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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:13:52 AM »
Paid passenger count was 74... we’re very pleased with our first winter service offering.  More details will come...

I was very impressed with how today went.  Like Mike, I was mainly on the Mountain Extension today with tree cutting and burning, so only had a chance to talk with a couple of families there, but they were greatly enjoying the event.  I did have some time near the end of the day at Top of Mountain to talk with visitors as we picked up coach #8 for the trip back to Sheepscot.  They also had a great time.

Nice, nice job done by Steve P., Jason and everyone who made today's public event happen.  And thank you, Cindy, for the nice lunch for the tree cutting crew.

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:02:27 AM »
Serving as brakeman on the work train today, I was very happy to see we had the opportunity to make a stop at Sheepscot Mills this morning to let off passengers.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:31:51 PM »
[Moderators Note]
A discussion regarding caps was moved and combined to the Vintage Clothing topic:,2317.0.html

Thanks, Ed, for a cap on that discussion.  Hat's off to you!   8)

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:59:41 AM »
I recognize that dirt as being TOM dirt...

Better man than I.  For no good reason, I thought this was the north yard.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:34:28 PM »
Alan Downey posted some photos his mom took during the Fall 2014 work weekend.  One showed newly placed rail with insta-track in place.

The forum thread:,2315.msg21355.html#msg21355

Here is the photo:

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:10:35 PM »
67 looks terrif as is. Just don't ever "wrap" it in huge ads like Abq buses.

Funny you should mention that - Saturday we were thinking once the Mountain Extension is complete we paint it some bright neon color, park it at the end of the track by 218, with a "Visit the WW&F Railway Museum!" message on it.

...with a photo of Fred smiling and waving.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:32:15 PM »
Thanks everyone for the responses.  I guess I missed the thread from a few years ago!

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:44:19 PM »
As a complete newbie on the subject, I am interested in learning:

-- What would be considered appropriate period clothing for WW&F train crews; and
-- What sources are folks using today for this clothing?

I'd like to dress better while in public train service (at least for our special events).  I suspect other volunteers would be interested in this information as well.


Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: February 07, 2018, 02:01:22 AM »
Mother Nature has blessed us again with a fluctuating brook. Ice is still there, but doubt it is safe..

Good thing that large pine was taken down last Saturday.  Timing is everything!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:03:07 AM »
A few photos from this morning near Trout Brook.

It was a balmy 7 degrees below zero when we arrived.  Here Mike and James P. trudge supplies for the day's activities south from Route 218 along the right-of-way.

A burn pile was set up a little bit south of where the Trout Brook Preserve trail crosses the right-of-way, to clean up slash from tree cutting earlier in the week.  View is looking north toward Route 218.

First attempt with the come-along.  We're looking south along the right-of-way, toward Trout Brook.  The log across the ROW is about where the north abutment for the bridge will go.  The goal was to get the large white pine to fall toward us, even though it had a heavy lean toward the brook.

Second attempt with the come-along.

The third attempt was the charm.  This time when the chain failed, the tree snapped back southward, and toppled over.  It made a big enough bang to scare away all the Mouse Trout.

General Discussion / The Conway Scenic Railroad has been sold
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:23:45 PM »
From the Conway Daily Sun:

CONWAY — Dot and Russ Seybold announced Tuesday afternoon the sale of the Conway Scenic Railroad to Profile Mountain Holdings Corp, led by President David Swirk.

The sale closed Tuesday, and Profile Mountain Holdings will take over operations immediately in anticipation of the season's opening in April.

The iconic railroad and tourist attraction, complete with its historic 1874 train station, has enjoyed 44 continuous years of operation...

I wish the new owner the same success the previous have had!

Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 27, 2018, 11:39:26 PM »
Happy Birthday, Fred!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: January 25, 2018, 11:54:36 PM »
1200 feet may seem like a lot, but, 300 feet a day using the old way was not uncommon.

Which leads to the question:  What is our record for track laying on a work weekend?

I have two guesses:
-- Fall 2001, when we laid the main line between Sheepscot Mills to and across Humason Brook; or
-- Two years later, when we laid the track from Trask's Crossing to Alna Center.

OK, I just cheated, and looked at the old newsletters posted on the forum.  50+ volunteers laid about 1,350 feet of track in October 2001; and not quite 1,300 feet with 60+ volunteers during the 2003 fall work weekend. 

So 1,200 feet this fall sounds very reasonable.

I understand Alan cut down seven trees today using the hand saw.

Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:59:59 AM »
When I left around 3, I counted 24 names signed into the volunteer log today.  It was a great turnout!

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