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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« on: November 13, 2018, 04:56:58 PM »
Here's a photo of Dale King at #9's dedication ceremony on August 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of Kevin Madore.

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Museum Discussion / WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:07:09 PM »
The WW&F was honored directly and indirectly by two different awards bestowed by the HeritageRail Alliance at their Fall convention. The Significant Achievement Award-Structures recognized the saving, reconstruction, moving and placement of the former Boston & Maine Moose Brook bridge onto the WW&F at Trout Brook. The WW&F also accepted a Friend of Railway Preservation Award on behalf of the Ramsdell/King family, who over three generations saved WW&F locomotive #9 from the scrappers torch. Our own Jason Lamontagne was on-hand to receive both awards.

Wayne Laepple wrote a nice article for Trains NewsWire. At least right now, a subscription/login is not required to read it:
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/11/12-maine-narrow-gauge-museum-tops-awards-at-heritage-conference

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:23:12 PM »
No. It's still hanging out in the shop.

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Museum Discussion / Victorian Christmas 2018 - Tickets Now Available!
« on: November 09, 2018, 06:43:23 PM »
Tickets (reservations) are now available for Victorian Christmas. Be sure to get your tickets so not to be disappointed. While the event is still free, tickets are necessary to help spread the crowd out evenly throughout the day.

http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com

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Volunteers / Re: Work Day 11/3
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:50:18 PM »
I'm negotiating my presence. Looks likely, but no promises yet.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 24, 2018, 03:43:04 PM »
My understanding is that the "stolen sawmill at Alna Center" is completely separate from the temporary siding used for lumber operations somewhere near Sheepscot Mills.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 24, 2018, 02:52:20 PM »
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Preferably the main line stays as original as possible.

In at least one of the WW&F history books, mention is made of a siding somewhere between Alna Center and Sheepscot that was used for lumber operations. I think it was somewhat temporary. I do not know if the location of this siding has ever been ascertained (or confirmed.) I like to think that it was somewhere near Sheepscot Mills.

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Museum Discussion / Re: New open car on loan to the railway
« on: October 24, 2018, 02:27:03 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
A discussion regarding the construction of a spur track (or tracks) at Sheepscot Mills (aka Brian Fanslau's Maine Locomotive and Machine Works) was split from this topic.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 23, 2018, 09:13:33 PM »
Does anyone have the Lat Lon of the end of track. I’d like to get the pin on Google Earth as close as possible.  Thanks.
I took two measurements with a GPS on 10/20/18. The location the of end of serviceable track (one rail staggered doesn't count) is:

44.10073506 N, 69.62011440 W

Note that a handheld GPS is only accurate to within 50-100 ft. The above coordinates are an average between two readings that are about 20 ft apart. They also agree with prior measurements before the track was completed.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 23, 2018, 09:13:02 PM »
Does anyone have the Lat Lon of the end of track. I’d like to get the pin on Google Earth as close as possible.  Thanks.
I took two measurements with a GPS on 10/20/18. The location the of end of serviceable track (one rail staggered doesn't count) is:

44.10073506 N, 69.62011440 W

Note that a handheld GPS is only accurate to within 50-100 ft. The above coordinates are an average between two readings that are about 20 ft apart. They also agree with prior measurements before the track was completed.

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Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: October 23, 2018, 01:32:11 PM »
Someday the robots will rule us all...

This morning, while I was typing an email to my employer regarding a chronic issue we are having with our network servers, my phone did something it has never done before. "Auto complete" of words and suggestions are nothing new when typing on a touchscreen, but I had never seen a complete phrase suggested.

In order to complete the sentence:
We should also have a

my phone suggested the phrase:
fireless cooker Jason.

Besides being very funny (especially considering a fireless cooker would not solve my server issues, nor our motive power issues at Sheepscot) it is a tad creepy that the phone came up with that suggestion - as I don't think I have ever suggested a fireless cooker to anyone for any reason.

Hmm... I wonder what happened to the Plymouth Cordage locomotives...

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Museum Discussion / Re: Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 19, 2018, 03:50:06 PM »
I think the (now non-functional) railroad cellphones used US Cellular.

I found a coverage map for them at:
https://www.uscellular.com/coverage-map/coverage-indicator.html

The WW&F from Sheepscot to TOM is shown on the map, which is convenient :-)

The gist is that US Cellular claims "Fair" coverage at Sheepscot, and "Fair" to "Good" out on the line. That seems to match James' observations.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 19, 2018, 03:23:14 PM »
Yes, AT&T seems to be an issue.

My understanding is that Tracphones can use any of the major carriers; it depends on the phone and vendor (Walmart, etc.) This applies to "SmartTalk", MyFamilyMobile, etc.

It is difficult, but not impossible, to ascertain which carrier a specific tracphone will use. For example, I used to have a SmartTalk tracphone that worked intermittently at Sheepscot and up and down the line; I think it was using 2nd-tier Verizon (which means that you get bumped for regular Verizon customers when necessary.) My current phone (which recently got damaged and needs to be replaced, hence the question) uses MyFamilyMobile and AT&T as the carrier; it is completely worthless at Sheepscot or anywhere on the RR.

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Museum Discussion / Best Phone Service for Sheepscot
« on: October 19, 2018, 02:06:00 PM »
What carrier(s) seem to work best along the railroad?
-Ed

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 19, 2018, 02:03:14 PM »
That photo was taken at Alna Center.

"There's a prototype for everything."

In seriousness, maybe we can model the WW&F Concert Pavilion after whatever that structure is. I don't think that was taken at Edaville.... Oh wait, I think there was a ball field at the very early Edaville; but I've never seen or heard about a pavilion.

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