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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Boothbay Railway Village / Re: Restoration of SD Warren #2
« on: August 19, 2018, 11:11:31 PM »
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I don't know if they needed a new boiler or not.

Yes, SD Warren #2 got a new boiler.

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Boothbay Railway Village / Re: Restoration of SD Warren #2
« on: August 19, 2018, 08:38:20 PM »
My understanding (based on something I recall reading somewhere) was that the whistle on the locomotive was from one of the Maine two-footers, and saved by the same gentleman who saved the two S.D. Warren engines and got them to Boothbay Railway Village. His daughter later provided the whistle, which S.D. Warren #2 now wears in that person's memory.

(Hopefully someone else can fill in the details.)

In that light, I think it is highly appropriate that the locomotive carry that whistle (although, admittedly, I have yet to see/hear it myself.)

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 09, 2018, 03:56:03 PM »
If the bridge goes in and Marty does not move from his/her spot, we have materially accomplished the whole goal of the permitting and design process - to erect the bridge in an environmentally-sensitive area without disturbing the natural habitat.

There is also a frog that likes to hang out in the area right in the centerline in the steam bed. We've called him "Datum Frog." I think he will appreciate the shade of the new bridge too.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:13:58 PM »
HELP NEEDED THIS WEEK!

Tuesday 8/7 and Wednesday 8/8 are bridge work days. There are PILES of tasks to be completed. Get out of your CRIB and come help us. This will be a major work effort at the bridge site and many hands will be needed to keep the project on schedule and moving forward. No RSVP required, APPROACH dressed in work clothes, boots, and gloves. Work will begin at 9am.

This is just the beginning of the big push to set the bridge in-place before the work window expires this Fall. Other opportunities to help will be announced when they are finalized.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:12:06 PM »
HELP NEEDED THIS WEEK!

Tuesday 8/7 and Wednesday 8/8 are bridge work days. There are PILES of tasks to be completed. Get out of your CRIB and come help us. This will be a major work effort at the bridge site and many hands will be needed to keep the project on schedule and moving forward. No RSVP required, APPROACH dressed in work clothes, boots, and gloves. Work will begin at 9am.

This is just the beginning of the big push to set the bridge in-place before the work window expires this Fall. Other opportunities to help will be announced when they are finalized.

In addition, there will be prep work for the Annual Picnic occuring on Friday, 8/10. Additional help (especially a switching train crew) would be greatly appreciated.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:35:37 PM »
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The museum is already seeing a Year-over-year reduction in labor.
I do not believe that to be true. The number of volunteers and volunteer hours increase every year. The one exception was Steve and Annie's wedding - where every guest was logged as a volunteer for the day.

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There is a reason why the temporary bridge is designed for a second life in MOW service for laying rail.
Yes. Several actually. None having to do with the number of volunteers or their capabilities.

Alex, will you be able to join us for the Fall Work Weekend?

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:44:05 PM »
July/August is now published! Lots of good photos and information about upcoming events.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:43:38 PM »
[topic drift; I feel a split coming soon]

My understanding is that the lyrics to "The Sheepscot Narrow Gauge" were written to be sung to a popular folk melody of the time. Bud Caswell? who sings at some of our events had a thought as to what the melody may have been, but wasn't sure, because the chorus didn't quite line up right.

If we could confirm the melody, I could EASILY produce a modern-day sheet music edition.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
« on: July 30, 2018, 10:10:13 AM »
At the concert, I took a quick poll to see who had visited us previously. The vast majority had not. So this was certainly a good way to make new friends and followers.

Could we put out a small washboard sign the week of the concert at the intersection of Cross/218 with something simple like CONCERT SAT. 5PM ? While a sign on rte 1 would be ideal, even increasing our exposure within Alna would be helpful in promoting special events.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 06:42:45 PM »
Mike asked me to post this drawing which shows the curves from the current End-of-Track through the "Pinch Point" (Location 6).

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Original Railway / Re: Coopers Mills Dam
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:29:43 PM »
The Coopers Mill Dam is being removed:
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/07/19/work-starts-on-removal-of-200-year-old-dam-on-sheepscot-river/

Note that the removal of the Head Tide Dam is also being discussed.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:17:18 PM »
Marty the Mouse Trout! I like it!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2018, 02:25:57 AM »
Jason asked me to post this drawing illustrating the current plans for the bridge site.

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Volunteers / Re: July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:20:45 PM »
Volunteers will be needed and welcome Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays every day this summer. Note that lunch is not provided on weekdays. Other "critical" work days will be posted when they are determined.

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