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General Discussion / Re: Amtrak to Wiscasset (and Rockland) in 2018?
« on: November 17, 2017, 01:03:18 AM »
Rockland is a changing demographic. It is becoming very popular with the younger generation who, having left the big city, are working on making their way in smaller cities and towns without the use of a car. If the trend continues, I could see Rokland becoming a draw for Downeaster traffic.


This makes a lot of sense. With real estate prices high in the bigger urban areas, people with some flexibility and portable skills (think young, internet, and programming for example) are looking for a place to settle and would naturally migrate to attractive but 'undiscovered' places. Portland has seen this already, and as prices rise there, further out becomes more acceptable.
It will occur at the expense of some of the natives, however, as real estate and other prices rise.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 25, 2017, 08:47:11 PM »
From Mike's pictures, I can almost hear 9 echoing through the trees on her way back from Head Tide...

General Discussion / American Precision Museum
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:49:27 PM »
We visited the American Precision Museum in Windsor, VT last weekend. It is located in a mid 1800s water powered factory building and has a collection of early machine tools mostly involved with how industry transitioned from hand made and custom fitted parts to precisely machined and interchangeable parts. This area of Vermont became a hotbed of innovation in the mid-19th century in inventing new and clever machine tools, originally for the firearms industry, but spinning off into all areas of manufacturing. The museum is staffed and run by volunteers.
There is also a collection of miniature machine tools made by one individual that all work and will have you wondering how he did it.
For anyone who is interested, it is a small but worthwhile museum to visit. You can also experience the covered bridge which spans the Connecticut river there between VT and NH. Yeah, it's a big one!
This coming weekend is the last weekend they will be open this year (no heat) and will be hosting a large maker and model engineering show.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:54:43 PM »
In perspective of the picture, Steve never looked so small and dainty.
Dainty and Steve Z are not concepts I ever expected to see in one sentence.  :o

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:42:58 PM »
Hauling #52, 3 coaches, and the caboose up the grade south of TOM gave 9 a nice workout. Johnson bar in the corner, throttle pulled back, barking away up to Rosewood at a steady pace.
She seemed to enjoy the challenge, as did her crew.
Almost as much fun as pulling up into the north yard on return, and making sure we didn't end up in the turntable pit.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 05, 2017, 05:53:45 PM »
Did I see "Campbell" on one of the trucks?  That's going to take one huuge bottle of Zap a gap.   :P

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:15:36 PM »
I second the warnings about a laptop's short life span. I lost a considerable amount of work and pictures on a 5 y/o Dell laptop when the hard drive just died. No warning, hiccups, or anything. Just stopped.
Estimated cost to maybe recover the data was $300 and up.
IMHO anything important or irreplaceable should be backed up even if only on a thumb drive. Ed or James could suggest an automatic back up program. As far as I can tell the Windows backup is a file structure that isn't very useful.
Desktop PC's tend to be much faster and more reliable simply because the guts don't have to be compromised by being small and low power. Dust and pet hair is their downfall, however, since many get placed on the floor.

Museum Discussion / Re: We Want a Feline
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:27:25 PM »
How about a dark colored Maine Coon Cat?
Won't show the soot, good mouser, self supporting, immune to Maine winters. Just need to leave some water and food.
He/she will need a kitty door, though.
I have a black short hair I wouldn't mind parting with, but, frankly, he wouldn't last long. Not the sharpest blade in the drawer. (Sorry, Inky)

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:03:16 PM »
You go, Joe!

7800 feet is an awful lot of train. I can't imagine being at Alna Center and having the last car in my train at Sheepscot.  Must be interesting and a challenge, especially on Pan Am's track.

I trust you manage to stay a little cleaner than in 9's cab. :)

Volunteers / Re: August 2017 Work Planning
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:46:43 PM »
I had never seen Class 8 (160 mph) two-foot gauge track before. ;D

Let's see, 2.5 miles divided by 160 MPH equals about 1 minute Sheepscot to TOM.

That would certainly reduce the wait time for special events!   ;D

Volunteers / Re: August 2017 Work Planning
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:58:25 AM »
What, no more rock n' roll?
Seriously, thank you everyone, for making the effort on track maintenance.
It isn't glamorous, and it's a lot of hard work, but certainly it is necessary and appreciated.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: August 24, 2017, 02:59:29 PM »
But, But, where we will hang everything we don't need and never use but don't want to get rid of?  ;)

Work and Events / Re: North Yard Project - Official Work Thread
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:08:23 PM »
As is so often the case, very impressive contributions from our far flung volunteer corp. Switching the north yard can be a little nerve wracking because it's on a grade and it is difficult to see the brakemen around the curve, especially when they signal from the dark inside of the car shed. Pushing the cars into the shed at the end of the day in the dark was more than a little  exciting during last winter's operations.

Properly finishing the switches will make life a lot easier, and safer, for everyone.

One suggestion: there's a lot of parts and pieces lying around up there, now being covered by the weeds, and any snow covers things up too. This makes trying to walk and signal on the ground dangerous because there's so much to trip over. A few minutes spent picking up and weed wacking would be a appreciated.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: L&B "LYN" makes first move
« on: July 09, 2017, 10:34:58 PM »
I wonder how many of the original Lyn's parts and pieces were copied from Baldwin's Maine 2 foot engine designs?
In a fortuitous coincidence, Liz and I will be in the western reaches of the UK chasing the Festiniog and Welsh Highland, so we may be able to visit the L&B and Exmoor National Park.
Too many choices!

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: L&B "LYN" makes first move
« on: July 09, 2017, 01:25:27 PM »
'Interesting' whistle. It has a familiar shape even if the pitch is a little too high.

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