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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: January 19, 2019, 12:44:59 AM »
Excellent series of black and white photos, Brendan.  Nothing I could see to indicate the year they were taken - could have been the teens or twenties!

Museum Discussion / Re: A WW&F Christmas
« on: December 25, 2018, 02:52:24 PM »
Thanks for sharing that, Eric.  Merry Christmas to you and all the folks at the WW&F.

Looking forward to the Spring Work Weekend

Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:20:55 AM »
To add to what Steve Smith said, those "snow jets" were great at launching ballast stones as well as snow and ice.  I heard stories of car and truck windows being damaged in the Hartford CT yard.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: November 07, 2018, 03:16:39 PM »
I like the side board idea.  Several of us on ballast duty standing on the ground would hold shovels to direct the ballast shoveled from the deck to a point under the car.  The only problem was putting to much off the deck to where the trucks were. 

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 28, 2018, 12:24:43 AM »
What world class work the bridge crew has done.  Looking forward to the FWW visit to see the progress in person, but many thanks to Brendan, Mike and the others who have kept us folks from away up to date photographically.

General Discussion / Re: 60-Picture Presentation on the Georges Valley RR
« on: September 01, 2018, 02:13:45 AM »
Wish I lived closer - once again!

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: August 27, 2018, 12:55:40 AM »
My wife Sue and I had a tour of another Moxie bottler - Orca Beverage of Mukilteo, Washington.  The manager told us if we had requested ahead of time, they would have run Moxie on the bottling line.  To my knowledge the Mukilteo and Catawissa Moxie products both use cane sugar.  Sue will drink those but usually not the local corn-sweetener produced offering.
I like them all.

General Discussion / Re: Wiscasset Station Maine Central/ Knox & Lincoln
« on: August 08, 2018, 01:01:17 AM »
I never knew it survived.  Good news.

Original Railway / Re: Coopers Mills Dam
« on: July 20, 2018, 07:45:25 PM »
Philip, I feel the same way. 

Seems strange to see Stewart in such a modern vehicle!

Work and Events / Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
« on: June 13, 2018, 03:02:58 PM »
Wish we lived closer!

Jon Chase and I went for my first visit to the "fish ladder" several years ago and I've been back a few times since then.  Just found this from a Washington Post article on the location:

"Damariscotta, whose name is derived from the Native American word for "place of abundance of alewives," has been home to the migration for centuries. In the early 19th century, men gathered fish here with hand nets and smoked or pickled them for consumption. The adjoining towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle ensured their open passage and guaranteed free yearly portions to widows and the poor -- an "original welfare program" that continues, said George Dow, president and curator of the Nobleboro Historical Society."


Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville rolling stock
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:31:19 PM »
I believe additional boxcars were converted to excursion cars after this roster was compiled.

Museum Discussion / Re: Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:32:25 AM »
On one work weekend I asked Vern Shaw - who wore vintage-styled railroad clothes - if he knew anything about the hat business called "Hats and Totes" in Milo, Maine near the Bangor & Aroostook shop town Derby.  I had heard of it from a co-worker at the Conn. Central RR, the late Russ St. John (who built and donated one of the work flats at the WW&F).  Vern gave me a name - think it was Sandra Moore.  I went to Milo and tried to track the business down with no success.  As close as I got was some local said "used to be over there" pointing at a vacant building. Never could connect with Sandra.

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