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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby Dick H » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:17 pm

Is it possible that lettering on RT #3 and #142 was "pikeshim?

That might be advising the Pike paving outfit that the crossing needs to be shimmed.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby RRFAN » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:22 am

Yeah it was probably pikeshim, above the letter that looks like a u had a dot. Also there where arrows between the crossings that where on a signal line pointing to each rail head.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby RRFAN » Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:41 pm

The Dalton crossing also has the pike shim and with the a arrow.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby Mikejf » Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:19 pm

Pike is the company doing the paving (my employer) and shim mean they will do a drag shim over the tracks. There is a start and a stop to a shim, written in the same way, but with the arrow pointed in only one direction
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby eustis22 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:14 am

ok, I'll ask..what is a drag shim?
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby Mikejf » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:20 pm

Using a paver, they lay the mix down as thin as they can, filling low and rough areas. This is usually followed up by another layer, that will be more even and ride smoother than if they would have done it in one shot.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby RRFAN » Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:28 pm

Then, why don't they do that to all the crossings?
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby NHV 669 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:30 pm

Well, someone's got to pay Pike, they're a business after all. Knowing that the state of NH can barely afford bridge repair/etc. (as they're taking forever on the two I-93 ones on my way to work), they're likely waiting till these old MD crossings are at their worst to do a PAR-standard repair job on them.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby Mikejf » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:26 pm

The rails stick up enough that maybe they will just match the railhead, but I'm thinking that they will cover them up.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby RRFAN » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:31 am

They just covered the crossing on route 3 with pavement. Some of it is covered and some parts of the rail head is showing, but it's a lot smoother now for the car to cross.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby gokeefe » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:38 am

It would probably need a full rebuild anyways. No big loss there.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby Jackinbox1 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:15 pm

I just recently found Golden Eagle's Facebook page. Browsed through the comments of their most recent post. Found this statement by them to be funny, considering all of your comments on page 103 of this.

"We can be taken seriously and not ready to throw in any towels yet."

Can be, but no one seems to be.
I say if David wants to build his model railroad in the real world, there is not much we can really do about it except for watch it happen. He hasn't come out and said "I stole a whole bunch of money from bank loans to fund this project I wont actually do" or something of the sort (Money laundering, maybe?) so until then, lets just see what unfolds.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby Mikejf » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:01 am

Read on Facebook part of the Gilman Mill has been leased and will be opened as a pellet factory. This is exactly what the area needs with the closing of the paper mills. Open October 2017


http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13614/kingdom-pellets-continues-to-secure-financing-for-proposed-plant
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:39 am

If you're counting, Twin State's trackage rights from St. Johnsbury to Gilman expires in 2018 if the estate of TS/Lamoille Valley's deceased owner does not step forward and pick up their 10-year extension option to 2028. If the clock runs out on that option the red tape for future rail considerations here is greatly simplified to just a VTrans negotiation with line owner Pan Am about scraping off the property and putting the state in charge of RFP'ing to see what potential interest there is.
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Re: Reactivating the MEC Mountain Division?

Postby gokeefe » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:00 am

Mikejf,

Do you see potential freight rail applications for this projects? The woodshed (30 mile radius) looked too small for raw materials. Not sure what outbound volumes to market (if any beyond local) would look like ...
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