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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 ??!?

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F 52 is on Ebay
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:57:15 PM »
Coach 3 came to Sheepscot in 1999.  Frank Paul was head conductor when the track reached Alna Center, we have photos of him next to the train at AC with the station under construction in 2003.  If I remember correctly, 2004 was the last year that Frank volunteered.  He was an interesting man, a joy to work with.

Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:41:10 AM »
Last Saturday a man brought his young daughter to the museum for a train ride.  They came into the gift shop and looked around but when they came to the counter to purchase tickets, the man realized that he didn't have his wallet.  He apologized and said "we will come back another day".  Not wanting to disappoint the daughter, the quick thinking gift shop crew told them "that's ok, we'll give you two tickets for a ride today and you can send us the fare when you get a chance".  Both father and daughter thanked the gift shop crew and boarded the train.  Upon their return to Sheepscot they told the train crew that it was a beautiful ride and they would tell their friends about the railroad.

Yesterday we received a thank you card from the fellow along with a check covering the fare plus a good sized donation.   

Volunteers / Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:27:29 AM »
The east door will have a new smaller porch built with steps leading down to the area in front of the cellar door.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: 7.5" Gauge Loco 10 Model
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:33:54 PM »
The shop building is painted in Ben Moore "sunshine/sunny yellow" which is the name from about 20 years ago.  The trim is a custom color buff/tan.  The colors replicate the Wiscasset shop building that was painted in medium yellow with dark red trim that faded to a tan color.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:25:29 PM »
Check FB today for photos of the roof sheathing installed on the east truss.

Museum Discussion / Re: Facebook results:
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:00:24 PM »
Here are some numbers on how many people have seen our page recently with WW&F news.  The numbers vary by post.

* News Views - Bridge and other project news posted on April 26th:   9,393

* Spring Work Weekend - Projects update posted on April 30th:   3,716

* 2018 Season begins - Posted on may 1st:   6,022

* How The World Sees The WW&F - Posted on May 3rd:   9, 640

* WW&F receives grants for the bridge project - Posted on May 8th:   2,580

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:45:49 PM »
Spring Work Weekend: Day #1, Friday, April 27th

* Track - Dana's crew put the rails back on Davis grade, reconnecting the railroad between Brook Crossing and Sutters.  The track is now ready for stone ballast on Saturday.

* Percival House - Much progress on building the two story porch with the posts in place and second floor porch roughed in.

* Machine shop - The moving of two large lathes and other rearranging took place in the shop south extension along with some cleaning and removal of equipment in bay 4.

* Tamper - Jay worked on the machine most of the day.  It's rumored that the operators seat now has a cup holder.

* Boxcar #67 - The grab irons and ladder rungs were prime painted. 

* RC4 - The mechanical brakes were adjusted on the railcar.

* Lantern Sale - Linda reports about $1,000 made so far.

* Meals - Nancy Weeks and her crew put on a nice lunch and wonderful supper.

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:27:38 AM »
Hi Bob,

As far as I know the D&RG lantern is still available.  Come to the gift shop Friday morning to get a better look at it.

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:25:13 PM »
There has been a lot of interest in the lanterns and 6 of them have already been spoken for.  The gift shop crew will have the shop open Friday morning so everyone can see the collection and make purchases.

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: April 25, 2018, 12:00:34 PM »
The back story on the first set of lanterns:

In May of 1998, Harry Percival, Allan Fisher and Stewart Rhine discussed doing something for the museum's 10th Anniversary that would take place the following year.  They decided that new hand lanterns would be a good fund raiser.  Allan donated the funds for Adlake to produce the lanterns, Stewart designed the lettering and Harry provided the number stamps to mark each lantern which was done in the Sheepscot depot. The tin lanterns were numbered 50 - 99 and the brass lanterns were numbered 1 - 10. The brass lanterns sold in a week with #9 being retained by the museum to use on engine #9. We secretly kept brass #1 and presented it to Harry one night at dinner as a Thank You for starting the museum that brought us all together.  Harry's family still has the lantern. 

Museum Discussion / Re: Museum Gift Shop
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:58:04 PM »
Ok Bill,


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