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Messages - John McNamara

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4) During Victorian Xmas and Easter it could house the concession area
I suspect that we should delete Victorian Christmas from this list because of the extra plowing and transit time required. There are a bunch of plowing photos available on YouTube to show how much work plowing involves, and it would be desirable to minimize that. Also, when moving 1500 people in a few hours, travel time needs to be minimized.  The present Santa Site at Alna Center offers reasonable plowing, rapid turnaround time, sleigh/wagon access and a heated building.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2017 Work Planning
« on: August 17, 2017, 03:17:33 AM »
Quote from: Jason M Lamontagne
John M will need some help on a telephone project, and we must keep the shop improvement advancing, but if joe comes for a day, let's get him a couple of helpers and try out the tamper, now operational.

I hope to be there Monday, Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday. I'd like to find any existing problems in the line between Alna Center and TOM.

-John M

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Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: August 13, 2017, 03:59:06 AM »
Excellent in every way! Thanks!
-John M

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General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: July 29, 2017, 09:47:45 PM »
I "third" what Dave said!  I was your age when I got involved with "hands on" rail preservation, over 50 years ago now - sometimes had to ride a bicycle to get to the Connecticut Electric Railway at East Windsor, CT. thankfully just 10 miles each way.  We need more "youngin's" like you in rail preservation.

Riding a bicycle 10 miles each way to get to a rail preservation site? Where have we heard of that dedication before? (JML)

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Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: July 28, 2017, 01:23:22 AM »
Steve has written a nice WW&F Newsletter article about flanging.  ;D

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Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: July 27, 2017, 11:18:04 PM »
Another possibility is a backup service such as Carbonite. That's what I use, and it has saved my butt a couple times.

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:04:00 PM »
Paul,
Thanks for your kind words! Thanks also to the contributors whose photos and text made it possible!

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Volunteers / Re: July 2017 Work Planning
« on: July 27, 2017, 02:09:55 AM »
I guess I suspected that. It would make a good WW&F Newsletter article. Perhaps Steve Lennox, Phil Goodwin, Mark Cheetham, Fred Morse, Randy Beach, or someone else could write a few words and/or shoot some pictures :) ;) :D ;D.


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Volunteers / Re: July 2017 Work Planning
« on: July 26, 2017, 11:48:14 PM »
Fred,
Please elaborate on "foot bridge building." Thanks!

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Volunteers / Re: July 2017 Work Planning
« on: July 23, 2017, 12:56:18 PM »
If anyone else did anything interesting it would be great if they would post it for people to read.
I replaced three rotten planks in the picnic tables. There are still four screws needed in the underside braces, but Steve Piwowarski promised to install those before hauling one of the tables north.

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Great pix, Mike! Next time you are there, can you bring along an assistant to stand in mid-trench so that the depth is more obvious? A stand-in, as it were. ;D

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Original Railway / Re: Alna Station at Top of the Mountain????
« on: July 05, 2017, 05:15:22 AM »
Ellis first discussed the peripatetic Alna Center station in his WW&F Musing No. 63 (Sept/Oct 2001) which is available in the WW&F Musings book. He discusses this subject in revised detail in 2-Foot Musing No. 10 (Jan/Feb 2004) which is available in the newly published Two-Foot Musings book. The Two-Foot Musings book is not a reprint of the WW&F Musings book but rather a new book that contains a later set of Ellis's articles. Both books are available in the Museum gift shop; buy one (or both) today! ;D

-John M

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Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning
« on: June 24, 2017, 11:49:10 PM »
Scenes from last weekend:

http://youtu.be/qI6pqkHYXYI
Nice. :) I especially like the opening part - very olde timey.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Seeking pledges for lubricator for No 10
« on: June 23, 2017, 01:31:07 PM »
Add my $100.
-John M.

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I'd like to see a x-country ski trail network out there as well, and offer a ski train service, someday. 

The new wide entrance door of coach 8 will make boarding and de-boarding with cross-country skis fairly easy. Add the traditional A-frame ski stand, and we're ready to go.
-John M

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