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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: November 11, 2018, 03:17:32 AM »
I bought an air whistle a few years ago but Jason said it wasn’t loud enough. I returned it.

Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 25, 2018, 12:39:40 AM »
It would be nice to have a track work day out on the line in lieu of going to Albion.
Agreed; now the only problem is what to do about people who think there's an event there. I suppose a sign at both places would do the trick...

Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 25, 2018, 12:03:50 AM »
Some of the work will be a week day project, but some could happen on a weekend. Slightly off topic but is there interest from the Albion goers to do a Sheepscot work day instead? If so I will coordinate, but most likely unable to attend.
By now all the local folks have received their WW&F Newsletters complete with some beautiful color photos (thanks to Stewart, Brendan, and Mike S). It advertises an "Albion Day" on November 3rd, as printing was already in progress when the cancellation occurred. I'm hoping that "Albion goers" actually go....

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 24, 2018, 07:27:57 PM »
Change of plans. No steam available, so we have no choice except cancel. Hope everyone planning to attend gets this short notice.
Mountain Extension is "steam only?"

Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 23, 2018, 11:28:59 PM »
I still would like a single ended siding south of the crossing there. Leaving a flat or 3 there would make that much more room in Sheepscot.
Many years ago Jason and I talked about a possible siding there, so the telephone box has the unusual feature of having wooden slots on the back of the door to hold a small clipboard. The clipboard would be used to record train orders received by telephone at that location. Track-laying advanced to Alna Center so quickly that this idea near reached fruition.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 21, 2018, 12:52:08 AM »
Anyone have an idea what the roof platform above the side ladder was for?
Catwalk for the brakemen. The brakewheels were at roof height.
To elaborate slightly, there was a walkway down the center of the cars for brakemen to get from car to car and adjust the aforementioned brake wheels, but first they had to get to the center walkway. By ascending any ladder and traversing the "roof platform above the side ladder" they could do get to the center walkway. Jumping from car to car on a moving train must have been a real thrill.

Museum Discussion / Re: Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 20, 2018, 12:59:58 AM »
And yes -- the mag phone generally works best.  How can we help you extend the phone line down the mountain, John?
A trench about 6-12 inches deep across the Fossell Road would be a big help.

Museum Discussion / Re: Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 20, 2018, 12:47:10 AM »
I've used Tracfone and Verizon at the Museum and have found Verizon vastly superior. Of course MagFone is best of all . ::)

Museum Discussion / Re: New open car on loan to the railway
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:12:16 AM »
I’ve been meaning to remark that the Mountain Extension is literally a world class ride, and I foresee  the need for more excursion cars to maximize passenger enjoyment.

P.S. As an occasional conductor, I love the seating arrangement - far superior to 103.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 12, 2018, 02:45:07 AM »
Forgotten?  Nah, we'll be in the stories they tell to the young ones they shepherd into the railroad fold, with some embellishment, I suspect. :)

The "moose calliere" perhaps?

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:01:20 AM »
FWW Day 4
* Phone line: The line has been extended down the hill, not quite reaching the former end point.

Matt Christoforo, Edward Eubank, and Joseph Gilbert (and I) completed the magneto phone line work that they began on Sunday. The complete line now runs from part way down the hill nearest TOM to Sheepscot and was tested over that distance. Aided by their youthful enthusiasm and skillful craftsmanship, i’m at an all time high of magphone line optimism. Thanks guys!!!

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:46:46 AM »
John, your wire and roll stand is on the work train in the caboose.
Great! Thanks! Does the roll stand include the piece of pipe that goes between the uprights of the reel stand? Also, is the wire 14-2 UFB (gray stuff)? I will be bringing a 4x4 phone post with me when I come on Sunday afternoon.
-John M
p.s. I know that Mike is preparing to bury the wire, so we should consider this to be a temporary installation.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 04, 2018, 07:35:43 PM »
Someone bringing the reel stand and reel to TOM on any day before Sunday would be a great help. Thanks!
John M

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 04, 2018, 02:25:54 PM »

I'll give you a hand.
Thanks! I'll be there Sunday afternoon and Monday. :)
-John M

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:58:22 PM »
I won't be there until Sunday afternoon, but I hope to extend the magneto phone line northward for about 1000 feet from the TOM phone box. This will involve retrieving the reel stand and 1000" (?) roll of 14-2 UF-B from upstairs in  the shop building and bringing it to TOM. The next step will be running it in the eastern ditch beside the rail. This is the same technique that Jason and Steve Z used in extending line the last several hundred feet to TOM. Any help would be appreciated.

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