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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 19, 2019, 03:58:14 AM »
As elbows age and develop arthritis, oil is probably better than grease anyway. I vote for elbow oil.
Of course, you would vote for elbow oil since your nickname is "oily" from your journal lubrication work. ::)

Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 19, 2019, 03:55:46 AM »
One question: did anyone ride to Top of the Mountain to ski or snowshoe or hike?
I manned the caboose/hut and found that the January Saturday had sparse attendance - only about three parties of two each. The February Saturday event was more active - perhaps ten parties of two each. I don't know about the February Sunday event. Perhaps someone else can comment.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Michigan's Huckleberry Railroad >>>Photos<<<
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:07:43 PM »
But then I forget, we are paid in all the cookies we can eat during the Work Weekends.
So that's where all the cookies went. ::)

General Discussion / Re: National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 29, 2019, 07:47:11 PM »
Beautiful and moving beyond belief.

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:02:18 AM »
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!).
Many, many thanks to the crew, especially to the Transportation Department (Bill, Joan, and Cindy).

Museum Discussion / Re: Smithsonian RR tours and the WW&F
« on: January 25, 2019, 02:09:37 AM »
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The second group had a really neat setup.  They all had radio receivers with a transmitter or two, so that I could talk to them without yelling.  It worked well on the train where the group was split into two cars. We should come up with something similar.  Something for smartphones, perhaps.
The use of smartphones is an interesting idea since almost everyone has one, there's no wires, and the owner maintains the batteries. Communicating to the riders is an interesting problem, as shouting only works for about half a car and fails utterly if the group is in more than one car. On the other hand, a PA system is disgusting and non-historic.

We need to send him a video of our railcar in action...

Work and Events / Re: Steam and Sleighs
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:19:11 AM »
Saturday's 10:30AM train to Steam and Sleighs has sold out.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:01:20 PM »
Fantastic photos! Well worth waiting for :)

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: WWI Documentary - They Shall Not Grow Old
« on: January 05, 2019, 11:33:05 PM »
I have seen it and was about to praise the special effects when I reminded myself that this was all the real thing recorded a century ago. The mud and blood were not recreations. An excellent movie and a technical tour de force.

Now that the "Springfield Show" is less than a month away, it's time (past time) to think about getting our show materials there.

At one time, Bob Cavanagh / Zack (van) and John Robertson (large station wagon) brought stuff. Neither are going this year. I used to also bring stuff in my large station wagon, but I now have a very compact mini-SUV. Cindy and Stewart are coming, but they are handling her father's exhibit. I expect the Piwowarski family, but their status is unknown. The only people signed up are me, Susan Hackett (CT), Marcel, Duncan Mackiewicz, and Dan Malkowski.

I will be coming up to Sheepscot on either the 12th or the 19th, and staging stuff at my house in Maynard (MA), but my carrying capacity is limited.

Is there anyone out there who can help bring clothes, books, and trinkets from Sheepscot to W. Springfield on January 25-26? The more we bring, the more we sell, and the more money we make for the WW&F. Please post here or PM me.

-John M

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 02, 2019, 07:45:12 PM »
What's the provenance of flatcar 34? I'm sure it's mentioned some place......

Museum Discussion / Re: Victorian Christmas Photos
« on: December 28, 2018, 03:38:13 AM »
Very nice 👍

Museum Discussion / Re: Victorian Christmas Photos
« on: December 20, 2018, 02:04:16 AM »
For Victorian Christmas shots, we members of the 52 Fan Club will just have to be satisfied with the Stephen Hussar shot on page 4 of the January/February 2013 WW&F Newsletter. The caption reads, "With its bell ringing, horn sounding, and warning lights on, engine 52 brings a Victorian Christmas train southward toward Trask Crossing." Unfortunately, this newsletter was posted before we posted the newsletters in color, so you don't get to see the beautiful green color.

The railway was told by the planning and funding authorities that a 'traditional' building wasn't what was wanted. They requested the architect to design something that would contrast with the castle and be dramatic enough to form the centrepiece for a major redevelopment of the area.
I guess the Golden Rule applies:  "He who has the gold makes the rules."

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