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Volunteers / Re: A big thank you back to those at Sheepscot
« on: October 15, 2019, 02:27:20 AM »
Many of the Sheepscot Squad, including chef Nancy and others, were treated to a steam trip over the bridge this afternoon. Everyone was quite impressed with all the work that out team accomplished.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:46:24 PM »
What a fabulous article. It truly captures the spirit of the just-concluded 2019 Fall Work Weekend and what makes the WW&F so special.

We'll done, everyone. Even if you are just following progress from afar, or drove spikes all four days, thank you for your part in rebuilding Maine history.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 14, 2019, 01:49:13 PM »
Thanks Alain. It has been quite a busy few days as dispatcher. Friday went OK. Saturday was a great opportunity to learn. Sunday went great due to lessons learned Saturday.

Today (Monday) we have a (relative) handful of volunteers present. Low stress dispatching. Work being done (as this is typed) may include:
- Finish Spiking
- Rail laying to finish the last 200-300 ft or so.
- Ballasting bridge approaches
- Replacing one bad rail.

After lunch we will run one inspection train with number 9 over the bridge to EOT. I intend to be Conductor for that train :-)

Live from the Dispatcher's office at Sheepscot Station,
-Ed

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Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 14, 2019, 01:17:20 AM »
Work report Sunday:
- 206 fare-paying passengers for train rides, most of whom went to the pumpkin patch at SeaLyon farm. Don Lyons is estatic with the success of the event. Lots and lots of happy passengers when they came back to Sheepscot with their prized pumpkin produce. A fantastic day.

Oh and about 100 volunteers showed up and did some track laying :-)

Track is now down just shy of the goal. A few more sticks may be laid tomorrow. There is a bunch more spiking left to do too.

The first movement of #9 over the bridge occured around 3:30pm. 9 was pressed into work service to deliver a flat car that was needed unexpectedly. A train with riders is hoped for tomorrow afternoon.

Today was one of the best and most productive days we've ever had at the WW&F. Great job!!!

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Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 13, 2019, 01:20:37 PM »
Sun 10/13, 9:16am - end of rail is within sight of Rte 218.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 12, 2019, 01:23:58 PM »
9:08am: First rails have touched the bridge!
9:39am: Flat 126 with crane on bridge.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 11, 2019, 11:42:48 PM »
Fall Work Weekend - Day 1:
- Rail has been laid within 60' of the bridge.  This includes 1020 feet of new rail down, 900 feet of which is completely spiked.
- Final Preparations for Pumpkin Trains crowd control and parking.
- Phone line diagnosis.
- Rail Car 4 is now running again.
- Handcar moved to Section House for storage.
- More wood delivered for Coach 9 project.
- Monson 3 prepared for service.
(+ whatever I missed.)

A most excellent and productive day.


Reminder - Work trains leave Sheepscot tomorrow at 7:00am and 8:30am. See you then!

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 10, 2019, 05:25:30 PM »
8,000!

Yes, we just got our 8,000th "Like" on Facebook. Well done to Cindy, Stewart, and the rest of Team Facebook!

This is already a great start to what will be a historic Fall Work Weekend.

Congratulations all.
 

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Museum Discussion / Re: Rangeley Parlor Car
« on: October 10, 2019, 05:21:24 PM »
The Rangeley did run at Edaville during the Nelson Blount era.  I'm not sure exactly when it became "entombed" in the museum. As far as I know, it has never graced the mainline at Edaville or MNG since then.

At least one of the end sills required a significant amount of repair. Others may know those details.

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Hi Al, Thanks. I did make a note of that.

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Those who have physical limitations that prevent direct participation in the track laying, please see me (Ed, Dispatcher.) I have a number of projects that must be done (especially on Friday) around the campus, and there will be folks needed for crowd management/parking/etc. on Saturday and Sunday.

That said, if you can spike or lay rail, GREAT!! Please do that. But if that is not your speed, please see me.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 09, 2019, 11:52:37 AM »
Here is a REPOST from another FWW thread which contains the train schedule and other important information:

The main plan is to lay rail and spike through noontime on Sunday. Sunday afternoon and Monday will be primarily spiking. Of course, there will be other projects going on, but the main effort is to construct the mainline as far north as possible - stopping about 200' short of the pavement of Route 218.

For the general volunteers, here is the anticipated train schedule:

Friday 10/11:
First Work Train Departs Sheepscot: 7:30am
Second Train (Crew Shuttle) Departs Sheepscot: 9:00am
Other trains will be shuttling crew during the day in both directions.
Lunch at ToM at 11:30am
Last train from EoT around 4pm.
Dinner at Sheepscot at 5pm.


Saturday 10/12:
Breakfast Available at Sheepscot
First Work Train Departs Sheepscot: 7:00am (Note early departure time!)
Second Train (Crew Shuttle) Departs Sheepscot: 8:30am
Other trains will be shuttling crew during the day in both directions.
Lunch at ToM at 11:30am
Last train from EoT around 4pm.
Dinner at Sheepscot at 4:30pm. (Note early dinner time!)
Awards/Thank Yous at Sheepscot during Dinner; photos with all volunteers.
Evening "inspection" train to and over Trout Brook Bridge (first run over the bridge with #9) departs Sheepscot at 5:15pm (Weather and conditions permitting.) Photo Ops at End-of-Track. Etc.


Sunday 10/13:
Breakfast Available at Sheepscot
First Work Train Departs Sheepscot: 7:30am
Second Train (Crew Shuttle) Departs Sheepscot: 9:00am
Other trains will be shuttling crew during the day in both directions.
Lunch at ToM at 11:30am
Last train from EoT around 4pm.
Dinner at Sheepscot at 5pm.


Monday 10/14:
Breakfast Available at Sheepscot
First Work Train Departs Sheepscot: 7:30am
Second Train (Crew Shuttle) Departs Sheepscot: 9:00am
Last train from EoT around 11:30pm.
Lunch at Sheepscot at 12:00pm
Following Lunch: "Inspection" train over Trout Brook Bridge to new End-of-Track (first run to Trout Brook station/RT 218 with #9) departs Sheepscot (weather and conditions permitting.) Photo Ops at End-of-Track. Etc.


Note the two special runs on Saturday evening and Monday afternoon will be the first steam trips (non rail-laying trains) over the newly laid track. However, these trips are subject to the suitability of track conditions - which may not be ideal according to the current weather forecast.

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Work and Events / Re: 2019 FWW Operating Plan Notice
« on: October 09, 2019, 04:10:15 AM »
I have published the Operating Plans for FWW. Crew members can access them via the Crew Sign Up Sheet, or via email.

The main plan is to lay rail and spike through noontime on Sunday. Sunday afternoon and Monday will be primarily spiking. Of course, there will be other projects going on, but the main effort is to construct the mainline as far north as possible - stopping about 200' short of the pavement of Route 218.

For the general volunteers, here is the anticipated train schedule:

Friday 10/11:
First Work Train Departs Sheepscot: 7:30am
Second Train (Crew Shuttle) Departs Sheepscot: 9:00am
Other trains will be shuttling crew during the day in both directions.
Lunch at ToM at 11:30am
Last train from EoT around 4pm.
Dinner at Sheepscot at 5pm.


Saturday 10/12:
Breakfast Available at Sheepscot
First Work Train Departs Sheepscot: 7:00am (Note early departure time!)
Second Train (Crew Shuttle) Departs Sheepscot: 8:30am
Other trains will be shuttling crew during the day in both directions.
Lunch at ToM at 11:30am
Last train from EoT around 4pm.
Dinner at Sheepscot at 4:30pm. (Note early dinner time!)
Awards/Thank Yous at Sheepscot during Dinner; photos with all volunteers.
Evening "inspection" train to and over Trout Brook Bridge (first run over the bridge with #9) departs Sheepscot at 5:15pm (Weather and conditions permitting.) Photo Ops at End-of-Track. Etc.


Sunday 10/13:
Breakfast Available at Sheepscot
First Work Train Departs Sheepscot: 7:30am
Second Train (Crew Shuttle) Departs Sheepscot: 9:00am
Other trains will be shuttling crew during the day in both directions.
Lunch at ToM at 11:30am
Last train from EoT around 4pm.
Dinner at Sheepscot at 5pm.


Monday 10/14:
Breakfast Available at Sheepscot
First Work Train Departs Sheepscot: 7:30am
Second Train (Crew Shuttle) Departs Sheepscot: 9:00am
Last train from EoT around 11:30pm.
Lunch at Sheepscot at 12:00pm
Following Lunch: "Inspection" train over Trout Brook Bridge to new End-of-Track (first run to Trout Brook station/RT 218 with #9) departs Sheepscot (weather and conditions permitting.) Photo Ops at End-of-Track. Etc.


Note the two special runs on Saturday evening and Monday afternoon will be the first steam trips (non rail-laying trains) over the newly laid track. However, these trips are subject to the suitability of track conditions - which may not be ideal according to the current weather forecast.

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Work and Events / Re: 2019 FWW Operating Plan Notice
« on: October 08, 2019, 11:15:00 PM »
Bill, Thanks. Your check is in the mail.

(Now back to formatting the operating plans. I'm currently trying to get the spiking crew back to work without hiking down the mountain on Sunday.)

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Work and Events / Re: 2019 FWW Operating Plan Notice
« on: October 08, 2019, 01:26:43 PM »
It is my hope to have the operating plans (and special instructions) published before I call it quits for the night.

Everything is written and worked out. All that is left is a final check and formatting into clear, concise instructions.

-Ed

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