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Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas
« on: October 22, 2017, 03:00:54 AM »
There are some lodging suggestions on this thread:,3058.0.html
(The Wiscasset Woods Lodge will be closed during Victorian Christmas.)

I suspect that there will be preparations for VC underway on Friday. Nothing formal, but you may want to stop by before it gets dark. That will also give you some time to explore the museum campus without all the crowds. Likewise I strongly suspect that nothing will be going on Sunday morning, as the volunteers will need to recuperate from Saturday's barriage.

Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« on: October 20, 2017, 12:44:46 AM »
Yes. This came as a frustrating experience at FWW when the dispatcher (me) needed some green flags to indicate a second section - and found none! We ended up using a green bag in which there should have been some green flags.

So on Monday when there wasn't much going on, we made some flags as Bob described. I'm not sure if Bob or I have the dimensions exact - we just made a few and distributed them.

And I suspect that the original WW&F would have probably done the exact same thing.

Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:19:17 PM »
1" with a taper to about 3/4" on the bottom.
(Again, this varies from flag to flag.)

Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:14:38 PM »
Hi Kevin,

There is no exact dimensions or sizes for our flags. We make them and use them up as needed.

Rough dimensions are about 12"x12" flags on an 18" staff.

Museum Discussion / Re: 2018 Spring Work Weekend accommodations
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:11:33 PM »
There are a few options on "AirBnB".
For the FWW, I stayed with a family in Wiscasset, right on 27 about 5 miles from the railroad. They have two rooms (front to back) one with a single bed, one with a double. They do have two young boys, but if you can deal with that, it's a place to stay for ~$70/night.

Judy Fossel also rents her converted barn on AirBnB. It appears that it would require a larger group to go in on it together.

There are a few on Facebook. Here's one:

Museum Discussion / Re: Ultimate Railfan Weekend?
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:14:41 PM »
I would enjoy a repeat of that tour, but in the late fall or early spring where the ROW is not so hidden by the trees. (I understand it was hot that day.) I would also like to see a tour of the local layouts that feature the WW&F and/or other Maine Two-Footers. Ideally, both would be on days that do not interfere with museum operations.

Museum Discussion / Re: Ultimate Railfan Weekend?
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:07:18 PM »
Why yes.
He Who Must Not Be Named wrote the book, complete with photos and maps. It is available in our gift shop (online and in-person).

I do remember reading somewhere that the most track built in a day was around a half mile.

Challenge accepted.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:19:01 PM »
Well, here's the thread on Vic's departure...,1101.msg7273.html

Jeff, since you knew him so well, and spoke so eloquently on Saturday, please feel free to add in the details.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:45:28 AM »
All of the wood timbers were replaced.
I believe that most (if not all) of the steel rods, castings, bolts, etc. were saved, reconditioned, and repaired.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:21:15 AM »
Work on Sunday:

* 3 fabulous meals by the kitchen crew.

* Ramp to front door of Percival house completed. Needs grading to interface with parking lot.

* Flanging for #10's boiler (backhead) progressed.

* Major cleanup of shop building; storage container is full-ly organized.

* Rain did not stop track crew from completing the mill siding. Mainline rails now extend over the new culvert. Track is in service (tamped, lined, dressed) down most of the grade to just south of the culvert.

* After several days of effort, the Sheepscot Station clock is serviceable. The dispatcher greatly appreciated having it working again.

* Work on photo cataloging in the Archives.

* Much electrical work seemed to occur. I noticed many new outlets in the rebuilt sections of bays 2&3 in the shop.

* Steam crew went above and beyond the call of duty by rescuing #52 so a wet and hungry track crew could get some lunch; then stayed on duty in case another rescue was needed at the end of an extra long work day. In the meanwhile they did a bunch of switching and put boxcar 67 in bay 2 to continue its restoration.

(Someone more knowledgeable can fill in on 52's issue.)

* Phone box at TOM was removed for off-site servicing.

If I missed something feel free to add/correct.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 08, 2017, 01:43:07 AM »
The shipping storage container was painted a camouflage green so that it would be less noticeable from the train.

Work was done on #10's new headlight.

#9's smokebox got a new coat of graphite.

On Friday the work to connect the bay 2 track included a fair amount of archaeology to remove cribbing that was buried there.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:12:20 AM »
How did old Ditch Which (DW) run?
It didn't... yet.

Work and Events / Re: 2017 Fall Work Weekend Projects
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:46:22 PM »
Coverage has begun in the local newspaper -

Nice job to Steve and crew for getting this published. If we gain just one new volunteer, that will be worth it.

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