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General Discussion / John Poor--Founder of the Portland Company
« on: July 18, 2017, 03:42:30 AM »
Interesting article here about Poor’s founding of the Portland and Atlantic Railway as well as the Portland Company. He also bought a railroad magazine for his brother Henry, which got into publishing ratings on railroad bonds. That appears to have been the origin of todays’ Stadard and Poor’s 500 Index of stock prices.

http://portland.bangordailynews.com/2017/07/17/history/this-frostbitten-man-brought-canadian-railroad-wealth-to-portland/

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Museum Discussion / Old Yarn Mill
« on: March 29, 2017, 09:48:59 PM »
I wish this old yarn mill, featured in yesterday's Bangor Daily News, could be alongside our line in Alna:

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/21/homestead/yarn-of-a-different-century-traditional-spinning-takes-center-stage-at-maine-mill/?ref=distro

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Drought Solution Gone Awry
« on: July 04, 2016, 10:06:14 PM »
As a deaf ol' geezah I really related to this one. Wanted to share.


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General Discussion / Looooooong Tunnels
« on: June 04, 2016, 10:40:44 PM »
Tomorrow the world’s longest rail tunnel, the twin-track Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, will be turned over to the Swiss Federal Railways, about twenty years after tunnel construction began.

The tunnel was inaugurated in ceremonies on June 1. It is about 35.5 miles long and comprises two tubes. Regular operation of trains is scheduled to begin in December.

Wiki article with particulars at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotthard_Base_Tunnel#Construction

Construction is underway on another long rail tunnel under the Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy.

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Work and Events / No. 10 Boiler Balancing Act
« on: March 24, 2016, 03:06:09 AM »
Recently while at the museum to inspect journal boxes I've seen No. 10's old boiler perched most interestingly on a truck. How was it elevated to this position? I think it would be too heavy for Ichabod Crane.


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General Discussion / Another happy rail event at Christmas season
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:21:12 AM »
Link to a Berkshire Eagle article about the Christmas season event at Berkshire Scenic in Adams and North Adams MA. The track is a new home for Berkshire Scenic. It was banished from its original route between Lenox MA and Stockbridge MA by the Housatonic RR.

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_29289030/all-aboard-berkshire-scenic-railways-christmas-express

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General Discussion / How to "fah" a steam locomotive
« on: August 21, 2015, 07:42:33 PM »
Veddy, veddy British instruction film on how to “fah” (translation: fire) a steam locomotive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHo860Q66Gw

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Museum Discussion / Two-Foot Musings
« on: June 04, 2015, 02:32:51 AM »
Seventy eight installments of Two-Foot Musings over a span of 25 years—only about eight years shorter than the operating life of the railroad. That’s some accomplishment, Ellis Walker! Many, many thanks for all the reading pleasure you provided us, and best wishes for a happy retirement.

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Museum Discussion / Sales Tax on Tickets?
« on: April 17, 2015, 04:33:20 PM »
This week’s edition of The Free Press (Rockland ME) has an article on p 6 under the heading “Eye on Augusta” about the debate over the tax plans of Governor LePage and the Democrats in the legislature.

Under the topic “List of New Sales Taxes that LePage and the Democratic Party agree on” is the category “Recreation and amusement services,” Including: “Scenic and sight-seeing excursions including aircraft, helicopter, balloon, blimp, watercraft, railroad, bus, trolley and wagon rides, whitewater rafting and guided recreation.”

The article does mention that the bipartisan Taxation Committee unanimously voted to continue exempting, among other things, museum tickets. Even if that exemption survives, I doubt that our museum could escape having to collect sales tax on train ride tickets, since that is the only thing at the museum for which a visitor has to buy a ticket.

Here is the link to the complete article:

http://www.freepressonline.com/main.asp?ArticleID=38196&SectionID=96&SubSectionID=541


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Museum Discussion / More Nice Publicity
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:55:52 PM »
In the April issue of Trains magazine, on p 62 there's a fact-packed piece by Justin Franz headed "Maine's magnificent two-footers," with text and photo for our museum, Maine Narrow Gauge and Boothbay and a lot more. Congratulations and thanks, Justin! 

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Museum Discussion / Alna First Response Team
« on: February 08, 2015, 02:07:01 AM »
Was sorry to read in the Bangor Daily News on line that the Alna first response team is disbanding. This seems to be happening in many small communities now. Very sad.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/05/news/midcoast/unable-to-recruit-new-emts-alna-first-response-team-to-disband-after-30-years/

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UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Early Days of Welsh Steam Preservation
« on: February 28, 2014, 03:14:13 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlEon7zclXE

This clip isn’t exclusively devoted to Welsh two-footers, although a good sized fraction of it is. Although the picture quality is poor, this clip has an hour or so footage from the early days of slate quarry and steam narrow gauge operation in Wales, and the beginnings of preservation of the Festiniog. From the narrator you can learn how to pronounce Porthmadog and some other Welsh names. Among the railways on which steam operation is shown are the Snowden Mountain (a rack railway), Festiniog, Talyllyn, Vale of Rheidol, Welshpool, and Isle of Mann railways, and the miniature lines Ravenglass and Eskdale and Romney Hythe and Dymchurch. The last half hour is mostly about a flock of early narrow gauge electric railways in southern England.

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