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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 19, 2017, 01:19:07 PM »
NEWS VIEWS this Thursday features updates on some of our smaller projects as well as photos of the school field trip we hosted last week.  Have a look to see what we asked the kids to say instead of "cheese" when we took their picture.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:57:40 PM »
I'll take care of it.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:56:55 PM »
The Thursday post is part 2 of the FWW report along with news photos of the progress with the Trout Brook bridge span.

BTW - The first FWW post was seen by over 7,450 people.  Thanks to everyone who helps spread the word about the museum and our progress.

Cindy & Start

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:51:07 PM »
The Tuesday 10/10 post features photos of the FWW.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 06, 2017, 11:35:12 PM »
Fall Work Weekend, Day #1 Friday October 6th -

* Shop - Jason and crew spent some time with the flanging machine. Bolts were installed on the center post sway braces.

* Track - Dana's crew lifted, connected, lined and tamped the tracks to Bay 2, 3 and 4.  Bill B. installed a longer throw rod and 1912 style target on the Mill Siding switch stand at ToM.

* Operations - # 9 and #52 ran special work trains with 52 going to ToM and 9 hauling stone from AC for the trackwork at Sheepscot.

* Track backhoe - Randy and crew worked on running/testing the backhoe.

* Rolling stock - Zack and crew replaced some rotten deck boards.

* Chow - Nancy Weeks prepared two nice meals for the crews. 

* Railroad clocks - Bernie Perch worked on the depot and freight house clocks.

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: October 05, 2017, 11:08:37 PM »
Well, as of 7 PM tonight we have already sold 10 shirts so there's a good chance that many will sport theirs this weekend, especially with temps in the mid - upper 70s'.

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:45:46 PM »

The Limited Edition "20th Anniversary Fall Work Weekend" shirts are in!  The shirts commemorate the 1997 - 2017 Fall Work Weekends and are a must have for volunteers who have attended any of our FWW's. 

Prices are: S - XL, $15 and 2X - 3X $17. 

You'll love the special slogan that was written just for these shirts.  Get one while they last!

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 05, 2017, 01:42:18 PM »
The Thursday news post features photos of the Trout Brook bridge parts arriving yesterday afternoon.  There are large and small pieces including a set of metal signs describing the history and technology of the bridge.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 03, 2017, 03:19:06 PM »
The Tuesday post features photos of the Fall Festival and the Apple Harvest Moonlight Evening Train.  The Fall Festival brought 300 visitors and the evening event added another 100 so it was a very busy day.  Lots of work by many volunteers made the a day success.  See if you can spot our mystery guest known as "Gagnon, zee Moose Callair" Hint: The same person will be guiding track crews as we build new siding and mainline track this weekend.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:01:24 PM »
Data that is provided by Facebook to page managers indicate that over 80% of viewers are accessing the museums page via phones or tablets.  The statistics show that if 12 photos are posted, the first 4 get the most views.  Likewise, if a news story has 3 paragraphs, the first one gets read the most.  Videos are another example.  There is a two minute video of #9 being turned and the average play time with phone users is 19 seconds.

The good thing about social media is that it reaches thousands (we have 4,800 fb followers).  The bad thing is that people view a post on average for 45 seconds to a minute.  The lesson is that news and/or stories posted should cover key information in the first paragraph.  If a series of photos accompanies an article, the best photo (even if out of sequence) should be posted as a headline image.  Cindy and I write news articles, check/edit the information, select photos and run them through photo shop, post the piece and then go back to each photo to set captions.  All the work is done on two laptops and it's a challenge to condense things for a viewing on a small screen but that's what our audience is using.   

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: October 01, 2017, 02:05:55 AM »
Alna Center Report -

* Trains - Running two trains worked well with the meet being at AC.  Northbound trains held the main while southbound trains went in the hole.  This operation gave visitors options as to when they could ride the complete trip and when they could detrain to enjoy the attractions at AC.  The AC crew worked well with guiding guests to games, the music tent, treats and hay ride. 

* Hay Ride - The AA truck earned it's keep.  I drove 8 trips and Mike drove 5.  Most rides I gave were filled with 10 - 12 people.

* Games - Our traditional games like sack races, bean bag toss, bobbing for apples, kite flying and pumpkin decorating were popular.  We saw many happy kids.

* Moonlight Special - In a word, WOW.  Steve P. did an outstanding job planning the event.  He, along with Alan Downey and other volunteers spent much time on it and it showed with close to 100 people gathering at AC at dusk.  We needed a 3 car train to carry the passengers up to the talk by our guest speaker, Mr. John Bunker.  The crowd assembled in a semi-circle around the camp fire that Mr. Bunker stood next to.  The history of Maine apple trees and orchards along with descriptions of the types and shipping of apples made for a fascinating talk.  Our very own Dana Wigwam Deering warmed up the large crowd with his famous "Moose Callair" story.  Adding to the sunset scene was a nice camp fire and 500 luminaries marking pathways to the cider tent and AC depot.  It was a nice event that impressed even veteran WW&F volunteers.  The train proceeded north to ToM after dropping off the guests.  The crew had a lay over at ToM until the talk was done and returned to AC to board the passengers.  The station lanterns and stove made a nice place to catch the train.  The guests kept telling us how much they enjoyed the train ride, camp fire, fresh cider (made from local apples, some from along the R-O-W) and Mr. Bunker's talk.  They even gave us a round of applause before boarding the train.  The ride back with oil lamps lighting the coaches was a real treat. Back at Sheepscot, the yard crew set lit switch lamps for the north and south mainline switches which hasn't been done in years. The switch lamps really looked great!

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:08:14 PM »
This Week -

* Shop - Big Joe received repair/adjustment to the travel guides for the side motion of the tamper heads.

* Gift Shop - The new heating unit was installed which required a few changes in the northeast end of the freight house.

* Fall Work Weekend prep - More ties were cut and loaded onto the flatcar.  A load of stone and the load of ties were set out on the mill siding at ToM.

* Parking Lot - Clean up continued with the old concrete forms and other items being removed from the northwest part of the lot.  Truck loads of gravel were delivered to be spread out between the garage and Woods Track to make a place for the delivery of the Trout Brook bridge.

* Fall Festival - The "pickers tent" was set up at Alna Center and the Model AA truck got a full gas tank and oil change to be ready to give hay rides.  Sandwiches were made Friday night to be sent to AC on Saturday.

* Grounds - The spare switch stands were moved away from in front of the garage, back next to Harry's garden shed.

* Grade - The big washout was filled in and the sides covered with rip rap.  More loads of fill material were delivered to the next location north, where a new culvert was installed. The fill will help where the grade is low south of the culvert.

* Moonlight Apple train - Hand lanterns, markers and coach lamps were cleaned and filled for use on Saturday night.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: September 29, 2017, 10:02:08 PM »
There's a Special Report on fb tonight with photos showing completion of the fill work at the first washout.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: September 29, 2017, 01:01:16 PM »
The Thursday post is an in-depth look at the Trout Brook bridge site. There are modern photos along with pictures from the 1905 Mason's Wreck.  The modern photos (from this week) show an interesting discovery at the south abutment location.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:41:39 PM »
The Sunday evening post is an update on all the fine work Mike Fox has been doing north of ToM.  The photos start at EoT and go north, the last picture features a surprise find.

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