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Messages - Dana Deering

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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.

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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.

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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!



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Original Railway / Re: New FS&K Roadbed Locations Discovered Today
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:46:58 PM »
That's funny.  I was reading about the Maine Midland while eating breakfast this morning.  It seems Atwood was determined, for a time, to connect Farmington Falls with either a standard gauge connection or a port.  He had stared a pulp mill there and perhaps that was his goal, to connect his business enterprises to the outside world via rail, who knows?  When the Farmington connection failed he moved to the Waterville and Wiscasset and tried to work from the other direction.  What I found interesting was that some rail was laid "at various points" between Farmington and New Sharon, which was later taken up by a Franklin Construction Co crew and taken somewhere.  The sources I've read aren't sure just where.  It would be interesting to see if any spikes could be found on the old FS&K ROW to verify where some rail was actually laid.  There are many questions still unanswered and I am hoping that the newly found documents will provide some answers.

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Original Railway / Re: New FS&K Roadbed Locations Discovered Today
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:53:11 AM »
Hey Everyone,

   The FS&K has always been right up there on my two footer favorites list.  I was at Sheepscot over the Spring Work Weekend and had an all too brief chance to look at some of the FS&K related material that the museum recently acquired.  In the short time I got to read some of it I realized what a treasure trove of info we now have and combined with the what other guys on this discussion have discovered, it all points to a very fascinating story still waiting to be told, that never has been completely told.  I hope this discussion continues and jells into some kind of (book?) project to put it together and get the story out.
     I'll bet that somewhere in that New Sharon/Farmington Falls area there are more FS&K construction photos waiting to see the light of day, too.  Please, let's keep this going!

Dana


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Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 31, 2016, 08:32:11 AM »
Before I forget, I also want to thank the crew that got the ties laid out on Friday.  You made Saturday's work go a lot faster.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 30, 2016, 01:10:18 PM »
Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up for yesterday's Mill Siding Mud Wallow.  We may have had feet of clay that slowed us down but that didn't stop us.  The 60 lb. rails we used yesterday were 28 footers so we laid 140 feet of track.  It was a good day's work.  Yes, we will be adding to the mill siding some time in the future.

Nice photos!

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Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 28, 2016, 04:24:34 PM »
It looks like we will have a weather window on Saturday so I say we go for it and get the siding started.  See you in the morning.  Bring your boots and rain gear!

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General Discussion / All Female Steam Loco Crew
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:57:37 PM »
I watched a YouTube video of Little River Railroad's neat little Baldwin #110 hauling the LRRR Quincy Flyer out of Coldwater, MI and was surprised to see an all female engine crew.  I thought it was pretty cool.  Anyone know of any other railroads that have women on their steam crews?  Seems rare. 

#110 is the smallest (58 tons) 4-6-2 that Baldwin ever built for standard gauge, so I've read.  It has an interesting history.

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