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Work and Events / Re: Moving passenger cars from MNGRR to WWFRY
« on: July 18, 2019, 04:25:22 PM »
It is the long-standing support from many individuals who have contributed their time and treasure to these organizations, no matter the cost or outlook, that have made this collaboration, exhibition and outcome possible. To these folks, we owe a great deal of gratitude.

I hope that those who have offered criticism in the past will embrace this opportunity to help preserve Maine history, and keep it in motion.

Work and Events / Re: Moving passenger cars from MNGRR to WWFRY
« on: July 18, 2019, 03:19:23 PM »
Are there going to be more moves to the WW&F?

Yes. This is just the beginning - but is of all the full-length coaches. The remaining moves will not require the trailer extension, which is cumbersome to add/remove to the ML&MW trailer.

Some of the equipment is going to ML&MW for storage/rehabilitation. Much will remain on the Sheepscot campus for outdoor display - including B&SR locomotive #8.

Work and Events / Re: Moving passenger cars from MNGRR to WWFRY
« on: July 18, 2019, 02:24:55 PM »
Regarding the building in Portland where the cars had been stored--is that property being repurposed for some other use?  I assume that building was leased and not owned by MNGRR.

Yes, the former Portland Company complex is being redeveloped. The most historic buildings (including the one that MNG was leasing for their exhibits and offices) are being repurposed, rehabilitated and incorporated into the new mixed-use development and marina. MNG has secured a long-term lease on the railroad right-of-way, and will be continuing (and expanding) their offerings along the Portland waterfront.

Work and Events / Re: Moving passenger cars from MNGRR to WWFRY
« on: July 18, 2019, 01:59:51 PM »
What is the lever for on the rear platform?

This one I know. It is the remnants of the Miller Coupler:

These were used on the SR&RL (and WW&F) during the transition from Link and Pin to Janney couplers. The platforms on WW&F coach 3 has similar remnants, but the lever itself has been removed.

Due to the high temperatures expected, this weekend's "Rock the Mountain" ballasting event has been cancelled.

Volunteers are still welcome Saturday to work in the Sheepscot yard where there is shade and easy access to water and other beverages. Exact work will be determined shortly.

Those who are steam-crew qualified are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to help rotate folks in and out of the cab during the day. If the heat is unbearable, 52 will be used for some of the afternoon passenger runs.

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: July 17, 2019, 03:39:52 PM »
Our special "30th Anniversary" issue of the Newsletter is now posted! Congratulations to Bill Reidy for putting this special edition together - and James Patten for the extensive history of our organization.

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Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 10, 2019, 05:10:56 PM »
Generally, yes, we cut off the end that was in the ground. We also inspect the tie for damage, etc., and those deemed unsuitable are set aside.

Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:11:20 AM »
Feedback left 7/7/19:
WWF RR is a wonderful piece of history, educational for all ages, with a volunteer staff who whole-heartedly give of themselves to maintain and share the joy of maintaining this Maine treasure.

Volunteers / Re: Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: July 05, 2019, 01:26:05 AM »
The revolution against the tyrannical standard gauge was celebrated at Sheepscot today. Some saplings were cut near the oil house and tool shed/section house. The large bush growing south of Davis, and the trees growing out into Eastman Lake have also been removed. It was too hot to do much else.

There are still a good number of saplings growing on the West side between Eastman Lake and Sutter's Crossing. Hopefully someone can take the lead to get those taken care of before they become trees.

Meanwhile, Dwight has also been doing some limited cutting. Thanks Dwight!!

Volunteers / Re: Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:44:03 PM »
Day 3 report:
It was deemed more important operationally to get the switch at TOM working correctly, so no cutting was done. The good news is that the crossover switch is now much easier to throw.

Day 4, July 4th:
I will be around Sheepscot and would like to tackle a clump of saplings between the turtle pond and Sutter's Crossing. There is also a good size bush south of Brook Crossing (Davis Curve) that needs to be removed as it is obstructing sight lines. Email me or post here if you want to celebrate our independence from the evil standard gauge.

Volunteers / Re: July 2019 Work Planning
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:38:17 PM »
TOM crossover switch was raised, leveled and tamped. Switch now throws freely. (And the train crews rejoiced.)

We also welcomed a new volunteer, Larry, a retired physician who visited us for the first time on Saturday. He was greatly impressed, eager to learn, and will be back. He is summering in the Boothbay area.

No cutting was done today.

Tomorrow, July 4th, I will be hanging out at Sheepscot if anyone wants to swing by and do some cutting.

Volunteers / Re: Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: July 02, 2019, 09:38:04 PM »
Day 2 Report:
Crew size doubled with the addition of Bill Reidy.

In the morning, we cut all around Brian's Maine Locomotive and Machine Works, removing a small forest of saplings and clearing sight lines at the crossing. Brian's pumpkin vine was left undisturbed.

In the afternoon we tackled Trask's crossing. Halfway through that effort, one of the trimmers would not start, so manual loppers were used to remove the saplings.

Tomorrow, we may tackle areas near Top of the Mountain.

Tic count - One on a person. One was spotted walking the railhead. Clearly, they are attracted to the narrow gauge.

Volunteers / Re: Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: July 01, 2019, 11:32:23 PM »
I took James' advice and treated most of my "RR clothes" with Pemetherin. I also doused myself with picaridin and deet...

I only picked off one tic.

I have the picaridin spray with me if anyone needs it this week.

Volunteers / Re: Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: July 01, 2019, 10:40:26 PM »
Work report, day 1:
Fred had all the trimmers ready to go.

I ended up by myself, and cut all the saplings growing near the ROW along Albee's field. In the early evening I cut the saplings growing around Davis curve and the turtle pond.

I'm here tomorrow, Wednesday, AND Thursday July 4th. All are welcome to cut in on the fun.

Volunteers / Re: Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: June 28, 2019, 10:20:09 PM »
Hi Bill,

I'm most concerned about areas near Sheepscot Mills/ML&M and Davis Curve. There are others.

There is a chance that I will not be heading up on Sunday 6/30, but will definitely be there on Monday 7/1 - Wednesday 7/3 to lead crews each day.


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