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I so wish I could be there to help.  The Pavilion is going to be gorgeous when it's all done with the siding.  Are we going to paint the wood or just apply wood preservative?

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2020
« on: September 17, 2020, 06:21:35 PM »
Let's hope for a successful vaccine in the near future and that everyone gets vaccinated so that we can have a great SWW in 2021.  In the meantime, let's keep the donations rolling in and bust through that 50K goal !!!

Volunteers / Re: Astronomer(s) Needed
« on: September 14, 2020, 09:55:29 PM »
We will need to do some research and planning but there will be at least two opportunities to have Meteor shower trains, at least one blue moon special, then there will be a couple of planetary alignments, and I believe one lunar eclipse. (but I'm not sure it will be able to be viewed in Maine)  I'm sure if you can find a connection with a local observatory group you'll have all the info you will need.  If not, there is sources of info via the Maine Maritime Academy.

Volunteers / Re: Astronomer(s) Needed
« on: September 11, 2020, 09:56:40 PM »
That would be fun event and I would love to do it AFTER this virus is over.  Part of what I used to teach in Earth Science.

Finally got my letter today, check going in for tomorrows mail.

I would hope that long range we plan to have either a concrete or asphalt surface inside the pavilion.  It would make set-up, clean-up, and maintenance much easier for many of the events planned for the facility.

I do hope you are going to leave a little work for those of us from afar to do during FWW.   Some of us have been forced to miss out on all of the fun...

General Discussion / Re: Railroad plant auction July 28-30, Milton, PA
« on: September 01, 2020, 12:42:23 PM »
Yes, there is YouTube video of it being unloaded and running in the yard.  Winning bid was $63,000 plus buyers premium plus shipping.  Probably got 80K wrapped up in it - but having looked it over myself, they got a completely remanufactured engine that will be good for another 30-40 years if taken care of.

Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 31, 2020, 09:35:03 PM »
Can someone please confirm that the Zenith 63L is the proper carb for this unit.  I have a guy out near State College, PA who has a little ma & pa engine shop.  He specializes in vintage engines and has found engine parts and carbs that were 50+years old and were new in their original boxes.  He makes his living buying up old engine parts stocks from places going out of business.  If I have good info on the carb, I'll visit him the next time I'm visiting my Grandkids out there and get a new one if possible before FWW.

I again ask members to please chip in some bucks to help out with this project and so we don't have to reprogram museum monies from other needed projects.  Thanx........

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 29, 2020, 08:31:49 PM »
I assume wood preservative and/or primer paint will be applied prior to flipping the carbody and starting the upper works.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Use the Force
« on: August 27, 2020, 08:24:39 AM »
New punsters welcomed with open arms.   Now if I can figure out how to get my arms back out of the computer screen.......  can I get some IT help please........................... :o

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Use the Force
« on: August 26, 2020, 08:23:22 AM »
Now if only he can make a functional light saber.  :o

I wouldn't lampoon the moose-trout idea.  If we can get our most notable "Moose-calleur" to spin a new story of the lonely Sheepscot Moose-Trout, then we can create a children's book and the stuffed animal to go with it.  Hey, it's how they market toys and games these days - why not - it worked for Thomas.

Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 16, 2020, 11:40:10 AM »
Is there an antique machinery association or museum we can donate the drill press to?  I don't think it would be wise to have it take up space in the shop if its not being used.  I also would not want to see it scrapped but it needs to find a good home.

Mike,  threw you some bucks to keep going.  Hope others took note and are contributing also.

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