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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: TOM Phase 1: Passenger Platforms and Hiking Trails - Official Work Thread on: July 19, 2017, 04:43:58 AM
I'd like to point out that even though our railfan clientel don't pay the bills, they would appreciate anything done to look historic, or be able to be removed for such events.

And yes, I think putting two platforms side by side will work great up there for now and will allow our visitors a chance to explore the "pasture"
2  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: TOM Phase 1: Passenger Platforms and Hiking Trails - Official Work Thread on: July 18, 2017, 10:41:06 AM
Joe, I am apt to agree with you on that. I feel something more in line with the size of the Alna Center Platform would be appropriate. I guess it would be helpful if it could move, but if we really put our thinking caps on and determine a final location, that would be great. I think your intention for the platforms was for them to be temporary and moveable, like for a special event, so maybe we could use one of those in the meantime.

It could be moved. But it will require the use of either the crane or 4 guys to move it.
3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: TOM Phase 1: Passenger Platforms and Hiking Trails - Official Work Thread on: July 18, 2017, 01:49:05 AM
Lol. Well if desired, I am more than happy to relocate one of the four platforms I built and put it at ToM, and or build a larger one so that it can traverse the ditch more effectively. Actually a 8×8 platform would probably work better there, but will need to be in a location that is good as it will nit be able to be moved easily. Said platform could then be used as the unloading platform at the same location once the shingle mill is completed.

I don't mind using an already built platform, however I feel a specificly built 8x8 or 8x10 would work better.
4  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Less than Carload Freight Shipping/Boxcar Packing on: July 17, 2017, 11:26:25 PM
Steve, as mentioned I am more than happy to help out in any way I can.
5  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: July 16, 2017, 10:34:25 AM
I'm thinking the latter because the books say there was a cattle under pass near ToM.
6  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: July 2017 Work Planning on: July 16, 2017, 10:32:34 AM
Also not mentioned was a rail was cut, drilled and prepped to replace another rail later this week, and more joint bars have been gathered up for use very soon. Next step is to find 18 more joint bars, and bolts in preparation for a joint bar changing crew. Also noticed more ties that should really be changed out, however we have plenty to do already this year. Remember each year we don't change ties the number doubles the next year as ties around them take a beating.
7  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Less than Carload Freight Shipping/Boxcar Packing on: July 15, 2017, 09:52:01 PM
Yes, those old documents are hard to figure out what certain things meant, but if a group of us sit down and try to decifer, it would be neat to have arrows pointing to certain areas to translate it into "modern" terms in a display so that people viewing them without a volunteer present can have some clue as to what they are looking at.
8  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Less than Carload Freight Shipping/Boxcar Packing on: July 15, 2017, 09:30:24 AM
Doubling the hill would be good for a railfan type charter, but your normal visitor could care less about watching a train perform a switching maneuver for any length of time. (Unless it is absolutely needed)

Same can be said for the mixed train, so maybe a standing train could be set up in the yard for them to see? Even if its just a box car and coach, or something like that.
9  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: July 2017 Work Planning on: July 15, 2017, 03:18:08 AM
That will work out good Jason. I can devote some time on Tuesday morning to do the rail swap before going to a doctor appointment that day as well. My actual goal is to prep the rail, and find more joint bars.
10  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: July 2017 Work Planning on: July 15, 2017, 12:33:07 AM
I am on call tomorrow, but still hope to be down for the morning to do track work prep such as cut and drill a rail for future use. 4 guys would be good, but 2 of us should be ok if needed. My plan is to coordinate with my dads crew so we dont interfere with them. We HAVE got to start working on the main line. I can't seem to stress enough how important this is that we start working on it. The last several years have been very laxed and we need to take action before it gets to be too much work for us to handle.
11  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: TOM Phase 1: Passenger Platforms and Hiking Trails - Official Work Thread on: July 15, 2017, 12:23:22 AM
We currently tell everyone about the future plans at ToM, the goals with future track laying and the purpose of the original siding on board the train during the layover at ToM.

Maybe another idea would be to print off some replicated waybills or car reports so people can see how things were kept on record?
12  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Less than Carload Freight Shipping/Boxcar Packing on: July 14, 2017, 12:32:14 PM
See I mentioned the same points Steve that I thought running a box car on the train would better show what a typical train may have looked like. I know the SR&RL ran several 1 box and 1 coach trains usually with one of the bigger engines even.

Another great reason to run a mixed train daily is because there is no other operation in the country where you can ride a mixed train on a regular basis. When we used to switch the trains around every few trips during the Picnic everyone enjoyed riding on something different, and getting a more unique experience. Sometimes people like unique. If I had better ways of presenting to the powers that be to try to get a better yes or no answer I would try, but so many are against it so I gave up. Seeing a box car with LCL items inside is great, but people won't understand what a "mixed" train actually looked like unless they see it.
13  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Less than Carload Freight Shipping/Boxcar Packing on: July 13, 2017, 10:35:04 PM
Yay, its great to see something we once talked about years ago finally become reality.

On that note, as Wayne mentioned, in Two Feet to Tidewater there is mention on the registers of shipping building materials such as nails, lumber, shingles, etc. As well as other things like containers of eggs, hay bails, potatoes, and much more.

I had made mention of seeing a box car run on the train on a regular basis a few years ago to simbalize a mixed train, and then being able to slide the door open at the station or ToM to show people what was inside. Then the display could be a done with minimal work, no lighting, etc. However the idea of running said display on the train was turned down because of view restrictions, etc.
14  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: July 10, 2017, 11:33:33 AM
Nah, we just call in Fred. Smiley
15  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Alna Station at Top of the Mountain???? on: July 08, 2017, 02:53:20 AM
After talking tl a few other volunteers, we noticed that in a few photos the station was moved to the bottom of Albees field for some unknown reason as the Albee farm is directly behind it.
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