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Messages - Bob Holmes

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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.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 05, 2017, 01:49:07 AM »
Kudos to Steve Z.  He was a master at using the forklift to unload the NC Hunt trucks.  As you can see, the 48' trusses were especially precarious. It all went like clockwork at this end as well.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:27:37 AM »
I am not finding the footer text on the Facebook page.  Am I missing it?

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:20:52 AM »
Alex, might I suggest you change the footer slightly as follows: conjunction with (and with generous support from) the National...

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:13:13 AM »
When I was a child and our family was driving across the US from Denver to points east (Ohio, Delaware, etc.) on single lane roads in Iowa, the Burma Shave signs were the most eagerly anticipated sights in an otherwise boring slow drive.  We even memorized a lot of them!

Volunteers / Re: September 2017 work planning
« on: September 29, 2017, 12:07:34 AM »
Hole dug yesterday using very cheap labor....

OK, you all picked up big time on the potato scheme for a special event.  Wonderful ideas, and I'm sure Steve P will take those to heart in planning future events.

Another idea in response to Robert's question which would also make a great event:  MILK

The Turner Creamery was pretty unique back in those early days, and it depended on a steady supply of milk from farms along the WW&F.  Another whole special train event could celebrate that history.  It could be special summer evening run featuring ice cream, and lots of other ideas which you all will undoubtedly come up with.

RE Robert's question:  Potatoes!!  Potatoes were a big commodity on the WW&F.  There were large potato houses at points along the line.

We could easily create a "Potato Night" similar to the apple event this weekend.

Remember that potatoes are still one of the major agricultural products of Maine, and help drive Maine's economy.

I'm sure we find similar kinds of event support from the Maine potato industry...

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: SP NG 18 at Laws, CA
« on: September 26, 2017, 11:22:36 PM »
What a beautiful restoration....

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: SP NG 18 at Laws, CA
« on: September 25, 2017, 10:33:12 PM »
What is the link one can tap into? Is it Facebook?  Or something else?  Thx

Stuart, I like your suggestion.  As a relative newbie (about 18 months), I am always listening to the guys and gals I'm around.  Can't tell you how often I've heard how something was tried before and either did or did not work.  Another thing I've noticed is how often trial and error mistakes are made, and how promptly fixes are initiated.  That's how we learn and move forward!

Alex, the many ideas about pouring concrete slabs actually contributed to a better pour.  Many ideas feed in, and often the really good ones are followed on the fly.  That's the beauty of our railroad.  None of us ever expects to have the best solution, we just want to contribute to the end result.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:31:32 PM »
To whoever is doing the period switchstand conversions, BRAVO!  These are relatively (?) simple cosmetic changes that add immensely to authenticity.  Hopefully, we can convert the entire railroad soon.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:25:00 PM »
Joe, you're living a dream I've had for as long as I can remember.  Enjoy and please share your experiences and stories with us from time to time.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:59:50 PM »
WOW, love it.  Great to see Joe in his regular work environment.  Thanks Stephen.

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