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Messages - Bill Sample

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Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 02, 2020, 08:31:12 PM »
If I knew your meetings were so concise I would have joined - I had a quarterly meeting of the Railroad Museum of New England at 3pm and since I'm the secretary I had to set myself up for our first ever general membership meeting.

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General Discussion / Re: Ship's Chow Hall is now The Hot Spot Diner
« on: March 11, 2020, 10:21:59 PM »
The former location in Dresden is becoming a child care center, according to the newspaper article.

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Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 08, 2020, 11:51:16 PM »
Saturday Sue worked in the gift shop assisting Cindy, unpacking from the recent Amherst Ry Society train show in W Springfield MA; later they worked in  Percival house kitchen - made Shepherd's Pie (actually "Cottage Pie" as it was beef not lamb [got that info from an Englishman] - it was delicious!) and a delicious chicken/corn chowder.  I ran a few errands in and for the shop, spread a lot of grit over the icy walkways all over the campus then reported to the kitchen for KP duty to assist Cindy and Sue.  It was nice hearing the whistles of our #9, Monson #3 and last but not least Bridgton & Saco River #7.  Best of all it was so good to see people from the WW&F, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum and the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works all working together to make this Grand Reunion event happen.  As Carly Simon sang: "These Are the Good Old Days."

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
« on: January 18, 2020, 11:57:46 PM »
As of last fall I drove up by the Alna firehouse and got a wee bit of AT&T service there. 

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Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Re: Visit 9/29/19
« on: December 18, 2019, 10:27:10 PM »
Bill - hopefully no "ghost trains" ran that night!

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Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Re: Visit 9/29/19
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:33:22 AM »
Thanks for the report and photos Mike.  It's time for Sue and me to go up there again - maybe for Old Home Days next summer unless Sue has a college reunion (UM Farmington) coming up.  Hey I'll be retired and MAYBE have some time for more than one trip.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Reflections on 30 Years of the WW&F
« on: August 26, 2019, 09:59:14 PM »
Jason, I thoroughly enjoyed your memories of your early days at the WW&F.  I didn't get there that often, but I seem to remember one time back before the turn of the century meeting you at the WW&F during the time I was learning a lot about the 2 footers.  I think you had ridden your bicycle to the WW&F that day and you were primarily working on track at this time and you said your goal was to have track to the same standards as Harlan White had on the Sandy River.  I must have just finished reading one of Jones's Sandy River books as I knew of Harlan White's work.  I remember thinking that if this young lad was that familiar and interested in the history of the 2-footers then there is a good future up here.  Since then I remember talking with other younger members such as Joe Fox and more recently Bryce Weeks, Dan Malkowski and James Noblini to name a few - yes, there is a lot of good youth around there. 
Now that I'm one of the old timers at my "home" railroad museum I try to spend extra time encouraging new and especially younger members there, usually adding "I started getting into rail preservation back in the 1960s when I was your age."

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Museum Discussion / Re: Reflections on 30 Years of the WW&F
« on: August 18, 2019, 03:19:15 PM »
I was up at the work weekend when Emily was helping out,  quite covered with Maine clay mud and really enjoying herself.  One thing she did was moving some rather large stones to the slope of  the Albee's crossing approach road and I'm sure they're still there if the logging equipment didn't disturb them.  I've mentioned that weekend to family and friends that I have ridden with on the train when passing that point.


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US Two Footers / Re: Fort Benning Georgia 2' gauge Baldwin
« on: July 24, 2019, 09:22:55 PM »
My Dad went into the army 8 years to the day before I was born, joining on June 17 1942.  As he had experience in the Mass. State Guard before the US entered WW2 he was accepted to attend the Officers Candidate School at Ft. Benning.  I always enjoyed listening to his Army experiences and one included riding on the "Chattahoochee Choo Choo out to the rifle range and return.  He did have a bit of an interest in railroads and that included the 2-footers.  As a child we went to Edaville a couple of times and as an adult I took him to the MNG and WW&F in their early histories. 
At some point in more recent years I was happy to see a bit of the Chattahoochee Choo Choo had been preserved and I was happy to see Mike had found it.

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Excellent work, Bill! This seems to be a major improvement over the old system of having a few of us standing alongside the flat car using our shovels to direct ballast pushed off the deck.   

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:44:59 PM »
Excellent series of black and white photos, Brendan.  Nothing I could see to indicate the year they were taken - could have been the teens or twenties!

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Museum Discussion / Re: A WW&F Christmas card...video
« on: December 25, 2018, 11:52:24 AM »
Thanks for sharing that, Eric.  Merry Christmas to you and all the folks at the WW&F.

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Looking forward to the Spring Work Weekend

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:20:55 PM »
To add to what Steve Smith said, those "snow jets" were great at launching ballast stones as well as snow and ice.  I heard stories of car and truck windows being damaged in the Hartford CT yard.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: November 07, 2018, 12:16:39 PM »
I like the side board idea.  Several of us on ballast duty standing on the ground would hold shovels to direct the ballast shoveled from the deck to a point under the car.  The only problem was putting to much off the deck to where the trucks were. 

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