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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 19, 2021, 03:39:21 PM »
The museum is very fortunate to have Marcel doing so much of the carpentry work on this car. I have done this sort of carpentry and can appreciate the skill/talent I see being done by Marcel. Very, very nice work.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2020
« on: September 23, 2020, 09:59:03 AM »
I just now took the time to read Dave's comment about the 2021 Railroad Show In West Springfield, MA. Since I live next door in Holyoke, MA I feel I should comment that there is very little activity occurring at the "Big E" grounds at this time and likely in the relatively near future. Had the Museum not chosen to curtail attendance at the Spring Train Show, I suspect it is quite likely there will not be a show this year anyway. Virtually all events have been cancelled save for a few weeks of "Big E" foods being offered outside, no contact allowed, reservation only for those folks who attend "The Big E" and enjoy certain foods sold by outside vendors at the Fair.

Volunteers / Re: July 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 04, 2020, 12:05:55 PM »
Hey, nice loader! When did the museum score a unit like that? :)

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 25, 2020, 09:43:00 AM »
The extension really looks great. The gang doing the sheathing are moving quickly and doing great work. Thanks for sharing the latest pics for all of us in the "away" category. I, for one, really wish I could be there to be part of this latest work.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 08, 2020, 09:46:24 AM »
Harold, as one who has done this sort of carpentry, I find the level of workmanship you have created to be nothing short of amazing. Your joinery on those doors is superb! I can't wait to see the whole project once it is at the museum where we all can see and enjoy your handiwork up close and personal.

Very nice Mike. I really do wish I could be there to help where possible. You and the members of your team did very nice work. I can't wait to see the pavilion in-person later (hopefully) this year. 

Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 21, 2020, 01:45:39 PM »
Ed, thank you for the update on the Lodge. Those of us who have either already made reservations or were still planning to do so really appreciate this info.

General Discussion / Re: Ship's Chow Hall is now The Hot Spot Diner
« on: February 22, 2020, 10:16:57 AM »
This is all great news. The diner used to be a favorite for my wife and me whenever we visited the museum for the work weekends.

Work and Events / Re: West Springfield, MA Railroad Show
« on: January 13, 2020, 02:49:30 PM »
John and Bill, I can be there at whatever time works best. If one or both of you plan to be at the show facility around 2:30, I can do the same. That way there will be that many more hands to help out.

Work and Events / Re: West Springfield, MA Railroad Show
« on: January 08, 2020, 12:34:08 PM »
Stephen, those folks who have already agreed to be part of the WWF crew should be able to arrive Friday evening and get their pass either from John or, if they get there before john, from the show office. I expect to be on-site Friday afternoon so I could grab all of the passes and paperwork if that would help out. Whoever will be in charge of such things could always see me at our usual location where I could had over all of the paperwork and passes.


Work and Events / West Springfield, MA Railroad Show
« on: January 03, 2020, 10:29:16 AM »
The yearly Model Railroad Show at The Eastern States facility in West Springfield, MA is coming up on January 25 & 26. I just saw the first advertisement for it on a local tv station. For all those who might be planning to attend or participate this is the first announcement.


Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Ed Mead's B&SR Photos
« on: October 30, 2019, 09:42:27 AM »
Dana, as you may recall, I do have a soft spot for the B&SR. I also have a large amount of material on the B&SR.  If there is a picture in a particular book that you would like a copy of, just ask and I will forward a copy if I have it.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 13, 2019, 01:16:36 PM »
Nice before and after pics Mike. You have created a great base for the upcoming push to the bridge this Fall.

Mike, I'm happy to see someone else from the museum noticed this article. I'm spending a week in Bridgton viewing the railroad remnants that actually hooked me on the 2 footers, the B&SR RR. I happened to pick up a copy of the Portland Press Herald and there on the front page is the article Mike mentions. I wish them well with the fundraising required to allow their plans to occur and proceed to fruition.

John, check your email. I responded earlier today with a suggestion that might help if no one is available to transport show materials from museum to show.

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