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Messages - Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Volunteers / Re: 2024 Training News
« on: April 19, 2024, 04:12:14 PM »
The center stall of the engine house has been cleared of lumber and cleaned.  There are some chairs in the engine house, mostly Fred's dentist office chairs.  If more are needed, there are folding metal chairs in the cellar, behind the archive room wall.

Until the old platform was removed there were two points on entry / exit from the gift shop.  Visitors came in through the end door and then exited through the center double doors.  This has worked well for about 30 years.  The only time there was a bit of a bottleneck was when the front doors were closed due to bad weather.  On a few occasions one front door was left open to allow for a larger number of visitors.

The lack of a platform has caused a bottleneck but it's only a temporary problem.

Volunteers / Re: April 2024 Work Reports
« on: April 13, 2024, 05:37:01 PM »
Also on Saturday 4/13:

Zack and I did a major cleanup of the engine house floor, after which we had the building open for tours.  Perspective new volunteers were happy to walk through and ask questions, some got photos of the interior and Monson #4 which is in the west stall.   

Volunteers / Re: April 2024 Work Reports
« on: April 08, 2024, 09:06:01 PM »
There's a pic on the WW&F FB page that shows just how dark Sheepscot yard was at 3:28 pm today which at that time was at 98% of the eclipse.  The south yard looked like it was being viewed through a very dark pair of sunglasses. 

It's funny that Bruce mentions his 1932 Ford Model B.  My 1932 Model B Ford hasn't run in a few years... but I did fire up the 1934 flathead V-8.

Happy eclipse day everyone.   

Volunteers / Re: March 2024 work reports
« on: March 09, 2024, 11:28:50 PM »
Additional work on Saturday, March 9th -
* Morse Engine House - Zack and I finished the door jamb and casing for the back / delivery doors.  The doors are fastened shut for now, waiting for the installation of the drop bar latch.  Some clean up was done after we were done with the saws.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 02, 2024, 03:56:31 PM »
Good progress today - March 2nd. 

The team of Chris L., Zack and myself finished the trim work and rain strip on the east stall doors and added most of the jamb/trim work to the center stall doors.  Leon brought two more of his custom built door handles and Brendan worked on the delivery doors in the afternoon.  Newsletter editor Bill R. did photojournalism of the work site.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: February 29, 2024, 06:41:08 AM »
Pardon the ignorance, but what is the rain strip?  Thx

It's the trim piece that's attached to the outer edge of one door.  It covers the gap between the two doors when they are closed. 

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: February 28, 2024, 02:47:53 PM »
Recent work:

Brendan installed the special door handles that Leon Weeks custom fabricated for the building and he built drop-bar door latches for the 3 sets of stall doors.  The west stall doorway had door jamb header and side plates built and a rain strip installed on Tuesday.

There is a current photo of the west stall door woodwork on the WW&F FB page.

Volunteers / Re: February 2024 work reports
« on: February 25, 2024, 04:49:35 PM »
The "other" Saturday -

Work done Sunday February 25th:

* Three S&S trains operated to Tom / Sea Lyon Farm.  Visitors included the Don Toothaker Photography Group on the 1:30 train.
* The gift shop did well, operated by Cindy, Joan and Cody.
* A nice lunch was provided by Nancy and served by Linda.   
* Morse Engine House - I did some measuring for installation of the stall door headers and rain strips.
* Archives - Linda worked in the basement library.
* Shop - A few tours were given and some clean up was done in the afternoon.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Winter Photo Shoot 2024 >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: February 20, 2024, 09:03:12 AM »
Great album, there are def some 2025 calendar photos in there.

Volunteers / Re: Printed Rulebook Pledges
« on: February 11, 2024, 01:41:30 PM »
I would put up $50 for two rule books, not necessarily for me but to help a younger person or someone who can't afford the fee.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: February 10, 2024, 10:41:16 PM »
Zack and I finished the wood trim work on the northeast corner of the engine house today, 2/10/24.  Warm weather allowed us to finish the paint work as well.  There's only a small amount of shingles to be installed above the rear doors of the east stall for that section to be complete.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: February 04, 2024, 09:19:28 PM »
Brendan's crew pulled off an almost impossible feat by working on the Morse engine house about 7 straight hours on Saturday.  The impetus was the night photo session for visiting Winter Photo event photographers to be held that night.  By supper time the west stall door casing was installed along with new corner boards and header shingles.  Everything including the 6th door was prime painted while the sun was on the front to dry the paint.  When Mellanie was done with touch up paint, she set about cleaning the entire inside of the building with help from a few other volunteers.  Lumber was moved, tools stored, floors swept and general clean up made the place perfect for tours and photo sessions inside and out.  Zack, Brian, Mellanie and a few others helped Brendan astonish the visitors who saw an un-finished messy construction site in the morning and a finished, cleaned engine house at the end of the day.  Fred would be so proud.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: January 28, 2024, 06:02:02 PM »
* Engine house work Saturday - January 27th, (most of the day) and Sunday afternoon - January 28th.

Brendan and his crew moved the 5th / mostly completed door over to the west stall.  The east corner boards were cut and the top section installed.  Some shingle work was done above the east stall door as well.  Casing and trim boards were installed on the posts between the east and center stall.  The center stall doors were fastened closed to get measurements for the casing boards which may be cut and primed on Monday or Tuesday depending on the weather.

Volunteers / Re: January 2024 Work Reports
« on: January 27, 2024, 08:56:46 PM »
* Special thanks to Eric and Ron for allowing the engine house crew to use the wood shop, the heated bay was good for primer painting door casing and corner boards.  The first set dried quickly enough to be installed on the east stall of the engine house.  More casing and trim boards have been painted and will be installed on the front of the engine house in the next couple of days - weather permitting.

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