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Messages - John McNamara

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The railway was told by the planning and funding authorities that a 'traditional' building wasn't what was wanted. They requested the architect to design something that would contrast with the castle and be dramatic enough to form the centrepiece for a major redevelopment of the area.
I guess the Golden Rule applies:  "He who has the gold makes the rules."

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Museum Discussion / Re: Maine Christmas video
« on: December 10, 2018, 12:38:35 AM »
Fantastic! :D :D :D

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:54:31 AM »
I was thinking the same thing. Chronologically he is about six years older than I am, but in spirit he’s about 20 years younger. 👍

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: November 28, 2018, 03:19:38 AM »
Thank you for your kind words, Mike. You were a major source of help throughout my time as editor. :)
-John

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 19, 2018, 01:13:14 AM »
We did find that dipping the spikes in linseed oil helps drive them much better, both manually and with the driver.
As a big fan of linseed oil, Harry Percival would have been pleased.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:17:32 AM »
I bought an air whistle a few years ago but Jason said it wasn’t loud enough. I returned it.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:39:40 PM »
It would be nice to have a track work day out on the line in lieu of going to Albion.
Agreed; now the only problem is what to do about people who think there's an event there. I suppose a sign at both places would do the trick...

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Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:03:50 PM »
Some of the work will be a week day project, but some could happen on a weekend. Slightly off topic but is there interest from the Albion goers to do a Sheepscot work day instead? If so I will coordinate, but most likely unable to attend.
By now all the local folks have received their WW&F Newsletters complete with some beautiful color photos (thanks to Stewart, Brendan, and Mike S). It advertises an "Albion Day" on November 3rd, as printing was already in progress when the cancellation occurred. I'm hoping that "Albion goers" actually go....

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 24, 2018, 06:27:57 PM »
Change of plans. No steam available, so we have no choice except cancel. Hope everyone planning to attend gets this short notice.
Mountain Extension is "steam only?"

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Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 23, 2018, 10:28:59 PM »
I still would like a single ended siding south of the crossing there. Leaving a flat or 3 there would make that much more room in Sheepscot.
Many years ago Jason and I talked about a possible siding there, so the telephone box has the unusual feature of having wooden slots on the back of the door to hold a small clipboard. The clipboard would be used to record train orders received by telephone at that location. Track-laying advanced to Alna Center so quickly that this idea near reached fruition.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 20, 2018, 11:52:08 PM »
Anyone have an idea what the roof platform above the side ladder was for?
Catwalk for the brakemen. The brakewheels were at roof height.
To elaborate slightly, there was a walkway down the center of the cars for brakemen to get from car to car and adjust the aforementioned brake wheels, but first they had to get to the center walkway. By ascending any ladder and traversing the "roof platform above the side ladder" they could do get to the center walkway. Jumping from car to car on a moving train must have been a real thrill.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 19, 2018, 11:59:58 PM »
And yes -- the mag phone generally works best.  How can we help you extend the phone line down the mountain, John?
A trench about 6-12 inches deep across the Fossell Road would be a big help.
Thanks!
-John

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Museum Discussion / Re: Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 19, 2018, 11:47:10 PM »
I've used Tracfone and Verizon at the Museum and have found Verizon vastly superior. Of course MagFone is best of all . ::)

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Museum Discussion / Re: New open car on loan to the railway
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:12:16 AM »
I’ve been meaning to remark that the Mountain Extension is literally a world class ride, and I foresee  the need for more excursion cars to maximize passenger enjoyment.

P.S. As an occasional conductor, I love the seating arrangement - far superior to 103.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 12, 2018, 01:45:07 AM »
Forgotten?  Nah, we'll be in the stories they tell to the young ones they shepherd into the railroad fold, with some embellishment, I suspect. :)

The "moose calliere" perhaps?


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