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Messages - Bob Holmes

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:15:49 AM »
Assembly of second truss completed today.  Workday scheduled for Tuesday, perhaps to begin to start the deck structure.

Original Railway / Re: "standard" font(s) used by WW&F on publications
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:09:02 AM »
I would be surprised if a relatively low-budget operation such as the WW&F had "standards" for printing fonts.  I would think we would want to use several different fonts depending on what we're doing, especially to try to achieve historical accuracy over different time periods.  Example, posters advertising specific events...

We of course could consider a "standard" font for modern communications such as Facebook, etc.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:57:39 PM »
I want to see a picture of a moose trout!  Could it become our mascot?

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F YouTube Channel
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:49:51 AM »
I just subscribed and it said Subscribed 119.  Does that mean there are 119 subscribers?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:07:13 AM »
Query:  why is Steve (and perhaps other WW&F volunteers) helping with the bridge fabrication.  I thought this was the total responsibility of the other group.  (Not that I'm complaining...I think the more involvement we have, the better outcome it will be for us.

Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« on: October 20, 2017, 12:01:08 AM »
Just to put this in some practical perspective:

At the end of FWW, Ed Lecuyer found an old green tablecloth in the shop rag bin.  We needed some more green flags, so we cut it up into about 15 x 18 pieces (whatever the tablecloth would let us do).  We found some dowel -- not at all sure what diameter it was.

Steve P rounded down the ends of about 24" length pieces of dowel.  Several of us stapled the scrap green pieces to the dowels.  We made six of them.  They are now positioned in several places that needed green flag.  They probably have a pretty short half-life.  Just another example of WW&F ingenuity.

The problem with flags is that no matter how well they are made, they turn black if not laundered occasionally.  We have some beautifully stitched flags, that are unrecognizable as to color from a distance.

Just another challenge in recreating a historically accurate railroad.

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:57:00 PM »
Totally agree.  Backup redundancy is the best way to go.  If we were to get a backup hard drive, how would we use it?  I guess part of the question is how many different computers contain key parts of WW&F admin systems?

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:07:55 AM »
There is now a gentle two step drop from the new concrete floor to the machine shop.  I was happily surprised, and everyone with bad knees, etc. will really appreciate the upgrade.

May I politely ask the reason for the cancellation.  It seemed like a wonderful event to me, especially with the success of our Apple Train!

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: October 10, 2017, 11:35:46 PM »
Thanks, I suspect that WW&F members and fans will thoroughly enjoy these...another fascinating side of Maine steam!

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: October 09, 2017, 11:48:38 PM »
Terry can you give us some URL links to your activities?

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 08, 2017, 11:35:29 PM »
Good job altering the footer a little....!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:44:01 PM »
What do I know, but it might not be so difficult to bring the assembled bridge up from 218 along the current conservancy trail/ROW???

Museum Discussion / Re: Crossing 218
« on: October 05, 2017, 11:08:04 PM »
Can anyone talk about the regulatory requirements for crossing 218?  I was at both ends of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake RR during last month, and they don't have fancy crossing restrictions.  In fact, most of them were protected only by crossbucks and loco whistling.  Not even a brakeman flagging traffic.

From what very little I understand, we are probably not subject to FRA requirements, but only State of Maine.  I also understand the class of road may be an important factor (218 is a state road).

But it would be great if we don't have to have an electronically protected crossing....

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: October 05, 2017, 01:52:37 AM »
Cloud is good!  We could buy external backup drives (they are now very cheap), but cloud is even better.

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