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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: January 20, 2020, 07:56:27 PM »
I wanted to commend everyone who made this event possible. This type of production doesn't happen overnight: it has been literally years in the making. Personally, I am in awe of the imagination, preparation, and work it took to pull this off.
The prep work was enormous in the last few weeks, and the advent of a real Maine winter made it a truly unique experience.
I was fortunate to be able to show up to a fully readied scene and participate for four days,  and I fully appreciate that I stood on a stage that was set by the participating organizations' leadership, volunteer dedication, donors, and talent.

To those involved in imagining the possibility, thank you.
To those that carried the load of pulling it all together, thank you.
To those that made sure everything was moved, fixed, safe, and ready, thank you.
To those that ran the trains, kept everything moving, fed the crews, cleared the snow, and spent hours in the cold, thank you.
To the crews that got three vintage steam engines ready, hot, loud, and created many goosebump spectacles, thank you.
To the fans and photographers who came from far corners to record winter 2 foot railroading in Maine, thank you.

Lets' do it again!

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: December 17, 2019, 06:16:08 PM »
Holy Cow!

 #8 looks like a standard gauge engine next to #9 !!

Volunteers / Re: Watch your Tamper...
« on: November 24, 2019, 06:00:51 PM »
Just a reminder in case there's more tamping time....
The turntable lead is leaning to the west.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Sandstone 2019
« on: November 14, 2019, 12:35:40 PM »
Thanks for the link. There's so much to see and experience there.
For more fun:

Now I think we need a WW&F video!

Volunteers / Re: November 2019 Work Reports
« on: November 13, 2019, 12:39:25 PM »
It should be noted that large size, good quality, new drill bits are very expensive. The cheap drills available tend to have inferior material and chip or break.
We have a lot of old but good quality drill bits but they aren't in very good shape, so this has been an ongoing issue for the shop force. Sharpening a drill properly so it has the correct angles is not easy, and poorly sharpened or dull drills make for a poor outcomes.
This machine will mean that we now have a whole set of properly sharpened drills.
So, thanks Alan, for the loan and set up of this machine.

Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:07:58 PM »
I'm sure Ed will chime in, but we have a steam crew for Saturday, soooooo

Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:28:15 PM »
And Zack and Marcel were putting the deck on,  almost halfway there.

Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: October 25, 2019, 12:57:07 PM »

To do this efficiently, and minimize downtime between stone loads, we should run two trains - but that requires two train crews and a dispatcher all of whom would then not be available for ballasting.


Running ballast is going to be a bottle neck. What if we moved some stone to the north end of the track like was done for FWW, and used 52 to shuttle loads from there to the north end of the work, and steam from AC up to the south end of the work area?

Double your pleasure, double your fun.  ;D

Work and Events / Re: Work Weekends and volunteer labor
« on: October 24, 2019, 11:50:42 AM »
Sounds like smaller projects plus advanced signups and skill to project matching may be a good way to think about this going forward?
I would point out that we have advanced signups now for the train crews.  Same idea.
As Ed mentioned, we definitely would not want to require signing up ahead of time and can still be pretty flexible as walk ons, weather, or other events occur.
There may be a hidden benefit in that it may encourage more folks to show up if they know they will be useful. Especially if they do not want to swing a spike maul but are a machinist or carpenter.
But I think that knowing who is coming and what they can/want to do would ease the job of the organizers and ensure a good experience for all the volunteers.   

Work and Events / Work Weekends and volunteer labor
« on: October 23, 2019, 01:47:12 PM »
The Mountain Extension thread has diverged into a discussion of track extension and next projects because the track laying is coming to an end for the foreseeable future.
This is touching on a bigger subject, hence I'm starting a new thread.
I think the reason that track laying has become synonymous with the work weekend is that it has been the focus for almost all of the museum's existence, and that the jobs involved can be done by most anyone. Basically we all become day laborers for a weekend, no skills required!
Building track is fun for volunteers because there is sense of doing it the old way, being useful, getting a workout, camaraderie, and tangible progress to celebrate.
In recent WW's, with the necessary automation of the rail and tie laying process, the number of hands required for that has shrunk, and the remaining tasks tend towards those jobs that require relevant skills or plain old heavy duty brawn like spiking.
This means that some folks may not be busy and feeling like they contributed. This problem will get worse as we finish up the mountain extension track by 2021.
I'm thinking that the board is aware of this and would welcome useful ideas on how to keep the work weekends busy, fun, and productive.
If you were at FWW what did you see and what would you suggest?

Work and Events / Re: Moving passenger cars from MNGRR to WWFRY
« on: July 18, 2019, 11:48:17 AM »
Very impressive that all those moves were accomplished smoothly and without incident.  Thank you to everyone for all your efforts.
Does anyone have or can point to pictures of the original move from Edaville to Portland?
When was the last time the Rangely was out of the museum building and was part of a train?
What is the lever for on the rear platform?

Museum Discussion / Re: New front end loader for the railway.
« on: June 14, 2019, 01:38:06 PM »
I am trying to remember if the old front loader is still at Alna Center?
If it is still there there may be some interest from collectors of vintage construction equipment rather than just hauling it to the junkyard.

Museum Discussion / Re: Wood you Believe it
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:45:41 PM »
Just thinking out of box, can #10 be easily converted to wood?  I think we can use the same grates.
Interesting question!
A quick search shows that wood has about 2/3 the energy density of coal (which was actually more than I would have guessed). I would assume that would be for perfectly dry hardwood, not pine or poplar.
This would require a 50% larger firebox and changes to the front end. Not to mention finding, cutting, splitting and drying enough hardwood each year, lack of space on top of the tank, and other logistical issues.
In short, it would not appear to be practical.
Too bad, it sure would smell better.  ;)

Museum Discussion / ROW Vegetation control
« on: April 11, 2019, 07:43:04 PM »
Relevant to a topic brought up a few years ago on ROW maintenance:
I especially like the donkeys; maybe they could also be rented out for trail use?
Does the goat output result in more goat input, i.e. a feedback loop?   ::)
No editorial comment intended, just FYI and amusement.

Ed, that map looks very familiar..
Are you sure it isn't one of the Wiscasett bypass maps from a few years back?   ???

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