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Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Work Planning
« on: December 13, 2017, 02:02:59 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 16:

Victorian Christmas, Day 1.  We need all hands on deck.  Running two trains, we need brakemen or other on-train personnel.  Also needed are grounds people to help with parking, and crowd control.

Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:09:24 AM »
I got tired of the boring squares instead of stars associated with our forum "levels" (technically membergroups).  So I copied the star icons from another location into the proper location for us.  You may have to refresh your browser to see it (F5 in some places, the clockwise arrowed circle in others).

Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Work Planning
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:25:13 PM »
4-ish inches.

Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Work Planning
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:30:23 AM »
Work done on Saturday Dec 9:

* Bridge: the remaining under timbers were installed.
* Clean up: With most of the bridge timbers on or near the bridge, the remaining bridge timbers and pieces were gathered into one spot.  Ties, stubs, and other things were generally consolidated so that the parking lot gets as much parking out of it as we can, and so that we can plow for the 4-6 inches tonight and however much we get Tuesday.
* Machine shop: Alan was in there, I think he was working on a piece for the flanger.
* Board meeting.  Roger should be sending the minutes tonight.

Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:31:37 PM »
FYI Wayne - snow storm up here predicted for Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:39:09 PM »
The Conductor is in charge of the train, and tells the engine crew when it's time to leave the station, where they are going, any issues that he might know about on the way ("work crew at Milepost 6").  For our normal operations we have the primary "first class" train, and a secondary "second class" train which is usually the Model T railcar.  They meet at Alna Center.

For complicated days, such as the upcoming Victorian Christmas, we'll have a dispatcher who's job it is to keep track of where everything is.  We'll be running two trains, although only one out on the line at any time.

Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Work Planning
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:01:29 PM »
Anticipated work Saturday Dec 9:

* Victorian Christmas prep
* Bridge construction
* #10 boiler
* Storm cleanup
* Board meeting 4 PM

General Discussion / Re: Engine wiper
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:01:50 PM »
A hobo is someone who rides freights from one place to another while trying to avoid conductors, brakemen, railroad police.  Typically in the US it happened a lot during hard economic times like the Great Depression.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:09:55 PM »
The trusses were raised at the distance apart that they need to be.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 03, 2017, 08:31:40 PM »
The 2x4s are for attaching the siding to the timbers.  Additional 2x4s will be joining on the insides once everything is tied together.

Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Work Planning
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:52:55 PM »
Work done on Saturday Dec 2:

* Bridge: as seen by Brendan's posts, the bridge trusses were stood up and chained down.  Tim the bridge man was working on installing 2 cross braces on the bottom at the end of the day.
* Machine shop: Alan, Steve P and Dan were off in the machine shop doing something, but I didn't see what.
* Archives: Linda was working on Archives, with some assistance by me.

Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Anticipated Work
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:10:57 AM »
Our supply of working Christmas lights seems to dwindle every year, because once you put them away they are forgotten until it's time to get them out again, then it's too big of a job to try to track down the workable lights.  A donation of LEDs would be awesome.

Volunteers / December 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 29, 2017, 12:02:24 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday December 2:

* Mountain ROW storm clean up - several trees came down, eventually they will need to be cleaned up.
* Boxcar 67
* Bridge
* Christmas prep

Museum Discussion / Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:08:10 PM »
This was in my email today, from Giving Assistant:

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If you haven’t yet, there’s still time to set your cause up for a win.

Invite your community to participate in our Double Cash Back, Double Giving event, and celebrate Giving Week with you! (It is prime time for holiday shopping.)[/quote

SO: go shop via GivingAssistant for the next week!

Museum Discussion / Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« on: November 28, 2017, 02:57:30 PM »
Just a reminder - today is Giving Tuesday!

I read somewhere about donations through Facebook getting matched from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - but I don't know any details beyond that.

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