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Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:24:03 PM »
Alan is correct (as best as I understand it) - they are specifically implementing the "C&TS + Friends of the C&TS" model. It's kind of like the WW&F/W&Q relationship, too, I suppose.

That said, the EBT Foundation (new non-profit) specifically says on their web page:
Perhaps you’re fortunate enough to be able to make a larger contribution. We’d love to talk with you about opportunities to sponsor essential equipment — a new water system for the locomotives, for instance, or new passenger cars. Contact Lawrence Biemiller with your ideas!

So, if you want to be a "big donor", the EBT Foundation wants to hear from you. Us "day-to-day" supporters are encouraged to participate via the Friends of the EBT.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:44:19 AM »
I have just joined the Friends of the EBT, and hope many others do as well.

Same on both counts. I always intended on join, but this announcement made it a no-brainer.

The FEBT appears to share very the same camaraderie and passion that we have at the WW&F. If you have a chance, listen to Nick Ozorak's plea at the end of his most recent The Roundhouse podcast (an interview with the EBT's new GM, Brad Esposito) as he describes what being a part of the FEBT is like.

General Discussion / Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« on: February 17, 2020, 05:38:57 PM »
Let me clarify - *if* it ships via rail - it will be in pieces on flatcars (or other conventional equipment.) The frame has already been separated from the boiler.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 17, 2020, 02:44:08 PM »
The GOOD news is that this means that folks wanted to lay over at Top of the Mountain (SeaLyon Farm) for more than 90 minutes.

I was thinking that we may want to sell a few less seats for the "last" train of the day, if we want to keep using a 2-coach + 1-combine consist.
Or, we could always plan on taking the caboose back to Sheepscot for the last train (and conversely, delivering it in the morning.)

General Discussion / Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:48:37 PM »
It appears that they are still "weighing" their options on weather or not to send the boiler and other heavy components back to Sugar Creek by road or by rail.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:46:52 PM »
We had many good reviews and similar comments posted throughout Facebook and other social media sites. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

We did get dinged by a visitor who apparently did not read (or receive) the hand out regarding where to go for the sleigh rides. We also got dinged for overcrowding on the last train back from the farm - lessons learned for next time and future events at the farm.

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:50:08 AM »
Lots of details/discussion everywhere (FB, NGDF, RYPN, etc.) but here is the official press release:,file=61498,filename=EBT_News_Release_6_.pdf

Congratulations to everyone (including many friends/members of the WW&F) who made this day possible.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 11:56:40 AM »
Track/Bay 3 needs some work.

Track/Bays 2 and 1 (1 is closest to the bump out/photographer) are temporarily attached to the existing barn. Additional work in firming up these joints will come in the Spring after the ground thaws.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Building an Empire
« on: February 04, 2020, 07:27:58 PM »
Where did you find the O gauge tinplate Porter? I've always wanted one of those! :)

It's a K-Line product; they come up on eBay pretty regularly. Search for K-Line Porter and it will come up. The Raritan Copper Works road name is not common, but the prototype was 30" gauge, if I recall.

Not shown:
Lionel J&L Steel 0-6-0T switcher "Z"
Lionel 0-4-0T Dockside switcher 8209

(And a SP Daylight set, just because.)

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Building an Empire
« on: February 04, 2020, 03:53:26 PM »
I had to clean out a few things, and had the opportunity to line up the start of what may eventually be a tinplate/Lionel style model railroad.

I'm not sure where I draw my inspiration from...

Museum Discussion / Re: Date/Time on discussion forum
« on: February 04, 2020, 12:44:35 PM »
Hi All,

I think I found (and fixed) the issue. Note that this "fix" may have broken the time display for others.

If the time displayed at the top of the forum (under the No.9 logo and "Hello") is now incorrect then:
1. Click Profile (near the top of this page.)

2. Click "Look and Layout Preferences"  (under "Modify Profile" on the left hand side.)

3a. Change "Time Offset:" to 0  (assuming US Eastern Time.)
3b. Press "Auto Detect" to set the offset correctly for your time zone (if not US Eastern Time.)

4. Adjust the offset, if the time does not still match (or check that the date, time, and time zone are set properly on your computer.)

Museum Discussion / Re: Maine 2-Foot Grand Reunion >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: January 29, 2020, 10:50:59 AM »
Absolutely fantastic! Seeing the photos made all the hard work worthwhile. Outstanding.

That said, inquiring minds want to know... how did the heated socks work out?

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 29, 2020, 09:05:13 AM »
Another Steam & Sleighs, just on Saturday, to make up for the Sunday 1/26 storm day

Note: Trains on 2/1 are NOT a full "Steam and Sleighs" experience (no snow, no winter activities, no layover at SeaLyon farm.)
Trains will only run at 10:30am and 12:00pm, to ToM and return. No 1:30pm or 3:00pm trip.
Brakeman wanted.

Also, Mike Fox is planning on delivering Prebles station to ToM via rail at 8am. Help for that run/project would be appreciated.

Volunteers / Re: January 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 24, 2020, 07:41:05 PM »
Do we have any way of knowing where our guests are coming from? Presumably local but who knows.

There is a simple breakdown BY STATE for a demographics report. While not super-useful, it does give some insight. Here's the breakdown for all "Steam and Sleighs 2020" passengers:
Maine   453
Massachusetts   13
Florida   5
Connecticut   4
New Hampshire   3
New York   2
Texas   2

It would take some work to get statistics on the Maine data, but it is interesting how many are coming from out-of-state. I assume some are folks with local ties who happening to be visiting from Florida, Texas, etc. No one in their right mind would want to move from Texas to Maine, for example.

Volunteers / Re: January 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 24, 2020, 04:30:29 PM »
Sunday 1/26 Steam and Sleighs was cancelled due to the predicted rain. This would create unsafe conditions for the horses. (Slush/Mud is not suitable for sleigh or wagon rides.)

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