Museum volunteers cut trees and burned slash in February along our Mountain Extension between our current end of track and Trout Brook Bridge in advance of right-of-way preparation this spring and summer. This work will continue during the first few Saturdays in March, weather permitting.
While we are not running any public trains in March, we are keeping busy! Our Museum volunteers continue working on several Museum winter projects this month, including tree clearing on our Mountain Extension, shop building insulation & interior wall sheathing, shop coal stove installation, and work on Bridgton & Saco River Railroad flatcar #34.
Mountain Extension right-of-way tree clearing between our current end of track and Trout Brook Bridge, a distance of about 1200 feet, is expected to be completed about mid-month. Our volunteers will be working on Saturdays to finish this work, which will allow us to complete right-of-way repairs this spring and summer, in preparation for track construction Columbus Day weekend.
Meanwhile, back at our Sheepscot campus, shop building improvements continue with the installation of insulation, wall sheathing, and a second coal stove to heat bays 1, 2 and 3. Completion of this work will allow year-round work on equipment restoration and maintenance in our shops.
While our shop improvements are underway, work continues in bay 2 on the restoration of Bridgton & Saco River Railroad flatcar #34. We expect B&SR #34 will join our fleet of flatcars shuttling ballast between Alna Center and our Mountain Extension during our Spring Work Weekend Friday – Sunday, April 26th – 28th!
Please visit us! Stop by Saturdays in March to see ongoing work on our projects and talk with our volunteers. You can also follow our March progress on our forum’s March 2019 Work Reports thread.