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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 01:40:31 PM »
The first photo of this morning's work has appeared on Facebook. Credit to El Presidente, David Buczkowski.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:56:47 PM »
Dana had a BIG "odometer flip" birthday on Saturday, Sept 29th. He spent it at the WW&F trying not to make a big deal about it.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 05:03:29 PM »
I'm not interested in turning the WW&F into the fast paced rat race I'm trying to get a break from when I go there.

Well said. Amen. (And happy birthday.)

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:56:56 PM »
This just in...
5900 Followers on Facebook! Whoohoo!

I am convinced that these efforts have had a direct and measurable impact on our overall ridership and promotion of special events. Great job team WW&F!

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:30:39 PM »
September/October 2018 is now published. Lots of great photos and amazing news on our Fall Fundraiser....

Work and Events / Re: September 29th Fall Festival and Evening Train
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:38:03 AM »
As of today the number of people following our Facebook page is 5,849

Now at 5,870 ... but who's counting?

Note that this is up from 4500 on July 24, 2017. In just over a year we've added over 1300 new followers! Congratulations to Stewart, Cindy and the rest of the Facebook/Social Media/Marketing team. I think the success of the Moonlight train, Fall Festival, and other events are directly tied to these efforts.

Work and Events / Re: September 29th Fall Festival and Evening Train
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:27:56 PM »
When I am Conductor (as I was at Fall Festival and Evening Moonlight), during the ride segment from Alna Center to Sheepscot, I always invite all passengers...

"If you like what we do at the WW&F, please like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and other social media platforms. And, please, write nice things about us on the Internet on places like Yelp and TripAdvisor. This is how YOU can share the story of the treasure of a railroad we have in the Sheepscot Valley, help us to rebuild Maine history, and keep alive the railroad with Big Dreams and Little Wheels."

(I use "Big Dreams and Little Wheels" as a tag line during my standard history talks during the trip and TOM layover. Sometimes I will also reference to keep alive the dream of the little boy or girl inside of us - calling back to the story of Harry, etc.)

I know that we have gotten more than a few reviews thanks to this personal invitation.

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 30, 2018, 10:35:19 PM »
I never actually took an art class.
Yes, we got that impression.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 02:37:08 PM »
Yes. Bill Caswell, President of the Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, has been well informed of our progress and has been working among his circle of preservationists to ensure the success of this project. Unfortunately, he was unable to be present on bridge move day.

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:32:59 PM »
Let me just add that from a train operations standpoint, the magneto phone system is essential. My cell phone is absolute junk almost anywhere in Alna. The magphone system works great and reliably - except when it is cut. Getting the line buried is probably one of the more important tasks we should complete during Spring 2019.

Then we should do something about the saplings growing along the line...

Moderator Announcements / Re: UPDATE YOUR EMAIL!
« on: September 13, 2018, 08:48:38 PM »
There does appear to be a broader issue. I was able to get John Kokas' address working using the email re-entry method (be sure to save the changed email address before changing it back again.) However, there is another forum member (not disclosed above) who is still not receiving notifications - and he is using a regular gmail address.

So, I guess I don't know what is causing the issue. I've checked the error logs and other related settings. This may have to be something we live with.

Moderator Announcements / Re: UPDATE YOUR EMAIL!
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:28:38 PM »
I am not getting notifications, but my email has not changed.

If that is the case:
1. Check your Spam folder, etc. It's possible that they are ending up there. We have had isolated reports that emails from may get flagged as spam.

2. Change the email address anyway, then change it back. It's possible that the database just needs to refresh it.

Once that is done, you can test it yourself by sending yourself a private message. If you get the test message notification in your email, then it is working correctly.


Moderator Announcements / UPDATE YOUR EMAIL!
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:42:52 PM »
Hi Everyone,

It has come to my attention that some members were not getting email notifications when they were sent a "Private Message" via the forum. In all cases, this was due to an outdated or not-frequently-checked email address in the member's account.

Please be sure that your account is up-to-date with your current email address. Otherwise, you will miss out on this notification, and possibly other official WW&F communication.

To update your account, click the Profile link near the top of the forum page, then select Account Related Settings. Locate the Email field and change it to your current email address, then add your current WW&F Forum Password at the very bottom of the page. Press Change Profile and your account will now be updated.

If you have forgot your password, please let me know ( and I can reset it on your behalf.

I'd also like to remind everyone that a Private Message notification email is just that - a notification. To read and respond to the actual message, please do so on the Forum. Responding to the notification email sends that response back to ME and not the intended recipient. Usually, I then forward it off to correct individual (assuming his or her current email address is present in the account.)

Thanks for your cooperation on this matter.

Your Friendly Moderator,


Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:27:48 PM »
I would never have thought to use the temp bridge to attach the outrigger tension rods.

I had the same thought. Now I wonder how they attached the outriggers to the west (upstream) side of the bridge?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2018, 04:16:27 PM »
A 12 pack of Moxie for whoever came up with the "bumper sticker".

I cannot tell a lie...
... but I'll pass on the "prize".

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