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Messages - Bob Holmes

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Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:59:21 PM »
I too hope that Alna Day becomes an annual event for the town, naturally centered on the railroad.  Many other Maine towns have annual days which have lasted for years and years.  Hopefully we'll remain -- at least for now -- the organizing force to make it happen again and again.  It really does generate town spirit and energy, and should continue to grow.

Many thanks to the town participants, especially my favorite farm market vendors Amy and Toby.

In furthering intra-Alna cooperation, it would not hurt to offer some of our ALNA neighbors the opportunity to display and sell their wares at Sheepscot Station.  That would be a win-win for all!!

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:26:08 PM »
How will we tastefully block off the end of the ROW from 218?  Bollards?  A Kiosk?  Landscaping?  Something to think about...

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Volunteers / Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:23:32 PM »
Where will the BBQ grill go?  We can't NOT have a cookout at the house!

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Volunteers / Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« on: June 09, 2018, 11:56:47 PM »
Alright on B&M Red!!

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There is also an alewife fish ladder in Woolwich on George Wright Road just off of Route One.  You can visit any time during the alewife season, and even volunteer to count!

The fishery (and the others such as Damarascotta) has been actually protected by law way back into the 1700's.

Visit and enjoy, it's a unique Maine adventure.  If you want to buy some, be aware that my attempts to make alewives palatable were sorely lacking.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 09, 2018, 02:20:34 AM »
Double WOW!  Keep the pics coming...

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Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:34:31 AM »
Steve, this needs to be broadcast widely...

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Museum Discussion / Re: A new connection with a sister museum
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:14:16 PM »
This has been my experience as well.  As famous as the schooners were, almost no-one knows their history and that they were bought and owned by the railroad.  In fact, one might make a case that surviving artifacts from the schooners are the property of the W&Q!  (Although I suspect such a claim would raise a lot of hackles.)

Anyway, we should be more proactive in telling our part of the story of those two ships, who for many, many -- locals and tourists alike -- are the most notable memory of Wiscassett.

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 28, 2018, 11:34:34 PM »
After the weekend is over, PICTURES please!  We all want to share with SWW progress...

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:42:08 AM »
Special KUDOS to the Wednesday crew who put down ties for the entire 300 feet of rail to be relaid this weekend.  There were only half a dozen of them (I was not much help at all) and the work was backbreaking.  Imagine hauling heavy ties one or two at a time along loose ballast with a rickety wheelbarrow in the rain.  And they ran an extra train back out there to finish the final few feet.  Those coming for SWW should give these guys and extra hug...

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Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:32:20 AM »
Thanks.  Put my name on it, and I'll come over...

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Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: April 25, 2018, 10:22:39 PM »
Start, I would like to claim the D&RG green globe if it's still available

Thanks.

Bob

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 11:33:21 PM »
WOW! Compare Mike's pic to Joe's on the previous day.  Amazing.

Trust Mike to get the ditching done to prevent the problem in the future...

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:54:31 PM »
Track removal:  all but 75' feet of rail were loaded on to 118.  The horse team moved the flatcar in increments, and the track crew unbolted the joints, lifted the spikes and wrestled the rails onto the flat car.  Some of the ties were loosened and thrown off the roadbed.  The photographers got terrific photos.

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:46:33 PM »
Thanks Ed, your post about criteria for period dress is very helpful.  Doubt that I can comply much tomorrow without your assistance.  But I will be pursuing acquisition of a period costume for future events.

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