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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Volunteers / Re: WW&F Offering Workshops for 2019 Season Car Hosts
« on: March 26, 2019, 01:27:48 AM »
There is a new (non-public) Forum section for Car Hosts (and related Docents, Tour Guides, etc.) Training materials will be posted there, along with tips and tricks for interacting with our guests. If you are a Car Host, or would like to be one, let me know and I will add you to the member list.

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Moderator Announcements / Car Hosts (and minor Board Re-organization)
« on: March 26, 2019, 01:22:02 AM »
I created a sub-board under "Volunteers" for Car Hosts. This will be an area where those volunteers who are Car Hosts, Docents, Tour Guides, enthusiastic Brakemen/Conductors, etc. can share resources, tips, etc. All existing operating personnel are already members of this group and should be able to access this section of the Forum.

In doing so, I grouped Operating Volunteers and Carpooling as "child" boards to Volunteers. I think this tidys things up a bit; matching the Members-Only sections of the Forum.

If you want access to the Car Host section, (you are planning on training as a Car Host) and do not have acess already, please let me know.

If you are a Museum Member, and do not have access to the Members-Only sections of the Forum, please let me know. Note that you do not need to be a Museum Member to be a Car Host (or to volunteer in any other capacity at the WW&F.)

Thanks,

-Ed

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Volunteers / NO ROOM AT SHEEPSCOT FOR SPRING 2019 WORK WEEKEND
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:40:43 PM »
Sonja has informed me that all accommodations in the Percival House for the Spring 2019 work weekend have been claimed.

Those seeking a place to stay are reminded that the Wiscasset Woods Lodge is open. Personally, I have found reasonable accommodations using Airbnb, as well as hotels in Brunswick. 

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook bridge and the thawing
« on: March 22, 2019, 01:51:41 PM »
Adding to Dwight's comments regarding the bridge inspector:
- He is a well-respected bridge inspector known for his work throughout New England. (Incidentally, I saw his business referenced in article regarding the closure of a wooden road bridge over railroad tracks on Cape Cod.)
- He noted that the ice posed no immediate threat to the bridge.
- The work he recommended was already scheduled to be completed this season.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 18, 2019, 12:58:09 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
John's question regarding vacuum brakes has been moved to the Member's Only section of the Forum.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:18:30 PM »
The unfinished reconstruction of B&SR Car 67: http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,2566.0.html

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: March 15, 2019, 04:33:03 PM »
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Sorry, no matter how hard I try, I don't figure your pun out

You're not alone, Alain. No matter how hard we try, sometimes we can't figure John out either.

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Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: March 08, 2019, 08:12:02 PM »
I received this email:

"a few notes from past years.

Back in the 1980s I was approached by a gentleman who had an idea to start an organization to create the WW and F. He then asked to speak to my organization the Damariscotta Rotary club, I thought the idea was very interesting and set him up for the next week, his discussion brought down the house. I was the first to donate and become a charter member (CM3).

I have been following the progress since the beginning, I was the owner of Clark’s Cove farm and sold it a number of years later, but I continued to follow it’s progress, and it has been amazing as I try to visit each year. When I come home to my home state of Maine after being away for 65 years and I donate when I can afford it, you and associates have done an amazing job and I am proud to have been a charter member.

Respectfully, Just Wold - presently living in Scottsdale Arizona"

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 04, 2019, 01:51:29 AM »
By popular demand, here are some photos of the Flat Car 34 project that were posted in other threads:


Jan 26, 2019, by Mike Fox:



Feb 2, 2019, by Bill "HWMNBN" Reidy:



Feb 2, 2019, by Mike Fox:



3 Photos - Feb 23, 2019, by Mike Fox:






There may be other photos elsewhere on the Forum. There have been many published on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WWFRailway/

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: March 01, 2019, 01:54:27 AM »
I think the cushions as envisioned would run the whole length of the bench. This is how I've seen "pew cushions" work at several churches; not a bunch of individual pillows - one per person.

As a larger cushion, it would be much more difficult to "walk away" with - not to mention of limited use outside of a long bench.

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Museum Discussion / Re: THANK YOU EMERY RAIL HERITAGE TRUST
« on: February 26, 2019, 07:19:33 PM »
Thanks, John. We've had a good round of successes in grants over the last year or so, mostly due to what we ALL do.

This includes:
- Getting projects done, and in a reasonable time frame.
- Involvement of many volunteers in accomplishing these goals.
- Engaging youth and young-adult volunteers.
- An active membership base who willingly and generously supports the efforts.
- Open and frequent communication with our members and benefactors.
- Embarking in exciting and unusual projects (bridge, mountain extension, turntable) that are unique and go beyond "let's get ol' 97 running."

So, thanks are due to us all. Even thanks to the person lurking and reading this forum post who thinks what we do is cool and helps to spread the word about what we are doing. Yeah, you - JOIN US!

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Museum Discussion / THANK YOU EMERY RAIL HERITAGE TRUST
« on: February 26, 2019, 06:44:15 PM »
Today, the Emery Rail Heritage Trust (http://emeryrailheritagetrust.com/) announced that the WW&F is receiving a $8000 grant to be used towards the completion of the Mountain Extension. This is the third (and largest) formal award the ERHT has bestowed on the WW&F towards our continued expansion of mainline trackage over the last five years.


We are grateful for this grant, and appreciative for all that they do to help fund the preservation of our rail heritage.

Announcement at:
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/02/26-emery-trust-awards-500000-to-29-railway-preservation-projects


And more information on the Emery Rail Heritage Trust can be found at:
http://cs.trains.com/trn/b/staff/archive/2019/02/26/20-questions-for-advisors-of-the-john-emery-rail-heritage-trust.aspx

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: February 26, 2019, 04:33:47 PM »
When the new flip over seat frames for new coach #9 ( a copy of #3) are cast. More frames should be cast for use in coach #8.

I agree. Although, I could be convinced that we should keep the bench-style seating in the Baggage/Handicap section of the car (possibly providing posterior pew-style padding for passengers.)

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:44:17 PM »
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Can't open this file.
Fixed it.

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Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 21, 2019, 05:16:28 PM »
Orange/bright clothing is pretty much mandatory for track work during hunting season. Keep it around; just avoid wearing it on public operating days (especially during photo charters.) See the "Sources for Period Clothing" thread for ideas on appropriate threads.
 

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