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Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 20, 2019, 08:18:17 AM »
This is fantastic news, and hopefully a great start to 2019. The 200 person days are the most enjoyable, as it is enough people to feel like it was a well worth while event, and not feel overwhelmed. Well done, and may we have many more future events of the same feel. 99% of our visitors leave feeling like they learned something new, or want to come back.

Sounds like a great time. Thank you everyone who made it, and are making it happen.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 18, 2019, 09:36:16 AM »
Steve P is able to portray to a large audience extremely well without coming across as angry or yelling. (Must be his inner teacher)

If we want to take future sea levels into consideration, then the track should not be extended past the next curve, just 400' from our current end of track. At the route 218 crossing the track is 18' above sea level. (The lowest point on our railroad, and quite possibly the lowest point for us to have on the restored railway.) At Wiscasset the track was approx 5' above sea level. Noteably close to the same almost 90 years later and with mass reduction of the ice caps.

According to reports on climate change, the ocean waters would flood our location at 218 and the  Trout Brook bridge. However that is year away. Probably not going to be seen in my lifetime of another 70 years.

Also all of these things will be STRONGLY considered by several parties including the BOD before any plan is set forth. Said plan would then include how to go about executing the expansion, funding, expectations of benifit, etc.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:47:22 PM »
Unfortunately most of the wood is soft wood and would require constant attention. We already have a supply of anthracite for the stoves. Any hardwood that we can save we will use for firing up the steam engine(s).

Museum Discussion / Re: Map of WW&F Museum
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:33:43 PM »
Personally, I enjoy our giant work parties, but yes the day to day maintenance is getting closer to mechanized machines each year. Rest assured there will always be a need for our work party days.

Museum Discussion / Re: Map of WW&F Museum
« on: February 07, 2019, 06:05:03 AM »
Honestly, a tamper with 8 heads would greatly speed up track maintenance as our only current slow track project is tamping. And we are working towards that little by little, however the longer the track becomes the more important it is to have a designated track crew. But then again some machinery might help mitigate the volunteer effort needed on track. Just like the more equipment we get the more important it is to keep up on maintenance, which is currently handled extremely well.

Expansion, in my mind is something that keeps us both growing and in everyones mind on what they will see next. But there will come a time when man power starts to become a factor.

Museum Discussion / Re: Map of WW&F Museum
« on: February 06, 2019, 05:33:55 PM »
One thing we are in desperate need of is a regular track crew. Which will also be taken into consideration.

Work and Events / Re: Monson no. 3 at Spring Work Weekend
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:20:33 PM »
Its water capacity is extremely small. They have to get water after they do go around the loop at Boothbay twice.

« on: January 28, 2019, 08:59:30 PM »
Thats good at least. I was kind of confused by the comment, then her "signature" at the end made the comment seem vulgar.

As for work, whats that? Lol.

« on: January 28, 2019, 07:45:32 PM »
Wonder why someone would be so vulgar in wanting figures for the extension. If someone such as Anna wants to know, would it be wrong to simply state how much money has gone or will go into the project for just the mountain work alone?

Margaret did a fantastic job with it. Very well written.

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum website redesigned
« on: January 24, 2019, 02:03:50 PM »
The total measured track length is just over 3 miles. Once we reach 218 we will have approximately 3.25 miles of track, giving us a 6.5 mile round trip from Sheepscot to Route 218 and return.

Actually Ed, he did visit. Or maybe it was one of the other editors. But either way someone was up last April for our scrapping the railroad day.

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