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« Reply #520 on: Oct 26th, 2013, 11:57pm »
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You really never knew what you were going to bump into.

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« Reply #521 on: Oct 26th, 2013, 11:58pm »
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Some just like to hang around.

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« Reply #522 on: Oct 27th, 2013, 12:04am »
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Mario ran the Mohawk, Ron A. took charge of the B&M RS3, Marvin had the B&M NW2 and Linda rounded out the field with her critter. The track and equipment worked flawlessly. We use this event as our shakedown test to see what damage the rainy season has done. I am pleased to say that our to-do list for the Un-Meet is a small one.


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« Reply #523 on: Oct 27th, 2013, 12:07am »
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One last photo for now, One of the projects we were working on this year was to finally finish the middle bridge or the Don Pierson Bridge as it is called. It isn't 100% but it is very close.

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« Reply #524 on: Oct 27th, 2013, 6:11pm »
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Thanks Bobby. I enjoyed the pics with my morning coffee.  We blew leaves off the ROW today.  Took about 6 hrs to clear the main and the Woodshill branch.
 
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« Reply #525 on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:31pm »
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Tom,
 
You guys should be gearing up for your winter operating season?


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« Reply #526 on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:43pm »
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Mario Peter and I just finished a somewhat nasty little project. In the off season we always check out the line from one end to the other (as do most live steam track crews). We noticed a few deck boards on the trestle that needed replacing. We investigated closer and..... well all I can say is when someone wants to buy that so called pressure treated wood from the big box home improvement stores, talk them out of it. Even used above the ground and stained it only lasted about 6 years.

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« Reply #527 on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:44pm »
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More rot

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« Reply #529 on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:46pm »
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We were surprised at the extent of damage. Last year we didn't see any indications.

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« Reply #530 on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:48pm »
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An overview of the effected area. It really gives me the impression that it might have been the same batch of wood that was affected.

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« Reply #531 on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:52pm »
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The uprights and cross beams are ok. These were the old school PT wood. It took Mario and I one Saturday to clean it to this stage. In all 8 sections were removed.... and replaced. Yes it is all back together and better than before. This time we are using PT wood from a marine dock supplier. This is some heavy wood, not like the feather light stuff they offer at... well you know where.

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« Reply #532 on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:53pm »
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See, all better. We ran on it for the Halloween run.

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« Reply #533 on: Oct 30th, 2013, 7:55pm »
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We used longer deck screws and longer rail screws as well. The trestle will be ready to handle what ever arrives in February.  

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« Reply #534 on: Oct 31st, 2013, 1:20pm »
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Makes you wonder if the wood was really pressure-treated!  I've seen PT lumber that had a lot of heartwood, and the treatment doesn't absorb well into the heartwood part.  Maybe that's what happened here.

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« Reply #535 on: Oct 31st, 2013, 8:47pm »
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Dan, the stuff they pass off as pressure treated at the big-box stores is terrible. It looks like it is brushed with green dye and not treated at all. All that EPA regulations etc. The lumber we are using now has the copper pressure treatment. You can feel the difference in the weight of the material.

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« Reply #536 on: Nov 1st, 2013, 9:43pm »
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Sure does look nice Bobby!
 
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« Reply #537 on: Dec 9th, 2013, 8:20am »
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Does the lumber company still exist on Metro Pkwy, at the railroad crossing?  They used to do their own pressure treating.  Too bad Dowling & Camp's mill at Slater doesn't still stand;  Their big selling point was that their longleaf pine lumber was rot- and insect-resistant.
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Probably a bit late to help at this point, but keeping the wood dry will extend it's life a lot.  Most treated timber sold by box stores is for internal use only, as the treatment is water soluable and it leaches out in the damp in a matter of weeks.  
My supplier sells rolls of plastic barrier for deck beam and joist protection. Just roll out and hold in place with decking.
This is my trestle, with "ground contact" pressure poles, but hidden inside is 2 x 6 hardwood bearers.  (the ties are marine boardwalk offcuts)
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« Reply #539 on: Dec 10th, 2013, 10:38pm »
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Hello Bill,  
 
I think the was Fort Myers Lumber. I don't believe they do any pressure treating anymore. We found Shoreline Lumber near the beach that sells the PT lumber for boat docks. Really good stuff.
 
Hello Pete,
That is a neat idea. I wish we thought of that earlier. But we have had really good luck with the heavier PT material. This was just a 42 foot area out of a 900 foot trestle. The rest was quite solid.  
 
Track and infrastructure maintenance is something we take seriously.


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