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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:13:33 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, 08:13:02 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, 12:32:11 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, 02:50:06 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, 02:23:14 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, 01:06:00 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, 01:03:14 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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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:59:00 PM »
Thanks Bill for sharing that video. It's great!

If you haven't already, be sure to follow our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WWFRailway

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:46:37 PM »
I think we're saying the same thing in different ways, Ed.

Yes, of course we are. However, so many other organizations (and the occasional curmudgeon) forget what our youth can offer today. Every time I hear someone bemoan the Millennial generation, and how they just don't care about preservation, I wonder that the core problem of not engaging others (regardless of age or ability) is being missed.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:04:51 PM »
[topic drift]

I'm going to make a radical statement.

Bryce, Dan and others in the teenage crowd are NOT the future face of the WW&F museum, nor of railroad preservation.

...

They are the CURRENT face of the WW&F and of railroad preservation.  Bryce and Dan (and Carlos, and others I haven't worked along side yet) are just as much a part of today's WW&F as Fred, or Zack, or even Jason. They just get the benefit of seeing this project for the next 60-plus years, once us older folk will be long gone and largely forgotten.

While I may be stating the obvious, I think that is what makes the WW&F special. Instead of discouraging new or younger volunteers, we add them into the family and try to guide them as best we can. And that is what bodes so well for the long-term survival of the WW&F. I pray that we never lose sight of that.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:22:31 PM »
There are several videos posted on the WW&F YouTube channel. Check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/c/WWFRailway

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:36:34 PM »
Perhaps next time someone with a camera is at the north end of track, a photo looking north toward Trout Brook could be taken.

There have been a couple of photos posted on Facebook. I hope the photographers don't mind my sharing them here. The one with no one in it was taken by Russ Nelson. The one with Russ Nelson in it (and Dana) was taken by Galo Hernandez.
 

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:41:26 AM »
I appreciated Jeff's willingness to help dispatch Saturday, while he went solo over the rest of the weekend. I did it by myself all weekend last Fall, and it was great to have someone to help when needed, chaos ensues, etc., and then to chat during the calms between the storms.

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 08, 2018, 10:09:40 PM »
(and fellow dispatcher, Ed.   ;) )

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 07:35:50 PM »
I apologize that I misread some of the preceding posts. If I had been more careful, I would have moderated this topic a bit more closely.

The "modern-day" WW&F has always used historically accurate and safe techniques for all of its tasks, whenever possible. When such techniques are not practical (hand tamping stone ballast) or safe/permitted (lap-seam boilers) modern methods are used. Moreover, as the railroad has grown, we have had to make some adjustments, some due to efficiency, some because we now have resources. These changes are always well-thought out by the folks closest to the situation, and after much debate and information gathering.

The latest example of this is the rail crane. Over time, I can envision other automated machinery, including even a spiking machine.

Meanwhile the fun is in the building. And I am looking forward to being trackside tomorrow.

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