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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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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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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:32:47 PM »
Can 3' trucks be modified/narrowed to 24"? I mean making a new bolster or cutting it down to work?

No. I think the biggest issue is the wheel size. The Maine Narrow Gauges use 20" wheels; these are much larger.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: November 21, 2017, 06:43:14 PM »
Congratulations to Stewart and Cindy (and the rest of the FB team) for reaching 5000 likes!

This is a major accomplishment for our continued PR and fundraising efforts.

Great job!

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:01:00 PM »
It already started (very mildly) on our Facebook page. I've been watching NGDF and RYPN all afternoon...

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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Instagram Account-Pictures Needed!
« on: November 16, 2017, 05:17:10 PM »
(my name says Isaiah Reed because I forgot my password and username to my original account haha).

I fixed that for you (and deleted your disused account.)

FYI, our Instagram Page is:
https://www.instagram.com/WWFRailway/

We're also on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/WWFRailway/

Feel free to follow and add photos to one or both of these social media platforms!

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Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:40:44 AM »
At the Nov BOD meeting I heard that they were specifically called boarding passes (which are free) and not tickets (which are paid.) I will yield to other BOD members if that has changed.

Those with reservations pick up their passes at the ticket window, and get guaranteed seating on the train that they reserved.

Those without reservations are given passes for the next available train, up to that train's capacity.

We are encouraging visitors to make reservations, but will be holding passes for each train in order to accommodate those who did not know to reserve seats in advance.

Then the train crew just boards the passengers with the appropriate boarding pass for that train.

@Jason - please chime in if I don't have this right.

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Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas 2017
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:38:44 AM »
Reservations are now being accepted for all Victorian Christmas trains, December 16 & 23 2017.
Click here to reserve your boarding pass:
http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/Event/32102/VictorianChristmas/

Passes are free, but reservations are recommended so to avoid long lines and cold waits for the trip to Alna Center to visit Santa and partake in the magic of Christmas Holiday Cheer.

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Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:59:20 PM »
In some cases, simply pressing F5 or Refresh is not enough to reload the full page. Browsers typically "cache" certain objects (like tiny graphics that don't change often on pages that are frequently visited) to reduce loading times. Eventually, the headlights will appear, or press and hold CTRL and/or SHIFT on the keyboard while pressing the refresh/reload icon in the browser - which will usually force the browser to reload its cache.

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Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:33:40 AM »
The headlight appears on the main forum home page:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php
On the left side when there is a new topic or reply in a particular forum section.

As far as Stewart's forum notifications on his Facebook posts, I assume he stopped when his power went out, but hasn't picked them up again (yet?)

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Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:39:24 AM »
If possible I'd love to see the headlight icons back, but other than that everything seems to be working well.

I had a few idle moments in front of the computer, so I found and put back the headlight icons that indicate if there are new posts in a forum section. For the record, the headlight is from a Stephen Hussar photo of #10.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 12, 2017, 10:41:45 PM »
Considering that the Magneto telephone system is our primary communication device between stations, train crews, and dispatcher, I fully expect that it will continue to be extended as the track proceeds northward. The mag phone is far more reliable than cell phones along our railroad.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 12, 2017, 03:17:11 PM »
* ToM Phone box: I don't have a report about that, I know a train did go out for that.

John McNamara placed new phone box in service at TOM. Tested and Passed. Even Fred said it sounded good.

While John was busy tinkering, Fred, Dwight and I stacked 75 ties on the Mill Siding.

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