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Volunteers / Re: Want to give pattern making a try?
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:46:38 PM »
New member willing to give it a try. I have an assortment of power and hand tools and I can read a dimension-ed drawing. How can I help?

Jim

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General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:42:45 AM »
Hello , I'm Jim Jendro, a new member as of last week. My wife and I stumbled on the WW&F after a GPS search for “railroad” while we were vacationing in Maine. Even though we showed up on a weekday, president Steve Zuppa gave us a tour including being up close to #9 and #10. I was impressed with the work the Museum is doing, the shop facilities, and the engineering ingenuity of the ballast tamper and rotating railcar. Steve’s enthusiasm led me to join on the spot.

I’m a retired electrical engineer, originally from West Virginia now living in Massachusetts. My grandparents lived next to a B&O branch line, and my great uncle was an engineer for the B&O. I’m old enough to remember steam on that branch line as well as the huge articulateds that worked along the Ohio river. I’ve always been interested in railroads, mainly standard gauge. Have done pilgrimages to many rail museums as well as to Cass, Fostoria, Folkston, Horseshoe Curve, Kenova, Tunkhannock Viaduct, and the Hoosac Tunnel. I dabble with train simulators, mainly modeling structures, building routes, and writing software to turn USGS data into model terrain.

Glad to support the WW&F and I hope to find some way to help other than membership.

Jim

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