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Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: May 08, 2018, 04:42:32 PM »
Probably would be hard to fill all of the positions since there is a lot of carryover between those two groups!

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Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: May 07, 2018, 11:06:29 PM »
From today's press release: This Saturday, May 12 at 6PM a meeting is being held at the Alna General Store to plan for Alna Day. Town businesses, organizations, and residents are invited to attend and discuss ideas for the the upcoming celebration. Some ideas include a potluck picnic, a softball game, and a town-wide scavenger hunt.
Alna Day will take place June 16th at the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum. It is inspired by the role the Railway plays in connecting the communities, businesses and people of the Sheepscot Valley with one another.

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Original Railway / Re: New FS&K Roadbed Locations Discovered Today
« on: May 05, 2018, 04:14:13 AM »
It is fascinating isn't it? Equally fascinating to me was the Atwood proposed Maine Midland Railroad Co. It was intended to leave the FS&K at Farmington Falls and continue to Livermore Falls with a roughly 'J' shaped route.

Here are the articles of incorporation on pages 211-215:
https://books.google.com/books?id=9D44AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA213&lpg=PA213&dq=maine+midland+railroad+company&source=bl&ots=yTrKVTPPxw&sig=lRKm8AqGVklkXP1vs9MY_eDIUZA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwicstPE2O3aAhXExlkKHVvtAdYQ6AEIgAEwBw#v=onepage&q=maine%20midland%20railroad%20company&f=false

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Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: May 05, 2018, 03:52:00 AM »
Thanks Bob,

This will be getting more widespread distribution. I thought that, given the benchmark we've just reached, this would be an appropriate time to share it with our forum readers.

It will also be shared via Facebook (21 Campaign and WW&F page), the newsletter, and other sources. The more that know, the better. Tell your friends!

Steve

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Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: May 05, 2018, 01:44:42 AM »
Wonderful news, and well worth sharing! We now have complete funding for both boilers within our sights!

Meanwhile, here is some more exciting news to report regarding both the Museum's endowment and the 21 Campaign. A generous member has issued a challenge: If $15,000.00 is donated to the 21 Campaign between the April 27-29, 2018  Spring Work Weekend and the Annual Picnic on August 12, 2018, he will donate $1,000.00 to the Museum’s Endowment Fund. Our member hopes to draw attention to both funds in an entertaining way. His hope is to increase contributions to the in the 21 Campaign Fund, while also raising awareness of our endowment fund and encourage others to donate to it as well. Please be generous in helping us reach our goals!

Steve Piwowarski

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Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:57:27 PM »
Before Saturday it would also be great if we could:

Wash down the bench in the leanto at Sheepscot Station
Broom out the coaches or cars for this weekend and wash coach windows
and
generally tidy up around Sheepscot to neaten up for visitors.

I'll try to hit some of this, but if someone gets a head start, it would be much appreciated.

Steve

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Volunteers / Re: At the HRA Spring Conference
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:17:46 AM »
Indeed, while riding the trolley's yesterday at Rockhill Trolley Museum, I looked around and counted 5 or so WW&F members sitting around us. It's pretty amazing to see the amount of support we receive from others in the industry. From employees at our host, the Strasburg Rail Road, to visitors from across the country, people are watching our progress- and are very aware of and enthusiastic about the work we do.

The conference was excellent, with many fresh perspectives on some of the challenges and opportunities within heritage railroading. One nice feature was that every seminar that I attended included not only a question and answer time, but also a period for open discussion so that people could formulate ideas and share what has (and has not) worked for them.

Our hosts were incredibly generous with their time and resources and put on a great event. Thanks to all of those who hosted us for doing a great job and helping us feel welcomed.

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Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:08:41 AM »
Hi Folks,

Thanks for the accolades, but I've been hearing people around the railway asking for something like this for some time, so I took what I had heard, molded it a little bit and brought it to the select board at Liz Brown's (our Town Clerks) advice. Historically, the railroad was about bringing people together, by connecting communities through transportation, communication, and commerce. Today, we aim to do the same thing.

At the meeting we got to hear more feedback from town residents. Suggestions (both from the meeting and elsewhere) included the following:

-free passage on the railway for town residents
-displays by town organizations and businesses (which would certainly include Midcoast Conservancy)
-Alna History committee displays
-Alna VFD displays
-Some sort of a picnic luncheon
-Some sort of community games
-Some sort of a food drive for an area soup kitchen

We're going to have a great event for the residents of the town and we are looking forward to hosting them, as they have been 'hosting' us for many years now.

Steve


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Volunteers / Re: March 2018 Work Planning
« on: March 30, 2018, 03:03:22 AM »
That shot of Steve is awesome. Looks like he was meant to be in a smokebox.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:07:38 PM »
Hi Fred,

We limit ourselves on focusing on restoring one section of railway at a time, so our energy is currently dedicated to reinstating the railway between Top of Mountain and Route 218.

The current work doesn't guarantee further expansion, but it doesn't bar it either. The Museum has actively sought to preserve the right of way where possible to ensure long term preservation for the future

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 26, 2018, 04:01:50 AM »
I can't wait to hear the mauls singing as we head down the mountain and get that bridge in across the brook! I'm especially thankful for all of the friends I've met through helping to rebuild the railway and all of the new ones we are sure to make as progress continues northward, and someday southward.


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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:38:19 AM »
I'll leave it to Linda about how much she wants to reveal about the specifics of the acquisition, but in total it includes 26 letters from Leonard Atwood to the Engineer of the FS&K along with 5 or 6 engineering/surveying notebooks regarding the project.

The first letter, from late March of 1901 (I believe) is printed on a unique FS&K letterhead with a proposed map on the back. The last is from late April. There is nearly 1 letter each day during the month of April concerning the day to day operation of the FS&K in Maine while Atwood was in Philadelphia attempting to arrange financing.

Tomorrow we will be transcribing letters from the originals.

Very excited about the prospect of learning more about Atwood's endeavors by seeing what we can glean from the letters.

Steve P.

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Funding this AM stands at 23,400. Still a long way to go, but nearly half way there as of Monday morning @ 6:15. I'm in, even if it is broad gauge :)

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:35:16 PM »
Hi Folks,

To help us get us started on the right foot this Saturday I'll be cooking up a breakfast of eggs, biscuits, meats, and fruit along with coffee and tea to wash it all down. I'll make eggs to order, but if you want poached, you might be on your own. I'll have breakfast up starting at 7:30 and will be clearing up at 8:15 before the work train departs.

See you there,
Steve

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:33:11 PM »
Hi Folks,

To help us get us started on the right foot this Saturday I'll be cooking up a breakfast of eggs, biscuits, meats, and fruit along with coffee and tea to wash it all down. I'll make eggs to order, but if you want poached, you might be on your own. I'll have breakfast up starting at 7:30 and will be clearing up at 8:15 before the work train departs.

See you there,
Steve

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