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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:48:14 PM »
Very nice, John.  Kudos to you, Wayne and the rest of the PA/OH/NY team!

Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:18:01 PM »
Thanks Ed -- I can see the light now!

Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:15:04 PM »
Ed, I'm not seeing a headlight, just the old icons.  I did refresh (F5) before sending this!

Same for me.  :'(

Having Fred sing is about all the fun I can handle.    :-\

For me, it would help to know in advance (at least a couple of weeks) when we plan a track maintenance day.  During the warm weather, we generally can't take a main line section out of service on a weekend for maintenance without affecting our public trains, so we're largely limited to weekdays.  I have a better chance of getting a weekday off if I know a date well in advance.

I happened to be on vacation in August when we had a very productive maintenance weekday, working the main line between Jayne's Way and Brook crossing.

I understand Joe (who has been pushing track maintenance this past summer) has the opposite situation -- he doesn't know his work schedule until immediately before a given date.

Would we consider publishing a calendar for 2018 listing planned track maintenance days to see if that brings out more volunteers?

I'd like to see a hopper car built to the Portland Company design, but I am much more excited to see the work the past few months on what I understand will be a tie inserter.  We have a much greater need to mechanize track maintenance than track building.  Usually we have lots of people who generously volunteer their time for work weekends when track gets built, but as time goes on, we will have a growing need for track maintenance outside of work weekends.

Big Joe has been a good start -- a tie inserter would be a great addition.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:37:27 PM »
Thanks Mike.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:44:27 PM »
Out of curiosity, will the sheathing covering the bridge trusses be installed while the bridge is in Sheepscot, or after it is installed over Trout Brook?  Is completion of the sheathing part of the work that must be completed by the end of the year?

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Meanwhile, in Japan.....
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:54:28 PM »
Looks like they copied the idea of our model T railcar's built in turntable, based on just before 2 minutes into the video!

Neat video -- thanks for posting the link Wayne.

Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm October 2017
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:11:11 PM »
Here's a November 2nd Wiscasset Newspaper article about out-of-state utility and tree crews being staged out of our museum's parking lot.

Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:41:23 PM »
Hi Jeff,

No -- we're fine, but thanks for asking.  No property damage, and we only had power out a very short time -- much more fortunate than many.  Utility crews are doing a great job.  I did see a couple of oak trees completely blown over nearby, along with the typical damage to the white pines, but fortunately no homes damaged.  Boston area news is showing a lot of properties damaged.

I know there are some large power outages along the coast in Maine today, hence my original post.

- Bill

Volunteers / Northeast storm October 2017
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:19:39 PM »
A pretty wild storm passed over New England and New York the past 24 hours -- haven't heard the wind howl like that in quite a while.  If the results around here just southwest of Boston are any indication, I assume there's a good amount of tree damage up in Maine.  Hope you all have power or will have it restored soon.

I can imagine Fred and crew will be busy with chain saws this weekend.  Good thing the regular season ended this past Saturday.

I'd like to get out with a blade trimmer and go after some of the saplings along the railway before they get too big.  Won't be able to do it the next two weekends, unfortunately.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 29, 2017, 12:38:12 AM »
Last day of train service for the year today, not counting Victorian Christmas December 16th & 23rd.  A frosty morning turned into a warm (for late October) afternoon.  I counted 24 ticketed passengers.

Original Railway / Re: "standard" font(s) used by WW&F on publications
« on: October 27, 2017, 11:40:27 PM »
Steve Piwowarski might have some insights on this, Alex.  He and I had some discussions this summer regarding timetable posters and the like.  I've tried as best I can the last several years to replicate the style of the original WW&F for museum timetable posters using desktop publishing, but the fonts popular in the late nineteenth century differ from those readily available today.  And as Steve noted, a digital printout today does not match the look and feel of the product of a nineteenth century printing press.

Steve and Annie recently took a look at the 1888 printing press in use at the Windsor fairgrounds, mentioned in this thread.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 27, 2017, 06:32:47 PM »
Shhh!  Be vewy vewy qwiet! I'm hunting cawwots!

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