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Museum Discussion / WW&F 2018 in Reveiw slideshow, and speech
« on: October 12, 2018, 12:27:03 PM »
Hey Everyone,

Unfortunately the slideshow and speech didn't really happen this year during the Fall Work Weekend, so here they are.

Thank you for all-of your support, dedication, and hard work. Without all of you, none of this would be possible. Rather today is your first day volunteering, or just another day from the last few years all of you are a cog in the wheel that helps keep this museum growing.

It is heartwarming to see so many of us all here for the same goal and passion. To restore and preserve this small part of Maine history, and in many cases we work harder here than we do at our every day jobs. Yes, myself included. As many of you know this has been a rather busy year for us, from the BIG bridge project, to Mountain repairs, track work, caboose repairs, and much more. At times the Bridge and Mountain projects were rather stressful and putting serous demand on our regular volunteers, everyone pitched in and kept their heads held high knowing it was for a great purpose. Even those of us not so regular, you are still as much a vital part of the museum as everyone else, because without everyone of you our progress on Work Weekends would not be nearly as spectacular.
We can’t thank you all enough for your dedication, support, and hard work. Please enjoy the following slideshow as we look back at 2018 in review.

After the feedback from the two slideshows I have assembled so far, I plan to make these an annual thing, with two in the works for next year. A 30 years presentation that will include before, during, and after photos. And a 2019 in review slideshow that will include photos from October 2018 to September 2019.

https://youtu.be/ziJApvP1Qvg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev4BB33vJLk&t=9s

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Volunteers / October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:31:07 AM »
We have a busy week ahead of us, with many arriving early to help finalize the prep for Falll Work Weekend. Today a center line will be resurveyed along the rail grade, and a marker placed at the end of our goal. (Would hate to see us get ahead of ourselves. :) ) Crane should be finished later today, and hopefully recieve a load test in the afternoon.

Other work later this week include testing out the crane, loading the track building train, finish preparations for work at Sheepscott, etc.

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Hey Everyone,

I have assembled a presentation showing the current progress of the mountain and Bridge project. The presentation is just over 5 minutes long, but covers all of our amazing progress. Without our members, friends, donors, and volunteers none of this would be possible. Please note that even though the presentation is only a week old, it is already outdated.

https://youtu.be/HegJfm0TyD4

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / MNG attends Gray Town Meeting 8/7/18
« on: August 08, 2018, 01:48:17 AM »
Maine Narrow Gauge attended the Town of Gray's town meeting tonight, and set fourth a wonderfull presentation. Their presentation followed the MDOT presentation, and in my mind was even a little more professional as they showed everyone a presentation and site proposal. Job well done to all who made it happen, and put together such a fantastic presentation. I attended tonight on an unofficial state just to show support. Such a great group of volunteers, and I look forward to our continued support amongst the other groups.

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Work and Events / Fall Work Weekend Prep 2018
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:30:30 PM »
Hey everyone,

In conjunction with the time consuming bridge project, we will need to start sorting, cropping, and drilling rail in prep for the work weekend. I estimate this to consume 8 days. Hopefully it is less, but that is my anticipation. To make it happen I will need a forklift operator at a bare minimum, or hopefully a place for the rail to be staged for me to work alone on it.

Track work and many other tasks have taken an extreme back burner by everyone this year. And I know many view it as not needed, but this is a huge behind the scenes KEY into making our Work Weekends a HUGE success and for many the sole reason for coming.

I hope to start on 8/18 but that will depend heavily on the bridge. So 8/25 is the absolute latest we can start.

How much rail do we need to prep? 100 sticks, equivelant to 1400' of track length.

I will do my best to post a better schedule in the next week or so. Should only need a crew of 2-3 most days, but if there is more theres always lots to do.

Joe

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Volunteers / Fire Season is here
« on: June 02, 2018, 06:00:58 AM »
Hey everyone,

A friendly reminder that fire season is upon us. (This is not an issue, but just a reminder to everyone) Please do not throw cigarette butts in grassy or wooded areas, when using any kind of tool that puts off sparks or hot debri please have a fire watch man, and always keep an eye out for fires along the line. Here in Maine there have been many fires from cigarettes being thrown out vehicle windows and lightning strikes.

In Colorado the Durango & Silverton is currently cancelling trains due to a massive forest fire north of Durango.

We should check all our fire hand pumps, and fire car and get it ready to go should we need it. We have been cery vigilant with our services to the town, hopefully we can keep up the good work. Remember as Smokey Bear would say, you can help prevent forest fires.

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Other Narrow Gauge / Durango & Silverton cancel trains due to fire
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:51:16 AM »
As of right now it appears one of the morning trains to Durango started a huge forest fire that started near the railroad tracks just north of Durango. In the late afternoon the fire went from being just 200 acres, to being 863 acres just after 5pm on Friday.

All trains returning from Silverton on Friday were cancelled, and passengers had to be bussed via Ridway and or Telluride. All trains cancelled for Saturday June 2nd.

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Work and Events / April 2018 Work Weekend prep and work
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:56:19 PM »
Jason and I walked the line today and established working limits for track to be removed, and much other needed work. 310' will be removed to allow a complete rail bed rebuild from the ditches up. There are around 200-250 ties to change outside of this, and the hope is to use the new tie machine for this. (To help pull ties out as that is the most tine consuming part) Prior to use, I hope to get in a test day or two with it to ensure things work as planned.

 I will be at the railroad on Tuesday April 24th, Wednesday April 25th, and possibly the 26th if needed. Then Friday and Saturday of the work weekend. There is much to do, and I hope to get as much of the prepping done as possible the few days I am there.

-Ties, we will need lots of ties that will be put in with a tie replacement crew. Those riding the train will notice several new dots. I hope to have these laid out sometime between the 24th & 26th.
-I anticipate the need to drill about 40 holes for new joint bars, depending on joint bar status will depend if this changes.

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While listening to kids songs, it is fun to change them up a bit. I modified I've been working on the railroad to...

I've been working on the railroad
All the live long day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to work my life away
Can't you hear the conductor snoring
Rise up so early in the morn
Can't he hear the train horn blowing
Dinah, blow your horn
Dinah won't you blow
Dinah won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow your horn
Dinah, won't you blow,
Dinah, won't you blow,
Dinah, won't you blow your horn
Someone's in the engine with dinah
Someone's in the engine I know
Someone's in the engine with dinah
Strumming on the old banjo
Fee fie fiddle ee ll o
Fee fie fiddle ee ll o o o o
Fee fie fiddle ee ll o
Strumming on the old banjo

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Museum Discussion / Ww&F on 207 1/2/18
« on: January 03, 2018, 12:46:36 AM »
Just heard from many friends that the picture in Downeast Magazine was featured on tonights 207. Did any of our locals see it? I unfortunately missed it.

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Museum Discussion / WW&F Wins Grand Prize photo contest
« on: December 18, 2017, 03:55:24 PM »
I just got word from museum Member Matthew Malkiewicz that a photo he entered in a Downeast Magazine photo contest has won grand prize. Congratulations Matt to a superb photograph that captures the railroad's magic to stepping back in time.

https://downeast.com/2018-reader-photo-contest/

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Museum Discussion / WW&F mentioned in local Model RR club newsletter
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:56:52 AM »
The WW&F is featured in this months edition of the Great Falls Model Railroad Club Newsletter. I picked up a copy and will bring it to the museum next time I am down for anyone that is interested to look through. Although it has a small reach, any publicity is better than none. Theres two photos included as well taken during the fall work weekend featured previously on the forum.

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Museum Discussion / MNG in need of car roofers
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:36:59 AM »
Just saw this on the news. http://www.wmtw.com/article/narrow-gauge-railroad-museum-recovers-from-storm-damage/13151779
 Any chance some of our coach 8 roofers may be available to give them some advice and or help?

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Museum Discussion / Potential track building cars?
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:50:58 PM »
Found these on DLS, and was wondering if these are something worth having someone look at? $500 for 4 2' gauge cars. They are an all steel car, but they may work for building track if the wheels look ok.

https://discoverlivesteam.com/discoverforsale/forsale/7_Gould/index.htm#Cannonball

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General Discussion / Greg Scholl video narrator
« on: October 16, 2017, 01:29:46 AM »
Greg Scholl posted on the NG discussion forum about needing a video narator.

http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,337480

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