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Museum Discussion / Re: FOR SALE: Home in Wiscasset Including ROW
« on: July 23, 2020, 10:03:32 PM »
As someone who sought out and purchased land abutting the WW&F right-of-way, I will say for anyone either looking to relocate to the area, have a second home in the area or simply make an investment that ultimately also benefits the museum and railway you love, this is a wonderful way to contribute to the railway if your considering it in your own long term plans.

Similarly, several members could potentially come together, purchase a property, parcel our the R-o-w to the railway, then sell the property afterward, or keep it for their own use.

Volunteers / August 1st 9AM-5PM Train Crew Training Session
« on: July 17, 2020, 10:05:38 PM »
August 1st from 9AM to 5PM, the WW&F will hold a day-long training session open to all. This session will formally introduce and review the newest edition of the rulebook.

The day will be broken into 2 parts:
The AM session will be a classroom-style introduction to the rulebook with time for questions & review.
After lunch, the PM session will consist of in-the-field learning on the railway demonstrating correct methods for certain operations. Again, there will be time for questions & review.

The training session is recommended for all volunteers because the topics covered are of value to anyone on or around the railway. This training session, while a step toward becoming a member of a train crew, is only one piece of the program.

This session will be offered annually; attendance, and the passing of a written test based upon the session, is required at least once every 3 years for train crew members to maintain their qualification.

Volunteers / Re: July 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 17, 2020, 03:24:07 PM »
I saw some puns on here. Better cut it off before it grows too unwieldy. Then again, if I log off, I might pine to read it once again.

Museum Discussion / Re: Lincoln County New article on WW&F
« on: July 10, 2020, 01:11:24 PM »
In general the article does a nice job with capturing the spirit of the Museum in these trying times. Basically, come hell or high water, we've got a railroad to build (but we'll do it safely according to all good sense and provided guidelines). There are a few details which those of us close to the ng will recognize as misunderstandings but with so much going on, its easy to see how someone could arrive at those.

The reporter did spell both my last name and Dave's correctly, which I consider a win!

Museum Discussion / Re: Outside the box idea for revenue
« on: July 10, 2020, 01:07:59 PM »
If this is spot for outside box thinking personally felt that the organization should rework it's youtube channel and start doing a series of videos and talks discussing history and ongoing projects.  These types of videos are very popular and some great examples are the Tank Museum of Bovington in England and Lawrie's Mechanical Marvels:

With all media people that come to shoot think some might help in creating these types of video's which would serve purpose of some revenue from ad's as well as getting word out on the railroad to others around the world.

That's quite clever Joseph. I did one sort of informative-educational video for the railway on the flanging machine we built a few years back and that was well received and generated some followers. I think something like this needs to be pretty well planned out, curated, and would need a champion to dedicate themselves (and the volunteer time) to making it happen. I think it is a great idea, but I know, given the other plates that I balance in terms of marketing and interaction, I could not add it to my personal stack right now. If someone else was interested in taking this on , I'd be interested in hearing from them!


Volunteers / Re: 2019 Volunteer Hours
« on: July 07, 2020, 11:10:28 PM »
VERY tedious.  In fact, if someone would like to take it over, I would be glad to be free of it.

But that's how your name gets on the list in the first place  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Keith Rucker-Antique Machinery Blog
« on: July 07, 2020, 10:21:17 PM »
I stumbled onto Fred Dibnah on youtube quite by accident a couple years ago and haven't been the same since. It's not the Queen's english, but it'll do!

Also worth checking out are Dave Richard's youtube videos
He even wears a Friends of the East Broad Top hat now and again to identify himself as one of the good guys.


Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:34:22 PM »
With the latest executive order we will likely wind up requiring mask use on trains, as it is unlikely with a train, even at half-capacity, for people to maintain social distancing at all times. Therefore, based on the rule, masks would be required on all trains (even open cars).

Work and Events / Music on the Railway 2020
« on: March 10, 2020, 03:25:55 PM »
Hi Everyone,

Season passes for the Music on the Railway 2020 season have gone on sale. The season pass gets you in to all 4 concerts, which are always held on the 4th Saturday of the month (June, July, August, September), for the price of 3. The season passes will be on sale throughout March. On April 1st ticketing will shift to individual concerts. The line up is:
June: Rough Sawn
July: Pejepscot Station
August: Freemont Street String Band
September: Old Hat Duo

Tickets are on sale here:

Work and Events / Re: WCSH's '207' visits the WW&F
« on: March 02, 2020, 10:03:45 PM »
Hi Everyone,

For those of you who are interested, the WW&F will be featured on tomorrow night's episode of '207' at 7PM. It's on WCSH - channel 6


Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 28, 2020, 11:15:18 PM »
Ah, I understand! Not a bad idea to ask for a discount! ;)

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 28, 2020, 10:29:27 PM »
Harold- first and foremost great work and thank you for sharing an update on your progress.
Interesting about your trouble finding quartersawn white oak. In organ building we use quite a bit of white oak for casework, but also in the windchests and smaller dimension wooden pipes, because of it's strength. We used white oak specifically because it has closed capillaries which do not allow air to leak readily as opposed to red oak, which could leak air readily.

As for the quartersawn oak, that was specifically sought after for casework due to the appearance and aforementioned rays. Leonard Lumber, in Durham, CT was our supplier and we had good luck with them, but it's a bit far for you. Surprised it is hard to come by your way.


Work and Events / WCSH's '207' visits the WW&F
« on: February 21, 2020, 11:48:56 PM »
Today the WW&F was visited by WSCH's (channel 6) Amanda Hill and her cameraman Devin Crawford.

Museum member Andy Swift for connected us and told Amanda she needed to get up to Alna stat to see what we were up to, so she did.

There were a several interviews, lots of filming at Sheepscot and the environs and a run up to Alna Center, which was not without a few interesting moments because yours truly brought the trai  to an unintended stop with the engine right on the Averill Rd. crossing, which led the train to stall. After letting all of our slack in and thoroughly cleaning and sanding the crossing, we were able to get back on our feet once again, pull the train into the clear on the main and run around on the passing siding.

With our minds put together, we figured it out. A nice display of some of the challenges of winter railroading.

For what it's worth, Averill Rd. seems to be worse than usual in terms of ice build up on the crossing- maybe due to snowmobile traffic.

When I hear of the date that the segment will air, I will post it here.


Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: February 21, 2020, 10:26:47 PM »
I'd like to piggyback on Ed's the comments Ed shared below. Everyone, from Steam & Saws volunteers, to train crew, to SeaLyon Farm crew did a magnificent job of hosting our guests of the course of January and February. Lots of hard work went into making it happen, not the least of which was the weekday crew working hard to keep the line open between storms.

We also had several 'sometimes' volunteers join us with greater frequency during the events, and the word on the street is they had a great time and will be back for more.

Here are a few brief observations of what made the event a success:
*Lots of good media attention on Facebook- one keen observer noted that nearly all interest in the event was derived from people who learned about it on Facebook.
*We learned from Saturday and made tweaks and improvements for a better experience on Sunday.
*Conductors briefed crews at the beginning of each day and again if the plan changed or needed talking through.
*The few complaints we had (2) were promptly addressed and dealt with quickly and thoughtfully.
*Plans are already afoot to discuss how the event could be improved from our experience this year.

Thanks for doing what it took to make the magic happen. Going by what I've read, you all made a lot of people very happy.

Work and Events / Re: SWW 2020 - Spouse/Member Activities & Tours
« on: February 01, 2020, 01:45:48 AM »
These are great, support the local economy, and potentially could draw more volunteers and build lasting friendships. Great addition! I'm hoping we can advertise them as we recruit for SWW. Thank you!


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