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Work and Events / Steam and Saws: February 15, 2020
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:38:13 PM »
With about a month to plan, I think we will have a Steam and Saws, 2020 version, in February. This will be the one day this winter we cut on the Mountain. In the past 2 years, we have done enough A LOT to get the construction of the track through, now for some improvements.

The task will be a little challenging. I would like to open some curves up a little more to increase visibility. Which ones we work on will depend on the amount of snow cover we have. Some of the inside of one curve I'd like to cut is on a steep slope, and I would not ask anyone to work on that if is not safe. Perhaps get what we can near the tracks and cut more when it is safe to do so.

Preliminary plans are to load the brush on a flat or 2 and haul it to TOM to be burnt in a pile. If this does not work, we will adapt on the fly and do something different. Any wood cut will be loaded on a flat and hauled back to Sheepscot.

So, mark your calendar. Lets play on the Mountain again this year. February 15th, 2020.

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / 2019 Polar Express
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:11:07 AM »
2019 Polar Express had a little publicity this morning by way of live shots from WCSH 6 TV.  Here is the clip I found.

https://www.newscentermaine.com/mobile/video/life/holidays/zach-visits-the-north-pole-lee-and-sharon-get-festive/97-6af1508b-67c3-43a9-a1ec-0a93c9b6df27?jwsource=cl

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Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Visit 9/29/19
« on: September 29, 2019, 03:28:31 PM »
Today, the Mrs had previously declared I was not going to be available to go to the WW&F if I wanted to, because it was her day. Her annual age advancement day is close, and she wanted to spend it with me. She wanted to go for a ride and see some foliage..


Found some.





President Sharon Barber brings the Wes Spear #4 into Sanders Station for the 1pm train.



A considerable amount of track work has taken place this year. The main line (right) has been moved slightly to get to the original alaignment.



Looking south from the train.







Car Barn progress, being constructed across from the roundhouse. I heard them say they are using 40 poles to build this, with the corners set in cement. I am unsure if the rest will be.










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Work and Events / Mitsubishi Tractor
« on: August 30, 2019, 07:20:42 PM »
We talked about this for years.. And I posted it as part of a wish list 5 years ago. http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2189.0.html

But the time has finally arrived. We have been kind of passively looking for years, but got more serious about it this year, and Brendan had an approval from the BOD to spend up to x amount.

So Wednesday I spotted this online, sent pictures to Brendan then called and talked about it. I started contacting the seller, finally got him today.

We are now the proud owners of 1 48" Woods Bush Hog. It is 20 years old, but up until recently had been kept indoors. It is in as near new condition as one can get. And got it for a heck of a deal. It will be delivered to the Museum on 9/7.

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Gravel Pits
« on: August 18, 2019, 07:41:42 PM »
Railroad maintenance was always going on when the railroad was active. After the initial construction with some fills, lots of trestles and rickety bridges, the upgrades began.

I have found this website for LIDAR mapping. https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=b40a0b5283244a18907b9dea05769fb7

This is the largest pit on the railroad that I could find. It must have been good material because of the amount taken. Also, the pit is much wider than the standard 66 foot right of way..

Having been there several times in person, this really puts it into perspective..very impressive.


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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Maine Narrow Gauge staying in Portland
« on: August 06, 2019, 08:17:40 AM »
An article in todays Portland Press Herald.

Quote
The nonprofit considered moving to Gray after the Portland Co. was sold for redevelopment, but it now plans to remain on the Portland waterfront, where it has operated since 1993.

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/08/06/narrow-gauge-railroad-staying-in-portland/

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Volunteers / Steam and Saws
« on: January 08, 2019, 10:27:51 PM »
Our clever marketing team has thought of this catchy slogan. So, let's promote it here also. Here is a link to the posting.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2171068673154962/?ti=as

January 19th. Steam and Saws. And maybe Steaming Saws of we work hard enough. Cut some trees. Burn some brush. Enjoy the day.

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Volunteers / January 2019 Work Reports
« on: December 30, 2018, 06:48:59 PM »
Plan ahead.. We are expecting to start cutting and burning next weekend, January 5th. With little snow cover, it should be easy walking. I am planning to start on the bridge end. I would like to mark the limits of our cutting, so there is no question as to what we are cutting. Due to the sensitivity of the area, we will have to limit the cutting to about 15 feet from center, or less depending on location, but we can take select hazard trees outside of that.

Later in January and again in February we are planning a couple of work days like we did last year. Train ride to TOM, tree cutting in the area of Location 9 (end of track) the first day. The second day may be at the TOM itself if the Extension cutting is complete, but we will have something.

So sharpen your saw or come run ours. We have enough to do for anyone willing.

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Work and Events / Victorian Christmas 2018
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:19:45 PM »
The weather prediction for Saturday has changed from rain to just mostly cloudy. Temps in the 30's. It could turn out to be a great day (better than the rain they were predicting).

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Volunteers / Mountain Extension Workday 11/10
« on: November 01, 2018, 09:55:07 AM »
The woodchipper has been reserved, and will be delivered Friday 11/9 to be set on a work flat. We will need a couple of sharp saws, so we are not picking big stuff. The chipper will run as much as possible to get all the use we can out of it, and make renting it worth it.

Saturday Nov 10th forecast is currently saying mostly sunny with temps in the 50's. This is Maine, and the forecast is bound to change faster than a traffic light on Route 1, but hoping that forecast holds true. It would make for a very pleasant day.

Reminder, safety glasses and hearing protection around the chipper. Bring yours if you have some you like. We do not have much extra for eye protection, so do bring that. We do have some hard hats with all of that on there if someone needs.

I would like to leave Sheepscot with the Woodchipper Express between 7:30 and 8, and the train can follow anytime after, probably at 8:30, to give time for those traveling to get there. We may also run a mid morning shuttle to pick up anyone else that came later.

We will return to Sheepscot for lunch. Cindy is talking about making a chowder.

We will be wrapping up around 3, to make it back in time for the Board Meeting.


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Volunteers / October 27th Work Party
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:25:19 AM »
I have gotten the ok, so here it goes.

We are going to do a Mountain Extension clean up/tree cutting on October 27th.

We plan on renting a large wood chipper, and using the museums smaller one for small branches.

The intent is to clean up all previously cut wood loading it on a flat car and chip the brush, and perhaps cut more if we have time.

Wood chippers are loud, so if you have hearing protection you like, bring it with you. Otherwise, some will be available. Eye protection is also advisable, and we don't have a huge supply of them.

Also, the 27th is the first day of Deer Hunting, so an orange hat or vest is also encouraged.


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Work and Events / Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:14:22 AM »
Mountain Extension before, during and after shots, taken from approximately the same positions where possible.

If anyone else has some before and afters, please share.

Location 1

Looking South

Fall 2016


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Fall 2018

North from Location 1, Fall 2018





Location 2


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Fall 2018

Looking South from Location 3

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Location 3

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Location 4




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Location 5 and 6 Looking North


Fall 2016


Feb. 2018


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Location 5


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Location 7

Looking South

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Looking North


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Location 8


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Looking North toward Location 9, Fall 2018






Location 9

Looking North

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Looking South

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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Pondicherry Mill Trestle
« on: January 30, 2018, 12:39:57 PM »
Took a few minutes today and walked in to the trestle, or what is left of it. I have been concerned about this since the town allowed creation of a trail system through the area. These pictures show what is left. I will have to go through my older photos to see what is missing now, compared to a few (10?) Years ago when I was there last.











Looking toward where the old mill would have been, other side of the brook.


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Volunteers / January 2018 Work Planning
« on: December 30, 2017, 06:21:34 PM »
Getting the word out early. Wednesday, January 3rd, we are planning a tree cutting day. Temps are expected to be 40 degrees warmer than this morning, with a high of 22 expected. We will be going to TOM, and walking down the mountain to cut and stack the brush and logs out of the way, unless we build a fire to burn some of it.

Saturday, we are planning to start at the Trout Brook site. I will make an attempt to back drag everything there on Wednesday, so we can walk around easier on Saturday. We plan on burning, but if that does not work out, we will limb the trees, stack the brush for chipping, and move the logs to a spot out of the way for removal later.

Hope to see you at one or both of these days.

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Work and Events / Humason Brook Trestle
« on: October 17, 2017, 08:21:59 PM »
During the Fall Work Weekend, a small crew built this retaining wall, and today the repair was completed by the installation of the rest of the erosion stones. The retaining wall is needed to prevent further erosion, and provide a footing for the Mud Sill that sits behind it. An excellent and quick solution, to what could have developed into a huge problem.

Photo taken by Jason


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