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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1170 on: September 09, 2021, 04:12:06 PM »
Good they were part of the kit.  Now a few less pieces of rail, etc. in the parking lot so a 2-fer cleanup.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1171 on: September 10, 2021, 09:57:40 AM »
Thank you for the report. Things are coming along fast at both ends of the line.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1172 on: September 10, 2021, 05:46:07 PM »
Back in July of 2014, I visited the Dampfbahn Furka Bergstrecke. A Google search produces
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd9-fMhJkQo
The opening picture shows a small steam loco that was built in Switzerland, operated in Vietnam for 45 years, and repatriated to Switzerland in 1995. The opening picture shows it being turned on a snow-resistant turntable shortly before entering a steep tunnel. Some of the line is 11%. While a cog drive solves the adhesion problem, the turntable is used to solve the boiler water problem. Thanks to a lady friend's bribery of the engine crew with sweet-talk and beer, I got a cab ride. Plunging through the tunnel (entrance shown) with a view out the rear of the cab was a great experience! I am presuming that the prospective turntable at Trout Brook will solve our gradient problems (no cog needed, just proper water levels).

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« Reply #1173 on: September 10, 2021, 11:03:34 PM »
Quite the spectacular line! I've never tried the sweet-talk and beer method to get a cab ride, though I think it would work on me!
Cass also features some frightening grades on the line to Bald Knob. I think they may have a stretch of 11% too. Diana and I went out there one year and took the ride to the top. We were dressed for warm temperatures. It was not warm at the top! During the layover, we huddled up next to the firebox of the Shay. Two Shays had shoved us up there and one had already departed down the mountain, running lite. The engineer took pity on us and invited us to ride down the mountain in the cab. It was quite an interesting ride! I don't believe they turned up retainers, but brakemen would snug up the handbrakes on certain stretches. At one point, there was a rather heated exchange between the engineer and the relatively new fireman about water level. The engineer was not too happy that fireboy hadn't gotten the water a little higher in the glass before they tipped over onto a real steep stretch. I guess the water in the front of the boiler was barely covering the tubes!

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1174 on: September 12, 2021, 09:54:48 AM »
Saturday, September 11 photos at the future turntable site.



The center pivot/pedestal precast block has been set in place.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1175 on: September 12, 2021, 04:28:30 PM »
How was the pedestal set in place and leveled?

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1176 on: September 17, 2021, 04:31:08 PM »
Stewart posted some new photos of the Hwy #218 turntable installation in a NGDF thread, here:

https://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,427981
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1177 on: September 21, 2021, 01:55:49 PM »
Hwy #218 turntable ring rail installation . . .



Photo was posted to the NGDF thread linked above by Stewart.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1178 on: September 26, 2021, 08:03:56 AM »
Looks terrific! Rt 218 is going to see traffic jams at this spot!!  8)

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1179 on: September 26, 2021, 10:40:30 AM »
All the more reason for fencing and a locking vehicular gate on the ROW.
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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1180 on: September 27, 2021, 12:10:10 AM »
I think John is correct - stockade fence or cover in ivy to prevent distraction.
Privet hedge? evergreen? better. Doesn't die in winter.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1181 on: September 27, 2021, 06:06:05 AM »
the screen, whatever it is will require quite a bit of footage, not only across the ROW but along rte 218 as well and it would require significant height - should have been considered a long time ago!

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1182 on: September 27, 2021, 07:57:27 AM »
While I agree that a more substantial gate is necessary at the edge of Route 218, I think the vast majority of motorists will just whiz on by and won't even notice the engine.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1183 on: September 27, 2021, 09:26:49 AM »
I do wonder what problem we're trying to solve with the fence/screen/gate/hedge/&c. Is it unwanted vehicular access? Accidental trail parking? Generally nebby people? The abutting land on both sides is owned by Mid-Coast Conservancy, who maintain the property and deliberately invite people to visit this particular area. One of the trails runs concurrent with the RoW all the way from 218 to Trout Brook.

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Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1184 on: September 27, 2021, 11:04:56 AM »
Personally I'm not seeing the need for fencing- and within a couple of months, a railroad track will block access to the roadbed. 

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