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Messages - Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 04, 2021, 10:55:26 PM »
I really don't see a competition with other museums and attractions as we are all in the same business.  The main goal of our page, (and it's a team effort) is to present news and information about the WW&F.  With dedication and consistency we keep people interested in the work we are doing in rail preservation.  Railfans and historians want a classic Maine Two-Foot experience.  Families want entertainment along with  education for the kids. Our page provides a look at the railroad that hopefully interests people from both groups. 

The Facebook team's aim is for viewers to (1) get interested in the WW&F, (2) visit the museum, (3) become members and (4) support our projects with volunteer time and/or donations.

The weekly posts cover three general topics:  News, Project updates & Upcoming events.
There are many people who make this happen and the team should get the credit.
Thanks everyone!

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 03, 2021, 10:40:44 PM »
We finished 2020 on a high note -
 
Our page is now followed by over 12,600 people.
In the last 30 days our posts have been seen by 101,159 viewers. One update containing shop news was seen by 34,637 people.

This is a big plus for the museum, we will continue with more quality news, photos and event posts in 2021.

Thanks everyone!

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Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 01, 2021, 03:07:47 PM »
Work completed Friday, January 1st -

* Alna Center - Fred led a crew of 5 volunteers in cleaning up around the pavilion construction site.
* Gift Shop - Merchandise pulled for mail orders and supplies checked for Saturday's store operation.
* Machine Shop - Alan was working on things that need oil.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2020 Work Reports
« on: December 20, 2020, 10:56:16 AM »
Also on Saturday -
Two volunteers working for the archive committee traveled to Brunswick to retrieve a 117 year old notice poster. The notice, printed in 1903 advises of a new state law regarding people loitering around railway depots and cars as well as steamship docks.  The notice had a tag with "WSC" which is an abbreviation for Wiscasset so the framed notice probably came from the Maine Central station, WW&F depot or the steamship station down by the rail/sail transfer pier.  It's an interesting find and nice addition to the WW&F archives. 

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: November 29, 2020, 03:12:11 PM »
Thanks to everyone who promotes, discusses or brags about the museum.  The newsletter (on-line & hard copy), website and FB page have been  good outlets for WW&F news during this difficult year. 

Special thanks to our FB followers, November has been a good month with our news posts reaching 76,033 people.

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Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 28, 2020, 07:19:52 PM »
With the window casing and trim installed, the shingles on the north / turntable side were finished today.  The next step will be to prime and finish paint the window sashes which will happen in a couple of days after the glazing sets up.  The sashes should be in place and the hardware installed by mid-week.

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Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 25, 2020, 12:45:23 PM »
A phase converter could provide 3 phase to the shop.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: November 22, 2020, 10:36:20 PM »
There's one switch lamp that won't need a nameplate. The first Dressel that was restored for WW&F use in 1999 has a WW&F Railway plate on the lens door.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: November 22, 2020, 05:15:09 PM »
Thanks for the update, John. 
Nothing wrong with having a Rutland switch lamp, Rutland stuff has solid value in New England.  The first switch lamp tested at the WW&F was a Peter Gray / Rutland - set on the original WW&F switch at the water tank.  That was 22 years ago and we waited until it got dark to see how far the red & green aspects could be seen down the track.   

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Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 22, 2020, 03:54:28 PM »

Congrats, Stewart.   Does anything else need to be done to the exterior of the building?

Jeff S.
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The front / turntable side has to be shingled.  This will be done after the window is installed. 

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Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 21, 2020, 05:18:28 PM »
Since this post, the west side has been completed.

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Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 19, 2020, 08:48:41 AM »
Wow, glad I didn't mention that the snow braces were installed this week.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2020 Work Reports
« on: November 18, 2020, 02:57:46 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday, November 21st.

* Special trains - the Sandy River Special trains will run at 11 am,  1 pm and possibly 3 pm if enough tickets are sold.
* Event pavilion - work will continue on bracing and trim.
* Boxcar 56 - removing rotten wood.
* Power house - shingles & window installation.

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Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 17, 2020, 04:54:21 PM »
The east end and south side have been shingled, the west wall was started this afternoon. 

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Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 13, 2020, 04:15:39 PM »
Size wise, how does it compare to Sheepscot station?

Jeff S.

It's smaller than the depot.

Today - Friday, 11/13:
* The door was installed.
* More tar paper and shingles were put on the east end before rain stopped work.
There are a couple of pics on FB.

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