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Volunteers / June 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:55:58 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of June 2:

* Caboose 320
* Percival House stairs
* Track work
* Mountain ROW/Trout Brook

Volunteers / May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:03:24 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 5, 2018: Annual Meeting day

* Annual Meeting is in the afternoon at the Alna Meeting House.  Sorry, I can never remember the time when I write these!
* Track work: I don't know what is left to do after last weekend.
* Machine shop: I don't know what's left to do there either (other than wiring).
* Percival house stairs
* Boxcar 67
* Bridge.

Museum Discussion / WW&F Items at Brookline Auction on 4/15/18
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:06:05 PM »
Member Jeff Cohn of Vermont will be attending Brookline Auction in NH tomorrow. Several items related to WW&F are among the lots offered.  Another friend of the Museum has asked him to bid (within a reasonable limit) on certain WW&F items.  If successful, it is the other person's intention to provide these historic item (s) to WW&F as a gift.  The most significant item is a 1909 WW&F broadside timetable, Lot # 32.  There’s also a 6-volume set of WW&F books (lot #52) but Jeff doesn't know if these are unique to the WW&F archive. He also believes that there’s an old brass luggage tag further down the list.

These lots can be viewed at the Brookline Auctions website:

Perhaps other friends of WW&F intend to participate in the auction with a similar goal.  Jeff doesn't want his participation to result in an inflated price for items destined for the WW&F Railway Museum.  His sole objectives are to do his best to acquire historical items that should be returned to WW&F and to avoid conflict with other individuals with a similar goal.

Museum Discussion / Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 08, 2018, 12:38:22 AM »
Last week Dave was interviewed by local community television Lincoln County TV for their "Community Conversations" program.  The interview is about a half hour, and can be seen either at or at  A very enjoyable half hour.

Volunteers / April 2018 work planning
« on: April 04, 2018, 11:05:08 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday April 7:

* Boxcar 67
* Loco 10 boiler
* SWW prep
* Possible tree cutting for west parking lot (depends on outcome of research)

Additionally there's a ham & bean supper at the Alna Fire Department at 4:30.  Yum yum!

Volunteers / March 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 28, 2018, 12:02:59 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday March 3:

* Boxcar 67
* Mountain Extension ROW clearing
* #10 boiler work

Volunteers / February 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:02:01 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Feb 3:

A cold stiff wind is forecast for this day.
* Trout Brook bridge zone tree clearing.
* Boxcar 67
* Archives

Volunteers / 2017 Volunteer Hours
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:20:41 PM »
Now that the end of the 2017 is almost here, I am looking for any all volunteers that did WW&F work off-site that haven't otherwise entered their hours in the log book.  Please email those to me and I will get them in the book and record them in the database.

Volunteers / December 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 29, 2017, 12:02:24 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday December 2:

* Mountain ROW storm clean up - several trees came down, eventually they will need to be cleaned up.
* Boxcar 67
* Bridge
* Christmas prep

Museum Discussion / Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:08:45 PM »
Giving Tuesday is next week, on November 28.  Giving Tuesday is global day of giving.  Many of the websites that donate from purchases will be partaking by increasing their match.  Keep an eye on places that you frequent for that kind of thing.

Volunteers / November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 01, 2017, 12:09:09 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday November 4:

* Albion Day: our day to give Albion Historical Society support for their Albion Station.  As Dave mentioned, there will be weed whacking, archaeology, and potentially work on the building and on the track.
For those left back to Sheepscot:
* Car 67
* Storm cleanup

Moderator Announcements / 10/25/17 Outage
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:55:27 PM »
Imagine my surprise this morning when the Forum read "Down for Maintenance".  Neither I nor Ed knew anything about it.

After some poking around at lunch today, I figured out how to get the forum back on the air.

Sorry, folks, I don't know how it ended up like this.

Volunteers / October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:06:05 AM »
This coming weekend .... the Fall Work Weekend!  Yes, that's right folks, 4 - count 'em, FOUR! - fun-filled days of hard work, sweat, callused hands, sore muscles, great companionship, and full bellies.  On the docket for this fabulous stretch is:

* Door and stair replacements in the Percival House - replacing the parking lot door with a new door, landing, and ramp for the lot; replacing the front steps, and probably replacing the east door too.
* Retaining wall on the south side of Humason Trestle.
* Jack, tamp, line the track down the Mountain and the saw mill spur.
* Add some track to both places.
* Jack, stone, tamp and reconnect the Sheepscot yard tracks to the car shop.  There may be jacking and tamping elsewhere in the yard too.
* More flanging on #10's boiler.
* Food, food, and more food - Breakfast Sat - M, Lunch all four days, Supper F - Sunday.
* Mainline track lining and tamping.
* Woods track stone.
* I'm sure Fred could be persuaded to run the chainsaw to cut up ties.

General Discussion / WW&F in Eisenbahn Romantik
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:02:45 PM »
The WW&F has been featured in the German-language magazine Eisenbahn Romantik.  I believe the author Wolfgang Schumacher was here for the National Narrow Gauge Convention last year.  Railroad photos are from Kevin Madore, Stephen Hussar, and Matt Malkwiewicz.

11 pages plus a picture in the editorial.  I'm sure it's a great article, however it's all in German which I do not read.

There's several magazines at the Museum.

Work and Events / 2017 Fall Work Weekend Projects
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:04:03 AM »
At Saturday's board meeting we set some projects for the Fall Work Weekend:

* Construction of a retaining wall for Humason Trestle south side.  This is very important, we've been promising it to our bridge inspector for years.
* Construct ToM mill spur to the tree line, stone, level and tamp it.  Tamp the track up the Mountain from the Spring.
* Lining crew on the mainline to align track.  Need bodies for this.
* Replace the crappy Percival house doors with new, and build a ramp from the parking lot to the west side door.  Rebuild the stairs to the north side door.
* #10's boiler flanging.
* Stone the woods track.
* Level and tamp the yard track leading to the turntable.

Placing the concrete posts under the Sheepscot platform was mentioned but I don't recall if it was decided to do it or not.  Also shop cleanup was mentioned too.

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