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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 19, 2018, 08:55:14 AM »
We can make switch points in our shop at Sheepscot as well, and may do that when the time comes to make new 32 lb points. But it depends on shop crew availability.

Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: October 17, 2018, 09:04:24 AM »
Hey everyone,

The 21 Campaign is certainly not forgotten and will resume in the next few months. Thank you to all of our generous donors andfriends of the 21 Campaign. I am working on mailing everyone an update in the mail. If you get a letter, please do not post about its contents or ask questions about it here, please do so by the contact method in the instructions. Hopefully all of you are able to attend.

In other news, I would like everyone to understand just how important #10 is to us as an ideal regular engine to run trains to ToM, or Alna Center.  And even as a usefull engine to have on work weekends and special events. We want #10 back just as much as everyone else so that we can have three operable engines again. The one time we used 9, 10, & 52 for Victorian Christmas it worked extremely well, and we miss that extra capability during big events.

As the museum continues to grow, along with our ever increasing events, some of which sell out, we have also proven a need for more passenger cars such as coach 9, and the increasing desire for the new 2-4-4t #11.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 16, 2018, 08:13:13 AM »
Hey Linc, to the best of my ability, I would say the current end of track is close to here. My pin is probably 200' to the north of it, but its the best I can do.


Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 13, 2018, 12:20:00 AM »
SWW we will be ballasting the track we built this Fall.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F 2018 in Reveiw slideshow, and speech
« on: October 13, 2018, 12:18:22 AM »
 ;D Steve, you are far from crippled my friend.

Museum Discussion / WW&F 2018 in Reveiw slideshow, and speech
« on: October 12, 2018, 12:27:03 PM »
Hey Everyone,

Unfortunately the slideshow and speech didn't really happen this year during the Fall Work Weekend, so here they are.

Thank you for all-of your support, dedication, and hard work. Without all of you, none of this would be possible. Rather today is your first day volunteering, or just another day from the last few years all of you are a cog in the wheel that helps keep this museum growing.

It is heartwarming to see so many of us all here for the same goal and passion. To restore and preserve this small part of Maine history, and in many cases we work harder here than we do at our every day jobs. Yes, myself included. As many of you know this has been a rather busy year for us, from the BIG bridge project, to Mountain repairs, track work, caboose repairs, and much more. At times the Bridge and Mountain projects were rather stressful and putting serous demand on our regular volunteers, everyone pitched in and kept their heads held high knowing it was for a great purpose. Even those of us not so regular, you are still as much a vital part of the museum as everyone else, because without everyone of you our progress on Work Weekends would not be nearly as spectacular.
We can’t thank you all enough for your dedication, support, and hard work. Please enjoy the following slideshow as we look back at 2018 in review.

After the feedback from the two slideshows I have assembled so far, I plan to make these an annual thing, with two in the works for next year. A 30 years presentation that will include before, during, and after photos. And a 2019 in review slideshow that will include photos from October 2018 to September 2019.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 12, 2018, 12:08:52 AM »
I like to think of all of our volunteers as legends. Especially ones who took me under their wing when I was a teenager. Guys like Fred, Dana, Dwight, Bob L, Jason, Bob C and many others will always stick out very strong in my mind. It is this kind of willingness to teach and share knowledge that makes us all have a strong bond with each other.

I am extremely pleased with how amazingly well everything went.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:29:21 PM »
Yes, bridge site was cleaned up on 9/29 & 9/30. This included any blocks, ties, tools, etc.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:01:41 PM »
I actually think these were rolled out at 28 footers. We didn't crop that many of them, and I am not sure of any railroad that would cut each rail to 28' and drill them.

Now with that said, Dave is correct that the standard size for light rail is 30'. Once you get into 75 lb rail and larger they cone in 40' lengths and larger.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 09, 2018, 06:57:12 PM »
Thank you Fred. See everyone in two weeks, then I hope to jump full force into some track maintenance.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 05:01:05 PM »
We are going to try staggered joints on the Mountain in hopes our track keeps alignment in and out of curves better. This may increase the need for jacking and tamping, and we will keep an eye out for it. Our current track still has one side get lower than the other, so this may not have that much of a different effect.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:36:16 PM »
That is indeed correct Jeff. Train travel, along with temperature changes will likely cause the track to shift slightly over the course of the winter.

That is awesome. Glad to hear the gift shop went well, and I look forward to wearing my new t-shirt and hat while on vacation to CT and PA next week.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:24:45 PM »
Yes, as always we are fortunate to have so many experienced and non experienced volunteers from a few different railroads. And as normal, we showed our appreciation by trying to talk to and thank everyone for all their help.

But even more importantly are those regular volunteers who spent hundreds of hours prepairing for the work weekend.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:43:55 AM »
Very impressive work, and a job well done to everyone.

Thank you to all who helped make this a great weekend. Talk about a year for the history books.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 07, 2018, 12:12:24 AM »
Wayne, the end of track is currently just south of location 9. North of the pinch point.

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