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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 15, 2018, 12:59:00 AM »
Thanks Bill for sharing that video. It's great!

If you haven't already, be sure to follow our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WWFRailway

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 06:46:37 PM »
I think we're saying the same thing in different ways, Ed.

Yes, of course we are. However, so many other organizations (and the occasional curmudgeon) forget what our youth can offer today. Every time I hear someone bemoan the Millennial generation, and how they just don't care about preservation, I wonder that the core problem of not engaging others (regardless of age or ability) is being missed.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 06:04:51 PM »
[topic drift]

I'm going to make a radical statement.

Bryce, Dan and others in the teenage crowd are NOT the future face of the WW&F museum, nor of railroad preservation.

...

They are the CURRENT face of the WW&F and of railroad preservation.  Bryce and Dan (and Carlos, and others I haven't worked along side yet) are just as much a part of today's WW&F as Fred, or Zack, or even Jason. They just get the benefit of seeing this project for the next 60-plus years, once us older folk will be long gone and largely forgotten.

While I may be stating the obvious, I think that is what makes the WW&F special. Instead of discouraging new or younger volunteers, we add them into the family and try to guide them as best we can. And that is what bodes so well for the long-term survival of the WW&F. I pray that we never lose sight of that.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:22:31 PM »
There are several videos posted on the WW&F YouTube channel. Check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/c/WWFRailway

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:36:34 PM »
Perhaps next time someone with a camera is at the north end of track, a photo looking north toward Trout Brook could be taken.

There have been a couple of photos posted on Facebook. I hope the photographers don't mind my sharing them here. The one with no one in it was taken by Russ Nelson. The one with Russ Nelson in it (and Dana) was taken by Galo Hernandez.
 

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:41:26 AM »
I appreciated Jeff's willingness to help dispatch Saturday, while he went solo over the rest of the weekend. I did it by myself all weekend last Fall, and it was great to have someone to help when needed, chaos ensues, etc., and then to chat during the calms between the storms.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:09:40 PM »
(and fellow dispatcher, Ed.   ;) )

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:35:50 PM »
I apologize that I misread some of the preceding posts. If I had been more careful, I would have moderated this topic a bit more closely.

The "modern-day" WW&F has always used historically accurate and safe techniques for all of its tasks, whenever possible. When such techniques are not practical (hand tamping stone ballast) or safe/permitted (lap-seam boilers) modern methods are used. Moreover, as the railroad has grown, we have had to make some adjustments, some due to efficiency, some because we now have resources. These changes are always well-thought out by the folks closest to the situation, and after much debate and information gathering.

The latest example of this is the rail crane. Over time, I can envision other automated machinery, including even a spiking machine.

Meanwhile the fun is in the building. And I am looking forward to being trackside tomorrow.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 02:40:31 PM »
The first photo of this morning's work has appeared on Facebook. Credit to El Presidente, David Buczkowski.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:56:47 PM »
Dana had a BIG "odometer flip" birthday on Saturday, Sept 29th. He spent it at the WW&F trying not to make a big deal about it.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:03:29 PM »
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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.

Well said. Amen. (And happy birthday.)

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 04, 2018, 02:56:56 PM »
This just in...
5900 Followers on Facebook! Whoohoo!

I am convinced that these efforts have had a direct and measurable impact on our overall ridership and promotion of special events. Great job team WW&F!

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: October 04, 2018, 02:30:39 PM »
September/October 2018 is now published. Lots of great photos and amazing news on our Fall Fundraiser....

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Work and Events / Re: September 29th Fall Festival and Evening Train
« on: October 03, 2018, 02:38:03 AM »
As of today the number of people following our Facebook page is 5,849

Now at 5,870 ... but who's counting?

Note that this is up from 4500 on July 24, 2017. In just over a year we've added over 1300 new followers! Congratulations to Stewart, Cindy and the rest of the Facebook/Social Media/Marketing team. I think the success of the Moonlight train, Fall Festival, and other events are directly tied to these efforts.


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Work and Events / Re: September 29th Fall Festival and Evening Train
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:27:56 PM »
When I am Conductor (as I was at Fall Festival and Evening Moonlight), during the ride segment from Alna Center to Sheepscot, I always invite all passengers...

"If you like what we do at the WW&F, please like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and other social media platforms. And, please, write nice things about us on the Internet on places like Yelp and TripAdvisor. This is how YOU can share the story of the treasure of a railroad we have in the Sheepscot Valley, help us to rebuild Maine history, and keep alive the railroad with Big Dreams and Little Wheels."

(I use "Big Dreams and Little Wheels" as a tag line during my standard history talks during the trip and TOM layover. Sometimes I will also reference to keep alive the dream of the little boy or girl inside of us - calling back to the story of Harry, etc.)

I know that we have gotten more than a few reviews thanks to this personal invitation.

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