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Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:39:42 AM »
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, October 24th:
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)

Anticipated Operations for SUNDAY, October 25th:
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (1 ticket available*)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (3 tickets available*)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (6 tickets available*)
*As of Thursday 10/22 @4:00pm.

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
We ESPECIALLY Need folks to fill a "Gatekeeper" position - which requires basic computer/tablet/phone skills and a knack for dealing with the public.
(Train handling qualifications are NOT required to assist as Gatekeeper.)


All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.


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Museum Discussion / Re: Dynamo Productions Charter
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:33:20 AM »
In the list of people who helped create a special event, there was one glaring omission - Stewart - who went above and beyond (and over and through, sometimes getting stuck in the process) to ensure TWO period vehicles were in-place for several scene shots.

And somehow, he also managed to take photos.
For those who are not Facebook savvy (or have a Facebook account) here are direct links to Stewart's photos from Sunday 10/18:
Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/147279126870/posts/10157936547106871/
Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/147279126870/posts/10157941354076871/

Thank You Stewart!

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Those are 1960-1970-era drawings done for modelers that predate the museum. That said, I'm not sure if we have a set in the archives or not.

Note that the Crittenden/Derr drawing of #9 *is* our Museum's Logo.

I've let the archive department know that these are available.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 14, 2020, 01:01:56 PM »
Forecast for Saturday 10/17 is now rain all day.
We are cancelling pumpkin trains, due to the anticipated cold, wet, windy conditions.
Passengers will be offered to reschedule for Sunday 10/25 or receive a refund.

The private charter on 10/18 is not affected by this change.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 12, 2020, 10:04:17 AM »
The Lyons are keeping that shed, at least for the time being. We may end up with it at some point in the future, but that has not been decided.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 07, 2020, 08:00:20 PM »
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, October 10th:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - ANNULLED
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.

Note: Due to declining interest, and to facilitate use of the mainline before steam operations begin, all October Handcar Hops have been annulled.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 02, 2020, 02:54:26 PM »
Thanks Graham - I have corrected the link in Alain's post.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 02, 2020, 12:56:54 PM »
Bonjour Alain!

The link you provided doesn't work. I tried to fix it but was unable to do so.
Please repost the link and I will fix it.

Merci,
-Ed

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 01, 2020, 08:31:11 PM »
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Operations are looking for additional support, brakeman, conductors and trainmen. It’s one of the few places where there is no lines…. Sign up

Please allow me to qualify this slightly.

We definitely need extra hands in operations, but training requirements still apply. For someone completely new, and interested in train operations, we can have you as support crew on the ground at Sheepscot, or on train as an extra set of eyeballs to help us safely monitor passengers. Anything beyond that (including Trainman and Car Host positions) require a meeting with the Training Officer, Bob Longo, before taking on those responsibilities. Brakemen must accumulate 150 hours of volunteer time before they can be certified, then advance through the program to Conductor, Engineer, etc.

With sold out trains every Saturday in October, now is a great time to start in the ground floor.

Please feel free to reach out to me (ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org) or Bob Longo (training.officer@wwfry.org) with questions on how to get started.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 30, 2020, 12:34:35 PM »
40 passengers (20 per wagon) is also the limit that Don Lyons can handle with his two wagons - without doubling up trips. That would make the layover at the farm 10-20mins shorter for certain passengers.

In the post-COVID future, we could run more trains, so that SeaLyon always has customers - and isn't idle while the train returns to SS for the next load. We have lots to consider and learn from the success of the current offering.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 30, 2020, 09:34:41 AM »
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, October 3rd:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Still Available
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT [1 ticket available])
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT [1 ticket available])
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: September 30, 2020, 09:31:50 AM »
In September, we also surpassed 11,000 "likes" on the Facebook page.

To put that in perspective, here is a list of the 5 most liked railroad attractions in northern New England, according to Facebook:
#52,068 - Clark's Trading Post
#27,772 - Conway Scenic Railroad
#27,115 - Mt. Washington Cog Railway
#11,082 - WW&F
#11,015 - Maine Narrow Gauge
Then EVERYONE ELSE!

Love it or hate it, Facebook is the most important tool we have for reaching those interested in railroading, as well as families and individuals looking for something interesting and fun. The FB team tries to strike a good balance in engaging these two audiences - and the results speak for themselves.

Meanwhile, trains are sold out for the next TWO weekends, and selling briskly through the end of October. When I ask passengers how they heard about us, the vast majority respond "Facebook."

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Volunteers / Re: September 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 24, 2020, 10:12:52 AM »
Anticipated Operations for Saturday, Sept. 26th:
9:00am: Handcar Hop on Mainline - Still Available
11:00am: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - (SOLD OUT)
1:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - Tickets Available.
3:00pm: Pumpkin Pickin' Train to SeaLyon Farm - Tickets Available.
5:00pm: Harvest Bonfire Train to SeaLyon Farm - Tickets Available.

We anticipate that all 4 trains will sell out before Saturday.

Extra assistance is always appreciated - contact crewcaller@traincrew.wwfry.org to sign up, or learn how to be qualified.
All trains in 2020 are limited to 40 passengers and all tickets must be purchased in advance.
All passengers and crew must adhere to the COVID-19 Policy published at www.wwfry.org/covid
Visit www.wwfry.org/tickets to buy tickets.

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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: September 23, 2020, 04:59:19 PM »
Update 9/23/2020:

The State of Maine is now exempting travelers from Massachusetts from the 14-day Quarantine (or test) requirement upon entry into Maine.

The restriction remains in effect for travelers from Rhode Island (and Pennsylvania.)

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2020
« on: September 23, 2020, 02:09:17 PM »
A few answers:
- The 2021 Amherst RR Society RR Hobby Show in Springfield IS currently scheduled to occur - but greatly scaled back. ARS has been working with the Big E and the show vendors to create a safe (but smaller) show. Prior vendors who choose not to take part in the 2021 show are not being penalized in any way - and will not lose their spot in the 2022 show.

- Several months ago, we decided (and announced) that we would go "all or nothing" for Victorian Christmas. It is apparent that VC can not occur in a "safe" manner, so it is now cancelled. Our partners at Maine Narrow Gauge are running a Christmas-themed train - but not the full "Polar Express" production.

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