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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Museum Discussion / MNG in need of car roofers
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:36:59 AM »
Just saw this on the news.
 Any chance some of our coach 8 roofers may be available to give them some advice and or help?

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.

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.,337480

US Two Footers / United States Longest 2' gauge line
« on: August 25, 2017, 06:08:37 PM »
Found a neat little article on the longest U.S. 2' gauge railroad. It is located in Michigan, and been in service since 1927 and is 5.5 miles long.

Here is a link to the article.

Museum Discussion / Annual Picnic details
« on: August 03, 2017, 11:50:08 AM »
Can someone either post or email me a list of Annual Picnic details such as special trains, visiting cars, trucks, machines, and more? It's just over a week away and its time for me to do my Special Event detail to the local news stations.

General Discussion / Standard Gauge 0-6-0 cab ride
« on: April 10, 2017, 11:32:24 PM »
Here is a cab ride from Conway Scenic 7470 on a fall run from North Conway to Conway tender first. Engineer is Gordon Lang, & myself as fireman. Went the entire trip down with a low pressure of 163, & a high of 174, just below the pop. Once in a while the whistle sounds funny, thats because Gordons nickname is 6 toot.

Other Narrow Gauge / D&RGW 1960s photos
« on: March 04, 2017, 12:10:37 PM »
Hey everyone,

Someone shared this site with me on another forum so I thought I would share it here as well for anyone interested. There are some pretty cool shots of the D&RGW narrow gauge in the final years.

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Seeking Weekend Customer Service Employee
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:04:42 PM »
Just saw an add on craigslist that MNG is looking for a weekend gift shop person. Pay is $10.70 per hour, and up to 22 hours per week. Position wil last May thru October with some days open in December.

Work and Events / Spring Work Weekend
« on: February 25, 2017, 11:06:20 PM »
Here are my thoughts on spring track work:

Much needed mainline maintenance from Brook Crossing to Sheepscot mills, and again from bottom of the Ladder to Rosewood. I would estimate a crew of 15-20 all 3 days.

It would also be nice to ballast the stretch of track down the mountain and build track as needed so that the extension north can resume sooner rather than later.

Just my thoughts, but the main line should be first priority. If this becomes a plan I am willing to put together a work list once things thaw out and I can resume walking duties.

Museum Discussion / First Winter Steam Weekend reviews
« on: February 07, 2017, 03:14:42 PM »
Hey everyone,

As feedback continues to come in on the First Winter weekend let me say that out of the 27 patrons, ALL feedback is positive with only a few minor suggestions. Such as more historic looking attire, which can be kind of hard to accommodate in the winter time. Here is the most recent one.

"I have been to many rail museums in my life and I have never experienced a more
dynamic, diverse and energetic group of volunteers than those that we met at the
Winter Steam Weekend.  You have something magic going on and I only wish that I
lived closer to be a part of it."

This was from our party of 7 that attended. Regardless of what we think operationally wise on our end, etc. The main thing is where we think there were operational glitches, our guests still had a very enjoyable experience.

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