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Steve, in thinking about our discussion today, I think an easy next step would be to designate a picnic area at TOM with a path from the new platforms.  It would require some mowing of a new picnic area and the path.  I'm thinking a bit to the left of the platforms and up on level ground but I could be just guessing.  If we dedicated an area maybe 2-300 sq ft (??).  I would be willing to find and donate two picnic tables to the project.  (That could also be the head of a new trail.)

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Museum Discussion / Re: Train Show Help Needed
« on: August 02, 2017, 11:23:21 PM »
I'm willing to throw my name in as someone to help cover (but not manage) shows.  It's tricky because I split time between Maine and Philly, but keep me on whatever list you have as someone who could help out from time to time to staff a show...

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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F YouTube Channel
« on: July 30, 2017, 10:33:40 PM »
Ed, what happens when you subscribe to our channel?  Do you get notifications, or do you  have to go looking for it?  Or what else special happens?

Thanks

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Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: July 28, 2017, 12:16:05 PM »
Five years is really old for a laptop.  Mine was pushing 4 and started showing symptoms.  So I replaced it recently before it could crash and burn.  The good news is that they aren't nearly as expensive as they used to be.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: July 27, 2017, 10:32:08 PM »
As we consider upgrading our membership systems, have we given thought to data storage on the cloud.  An advantage of that is -- if we have more than one person involved in membership duties -- each could access the db independently.  The potential disadvantage is having more than one person accessing the db.  But that can be solved with appropriate rules and procedures.

The other advantage of course is that we don't have to worry about backups on individual computers.

Also if the s/w were on the cloud (if that is even possible -- I don't know), each user could access the entire system from their own hardware.  If not possible, would we be using readily available s/w such as Word, Excel and Access?

Just Wondering...


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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: July 25, 2017, 11:04:00 PM »
Go for it.  I am working on my TripAdvisor review tonight...

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General Discussion / Re: How'd you like to feed this monster?!
« on: July 25, 2017, 12:54:35 PM »
Looks very similar to pix of the boiler rooms of Titanic...

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:50:10 PM »
Will you save some of the pipe for "the museum".  That's the kind of archaeology that has lasting value.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:46:25 PM »
Mike, I know you've done an amazing job as Membership Secretary.  I also suspect your talents are better focused in the future on ROWMOW, etc.

SO, please give us a senses of what the Membership Secretary job entails (in some detail including # of hours per week).  Does it have to be locally based?

That would give the rest of us some order of magnitude of what needs to be considered if one would be interested.

Thanks.

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Steve, great job today with you, Fred and Isaiah creating a really nice platform at TOM.  Post pic soonest.

As we discussed, I'll keep throwing out ideas as they occur, with the hope that some might even stick:

I do like the idea of Prebles as a near-term structure at TOM.  If on skids (like an ice house), it would be easier to move.  We could bring it back in the winter as ticket office for the Xmas trains.

In the long term, an Alna like station would be better, with the idea that it could then be moved to the end of the line at 218 (or Head Tide).

Since we're planning to put the shingle mill and sawmill toward the end of the spur, we would want to be sure any trail systems connects to them.  In the meantime, we could put up a couple of kiosks (a la National Park Service) that would feature articles and pics of those two mills.

I share Fred's concern of a 1 1/2 hour layover on the current train schedule.  We'd have to make sure there's enough to do to make the wait enjoyable (hence maybe picnic tables).

That's it for now.  Thanks.

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Has there ever been discussion about a couple of picnic tables at TOM?  I don't know what our stance is on such an idea, but it would give another reason to go there between trains.  (And after all, many railroads had picnic/excursion trains back in those days...)

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Could we use one of the small culvert sections (currently at the washout) as a permanent way of helping to bridge the ditch?

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Steve, I've sent you my contact information.

Joe, the best way you help us get started is to begin to figure out how best to provide a detraining/boarding "method" at TOM.  I say method, because I don't really know the real estate that well.  Not sure what structures might be required, how to work with train movements, etc., etc.

But we can't do anything up there unless we figure out a way to get passengers safely and smoothly onto the TOM grounds.

P.S.  I know you're really good at this.

Bob

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:43:08 PM »
Mike, glad that 1015 worked so well!  You put so much time and energy into it from start to finish, and it has already proven it's worth in one trip.


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Steve, I'm happy to get involved with such a project.  Let me know further...

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