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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 18, 2018, 06:34:23 PM »
"He Who Likes To Volunteer Me."

Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 17, 2018, 11:55:33 PM »
I was going to say "Alan," but the Alan has been around for a while now.  Although an outside view is not its normal habitat (particularly with snow on the ground).

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 17, 2018, 02:18:24 PM »
I had the experience of a handcar trip on Davis grade a number of years ago, along with if I remember correctly HWLTVM.

After that experience, I have no desire to try the ladder or the Mountain!

General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« on: November 16, 2018, 12:14:17 AM »
I enjoyed reading this Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel news article about the 103rd Regiment Living History observance of the centennial of Armistice Day November 11th.

There's a brief mention of our museum in the article.

The recent Annual Picnic events with the 103rd Regiment Living History have been a great addition, and I look forward to future collaboration.

Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 15, 2018, 11:55:10 PM »
Thanks Brendan.  Terrific job by the weekday crew.

Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 14, 2018, 11:10:31 PM »
Very happy to see this coming to fruition.  The crew got a lot of work done today, judging by the photos.  Perhaps just in time, based on the weather forecasts.  The season is changing...

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« on: November 13, 2018, 01:21:50 AM »
After an extraordinary year for our museum in 2018, this is tremendous news.  Thanks Wayne.  Aside from the award for our museum's work to help preserve and reuse the historic B&M boxed pony truss bridge, I'm happy to see the Ramsdell/King family have gotten well-deserved recognition for their generations-long work to save WW&F #9.

I'm glad Jason could attend the conference.  It looked to be a great opportunity to share knowledge in the railway preservation community.

Volunteers / Re: Mountain Extension Workday 11/10
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:18:33 PM »
How's the drainage working on the extension, Mike?  I know you put a lot (I mean a LOT) of work into that this summer.  It's been plenty wet since fall work weekend.  Are you happy with results?

Volunteers / Re: Mountain Extension Workday 11/10
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:32:24 AM »
Looks very nice, Mike.  Thanks for posting the photos.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: November 11, 2018, 12:33:36 AM »
Hancock air whistle.

Volunteers / Re: SWW '19 - Wiscasset Woods Lodge will be open
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:03:21 PM »
That's terrific news.  I was a bit confused this year when they didn't open during our spring work weekend, as the Lodge opened the very next weekend and in the past I believe our SSW volunteers have filled or nearly filled their accommodations.  Anyway, glad to hear the news!  Thank you, Wiscasset Woods Lodge!

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Electric two footer
« on: November 06, 2018, 02:20:44 AM »
There was an electric two-footer in New England, at the Whitin Machine Works in Whitinsville, MA -- a village in Northbridge in the Blackstone River valley.  The company had been a pioneer in the use of electric traction for its standard gauge railroad facilities.  An article about the WMW in the Volume 12 Issue 4 1981 of the New Haven Railroad Historical & Technical Association's Shoreliner magazine concluded with:

"No story about Whitin Machine Works would be complete without mention of the 2-foot narrow gauge line serving the heavy in-house needs of the foundry and machine shops.  This line, too, was electrified, using the same 550 volts as the big brothers.  The locomotives seemed grotesque, reaching for the same 21' wire as the standard gauge locomotives.  The narrow gauge was dieselized later than the standard gauge division, using two GE 28-ton diesels acquired new in 1949.  These machines were rescued from the scrapper by railfans, and see service today on work trains and railfan extras at Edaville Railroad, So. Carver, Mass.  There is also one of the narrow gauge electric locomotives on static display at Edaville."

Original Railway / Newspaper archives project
« on: November 06, 2018, 01:11:17 AM »
The Lincoln County News reports that the LCN and the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta have undertaken a project to digitize the LCN and predecessor newspapers.

Depending on the dates of the newspapers to be archived, this looks to make period newspaper articles on the original W&Q and WW&F more readily available.  I know researching the history of Cape Cod's railroads has become much easier with the availability of digital archives for several old Cape papers.

Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 04, 2018, 02:24:39 AM »
Today started out to be a good day to work outside -- if you're a fish.  The weather did improve a bit as the day wore on.

Here are a handful of photos.  Most everyone was busy working, so there wasn't much opportunity to take photos during the day.

First two photos were taken around 8 this morning.  Joe (with assistance from Dana), was installing slanted sideboards to direct ballast on the southern half of flatcar 118 in the pouring rain.

A crew of six went out shortly after to Davis grade to lift and tamp the track where needed.  The crew consisted of Joe Fox, Dana Deering, James Patten, Jay Barta, Ed Lecuyer and myself.  Airman Big Joe (the tamper) went out first, followed by locomotive #52 and caboose #320 (to provide some shelter from the weather, if needed).

Sometime between 9.30 and 10, the rain ended for a while, making the morning more pleasant.

The rain set back in around 11.30, so it was a good time for lunch.  After a good lunch courtesy of Stewart, Dana, Jay and I went back out to tamp, while Joe and Ed used 52 to assemble and bring out the rail gantry and flatcar 118.  The rain had passed by then.  While tamping was underway, a crew picked up most (if not all) the discarded ties along the east side of Davis grade using the gantry train.

As to Wayne's question, the west side ditch (cleaned by Mike earlier this season) was running well.  The east side ditch was not, in part due to the discarded tie piles.  This was noticed in the morning, which led to bringing out the gantry train to pick up the discarded ties.  Apparently there had been a lot more rain overnight last night, as the ditches and streams were all running well.  It also appears there has been a lot of rain over the last couple of weeks, as the turtle pond on the west side of the track on Davis grade has risen at least a foot since the fall work weekend.  Wished I had time to get up to see Humason or Trout Brook today.  I hope Stewart can get a sandbar photo of Trout Brook bridge. 

The rest of my photos were at the end of the day.

At the north end of Davis grade around 3.30 p.m.  The tamper had put in a busy day and we were nearly done using it.  Joe, Dana and others were busy replacing a tie that had been rejected earlier this year.  In the background, Brendan Barry had brought up #52 with ramp car #1015 to pick up the last of the discarded ties and other items that needed collection.

Joe helped spike the replacement tie, as Dana lifted the tie.  Brendan looks on.

After the tie was installed, Big Joe tamped it, completing its work for the day.  I thought Big Joe ran very well today.

The gantry flat back in Sheepscot, loaded with the discarded ties from Davis grade.

I left Sheepscot shortly after 4 p.m. for the drive back to Massachusetts.  As I approached Wiscasset, the sun came out.

Volunteers / Re: Alan Downey - TV Star
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:24:59 AM »
I'd vote early and often for Alan Downey for Congress.

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