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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Work and Events => Topic started by: Michael Ross on February 13, 2009, 03:58:02 PM

Title: where to stay for work session
Post by: Michael Ross on February 13, 2009, 03:58:02 PM
Which of the several motels in the area is favored by the volunteers. I plan to be there for the spring work session. 
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on February 13, 2009, 04:20:56 PM
Mike;
Definitely the Wiscassett Motor Lodge on Route 1. Nancy and Bill are long time supporters of the Museum. Tell them you are a Museum volunteer and you may get a discount. They're probably closed for the winter now. Try calling in early March.
KD
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 13, 2009, 09:25:23 PM
For the budget minded(cheap) the Pioneer Motel in Edgecomb across the bridge from Wiscasset is $40/night and several of us have stayed there. Older but OK.
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Steve Zuppa on February 14, 2009, 11:04:34 AM
I stayed at the Pioneer one time when the Motor Lodge was closed for the winter. There's a reason why it's cheap. It's a dump. I didn't want to step out of the shower with bare feet it was so dirty. Stick with Bill and Nancy.
Steve
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Ken Fleming on February 14, 2009, 02:35:23 PM
What about the Schooner Inn?  Any comments on it?
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on February 14, 2009, 04:01:53 PM
I stayed there about a month ago. It was older, but fine.
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 14, 2009, 11:32:27 PM
Has the Pioneer in Edgecomb changed hands in the last several years?
My room was clean and the shower area, too. I am pretty fussy about that and I did not notice any housekeeping problem.
Dave Crow was several rooms down from me so maybe he has some input, too.
Ira
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Wayne Laepple on February 15, 2009, 06:04:41 PM
Perhaps the board might consider allowing volunteers to sleep in the second floor space created above the new addition to the shop. Each individual could bring his own cot, sleeping bag, pillow and teddy bear. Such volunteers might also be allowed to shower and shave in the bathroom in the Percival House.
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Dave Crow on February 15, 2009, 09:27:12 PM
I thought the Pioneer Motel was okay.  As a place to shower and sleep during work weekends, it did the trick.  I do agree it felt a little seedy, so I doubt I would ever stay there with my wife.  She does like Wiscasset Motor Lodge, although she wants to try the Inn/Resort just across the bridge in Edgecomb on our next trip...
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: James Patten on February 16, 2009, 10:45:47 PM
I cannot recommend sleeping in the new second floor space because there's no second exit.
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on February 17, 2009, 02:37:49 AM
I agree with Dave and Steve.  My wife and I have been staying at the Wiscassett Motor lodge for many years.  The rooms are always clean and neat.  Bill and Nacy are great folks to deal with and talk to.  After you have stayed a few times they remember you and the room(s) you prefer so "your" room is waiting when you call to reserve. 
Duncan
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on February 17, 2009, 03:32:59 AM
what does the wiscasset motor lodge charge for nightly fares?
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on February 17, 2009, 03:27:42 PM
Vincent,
Go to www.wiscassetmotorlodge.com for a full listing of rates plus some pics of the motel. The rates vary depending upon the time of year and the desired room.
Duncan
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on February 18, 2009, 02:50:02 PM
Gee, although the rates are rather modest, i still couldn't do it for a whole weekend.  Maybe i could reserve room 320 at sheepscott station....
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 18, 2009, 09:44:32 PM
Perhaps the board might consider allowing volunteers to sleep in the second floor space created above the new addition to the shop. Each individual could bring his own cot, sleeping bag, pillow and teddy bear. Such volunteers might also be allowed to shower and shave in the bathroom in the Percival House.

I've wondered about this myself. Or even sleeping on the station/freight house floor?
I remember my first visit, (over 12 yrs ago,) I stayed the night on what is now the station/wating room area, although it was not finished.
If only 3 or 4 people wanted to do this, it's hard to see it being a big problem. I know if I were to "rough it" this way this year I'd sure like some company overnight.  ;)
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Vincent "Lightning" LeRow on February 19, 2009, 12:02:28 AM
Well looks like you've cot some company then.  I'll rough it with you Cosmo.
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: John McNamara on February 19, 2009, 12:26:26 AM
While "cot some company" looks like a typo, "cot" may be the appropriate word after all.  :)
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 19, 2009, 12:45:20 AM
If someone wants to share the cost with a snoring old man, I would share a room at the Wiscasset Motor Inn.
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 19, 2009, 04:13:39 AM
Weeelll....
seeing as I tend to snoore also....
I'll concider it!  ;) ;D
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Joe Fox on April 02, 2009, 10:33:40 PM
Hey all,

Just wanted to let you guys know that due to my current work schedule at work, I plan on being at the museum for the Spring work weekend. I look foward to it.

Track work at Conway Scenic is a little different from that of the narrow gauge, aside from the machines that we have. At first I thought a neumatic air hammer was the greatest thing in the world, however, it won't work on every tie. Some ties are to hard, so the air hammer just bounces off the spike, so then we have to finish them off by hand. All in all, a spike maul is also a lot lighter to carry than an air hammer.

I was dissapointed to miss the fall work weekend, due to my work schedule, but hey, such is life.

Talk to you guys later.

Joe

Ps. When do you guys start working on Fridays for the work weekend?
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on April 03, 2009, 01:29:00 PM
Joe;
  Work starts as usual about 7 though we don't roll out till about 7:30. Email me backchannel or talk to your Dad as we have a special project that you might like to join us for on Saturday, April 25.
Dave
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Dana Deering on April 03, 2009, 02:09:25 PM
Room 320 at the Sheepscot Hilton has two bunks currently reserved but the third one may be available. 
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on April 03, 2009, 02:22:30 PM
What about the "Attic Floor Inn" above the machine shop? Is there stll space on the floor (as in: "not filled with stuff")?
If so, would the BOD be ok with me crashing there? Is anyone else seriously planning on doing this as well?kor
I WILL have that weekend off, so come "Heckorhigh Water"I will be there.
 ;) ;D
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: James Patten on April 03, 2009, 03:53:51 PM
The BOD is uncomfortable with anyone bunking on the second floor of the car shop, because there's only 1 exit.  However there are other options: tenting, on the floor of stations, the caboose.
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on April 03, 2009, 05:15:41 PM
Well, any of those three works for me. All I'd need is enough space (roughly 6'x3') to spread my sleeping bag.  ;)
I'll make sure I have my tent along as well. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us this year.  ;D
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Mike Fox on April 03, 2009, 10:50:36 PM
I myself have tried the Alna Center Inn. Definately for the ones who like to get away. No power, no water, no toilet. But very quiet.
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Bill Sample on April 04, 2009, 02:11:12 AM
Just watch out for the poison ivy that grows along the east side of the station area if you have to wander outside in the dark!
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Michael Ross on April 04, 2009, 07:57:49 PM
Looks like my inquiry about where to stay started a good discussion.  Thanks to all for the input - my wife and I will be arriving at the Wiscasett Morot Lodge Thrusday PM.  Which raises another question:  Any of the fellows staying there with whom I can hitch a 7 AM ride Friday - Sunday to the museum so I can leave the rental car with the wife?  And - yes - I realize that can be dangerous as LL Bean and surrounding shops are only miles down the road!
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on April 04, 2009, 09:08:10 PM
Michael,
Most of the fellows who stay at the Motor Lodge leave around 5:30 - 6:00 AM to head to Ships Chow for breakfast.  You might want to be a sport and treat the missus to breakfast before you go to the museum.  I'm sure someone of us at the diner can bring you over to the museum after breakfast. 
Duncan
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Bill Reidy on April 05, 2009, 12:15:27 AM
Michael,

Ship's Chow Hall is located a couple of miles north of the motor lodge on U.S. Route 1, on the opposite side of and close to Big Al's.  Saturday and Sunday morning there should be a bunch of volunteers leaving from the motor lodge, but I don't know about Friday morning.  I generally drive up from home early on Friday and suspect that's the case for a lot of folks.

- Bill
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on April 05, 2009, 03:22:21 AM
Mike;
   I'll be passing through about 7-7:15 and would be able to pick you up on my way through. Let me know if that's good for you.
Dave
Title: Re: where to stay for work session
Post by: Dwight Winkley on April 06, 2009, 12:28:30 AM
An other location is the Tall Pines B&B on route 218 Wiscasset, You drive by it to get to museum. Don't know when they open for the season.