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Messages - Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: March 18, 2019, 09:22:21 PM »
Some of our museum regulars are also members of the Alna Volunteer Fire Department including Roger who serves as Assistant Chief and Start who is a Captain. The AVFD does safety inspections on it's apparatus each month, usually conducted by an officer.  Everything is checked from air packs to windshield wiper blades, making sure that the piece is ready for calls.

Last week Capt. Start had some firefighters checking the one ton trucks, filling out the inspection report sheets and this conversation took place:

FF - "Ok Capt. Truck 1 is all set".

Capt. - "That's good, let me see the inspection sheet".

FF - Here ya go.

Capt. - Reviews the notations and says "good job but why is there a reference to the railroad on this report?"

FF - "Huh, what do you mean?"

Capt. - Hands the clipboard back and says "Look at the 12th line".

FF- Double checks, "That's right"

Capt. - "But you wrote WWF".

FF - "Right, Capt.  The truck needs windshield washer fluid".

Capt.- "Oh .... Ok, thanks".

Proof once again that narrow gauge railroading is not a hobby, it's a way of life.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 04, 2019, 02:56:58 AM »
All the decking boards were cut and most were stacked at the north end of the car.  The area was cleaned / swept out and the roll of ice & water shield brought in to make seal caps for the stringers and sills.  Once the first set of caps went on, three deck boards were installed on the south end. 

There is a photo of the latest progress on Facebook.

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 02, 2019, 07:50:36 PM »
And have been painted.

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: December 31, 2018, 09:37:24 PM »

I will have the primer on Weds and will paint the stake pockets in the wood shop.

Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 12, 2018, 04:33:38 AM »
The doors were only open long enough for the stove sealer and new pipe to heat up and stop smoking.  It was noted in the photo captions.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: 7.5" Gauge Loco 10 Model
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:36:27 PM »
Coach #3 was painted in Ben Moore "Essex Green" when MNG restored the car in 1992.  As a result, coach #8 was painted in the same color to match.  Last year we sanded down through the layers on a spot under the overhang on coach #3 and found the original color to be a dark brown with a hint of green, (like a browner version of old Pullman green).  This is what J&S used when the car was built so the plan is to paint the new coach #9 in the dark brown color, then repaint #3 when it's restored.  Coach #8 was left outside a lot this year so it may be the first piece to be repainted into the heritage brown color.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:19:02 PM »
The gift shop crew planned weeks in advance, having new shirts made for the bridge project as well as other merchandise.  Thanks to the many volunteers who made purchases, the gift shop had sales over $4,100

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: October 04, 2018, 12:14:32 PM »
There will be a rare opportunity this weekend to purchase an interesting piece of Maine Two-Foot railroad memorabilia.  It's been over 100 years since the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes had new hand lanterns made.  In July, four new Adlake kerosene brakemen's lanterns were made for the railroad, stamped SR&RL RR.  One has already been sold, the SR&RL gift shop at Phillips has two (although one or both may have been sold) and we will have the last one in our gift shop.  The hand lantern will be available for inspection this weekend, the price is $275.  Proceeds will go to our equipment restoration fund.

Work and Events / Re: September 29th Fall Festival and Evening Train
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:32:03 PM »
As of today the number of people following our Facebook page is 5,849

Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: September 27, 2018, 11:47:00 PM »
Last month a fellow came to ride the train but missed the noon run by about 10 minutes.  He came over to look at the railcar while I was oiling the turntable and asked about the history of the Model T.  A conversation started and he told me that he grew up in Coopers Mills and that his family had lived there a long time.  I asked him if anyone in his family ever rode the WW&F and said "well, my father grew up in the 1950's and his father (my grandfather) used to ride the train to Wiscasset in the 1930's".  I asked if he knew any stories about the narrow gauge from his grandfather and he replied "only one".  He told me that when he was a kid his grandfather told him that he went to Albion one time to visit his cousin.  He said that when he got on the train to return, the cousin asked him to go to Wiscasset any buy some blueberries.  He replied "but they're not in season".  The cousin replied "by the time you get there …. they will be".   


Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: September 23, 2018, 11:25:25 PM »
An Alna resident who is a friend of the WW&F has a couple staying in her home this Fall.  The husband, Richard heard his host speak about the railroad and last week he saw a museum member in the Alna General Store wearing a WW&F shirt.  A question about the railroad turned into a friendly 15 minute conversation about the history and present day operation of the narrow gauge.  Richard said he would stop by sometime and this morning he brought his wife, Jill to Sheepscot for a train ride.  The couple boarded the train and was enjoying the scenery.  When it was time for their tickets to be punched …. it turned out that the Alna Store WW&F member was the train's conductor.  Well, the conversation picked right back up where it left off, this time with Jill asking the most questions.  When the train reached ToM, engineer "Bullet" Bob Longo came back to the coach and asked if anyone wanted to ride in the locomotive cab.  Jill spoke right up so she and Richard rode all the way back to Sheepscot with Bob and ashcat Dana Deering.  At Sheepscot hey thanked the engine crew and spent some time taking photos. 

During a later train, the couple showed up at Alna Center where they had driven to get photos of the train coming through.  When the southbound train stopped to call Sheepscot from the AC depot, Jill and Richard came over and once again told the crew how they enjoyed the cab ride commenting how friendly everyone is.  The train continued it's run back to Sheepscot and upon arrival the crew found a smiling Jill standing on the platform.  She had just purchased a museum membership and she brought a fresh baked carrot cake for the train crew to enjoy.  Nice surprise! 

Thank you Jill, it was nice to meet you and we appreciate your becoming a member.

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 10, 2018, 12:20:11 PM »
Additional projects and news -

*Third concert -
The Saturday evening Golden Oak concert went well with over 60 people attending, many with young children.  People enjoyed the music and complimented the crew on the train ride.  The return trip was at dusk with the coaches lit by kerosene lamps.  The refreshment sales table did well thanks to the crew that baked cookies, etc. on Friday afternoon.  Some of our volunteers stayed at AC and helped clear the chairs and tables while the band packed up.  It was a nice end to a long day, a couple of members had over 15 hours starting with the bridge move and finishing with the concert.

*Old car display -
On Sunday morning an antique car group put on a nice display at Sheepscot and rode the train.  The group took photos of the WW&F Model A flatbed truck still loaded with chairs from the concert, noting that it was good to see an 88 year old truck that still worked for a living.  They were surprised to see the Model T railcar and asked many questions.

*Caboose 320 -
One would think we would start relaxing by Sunday afternoon ….   As the above photos show, Marcel and Brendan brought 320 outside and Brendan used the forklift to set the cupola while Marcel guided.  The process took a while as Marcel applied sealer to each joint before the mortise and tenons came together.  A bit of coaxing by a crew on the roof and everything went into place.  No sooner was the cupola set than Marcel began test fitting the windows. 

*Percival house -
In the last week, Zack and his crew have been working on the dog house entrance to the cellar.  Debris from the old deck was removed and hand grading was done to fill in the low spots along the house foundation.  The dog house south side wood trim was repaired and two coats of paint were applied.  Zack plans to build a new front porch during the FWW.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 05, 2018, 09:42:05 PM »
Steel spans should go up tomorrow, (Thursday 9/6)

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 05, 2018, 12:12:12 PM »
Also on Saturday -

* There will be a birthday party group with 70 people.

* The third concert will be Saturday evening with a special train leaving Sheepscot at 5 PM.  Chairs and the snack sales table will need to be transported to AC and set up in the tent.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:02:48 PM »
So, they'll be the dam moose trout ??!?

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