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Dave Buczkowski

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« on: August 14, 2009, 07:08:15 PM »
The rail and joint bars along with some curve holder thingees did indeed arrive today about 11:30. The three wheeled forklift arrived about noon while we were taking the last bites of lunch. The forklift took about six rails at a time so it didn't take very long to empty the trailer. A crew immediately brought two flatcars of rail to the northernmost rail pile and unloaded it. Some of the rail will have to be cropped due to bad holes or cracks in the rail. I'll post photos (actually send them to Steve H)for posting when I get home. While waiting for the rail Dana led a crew of four to line rail beyond Albee's field. Eric cut brush south from 218 at Headtide but I don't know how much he got done. We had a volunteer (member?) from Charlottesville VA (Bill) and a new guy from the area (Troy) help us out. Their assistance on a very hot day was much appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2009, 08:34:18 PM »
"Curve holder thingees" must be a Maine technical term. They could be rail anchors, heel blocks or even gauge bars. Can you show them?

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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2009, 10:09:13 PM »
Ira,
   Unfortunately I didn't think to take a picture when we discovered them on unloading at the rail pile. Dana and someone else surmised they were for holding a curve.  Basically it's a squarish plate with a small 90 degree lip the comes to a rounded point. There are 4 holes for spikes. Sorry I can't describe them better. You'll have to come up in October to see for yourself.
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 10:22:18 PM »
Ira,
   Unfortunately I didn't think to take a picture when we discovered them on unloading at the rail pile. Dana and someone else surmised they were for holding a curve.  Basically it's a squarish plate with a small 90 degree lip the comes to a rounded point. There are 4 holes for spikes. Sorry I can't describe them better. You'll have to come up in October to see for yourself.
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Dave

Sounds like a tie plate to me.
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009, 12:28:59 PM »
It's probably a rail brace.  They are used on the rails radiating from a switch.

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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2009, 01:49:42 PM »
Maybe slide plates for switch points.

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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2009, 07:58:14 PM »
They are rail braces. Used for switches and sharp curves like the C&C had. Rail looks good without much end batter. The head is worn, but we have dealt with that before. Dana will decide which way to put the rail to make the best side work for us. And my camera was at the south end while I was at the north end. AARRGGHH! It will look better laid out 2 feet apart anyhow.
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2009, 10:24:41 PM »
Thanks for having me, I will try to come up whenever there is work being done.

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2009, 09:34:32 PM »
Troy;
It was nice to meet you. You're welcome to join our merry band any time. Keep checking the Forum for updates on work being done.
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2009, 11:34:24 AM »
I found several rails with bad defects:  split heads, broken bases, cracked webs, bad twists, etc.  And there are some really good pieces, too.  We should have enough good rail to lay in the fall.  I'm not sure about being able to scrounge up enough to do anything beyond that.  Some of it will be fine if it's cropped and redrilled.  Some of it will be fine if we lay it with the wear to the outside (and some of it is really worn). 

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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2009, 03:48:55 PM »
And where is the fall rail laying to take place??

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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2009, 03:50:32 PM »
Ira,
  In Alna, Maine. ;). We have room to add about 300 feet at EOT.
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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2009, 08:26:48 PM »
My guess by walking toe to heel is 360 to 390 ft of graded ROW at North EOT. This will put the track over a replaced culvert. Going to need lots of gravel full to bring the ROW back to grade.

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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2009, 08:50:00 AM »
Sounds like we should lay rail to the low spot and bring in flatcar loads of gravel to build it up.  Dana probably has this planned.

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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2009, 10:05:55 AM »
I'm looking forward to stopping and restarting the train at end of track on a FLAT spot!