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Messages - Wayne Laepple

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Museum Discussion / Re: What are the benefits of Membership?
« on: May 27, 2020, 08:56:42 AM »
You might be surprised to know, Ben, that work weekend volunteers come from as far away as Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, and even occasionally from overseas.

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Museum Discussion / Re: What are the benefits of Membership?
« on: May 26, 2020, 04:02:15 PM »
I'll let you in on a little secret, Ben. Sprague's, just across Route 1 on the Creamery dock, is just as good as Red's -- and no long lines. YMMV

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Museum Discussion / Re: What are the benefits of Membership?
« on: May 26, 2020, 01:00:13 PM »
In addition to the benefits mentioned earlier, if you can manage a trip or two to the museum each year for the annual work weekends, you will meet an incredible array of people from all over this country and beyond, and they will become your friends. They will teach you, if you are interested, any number of skills necessary to build and maintain a great piece of living history, and you will become part of that history. There is also great food.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 14, 2020, 09:38:54 AM »
Things like brake shoes and cylinder cocks get in the way, though.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 09, 2020, 12:48:03 PM »
We have two small internal combustion locomotives, either of which is capable of moving a dead locomotive in or out of the proposed roundhouse and onto the turntable. Let's not overthink this.

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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 08, 2020, 01:37:30 PM »
I have helped push No. 9 and No. 10 in and out of the shop on several occasions. Not that hard.

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I've always preferred the ex-, ex-, ex- or X-, XX-, XXX- nomenclature to the use of "former" especially when their are multiple previous owners. But that's just me.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 06, 2020, 06:04:39 PM »
Couldn't the ballast be hauled out there in a tip car? Might take two or three trips.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 05, 2020, 04:48:12 PM »
Looks really good, Brendan and crew. Has the rest of the roofing arrived yet?

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 03, 2020, 09:38:39 PM »
As I recall from my several visits to Portland over the part 20 years or so, whenever the display building was open, there was at least one and usually a couple of people walking around, chatting with visitors and generally keeping an eye on things. In fact, I remember once a volunteer admonished me when I stepped up on a step on "Rangeley" to get a peek inside. Will MNG folks do the same at Sheepscot?

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 29, 2020, 04:01:43 PM »
Regarding the exhibit hall and the rest of the building, there are two temporary options. First, depending on which artifacts are to be displayed on rail, it might work to have a passenger car at the south end of track 3, coupled to a second car that extends into the carbarn. Or perhaps Monson No. 4 coupled to the B&SR caboose on track 3. Have a single artifact on Track 2, leaving a space at the south end for people to enter comfortably. "Rangeley" on Track 1, also with walking space around the south end. Use caution tape at the north end of the walkway between Track 3 and Track 2 and between Track 2 and Track 1 to discourage visitors from entering the original carbarn.

The second option would be to make a ramp from the concrete floor of the exhibit hall to ground level between Track 1 and Track 2 in the carbarn so visitors could safely move into the carbarn. Equipment could be displayed on Tracks 1 and 2 in the carbarn, while Track 3 would be "off limits" with stored rolling stock. A sign at the north end would direct visitors out the man door at the north end or out the main door of the Track 1.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 25, 2020, 06:59:51 PM »
There are several projects to be completed before any more start, I hope. Mountain Extension ballasting and surfacing, Trout Brook runaround, Trout Brook turntable, coach 9, etc., etc.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 22, 2020, 06:49:57 PM »
I like John's idea of green board on the west wall, especially if it's finished and then painted satin-finish white to reflect light. When the dark-colored passenger equipment is in there, it will absorb a lot of the ambient light coming in the windows.

The Slatwall stuff looks very professional, but also looks very expensive! And the fittings to support stuff will cost a bunch as well, I would bet.

I don't know if there is a "Collaborative Interior Display Committee," but such a group should have some say how the interior is finished and lit, if electricity eventually is to be installed.


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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 21, 2020, 01:01:31 PM »
I like the pegboard idea, but I think the west wall should probably all plywood plywood, since the clearance between the wall and the rolling stock is pretty limited. Not enough space really to step back to view a photo or a poster. And how about  pegboard between the windows, with solid plywood above and below the windows on the south and east sides?.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 21, 2020, 08:31:16 AM »
It seems to me that the lower eight feet of the interior walls could be covered in four-foot increments, as funds become available, by placing 4 x 8 sheets of plywood or other suitable material. Start at a corner and work around the walls. Be sure the wall material is strong enough for photo displays, posters, etc. to be hung. As progress is made around the walls, electrical outlets, etc. could be located piecemeal.

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