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Museum Discussion / Re: Flag stop stations
« on: December 18, 2017, 04:46:44 AM »
Don't forget the magneto telephone on the wall to the right of the desk. Rotary dials flummox many young folks - imagine a crank phone ;).

Archives (General) / Re: Narrow gauge wooden box needs help ASAP!
« on: December 15, 2017, 12:54:12 AM »

In a word, "Wow!"

-John M

Museum Discussion / Re: newsletters
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:15:57 PM »
The official word from the newsletter printer is (as of 10:30 AM on 12/12) "Should be going to the P.O. today." Now that most attention is focused on our social media efforts, and we use junk mail for newsletter distribution, a 13-day delay in printing is neither unusual nor deemed critical.

Museum Discussion / Re: newsletters
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:28:03 AM »
Hi Kevin,

Several years ago, it was determined that we could save a lot of money by sending our newsletters "standard mail" rather than first class mail. The savings were sufficient that we could afford to have Lincoln County Publishing handle the complete mailing process which, with over 1100 newsletters per issue, saved substantial labor.

The only major drawback was the substantial delay in delivery. It appears that the newsletters are put in an "aging bin" somewhere near Portland and then released, as people in New England (and as far as Pennsylvania) seem to get their newsletters, after about a 10-day delay, within a day of each other.

To compensate for these delays, we offer the newsletters to members via a special section of the WW&F Forum. Near-instant availability and full color production are the most attractive features, but only about 5% of our members make use of this capability. I suspect (and hope) this means that most members want to sit in a comfy chair while reading it and will file it after reading. I know I do.

Since our WW&F Forum and our Facebook page provide the "hot news," the WW&F Newsletter is directed more toward in-depth articles,  cash and in-kind donor lists, director elections, budget information, and other information. ("cool news"?)

John McNamara,

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:36:10 AM »
Does the conductor punch the  tickets on the train during the journey ?
Yes, we do, using real railway ticket punches. The ticket stock is a reproduction of the original WW&F Railway ticket stock, which not only adds to the authenticity, but also provides a souvenir.
-John M

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:24:43 PM »
Indeed it's very sturdy. In addition, it's historic; it's free, and we need not worry about a Masons' train falling through it like last time. Therefore, it's a win, win, win. ;)

Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 27, 2017, 01:23:17 PM »
Bill's idea is an excellent step toward making the electrical distribution building an ambience inhancement rather than just a functional one.

Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:26:30 AM »
I think my next trip out to Ohio will include a case of Moxie just for grins.
Check federal, state, and local laws about transporting Moxie over state lines....

Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:09:53 AM »
Passes are free, but reservations are recommended so to avoid long lines and cold waits for the trip to Alna Center to visit Santa and partake in the magic of Christmas Holiday Cheer.
So far, our on-line literature talks of tickets, passes, and reservations. Multiple words for the same thing seems a bit confusing. Assuming a person gets a ticket/pass/reservation in one's basket, and picks it up at "Will Call", what happens next? Do they get preferred boarding?

"We are now ready to begin boarding our Golden Spike members (ticket/pass/reservation holders)."

General Discussion / Re: Amtrak to Wiscasset (and Rockland) in 2018?
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:42:54 AM »
I have great hopes for expanded service to Freeport, as it is a "destination resort" with lots of attractions within walking distance of the station. This is not true for Wiscasset and Rockland.

Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:22:33 AM »
For a long time I was very discouraged by magneto telephone line problems, but Brendan's replacement of the Sheepscot to Brook Crossing wire, Fred/Jason/SteveZ's line extension, and Fred's trouble shooting north of Alna Center have breathed new life into the system and boosted my enthusiam. During Fall Work Weekend, I temporarily installed the phone box that had been the object of vandalism and rodent damage at EOT into a new location at TOM. Since then I have refurbished the box and attempted to prevent the incursion of insects that would tempt rodents. I have left the box unlocked for ease of emergency access and to reveal to vandals that the interior is very uninteresting (no iPhone10 within).

There is further work to be done. The telephone mounting within the box needs improvement (shorter non-Phillips screws), and the weather-tight conduit needs to be painted or otherwise made less-modern. The insect-proofing could be improved with weather stripping around the door.

Given the now excellent transmission (replacement of the old F-1 transmitter element), I see no reason that the line couldn't be extended to 218 (and beyond).

-John M

Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:00:49 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday November 11 (formerly Armistice Day, now Veteran's Day):
I'd like to add a late Saturday morning trip to TOM to install (and possibly test) a telephone box at TOM.
-John M (Chief Ding-a-ling)

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:20:32 AM »
I am going to regret this after I click on the "Post" box.

Not as much as the rest of us ::)......

Museum Discussion / Re: Map of WW&F Museum
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:12:01 PM »
In a word, "WOW!" We are indeed fortunate to have a mapping professional in our group. ;D

Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm October 2017
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:29:18 PM »
Might be worthy of a mention in the next newsletter ...
As news, I fear it will be a little stale by the time it makes it to people's mailboxes in mid-December, especially since it is now available on the Forum, Facebook, and NGDF. As our social media presence becomes more dominant, I think that the WW&F Newsletter is gradually transitioning from a "latest news" source to a "story behind the story" source. If I, or anyone else, can find a way to transition this story from "news" to "background," I think it would make a good article. Thanks for the suggestion.  :)

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