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Work and Events / Re: Victorian Christmas
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on October 22, 2017, 03:00:54 AM »
There are some lodging suggestions on this thread:,3058.0.html
(The Wiscasset Woods Lodge will be closed during Victorian Christmas.)

I suspect that there will be preparations for VC underway on Friday. Nothing formal, but you may want to stop by before it gets dark. That will also give you some time to explore the museum campus without all the crowds. Likewise I strongly suspect that nothing will be going on Sunday morning, as the volunteers will need to recuperate from Saturday's barriage.
Work and Events / Victorian Christmas
« Last post by Richard Cavalloro on October 22, 2017, 01:38:09 AM »
I'm hoping to make my first visit to the museum for Victorian Christmas.  Are there any cost effective hotels in the area?   Would be 2 couples.  Anything going on at the museum Friday afternoon or Sunday morning?   Would like to make a weekend of it.
Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« Last post by Mike Fox on October 21, 2017, 10:49:52 PM »

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« Last post by James Patten on October 21, 2017, 10:25:03 PM »
Work done on Saturday October 21:

* Mountain ROW: a crew went up early in the morning, jacking up the new track over the culvert and shoving the new ground cloth between ground and track.  Then we shoveled stone over the cloth to hold it down.
* Flanger: Alan was working to straighten up some steel plate on the flanger (the smaller plate, not the inch-thick plate).

A good number of visitors, for a fall day.
Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on October 20, 2017, 12:44:46 AM »
Yes. This came as a frustrating experience at FWW when the dispatcher (me) needed some green flags to indicate a second section - and found none! We ended up using a green bag in which there should have been some green flags.

So on Monday when there wasn't much going on, we made some flags as Bob described. I'm not sure if Bob or I have the dimensions exact - we just made a few and distributed them.

And I suspect that the original WW&F would have probably done the exact same thing.
Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« Last post by Bob Holmes on October 20, 2017, 12:01:08 AM »
Just to put this in some practical perspective:

At the end of FWW, Ed Lecuyer found an old green tablecloth in the shop rag bin.  We needed some more green flags, so we cut it up into about 15 x 18 pieces (whatever the tablecloth would let us do).  We found some dowel -- not at all sure what diameter it was.

Steve P rounded down the ends of about 24" length pieces of dowel.  Several of us stapled the scrap green pieces to the dowels.  We made six of them.  They are now positioned in several places that needed green flag.  They probably have a pretty short half-life.  Just another example of WW&F ingenuity.

The problem with flags is that no matter how well they are made, they turn black if not laundered occasionally.  We have some beautifully stitched flags, that are unrecognizable as to color from a distance.

Just another challenge in recreating a historically accurate railroad.
Volunteers / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Last post by Bill Baskerville on October 19, 2017, 02:58:12 PM »

I see on Facebook that you found some more yellow paint to finish the new "Tie Terror".

Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on October 19, 2017, 02:19:17 PM »
1" with a taper to about 3/4" on the bottom.
(Again, this varies from flag to flag.)
Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« Last post by Kevin Kierstead on October 19, 2017, 02:17:53 PM »
Are the staffs 3/4" or 1" round?
Museum Discussion / Re: marker /hand flags
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on October 19, 2017, 02:14:38 PM »
Hi Kevin,

There is no exact dimensions or sizes for our flags. We make them and use them up as needed.

Rough dimensions are about 12"x12" flags on an 18" staff.
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