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Messages - Philip Marshall

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 17, 2018, 04:05:16 AM »
That's a very good question, Bernie. I had wondered the same thing. My first thought was a beaver dam, but that seems unlikely because beavers were extinct/extirpated in most of the US in 1905 because of trapping. (I'm sure there may have been a few beavers left in more northerly parts of Maine then, but certainly not in Alna.)

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Original Railway / Re: 1890 Besse Tannery built in Clinton
« on: September 17, 2018, 01:10:32 AM »
Is the author certain about the date? There was no narrow gauge in Albion until after 1894.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:46:32 AM »
Get well soon, Wayne! You will be missed.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Stars of Sandstone 2017
« on: September 08, 2018, 03:26:26 PM »
It looks like the "Stars of Sandstone" event takes place every other year, with the next one scheduled for April 2019:

http://www.starsofsandstone.com/index.php

I would really love to get down there someday, but I don't think it's going to happen by April, sadly.

Although it's a private collection, they say visitors are welcome at other times by prior arrangement:

http://sandstone-estates.com/images/pdf/jul2018/Sandstone_Visitors_2018_Guide_July2018.pdf


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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 21, 2018, 11:09:25 AM »
Oh I hadn't realized that! Thank you for that information, and sorry to have stirred the pot unnecessarily then.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 21, 2018, 02:38:44 AM »
This is great news! I knew some kind of flanger agreement with MNG had been under discussion for a while, so I'm really happy to see it's become a reality. As Bill R. says, this kind of cooperative effort is something we should be doing more of.

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but I wonder, is there any possibility that a similar deal might be considered for the B&SR snowplow?

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Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:02:01 AM »
Well this is one I'm sure I haven't seen before. What jumps out at me right away are the masts of the Hesper and Luther Little poking out directly behind the station roof, in almost perfect alignment with the ROW.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/163191374451


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General Discussion / Re: Wiscasset Station Maine Central/ Knox & Lincoln
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:52:50 PM »
Very interesting.

The article mentions the R. H. Tucker brick works in Wiscasset that was located "along the shore behind the present elementary school" in the mid-19th century. That sounds like the WW&F Upper Yard. Was the brick works an earlier occupant of the same property?

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Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: July 26, 2018, 05:56:16 PM »
A black-and-white negative of engine No. 2 and train at Albion: https://www.ebay.com/itm/312198343100

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 21, 2018, 06:01:30 AM »
Wow, looks great!

How will the Smokebox brace be treated?

It should be an easy blacksmithing job to adjust the braces to fit the new diameter.


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Original Railway / Re: Coopers Mills Dam
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:42:04 AM »
Preserving the historic structure of the Head Tide dam while allowing for fish passage as well as public access and beautification sounds like an ideal compromise.

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Original Railway / Re: Coopers Mills Dam
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:18:49 PM »
Thank you for the link, Ed.

I will admit to feeling somewhat ambivalent about dam removal. While it's an essential part of habitat restoration for Atlantic salmon, alewives, etc., something which I think is objectively good (and not just because of my professional background as an ecologist), it also means another piece of the history of water-powered rural industry in Maine (and elsewhere) is being lost forever. So, I'm conflicted.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: July 19, 2018, 04:27:15 PM »
Once again from kayakers1107, what is purported to be the original black and white negative of the well-known scene of No. 9 being loaded onto the truck to leave Wiscasset in 1937:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/163155247575

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Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: July 12, 2018, 04:12:08 PM »
The aforementioned eBay seller kayakers1107 has just listed an original B&W negative of the combine Taconnet, I think taken outside the Wiscasset shop:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/312178452519

They also currently have 2 or 3 B&W negatives from the SR&RL for sale, including this one:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIG-NEG-Sandy-River-Rangeley-Lakes-2-6-2-number-18-with-scrap-train-Original/312178450312


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Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: June 22, 2018, 04:16:50 PM »
Here are two other color slides that came up for sale in the past year, images that are simply amazing. I have no idea who owns them now.

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