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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / TRAINS magazine ad
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:16:37 PM »
I just received my December, 2019 copy of TRAINS magazine today.  Lo and behold on the rear cover of this month's issue was a full-page ad for the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum.

As I remember, the pavilion was pretty tall (needed for ship construction).  Will it be rebuilt as high as it was or brought down a little closer to earth?

Great video!  A few obvious differences between Welsh & USA two-footers.

FRR runs it's trains at higher speeds (I would guess 30mph).
The Welsh engines have lots of polished brass "jewelry".
The engines are built for fresh-air enthusiasts.  Of course, they don't have Maine style winters.
Safety - I'm surprised they allow individuals to ride on the top edge of the slate cars (no OHSA).
The double Fairlie has two fireboxes to feed from the side
They use "tokens" for dispatching trains
All the engines are painted (rarely black) and spotlessly kept clean
They don't use knuckle couplers and I don't remember seeing spring buffers as on UK standard gauge

On the third photo of 10/27 there is a white pipe-like structure in the background.  Is that the framework for some sort of tent shelter?

Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: October 19, 2019, 11:43:55 AM »
Everybody enjoys a rock festival.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 19, 2019, 11:42:43 AM »
Thank you so much for posting the videos.  They were just what I was looking for.  The mountain extension gives a different view of the beautiful Maine countryside. IMHO, 3 1/2 miles of track makes a nice ride and is going to require a LOT of time and work to maintain to safe standards.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:15:12 PM »
Well, you could always double-track the mainline (while I'm ducking for cover)

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 16, 2019, 12:18:47 PM »
Will the crossover switches at TOM be reused for the runaround track at the new end-of-track?

Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 13, 2019, 10:31:34 AM »
     So, the WW&F joins the ranks of the PSR railroad world.  E. Hunter Harrison would be so happy!

Do you use lock washers on track bolts?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 06, 2019, 03:22:48 PM »
I'm extremely impressed with the work that has been accomplished by an all-volunteer organization.  I've been observing from afar your progress and am amazed at the variety of top-notch skills possessed by your workers.  And...taking on so many projects at once.  All I can say is "well done!"

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 04, 2019, 06:35:33 PM »
Alain - totally off topic.  I watched a video on your Facebook page.  I noticed the train crossing a road and it had a classic STOP sign in English.  I'm surprised it wasn't in French.

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:02:06 AM »
Yup, I now see the "Members Only" section.  Thanks for letting me in on the secret handshake.

Volunteers / Re: TOM Telephone
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:00:34 AM »
Reminds me of when I was a child and we were on a party line.  Our ring was one long and two shorts.  The younger generation won't have any idea what I'm talking about.

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: September 30, 2019, 03:40:39 PM »
Just received my membership card today.   I've been a lurker here for several years and thought I'd make it official.  Unfortunately, my health precludes me from making the trip to the WW&F in person.  With all the excellent work coverage and photos I feel like I've already been there.

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