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Work and Events / Re: Archives Room - Official Work Thread
« on: June 04, 2023, 02:43:03 PM »
For those wondering about the hanging wires, there were junction boxes on the floor joists above the basement.  The boxes were removed before the room construction got to cover over the joists, and the boxes will be reinstalled when our electrician revisits us.  Meanwhile they are taped off.

Linda moved in yesterday, with tables and shelving, and moved down some archival boxes from upstairs.  She's being very deliberate and thoughtful about what goes in, as the archives will sharing space with gift shop storage when that moves into the basement while the gift shop building is lowered.

Volunteers / Re: June 2023 work reports
« on: June 03, 2023, 04:48:38 PM »
Work done on Saturday June 3:

* Switching: cars got shuffled around in the north yard.  Dan worked on organizing Boxcar 309.
* Percival house: Mike extended the drainage pipe he had started a few weeks ago, toward the south. 
* Archives: Linda directed moving boxes of stuff downstairs, and boxes of stuff around in the main floor office. 

Volunteers / June 2023 work reports
« on: May 31, 2023, 05:48:36 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday June 3:

* Digging and/or vehicle repair
* Engine house construction
* Boxcar 56
* Archival materials move to downstairs room
* Gift shop move of merchandise and/or equipment to downstairs (this is not critical as we have a couple of weeks)

There are no public trains on June 3 (but there will be on Sunday June 4).

The before shot of the crossing from this morning.

Volunteers / Re: May 2023 work reports
« on: May 27, 2023, 05:03:57 PM »
Work done on Saturday May 27:

* Boxcar 56: Marcel was working on the roof.
* Public trains: well attended.

Due to my involvement on the train, I was unable to see what others were working on.  There weren't a lot of volunteers today.

Volunteers / Re: May 2023 work reports
« on: May 24, 2023, 05:41:27 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 27:

* Engine house construction work
* Boxcar 56
* Public train ops.
* The Archives room should be ready, so Linda will need some help moving some things down to it.  The Archives room will also be home to some gift shop items as the freight shed gets lowered, so there may be a need to move stuff from there as well.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Am I a Maine Native?
« on: May 22, 2023, 09:01:25 AM »
I have far more than 3 generations in the cemetery on my father's side, and only 1 on my mother's side (Mom).  Does that make me a half Mainer?

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 20, 2023, 04:44:27 PM »
Eric was on the property, so I asked him for a sneak peak of the coach's 7 layers of varnish.  It looked really good, and shiny!

Volunteers / Re: May 2023 work reports
« on: May 20, 2023, 04:42:12 PM »
Work done on Saturday May 20:

* Tie & dine.  A fair sized crew replaced over 20 ties in the morning (I forget the actual number).  The crew went out after lunch but I didn't go.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was roofing it.
* Can you dig it?  Mike (supervised by Cody) dug down on the second drain to install pipe leading to just outside the house, and installed pipe alongside the house to catch water from the house.
* Archives: Fred bought a bunch of NG pictures from his cousin and gave them to the RR.  They are mostly all pictures we've seen before.  The archives room should be ready on Thursday (the floor had been painted and was drying).

My current plan is to be there Tuesday.

Volunteers / Re: May 2023 work reports
« on: May 17, 2023, 05:47:34 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 20:

* Tie and Dine - replacing ties on the mainline.
* Engine house work
* Boxcar 56
* Vehicle repair
* Grounds prep work

Museum Discussion / Re: Cell coverage on the WW&F
« on: May 14, 2023, 04:08:32 PM »
I use Trakfone, which as I understand, uses the US Cellular network.  I think I had 2 bars of service while John had the booster going.  I will usually get 0 to 1.

Except for Sheepscot (and the Mountain), I have gotten pretty good cell service in the past.  ToM was best of all.  I think since they turned off 3G my service level has dropped.  Now Sheepscot, which used to get 1 to 2 bars, I now get no service to 1 bar (no service especially if the phone is in my pants pocket).

Volunteers / Re: May 2023 work reports
« on: May 14, 2023, 07:27:24 AM »
Not our first memorial train.  We did one for Clarissa, stopping briefly on a northbound trip at Humason for a moment of silence and a tribute whistle.

Volunteers / Re: May 2023 work reports
« on: May 13, 2023, 06:48:31 PM »
Work done on Saturday May 13:

* Vehicle repair: Mike and Cody worked on the front end loader and the bulldozer.
* Boxcar 56: More roofing.
* Train ops, including Dwight's memorial train at 1.
* Board meeting

Volunteers / Re: May 2023 work reports
« on: May 10, 2023, 05:41:51 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 13:

* Mother's Day Tea train (11 AM & 1 PM), Sheepscot Valley Steam Train to TBS (11 AM) and Dwight's Memorial train (1 PM).
* Engine house construction
* Boxcar 56
* Vehicle repair or ground work
* Board meeting at 4
* Sheepscot Stargazing Special (7:30 PM)

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