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Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:04:52 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday October 21:

* Ballast delivery?  If any place needs ballast from track work.  If no place needs it, I'd suggest adding ballast to the east side of the main between the station platform and north switch, as that whole section will need leveling eventually.
* Boxcar 67
* Utility building
* Bridge construction
* Mountain ROW measuring

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 15, 2017, 01:39:23 AM »
Work done on Saturday October 14:

* Bridge: Folks were applying preservative to the end grain, and pulling out unused staples.
* Parking lot: The area of the lot just off the new ramp to the house got built up with gravel, and compacted with the dozer and Kubota.
* Electrical drop building: The hole got filled, and compacted with the dozer and Kubota.
* Loco 10: Marcel was removing the glass from the cab pieces of #10, with the idea of getting a jump on getting the cab back together.
* Mountain ROW: Mike did more measuring and figuring.
* Board meeting: We had a looong board meeting tonight.  Much of the discussion dealt with issues with bridge and track construction.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:27:09 PM »
The story is that after Vic died in 2010, his model railroad group wanted to remember him by planting a memorial tree at the WW&F.  We were happy to do that, the question was where.

At the time we were working on creating the parking lot.  The idea was that the parking lot would have defined lanes, and in the between the lanes we could put the tree.  That would keep it pretty safe from any wandering chain saws.  However the parking lot isn't finished yet (it still needs a good six inches or so of gravel), and after we used the lot for a year or so decided that defined lanes was a bad idea.  So it couldn't go there.

Next the idea of a memorial grove between the turntable and the road came up.  Except now we're putting in a building for buried utilities, leaving not much room for any kind of grove.

Earlier this year the idea of putting the grove between the house and the road happened.  Great idea!  So that's how that happened.

Everyone involved pulled all the threads together, and managed to get everything in place before the memorial occurred.  Never mind that the tree didn't get planted until the day before, and the stone arrived the morning of....

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:02:55 AM »
Thursday October 5 on our way back from the Top of Mountain, we stopped at Sheepscot Mills crossing [with permission and an impromptu invitation from the (private) property owner] to peek inside his workshop.  #7's boiler is on the frame, the cab is being rebuilt.  It's a rather sizeable locomotive up close.  It could return to Portland at any time, nothing prevents it from doing so (beyond needing space in the engine house).

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:57:15 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday October 14.  This is the first weekend of the "shoulder" season, which means only 3 trains and Saturday-only operation.

Not sure what to put down to do after the work weekend, but probably:

* Boxcar 67 work resumes, now that Zack has his level floor.
* Ballasting the new track at the north end.
* Any reballasting needed in Sheepscot Yard.  We should put some ballast down on the east side of the main line in the yard so that in the near future we can jack and tamp that.
* Ballast needs for the Woods track.
* Bridge reconstruction.
* Board meeting Saturday at 4.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:12:40 PM »
Work done on Monday, October 9:

* The former Track 7, now the Turntable track, was jacked and tamped this morning.  We managed to finish before the rain got going.  It no longer has a 1.25" superelevation on it.  Now just a quarter inch.
* Jason and Rick were making good progress in flanging the back head.  Part of their tools were oak wedges to get the metal to smoosh correctly.
* Nancy served breakfast, then broke down her tents and served lunch in the house.
* Folks were making sure the new floor kept clean.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 08, 2017, 12:21:22 AM »
Fall Work Weekend Saturday October 7: Day 2.  From North to South

* I don't believe anything happened beyond the end of track, other than lots of people walking the right of way down the hill and back.  Although Mike did get the Kubota this morning before sunrise.
* Mountain main line: tamped the outside of the track, and about half of the inside.  The track was also lined.
* ToM phone line: the pole at the ToM switch got a phone box.  Not sure if the phone is in it yet or not.
* Mill spur: the spur was extended to the tree line (quite literally), and got some ballast on it.
* Alna Center: Fred occasionally loaded stone.
* Humason Trestle: Jason was to have led a crew building a retaining wall.
* Nancy has her cook shack set up just below the restrooms.
* Some folks were working on the back hoe attachment to get it independently operable (for tie replacement).
* Our bridge inspector, the bridge reconstruction contractor and our crews were looking things over.
* The Percival house west door (which was replaced yesterday) got a platform and partial ramp to the parking lot.
* The Vic Hamburger memorial tree was planted yesterday, the memorial stone arrived this morning, and the dedication ceremony was this evening.
* Mike dug the hole for buried utility pipes.  Josh put the conduit in place, and the hole was partially refilled.
* Some work was getting done on flanging #10's boiler backhead.

I'm sure there were other projects, but those are the ones I saw.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:25:52 AM »
We talked about using a house moving company to move and set the bridge.  Moving big objects is something they do, they know who to contact and what to get for permits, they'll have all the equipment needed to slide the bridge into place.

Museum Discussion / Re: Crossing 218
« on: October 05, 2017, 11:49:51 PM »
Maine Narrow Gauge in Portland became subject to FRA jurisdiction when they crossed Cutter Street, a very minor road that leads to a public ramp to put in your boat.  The FRA only chose to regulate their steam locomotives. 

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 05, 2017, 11:08:43 AM »
Instructions and batteries not included.

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: October 04, 2017, 06:31:06 PM »
Membership database & program will soon be going to cloud.

I try to weekly back up my day-to-day Quickbooks to the Museum laptop.  I thought I was also backing up files on a regular basis, but when I went to look for something from last year on the Museum laptop, I found the most recent files were 2014  >:(

Volunteers / October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:06:05 AM »
This coming weekend .... the Fall Work Weekend!  Yes, that's right folks, 4 - count 'em, FOUR! - fun-filled days of hard work, sweat, callused hands, sore muscles, great companionship, and full bellies.  On the docket for this fabulous stretch is:

* Door and stair replacements in the Percival House - replacing the parking lot door with a new door, landing, and ramp for the lot; replacing the front steps, and probably replacing the east door too.
* Retaining wall on the south side of Humason Trestle.
* Jack, tamp, line the track down the Mountain and the saw mill spur.
* Add some track to both places.
* Jack, stone, tamp and reconnect the Sheepscot yard tracks to the car shop.  There may be jacking and tamping elsewhere in the yard too.
* More flanging on #10's boiler.
* Food, food, and more food - Breakfast Sat - M, Lunch all four days, Supper F - Sunday.
* Mainline track lining and tamping.
* Woods track stone.
* I'm sure Fred could be persuaded to run the chainsaw to cut up ties.

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:32:46 PM »
Work done on Saturday Sept 30:

* Fall Festival: Very good turnout, over 300 people.  Lots of fun had by all.  We stuck to the time table, with the second class train running as a full sized train.  I think there were lots of new people to the railroad.  Lots of volunteer help at AC as well.
* Mountain ROW: Mike finished up.
* Ties: Fred and crew cut up a bunch more ties.

Not sure what else was going on - not much from what I could see.

General Discussion / WW&F in Eisenbahn Romantik
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:02:45 PM »
The WW&F has been featured in the German-language magazine Eisenbahn Romantik.  I believe the author Wolfgang Schumacher was here for the National Narrow Gauge Convention last year.  Railroad photos are from Kevin Madore, Stephen Hussar, and Matt Malkwiewicz.

11 pages plus a picture in the editorial.  I'm sure it's a great article, however it's all in German which I do not read.

There's several magazines at the Museum.

Those were steam-powered potatoes.  Steam makes everything better.

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