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Messages - Dana Deering

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 18, 2020, 05:32:40 AM »
It took about two strokes with the car mover to break her free and gain a little momentum and then I pushed her out.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 15, 2020, 12:29:31 PM »
I have moved 9 out of Bay 3 two or three times by myself using the tool shown above.

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: April 14, 2020, 02:22:05 PM »
What if I ride a horse to the museum?  It’s walking distance (easy for me to say) for the horse...😉

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: April 14, 2020, 10:19:52 AM »
I hope that somehow we can take this opportunity to get some much needed track work done on the mainline. So to clarify, no one who doesn’t live within walking distance of the museum can be there?  Or are there exceptions? 

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Those are great photos!  Is that Lawrence Brown straddling the headlight in one photo? Then there’s the photo of the four wheel pump car that reminds me of the question I’ve wondered about for years:  what happened to the B&SR handcars and pump cars?  They also had a motorized track car. What happened to that?  Were any of them saved?

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Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: November 03, 2019, 07:16:01 AM »
We had to get the work done around the bridge before the time ran out on our permit to work within the shoreline zone.

  I was very  pleased with the amount of work the crew got done yesterday.  We had a good turnout and everyone worked hard.  We were able to take the big dip out of the track just south of the bridge, which consumed a lot of stone.  I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to raise it in one lift as it had to come up about 11 inches.  We got more of that last 140 feet of track safety spiked and made a good head start on the SWW.  A big thank you to everyone who showed up to work!   Thank you to the engine crews, to Mike Fox for loading the flatcars, and to Steve P. and Cindy Longo for delivering a delicious hot lunch to the worksite, and to anyone else I may have unintentionally left out.  All in all it was a very successful day.

I only wish I had thought to take before and after photos of the dip.

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Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:07:09 AM »
Here's the plan for Saturday:

     We will ballast the dip that is south of the bridge and then raise it and re-ballast as needed.  We need to raise it about 11 inches but we will not do a final surfacing of it.  Neither will we tamp it other than what we can do by hand.  I don't expect that area to be finish tamped on Saturday.  That will wait until the SWW.  Once that is done we will begin ballasting at the north end of the track that has been completely spiked and work south, excluding the section where the switch will go.  We will take spiking supplies and tools with us and between loads of stone we will spike the remaining 140 feet of track that didn't get spiked during the FWW.  Once it is spiked we can ballast it.  Ballasting north to south will allow the surfacing and tamping crew to work from north to south during the SWW and will allow them and the ballasting crew to work without interfering with each other during the SWW.  Of course, the amount of work we get done on Saturday will depend on how many folks show up.

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:41:19 AM »
The photo of the plow train shows more detail than I've seen in other repros of it.  That's why I am trying to find uncropped copies or the negatives so I can see all of the details in the photographs.  This phot that Philip posted shows the flanger (?) coupled behind 4.  I hadn't seen that in the other copies.

Speaking of BSR plows, I have heard that my mother's cousin has her father's BSR photos and there may be a photo of Plow #1 among them.  I'll be investigating that shortly.

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:34:54 AM »
Thank you, both!  Mike, I have a nice copy of that photo of 4.  Philip, yes, that is the photo I was talking about.  And no, I don't have a copy of the second photo which was taken by Hugh Boutelle, I believe, and that is wife standing next to 4.  I'd take you up on the offer of a copy and would pay for any copying expense.

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 30, 2019, 01:44:29 PM »
That's right James.  When I called them they said that they has some of the French collection cataloged but not all of it.  The photo I am looking for was not among those that have been so I need to make a trip up there sometime.

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 30, 2019, 11:26:14 AM »
Thanks, Duncan.  Right now I am on the trail of a couple of photos.  One shows BSR 4 in front of Perley's Mills Station and I have found out that the photographer was George French.  I tracked his daughter in law (who is still living!) to Parsonsfield and she said that all of his glass plates went to the State Archives so that will be a next stop.  I'd like to get a copy from the glass plate as they make very clear photos. 

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:56:19 AM »
My goal is to get copies of as many photos of BSR 4 as I can find.  I have a few and I'd like to have good quality copies of others I've seen.

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 30, 2019, 05:25:43 AM »
Thanks, Mike.  I have made two trips to the Bridgton Historical Society this year and didn't see the particular photo I am looking for but did find a photocopy of another photo that I am now pursuing in addition to the one I am looking for that was in Ed Mead's collection.  I don't remember the page number off the top of my head but the photo shows BSR 6 and BSR 4 double heading a plow train.

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 29, 2019, 05:33:35 AM »
Thank you all for the info!  I'm trying to track down a particular photo that was part of his collection and was reprinted in "Busted and Still Running" and "Two Feet to the Lakes" hoping to get a copy.  These leads will be helpful.

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 28, 2019, 02:36:10 PM »
Does anyone know what happened to Ed Mead's B&SR photo collection?  Was it donated to some organization and if so, which one?   Or is it still in the family? 

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