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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 20, 2018, 11:16:31 PM »

Very cool... JB certainly is one of the most prolific volunteers I know.
Now, how about a caption?

"Alas, poor Al, we hardly knew ye."   ::)

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 25, 2018, 02:30:28 AM »
Did I miss a discussion of a color scheme for the bridge?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:49:05 PM »
Ya know, I'm sure it's the wine that's talking, but covering those trusses is like covering a work of art.
I completely understand the historical and practical reasons, but there could be a couple of steel beams under there!
It's like building a box around #9!!
Only partly :)

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:03:18 PM »
In the photo, what in the world is Jason doing  ??? ??

Jeff S.

Jason was the photographer director, and they are off camera to the left (west) in that picture. I assume he was either directing or otherwise talking to the  photographers.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 19, 2018, 06:34:45 PM »
What's the appropriate period dress for shovel leaning? 
I may take that position on Saturday. :D

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:55:51 PM »
Thank you! Thank you!
One of the reasons I prefer to run 9 and 10 facing north was that those kinks were less of a problem with the engine pulling up the grade and curve. Heading south the tank truck does its thing nicely, leading the engine around the curve without the jolts.
When the Forney's are facing south, the weight of the train tends to push the engine into the kinks when drifting downgrade into the curve, which resulted in the engine harshly diving into the joints and making the kinks worse, not to mention causing a slight heart palpitation! I usually try to open the throttle a little there which reduces the shock.
As Joe mentioned, there's a couple more to fix.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Whistle Parity
« on: April 01, 2018, 03:26:45 PM »
Alna, ME:
April 1, 2018
Steam crews on the WW&F Ry. are concerned that they are falling behind in the whistle race in Alna.
On Saturday, March 31, it became apparent that WW&F's #9 whistle is no match for the much louder and multi-toned whistle on the Maine Narrow Gauge's ex-B&SR #7, which was in steam for the day. #7's crew could be seen with silly grins on  their faces as their bigger equipment overwhelmed #9's authentic but smaller hooter.
Rumors are that the leadership of the WW&F is considering the return of Bernie Perch's CNJ #113 whistle replica to regain tooting domination in the Sheepscot Valley. This would require the rapid return to action of #10 so that it would be available solely to carry and power the larger whistle at full volume.
Observers in the area remain skeptical that this will happen soon, since WW&F CMO Jason Lamontagne prefers historically accurate solutions. He is quoted as being confident that adding two more replica Portland Co. whistles to #9 will close the hooter gap without resorting to more modern appliances. "Size does matter," he explained, 'but it's not the only thing."

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 28, 2018, 03:48:55 PM »
Ok, I think I fixed it. Apologies for the confusion.
FYI, Google pictures seems to not work well for forums, I had to switch to a picture hosting site.

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 28, 2018, 12:02:03 PM »
Arg, I got it to show on my end, sorry.
I'm trying to use Google pictures, it's probably only visible to me.
Any hints?

General Discussion / Spanish Yeti
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:24:31 PM »
In the train museum in Madrid, Spain:

I'm not sure what the spare tire was going to do for you...

Volunteers / Re: March 2018 Work Planning
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:45:37 PM »
Is there a plan for the egg hunt at AC?
It doesn't look promising that the snow will be all gone by Saturday.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:04:25 PM »
I, too, would like to extend my appreciation to those volunteers who put their energy and time into assuring our ability to legally and responsibly march northward.
As someone who doesn't enjoy filling out forms or similar exercises, it is all the more impressive to me. I would much rather be pounding spikes all day or standing over a lathe for hours than trying to divine what the acceptable answer to the obscure question might be.
This effort also required the savvy to anticipate and navigate the political process involved in keeping all the interested parties satisfied.
Congratulations and thank you.

We'd have to take off the wheels and replace them with two poles (pun not intended) for it to be one of those. The whining would be unbearable.

Now THAT would be a picture!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: January 14, 2018, 06:30:49 PM »
Thanks for the complete and interesting explanation. The map helps a lot to understand the distances.

The pics are a stark example of the serious nature of this job and how that lazy and shallow brook we all have seen in the summer can change dramatically.

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