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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:43:00 PM »
So how did the test fire of the stove work?  Might need a ceiling fan or two to get the air circulating properly.

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Volunteers / Re: SWW '19 - Wiscasset Woods Lodge will be open
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:21:36 PM »
A note from Saundra (Wiscasset Woods);  although there was very strong interest from members for them to open for SWW, the actual reservations for rooms has been very low.  If your planning to be at SWW,  please get your reservation in as soon as possible.  Wiscasset Woods has worked with us and is opening early, please support a local family owned business.

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Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2018
« on: December 11, 2018, 12:57:49 AM »
If I didn't obligate myself to other tasks, I'd be there to help out.  But I will give everyone a thoughtful prayer for good weather and good times.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:30:17 PM »
Maybe some  carbon black mixed with hot linseed oil would help darken that exterior finish.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 09, 2018, 12:04:15 AM »
Now that I know what to look for there's tons of them for sale on eBay both new and used.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 08, 2018, 09:19:43 PM »
Thanks Wayne, for the life of me I couldn't remember what those sacks were called.  I'm sure someone knows where they are sold.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 08, 2018, 02:22:11 PM »
I have seen pictures of coal "sacks" (for lack of a better term), in use for railways in the UK and Germany.  Looks like they hold 1/4 to 1/2 ton and lift with straps much like those demolition bags that Waste Management advertises.  Maybe we should investigate use of those until a permanent coal facility can be constructed.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:43:52 PM »
I wonder if anyone has ever asked the Army if they would loan out their engine for restoration and operation?

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Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: December 06, 2018, 02:52:54 PM »
Drat  >:(  Punned again   :o

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Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: December 06, 2018, 12:58:02 AM »
Soooo...…… Jason,  the boilers will be done when ???????   But no pressure here.....   ;D

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: December 02, 2018, 08:22:22 PM »
I don't know about you, but I quickly caught the "double entendre" of Contrail with jet-engine snow blower.  Unintended humor was appreciated......

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 28, 2018, 11:22:04 PM »
It's amazing what we can do now with Insta-Track!  I bet even Brian was surprised.

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: November 28, 2018, 11:18:16 PM »
John,

Like others, I learned about the WW&F through a newsletter left for me at Brewer HS in Brewer, ME.  This was 2009, and I was hooked and started attending weekends during 2010-11.  Have been an active member ever since - thanks to you and your efforts on the newsletter.  I can't think of a better reward than getting a new lifelong member and reader.  Thanks to you - Bravo and thank you from me personally!

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 27, 2018, 11:16:13 AM »
I remember an old picture from the Reading RR.  They had an old tamper that they converted into a propane-fired "flame box " mounted where the vibrator assembly would normally be.  This could still be raised/lowered on the boom like a regular tamper.  It normally was used for weed control on branch lines and yards but was also used in winter to clear crossings.  What a steam cloud it would create but boy could it melt crossings fast!

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Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 21, 2018, 12:24:03 PM »
Glad to see the culverts.  Would have been a bear to go back in the spring to put them in.

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