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John LaCosta


BSM Track Update - July to September, 2005


John LaCosta    Saturday (7/2)

Saturday (7/2)

Carl Merson was Dispatcher with Fred Schneider and Dennis Falter as crew.

Sunday (7/3)

Dave Naujokas was Dispatcher with Joe Naujokas and Dan Lawrence as crew.

Saturday (7/9)

Dave Crow was Dispatcher with Mark Dawson and Fred Schneider as crew.

Sunday (7/10)

Ben Bates was Dispatcher with Steve Abramowitz, Paul Ritterhoff, Bernie Sachs, Drew Paren and Bob Cohen as crew.

Saturday (7/16)

Josh Lepman, Justin Thillman, Chris McNally, CJ and Drew Paren install 3 ties near Glen Edwards Avenue.

Carl Merson was Dispatcher with John Engleman, Bill Shear and Justin Thillman as crew.

Sunday (7/17)

Ed Amrhein was Dispatcher with Steve Abramowitz, Carl Thistel and Dan McCaffery as crew.

Overheaad YardSaturday (7/23)

Mark Hurley was Dispatcher with Dan McCaffery and Joanne Shay as crew.

Sunday (7/24)

Bob Krueger was Dispatcher with Dennis Falter, Mike Citro and Sharon Higgins as crew.

Overhead WorkSaturday (7/30)

Chris Howell was Dispatcher with Chris McNally, John Engleman and Jerry Kelly as crew

Sunday (7/31)

Dan Lawrence was Dispatcher with Dennis Falter as crew.

SubStation TiesMonday (8/1)

After a bunch of paper work, BSM was given a 100 foot, 100 ton transfer table that was used at AAI Corp. to move light rail cars. This table was no longer needed and was donated to the museum on the understanding that the museum would have to disassemble it. After review with the AAI maintenance staff and safety department, an acceptable method was agreed to and Ed Amrhein and I started to remove the bolts. Of the about 500 bolts, Ed and I got about 1/3 of them removed. This was no easy task and required an air impact wrench.

Thursday (8/4)

Ed and I continued removing the bolts from the transfer table. We left just enough in to prevent the side I-beams from falling to minimize the time need to get ready for the lift of the six I-beams.

Saturday (8/6)

Ed Amrhein, Dave Crow, Chris McNally and I spent the morning removing all of the small parts from the transfer table to get it ready for the disassembly.

sweeper broomDuring the afternoon I work on the phone system at the museum while Justin Thillman and Ed Amrhein worked on the brush holder for one of the snow sweeper broom motors.

Mark Hurley and Dan Lawrence were Dispatchers with Dan McCaffery, Jerry Kelly and Bill Shear as crew.

Sunday (8/7)

John La Costa was Dispatcher with Justin Thillman, Buster Hughes and Rev. Muel ler as crew.

Tamper RepairSaturday (8/13)

This was the day that we disassembled the main transfer beams of the transfer table. Each beam was 7 tons and was moved with a large fork lift. A smaller fork lift was used to move the approximately 70 track support tubes that ran fro on side of the table to the other. All of the parts were stacked near by to await transport to the museum.

Chris Howell was Dispatcher with Dennis Falter and Fred Schneider as crew.

Sunday (8/14)

Ben Bates was Dispatcher with Mike Citro, John O'Neil and Steve Abramowitz as crew.

Saturday (8/20)

Dave Naujokas was Dispatcher with Steve Abramowitz, Bill Shear, Mel Boteler, Joe Naujokas and Dan McCaffery as crew

Sunday (8/21)

Dave Baynes was Dispatcher with Mark Dawson, Dennis Falter and Dan Lawrence as crew

Wednesday (8/24)

Ben Bates the elder was Dispatcher with Charlie Plantholt as crew for a charter.

Saturday (8/27)

The track crew was out and replaced 17 ties near the sub station. The crew also raised an tamped one rail this area. The other rail will have to wait until the tamper can be repaired. Besides the normal track crew, Bill Young of Branford was down to help.

Chris McNally was Dispatcher with Chris Howell and Buster Hughes as crew.

Sunday (8/27)

Dave Naujokas was Dispatcher with Joe Naujokas as crew.

Saturday (9/3)

Josh Lepman, Ed Amrhein, Justin Thillman and Dan McCaffery finished tamping the recently installed ties near the substation.

Dave crow and I replaced a section of the yard track cross span in front of the car house.

Ben Bates was Dispatcher with Fred Schneider, Dennis Falter and Buster Hughes as crew.

Digging out old tieSunday (9/4)

John La Costa was Dispatcher with Justin Thillman and Carl Thistel as crew.

Saturday (9/10)

Ed Amrhein, Justin Thillman, Josh Lepman, Carl Merson, Chris McNally, Dan McCaffery and John La Costa replaced 8 ties near 24th street.

Josh Lepman, Ray Cannon and Dan Lawrence cleaned number 1 switch leading into the yard.

Ed Amrhein was Dispatcher with Dennis Falter, Bill Shear and Dan McCaffery as crew.

Sunday (9/11)

Dan Lawrence was Dispatcher with John O^^Neil and Buster Hughes as crew.

Wednesday (9/14)

Ben Bates the elder was Dispatcher with Dennis Falter, Charlie Plantholt and Jim Robertson as crew for a charter.

Saturday (9/17)

The track crew started looking for part to build a switch in track four.

Mark Hurley was Dispatcher with Dan Lawrence and Steve Abramowitz as crew.

Sunday (9/18)

Bob Krueger was Dispatcher with Mike Citro, Jimmy Genthner, Carl Thistel and Fred Schneider as crew

Saturday (9/24)

A careful review of track 4 indicated that a short section needs to be lowered slightly. Lowering tack is harder than raising it since you first have to dig the stone out, lower the track, put the stone back in and tamp it. The crew that did this labor intensive task was Ed Amrhein, Josh Leman, Chris McNally, Dan McCaffery and Buster Hughes.

Dave Naujokas was Dispatcher.

Sunday (9/25)

Dave Crow was Dispatcher with Joyce Boblitz, Mike Citro and Sharon Higgins as crew.

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