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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.

Museum Discussion / Photo from 9/9/17
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:29:48 AM »

Volunteers / September 2017 work planning
« on: August 30, 2017, 11:01:38 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of September 2 (Labor Day Weekend):

* Mountain ROW culvert work: see Mike.
* Bay 2 & 3: Prep for concrete.
* Track maint: stone delivery?

Museum Discussion / 37th National Narrow Gauge Convention
« on: August 04, 2017, 01:10:55 AM »
This year the National Narrow Gauge Convention is in Denver, CO.  Ira Schreiber was going to man an informational booth for us this year there, but due to an accident and hospital stay he will be unable to attend the convention for us.  Is there anyone going that would be willing to man a booth there for a few hours each day?  Or at least make sure that the literature is still there?

It is too late for a refund - so if we can find someone to put out the literature and put it away, then at least we'll have something there.

Volunteers / August 2017 Work Planning
« on: August 02, 2017, 11:00:21 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of August 5:

* Mountain ROW work: More excavation, Mike talked about putting down some stone for a base for the culverts.  He may need help.
* Shop floor prep: Must build more stacks of ties, may need to dig the hole for the center post base.
* Yard sale prep: Linda may need help with that.

Museum Discussion / WW&F YouTube Channel
« on: July 18, 2017, 10:18:02 PM »
Today I set up the WW&F with a YouTube Channel.  There are lots of WW&F videos on YouTube now, and I'm hoping we can reference them all in one place.  I know that Eric Schade has a largish number of them, as do others. 

If anyone's familiar with how YouTube channels work, I'd love to hear from you.  Even better would be if someone would search for and organize the videos.  I'll be happy to hand out the password.

Volunteers / July 2017 Work Planning
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:14:51 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of July 1 & 2, 2017:

* Boxcar 67
* Stone delivery: the flatcar on Tuesday was loaded with stone.  There's still plenty of places that needs it.
* Flatcar 118
* Bay 2 cleanup - as 67 can roll, we can attack Bay 2.
* Mainline track extension, in prep for culvert.
* This is the first weekend of the heart of the season - steam from now until Labor Day Weekend (crew and equipment permitting, of course).

Volunteers / June 2017 Work Planning
« on: May 31, 2017, 10:57:31 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of June 3 & 4:

* Boxcar 67.
* Stone delivery to needy spots along the track.
* Car 1015 installation of other wheelset and final fettling.

Moderator Announcements / May 28 2017 Forum crash, and recovery
« on: May 29, 2017, 11:32:59 PM »
On May 28, Ed Lecuyer informed me that the forum was showing an error of some kind, looked like the forum database software had crashed.

I was unable to recover us from that state.  I tried installing a new version of the forum, but ran into bigger trouble (namely, a blank slate!).

I had our host restore the website to their full backup from Friday night/Saturday morning midnight.  The forum is back in operation, minus any posts from Saturday and Sunday.  I do not plan to try to recover them.

Volunteers / May 2017 Work Planning
« on: May 03, 2017, 12:20:16 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 6:

* Annual Meeting.  Annual meeting is in the Alna Meeting house.  I think the time is 2 PM but don't take my word for that.
* Boxcar 67
* Start of regular public train service.

Volunteers / April 2017 Work Planning
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:00:48 AM »
Anticipated work for April 1, 2017:

* Construction of #11, the new Beyer-Garratt 044-440 begins this week.
* Since one shipping container clearly won't be enough, we'll be putting a mine in underneath the hill to the west to put away everything.
* Boxcar 67 work - we may be able to start the siding.
* We'll try out Fred's new 15-foot, triple-bladed chain saw.
* Equipment car 1015 work
* Easter prep (only 3 weeks away)
* Archives - Linda will be sorting through some original 1910 color photos of all 5 Maine 2-footers.

Original Railway / WW&F Wiscasset Route 1 Crossing
« on: March 19, 2017, 12:34:46 AM »
Mark was telling us today at lunch that one time he got a "tour" of the old Route 1 highway Sheepscot River bridge (the one that got replaced by the concrete bridge that's there today).  Apparently the bridge (or parts of it) was built over the bridge that was there before, as he saw where the WW&F crossing was underneath the highway bridge.

He said at the time that things were rotting out underneath, and if a truck started over the bridge you could see the bridge settle and bounce back as the truck drove down the bridge.

I had no idea that that was the case.  I don't see how there could have been room to do that!

Volunteers / March 2017 Work Planning
« on: March 01, 2017, 12:00:14 PM »
It's March 1!  Spring in Maine appears to be rapidly approaching.

Anticipated work for Saturday March 4:

* Boxcar 67: trucks, belt rails
* Storage container delivery prep
* Archival work
* Office work: a "new" laptop arrived, I will be transferring all office functions to that (this replaces the one with the broken hinge)

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