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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on November 13, 2018, 11:34:49 PM »
It was quite an honor to receive these awards on behalf of the organization, as well as the opportunity to attend the conference, learn from the seminars, meet so many folks in the industry, and of course see the C&TS and meet its managers.

It is really important to clarify:  our awards did not top the ceremony.  There were several other equal recipients of awards in several categories.  We should be proud, and humble to be in such company.

Thank you to every one of you who help make our organization great.
Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« Last post by John Stone on November 13, 2018, 08:17:13 PM »
Very nicely written article! I never cease to be amazed by the projects undertaken and completed by the WW&F. The bridge project seemed to well up out of nowhere, then suddenly, there is a beautiful, sturdy structure in a pristine setting! #9 has turned out to be a stellar performer. Hearing that perfectly timed exhaust testifies to the quality of her restoration. I never tire of hearing that sound!

Congratulations to all the dedicated folks of narrow focus in the North woods!
Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on November 13, 2018, 04:56:58 PM »
Here's a photo of Dale King at #9's dedication ceremony on August 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of Kevin Madore.
Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« Last post by Paul Uhland on November 13, 2018, 04:48:22 PM »
Wouldn't ya know it---build  the first switch to a trackside "client"...and it rains.  ::)
Oh well.
Good luck.  ;)
Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« Last post by Paul Uhland on November 13, 2018, 04:41:20 PM »
Those little MOW cars are so handy it seems, along with the gantry car, that is being used for more heavy tasks than realized.  ;)
Youz guys are 'smart cookies' as me sainted mum would say.  ;D
Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on November 13, 2018, 12:10:50 PM »
Confirming this weeks schedule.

Switch building Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Any crew who wants to come in Wednesday and Thursday and avoid today’s rain, that’s great.  Saturday we’ll be ballasting the switch, and probably helping Brian build the track connection.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« Last post by Paul Uhland on November 13, 2018, 02:08:47 AM »
Great news. All the recent work and preservation efforts deserve national recognition and these awards.

Wayne...excellent article in a popular, world-read rail mag.
Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« Last post by Bill Reidy on November 13, 2018, 01:21:50 AM »
After an extraordinary year for our museum in 2018, this is tremendous news.  Thanks Wayne.  Aside from the award for our museum's work to help preserve and reuse the historic B&M boxed pony truss bridge, I'm happy to see the Ramsdell/King family have gotten well-deserved recognition for their generations-long work to save WW&F #9.

I'm glad Jason could attend the conference.  It looked to be a great opportunity to share knowledge in the railway preservation community.
Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« Last post by Bill Baskerville on November 13, 2018, 12:48:56 AM »
I think it is fitting that Jason was there in Santa Fe to receive the award.  I don't think I am out of bounds in saying that he played a most significant part in our achievements with both the Bridge and the Mountain projects.  He is also the Mechanical Engineer who played such a key roll in the rebuild of No. 9.

I don't mean to take away from all the tremendous work that so many folks have put into these projects.  Please forgive my congratulating Jason as it is not meant to exclude all the many others, to whom I also extend my sincere appreciation for what so very many have done to achieve these impressive accomplishments.
Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on November 12, 2018, 08:47:15 PM »
The following was excerpted from a Trains News Wire report posted today.

WW&F receives HRA award

By Wayne Laepple

The WW&F received important recognition from the Heritage Rail Alliance in the form of its Significant Achievement Award during the annual conference held in Santa Fe, N.M. Nov. 7-10. Jason was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the museum's volunteers and friends.

The Significant Achievement Award -- Structures recognized the saving, reconstruction, moving and placement of a former Boston & Maine Railroad boxed pony truss covered bridge on the main line of the WW&F. The bridge arrived at the museum's Sheepscot station parking lot in kit form on October 4, 2018, and in only 11 months was reconstructed and then moved by highway about four miles and positioned over Trout Brook.

Most of this multi-faceted project was accomplished by museum volunteers. Under the direction of a professional covered bridge restorationist, the bridge was assembled in the museum's parking lot. A professional bridge engineer designed the necessary underpinnings and directed a commercial bridge and buildings mover who drove the piles and set the bents. An ingenious temporary bridge designed by WW&F members allowed the 48-foot bridge to be rolled into position without the use of a crane. The project was supported by a number of national, state and regional organizations, including the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, which initially donated the bridge to the museum, several national and regional rail preservation trusts and foundations, and donations from members and friends of the WW&F Railway Museum.

The acceptance of this bridge and its subsequent construction was the impetus to plan the Mountain Extension, which saw the repair and preparation of more than half a mile of original WW&F roadbed for track. In October, during the museum's annual Fall Work Weekend, more than 100 volunteers laid over 1400 feet of track. Next fall, another 2,000 feet of track will be built to cross the new bridge, and in 2020, a runaround siding and possibly a turntable will be installed, allowing regular service to begin on the most scenic part of the restored railway, including the bridge.

Jason also accepted, on behalf of the family, the Friend of Railway Preservation Award recognizing the three generations of stewardship by the Ramsdell and King families of West Thompson, Conn. of WW&F locomotive No. 9, a two-foot gauge 0-4-4T built in 1891. Frank Ramsdell and his friend William Monypenny rescued No. 9 from the scrappers in 1937. Following Ramsdell's death in 1954, it fell to his daughter Alice to continue protecting No. 9, which she did ferociously, even waving a shotgun at a prominent New England railfan who demanded she sell him the engine.

Alice died in 1994, and her nephew Dale King became the caretaker of the long-held family dream to return No. 9 to steam. He knew that restoring the engine was well beyond his abilities, and so in 1995, he came to an agreement with the WW&F museum for a long-term lease that saw the locomotive moved back to Maine, where a 10-year overhaul began. This included a new boiler and rebuilding of the running gear and cab. On Dec. 5, 2015, No. 9 steamed over the two miles of the WW&F Railway, marking its first travel over the line since 1933. King was present for No. 9's formal dedication on August 13, 2016, when he spoke of his family's lengthy devotion to No. 9. 

Preserving No. 9 in 1937 may well have been the first effort by individuals to save an item of railway equipment from destruction. The efforts of the family over the next 78 years with the vision of allowing all people to experience this wonderful locomotive, now in service over the line it once served, is an inspiration to us all.
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