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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 19, 2018, 11:30:51 PM »
Work done on Saturday May 19:

* Ballast: We ballasted from Sutter's crossing south, on the west side.  We almost got off the curve.  The flatcar has been reloaded with stone.
* Percival: Zack continued working on the stairs.  The stairs on the main floor now have a railing.  The landing from the attic has quite a view, it's big enough you could have a meal up there.
* Gardening: Linda demanded that the tie ends be inserted into the ground for the house garden plot, so 3 of us did that.  It's done.  Boy that clay that had been sitting around was hard.
* Caboose 320: Marcel was working on new window frames.
* Machine shop: Alan was trying to move a couple of machines around.

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:58:27 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 19.  Looks like a cool, rainy day.

* Boxcar 67
* Caboose 320
* Loco 10 boiler
* Percival stair work
* Ballasting?  Or tamping?  And the old ties need to be brought back to Sheepscot.

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:42:34 AM »
Work done on Saturday May 12 2018:

* E-waste: today was an electronics waste acceptance day, so we rounded up old non-working TVs and computers and sent them off.
* Ditching: Mike ditched more of the west side on Davis Grade, and dropped off the gunk at Brook Crossing for the bulldozer to take care of.  Where he has ditched the water flows through rather nicely, rather than sitting in a stagnate pool.
* Caboose 320: Today the cupola came off via the forklift.  Fortunately both the carbody and the cupola top are in solid shape.
* Machine shop: Trying to get one of the newly moved machines to work.
* Percival House: Zack and Sonja worked on the stairs all day, however they're in no different shape tonight than they work this morning!  I think they may have done prep work for the rest of the stairs.
* Mountain Extension: Mike took Jeff Verney on a tour of the work to be done.
* Board meeting.  Long meeting.

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:56:20 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 12:

* Davis Grade cleanup: more ties and muck to remove.  There may be some tamping to do as well.
* Boxcar 67 (seems to be on hold for a while)
* Caboose 320 cupola removal.  Marcel wants to take the cupola off completely.
* Percival house stairs: continued work on the 2nd floor stairs, and continued demolition of the east platform.
* Machine shop move.
* Board meeting at 4:00.

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 05, 2018, 09:27:41 PM »
A fair amount of activity on a few different fronts today:

* Trackside cleanup: Mike and Joe went out with the Kubota and a flatcar to last weekend's worksite and returned with a large load of (mostly rotten) old ties and some mud from ditching.
* Machine/wood shop: Alan and Harold worked valiantly to move the Cincinnati out of the shop.  It was occupying track when I left.
* Percival House: Zack and Sonja worked on completing the decking of the upstairs deck and decking the stairs down to where they stop (which isn't yet the ground).  Meanwhile Fred's been busy tearing out the old ramp/deck on the east side of the house (it will ultimately be replaced with a new deck and a set of stairs).
* Caboose 320: Marcel has started the process to rehabilitate the cupola, by removing windows and disengaging the cupola from the car body.
* Annual Meeting: no surprises, those up for re-election got re-elected.

Museum Discussion / Re: 38th National Narrow Gauge Convention
« on: May 05, 2018, 09:19:40 PM »
Yes, we have considered it, we were likely going to do it.  Your help would be most welcome.  I think Jeff S. is also planning to help where he can.

The table would be information only, no merchandise.

Guess it's time to sign up for a table.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: WW&F Visits....
« on: May 04, 2018, 12:17:47 AM »
I have no pictures for this (forgot my camera at home) but Wednesday my wife and I toured the Victoria Mansion in Portland Maine.  This was originally built by a prosperous merchant (a Morse, although no descendants) in the 1850s as a summer home (winter home in New Orleans) in an "Italianate" style.  The mansion is now owned by a non-profit doing a pain staking restoration back to its full glory.

Even though about half of the rooms have been restored, this was easily the most impressive old mansion that we have toured.  Gold leaf abounds, as do rooms done in walnut, chestnut, and other woods, along with brass, mirrors, bright paints, etc. etc.  It looks like something a king might have lived in.

Well worth a visit.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:00:34 PM »
After all the money spent with 3 and 7 regarding boilers, I suspect MNG would like to go the route we're going and have some boilers built for 4 and 8.

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 03, 2018, 12:41:12 AM »
So - is the tamping now any faster with the new compressor?  Beyond the fact that machines aren't mysteriously dying anymore.

Volunteers / May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:03:24 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 5, 2018: Annual Meeting day

* Annual Meeting is in the afternoon at the Alna Meeting House.  Sorry, I can never remember the time when I write these!
* Track work: I don't know what is left to do after last weekend.
* Machine shop: I don't know what's left to do there either (other than wiring).
* Percival house stairs
* Boxcar 67
* Bridge.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Items at Brookline Auction on 4/15/18
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:12:27 PM »
Jeff Cohn emailed me today to say that he was successful in getting the 1909 broadside, but the baggage tag price was more than he wanted to pay.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 28, 2018, 11:01:37 PM »
SWW Day 2: Saturday April 28:

* Track: Tie replacement in the morning on the north side of Brook Crossing partway down Davis Grade, along with some ballasting.  The newly relaid section got ballast in the afternoon, along with more tie replacement.  The ballast that was at AC is now gone.  The section that had a lot of ties replaced got attention from the tamper.  The ties that were replaced were laid 20 years ago.
* Percival House: The crew worked on the main floor porch and stairs off the north door, and it was nearly ready to use by end of day.
* Machine shop: Much re-arranging occurred, and some machines and equipment in Bay 4 have been moved out for installation in the extension.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 25, 2018, 02:18:25 PM »
Has Dana retired as roadmaster/track supervisor?
I think Joe is Dana's minion.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:01:08 AM »
Anticipated work for the weekend of April 27 - 29: Spring Work Weekend! :D

* Track work: Friday track laying on Davis grade; Saturday ballasting, jacking and tamping on the approaches, with ditching/tie loading in the work zone; Sunday finishing up any work.  If time and crews allow, a tie change crew will operate south of the work zone.
* Percival house: Building the stairs for the 2nd floor and first floor north doors.
* Car shop: undergoing an extreme makeover between the extension and the machine shop.  Machines are being moved around.
* Bridge
* Food

Saturday just before supper will be a volunteer recognition presentation.
Saturday at supper will be the rules review.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 12:02:58 AM »
A photo of the horse and flatcar train:

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