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Ira Schreiber

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #345 on: September 24, 2017, 07:23:58 PM »
I echo Glenn's thanks to Mike's work.

The only paper work once 218 is crossed is the monthly report to FRA on crossing inspection. Since 218 is a a state highway, the State of Maine will determine what is required for crossing protection. That is in the future, of course.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #346 on: September 24, 2017, 08:38:11 PM »
I do need to remind everyone reading this, the access road is private. Please do not use. Doing so may jeopordize future use of the road. We have construction access only.
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« Reply #347 on: September 25, 2017, 05:59:34 AM »
Mike's reminder applies to our volunteers, unless specifically authorized by project manager Mike.  This includes railroad volunteers, unless Mike authorizes.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #348 on: September 25, 2017, 09:45:17 AM »
Bill and Mike,

Thanks for the excellent photo documentary of the progress that has been made and future work that needs to be done.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #349 on: September 25, 2017, 03:43:11 PM »
Next, we arrived at a pinch point, as Jason calls it. This is a location of a slide that happened after the railroad shut down, but before it was logged in the 50's 60's. The roadbed slid into the brook. We want to do minimal work here but due to the location, we need to have a larger permit. It will be scrutinized more by the DEP, and we will have a lot more prep in the permit application itself.


Is this the pinch point? It looks more like the May description than the photo at 2400'
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9.  The washout just north of the 2100 FT marker.




Just trying to reconcile the two narratives.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #350 on: September 25, 2017, 04:06:23 PM »
I *think* the "pinch point" is not in Bill's series of photos. It's really easy to miss it when you are hiking the ROW. The original ROW slid away, but when the area was logged, they just cut more of the embankment aside. Then all the trees grew up around it. So it looks like the ROW, but it isn't. The only give-away are the divots left in the ground where the ties rotted away.

My understanding is that we are going to lay the track here on this slightly modified alignment, rather than deal with repairing another slide (which is in a more environmentally sensitive area due to its proximity to the brook.)
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« Reply #351 on: September 25, 2017, 05:46:53 PM »
The pinch point is not in my series of photos.  I did miss the spot, even though James did remark the ROW deviated a little bit in one spot as we were walking north.  I missed the connection between "deviation" and "pinch point" at the time.  That must have been the pinch point.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #352 on: September 25, 2017, 06:43:10 PM »
Here is the "pinch point".
Please note, before you suggest anything, the center photo looks right down to the brook. There is no easy way around this. We have come up with a potential solution, and will be checking with the proper contacts to make sure it is an approved repair before we apply to repair. This is "location 6"
on the map.
Looking North. Original grade is to the left.


Looking down the 1:1.5 to the brook


Looking South.
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« Reply #353 on: September 25, 2017, 08:53:43 PM »
So, what are we looking at. I took the liberty to outline my photos.
Both pictures show the known bank and grade, outlined in yellow.
Red shows approximate railroad center line. Pink arrow indicates where I found tie impressions to support my theory.





And speaking of theory, I believe this happened at the same time the washout we just intalled the large culvert in occured. This would have been in 1938 during the New England Hurricane, or 1944 during the Great Atlantic Hurricane.
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« Reply #354 on: September 26, 2017, 08:27:55 AM »
So, what are we looking at. I took the liberty to outline my photos.
Both pictures show the known bank and grade, outlined in yellow.
Red shows approximate railroad center line. Pink arrow indicates where I found tie impressions to support my theory.

And speaking of theory, I believe this happened at the same time the washout we just intalled the large culvert in occured. This would have been in 1938 during the New England Hurricane, or 1944 during the Great Atlantic Hurricane.

For those interested in the background ....
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1944_Great_Atlantic_hurricane

So that must mean the loggers built a bypass on the right side of the first photo.

Might another possibility be that the roadbed is on the right of the first photo and the next event, Donna in 1960, caused the washout? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Donna.

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« Reply #355 on: September 26, 2017, 09:31:12 AM »
Trees are too well established to be a 1960 event. We figure the loggers did cut into the bank, and we intend to modify the grade so we can do the same.
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« Reply #356 on: September 30, 2017, 06:04:01 PM »
Pictures are worth a thousand words..

The big hole is no more










Location 2 is also done






As well as location 3, finishing work for the year..








And to discourage vehicle use..


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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #357 on: September 30, 2017, 06:49:26 PM »
That's truly fantastic work, Mike. It looks amazing.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #358 on: September 30, 2017, 06:56:54 PM »
The big fill was all Jeff. His large machine made easy work of it.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #359 on: September 30, 2017, 07:51:51 PM »
Please extend my compliments to Jeff.  That is one mighty fine looking job!  Are we waiting until spring to lay track in that section?
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