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Re: A few stories ...
« Reply #405 on: September 23, 2018, 10:25:25 PM »
An Alna resident who is a friend of the WW&F has a couple staying in her home this Fall.  The husband, Richard heard his host speak about the railroad and last week he saw a museum member in the Alna General Store wearing a WW&F shirt.  A question about the railroad turned into a friendly 15 minute conversation about the history and present day operation of the narrow gauge.  Richard said he would stop by sometime and this morning he brought his wife, Jill to Sheepscot for a train ride.  The couple boarded the train and was enjoying the scenery.  When it was time for their tickets to be punched …. it turned out that the Alna Store WW&F member was the train's conductor.  Well, the conversation picked right back up where it left off, this time with Jill asking the most questions.  When the train reached ToM, engineer "Bullet" Bob Longo came back to the coach and asked if anyone wanted to ride in the locomotive cab.  Jill spoke right up so she and Richard rode all the way back to Sheepscot with Bob and ashcat Dana Deering.  At Sheepscot hey thanked the engine crew and spent some time taking photos. 

During a later train, the couple showed up at Alna Center where they had driven to get photos of the train coming through.  When the southbound train stopped to call Sheepscot from the AC depot, Jill and Richard came over and once again told the crew how they enjoyed the cab ride commenting how friendly everyone is.  The train continued it's run back to Sheepscot and upon arrival the crew found a smiling Jill standing on the platform.  She had just purchased a museum membership and she brought a fresh baked carrot cake for the train crew to enjoy.  Nice surprise! 

Thank you Jill, it was nice to meet you and we appreciate your becoming a member.

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« Reply #406 on: September 23, 2018, 10:47:21 PM »
I am glad I had a piece of that cake. Yumm!!
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« Reply #407 on: September 27, 2018, 10:47:00 PM »
Last month a fellow came to ride the train but missed the noon run by about 10 minutes.  He came over to look at the railcar while I was oiling the turntable and asked about the history of the Model T.  A conversation started and he told me that he grew up in Coopers Mills and that his family had lived there a long time.  I asked him if anyone in his family ever rode the WW&F and said "well, my father grew up in the 1950's and his father (my grandfather) used to ride the train to Wiscasset in the 1930's".  I asked if he knew any stories about the narrow gauge from his grandfather and he replied "only one".  He told me that when he was a kid his grandfather told him that he went to Albion one time to visit his cousin.  He said that when he got on the train to return, the cousin asked him to go to Wiscasset any buy some blueberries.  He replied "but they're not in season".  The cousin replied "by the time you get there …. they will be".   

   

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« Reply #408 on: September 28, 2018, 02:09:26 PM »
Jill and Richard were great folks.  She was really into it.  The cake was delicious!

I hope the WW&F never loses that friendliness for which we're known.  I especially try to treat the kids the way I wish I had been treated when I stood trackside when I was their age.  It makes a big difference and you never know how many future volunteers we're inspiring.

I got a nice letter from a member in California whose granddaughter is, at age 12, a dedicated volunteer at a RR museum out there and one reason was the WW&F experience (including a cab ride ) she had three years before.  You just never know what a difference you make.

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« Reply #409 on: September 28, 2018, 04:42:52 PM »
Dana, you and Jason gave me my first cab ride. Now look where we are. ;)

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Re: A few stories ...
« Reply #410 on: October 23, 2018, 12:32:11 PM »
Someday the robots will rule us all...

This morning, while I was typing an email to my employer regarding a chronic issue we are having with our network servers, my phone did something it has never done before. "Auto complete" of words and suggestions are nothing new when typing on a touchscreen, but I had never seen a complete phrase suggested.

In order to complete the sentence:
We should also have a

my phone suggested the phrase:
fireless cooker Jason.

Besides being very funny (especially considering a fireless cooker would not solve my server issues, nor our motive power issues at Sheepscot) it is a tad creepy that the phone came up with that suggestion - as I don't think I have ever suggested a fireless cooker to anyone for any reason.

Hmm... I wonder what happened to the Plymouth Cordage locomotives...
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Re: A few stories ...
« Reply #411 on: January 20, 2019, 12:35:16 PM »
Saturday Bill Reidy was conductor of the work train, traveling from ToM to the end of track down the hill, shuttling workers and explorers to the see the tree clearing efforts.  Bill wanted to get an early jump on his travel home to beat the storm, so Jason asked me to conduct the rest of the day, which consisted of a single trip down and back, then back to Sheepscot.

On this trip down and back was a couple who, it turned out, moved to Alna in November and lived on the house on 218 where West Alna Road junctions.  Their house looks over the roadbed, and they were wondering if/when we would be crossing the road and running below their house.  I told them not for a while.  So while their house was less than a half mile away from the cutting site they had driven to Sheepscot and taken the train.  The couple had brought clippers and a hand saw, but the cutting was done and the fires were being consolidated in preparation of leaving.

They may be back.  The husband seemed real interested.

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« Reply #412 on: March 18, 2019, 08:22:21 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.


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« Reply #413 on: June 25, 2019, 11:38:24 PM »
The Struggle Is Real -

A couple of weeks ago, some WW&F members rode a Mass Bay RRE excursion train out of White River Jct., Vermont. There was a fellow named Rob on the train who saw our WW&F shirts and asked how the railroad was doing.  After a few minutes the conversation turned to steam power and Rob said that he has worked on steam locomotives at a western railroad.  He offered this story: 

It seems that he had spent a day working in the smokebox of an engine and time got away from him.  Realizing the hour, Rob rushed out to his truck and headed towards where he was to meet some friends.  When a rest stop came into view he decided to stop and clean up a bit.  The facility was new and had the automatic water faucets. When Rob tried washing his hands, the water wouldn't come on.  His hands were so black that the sensor didn't see him.  He had a white button on his sleeve so he kept waving it around until the water flowed.  Once he got it going he was able to remove most of the soot.  Rob said that afterwards he cleaned up at the shop.