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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.

Museum Discussion / Re: Are wood patterns obsolete?
« on: April 01, 2017, 04:54:29 PM »
This is like CNC machining. Because of the economics, eventually the expertise to do it without the computer is lost in the commercial world.
Sounds like we may not be able to continue to use patterns. Even if a preservationist group is able to collect the the equipment, expertise, and materials to continue using the traditional process, the costs may be prohibitive.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: CRRC to Build Coaches for WW&F
« on: April 01, 2017, 04:24:31 PM »
Good one, Ed! :D

Work and Events / Re: Maine Two-Foot Winter Steam Events 2017 (photos)
« on: March 02, 2017, 03:15:41 PM »
Thanks Mathew, for your artistry, and that of all the others who record the goings on at the museum.
So much of our enthusiasm for rebuilding the railroad is based on the pictures we have of the original operation, with a 'wish we were there' thought as we study the grainy images over and over.
When talented folks capture not just the literal images but do so with imagination and skill, it completes the cycle where past and present meet.

Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: February 08, 2017, 01:15:02 AM »
I realize we are trying to shorten the day for the volunteers, but...

Steam, snow, kerosene lamps, and candles make for a memorable after dark experience. I know that by the time we finish on VC it is usually dusk, but an intentional 'xmas lights special' at 5 pm might be popular. Nothing Edaville like, just a couple of Christmas trees lit up at AC and Sheepscot and the romance of the rails at night.
Is that something we could charge for? If reservations are required then we could determine if there is enough interest to justify the extra effort.

Just a thought.

Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:42:00 PM »
For this volunteer, two weekends would be fine. Fortunately I have the flexibility to be there when others can't.
It would also allow more of us on the steam crew the opportunity to enjoy the fun of winter steam railroading.

Volunteers / Re: February 2017 Work Planning
« on: February 06, 2017, 09:33:36 PM »
Wow!...Now I know how so much gets done in such a short time at the WW&F!  ;)

Museum Discussion / Re: Helper service with # 3 and # 9
« on: January 18, 2017, 03:09:07 PM »
The flying cutoff was an interesting operation.
Basically, at the appropriate place, (in this case just north of the AC crossing) the brakeman on the rear coach's platform would signal the pusher's engineer to stop, meaning that he had pulled the pin, and then the engineer would then slow down and stop and start backing back to Sheepscot.
The first time the coupler didn't release, the second time the pusher (#9) was a little late in stopping so it was kind of out of the picture after cutting off. The third time the safety went off, and all the steam and noise impeded the engineer's view and hearing, making it difficult to get the stop signal from the rear brakeman after he pulled the pin.
It worked, though, and it looks good on the video.

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