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7/11/2014

Crew:
Malcolm Hughes
Joe Marsh

Mission:
Repair speeder to operating condition
1. Ignition switch replacement
2. install electric fuel pump
3. Temporary brake repair, New brakes are back ordered

Report:
We met at Roxbury depot at 2:00 and proceeded to install the electric fuel pump. We had determined the last work day that forcing gas to the engine would let the engine start and run on that gas but once it was used up it quit. Blowing in the tank would getting it going again but it would soon run out.

Doug O. had noticed that by jiggling the ignition switch you could also make the engine quit. Nice catch Doug ! So after measuring the on resistance we found it was really high sometimes, so we tried to repair the switch but we were unable to make it contact reliably. So Mal and I took a trip to the auto parts store and got another switch and replaced it.

We now changed our focus to applying a new pin to the right side brake insulator that we had replaced the last work day (7/7). Next we adjusted the left side brakes until both side contacted evenly. Our speeder now stops the car from all movement in the first brake notch as required.

Around 6:30 we did a short test drive and declared the car back in service. When the new brake shoes and insulator blocks come in we will do the final brake repair.

If anyone is interested in coming during the week please let me know.

Many hands make light work and we can really use the help !
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7/07/2014

Crew:

Al Favaro

Joe Marsh

Doug Odell Sr

Mission:

Replacing west end siding switch with straight through track. ( spike and plate remaining ties on both rails  )

 

Report:

We met at Fleischmanns at 10:00 AM and after our brief safety and planning meeting we proceeded to drill and spike all the remaining ties on the south rail. Things went very smoothly and with the use of the new spike gun we had finished the south rail in no time. Not sure which I like best, the new compressor or the new spike gun, they are both GREAT !

The next step was to do the same to the north rail starting on the east end and heading west. This took a bit longer because we had to check gauge as we went along and in a few place we needed some help from the backhoe to give a little shove or pull to keep the gauge tight. We got about half way through the North rail and it was time for lunch.

After lunch we continued along the north rail heading west until all the ties were spiked. By now we were very wet having worked through two rain storms !  It was time to check and tighten alll the bolts on the joints one last time and clean up our work area a bit.

Around 3:30 we had completed this track segment and it is now ready for stone blast. So we put Old Yeller back on the siding so it will be ready when we go back to changing ties out next month or when it cools down a bit.

The spray truck will be spraying tomorrow and the NARCOA meet will be this coming weekend July 11-13.

If anyone is interested in coming during the week please let me know.

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7/04/2014

Crew:
George Cook
Al Favaro
Tom Healy
Joe Marsh
Doug Odell Sr

Mission:
Replacing west end siding switch with straight through track. ( place and bolt north rail, spike both rails )

Report:
We met at Fleischmanns at 10:00 AM and proceeded to finish cutting the good section of the damaged rail. After our brief safety and planning meeting we decided to measure the rail opening again, since it was such a cool day ( 64 F), in hopes of getting the full rail installed. The opening was still too small but only by 1/4 inch, so we decided to go for it. Using the backhoe to push the rail both east and west, and with some muscle power and long bars, we got it in and bolted up !

The next step was to lift the ties on the west end where we were a little deep so they could be safely spiked. We then proceeded to spike the south rail from the west end going east. Upon reaching the first rail joint it was time for a very needed late lunch.

After lunch we changed our strategy from spiking every tie, to spiking every fourth tie, and all the joints in order to get the track in passable condition by the end of the day. As our compressor hose length was reached working east we came back and started gauging and spiking the north rail.

Around 5:00 we reached the east end with both rails spiked using the 1 in 4 strategy. With the threat of our families disowning us for missing the fireworks we picked up, put old yellow and the flatcars on the siding and headed home.

I would like to thank Doug Kadow for coming by and giving us moral support.

Next work day, Monday, we will continue spiking to increase the track strength for the spray truck that is coming on Tuesday.

If anyone is interested in coming during the week please let me know.

Many hands make light work and we can really use the help !

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7/01/2014

Mission:
Replacing west end siding switch with straight through track. ( place and bolt north rail ).

Report:
We met at Fleischmanns at 10:00 AM and saw that we needed to lower about 5 ties on the north side rail. So after our brief safety and planning meeting we got to it and lowered them.

From our previous measurement of the north rail, we needed 132 feet of rail or 4 sticks of 33 foot rail. Since we had one rail we needed three additional rails which we were able to pull from the west end of the siding. Everything was going fine and we were able to pull three good rails from the siding, remove the half rail from the north main and drop all four rails on the north side before a late lunch.

After lunch Al and I joined Doug O. who had started bolting the rails together before lunch. As we got to our last rail we got the surprise. Our four rails were too long by a little over an inch. We tried everything we could think of to take up the space at the rail joints but it was still a no go.

Okay, at 3:30 PM it was now time to switch to plan B. So we removed one of the 33 foot rails and put back the half rail, then back to our rail stock to get one of the damaged rails and cut off a good piece that would fit. However, we needed to go back to Arkville and get the rail saw and rail drill. So we did. After measuring and attaching the rail saw we proceeded to cut the rail. But noooo, we could not keep the saw running. It seems to have a fuel issue and we tried a few basic things to get it to stay running, and at first had some success, but then it acted up again. Debating if we should take it apart in the field, it started to rain at about 5:00 PM. At that point It was clear, God, we got the message, called it a day and went home singing “we shall overcome”. I brought the saw home and will clean the carb and fuel system to be sure it runs for Friday’s work day.

I would like to thank Doug Kadow for coming by and giving us moral support. Thanks Doug !

Next work day, Friday, we will saw the rail to length and drill the bolt holes and bolt it in as well as hand tamp the ties up to the rail height and spike the south rail. Time permitting, we will do the same for the north rail.

If anyone is interested in coming during the week please let me know. We are planning an additional work day for Fri this week in an attempt to open the track for the NARCOA meet on July 11.

Many hands make light work and we can really use the help !

 

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June 28, 2014

Crew:
Al Favaro
Tom Healy
Joe Marsh

Mission:
Replacing West end siding switch with straight through track. ( repair tie layout, place and bolt rail, and plate )

Report:

We met at Fleischmanns at 10:00 AM and saw that the storm during the week had brought down a tree that landed across the ties we had placed on our newly graded road bed.

Unfortunately, we had a small turnout of volunteers and no chain saw ! So after a short safety and planning briefing we decided to move the fallen tree with the backhoe. Two weeks before we had taken the backhoe on the south side  of the track to retrieve switch components. However, now we had all our laid out ties in the way and the ground was very soft from the storm. After removing the fallen tree, trying not to disturb the laid out ties, I got the backhoe stuck in the soft ditch. So I was forced to do a crab walk out of the ditch, with a lot of direction from Tom and Al. Our nicely laid out ties and grading from last week’s work day looked like an earthquake had struck. With the backhoe freed and the tree gone we spent the rest of the morning grading and relaying out the ties.

After lunch we lowered the ties that Ted had concerns about being too high and continued to place rail on the south side. We bolted up three pieces of 33 foot 105 D that fit like a glove. With some careful aligning by Tom’s eye the profile came out GREAT. I even think I heard some singing as we were aligning the rail. We then proceeded to lay out plates on the south side and recheck our tie placement.

Worn out from the earthquake repair and putting the south rail together, we placed our last remaining full 33 foot rail on the north side and called it a day at around 6:00 PM.

I would like to thank Lou Wasserman ( 90 years old ) from Fleischmanns for coming and giving us moral support. Thanks Lou!

Next work day we will have to take three pieces of full length rail from the west end of the siding to complete the north rail as well as remove the half rail from the west end of the main line.

If anyone is interested in coming during the week please let me know. We are planning additional work days for Wed and Fri this week in an attempt to open the track for the NARCOA meet on July 11.

Many hands make light work and we can really use the help!
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June 21st, 2014

June 21,2014

Crew:
Dave Baker
Al Favaro
Tom Healy
Joe Marsh
Doug Odell Sr

Mission:
Replacing West end siding switch with straight through track. ( Grading and Tie layout )

Report:
We met at Fleischmanns at 10:00 AM and set the track car on so we could bring ties down to the work site from the tie staging area near the freight house.After a short safety and planning briefing we got to it and started loading our first cart of ties with the backhoe. With the cart loaded we head to the West end of the siding to continue grading the road bed to get ready for the  ties. Doug Odell Sr took control of the backhoe having the most experience grading with a machine. Al and Tom directed Doug as to how and where to cut and level the road bed, as well as final follow up with rakes. Dave and Joe proceeded to lower and level the previously placed ties as per the D&U track crew’s request. As things worked out,
both grading and adjusting the previous ties finished up about lunch time.

Having lunch we started bringing ties down from the storage area and placing them. It was like a relay race !  As the last tie was being placed new ties would arrive. I tried to get folks to take a break about mid afternoon but they just wanted to keep going. Somewhere around 5:30 we placed the last tie. So this motivated group just couldn’t stop and we placed two rail lengths on the South side, took some pictures and called it a day.

Check out Tom Healy’s and Dave Baker’s facebook pages for great additional pictures and comments.

Next Saturday we will place the rest of the rail, bolt it together and spike it down so it will be ready for ballast.
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April 19th, 2014

April 19,2014

Mission:
Spike and Plate pulling on marked dead ties, Highmount to Arkville

Crew:
George Cook
Doug Kadow
Mike Lalonde
Joe Marsh
Doug Odell Sr
Doug Odell Jr
Kevin Patton

Report:
First let’s say welcome to Doug Odell Sr and Doug Odell Jr. ! It is their first time out on a track crew and within an hour it was like they had worked on the railroad with us for years. We hope to see them and their families often throughout the year at our many events. Feel free to email our new team mates and welcome them aboard.

We met at Fleischmanns at 9:00 AM and set the track car on as well as re-railed the work flat. After loading all our tools on we proceeded East to where we had stopped pulling spikes and plates on marked ties last fall. After a short safety briefing we got to it and started pulling the spikes and plates on the marked ties.  With everyone contributing it wasn’t long before we passed mile post 43 ! We stopped for lunch around 12:30 and went to Arkville for Pizza. After lunch we went back to Fleischmanns and took the track car back to the work site where we had stopped. We called it quits around 4:30 which gave us enough time to set off , tie down the work flat and run the spikes back to the yard in Arkville.

 

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