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Messages - Bill Piche

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 23, 2022, 06:17:18 PM »
The Catawissa Moxie is $18 a case at the bottling plant, so $30 for a case in Saco isn't that bad (I was charging $25 a case when I made 2 trips in April that essentially paid for my gas to\from the plant).

I think the Catawissa Moxie uses a little bit less of everything. It tastes more subdued than either of the alternatives. Not as sweet, and certainly not as bitter. It's something I can drink even when it's warm, which is not something I can say about the Orca or Coke varieties.

The only difference between the Orca\Cornicopia Moxie and the Coca Cola Moxie (other than the bottle\can difference) that I can discern is the cane sugar\corn syrup. The Orca doesn't have the same cloying mouthfeel that the Coca Cola version has.

(*note: I can't seem to find the corroborating evidence to suggest this is actually the case, but bear with me for a short story.)

Supposedly at some point in the soda jerk days when Moxie was still popular, the formula was tweaked to either increase the amount of genetian root extract (the thing that gives Moxie it's "distinctively different" taste) or cut the sugar levels of the drink. This had an adverse affect on it's popularity. I think the Orca\Coke uses this stronger ratio than the Catawissa version does.

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Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: MNG GE #1
« on: November 14, 2022, 12:36:21 AM »
I like the paint scheme.

I believe it's a Portland Terminal paint scheme (homage to Maine Central).

Maybe Portland Oregon. The ones over here either looked like B&M\MEC diesels in black & red (which she had for a while) or black with a yellow nose.

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It's set to public now, so anybody should be able to see it. Even if you don't have FB, give it a try, it might work.

https://www.facebook.com/100001276258765/videos/1039696393357421/

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John check in with Connor Maher. He was front and center for the smashing of the bottle, so you might get something out of him.

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John I'm glad you're going to start bringing cases with you. The 7 cases that I brought up in April (temporarily) killed my Jeep and I'm not keen to relive the experience anytime soon.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Station - Official Work Thread
« on: July 30, 2022, 10:47:58 PM »
There's something visually satisfying in well lined, leveled, tamped, and dressed track. Makes me excited to do some work elsewhere on the line in the future.

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Volunteers / Re: June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 14, 2022, 09:29:29 PM »
Gentlemen, please Watt yourself, or you may get moderated.
(Resistance is futile.)

Watch out, or else Ed might gonna go on a Power trip

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 53 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 17, 2022, 02:13:44 PM »
Jason can no longer give me guff about 7 being too big now that this has arrived on the property. I look forward to seeing how the big squeeze goes.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: April 07, 2022, 05:38:12 PM »
They're recycled, which makes them pretty "green".

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Is that why the April 23 tie and dine was annulled, because Fred keeps cutting all of the standard gauge ties down thinking they're for more 2' track?

On a more serious note think of all the tourism dollars at play in Monson. It's always been the gateway to Katadin and Baxter State Park for people coming from the south on the AT. Now they won't have to walk all that way when they can just take the train!


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Volunteers / Re: March 2022 Work Reports
« on: March 31, 2022, 12:38:00 AM »
All that put together I'd bet still doesn't match up as far as a weight test on the bridge as to when we went over with 7 and a (mostly) full tank car back in the summer.

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General Discussion / Re: Roadwork at Woolwich this year and next
« on: March 10, 2022, 04:43:32 PM »
Added bonus of the Richmond route is you go right past the Hot Spot in Dresden. If you're running early you can grab some breakfast from the folks that used to run Ship Chow on R1

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Volunteers / Re: March 2022 Work Reports
« on: February 28, 2022, 12:59:34 PM »
I believe that this week is also the work sessions on 11 Wed\Thur.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2022 - is ON!!
« on: February 18, 2022, 10:43:04 PM »
I drove by the Pioneer recently and they have rooms open already. I remember in the past they used to keep a few open over the winter to keep their heating bill paid so by April they'd probably have more going on.

Most of the places in Bath\Brunswick are open year round pretty much.

Lots of competitive prices on homeaway\airbnb\vrbo when I looked a few months ago. Might not be there now but that's always an option and often gives you extra amenities you're not getting at the motels.

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Museum Discussion / Re: "The Roundhouse" podcast about the WW&F
« on: February 10, 2022, 01:37:03 PM »
A big part of what Jason and co have been shooting for is the "lap" function to work on the new brake stand. There's a video somewhere of it holding a certain amount of vacuum that wasn't full or released.

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