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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:56:49 PM »
Sorry, I was going by memory with the numbers. I don't have the final lengths of the two approach spans.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:19:03 AM »
Re "crossing" - No crossing. Those planks were to protect the track when the forklift lifted that side of the bridge.

Re abutments - The 47' bridge will be centered across the 74' gap, supported by two piers. There will be two 12' approach spans - one on each side of the bridge. This design was chosen to minimize environmental impact, and keep the piers out of the brook waterway.

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Museum Discussion / Re: newsletters
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:41:04 PM »
Museum members (once I find out about them) get access to the Newsletters and other special discussion areas on the main forum page.

Kevin - welcome aboard - I have activated your privileges.

If there are other museum members who do not have Newsletter access, please let me know.

-Ed

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:22:30 PM »
But then they probably would have identified you as Michael J. Fox!
(oh, wait.)

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:50:25 PM »
Aw, the fun's over. They have correctly identified the individual in the photo as Frank Zappa.  ;D


(Just kidding, but they did fix the caption; and added some new photos of the bridge.)

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Alna's permits approved! From the Wiscasset Newspaper:
http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/railway-museum-expansion-track/95329

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:21:03 PM »
A report on the meeting in today's Wiscasset Newspaper:
http://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/railway-museum-expansion-track/95329

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General Discussion / Re: Engine wiper
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:04:59 PM »
There is a "ranking" system in the forum software that classifies members by the quantity of their posts. When the forum was set up many years ago, these categories were created. They really don't mean anything; it's just a fun way to keep the board railroad-themed.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Anticipated Work
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:13:32 PM »
I gave Linda a set of fairly old glass Christmas tree ornaments. Reportedly, some belong to my great grandmother (whose husband was the Conductor for the Woodstock RR in Vt.) If not from our target era, they will be close. She was going to set them aside for tree trimming this year.

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:17:47 AM »
I may have confused folks by adding the 2018 section. (It's easier for me to do that now rather than later.) Be sure to click the Nov/Dec 2017 link.

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: November 30, 2017, 10:02:03 PM »
Nov/Dec is posted. Includes a run-down on the Mountain Extension, Work Weekend, and BIG NEWS about the Fall Fundraiser.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« on: November 30, 2017, 04:03:06 PM »
I agree about "#GivingTuesday" - I got so many bombardments to give donations over the last 48 hours (including a call from a Canadian church ministry) that it was way overwhelming. That said, one member did put up a personal WW&F fundraiser on Facebook and raised $370.

The donations via the shopping portals, however, are VERY legit. I too was extremely skeptical when I first signed us up with "iGive" 5-6 years ago. Since then, we've raised over $1000 (iGive + smile.amazon) with just *three* iGive donors participating regularly (one is not even a member, who happened to visit us twice, then moved away). (We have a few more donors on Amazon.) I'm sure that if everyone who reads our forum and facebook pages used iGive and smile.amazon whenever they ordered something online, we could be raising at least $100/mo in "free" money.

Of course, we have three active formal fundraising campaigns:
1. The Annual Fall Fundraiser (targeted to our membership. Look for an update in the Nov/Dec Newsletter)
2. The "21 Campaign"  (targeted to our broader friends and followers, or those who want to specifically support the boiler building projects.)
3. The "Narrow Bridge Ahead!" campaign  (targeted to our broader friends and followers, bridge enthusiasts, or those who specifically want to fund the bridge.)

The downside of online donations (some of #2, and most of #3) is that there are fees collected by the web sites hosting and gathering the donations. However, these web-based fundraising efforts reach a lot of people, who then often turn into members and regular donors.

The best way to support the museum is to send an old-fashion check to:
WW&F Railway Museum
PO Box 242
Alna, ME 04535
And either specify what project you want to contribute to - or leave it unrestricted.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 27, 2017, 08:03:10 PM »
I think the better long(ish) term solution is to convert the Percival House first floor into a Visitor's Center/Giftshop as has been discussed many times. That's where tickets should be purchased every operating day (not just for special events.)

Then use Prebles as a flagstop as it was intended somewhere out on the line.

But until then, it's probably best using Prebles as the ticket window for special events.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 22, 2017, 04:00:02 PM »
Ballast was placed up to about the tool shed - or maybe a bit beyond that. The main goal was to get ballast through the switches in the North Yard, anything beyond that was a bonus.

It was just an initial covering of ballast; it was not lined/dressed/tamped.

Also, small trees that were starting to pop up along/near/within the woods track were removed.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:16:40 AM »
And a reminder, for all your shopping needs, use these links to get donations directed to the WW&F at no cost to you:
http://www.igive.com
http://www.goodshop.com
http://givingassistant.org
http://smile.amazon.com

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