Author Topic: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves  (Read 39279 times)

Bryce Weeks

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #120 on: July 28, 2017, 05:45:08 AM »
hello to any one who is reading this. i live in west gardiner and i'm 14. i try to go to the ww&f every chance i get. i am probably the youngest trainee at the moment and its fun working/training.its part of my bloodline.(as i like to call it) my uncle and grand father got me into going down there and it just sucked me in to the world of trains. my uncle is leon weeks of which you know who built the model t rail car. (i helped out every once in a while not really knowing what i was doing to help.) i've helped work on TOM,#9,the upper yard,the Whitefield section house,car barn,replace culverts,lay track and much more. and almost every time i visit i hear people say "this is the generation that will get us to albion". of which i think is true. some people say "well why don't you invest in those automatic rail layers and track replacers". and i always reply with "its a museum it supposed to represent the way they did it by hand they didn't have drills,automatic tie replacers,ETC." and thats about it on my life so far so now you know me.
ok so now this is a bit of an update 2 years later. my name is still Bryce but things are different now. i still try to get down as much as possible (almost have my licence) and still done those things i wrote in the past but now im on a new leg of my musuem journey. im 16 and a fully qualifyed brakeman and i just started shadowing on firing but i need to have my interview on firing. im just going to throw this out there but everyone at the musuem, new and old members, you all have made a huge impact on my life and made it so much more fun. also quick little thing, leon is my great uncle not my regular uncle. just putting that out there. but ive made tons of new friends at the museum and i consider everyone there a part of my family.

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #121 on: July 28, 2017, 12:50:27 PM »
Bryce (still);
We're all very proud of how you have progressed at the Museum. You are now a vital part of what we are doing and, indeed, part of our family.
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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #122 on: July 29, 2017, 03:13:35 PM »
Bryce, I second what Dave said! See you soon!
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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #123 on: July 29, 2017, 04:34:45 PM »
I "third" what Dave said!  I was your age when I got involved with "hands on" rail preservation, over 50 years ago now - sometimes had to ride a bicycle to get to the Connecticut Electric Railway at East Windsor, CT. thankfully just 10 miles each way.  We need more "youngin's" like you in rail preservation.

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« Reply #124 on: July 29, 2017, 09:47:45 PM »
I "third" what Dave said!  I was your age when I got involved with "hands on" rail preservation, over 50 years ago now - sometimes had to ride a bicycle to get to the Connecticut Electric Railway at East Windsor, CT. thankfully just 10 miles each way.  We need more "youngin's" like you in rail preservation.

Riding a bicycle 10 miles each way to get to a rail preservation site? Where have we heard of that dedication before? (JML)

Alex Harvilchuck

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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #125 on: August 14, 2017, 04:39:36 PM »
I'm in Northeastern PA just north of Scranton. So it's about a day's drive to Wiscasset.

I took a ride on MNG in the mid-to late 90's just after the equipment move. So I might have ridden in one of the cars currently in Alna.

I've been involved off-and on with rail related activities for a few decades.

I somehow stumbled onto the WW&F website about 18-24 months ago. I have been following the work going on since before track was put in place to TOM.

So where can I help?

One of the things I do for a living is respond to proposals and market technology and services in the digital economy for a Fortune 50 company. I can help with Marketing (Traditional and Social), plus I'm pretty good with making sure customer requirements are mapped to proposed solutions. Paperwork response are my friend. I am not afraif of State or Federal Government Paperwork. You eat the elephant one bite at a time.

I also have a side interest and skill as a woodworker. I learned it from helping, for many years, my Grandfather who had his own shop and business. I have way too much mid-20th century equipment in my large workshop (~ 40' x 60'). I like early to mid-20th century equipment - Rockwell, Delta, Crescent, etc.

I look at the great work you have done on rebuilding the cars and building the turntable and I say to myself, I should sell the N-Gauge I have sitting in storage and just build me some real boxcars! How many sane people have a Chain Mortiser, a Tenoner, a 36" Band Saw, a 20" planer, an 18" jointer, and other stuff hanging around and know how to use them?

All for now! I'll edit this post later if I think of something else to add.
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Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« Reply #126 on: August 16, 2017, 02:05:31 AM »
Hello Alex, and welcome:

There are a couple of WW&F projects that will take place in Pennsylvania between now and the end of the year. You are most welcome to get involved if you have the time. There are a number of us from PA who make the trip to Sheepscot at least twice a year to participate in the spring (April) and fall (October) work weekends, and again, the invitation is open.

Cheers -- Wayne Laepple

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« Reply #127 on: August 16, 2017, 10:11:56 PM »
Hello Alex, and welcome:

There are a couple of WW&F projects that will take place in Pennsylvania between now and the end of the year.

Any details available?