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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 22, 2017, 06:36:21 PM
Work done on Saturday April 22:

* Boiler plate flanging: Dave B was Harold's assistant.
* Boxcar 67: Zack, Stewart, and Dwight put siding on the east side of the car.
* Clean up: some of the steel stock leaning on the wall of Bay 2 was removed to outside; we took some of it to the storage container.
* Birthday caboose: A family gave their 2-yo a birthday party on the caboose, we gave them a ride out and back.
2  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Fred Fogg on: April 21, 2017, 02:49:35 PM
Ffestiniog Railway was opened in 1836 to freight traffic (as a horse & gravity railroad), and the first steam was 1863.  So at the time of writing steam was fairly new on the Ffestiniog.
3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 20, 2017, 07:24:06 AM
Paul, PayPal lets me know when an automatic payment gets set up.  You probably will need to start a brand new one, as PayPal gave up on your previous automatic payment.
4  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 19, 2017, 08:47:52 PM
Paul's auto charge was through PayPal, and for the last 5 months or so I'd get a notification that PayPal was unable to charge the card.
5  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: 2017 Spring Work Weekend on: April 19, 2017, 02:25:38 PM
Email from Stan Swanson:

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Ralph Harris and I will be up for work weekend next week so we are checking in to see how our carpentry skills might best be utilized.  New passenger car perhaps?  Looking forward to seeing you all.

Any ideas, please respond here and I'll get back to him.
6  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 19, 2017, 07:03:26 AM
Anticipated work for Saturday April 22:

* Boxcar 67: siding!
* Flanger
* Work weekend prep.
7  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 19, 2017, 07:02:45 AM
As someone on the Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum once said, "Non profit is a tax exempt status, not a business plan."  I don't think anyone can fault us for making money.  You can look up our IRS Form 990s on the internet going back several years, and most years our income exceeds our expenses.  This is because we sometimes get income for the endowment (principle of which cannot be spent) or projects that get funding in one year but won't be worked on until future years.

The trick is to make sure that our operational income meets or exceeds our operational expenses, and that cash flow is such that we have enough general income to pay off the general expenses.  Easter is usually a big help in that regard after a slow winter.
8  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 17, 2017, 09:02:53 PM
Income was about 4x that of expenses.  So yes, we made money on the event.
9  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 17, 2017, 06:56:44 PM
James was doing something here today also. 

Well...not really.  I showed up to print out a timetable draft (I couldn't, the printer was out of a non-black color and it wouldn't let me print) and was here to help if there was a crowd.
10  Other Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) / Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Re: Surviting SR & RL Passenger cars on: April 17, 2017, 07:10:11 AM
I believe the railbus was at BRV last summer, but I don't know where it is now.

Combine #11 is the unrestored car at the back side of the property, under the shelter.

I forget what number it is, but a coach lettered for Franklin & Megantic is at BRV.
11  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd. on: April 15, 2017, 08:49:07 PM
A few photos from today:

Loco 3, train "Yellow 2", waits for #9 returning with train "Red 1".


This was the crowd at 1:30:
12  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 15, 2017, 07:12:49 PM
Work done on Saturday April 15:

* EASTER EGGSPRESS!!  Over a thousand people.  A bunch of trains.  Powerswapping.  People seemed happy.
* Boxcar 67: Zack put siding on the south end.
13  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 12, 2017, 07:14:22 AM
Anticipated work for weekend of Saturday April 15:

* Friday evening board meeting
* Saturday is our Easter Eggspress, trains from noon to 3.  Help needed for crowd control, etc.
* Setup is probably Friday, breakdown will be Sunday afternoon.
* Boxcar 67
14  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 09, 2017, 04:45:42 PM
The successful test is good news. I hope that the test occurred after the pole-righting, just in case pole-righting changed something. I'm very anxious that the phone works well during Eggspress. Unfortunately, a family obligation prevents my attendance.
-John

The pole-righting was after the test.  I was doing the righting, before it the northward line was under stress from the leaning pole, afterward neither was under stress.  The stress was on the clip on the pole, not on the connection in the box.  So hopefully no negative effects to the line.
15  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 08, 2017, 07:30:13 PM
Work done on Saturday April 8:

* Boxcar 67: Zack finished up on the belt rails and boxcar entrance, and others painted it with linseed oil.  Truck work progressed, one of the trucks is now assembled.
* Bay 2 cleanout: A bunch of stuff was put at the south end of Bay 3 earlier, it was taken to the garage/junk pile/storage trailer.  The milling machine that had lived between Bay 2 and 3 and went to Roger still had the motor mounted above, so that was removed.  
* Workflat 1015: Mike brought in the understructure he built and put it on the car and welded it to it.  Meanwhile Jason and Bob worked on fixing the medium-large milling machine and started on the wheels.
* Line inspection: We ran a trip up the line to inspect and clear out crossings and ice.  Not too much ice, except for Sutter's Crossing.  No trees down.  
* Switching: Locos 9 and 3 were switched around.
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