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Volunteers / September 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:57:29 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of Sept 1 & 2, 2018.  Note that we are not open on Labor Day (at least for train rides).

* Bridge
* Mountain Extension (although no Mike this weekend)
* Caboose 320 cupola
* Operations etc

Volunteers / August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:20:57 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of August 4-5, 2018:

* Mountain extension.  Mike is prepping for the blocks?
* Bridge.  Interior still needs stain, as of last weekend.
* Car shop/machine shop organization.
* Caboose 320.

General Discussion / Ford Model A engines
« on: July 24, 2018, 01:35:19 AM »
This is only tangentally related to the Museum, so that's why I stick it here.

Our Model T railcar engine was built in 1931.  Someone emailed us asking how that could be when Ford stopped making Model A's in 1928.

Wikipedia tells me that Ford kept making T engines until 1941, but stopped making the car in 1928.  So why did they make the engines for more than a decade after they stopped building the car?

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.

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