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Messages - Bill Piche

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Museum Discussion / Re: Hayrides
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:49:34 PM »
When the pumpkin trains were running last year the folks from sealyon were doing hayrides with the tractor from top of mountain to the "pumpkin patch".

They also did horse sleigh\cart rides during steam & sleighs.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 06, 2020, 09:42:59 PM »
Bravo to Catherine.  This will make the tank car much more appealing!  I know she's been waiting to do this a long time..
From a fb post on the matter.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Lincoln County New article on WW&F
« on: July 13, 2020, 10:54:04 PM »
Very nice article, but there's a small laundry list of little corrections needed (ex: Coach 3 on the side of a picture is stated as owned by MNG when I think they meant to mention that the Mt Pleasant, which is in the center of the shot, is the MNG coach) but other than that it's great.

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: July 01, 2020, 11:09:48 PM »
According to:
https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/documents/MEDHHS_StandingOrder_COVID19testing_06-08-2020.pdf

Quote
Persons who do not have symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19 infection but have elevated risk for exposure as determined by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (“Department”). These individuals include, though are not limited to, seasonal and migrant agricultural workers, employees of lodging facilities, employees of businesses who have direct, daily contact with members of the public, visitors from states with a COVID19 prevalence higher than that in Maine, people participating in large gatherings, or other individuals who may be at increased risk of COVID-19 based on the duration and density of their recent, potential exposures.
(emphasis mine.)

So any testing center found at:
https://get-tested-covid19.org/search?zip=04535
That claims "Testing available to people at elevated risk, even without symptoms" should be able to process a test for anyone from MA or RI (or PA, etc.)

There are many places that will do this in Maine, including ConvenientMD Urgent Care (which is who I went to in NH), CVS Pharmacy, and Walgreens.

What was the turnaround time for your results, Ed?

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Volunteers / Re: June 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 01, 2020, 08:10:01 PM »
All this rock going down is great, but just out of curiosity has the section around Fossel been attended (or will be) in all of this summer work?

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: July 01, 2020, 08:05:45 PM »
What about Pennsylvania and Virginia?
14 days in the hole upon arrival or a less than 72 hours old passed Covid test in hand, most likely.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 30, 2020, 10:09:56 PM »
That's a 10 mph zone for the ML&M switch area. If the tamping crew hit that while they're there for the repair that'd probably be enough to lift the restriction there (I think....maybe).

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Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 18, 2020, 08:57:59 PM »
I think that in some cases the phone line passes over the culvert about a foot from the end. Other times it is at the woods line.

If the line is in roughly the same place north of that crossing\switch as it is on the south side then it's right at the woods line. I remember that because there was a repair I was told of that was in that area a few years ago.

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Museum Discussion / Re: POLL - Fundraising Special Train
« on: May 18, 2020, 06:17:15 PM »
I like the idea of the trip to MP 8. I also think that works better with the WW&F and F&M cars because they have nicer seating than tossing people in the SRRL combine with it's benches. For $50 a head I'm not sure people would respond well to being put on a bench seat.

Also going to MP8 the combine is a very heavy car with no brakes so you'd be relying on 9 and the F&M car for all the brakes, but 9 would conceivably have no problem bringing both those cars back up the grade.

If it's the first public trips coming out of the pandemic I think the SRRL backdate can go right out the window. It's a great thing but that can be it's own charter for another day (there's certainly options since we have some freight cars with just numbers so it doesn't HAVE to be the express or nothing).

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 15, 2020, 12:49:59 PM »
OK, so how did we get #8 and #4 onto the display tracks.  Are we overthinking this?

I believe it was the diesel to get them onto the turntable and a tractor to pull them onto the display tracks.

I have moved 9 out of Bay 3 two or three times by myself using the tool shown above.

Was that just before or also after the concrete floor went in, Dana? I noticed that before there was a little slope out the door. It's still there but only once you get past the "tipping point" at the edge of the concrete.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 08, 2020, 05:31:48 PM »
6 foot pieces of lumber are more rare than steam locomotives up there, Bill. I'm lucky I can find enough kindling for a fire nevermind a complete 2x4.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 08, 2020, 02:34:38 PM »
I have helped push No. 9 and No. 10 in and out of the shop on several occasions. Not that hard.

Depends on which track and how many people you have. Gordon and I had a hell of a time getting 9 out the door in bay 3 by ourselves last spring. The unseasonable humidity didn't help much, nor did that 9 doesn't like to be pushed on flat ground. Once we got her over the tipping point at the door to bay 3 she rolled fine, but those first 25 feet were killer.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 08, 2020, 04:32:56 PM »
I see a box of screws on the wall already.. Freds nut and bolt emporium already starting? 😁

We all know the rules, Mike. You can't have a horizontal surface (wall "shelves" and new\rebuilt car "benches") without something on it.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Howe truss bridge
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:57:45 PM »
At the time it was the only Howe Truss Bridge still in railroad service, which is what I think was what they were going for.

As Mike said, it's now joined by the Trout Brook Bridge but is still the only Covered version of the Howe Truss in railroad service.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2020, 04:11:20 PM »
In looking at the two pictures above and what is called on FB as the bump out or museum area as opposed to the rolling stock display area I happened to notice that the north end of the car barn extension museum area had been closed off.  I thought the plan was to extend this museum area further to the north until it was stopped to keep from impinging on the north yard turn table track.

Or, is this a temporary stopping point until projects and funding catch up?

Could I be wrong?  Not so early in the year....

It's a phase of construction with a separate fundraising effort. The first phase is the car storage extension and museum space bump out. Later on the bump out will be extended through an independent fundraising\grant effort.

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