Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway : Service On The Santa Cruz Branch Line
That's the pump truck operator on the far right in pic 4, and far left in pic 12.
Of note: the piping on the boom has to be rotated every x number of hours to equalize wear on the inside and the joints wear faster than the straight parts.

Cool shooting as always 1TP !


TCS - my brother Ross ran one of these, maybe he still does.
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(10-19-2014, 04:24 PM)TC Smith Wrote:  That's the pump truck operator on the far right in pic 4, and far left in pic 12.
Of note: the piping on the boom has to be rotated every x number of hours to equalize wear on the inside and the joints wear faster than the straight parts.

Cool shooting as always 1TP !


TCS - my brother Ross ran one of these, maybe he still does.

   

Thanks TC. I try my best to make the shots interesting.
 
Here is another photograph showing the operator of the pump truck controlling the pump and boom remotely.
 
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Holding and guiding that hose for an extended time must be a chore. I have been on a smaller hose when we placed 7 yards of concrete in our crawlspace and it was not light.
 
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La Selva Bridge Update – October 23, 2014
 
I dropped by the La Selva Bridge jobsite this past Thursday and saw that the components for bents 5 and 6 had arrived.
 
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The components were laid out and being identified and organized for assembly.
 
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Bent 6 was the first to be assembled.
 
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The forms on the piers that were poured back on October 17th were pulled and they are now ready to accept the bents.
 
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The pier forms for bents 3 and 4 were just about complete and they will be poured the next day.
 
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It is a long hike for the workmen who travel back and forth from the bridge abutments on the north and south ends, but the views along the shore are wonderful. I wonder if they are thinking anyone would notice if they just kept walking down the beach.
 
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The surf was up and I stopped to take a few photographs. I used to free dive and scuba dive along the California Coast from the Channel Islands to Mendocino and I miss it very much. There is another wonderful world out there under the sea and it calls to me whenever I am by the shore.
 
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La Selva Bridge Update – October 24, 2014 PART 1
 
I had heard there was a possibility of the first bent being placed around 11:00AM to 12:00PM on Friday so I dropped by the jobsite to check on the progress. There was a lot of air travel by ironworkers between the piers for bent 6 and the parking lot.
 
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The previous week a Bigge crew came out to the jobsite to modify the crane for greater lifting capacity at an extended reach. This would allow the placement of bent 6 from the south crane pad. I was not able to be there for the modification, but the next few photographs will show you how the crane was modified for the test hook when it first arrived at the La Selva jobsite.
 
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There were still a lot of bolts and nuts to pre-tension and tighten to specification so it did not look like they would be placing the bent until later in the afternoon.
 
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The new bent components were very impressive.
 
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Workmen set the rebar for the bent 2 piers while the concrete poured earlier in the day for bent piers 3 and 4 below cured.
 
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The ironworkers went back over to the piers for bent 6 to verify alignment of the threaded rods imbedded in the concrete that will secure the base of the bent to the pier.
 
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Fly the friendly skies of Bigge.
 
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Next four ironworkers were flown over to the piers to position and secure the bent that was flown over next.
 
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Bent 6 was raised and took flight.
 
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Up, up and away.
 
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For some reason I am having a flashback to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
 
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Coming in for a landing.
 
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PART 2 CONTINUES IN THE POST BELOW
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PART 2 CONTINUED FROM THE POST ABOVE
 
 
The openings in the bent bases were aligned with the threaded rods embedded in the piers and the bent was lowered and secured.
 
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Next the man bucket was flown over and the ironworkers removed the straps and eyelets.
 
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The sun was setting fast and it was time to leave. It must be very satisfying for everyone working at the jobsite to see the first bent placed.
 
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Cool stuff!
"Something about a train..."
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AWESOME!! they are making good progress! thanks for the updates, howard!
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Work is getting done fast!!
Tim~ Forum Moderator
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So great to see all the progress. I do hope freight service returns to the Santa Cruz area someday soon.
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