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The map has been updated.  Click a link above to get to the map.

1.)  The preliminary north of the Troy Road has been added.
2.)  The extension to Burnham from Albion has been added.
     The tangents were added using 2 foot contours and aerial images and in some cases using dimensions from the 1894 survey.
     The curves were added using the curvature information from the 1894 survey.  The radii and the span of the arcs are close, and in some cases exactly what was on the 1894 survey.  Diversions occur because of projection and topography sometimes but the data is very close.  You can assume broader curves are generally 2-4 degree curves (2864' to 1432' radius) and the sharper curves are 8 or 10 degree curves (716'-573' radius).

More is coming, please enjoy!

The map on the link has been updated to show the Pittsfield preliminary as shown on the Burnham to Albion plot.  Notes were added as well.

So, the most exciting part for me when this was merged was that the southern end matched perfectly with the trail that runs in a near perfect tangent towards Unity Plantation and that the stone wall indicated on the map fell right where that tree line is.

The survey in the archives has the 0+0 station (red line) as being about where the house with the blue roof is on the north side of the Troy Road.  From there a preliminary survey (blue line) puts the 8+0 station (800') on the island and 12+00 on the land between the river and North Main Street across from the entrance to the log yard close to the river.

Well, that is no good....

Try this one, it was set to private, sorry for that.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Mapping the W&Q and the WW&F
« on: April 10, 2016, 10:35:19 PM »
A little big project I have been working on is converting any maps I can into drawing files that can be converted into files that can be viewed in google maps and google earth and can be modified using more advanced software.

The first map I want to present is that of the W&Q crossing of the Maine Central Railroad Belfast Branch.  The map is derived from a photo mosaic of the original plans dated November 1897.  I also have jpg and pdfs of these with more details that I can e-mail, so message me and they will come your way.  They are print quality and formatted to be printed on 36X48 and cropped to 24X48.  Bring it to Staples, the copyright release is on the plan because some stores make a big deal over having a release.  Get it in black and white and it will cost you about $5.  I plan on hand coloring some that are framing quality and making them available later this summer.

More maps are forthcoming including a map of the entire railroad as built (as closely as can be drawn using a variety of sources), and as proposed (this is drawn in in AutoCAD but needs adjusting to account for the earths curvature).

Enjoy, and let me know of any errors either loading the page or technical.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2001
« on: April 27, 2015, 07:28:51 PM »
Yeah, I thought resolution would be a problem.  So I broke down and signed up with an Imgur account, hope this will help.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2001
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:26:26 PM »
...last one.  Again, I can format just about any size / resolution for you if you want it.  Just give me a shout.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2001
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:25:31 PM »
...two more...

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2001
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:24:52 PM »
...still more...

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2001
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:16:39 PM »

Work and Events / Spring Work Weekend 2001
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:58:01 PM »
So, it has been a few years since I have been down to volunteer!  School, work, and life have all crept up.  But going through some things at the house I have uncovered a few pictures from 2001, a month or so before high school graduation for me, of the spring work weekend.

These are all scans of B&W prints taken with my old AE1.  Let me know off list if you would like a higher resolution or larger format.

I hope there are some familiar faces in there.

Museum Discussion / Re: Car Storage Barn Idea?
« on: October 23, 2012, 10:49:32 PM »
A fire resistive building isn't much good if the contents are combustible.  In the case of a metal building, if the contents ignite, the metal expands and the building collapses.  A sprinkler system is the only surefire way to contain a fire, really.  Just 2 cents worth.

General Discussion / Re: MEC 470 in better days
« on: September 24, 2012, 09:46:13 AM »

Museum Discussion / Re: Maintaining Right-of-Way
« on: May 08, 2012, 07:19:27 PM »
Many ski resorts use sheep as a low intensity method of brush mitigation.

Thieves will take ANY copper they can get.  When dealing with wire they will either scrap it as is with the insulation, toss it in a fire to try and melt the insulation off, or some have bench-top cranks that the wire can be fed into and will split the insulation right off, the price of copper makes every little bit count and when they are working in a location that is unattended they will take meticulously take everything they can get.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: WW&F on Google Earth
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:30:27 PM »

Two questions,
what did you use / how did you, locate roadbed? vegetation, maps?
what software do you use?


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