Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April Track Blitz Reminder

As a reminder, we will be holding spring track weekend on April 18 and 19. For those of you who have attended in the past, last year's spring and fall track weekends were a huge success. Excellent attendance and great weather lead to four highly productive work days and the track constructed has gone to good use.

This year, we will be focusing on several smaller projects instead of a single large project. This will hopefully alleviate some of the congestion caused by large numbers of people trying to work within the same area. The tentative list of projects includes extension of the Thomaston Shop yard tracks by constructing temporary "skeleton track" to increase yard capacity, surfacing and ballasting of the yard lead and yard tracks, and track repairs at the Plume & Atwood grade crossing. The plan is to divide crews as necessary to accomplish the work.

Please plan on meeting at Thomaston Shop at 8:00am. All volunteers must have necessary personal protection equipment, including a hard hat, safety-toe boots, gloves, safety glasses, and hearing protection if working around equipment. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers in attendance and work will continue until 5pm.

In order to plan projects and ensure adequate food quantities, it is crucial that you contact Chad Boutet if you plan on attending. If you are interested in a specific project, please specify the project in the email. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there!

—Chad Boutet