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General Discussion / Re: Ship's Chow Hall is now The Hot Spot Diner
« on: February 22, 2020, 10:43:05 AM »
Really Great news!

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:22:26 PM »
As long time life member of FEBT, I encourage all to join and donate to this wonderful railroad. I look forward to better and better things happening every year.
Good suggestion Allan, I did the same with MNG when the big changes came up last year.  I also just joined FEBT to offer some support.  We narrow gauge'rs need to stick together. 

Of course when it comes to narrow gauge, the Maine'rs have it way under (width wise) everyone else in the country.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: February 10, 2020, 02:39:11 PM »
It didn't take us long to find a good use for the tank car.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:06:29 PM »
Sounds like another corollary of Parkinson's Law - Equipment collections tend to expand to fill all the available space.
I think it is more like - Equipment collections tend to expand to fill 130% of all the available space.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 09:44:10 PM »
Happens with every building we build, including the garage.
  Ditto what Mike said. 

I know expansion is a compromise between current need, future needs, available or projected funds, available space, available volunteer power, etc.  We are constantly chasing our own success.  More rolling stock, more locomotives, more off rail equipment, more MOW equipment, more facilities for our visitors (parking, walks, ticketing, etc.) more activities.

Considering where we started, or looking at any previous point in our growth, what we continue to accomplish is just amazing.  When I watch the activities that go on during the year, it makes me want to move to Maine... However the Maine winters and the spousal relocation is just a mite to great.

Everyone keep up the tremendous work that you are doing and I will be there in the Spring, Summer and Fall to help out as I can.


We made our $101,000 goal a couple of weeks ago.
Hooray for us and many, many thanks to all our members, friends, donors and other benefactors!!!!

I know we will make it happen. I have no doubt that if we needed additional funding that our members would pull through. We have some of the most supportive members and donors that an organization like ours could ask for.
I think my information is correct in that when we needed additional funds to install the windows in the car barn extension, our members, and those from MNG came thru to keep the project on schedule for timely completion. 

If we know how much more is needed to complete the Pavilion Center I have a strong feeling that somehow our wonderful supportive members and donors will come thru again.  On this thread, does anyone know the status of the Annual Fund Drive?

Great garage for the yellow crane truck.  Just a few holes in the roof that need to be repaired to keep the snow out.

I hope both you and Mike enjoy an extra piece of cake!
Hence the expression, "That Fred just takes the cake!"
And the quip and pun meinster strikes again....

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: January 20, 2020, 03:18:01 PM »
Well Done Eric!  You are very creative and talented.  This fits right in with your 'G' gauge locomotive and car work.

US Two Footers / Re: J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad
« on: January 19, 2020, 11:26:56 PM »

In reading your latest post about acquiring more property to extend the line, I thought of how our founder, Harry Percival started with just a dream and a few sticks of track. 

Now look at where the WW&F is, and how far it has come.

This is my way of saying "keep the dream alive and keep moving forward."


Work and Events / Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:17:20 PM »
Magphone service is (hopefully) fine at all points on the line. ;D "Every successful call is a crank call."
You know, John does get cranky when he is wound up. 

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: New sugar 2-footer in Australia
« on: January 15, 2020, 08:23:47 PM »
"The 39km line connects cane growing communities to the Isis Central sugar mill.  Costing $15 million..."

“A major plus is the fact that our staff have engaged in constructing these cane railways in the past and that experience is invaluable. A good crew can lay about a kilometre of line a day,”
Wow, 1 kilometer a day... we can't touch that, but at that $15M (Australian) price our more or less mile of track the past two years should have cost about $41K.  I think we beat that cost a by a bunch.  But I didn't do the currency conversion and I don't know how much we spent on the mountain track.

Food for thought and debate.

It is amazing, simply amazing, how fast things get done, even in the middle of winter with all the Maine cold and snow.

You yous guys (that NY for Y'all) are doing a great job.

Volunteers / Re: January 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:16:17 PM »
Actually somebody else is doing the build-out, hired by the Town.  All we have to do is move in when they are done.
What a deal, the town is been really good to us..

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