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Messages - Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:22:02 PM »
The gift shop already stocks gray pocket WW&F T shirts in long and short sleeve.

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: May 29, 2020, 05:51:10 PM »
The on-line gift shop has never closed through everything that has been happening in the last 6 months.   Even when the freight house was being remodeled, the mail order crew operated out of a boxcar. (It seemed like most of the time, items that were sold were on the bottom of a stack of stuff.)
On-line/mail orders have provided the WW&F with vital income each month while the normal sources dried up.

BTW - Cindy should get the credit for designing the graphic on the mask.  As of 6pm tonight, about 32 have already been sold.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:39:15 PM »
Since the exhibit hall has no sky lights, the open doors will let extra light into the south end of the building.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 19, 2020, 05:09:01 PM »
The rest of the steel roof was installed today.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 08, 2020, 07:39:12 PM »
There should be more scrap wood this year from the exhibit hall construction. 

P.S.
Think of Fred's motto: "Anything smaller than a 6X6 is just trim."

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 05, 2020, 05:15:36 PM »
Not yet, we may have to put some temporary covering on the missing roof.  Note that we used a lot of old lumber on the west side sheathing and battens. We have gone through just about all the old lumber.

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Work and Events / Re: SPRING WORK WEEKEND 2020 - WORK REPORTS!
« on: April 26, 2020, 09:01:16 AM »
Saturday, April 25th -

We worked on the car barn which some of us are now calling the exhibit building.  Brendan, Mike, James and I were up while Fred and Zack were the ground crew.  We started by installing more of the roof.  Well, I started a bit late due to some Saturday morning fire department work but I got right into the roof work when I arrived.  We were hitting a good stride building the roof when we ran out of steel.  Brendan's photos show where we had to stop. 

We climbed off of the roof and some of us went to the front, collecting pockets full of nails before climbing to the top of the staging.  Mike went over to the west parking lot to cut the tree that fell on the trailer and get ready for his culvert repair project.  The rest of us, joined by Dave, cleaned the concrete floor and set up to cut the lumber for the front trim work. Brendan and I made a number of trips to the top of the scaffold to build more of the soffit and install the rest of frieze and rake boards on the gable. 

While the front construction was going on, the inside crew fixed the track alignment for the third display track.  The mill steam engine and Brookville were rolled into the new section so the rest of the stored rolling stock could be shifted south about 15".   This brought 320 completely inside and the north end doors were closed (for the first time this year).  A rain / snow storm is forecast for Sunday into Monday so it's nice to have the building secure.

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Work and Events / Re: SPRING WORK WEEKEND 2020 - WORK REPORTS!
« on: April 24, 2020, 07:16:53 PM »
Since we are listing things, here are a some of the jobs from this week including today:   

* Clean up - museum trash collected and taken to the transfer station.
* Mail orders - gift shop merchandise pulled from inventory and packaged / shipped to customers.  Recent sales have been close to $1,000.
* Track - two problem areas were inspected and plans made for repair.
* Engine 11 - The design crew has been busy (working from home).
* Car barn - Brendan has worked on the display addition most days.  Work includes: window installation along with applying battens, frieze boards, shadow & rake boards and soffit paneling. Most of the work has been on the east side and south end.  The west side will be the last part finished, battens will be made from the old lumber that covered the front of the car barn. Zack has donated some osb board for the west soffit. 
 
We really missed seeing everyone for the SWW.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 08, 2020, 09:41:57 PM »
Will there be batten strips added in the future?

Yes, once the sheathing has dried out. It will shrink when dry and it's best to delay batten installation until the sheathing is all set.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2020, 05:33:53 PM »
What will happen on the bumpout's south end? A walk-in door?

Yes, there will be smaller double doors at the south end of the bump out.  This will provide easy access to the display area, especially when the large rolling doors are kept closed do to rain, cold or windy conditions.  The rolling barn doors will be open in good weather and the area in front of the car barn will be landscaped with a walkway, grass and possibly a small garden.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 30, 2020, 09:05:07 PM »
No, it will be all tin. There will be large windows all the way around and electric will be wired in at some point so the display area can have lighting.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2020 Work Reports
« on: March 07, 2020, 09:14:49 PM »
Work done - Saturday, March 7th:

* Gift shop - Most smaller items were removed from the freight shed and stored in boxcars.  The counters and display cases were moved to the north end so the south end of the floor can be cleaned up to prepare for painting. The gift shop will get updated merchandise areas after the remodeling.

* Shop - Carlos continued working on the bull riveter restoration assisted by Alan and Gerry. Later, the unit was removed from the shop and placed over near the garage.

* #9 - Jason led a crew that included Wayne, Bryce, Dan & Gordon to jack the tender up and remove the truck for wheel replacement.

* Water tank - Zack removed the main valve assembly and started to rebuild the rusted seat and braces in bay 4.

* Event pavilion - Mike and Fred made good progress on more bracing and installing the trimwork.  Mike plans to begin setting roof tin next Saturday if the weather co-operates.  He would like any available help on the 14th.

* Kitchen - The lunch crew did a nice job with meat loaf, mashed potatoes, cold cut sandwiches and, wait for it ….cocktail weenies. Also, ask anyone who dined at Sheepscot about the special cheesecake.

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Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: February 24, 2020, 05:36:38 PM »
I've been a member of the Friends of the EBT since 1986 and it is a solid organization.  The FEBT has had a few ups and downs but over the last 15+ years has gotten a lot of work done on the EBT structures at Rockhill Furnace as well as restoring EBT and FEBT rolling stock. The FEBT owns the old Robertsdale P.O. building and maintains the EBT depot as a museum.  It's good to hear that so many of you have joined the ranks, the new partnership with the EBTF should be a big plus in bringing the EBT back to life. 

The EBT is where I rode my first narrow gauge steam train when the line re-opened in 1960.  I got a cab ride in #15 that year and always looked forward to going back when I lived in Maryland.  The longest stay was in 1991 when I took two weeks of vacation to volunteer on some friends projects.  I have boxes of slides from many trips over the years including a photo of me with Mr. Wilburn.   Cindy and I went to the 50th anniversary of the re-opening where we got to ride a section car on the recently cleared south end of the yard.  With the good news of the EBTF purchasing the railroad, we plan on going to the 60th anniversary this Summer.   

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 23, 2020, 11:20:25 AM »
Yesterday, Zack and I finished installing the fascia boards on the south end overhang.  This part was completed by lunch time.  After lunch, James and I installed the east side fascia strips that finish the "bump out" display area's roof.  Other than covering the end boards with Azek, the roof structure is ready for tin.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Date/Time on discussion forum
« on: February 03, 2020, 11:09:27 PM »
It's funny that I'm reading this at 9:30 pm on Monday night and the post about the time problem is from the future, stamped 1:30 am on Tuesday.

You guys have any lucky lottery numbers??

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