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Museum Discussion / Re: 2018 Spring Work Weekend accommodations
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:11:33 PM »
There are a few options on "AirBnB".
For the FWW, I stayed with a family in Wiscasset, right on 27 about 5 miles from the railroad. They have two rooms (front to back) one with a single bed, one with a double. They do have two young boys, but if you can deal with that, it's a place to stay for ~$70/night.

Judy Fossel also rents her converted barn on AirBnB. It appears that it would require a larger group to go in on it together.

There are a few on Facebook. Here's one:

Museum Discussion / Re: Ultimate Railfan Weekend?
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:14:41 PM »
I would enjoy a repeat of that tour, but in the late fall or early spring where the ROW is not so hidden by the trees. (I understand it was hot that day.) I would also like to see a tour of the local layouts that feature the WW&F and/or other Maine Two-Footers. Ideally, both would be on days that do not interfere with museum operations.

Museum Discussion / Re: Ultimate Railfan Weekend?
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:07:18 PM »
Why yes.
He Who Must Not Be Named wrote the book, complete with photos and maps. It is available in our gift shop (online and in-person).

I do remember reading somewhere that the most track built in a day was around a half mile.

Challenge accepted.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:19:01 PM »
Well, here's the thread on Vic's departure...,1101.msg7273.html

Jeff, since you knew him so well, and spoke so eloquently on Saturday, please feel free to add in the details.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:45:28 AM »
All of the wood timbers were replaced.
I believe that most (if not all) of the steel rods, castings, bolts, etc. were saved, reconditioned, and repaired.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:21:15 AM »
Work on Sunday:

* 3 fabulous meals by the kitchen crew.

* Ramp to front door of Percival house completed. Needs grading to interface with parking lot.

* Flanging for #10's boiler (backhead) progressed.

* Major cleanup of shop building; storage container is full-ly organized.

* Rain did not stop track crew from completing the mill siding. Mainline rails now extend over the new culvert. Track is in service (tamped, lined, dressed) down most of the grade to just south of the culvert.

* After several days of effort, the Sheepscot Station clock is serviceable. The dispatcher greatly appreciated having it working again.

* Work on photo cataloging in the Archives.

* Much electrical work seemed to occur. I noticed many new outlets in the rebuilt sections of bays 2&3 in the shop.

* Steam crew went above and beyond the call of duty by rescuing #52 so a wet and hungry track crew could get some lunch; then stayed on duty in case another rescue was needed at the end of an extra long work day. In the meanwhile they did a bunch of switching and put boxcar 67 in bay 2 to continue its restoration.

(Someone more knowledgeable can fill in on 52's issue.)

* Phone box at TOM was removed for off-site servicing.

If I missed something feel free to add/correct.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 08, 2017, 01:43:07 AM »
The shipping storage container was painted a camouflage green so that it would be less noticeable from the train.

Work was done on #10's new headlight.

#9's smokebox got a new coat of graphite.

On Friday the work to connect the bay 2 track included a fair amount of archaeology to remove cribbing that was buried there.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:12:20 AM »
How did old Ditch Which (DW) run?
It didn't... yet.

Work and Events / Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Projects
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:46:22 PM »
Coverage has begun in the local newspaper -

Nice job to Steve and crew for getting this published. If we gain just one new volunteer, that will be worth it.

Volunteers / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:41:03 AM »
Hi Bob,

Alex is referring to the footer that will be part of each of the story postings - starting next week. Each week will be a different "episode" in the chronicles of the Bridge's history, along with that of the WW&F. I have seen it already and it will be very interesting and engaging. More importantly, it's designed to be shared with enthusiasts beyond our railroad - with the goal of raising awareness and funds.

Find me at the Fall Work Weekend and I'll give you more details if you wish.


Volunteers / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:24:41 PM »
There is credit given to the NSPCB at the footer of each episode. The details of their part of the project will be covered as the story unfolds.  We've even uncovered additional interesting connections.

Volunteers / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 01, 2017, 10:52:22 PM »
Tonight we start an exciting new idea in our social media presentation. One of our newest volunteers has written an engaging series of stories about the bridge project - it's origins, history, and reconstruction. It is part of our "Narrow Bridge Ahead" campaign to raise money for the placement of the bridge.

The first "introduction" posting is on tonight's Facebook page, and the series will run on Sundays for the next several weeks.

Please "like" it, and (more importantly) share it with your Facebook friends and like-minded enthusiasts. We want to get the word out about our exciting project and give everyone the opportunity to partner with us as we cross Trout Brook with a historic boxed pony truss bridge.

Reminder, our official Facebook Page is:

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:38:04 PM »
Sept/Oct 2017 is posted!

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