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Museum Discussion / Re: Source for a conductor's hat?
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:54:50 PM »
and to the person who sourced the badges

I was told that person was Allan Fisher - Thanks Allan!

Not surprising, based on Allan's long support of our Museum.  Yes -- Thanks Allan!

Museum Discussion / Re: Source for a conductor's hat?
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:04:30 PM »
A late (better than never I hope) update...

I did stop by the American Railway Supplies tables in the Better Living Center Building during the West Springfield show last month and purchased a size 7-5/8 hat.  Good conversation with the gentleman at this company, which I recommend.  Then I walked back to our tables in the Young Building and purchased a hat badge with buttons (Thanks Ed, for sourcing the buttons, and to the person who sourced the badges).

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

And thank you to the Amherst Railway Society who sponsors this show.  We, among many northeast railroad museums and historical groups, have greatly benefited from their hard work and generous show proceeds.

Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 19, 2019, 11:10:30 AM »
I did see at least one person snowshoeing at Top of Mountain on Saturday.

We also had a young family of four join us on the work ("Steam & Saws") train to end of track and help feed the bonfire as trees were cut Saturday.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 17, 2019, 06:31:17 PM »
There were 12+ helpers, though I think Mike was the only person running a chain saw.  We on the work train had a nice, long, slow trip from Sheepscot to end of track.  We departed Sheepscot at 8.55 and got to end of track around 10.30.  All the crossings between Sheepscot and Alna Center had heavily iced over due to rain late Friday followed by a hard freeze early Saturday morning.

Will try to post some photos later.  I just got home from Maine.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 03, 2019, 01:45:01 AM »
Some more Mountain Extension tree clearing photos from today can be found here

Some photos from Saturday morning:
Our weekday crew has been busy insulating the shop building.  Here's a photo of ceiling Rockwool insulation installed over bay 3, looking toward the south door.

View of bay 3 looking toward the north door.

Fred Morse tends the north coal stove between bays 2 and 3.

Early Saturday morning view of the B&SR flatcar work in bay 2.  Mike posted a later view showing today's progress on the car.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 03, 2019, 01:34:27 AM »
Some photos of tree clearing on the Mountain Extension today, in chronological order.  Single fire set to burn the slash today.

Mike Fox drops a small tree in this view looking south up the grade toward the current end of track and Top of Mountain. 

View looking north, with Trout Brook Bridge in the background.  Fred Morse and James Patten look after the fire.

Mike has just dropped two medium-sized pines in this view looking south.  Pictured are most of today's tree clearing crew:  Mike; Fred; James; Kevin Propst; and Stewart Rhine.  Leon Weeks joined us shortly after.  Mike dropped the trees, and Fred helped Mike cut up the fallen trees, while the rest of our crew stacked logs and put slash on the fire.

A view from Trout Brook Bridge looking south toward the burn pile.  Next Saturday's work will include dropping the large pine on the left.

Looking south at the recent cutting work that cleared the work area needed to make east-side ditch repairs this summer.

Turning 180 degrees to look north, today's work area, with Trout Brook Bridge in the distance.

Kevin, Mike, Leon, Fred and James take short break from the day's work.

Leon, Fred, Kevin and James tend to the fire.

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:37:25 AM »
Wondering about conversations that were had at the table- were there any really interesting questions or new folks interested in memberships/volunteering?

The answer is yes.  Regarding questions, most were about the collaboration or our Mountain Extension.  I encouraged folks I spoke with to visit the Maine Narrow Gauge tables or email with questions I couldn't answer.  Everyone I spoke with was enthusiastic about the collaboration with ML&MW, MNG and the WW&F.

Regarding the Mountain Extension, I encouraged folks to come visit during the spring and fall work weekends, where they could watch and/or join the fun!  We had the Great Falls Model Railroad Club's video of our 2018 Fall Work Weekend playing which attracted much attention.

I believe we had at least 10 new memberships and renewals, though I expect Susan, Joan and Cindy can provide a much more accurate answer than I.

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:36:53 PM »
Oh -- I forgot!  Happy birthday, Fred!

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:35:50 PM »
A few photos from the Amherst Railway Society show at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.  John McNamara organized our WW&F show crew that included Susan Hackett, Marcel Levesque, Duncan Mackiewicz, Dan Malkowski, Joan Mehan, Cindy Rhine and Nancy Weeks.  Nancy provided great lunches for the crew both Saturday and Sunday (Thanks!).

We were located at Narrow Gauge Corner in section 78 of the Young Building, next to the fine folks from Phillip's Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad.  A couple of photos before the crowds arrived:

The crowds have arrived!

« on: January 28, 2019, 10:03:19 PM »
Nice article, Wayne -- thanks!

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:57:25 AM »
Do we have a pole saw at the Museum?

Thanks Mike.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:05:07 PM »
The January 2019 Mass Bay RRE Callboy includes a two-page article on our Trout Brook Bridge and Mountain Extension project work in 2018, largely adapted from Joe Fox's article in our November / December 2018 Newsletter.  As noted in our March / April 2018 Newsletter, Mass Bay RRE generously provided us a $1000 grant from their Railroad Preservation Fund to aid the Trout Brook Bridge effort.

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:52:30 PM »
A couple of questions regarding X52/Steam & Saws:

-- Should the Mountain work crew bring their lunches, or will lunch be brought up by X9 and exchanged with X52 at Top of Mountain?

-- Will we have a pole saw or any other saws in caboose 320?  Back during the Fall Work Weekend, we had to cut some branches to get enough clearance for the cupola.  If anything, I assume the clearances have gotten worse as this winter has progressed.


Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:10:54 AM »
X52 with the initial Steam & Saws crowd departs Sheepscot for end of track sometime between 8.30 a.m. and (hopefully well before) 10.  Then  X52 will meet X9 at Top of Mountain the rest of the day to shuttle volunteers to and from EOT.

X52 needs a brakeman...

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:13:42 PM »

It is good that you have such a great working relationship with our regulators.  I know, from past experience it helps a lot when they trust that we will always strive to do the right thing.

You're spot on, Bill.  I'm so glad we're following the process to the letter, and the results show.  We're very fortunate to have the right people who carry this philosophy diligently and have generously donated their talent and hard work to move us forward.

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