Monthly Archives: June 2014

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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