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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 10, 2019, 06:05:50 PM »
This discussion reminds me that I need to say a big thank you to those volunteers who shoveled ballast with us during the SWW. That includes those members of the train crews who, once their train was secured, got down on the ground and worked with us. You all worked in the rain and mud doing an important job that will keep us on schedule for getting the Mountain line open in 2021.  Apart from track laying, track work is not considered the sexiest task on the work weekends but without it the railroad doesn't run.  I appreciate all of those folks who helped out on the track.

Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 23, 2018, 04:05:24 PM »
Is there a work plan for tomorrow 11/24?  Will there be work done on connecting Brian's shop track to the switch? 

Volunteers / Re: Work Day 11/3
« on: November 02, 2018, 04:58:36 PM »
Tomorrow planned work may get slowed down slightly by the rain, please dress accordingly. I hope to get as much as work done as we can.

I like that.  See you tomorrow. 

I'll try to remember to pack my Spot Board.

Volunteers / Re: Work Day 11/3
« on: October 26, 2018, 03:24:32 PM »
Me, too.

Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 24, 2018, 06:18:10 PM »
Hi Everyone,

     Whatever is decided about location and number of sidings at Sheepscot Mills, would someone make sure that when a date is decided upon for the actual work that some advance notice gets out so that I, and others, can plan to be there?  Unless this is another weekday crew project, in which case those of us who still work during the week can't make it.  Sometimes things happen quickly or on the down low and only a few hear about it.  I was on vacation the week the crew went to Portland to get the boxcars ready for transport and could have helped out (and it is only about 14 miles from home) if I had known it was happening.  Thanks!


And yes, I know, if I had a cell phone... :)

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 06:27:16 PM »
I think we're saying the same thing in different ways, Ed. 

Forgotten?  Nah, we'll be in the stories they tell to the young ones they shepherd into the railroad fold, with some embellishment, I suspect. :)

That said, I'm in no rush to be just a story.  I am looking forward to helping push the rails across the bridge and on to 218.  I also want to add that none of the great strides we were able to make during the FWW would not have been possible without all of the prep work.  Well done, one and all.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:53:12 PM »
     What I like best about that "quadra-spiking" video is that the spikers are all 17 - 18 years old.  That's the future of the railway right there.  Let's continue to encourage these younger guys (and gals, if you're out there...) all we can.  We're building this railroad not just for us but as a legacy and we need "heirs" to carry it on.  There were lots of young faces at the FWW and it looked to me like they were all having fun while working hard.  What could bode better for the railroad?  I am still very much in awe of what the whole track crew, crane to spikers, working together, accomplished.  I'm still smiling about it.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:42:53 PM »
I had the great privilege to run the spiking crew for the FWW and I can't say "thank you" enough to all of you who helped.  I was amazed by the progress we made each day and by the high spirits that everyone showed.  There was a spirit of team work and cooperation that was evident the whole time and I was happy from start to finish.  The best part of it was the fun everyone seemed to be having.  It was great to see all the friends from away and to meet so many new folks and to see so many younger people.  I kept track of the total trackage spiked down each day:

Friday:  525 feet
Saturday:  547 feet
Sunday:  348 feet

Excellent work everyone!

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 05:59:10 PM »
People don't come to the work weekends to stand and watch automated track laying.  They come to participate and to experience some of the old way of doing things, in my opinion.  That is what makes the WW&F unique.  I'm not interested in turning the WW&F into the fast paced rat race I'm trying to get a break from when I go there.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:55:10 PM »
Wow, that crane is impressive.  It's great to see it working as it was envisioned.  I hope everyone understands that the spikers are going to have to pace themselves.  It's all well and good to say that we will have to keep up and keep the insta tracks coming but it's easier said than done when you're not the one swinging the hammer.  The idea for the rail crane, as I understand it, was for safety, not too turn this track laying into a sprint.  If I have anything to say about the process, we will be breaking into teams and each team will have their spiking job, and we will get a flow going. And we are not gong to rush.  It takes as much energy to drive the last spike as it does the first and there is no point in wearing people out.  In my younger days when we were haying my grandfather would say: "pace yourself, boy!". We have laid 1300 plus feet in a work weekend using the old method and I see no reason to hurry the crews this weekend with the new.  We will establish a pace and we will get it done and have some fun at the same time.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 28, 2018, 03:13:48 PM »
I am in awe of the guys who have done the lion's share of this work.  I was happy to be a small part of it.  Maybe someday when I can retire I can be part of the week day crew!  You guys did an amazing job.

Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: September 28, 2018, 03:09:26 PM »
Jill and Richard were great folks.  She was really into it.  The cake was delicious!

I hope the WW&F never loses that friendliness for which we're known.  I especially try to treat the kids the way I wish I had been treated when I stood trackside when I was their age.  It makes a big difference and you never know how many future volunteers we're inspiring.

I got a nice letter from a member in California whose granddaughter is, at age 12, a dedicated volunteer at a RR museum out there and one reason was the WW&F experience (including a cab ride ) she had three years before.  You just never know what a difference you make.

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 24, 2018, 09:50:21 AM »
Speaking of Insta-Track, Joe, I cut a bunch of replacement "clamps" for the ones that have broken over the years and they are in a stack on the shelf in the section house.  The slots need to be cut, though, and I took one of the good ones and set it with the blanks so it could be used as a pattern. If you could get someone to cut the slots you would have more usable insta-tracks for the FWW. 

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 24, 2018, 09:39:48 AM »
I'd like to echo the sentiment about Dan and Bryce (and yes, they are growing right past me!).  They are fine young men and a pleasure to work with. It's also fun to listen to the stories of their adventures.  I look forward to seeing them grow into leadership roles on the WW&F one day.  I also would mention their friend James and our other newer volunteer, Jacob.  We would do well to have more young people like them in our organization.  We should encourage and help them all we can.

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