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Moderator Announcements / Board Reorganization
« on: September 18, 2020, 06:11:21 PM »
There has been a slight reorganization of the structure of the Discussion forum. Most viewers will simply see that the "original" WW&F section has been combined with a reformatted category covering the Maine Two Footers. Post-1989 operations of the WW&F, museum discussion, etc., retains its own section for volunteers, museum-related discussions, etc.

Those who serve on various committees, will see that their (private) discussions are now grouped into a category - which should help keep things nice and tidy.

-Ed

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Museum Discussion / Re: WMTW visits WW&F
« on: September 17, 2020, 08:37:25 AM »
At least one upcoming group (who chartered the caboose for a Pumpkin Pickin' Train) heard about us because of this segment.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2020
« on: September 16, 2020, 07:48:38 PM »



Dear Members and Friends of the WW&F:

Every Work Weekend at the WW&F is like a family reunion to all of us. Folks come from near and far, to celebrate, laugh, reminisce, dine, and hang out together - all while accomplishing the various work that needs to be done on our beloved railroad. Like any great family gathering, we are comfortable and open with each other - while working (sweating) and playing in close proximity. It is a joyous occasion that we all look forward to.

Our bi-annual Work Weekends are not unlike a wedding that occurred in Millinocket just a few weeks ago - a celebratory gathering of family and friends who all came to an isolated Maine resort to share a joyous occasion. As you may have heard, this has since turned to sorrow, as seven people have now died from the Coronavirus spread amongst those who gathered that day.

In light of that incident, it is with deep regret that the WW&F Board of Directors decided that in the best interest of all of us, the Fall 2020 Work Weekend is cancelled.

Various options were considered, including "socially distant" crews working on isolated tasks - much like what occurs now amongst the handful of volunteers that congregate on regular workdays. However, with the date of the Fall Work Weekend fast approaching, coupled with limited travel and lodging options, it was determined that such a plan would be impossible to develop and execute in the coming weeks. Moreover, public train service is scheduled on Saturday of the Work Weekend - and the possibility of foreign work crews intermingling with passengers (who are limited in number and must adhere to our COVID-19 safety policy) produces too high of a risk that our joyous event could also turn tragic.

For Spring 2021 - should precautions still be necessary - advance sign ups for specific dates and crews may be required. All participants will be required to adhere to any state-issued mandates regarding mask use, travel restrictions, lodging, quarantining, and the like. It is also probable that lodging in the attic of the Percival House, on-site camping, etc., will be tightly regulated. Meal preparation and distribution (arguably one of the highlights of the weekend) will have to be rethought. Finally, there will be no public train service during the Spring 2021 Work Weekend.

Until the Millinocket spreader event occured, it had been our intent to hold the Fall Work Weekend in some way, shape, or form. We apologize for the last minute notice; our intent is to joyously welcome all of us back to Sheepscot in 2021.

On a similar note, the WW&F Board of Directors have also cancelled the 2020 Victorian Christmas; look for revamped Christmas-themed trains and gatherings in 2021. Likewise, the WW&F has opted out of participating in the January 2021 Amherst Railway Society railroad hobby show in Springfield Mass. While we are saddened that we will not be able to see our friends at these events, we look forward to the day that we can gather together once more.

Sincerely,

David J. Buczkowski, President
On behalf of the WW&F Board of Directors and leadership team

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 16, 2020, 07:08:49 PM »
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Our brakemen will no longer have to fight the stub switch.


THANK YOU!!


(On behalf of ALL the train crew; not just brakemen - as that switch often required assistance from the entire train's crew.)

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 16, 2020, 09:06:26 AM »
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Sept. 19th:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - (SOLD OUT)
11:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Still Available. - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available. - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available.
5:00pm: Picnic Dinner Train to AC featuring Steve P. on Saxophone. Tickets Available.
7:00pm: Campfire & Stargazing Train. 1 Ticket Available. - (SOLD OUT)

Extra assistance may be needed for the 5pm and 7pm trains - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.

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Museum Discussion / Re: WMTW visits WW&F
« on: September 15, 2020, 09:59:33 AM »
Yeah, I chuckled at that too.

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Volunteers / Re: Astronomer(s) Needed
« on: September 14, 2020, 05:57:37 PM »
This event had been branded as "self guided stargazing". Passengers are encouraged to bring binoculars, etc. There is no weather/conditions-cancellation clause.

We thought it would be nice if we had a guide present, not to provide equipment, etc., but simply to be available to answer simple questions such as "what's that star?", and "why is that 'blinky star' moving and look like it is getting closer?"

If successful (and going by pre-sales, I suspect it will be) we will certainly consider expanding this offering in 2021.

That is kind of the point of what we have been trying to offer this year - something different and experiment to see what we might be able to learn during these most-unusual circumstances.

That all said, one of our regular volunteers, Capt. J.B. Smith has agreed to host the event.

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Because someone has to say it....

We need a way to keep our Brians straight.

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Volunteers / Astronomer(s) Needed
« on: September 11, 2020, 07:53:41 PM »
Hi Everyone,

If you, or someone you know, has any experience/interest in Astronomy, and would like to help us at a Campfire/Stargazing train on Saturday, 9/19, please message me or email ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org.

Thanks,

-Ed

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: September 11, 2020, 11:14:23 AM »
The September/October 2020 issue of the WW&F Newsletter is now posted in the Newsletters section of the forum. It will be emailed (and mailed) to members shortly. It includes coverage of the opening of the (belated) 2020 season, the effort to Build locomotive 11, the project to construct coach 9. and the Mason's wreck - which occurred exactly 115 years ago tomorrow.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 10, 2020, 05:53:19 PM »
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Anticipated work for Saturday Sept. 12:
* Potential continuing switch replacement at Top of Mountain

Is track work on 9/12 a definite or still a maybe?

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 10, 2020, 05:33:39 PM »
Actually, as of late, the stubs were difficult to move in any weather, as the rails were not sliding under the catch plates without considerable effort that may have included jumping/kicking, striking the rail with a blunt object, use of one or more joint bars, a bucket or two of water, and/or the recitation of curse words.

On behalf of the train crews, we are all very thankful this work is underway.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 05, 2020, 10:51:10 PM »
All trains were nearly sold out (just a few spots on the 5p picnic dinner train.)

Perfect weather and lots of very happy passengers. Thanks to everyone who helped out to make it a successful day.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 04, 2020, 05:45:14 PM »
[I think James forgot to post this]

Anticipated work for Saturday Sept. 5:

* Train operations (see above)
* Pavilion
* Vehicle repair
* Coach 9

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 04, 2020, 05:42:02 PM »
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Sept. 5th:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Annulled, in part, due to lack of crew
11:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available.
3:00pm: Ice Cream Eggspress to ToM and return. Ice Cream and Egg Hunt at AC. Tickets Available.
5:00pm: Picnic Dinner Train to AC with Jud Caswell. Tickets Available.
7:00pm: Campfire Train to AC with Jud Caswell. Tickets Available. SOLD OUT

Assistance always needed crewing trains - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.

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