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Stuart, I like your suggestion.  As a relative newbie (about 18 months), I am always listening to the guys and gals I'm around.  Can't tell you how often I've heard how something was tried before and either did or did not work.  Another thing I've noticed is how often trial and error mistakes are made, and how promptly fixes are initiated.  That's how we learn and move forward!

Alex, the many ideas about pouring concrete slabs actually contributed to a better pour.  Many ideas feed in, and often the really good ones are followed on the fly.  That's the beauty of our railroad.  None of us ever expects to have the best solution, we just want to contribute to the end result.

Volunteers / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:31:32 PM »
To whoever is doing the period switchstand conversions, BRAVO!  These are relatively (?) simple cosmetic changes that add immensely to authenticity.  Hopefully, we can convert the entire railroad soon.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:25:00 PM »
Joe, you're living a dream I've had for as long as I can remember.  Enjoy and please share your experiences and stories with us from time to time.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:59:50 PM »
WOW, love it.  Great to see Joe in his regular work environment.  Thanks Stephen.

Museum Discussion / Re: We Want a Feline
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:15:47 PM »
I agree with Start.  If the opportunity ever arises, a shop cat would be a wonderful addition...

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:13:19 PM »
Give Zack some credit as well.  He and Fred poured and spread the treatment liquid.  It was extremely potent chemically, not stuff you want to be around for very long.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 12:08:20 AM »
Brendan, great pics of today's pour.  When I left late afternoon, they were still smoothing and troweling, but it looks fantastic....

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:21:59 PM »
Whatever the history, it's all worth preserving...

Holy cow -- my dream home.  Who cares what the house is like?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2017, 11:06:12 PM »
Would we ever want to build a replica Maine two-foot wedge plow?  We have rolling stock from other Maine two-footers, so it's not necessarily outside of our mission...

(BTW, I think wedge plows are really cool, next only to D&RG rotaries.)

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2017, 11:00:11 PM »

Very close...I suspect others can detail exactly...

Original Railway / Re: Burnham Overhead Crossing
« on: September 07, 2017, 11:45:35 PM »
Wow!  Last weekend, I rode the Belfast and Moosehead Lake, which I mistakenly thought had been totally abandoned.  I was amazed to learn that its western terminus was in fact Burnham, which would then have been a three-way meet with the Maine Central, the B&ML and the WW&F.  Wouldn't that have been a fascinating picture back then?

BTW, their trackage is in much worse shape than ours.  They are working hard in their preservation efforts, but they don't have near the volunteer force that we do.

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 07, 2017, 02:20:19 AM »
FYI, rails were prepped today.  Concrete vendor arrived to assess extent of job and volume of concrete.  Monday will be a prep day (polyethylene layer, steel mesh, etc.)  Pouring will depend on availability of a concrete pump -- prob Thursday or Friday.

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