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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:19:53 AM »
Will we have an all you can eat buffet like the C&T? :)

That's what the AC picnic tables are for. ;D


Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 19, 2018, 12:30:55 AM »
We could do the Cumbres & Toltec thing where we offer round trips to TOM from Sheepscot and simultaneously from
218. Visitors can take either ride or go straight through. TOM would have to be designed to handle "cross-platform transfers" to make this work.

Volunteers / Re: 2017 Volunteer Hours
« on: March 09, 2018, 12:23:39 AM » is probably the right person. He's the former Operations Manager at MNG.

Museum Discussion / Re: Engine house
« on: March 06, 2018, 02:45:09 AM »

So Big Joe is dumping Lindsay for a younger higher-output model?

BTW, this begs the question, who is this new volunteer Dinah?
We Shore would like to know.

Museum Discussion / Re: Engine house
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:28:23 PM »
I expect that the smoke jacks desired will be copies of those on the original WW&F engine house. Authenticity!
-John M

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 22, 2018, 10:11:51 PM »
I remember many moons ago, you and I discussed fusible plugs. I didn't realize that we had some. Does 10 have them?
p.s. get well soon.

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 18, 2018, 01:37:10 AM »
A friend and I visited Porcupine Palace and snowshoed the circle trail. An excellent event on all counts. Everything was very well organized. Except for one kid who was crying a lot (and settled down after bottle and video), everyone was having a great time. I forecast many happy returns. :)
-John M

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:36:15 PM »
Before the advent of Insta-Track, a cart with eight sticks of rail was brought to the work site, and two sticks were placed, but not yet spiked or gauged. To install more rail, workers went back to the cart and carried off two more sticks, walked past the sticks just placed, and placed the additional sticks. As this process was repeated, each cycle required walking back and forth an additional rail-length to reach the cart and to reach the placement point. Insta-Track allows each set of sticks to be held together sufficiently to allow the cart to be brought onto the freshly-placed sticks. This eliminates the constant expansion of the cart-to-placement distance. Further, the constant forward progression of the cart is followed by spikers who properly gauge and safety-spike the rails. I'm not sure who originated the term "Insta-Track," but it may have been me.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 14, 2018, 01:10:59 AM »
Does the new rail-laying process still involve Insta-Track, or should I sell my Insta-Corp stock before The Street finds out?
-John M

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:21:23 AM »
I'll bet that those driving by on 218 are more than a bit curious as to what's going on. ;)

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Pondicherry Mill Trestle
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:45:31 AM »
Unfortunately that brings on the "little critters" and foliage.
At Eastern Slopes Airport in nearby Fryeburg, a small plane hit a Bridgton mosquito and crashed....

Work and Events / Re: Steam Train Snow Day - Feb 17, 2018
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:42:12 AM »
A word of warning: Don't approach the burning brush piles wearing your good winter clothes. Burning embers will land on your clothes and burn holes. I remember throwing branches on the burn piles and noticing a smell that seemed like burning fabric - it was the hood of my (fortunately old) jacket!

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