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Museum Discussion / Re: Building Switches the Old Fashioned Way
« on: August 15, 2019, 09:02:54 PM »
Wow Philip!
I never knew you went back that far with the WW&F.

The photos of your late brother remind me of another important piece of what we share - that is the ability to spend time with loved ones while volunteering here. Some of my best father-daughter times were at the railroad. Now my daughter is all grown up, living in China (the country not the town in Maine), and I have those memories to cherish. I think of her every time we pass along Albee's field - where the second photo was taken during the Spring Work Weekend in 2008; the first photo is from 2003, looks like we're on the ladder.

Museum Discussion / Re: Building Switches the Old Fashioned Way
« on: August 15, 2019, 05:37:05 PM »
Here's a good photo of where we've been - Sheepscot, 1992.
Notice the pile of telephone poles ties waiting to be installed. I think some of them may still be on the mainline in front of the station!

Museum Discussion / Re: Building Switches the Old Fashioned Way
« on: August 15, 2019, 05:24:16 PM »
Hi Ben,

Everyone is always welcome at the WW&F. This has been one of the hallmarks of our organization - to make lots of friends and share common goals. I pray that will never change.

The WW&F is also readily transparent in all matters. BOD meetings are open to all members, with notes available to those unable to attend. Members are constantly being polled for ideas, suggestions, etc., and everyone's feedback is considered before major decisions are made. All projects and events are rendered in light of the museum's Mission, Values, and (soon to be published officially) Vision statements. And, as you say, doing so in light of the mission is a key measure of success.

Of course, not everyone will agree with every change that has occurred over the last 30 years - but we are blessed that most everyone, once the leading circumstances are disclosed, gives each new endeavor their full support; then offers suggestions on how to make it better. This trust ensures that funds are spent wisely, and resources/volunteers allocated appropriately.

So thanks for jumping on board with us, and here's to what the next 30 years will bring! And trust me, you didn't miss much when we were doing hand tamping, or shaving telephone poles to make railroad ties! (Anyone got more "old days" photos they want to share?)


Volunteers / Re: August 2019 Work Planning
« on: August 11, 2019, 02:32:45 AM »
They were all running at the Annual Picnic in 1998 and 1999.

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 07, 2019, 02:25:37 PM »
Here is the same image, flipped to the correct orientation.

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 07, 2019, 02:19:54 PM »
Allan Fisher asked me to post this picture of B&SR Boxcar 67 taken in 1938.

Volunteers / Re: August 2019 Work Planning
« on: August 07, 2019, 02:16:41 PM »
Also, this Saturday, photo excursion leaves at 5pm featuring #9 with an all-WW&F consist, and Monson 3 before/after the excursion as the Sheepscot Switcher!

It's official...
I will be dispatcher at SS for all four days of the 2019 FWW. I will be happy to tell anyone where to go. :-)

Hi Paul -
Yes. Which is what we do. Typically I, Jeff S. or Jason L. serve as Dispatcher at Sheepscot station - managing train control, crew needs, etc. The work crews operate separately under the direction of a designated crew leader. For track work, this is usually Dana D. or Joe F.

Since the Dispatcher will be quite busy, especially in the early part of the day, getting several trains heading out and so forth, perhaps another person should be tasked with directing folks to locations where they can be most useful. Since most volunteers will walk by the chalkboard on the restroom building porch, the "work dispatcher" should be there, rather than in the station. Alternatively, the work dispatcher could also be at the station or even at the shop. The point is to allow the Train Dispatcher to concentrate his full attention on the trains.

In connection with this, if the various crew leaders can estimate how many workers they might need in advance, the work dispatcher could keep track of how many folks are at each job to most efficiently distribute the volunteer workers.

While this is a good idea, I'm not sure we have someone who could serve in such a role (unless someone would like to step forward???)

That said, as in the past, I will likely end up being train dispatcher for one, more, or all of the days. Most of the time, the dispatcher's job is quite boring, so there is plenty of time to "dispatch" crews. But, as you said, the dispatcher is tied to the Sheepscot Station office.

[Moderator's Note]
Parts of the B&SR Tank 14 restoration thread have been merged into this one, as they pertain specifically to the Fall Work Weekend.

The perennial challenge we have on the work weekends is delegating labor to the projects


I think that is our biggest limitation. When someone "shows up" for a Work Weekend, far too often they aren't plugged into where the needs are.

We could do pre-signups like the Friends of the C&TS - but I'm not sure that fits our "culture". Instead, let's ALL make an effort to help direct our new friends to find the correct place to work. If in doubt, see the Dispatcher, who is usually in the Sheepscot Station house and, in theory, knows where the workers are needed. Just directing people who "look lost" to the dispatcher is a huge help that we can all do.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: July 29, 2019, 10:16:58 PM »
A patron of the 6-22-2019 concert sent me this photo of the full rainbow over the train at AC.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread
« on: July 29, 2019, 02:21:16 PM »
FWIW, I saw Zack measuring the end sills of the tank car on Saturday...

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