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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 02, 2023, 01:40:34 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
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Volunteers / Re: October 2023 Work Reports
« on: October 01, 2023, 06:11:05 PM »
Also on Tues Oct 3rd, we will be hosting a charter/tour group sponsored by Trains magazine. Help giving tours and guiding visitors would be appreciated.

December 2, 9, and 16, 2023.

Hi John,

We hope the market at Alna Center will be as you describe it.  SeaLyon is not only an active participant in it, they are organizing the vendors, etc.

In essence, after two years of trying to make a "Christmas at the Farm" experience work, we've moved the farmstand and vendors to Alna Center so we can take advantage of the Pavilion, and streamline the whole event substantially. (Christmas tree sales are not being pursued by SeaLyon at this time.)

Key to this new approach will be the WW&F's presentation to the public, which has also suffered a hit over the last several years. Thus, the open invitation to help decorate on 11/18/2023.

We have started investigating some sort of sides for the Pavilion, but they will not be in place in time for this year's event.

Volunteers / Special Agent Needed!
« on: September 25, 2023, 08:49:09 AM »
We have need of a passenger agent at Top of Mountain for all upcoming weekends. Duties would include reporting meets to the Dispatcher, relaying messages to/from the dispatcher, assisting with passengers during the transfer, and adding as a second check against the scheduled meets.

Please contact Ed or Jason if you are interested. We will train the right candidate.

Volunteers / Re: September 2023 Work Reports
« on: September 21, 2023, 10:43:39 PM »
Dave and Ed went to dinner and a movie in Old Montreal....

(at the Heritage Rail Alliance conference.)

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: September 21, 2023, 02:22:16 PM »
The Sept / Oct 2023 Newsletter is now available for viewing at:

Volunteers / Re: September 2023 Work Reports
« on: September 20, 2023, 09:32:31 PM »
HRA conference: Dave and Ed are attending this conference in Montreal on our behalf.

The rumors of an incident at the US-Canadian border are false.

Museum Discussion / Re: Property/Houses for Sale Along/Including WW&F ROW
« on: September 19, 2023, 07:53:40 AM »
Anyone want to buy a bridge?
Specifically abutting the site of the Whitefield Iron Bridge and including (or spans via easement) WW&F ROW:

7 Spruce Lane, Whitefield, ME 04353
MLS: 1572378

Museum Discussion / Re: Property/Houses for Sale Along/Including WW&F ROW
« on: September 18, 2023, 04:09:39 PM »
While not on the WW&F ROW, this one is walkable to Sheepscot (it's effectively across 218 from Jayne's Way.)

Volunteers / Re: September 2023 Work Reports
« on: September 16, 2023, 07:29:55 PM »
Work done on Saturday, Sept 16:

Lee was not much of a storm in Alna, just a few downed tree limbs and lost power from 11:30am - 6:00pm. Work still continued at Sheepscot...

A planning meeting was held to brainstorm ideas for a new museum/archive building. (Also conducted by web teleconference for those who could not make it in due to the storm.) Nothing was decided, it was just a forum to start to get some requirements for the next major project to start the planning and scope.

Brendan did some work in the new west parking lot.

Zack replaced the part in the ladies restroom that got fried during a recent thunderstorm.

Jason made some progress on the rebuilt J&S passenger trucks.

Ed made an inventory of the signage necessary for visitor flow during Pumpkin Trains; then updated the web site once power returned.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2023, 07:34:30 PM »

A Build 11 milestone was achieved during the August 15-17 work session. The locomotive’s front and rear frames were moved to the northern end of bay 2, raised on blocking and screw jacks and readied for joining! After two days of meticulous alignment and leveling, the first four fitted bolts were machined and installed, thereby pinning the joint. Noah, Gordon and Quentin developed an efficient procedure for fabricating the required countersunk fitted bolts. Each hole needs to be match drilled, reamed, reverse spot faced and countersunk. Once reamed, each hole diameter is measured so that the corresponding bolt can be machined to provide an interference fit. We will continue fabricating and installing the remaining (16) bolts during our next work session. When this work has been completed we plan to concentrate on fabricating components for the rear truck assembly.
When Harold was not helping with the frame he was continuing to machine the rear truck swing link hanger castings. Harold has already completed machining on the rear truck journal truck castings.

Our 2023 fundraising is proceeding well. Over $4,600 has been contributed in memory of former Build 11 team member G. Wayne Laepple. We have received a total of $6,000 toward and qualified for our $6,000 matching grant. To date we have received a total of $ 40,014 (80% of the $50,000 goal for 2023.) Only $9,986 left to go! Remember, every dollar counts, and we need your help to keep up the momentum. You can donate directly by check to the museum, use a credit card to donate through the gift shop, PayPal, or you can go to:

Shims are required between the front and rear frames. These were tack welded in place before final assembly.

Gordon fabricated a gage to center the mag drill; the gage can be used with both the 7/8” drilled holes and the 29/32” reamed holes.

Noah is driving the first fitted bolt. Prior to this, Rick drilled, reamed, reverse spot faced and countersunk the hole. Gordon measured the reamed hole and machined a countersunk bolt to fit.

A view of the first two fitted bolts installed; these serve to pin the frames together.

Harold is machining the rear truck swing link hanger castings.

Harold has completed machining the four rear truck journal castings.

At the end of the work session – the forward and rear frames joined!

Museum Discussion / Re: Reviews, Thank You's, and Messages of Encouragement
« on: September 03, 2023, 10:57:59 PM »
From TripAdvisor:

Little did we know, this would end up being the highlight of our trip!
This place is completely run by volunteers-and what an incredible job they do, even wearing similar attire you’d see in 100 year old photos. They were all so kind, friendly and informative. Always smiling!
The train was incredible-the coal, the smoke, the bell and that WHISTLE! Easy to immerse yourself into the past and imagine what life was like long ago.
Highly recommend! We were there roughly 2 hours including the hour long train ride.

Volunteers / Re: September 2023 Work Reports
« on: September 01, 2023, 07:23:33 PM »
Work done 9/1/2023.

Ellsworth Wedding. A HUGE SUCESSS for our entire organization as we hosted the first wedding held at the Event Pavilion at Alna Center. Major thanks to today's crew: JB, Dan, Roger, Joe F., Ed, Dante, Paul B., Ben R., and Cindy. Brendan pitched in to help with coaling #9. And Steve P., Annie, Johnny, and Artie all worked like a well-oiled machine family in to make #9 absolutely shine. We have a lot to be proud of today and everything went off without a hitch. (Well, maybe one hitch between Steve and Shelia.)

Grounds: Brendan tidied up the grounds before guests arrived, then added stone near the Turntable Lead to make a smoother walking path for volunteers (and visitors) accessing the trackside of the shop building from the Engine House.

Volunteers / Re: August 2023 Work Reports
« on: August 28, 2023, 10:30:42 PM »
The tarp is used just before firing the locomotive in the morning; there should be no hot cinders present.

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