BR&W Work Day Report
Friday, October 01, 2004
Today was a good day although it did not happen the way we expected. There were two cabooses in the way at Ringoes preventing us from getting the mower car out. So we did the needed repairs which should have taken a half hour. They did not!
After the sickle bar engine was repaired last week we had to only start it up today and adjust the throttle control. For some reason the throttle worked backward! A lot of puzzled looks because it had worked fine for the last year. Fortunately, Craig persisted and finally saw what was wrong, followed by fixing it. The sickle bar is now ready to go. Charley installed the repaired ramp bracket while all this was going on, and Pete took care of the water pump lubrication which had not been done in recorded history.
One last minor task was to clean both fuel bowls to avoid dirt in the carb again. This simple task got complicated when we discovered the brand new assembly had a gasket that had swelled up to the point it could not be re-installed. Again the magician Craig came to the rescue by going into the engine-house, finding appropriate material, cutting two new gaskets, and getting the bowl to seal once more.
For once the entire machine is ready to go mowing.
Since we could not get it out of the yard, we drove to Lambertville and cut the remaining brush below Coreyell St. We hauled out three large pickup loads of brush and dumped them farther north. By 2 PM we were done and exhausted once again. (OK, I was exhausted. Charley, Craig and Pete looked slightly better. ) Craig had gotten the small VRA saw repaired and it worked very well.
In summary the day did not go as planned, but was a productive day anyway. (from Dick Ray)
BR&W Work Day Report
September 22nd, 2004
Just Pete and I were available so we went to Ringoes and put the sickle bar engine back together. Since there is some Loctite that had to dry we did not fuel or start the engine afterward. We changed the belt, and filled the gas tank on the A5 plus the extra 5 gal can. The machine is ready to the next time with some adjustment of a throttle control. The goal was to get all the maintenence done on the machine so that when we have a full crew next time, we will not lose time in the morning.
We got out of Ringoes at 10:30 AM and ran slowly south, cutting some overhanging stuff as we went, Expecting serious fallen trees and flood problems, we were surprised to find that there was zero flood-related problems. In fact no fallen trees or limbs at all! We got to Rt 29 and elected to not cross since we did not have a full crew or enough flaggers. Going north we cut more overhanging stuff, and dug out a lot of the washed in dirt at the spot where the rotary always drags. This pretty much exhausted us, so we ran light north.
I let Pete, who was the driver all day, have the pleasure of throwing the switches to get us into the yard while I drove. Since it was early in the afternoon, we had an unplanned opportunity to reherse the drill for getting the car back on the rails. It went well, even tho the train arrived and we thought he was going to want to do his run-around but he could not because were doing our training exercise. In a quick half hour we had the car back on the rails and all our blocking stowed. All in all it was a successful training operation on the dangers of a self-guarding frog, and the process for getting the car going again. One thing we learned was that two people is not a useful crew. Pete and I worked to exhaustion but we did not seem to get a lot done. Three are required to do any mowing, and four is better. The car seats five. I hope we can get a bigger crew next time. (from Dick Ray)
BR&W Work Day Report
September 7th, 2004
On Tuesday, Sept. 7 Pete, Charley and I did more mowing on the BR&W south end. We finished it to Rt. 29 with about four hours of mowing and logging.
The upper sections had never had the big stuff cut ahead of time, so it was slow going due to stopping and getting out the chain saw. We did establish just how big a wild cedar tree can be cut with the bar though. And typically there was a bit of bloodshed, the result of an encounter with a thorn. We cut the big tree out of the way and several others. It is unwise to go down the hill without two chainsaws. (from Dick Ray)
BR&W Work Day Report
August 26, 2004
A very productive day today. No we did not get to Lambertville, but we got maybe two miles south of Boss Road in the four hours we had. That agrees with the typical average of one mile per hour for heavy cutting. Still looks like at least two more full days are needed.
The weeds were very high and both mowers worked harder than I have ever seem them work. Our progress was slowed because we had not cut the bigger trees ahead of time. Next time however we will be in the area where we cut ahead of time. Today Larry cut the things that the mower could not cut. Still it was impressive in what was cut when we inched our way into a clump of trees. Larry used the big hedge trimmer and the small saw. The A5 ran perfectly all day. A good day. No one got sunburned, bee stung, or badly scratched with briars. No breakdowns, no pushing since we have a sander now, and we got Larry back to his truck by 1 PM. The next trip is to be around Wednesday September 8 th. (from Dick Ray)
BR&W Railfan Weekend
August 21 + 22, 2004
This past weekend we spent down on the BR&W at their Railfan Weekend giving rides on our motorcars. We used our MT-19 and the L&NE 40B as well as some cars from members Dick Ray, Larry Ten Hoeve, Ken Kleipis and Craig Hartman. While the weather Saturday left a lot to be desired Sunday was great. I would like to thank members Chris Vitz, Matt Postumus, Charley Roselius, Will Hookway, Jeff Hookway, Joe Weber, Pete Stagg, Mark Schmitt and anyone else I may have missed for coming out to help. We made a few hundred dollars in donations and sales which we will use to maintain out fleet of cars. We also put many smiles of faces and taught many people about motor cars and showed them our A-5 brush car and the work it has done. We stayed busy and hope that next year the event will be even better. (from KC)
BR&W Work Day Report
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
On Wednesday, Chris, Charley, Larry, KC, Joe Webber, and I finished up the mowing in preparation for the Railfan Days motorcar rides. We completed the 3/4 mile stretch between the Ringoes Yard and Boss Road to the south. We did get some mowing done to the south but thunder and lightning were nearing and we scurried back to Ringoes. Three golfers a few miles away were injured by a lightning strike. (from Dick Ray)
Work Day at Flemington
Tuesday August 3 rd, 2004
Today Charley, KC, and I did mowing and vegetation control at Flemington with the A5 and our usual tools. KC got the car down there with no problems and they had a good place to unload it. Kyle was our BR&WRR pilot all day, and we got him trained on the rotary mower. Instead of the planned mowing south though, it became necessary to cut at Flemington. Several crossings needed opening so we took care of it. Then we went to lunch in the shade by the ice-cream shop. To say it was hot would be an understatement! Feeling confident, we tried mowing south. The sickle bar worked well though and we did one side to Boss Road. (from Dick Ray)
M&NJ Work Day Report
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Today Pete, Charley, Larry Will and I went to Johnson to do some maintenance and testing. Larry brought the fitted seat cushions which are a big help, and I finally managed to get the oil changed in the A5. Others serviced the MT19 which needed engine and transmission oil, as well as a lot of gas. We made some tuning adjustments on the rotary as well. I brought lumber and made a new pair of thinner blocks for the turntable.
Since it was only 10 AM at that point we decided to test the machines by mowing north. We had three hours available and used half of it getting to the crossing a quarter mile below Slate Hill, where we turned. ON the way back the sickle bar had a weld fail below the cornfield so that machine was shut down. Rotary mowing continued to Johnson, with our crew of six, counting Max (big dog) sitting up front watching out for groundhogs.
Our single side sander worked well again and we consumed a half gallon of sand, really bigger grit, in the six miles today. Got through the cornfield with no hassle at all for the first time. No pushing was needed except for when we stopped on no sand. (from Dick Ray)