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Volunteers / Re: A big thank you back to those at Sheepscot
« on: October 15, 2019, 03:11:30 AM »
As my Dad, a WWI veteran, used to say “an army travels on its stomach” to maintain performance.  I with my winter camping trips with tent and a horse blanket roll really realized the truth in that with hot meals and hot drinks a winter day could be survivable and pleasant.  Many thanks to all logistics personnel who helped make the weekend a success!

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 12, 2019, 04:56:47 AM »
Steve, Hi How many books do you need?  I am sure Barb and I have a surplus after 50 some years of reading.  Hardcover preferred?  Have a number of Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler books probably softcover.  Also other topics.  Please advise.  Thank You Gary & Barb

Work and Events / Re: Mitsubishi Tractor
« on: October 03, 2019, 12:30:16 AM »
Glad to hear about the very capable mower and continuing work on #10. Thank you!

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2019, 11:25:44 PM »
Beautiful Maine work on a beautiful Maine day!  Congrats.

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 26, 2019, 09:34:16 PM »
Barb and I really appreciate the photo progress reports as it is very hard for us to travel.  Oh that South and North Stations would get connected by rail!  It would make so much easier on we travel-challenged folks.  To travel clear to Brunswick on one train would be ideal.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: What about multiple gauges?
« on: June 12, 2019, 01:59:03 AM »
While visiting the operating tourist EBT, their history involved engineering co-operation with the Pennsylvania RR such that at Mt. Union a crane system was constructed to move standard gauge coal car bodies, unloaded or loaded, but not trucks, up- over and onto EBT 3' gauge trucks.  Of course this was approved and blessed by the Pennsy.

Original Railway / Re: Water tanks on the WW&F
« on: May 27, 2019, 06:12:15 AM »
John, It occurred to me, what did they use before internal combustion engines?  Did the. RRsof the 1850s use steam from a locomotive take-off to drive a steam piston pump?

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:51:41 PM »

* 21 Campaign Thank you day.  21 Campaign supporters have been invited to spend the day with us, there'll be special trains in the afternoon, shop tours during the day.

Thanking WWF for the this day, but unfortunately Barb and I cannot make it.  We are mulling over how to designate our spring donation.  There are so many excellent endeavors including archiving facility.  Thanks again!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 30, 2019, 10:27:49 PM »
For the Fall Work Weekend our goal is to build 2,000' of track. Which will require 150 rails, 300 joint bars, 1,000 ties, 4,000 spikes, and 600 bolts and washers to be readied ahead of time.

Joe, do we have all the materials stated above?  Understand from Fred's post that ties need to be cut.  Unfortunately all, we can contribute is money towards the effort.  We are trying to decide where to specify our donations to WWFRy this year, in addition to next year's annual budget.  Thanks
Barb & Gary

Museum Discussion / Re: ROW Vegetation control
« on: April 12, 2019, 06:43:20 PM »
My wife's brother and wife own a 40 acre farm in Cumberland, MD with horses, chickens, goats, sheep and llamas.  The latter are great at coyote control.  The sheep eat everything and thus are great at pasture weed control.  They do not mind spikes/thorny plants such as thistle that the goats do not eat.  They also eat everything under the electric fences as their wool coat keeps them insulated.  How to animals under control in a linear unfenced area is a totally different problem.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 27, 2019, 03:52:40 AM »
Congratulations to Zack and any others who may have assisted him!

Volunteers / Re: WW&F Offering Workshops for 2019 Season Car Hosts
« on: March 21, 2019, 06:21:52 AM »

I will tell you that the two resources that form the basis for the training are the Museum Guide authored by Bill Reidy along with the 28 page pamphlet "Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway: the Sheepscot Valley Narrow Gauge" published last year by the Museum. For starters, these are a good jumping off point.

Looked at the Gift tab on our website, but could not find the referenced resources.  We have all the other books (and thoroughly read) listed on the Gift site.  Help!

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: March 10, 2019, 07:17:25 AM »
Thanks for a the history of your AMTP line over the years.  Your narratives bring your railway alive!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 05, 2019, 08:14:48 PM »
With regards to making "Sid" come 'alive', you might contact "Maine Cabin Masters" near/around the Augusta Gardner area.  Chase Morrill runs the outfit that restores cabins and has contacts with various artists in Maine.  Their show is on the DIY network and is very enjoyable to us "outers" that need  visual taste of Maine.  The folks in the crew went to Cony and Gardiner High schools. Chase's sister Ashley does all the interior design.  Good show!

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: March 04, 2019, 04:59:20 AM »
Souvenir hunters.

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