12:42 AM »
The fortunate thing for us, is both volunteers and members are anxious to go down the mountain, so I personally think that we will have no issues coordinating desired help. Track building materials will most likely be moved North sometime this year to aid in laying track once the first hole is filled.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #171 on: May 26, 2017, 06:55:50 AM »
One thing I love about the museum. If you look back through the history of it, any challenge that it faced was tackled. Time and money are the two biggest drivers.

If you look at the mountain project as several smaller challenges, they suddenly seem achievable, one by one. Yes, I have done a lot of leg work, and Jason has started leg work on another portion of the project, to get things ready for us to work.

We will keep inching North. Two feet at a tme. ????
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #172 on: May 26, 2017, 07:38:02 AM »
Hopefully more like one rail at a time.  ;D

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #173 on: May 26, 2017, 10:08:00 AM »
I agree wholeheartedly with Joe's comment above concerning the interest and desire of the membership to press on northward despite the apparent obstacles. One thing that I've learned during the 15 years or so of involvement is that the Board and the nearby members do a lot of forward planning and preparation work. They make sure that materials are stockpiled in advance so that little time is wasted running back and forth, and they set reasonable goals. Then when the larger volunteer contingents arrive, they can get right to work rather than spending precious time locating, collecting and moving materials to the front line.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #174 on: May 26, 2017, 02:40:40 PM »
A good summation of the work ethic of the WW&F.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #175 on: May 26, 2017, 10:26:38 PM »
A friend of mine visited for his first time during the spring work weekend. And I quote, "wow, this place is incredible." He was absolutely amazed with our volunteer force, how hard everyone works, and the most incredible part, no one is really barking orders. And when faced with a mechanical glitch guys stepped up and hand tamped. Not because they wanted to, but because they wanted it to get done. That is the spirit of the WW&F. I told him if he thought tamping and spreading stone is impressive, you should see us lay rail. Dana has it all worked out like a Swiss watch.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #176 on: May 29, 2017, 07:49:00 PM »
Let's hope Stephen Hussar re-posts his picture of eagle-eye Dana preparing the track for Class 8 use.
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« Reply #177 on: May 29, 2017, 08:11:03 PM »
Let's hope Stephen Hussar re-posts his picture of eagle-eye Dana preparing the track for Class 8 use.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #178 on: May 29, 2017, 09:51:51 PM »
DEP permit departs ROWMOW Mfg. Tuesday enroute to Augusta. A copy has been made and will be in the house.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #179 on: May 30, 2017, 06:25:01 AM »
I think he was gesturing, "we're number one!" ;-)