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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 09, 2021, 07:45:12 PM »
Having engines running or fired up inside the building, and things won’t stay white for very long.

Amazing progress.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2021, 06:49:04 AM »
Very exciting times are ahead. 😁

Volunteers / Re: August 2021 Work Reports
« on: August 29, 2021, 08:46:46 PM »
Can we take and print the rules test online? Also, I must say the fence posts look great. Love the trail relocation efforts. Looks great to see a formal trail in place now.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 23, 2021, 07:20:39 AM »
So what about the proposed outside storage track adjacent to roundhouse track 3. Will it be No. 4 or maybe 3A?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't turntable tracks that aren't attached to anything and aren't under cover called Garden Tracks?

They are called radial tracks.

Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 23, 2021, 07:13:56 AM »
It was great to see a few new volunteers yesterday as well.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 21, 2021, 09:11:55 AM »
It is not clear from the drawings what the walls are going to be made out of? Will they be wood or some other material?
Great Drawings by the way!

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member #270

Hey Ted, the actual structure itself will be wood just like the original Wiscasset enginehouse.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 18, 2021, 09:15:57 PM »
Great work to everyone involved. This will be as exciting as the coach project once things start to really develop and come together.

Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 04, 2021, 06:57:57 PM »
The wheels never even attempted to slip under my gentle touch. #9 hauled that train up the hill with extreme ease, and she could have definitely handled more train. Back in the day they would pull 6-8 cars up the mountain with an engine like #9. Coaches being much heavier, 4 coaches would be around the max I would imagine.

Near the top of the grade I allowed the train to slow considerably to allow a smooth stop at ToM. One thing you learn with years of throttle time is how to minimize your effort and allow certain things to work in your favor. Running a train is like an art, and the longer the train the more patience and skill you need to have and you always want to know, where your train is at behind you. Not so important with a short train, but with a two mile long train the train behind you may be in 3 different states of travel so you need to exercise extreme caution in making adjustments of any kind.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 24, 2021, 04:18:03 PM »
That is great to hear Ed. I am very excited to hear what the news might be. Very pleased to see active progress on #11 and a few other important projects.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 22, 2021, 11:27:57 AM »
Conway Scenics stalls are right to left, stall 1, being the run through stall, then stall 2, then the shortest stalls being 3 & 4 furthest from the main line. Most railroads have numbered stalls or tracks starting out from the main line.

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: February 21, 2021, 11:17:01 AM »
Though every machine has its own “charm” if you will, tampers are overall much easier to operate than tie inserters. But both machines can drastically “ruin” track in a split second.

As far as museums or other railroads go, we are very fortunate to have such a wide array of people with different qualifications doing different things. But even better than those with the experience is those who so eagerly are willing to train and share their knowledge.

Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: January 14, 2021, 10:06:41 AM »
Just watched the test video, very impressive. Well done to everyone involved with the design and implementation.

In either case, I am excited to see the continued development of the vacuum brakes.

Volunteers / Re: November 2020 Work Reports
« on: November 30, 2020, 06:41:47 PM »
Switch looks great. Very well done. As a note, FRA track inspectors frown upon, and may require changing out of painted rails. As paint can hide defects. A simple mark on the rail is one thing, but long paint marks are a big no no to them. Maybe things have changed, or maybe the FRA inspectors I worked with were being sticklers. Just a word of caution should we decide to follow FRA practices.

Volunteers / Re: December 2020 Work Reports
« on: November 30, 2020, 06:35:56 PM »
I like the rule refresher. Many operations do a safety rule of the day by field. For example, transportation, track, mechanical, etc all have different rules, EXCEPT those few that pertain to all said crafts.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2020
« on: September 16, 2020, 11:24:54 PM »
It is a very unfortunate turn of events. However, the museum does not need to be "linked" in an outbreak as it would destroy our public image, and could have extreme consequences.

So many things from the past were once taken forgranted, but safe and wise choices today, will carry us into the future

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