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Messages - Wayne Laepple

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 19, 2020, 02:07:45 PM »
I am not privy to any plans for the carbarn addition, but I do have a couple of thoughts regarding Paul's question about a wall between the bump out and the rest of the structure. By leaving that space open, there would be opportunities to position some larger artifacts (Vose inspection car, handcar, etc.) or a diorama that could be viewed from all sides. It would also be possible to use two-sided display boards or display cases in that space. In addition, if there was a need for a space for a historic presentation, for instance, it would be available to place chairs, a lectern, a screen, etc. Finally, an open space would permit short-term displays of a collection of photographs, ephemera or artwork. I hasten to add that, other than "Rangeley," I don't know which rolling stock will be displayed in the main space, and there would be  a need to allow circulation of visitors throughout the structure.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 18, 2020, 05:14:44 PM »
You guys are simply amazing! Well done, all!

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 16, 2020, 09:25:26 PM »
Excellent! The building looks better every time I see it. Thanks for your hard work, Brendan.

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Just in case anyone is interest Adlake, the successor to Adams & Westlake is still in business and has a historical department which will manufacture at least some of the historical fixtures shown in these catalogs. Who knows, perhaps an inquiry to Adlake would reveal the purpose of these rings. Check it out here: http://adlake.com/historical-alliance.html

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Since neither of the cars pictures seem to have individual window curtains, I suppose it's possible there were drapes suspended from wooden rods that passed through these loops. I suppose one could throw the curtain up over the rod if he or she wished to look outside, or perhaps the curtain were in two pieces that could be slid back out of the way. Whatever their purpose, these road fixtures have been an interesting diversion from everything els going on around us.

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I've never seen a cuspidor small enough to fit in that loop!

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These are really great images. I really enjoy photos from the early era of fan trips and railfanning, with most of the men wearing suits and ties. Many of them probably have folding cameras in their jacket pockets. I have collected several flyers and tickets from these early excursions, though the majority of mine are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Recently I snagged a ticket for an East Broad Top trip on Oct. 6, 1946 that covered every remaining foot of the railroad.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 07, 2020, 08:28:59 PM »
Oh man! That's really looking good, Brendan!

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Deep Thoughts...
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:27:57 AM »
OY!

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US Two Footers / Newest 2-foot steamer
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:16:00 PM »
This locomotive is a mostly new replica of a World War I Davenport locomotive, used by US forces in France. The frame, drivers and cylinders are original; everything from the wheels up is new. It has air brakes, which were not used on the originals. Owned by someone in California, I understand.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:28:34 PM »
Let's get the current project done first. We have others waiting in line.

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Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: April 01, 2020, 04:18:42 PM »
IF we do a work week, I was thinking that whatever folks are available could do smaller jobs around the campus, such as painting, clean up, organizing, etc. until enough people are on hand to tackle spreading ballast, surfacing or building track. I don't know if anyone will have had time before that for track maintenance, but that is something that a crew of four or five could work at, now that we have the tie changing machine. That same size crew could also do spot surfacing or changing out defective rails.

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Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:07:06 AM »
My thinking on a "Fall Work Week" is as follows.

If it starts on Saturday, Oct. 3 and continues daily through Monday, Oct. 12, it includes the traditional days of the Fall Work Weekend, Friday, Oct. 9 through Monday, Oct. 12. If even a small contingent of volunteers is on hand between Monday the 5th and  Thursday the 8th, more can be accomplished. Even arriving a day or two earlier for the FWW would add to the pool of volunteers.

Or, if the Fall Work Week begins on Friday Oct. 9 and continues through the following weekend (Oct. 16-17), some folks may be able to take an extra day off after the traditional Columbus Day holiday on Monday, Oct. 12.

On the other hand, with so many people furloughed or laid off during the current COVIS-19 pandemic, many folks may be unable to afford vacation days or time off from work, assuming they actually have work to get back to. We have a lot to think about, and fortunately we have a lot of time to think about it.

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Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 31, 2020, 08:25:44 PM »
While I suggested a Work Week leading up to the annual picnic in August, that may be too early in the recovery from this pandemic. So perhaps some though could be given to a Fall Work Week leading up the previously scheduled Fall Work Weekend. But at this point, even that may be optimistic. I don't know that any plans should be cast in concrete at this time.

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Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 24, 2020, 11:39:02 AM »
Yes indeed. Gordon has the right idea. But I have no faith whatever in our political leadership. I'll listen to the doctors.

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