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Messages - John Kokas

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Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 19, 2019, 02:14:46 AM »
Let me get this straight.  10% of annual ridership in just 3 days?  I think we need to explore ways to increase this program next winter.  Maple sugaring maybe?  What could we do if we have the pavilion up in Alna Center?  Great Job Steve and Crew -  :)

Oh! Now that was good Ed!  If I can't find a torpedo can I just bring up a few pounds of Tannerite?  It'll be a blast...….  8)

As an Admiral once said; " Damn the torpedoes - Full steam ahead!"

Maybe what we should do is to start saying that this or that is impossible and can't be done.  It seems when enough people become naysayers,  this group (WW&F) become the rebel non-conformists and get the "impossible" done.  Must be that Yankee independence and stubbornness.  Given time, things change enough for the impossible to become very possible.  Just ask Harry......

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:55:44 PM »
Well I certainly hope it's Pennsylvania anthracite!  If needed I'm sure I can work with Wayne and find a pallet of bagged nut coal to come up on the truck for SWW.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:43:06 PM »
I'd say burn the wood.  We have lots of it and more to take down on the mountain extension.  That and the always present blowdowns and storm damage should keep us stocked.  I assume we are going to bring loads of wood down to Sheepscot to cut up and split during SWW.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:28:00 AM »
That is one cool photo.  Should be next year's calendar.

Bernie has a good point, how much do we gain from Rt. 218 to Head Tide?  Not really that much but a ton of expense.  If the property situation at Head Tide were to change then now it sounds more practical.  Going south solves a couple of operational issues with run-arounds and we own all the way to the Wiscasset town line.  The real driver becomes getting to Wiscasset - especially if the Amtrak Downeaster becomes a reality.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 08, 2019, 07:28:26 PM »

Museum Discussion / Re: Map of WW&F Museum
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:53:40 AM »
I think the happy median will be for more mechanization to support MOW work during the weekdays but still save the "old fashioned" hand labor work for the work weekends.  It may not be as efficient, but I think the enjoyment for everyone is being out together and the jovial ribbing and jokes that naturally come with the job.

On a side note, I believe we have a couple of members who hail from the land down under.  Since they have the largest 2' rail network in the world, it would probably help to inquire what the major lines use for MOW equipment and who might have used equipment for sale.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 06, 2019, 12:17:21 AM »
I hope someone has been documenting all the utilities before they get buried with rock-wool.  Nasty when those nails and screws get driven into an electric line.   :-[

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:54:12 PM »
Does Zack have builder's drawings to go by with his restoration work?  I wish we could do a restoration video series with him - his woodworking is more art than just measure and cut.

Work and Events / Re: Monson no. 3 at Spring Work Weekend
« on: January 30, 2019, 02:16:50 PM »
Would be neat to have the SD Warren engine make a guest appearance on the line for a photographers special.  I'm sure we can recreate some log cars out of our flats. 

General Discussion / Re: National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 27, 2019, 09:39:04 PM »
I met John years ago in Chama after getting off the train from Antonito.  Got a special tour of the enginehouse and shop.  What a delight he was and his enthusiasm is infectious. 

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 26, 2019, 11:56:41 PM »
Maybe we should look at some large boulders and core stone on the upstream side to help mitigate ice damage.

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