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Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 21, 2019, 07:52:05 AM »
No one I spoke with made any mention of any complaints of any kind. I did hear some regulars to the event say they liked it with the light crowds, especially compared to last year.

When we have families travel all the way from Bangor, Skowheagan, Jay, Brewer, and many other far away areas specifically for this event, that speaks volumes. And they all said it was well worth the long drive. :)

Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 20, 2019, 10:44:17 PM »
So many first time riders today. Lots and lots of happy faces, and thank yous. Everyone I spoke to had a great time. Now for the really really cool part. We had families from Bangor, Skowheagan, Freeport, and many other areas all riding for the first time. Everything seemed to go smoothly. And more importantly, many of our new first timers said they will definately be back for future events. :)

Job well done to everyone who helped make today a great day, and we got to introduce and share our little railroad to some new families.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 18, 2019, 04:44:46 AM »
Everyone is excited for SWW however please lets keep SAFETY in our minds at all times. I know we always do, and we have a great safety record, but lets not be too carefull. Lots of ballast to shovel, and with the improved shuttle service will hopefully allow it all to be ballasted. Each morning we will go over the basics, including being carefull on the west (downhill) side of the tracks. Some areas it could be a long way to the bottom of the hill.

As such, measures are being taken to avoid crews on the ground on the west side near tight spots when possible.

Look forward to seeing everyone in just over a week. :)

Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: Maine Narrow gauge Flat Car
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:42:12 PM »
Supposed to arrive on Tuesday 4/16.

Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:56:50 PM »
Track inspection will be done next week. However I am hoping to do some track work provided I have the day off. 5 or 6 ties in the yard north of the water tower need to be replaced. If I am unable to be there and someone leads the efforts I would be forever gratefull. Feel free to contact me and I will provide details.

Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 29, 2019, 02:13:07 PM »
I had hoped to be at the museum tomorrow, but will be working instead. Maybe we can try in the next few weeks to do some track work around the yard.

Unless someone gets to it before me, I will measure the distance the next time I am at the railroad.

Volunteers / Re: Track Work 2019 (Not counting Work Weekends)
« on: March 28, 2019, 09:55:57 AM »
Back in the early days railroads took logs, ads one side by hand for the rail to sit on and threw it down. If they had time they would try to do the top and bottom.

Volunteers / Re: Track Work 2019 (Not counting Work Weekends)
« on: March 27, 2019, 01:38:14 PM »
With a little luck, I hope to be there on Saturday and depending on the weather maybe we can tackle some telephone tie replacements. (Not to worry, there will still be many ties for us to use the new tie changer on.)

Volunteers / Track Work 2019 (Not counting Work Weekends)
« on: March 27, 2019, 11:14:49 AM »
Hey everyone,

Spring is upon us and so is our track maintenance season. Last year I did a vast majority of maintenance alone. This year I hope we can get some intetested in doing some track work on a few Saturday as there are some track projects in Sheepscot that need repair. One of them I hope to tackle as soon as the ground is thawed and will require at least 4 of us to make it happen in one day. Preferably a Saturday when guys are looking for something to do.

Other track projects include things we were unable to complete last year.

I will try to keep this thread active and give everyone as much notice as possible.


Hey everyone, its never too early to begin planning for the upcoming work weekend(s). The Spring work weekends primary focus will be to ballast the almost 1500'of unballasted track on the Mountain. We will be using #9 with two flat cars, and Monson #3 with two flat cars. (The fourtth will be on loan from MNG) While we are ballasting, there will also be a tamper crew to begin tamping from the end of track up the hill. Ballasting is not fun, but many hands make light work and I hope many of you are able to join us.

Later this summer, probably starting in late June or early July we will begin sorting out the 180 rails we need to build track to Route 218. To do so, I estimate we will sort through a total of 260 rails to get decent ones for us to use. Once we have all materials ready for Fall Work Weekend, I then plan to sort through the rest of the pile if there is any left. Make a pile for croppable rail and a pile for scrap rail.

Also this summer there will be a lot of other trwck projects that need to be done. (Some can be done on weekends. As the ground thaws I have already found a few spots that require attention. Some has been on the project list for a short time now, and a few have just popped up.) See the track work thread in the volunteer section for details.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: March 25, 2019, 11:40:21 PM »
This winter was extremely hard on the track. If we continue to run in the winter, I suggest putting some consideration in to track rebuilds and or a more historic option of oak shims under frost heaves.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 24, 2019, 08:56:45 AM »
A few visitors stopped by today, including an exchange stufent from Austrailia and his host family (who was from Portland). They toured the shop and in passing I told them about the rebuild on the flat car that Zack has done and they were very impressed. Then I made the connection to them by mentioning #9 was built in Portland and that the turntable was designed and replicated from the one that Portland Co built in Wiscasset. They seemed interested and will hopefully be back later this season.

Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 24, 2019, 08:50:05 AM »
The car host program led by Steve P was a huge success. The gentleman to the left of the photo was extremely pleased by our hospitality and really enjoyed himself, along with the others. He loves to do wood working and mold making, and will definately be back to help on various projects along with being interested in being a car host. Today was a very good day I thought.

Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 18, 2019, 10:46:44 AM »
One thing this winter has taught us for sure is that rain does not seep into frozen ground. We will have ice on top of the ground and frost for quite a while this spring. I am anxious for the frost to leave the ground so we can get out there and start hammering out some track projects before our "busy" season reduces the track crew size drastically. Typical track work days depend onmy availability, but am willing to set up a good plan for anyone interested in leading a work party on a saturday.

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