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Messages - Bill Baskerville

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Ed,

Thanks for the heads up.  I made a donation and passed it on to my local NRHS chapter which may prompt other donations. 

All the museums and rail preservation enthusiast need to stick together as best we can.

Bill

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:22:52 PM »
Dwight,

The places I have noted that still have missing joint bar bolts are:

3 places missing bolts twix Sheepscot north yard limits and Jayne's Way Crossing
2 bolts missing near Sutters Crossing South Whistle Post
9 places missing bolts twix four joints south of Albee's crossing and 2nd Phone Post North of Alblee's Crossing
2 places missing bolts south of the old TOM Rail Pile south of the South TOM switch

There are also a few bolts missing from the frog on both Alna Center switches which will take some care in installing them as the quarters are so close.

This doesn't include inside the SS yard limits where there are lots of missing bolts.

When I did my last slow travel of the line a couple of years ago, this was all that was left to do on my attempts to complete this project.

If nothing else happens between now and my summer visit in July and August perhaps I will be able to complete this project.  Of course, as so often the case, something else more important or more urgent comes up and jumps in the front of the 'to do list' line.

Bill

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:42:38 PM »
If Davis grade runs from the first curve to the power lines that appears to be about 1,500 feet of track.

About where is the 600 feet of track we are going to rebuild? 

I seem to remember that the track is embedded in mud from the old logging crossing thru a small cut to the north which might be about 300 feet.  I think the turtle pond is just after that.

Am I remembering the correct crossing and cut?

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:54:01 AM »
Fred,

We all come back to see what you have cut down and how you are doing.  Catching up on "Fred'isms" is the most fun of the work weekends.

Plus, we all aspire to be as active as you are as we wend our way through life.

Bill

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:07:15 PM »
67 looks terrif as is. Just don't ever "wrap" it in huge ads like Abq buses.

Funny you should mention that - Saturday we were thinking once the Mountain Extension is complete we paint it some bright neon color, park it at the end of the track by 218, with a "Visit the WW&F Railway Museum!" message on it.

...with a photo of Fred smiling and waving.

I like the Fred waving Picture Idea.

Why go with a picture? Take one of Fred's chairs from TOM and set it down by 218. Provide Fred with a small table and some lemonade. ;D

Jeff S.

Put a chain saw beside the chair so he can explain how he singlehandedly cleared the ROW, which he almost did.

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:30:47 PM »
67 looks terrif as is. Just don't ever "wrap" it in huge ads like Abq buses.

Funny you should mention that - Saturday we were thinking once the Mountain Extension is complete we paint it some bright neon color, park it at the end of the track by 218, with a "Visit the WW&F Railway Museum!" message on it.

...with a photo of Fred smiling and waving.

I like the Fred waving Picture Idea. 

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:52:52 PM »
Bet that tie inserter will save LOTS of drudgery out on the line, especially with more track coming.  ;)
Ya gotta run a demo video!

I have a feeling it will get a good workout during Spring Work Weekend.

Jeff S.

My understanding that the planned SWW work on Davis Grade will provide the opportunity for the new tie inserter to prove it's mettle.

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:50:56 PM »
Work done on Saturday Feb 10:

* Machine shop: Jason and Alan were hatching something...

Ducks??? :o

Jeff S.
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Well Jeff, there is the steam locomotive shop mascot duck that occasionally appears in various photos of projects in the machine shop.

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:18:36 AM »
Zack has really done an amazing job on 67.  Very impressive.  I noticed on the North end of 67 there are differences in the hand rails between the top two and the bottom two. 

Why are the two lower hand rails bent in different directions?

Plus there is a center hand rail.  Is this so one can cross over the couplers standing on the end sill buffer blocks? 

Also, could someone take a picture of the lower piece of steel bar that looks like it may be part of an uncoupling lever?

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:30:03 AM »
Bill,

I was told that we were targeting 1910, or thereabouts.  I looked around at pictures and put together things that looked like they were from that period.  This includes my bowler hat a la Ira style, which I now consider a Ira Memorial.  That I created from a regular black hat with an appropriate brim that I steamed and reshaped to the bowler style.  That being said, I know Ed Lecuyer found a source that looks very authentic down to the proper buttons for the suspenders and shirt materials. 

Now that my face is worn and creased I know when I wear my bowler hat I get my photo taken a lot when I am brakeman on the passenger trains.  Baseball caps weren't used back then.  Newsboy hats were the most common.

There are several conductors outfits in the house if you want one of those. 

On days that we are making photo runs, or tourist visitor days I try and dress for the duty that I have for that day, brakeman, conductor, fireman or engineer. 

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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:18:17 PM »
All these comments about clamps is putting a strain on the subject.

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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:24:26 AM »
I am glad to see that, even with all that is going on in the shops and down the line, we are still advancing the Eames vacuum brake project. 

Has anyone thought to make a progress post on the Facebook or web page of the grant provider?

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:12:04 PM »
Of course when it is a balmy 7 degrees below zero the sky usually is beautiful.

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General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: February 04, 2018, 03:27:15 AM »
To that end I have decided to become a Life member; it's the least I can do given the 400 miles that separate Easton and Alna. Perhaps someday I will make it for a Work Weekend and offer my two hands as well.

Best Regards,
Ben Richards

Ben,

We each have our travel difficulties.  I live in Virginia and can only make it up three times a year.  I learned about the work weekends from Jeff Schumaker, who lives in Ohio, and I have been coming up ever since.  Of course the Downeys lived in Texas until Alan moved to Maine.  The true long distance volunteer was Ira Schreiber, who until his recent passing lived in Colorado.

Of course, we all also have to contend with our professional, family and personal issues.  The bottom line is everyone contributes what they can as they and when they can.  Every little piece adds up to create our Museum family.

What remains to be said is the unbelievable contribution that so very many make who live in Maine or in the North Eastern states.  We see their names in the forum posts all winter long, and throughout the year.  They are truly dedicated and it is they who truly keep the doors open, the fires burning, the boiler pressure up, the railroad always moving forward.

Bill

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General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:56:22 PM »
Ben,

Congratulations on becoming a life member.  We are looking forward to that future work weekend when we can welcome you to the gang of gandy dancers, or what other work group you choose to share your talents with.  Be sure and remind us of your Introduction note so we can put a face to your history.

Bill

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