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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #300 on: August 28, 2017, 01:25:12 AM »
Great work, Mike.
Are you aiming to complete backfilling here all the way up to track subgrade level by next weekend? :P
Can you get enough good fill together this week? How will you compact it?
Will ROW work toward the next washout start right away?
I realize the state/fed permit clock is ticking.
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« Reply #301 on: August 28, 2017, 08:55:11 AM »
Fill will happen in a couple of weeks. Not enough there tobackfill with. Getting it covered by a foot will clear us from the written permit portion of that location. Next location is a much smaller culvert with a much smaller washout, followed by a small cross culvert. I expect each of these to take one day each.

Ditching may not be completed this year on this section, which is fine. We have a 2 year window with DEP. And cleaning existing ditches is not a permit required, unless it is a wet area.
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« Reply #302 on: September 02, 2017, 06:46:29 PM »












First piece of museum equipment North of the washout..
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« Reply #303 on: September 02, 2017, 07:44:56 PM »
That looks real nice!
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« Reply #304 on: September 02, 2017, 07:51:13 PM »
Very nice, Mike.  Looks like you got a lot more done this afternoon.

I must be blind.  I didn't notice any hay bales when I was up there this morning, but I see the hay spread over the seeded areas in your new photos.
What–me worry?

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« Reply #305 on: September 02, 2017, 08:12:31 PM »
I had 6 around the site. Now 4.5...

Yes, I would have done better had I remembered fuel for the Kubota. After another trip south, I got enough done so I was happy. 5lbs of grass seed later, I am hoping for a little rain..
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« Reply #306 on: September 03, 2017, 10:23:28 AM »
I wish it was financially feasible to send you some bluestone from NE PA, it would look real sweet at the end of the culvert instead of the big cobbles!

Otherwise it is quite awesome looking and getting closer to a foot above the top of the pipe. I see visions of the railhead at Rt 218 ...

Is there enough time to get the other two smaller pipes installed and covered before the permit windows runs out?

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« Reply #307 on: September 03, 2017, 10:45:33 AM »
Yes, the work on the other two pipes starts Saturday. I have a little left to do on the big one, but anticipate moving on to location 2 by lunch.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #308 on: September 03, 2017, 06:29:32 PM »
This is just great, Mike! Thanks also for the pics!
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« Reply #309 on: September 03, 2017, 07:00:40 PM »
Nice work, Mike.I like your gravel erosion-control stone "stilling basins"  at both ends of pipe, the hay and grass seed re-vegetation and the no-nonsense rocks over the culvert ends. Great useage of what's available. That's how I end up improving my property. Costs little or nothing.   :)

Looking forward to next Saturday's Continuing Culvert Capers  ;)
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« Reply #310 on: September 03, 2017, 09:09:48 PM »
I have in my shop an old BOMAG ?  plate tamper that has been sitting around for many years that the museum can have for free if you want it  . It was given to me because it wouldn't start. Seemed to have low compression so I pulled the head off. Valves were a little questionable,  and the coil wire had been taped up. It's been sitting ever since , apart , and I don't need it.    Might not cost to much to fix or it might  be easier to just buy a new engine for it. Believe it has a 5hp Robin engine on it.  I'll check to confirm this.
  I'm located in Bohemia, LI, NY  if the museum is interested.

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Nyle, sorry about not getting back to you sooner. Please hang on to that for us, and hopefully it will wind up in Alna.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #311 on: September 04, 2017, 09:52:11 AM »
Great work, Mike. Looking forward to seeing photos from the next two washouts.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #312 on: September 05, 2017, 03:21:03 PM »
Beautiful work Mike! You definitely made the grade! It will be so great to extend the track into this scenic area!

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« Reply #313 on: September 10, 2017, 09:06:25 AM »
To expand on what James mentioned about Jeff looking at the culvert.

Jeff is our contractor. He had constructed a road for us just for the purpose of filling the washout and slide. The road was never fully completed, but is within 50 feet of the grade. The plan is for him to complete the road to the grade, and then fill the hole we put the culvert in.

Due to being private property, we had to get permission from the land owner to use the road, and due to various reasons, that permission never came until a few weeks ago. We are very lucky to have great neighbors to allow this to happen.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #314 on: September 10, 2017, 09:12:05 AM »
This is most excellent and welcome news. Congratulations to the team for doing everything to make this happen - and a special thank you to our wonderful neighbors and nearby friends who support and cherish our railroad.
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