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General Discussion / Re: Amtrak to Wiscasset (and Rockland) in 2018?
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:13:36 AM »
Having observed it for 15+ years, Rockland is now becoming a hopping place.  It's gentrifying in a nice way.  In addition to the stable institutions and businesses (the Farnsworth, FMC, the harbor), Main Street has blossomed.  One of the best restaurants in Maine (Primo) is there, and there are many new restaurants as well.  The annual Lobster Festival is legendary.  The cruise ships now stop there as well.  It's only going to get better, so as a rail destination, it's increasingly attractive.

General Discussion / Re: Amtrak to Wiscasset (and Rockland) in 2018?
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:26:33 AM »
Remember, they are only currently talking about a seasonal tourist-based traffic schedule.  We should encourage that for a whole lot of reasons.  Perhaps it can be another gateway toward Amtrak service to L/A and further north in the future.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:42:58 PM »
Check with Jason re the status of wood preservative and fire-proofing coatings on the bridge...I think it's complicated.

Work and Events / Re: Albion Day 2017
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:16:21 PM »
The morning crew cleared the ROW all the way to ToM.  There were a dozen or so trees.  I'm told there are a couple of big ones beyond ToM, but they can stay there for a while.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:13:23 AM »
IMHO, the bright yellow ROWMOW cars stand out, and get the attention of visitors.  That can only enhance the appeal of the yards to the uninitiated...

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:08:42 AM »
FYI, there were two extension bars added to the wrenches totaling about 8 feet long.  It took two guys a lot of effort to make the final push to tighten (Jason was one of them!).

It's my understanding that there's a final process to heat the tension bars in the middle to about 150 degrees (which will expand them outward) and then do the final tightening with the wrenches/extension bars so that when they cool down (contract), the tension will be even tighter.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 29, 2017, 12:00:30 AM »
Monstrously big nuts!

Museum Discussion / Re: New forklift
« on: October 28, 2017, 11:53:29 PM »
Way to go!!!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:15:49 AM »
Assembly of second truss completed today.  Workday scheduled for Tuesday, perhaps to begin to start the deck structure.

Original Railway / Re: "standard" font(s) used by WW&F on publications
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:09:02 AM »
I would be surprised if a relatively low-budget operation such as the WW&F had "standards" for printing fonts.  I would think we would want to use several different fonts depending on what we're doing, especially to try to achieve historical accuracy over different time periods.  Example, posters advertising specific events...

We of course could consider a "standard" font for modern communications such as Facebook, etc.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:57:39 PM »
I want to see a picture of a moose trout!  Could it become our mascot?

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F YouTube Channel
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:49:51 AM »
I just subscribed and it said Subscribed 119.  Does that mean there are 119 subscribers?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:07:13 AM »
Query:  why is Steve (and perhaps other WW&F volunteers) helping with the bridge fabrication.  I thought this was the total responsibility of the other group.  (Not that I'm complaining...I think the more involvement we have, the better outcome it will be for us.

Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« on: October 20, 2017, 12:01:08 AM »
Just to put this in some practical perspective:

At the end of FWW, Ed Lecuyer found an old green tablecloth in the shop rag bin.  We needed some more green flags, so we cut it up into about 15 x 18 pieces (whatever the tablecloth would let us do).  We found some dowel -- not at all sure what diameter it was.

Steve P rounded down the ends of about 24" length pieces of dowel.  Several of us stapled the scrap green pieces to the dowels.  We made six of them.  They are now positioned in several places that needed green flag.  They probably have a pretty short half-life.  Just another example of WW&F ingenuity.

The problem with flags is that no matter how well they are made, they turn black if not laundered occasionally.  We have some beautifully stitched flags, that are unrecognizable as to color from a distance.

Just another challenge in recreating a historically accurate railroad.

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:57:00 PM »
Totally agree.  Backup redundancy is the best way to go.  If we were to get a backup hard drive, how would we use it?  I guess part of the question is how many different computers contain key parts of WW&F admin systems?

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