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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)

Volunteers / 2016 Volunteer contact info
« on: February 22, 2017, 01:29:08 AM »
So once again I have some volunteers from last year that have no contact info.  Please help wherever you can:
James Brandt
Grace Brodeur
Charlie Brogan
Walla Chan
Bill Cluley
Carlo Digiantommaso
Lauren Digiantommaso (I think Lauren was formerly Lauren Johnson, daughter of Dave Johnson)
Yevhenii Diomidov
Allen Ewert
Joseph Gilbert
Fabiola Hernandez
Marie Hodgdon
Ron Hodgdon
Richard Holme
Chris Johnson (may be related to Dave Johnson, I don't know)
Dan Legnard
Andrew Morris
Caitlan Morris (Caitlan was formerly a Johnson, daughter of Dave)
John Taylor Novak
Felix Qi
Laura Rochette
Dustin Ross
George Small
Jack Small
Jordan Small
June M Smith
Kerry Surles
Xueying Zhao

These names may not be exact, sometimes names in the book are very hard to decipher. 

Volunteers / February 2017 Work Planning
« on: February 01, 2017, 12:06:05 PM »
Anticipated work for February 4, 2017

* Boxcar 67
* Work flat 1015
* Tree cutting at TOM

Museum Discussion / 2016 Volunteer Hours
« on: January 01, 2017, 07:52:13 PM »
This is the annual call for those of you that have done Museum tasks off-site during the past year - please forward to me your off-site hours for last year.  I have entered everything that is currently in the volunteer log up to yesterday.  So far we are behind last year's number of hours but ahead of every other year, and have had 189 volunteer last year - more than previous years except 2015.

You can put them here, send me an email or private message, or put them in the book if you happen to be at the Museum in the next week.

Volunteers / December 2016 Work Planning
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:07:59 PM »
Anticipated work for Saturday December 3:

* ROW cleanup: Moving the joint bars from Alna Center area; moving the ties that were used to stack rail.  Maybe even move more rail (there's some small pieces stored near AC north yard limit, probably others we could move).
* Boxcar 67
* Victorian Christmas prep (just 3 Saturdays left): general area cleanup, platforms, etc (there's a list on Bay 4 chalkboard).
* Widening the parking lot entrance

Volunteers / November 2016 Work Planning
« on: November 02, 2016, 10:59:48 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday November 5, 2016

* Albion Day.  Albion Work Extra X5 departs Sheepscot approximately 8 AM, arriving in Albion approximately 9 AM.  Work will be on the station building, track, and/or the Plymouth.

There may be a few people at Sheepscot, but most should be at Albion.

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