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Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« Last post by Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 18, 2019, 09:22:21 PM »
Some of our museum regulars are also members of the Alna Volunteer Fire Department including Roger who serves as Assistant Chief and Start who is a Captain. The AVFD does safety inspections on it's apparatus each month, usually conducted by an officer.  Everything is checked from air packs to windshield wiper blades, making sure that the piece is ready for calls.

Last week Capt. Start had some firefighters checking the one ton trucks, filling out the inspection report sheets and this conversation took place:

FF - "Ok Capt. Truck 1 is all set".

Capt. - "That's good, let me see the inspection sheet".

FF - Here ya go.

Capt. - Reviews the notations and says "good job but why is there a reference to the railroad on this report?"

FF - "Huh, what do you mean?"

Capt. - Hands the clipboard back and says "Look at the 12th line".

FF- Double checks, "That's right"

Capt. - "But you wrote WWF".

FF - "Right, Capt.  The truck needs windshield washer fluid".

Capt.- "Oh .... Ok, thanks".

Proof once again that narrow gauge railroading is not a hobby, it's a way of life.

US Two Footers / Re: Two-Foot Gauge Electric Trolley Line
« Last post by Fred M. Cain on March 18, 2019, 07:06:47 PM »

Point taken.  I should've put "[SIC]" after "codeine" because, you see, I did not write this.  I was only quoting it.

Fred M. Cain
Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on March 18, 2019, 12:58:09 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
John's question regarding vacuum brakes has been moved to the Member's Only section of the Forum.
Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« Last post by Joe Fox on March 18, 2019, 10:46:44 AM »
One thing this winter has taught us for sure is that rain does not seep into frozen ground. We will have ice on top of the ground and frost for quite a while this spring. I am anxious for the frost to leave the ground so we can get out there and start hammering out some track projects before our "busy" season reduces the track crew size drastically. Typical track work days depend onmy availability, but am willing to set up a good plan for anyone interested in leading a work party on a saturday.
Volunteers / Re: WW&F Offering Workshops for 2019 Season Car Hosts
« Last post by Joe Fox on March 18, 2019, 10:34:24 AM »
When I first started volunteering with the museum, I wrote up a bunch of info to tell visitors during the ride. Though it hasnt been updated in 12-13 years. I found things visitors enjoy, especially young families is hearing of the kids riding to school on the train, the Albees farm that is seen from the train, commodities shipped by the railroad, etc. Then folks that used to live near Wiscasset often remember the schooners. Those from Portland are often interested to learn about our vast display or replicas of Portland Company products. As Steve P mentioned, once you can tie the railway into a visitors personal perspective it gives a simple museum visit more meaning.
Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Mike Fox on March 18, 2019, 12:41:33 AM »
As has been done to past restorations, it will be numbered only at the start. This will allow us to use the car in an all Bridgton freight, or use it as a car in a WW&F freight consist without having to remove or cover a name..
Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by John Kokas on March 17, 2019, 11:26:56 PM »
So to get this thread going again, the question remains - did the BOD decide on B&SR livery or WW&F?  Inquiring minds want to know......
Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Bob Holmes on March 17, 2019, 11:16:04 PM »
To put this in perspective:  we are extremely close to having TWO new freight cars operational this summer -- 67 and 34.

That is an amazing achievement.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on March 17, 2019, 10:18:30 PM »
The unfinished reconstruction of B&SR Car 67:,2566.0.html
Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Bill Baskerville on March 17, 2019, 09:46:12 PM »
For those of us who can't keep up, what is the 67 project, gold or otherwise?
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