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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 22, 2018, 10:11:51 PM »
I remember many moons ago, you and I discussed fusible plugs. I didn't realize that we had some. Does 10 have them?
p.s. get well soon.

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 18, 2018, 01:37:10 AM »
A friend and I visited Porcupine Palace and snowshoed the circle trail. An excellent event on all counts. Everything was very well organized. Except for one kid who was crying a lot (and settled down after bottle and video), everyone was having a great time. I forecast many happy returns. :)
-John M

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:36:15 PM »
Before the advent of Insta-Track, a cart with eight sticks of rail was brought to the work site, and two sticks were placed, but not yet spiked or gauged. To install more rail, workers went back to the cart and carried off two more sticks, walked past the sticks just placed, and placed the additional sticks. As this process was repeated, each cycle required walking back and forth an additional rail-length to reach the cart and to reach the placement point. Insta-Track allows each set of sticks to be held together sufficiently to allow the cart to be brought onto the freshly-placed sticks. This eliminates the constant expansion of the cart-to-placement distance. Further, the constant forward progression of the cart is followed by spikers who properly gauge and safety-spike the rails. I'm not sure who originated the term "Insta-Track," but it may have been me.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 14, 2018, 01:10:59 AM »
Does the new rail-laying process still involve Insta-Track, or should I sell my Insta-Corp stock before The Street finds out?
-John M

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:21:23 AM »
I'll bet that those driving by on 218 are more than a bit curious as to what's going on. ;)

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Pondicherry Mill Trestle
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:45:31 AM »
Unfortunately that brings on the "little critters" and foliage.
At Eastern Slopes Airport in nearby Fryeburg, a small plane hit a Bridgton mosquito and crashed....

Work and Events / Re: Steam Train Snow Day - Feb 17, 2018
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:42:12 AM »
A word of warning: Don't approach the burning brush piles wearing your good winter clothes. Burning embers will land on your clothes and burn holes. I remember throwing branches on the burn piles and noticing a smell that seemed like burning fabric - it was the hood of my (fortunately old) jacket!

Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 01, 2018, 02:09:25 AM »
Tours of Porcupine Palace?

General Discussion / A Steam Railway in Japan
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:52:41 PM »
Please enjoy the maintenance portions of a video of a railway I visited a few years ago.  I'm pleased to report that there was no Thomas anywhere in sight when I was there.
-John M

US Two Footers / Re: cripple Creek & Victor NG Railroad
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:33:40 PM »
"Patten Travel Agency" ran a trip there in 2000 (?). Much fun. :D
-John M

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:32:17 PM »

Thank you very, very much for your kind words. It's great to hear that someone reads the newsletter. Around here, everyone is extremely enamored with social media and has forgotten that printed media exist.

John McNamara, editor

Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:32:28 PM »
She even captured Bob Longo in the cab

Idk. That Engineer looks more like Steve Zuppa to me. :-)
As Leanne Fox said at Victorian Christmas, "That's not Santa; that's Steve."

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:10:16 AM »
One of the great things about these pictures is that they are reminiscent of so many pictures from many years ago - pictures of places where we now run trains. :D
-John M

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 01, 2018, 02:54:10 AM »
I have been worried about the lack of member and public information releases- I do sincerely apologize.

Happy New Year,
Do I hear the possibility of a WW&F Newsletter article for the January/February issue now in preparation?  ;D ;D ;D
-John M

Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Work Planning
« on: December 28, 2017, 01:46:06 AM »
We no longer need to send pictures to Alan Downey to show him winter railroading. He gets to see (and feel) it first hand!  ;D

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