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Volunteers / Re: Printed Rulebook Pledges
« on: March 01, 2024, 03:21:43 PM »
I just sent my payment via PayPal, but I was not given an option to include a note.  Did you mean to send an email?

Well, I just had my chuckle of the day.  After reading the Wiscasset Newspaper article about plans for the Wiscasset Schoonerfest at the town's recreation pier September 21st, I turned to Google Maps to see where the pier is located (1 Water Street).  Scrolling north to the creamery pier, I was surprised to see our dairy car marked with a "65."

That's odd.  Normally Google maps uses numbers like this to mark street addresses.  So I then opened a new browser window, went to, and searched for "65 Main Street Wiscasset ME".  Here's the result:

Yup, Google maps thinks our TCDA car #65 is located at 65 Main Street in Wiscasset.  No, it's not.  Apparently somewhere along the line the car number was interpreted as the car's street address.

There is a 65 Main Street in Wiscasset.  It is located on the southbound side of U.S. Route 1, between Water and Middle streets.

Volunteers / Re: February 2024 work reports
« on: February 25, 2024, 01:17:20 PM »
Other work Saturday included:
  • Cindy and Cody were busy in the gift shop
  • Linda was busy in the Archives
  • Past WW&F Newsletter issues up through 2022 were organized in the Percival House basement.  Linda was given two copies each for the years 2019 through 2022 for the Archives.
  • Nancy made a great lunch, as always.

Volunteers / Re: Printed Rulebook Pledges
« on: February 10, 2024, 07:03:36 PM »
If you had "Moose and Squirrel!" as a vote option, I might have voted for that instead.  But since you don't, please keep my pledge vote.  Thanks, Jason.

Volunteers / Re: January 2024 Work Reports
« on: January 29, 2024, 10:51:21 PM »
A too brief mention of the Amherst Railway Society's Railroad Hobby Show this past weekend at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.  Atttendence was north of 15,000 Saturday, a new show record.

Our expanded, relocated presence in section 76 of the Young Building was well organized by Steve Piwowarski.  Our tables now greet visitors through the main entrance of the building.  10+ WW&F volunteers were busy this weekend.

No photos, save a screenshot and background one.  Springfield's channel 22 reported from the show Sunday.  A brief screenshot from their report, with reporter Heath Kalb aboard our handcar No. 2.

And a background photo.

View the channel 22 report here.

Volunteers / Re: January 2024 Work Reports
« on: January 29, 2024, 07:25:12 PM »
That's just a brilliant photo sequence.  Thanks!

Museum Discussion / Re: See Us On MaineLife TV!!
« on: January 29, 2024, 12:50:23 PM »
That was terrific (including the conductor).  Very well done.

Volunteers / Re: January 2024 Work Reports
« on: January 20, 2024, 09:45:13 PM »
Marcel and Jay at work on cut lever brackets for B&SR boxcar No. 56.

Linda was busy in the Archives.

Cindy, Stewart and Steve P. were busy packing for the Amherst show next weekend in West Springfield.  Some of show material was loaded into my minivan.

Nancy Weeks made another terrific lunch, a good hearty meal for a cold mid-winter day.

Some other photos I took this morning.  Mike Fox led a crew to Top of Mountain to clear the area near the top of the Mountain grade at Top of Mountain.  Mike was engineer on No. 52 as the train hauled the crew and tools northward in caboose No. 320.  The view is looking north as we approached Trask Crossing.  You can't tell from the photo, but it was snowing.

Mike and Dan Malkowski discussing the planned work at ToM.   Nick Anderson, Joshua Zukerman and Nick Simoneau were also on the morning crew.

At Dan's suggestion, we tried rolling a stump out of the way from the expected photo line in February.

Success!  Dan is happy.

Mike cuts up a fallen pine as Dan contemplates rolling the next stump.

Rollin', rollin', rollin', Rawhide!  (For the benefit of folks of a certain age...)

The opened up view of the grade, as Mike finishes cutting up the trunk.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 20, 2024, 09:09:44 PM »
Jay Wylie and Marcel Levesque were busy today (Saturday, January 20th) forming brackets to hold the coupler cut levers for No. 56.  Note the completed brackets on the table to the left of the vise.

Volunteers / Re: Electronic Logging of Volunteer Hours
« on: January 09, 2024, 02:47:54 PM »
Now we have a list of who is signed in:

Excellent.  Thanks, Ben.  And thanks for your email.

Volunteers / Re: January 2024 Work Reports
« on: January 08, 2024, 08:38:07 PM »
I have seen the blower in operation, so on second thought, I do think it might likely handle a heavy wet snow.  A heavy wet snow followed by a hard freeze, well, I'm reserving judgement.  ;)

Volunteers / Re: January 2024 Work Reports
« on: January 08, 2024, 07:27:43 PM »
High powered leaf blower? Nice idea. Might not work if it was sloppy wet snow but the Jan\Feb stuff is usually pretty light and fluffy.

Thinking the same thing.  Fluff, yes; heavy wet snow, no.  Particularly if there's a hard freeze after the storm.

Volunteers / Re: January 2024 Work Reports
« on: January 06, 2024, 08:51:29 PM »
Nice.  I had hoped to be there today, but I was under the weather yesterday and today.

Keeping our ROW trim is necessary for the safe operation of our railroad (especially near crossings)...

I hope the area on the west side of Trask's crossing can get some attention this winter.  There's a large clump of wild rose on both the NW and SW corners.  I attacked it in the early summer but couldn't get it all by myself and while it was in full foliage.  Was able to cut it back enough to improve visibility.

Volunteers / Re: Electronic Logging of Volunteer Hours
« on: January 06, 2024, 08:02:55 PM »
Thanks, Ben.  A big improvement.  Easy to use from home.  A question:  Is there a way to review the list of volunteers on a particular date?  Laying out the Newsletter, I periodically reviewed the old paper logbook to make help verify I am correctly listing all volunteers on a particular day/project.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 31, 2023, 11:17:28 AM »
No. 56 will be using the trucks that has been under B&SR flatcar No. 34.  The two trucks were brought into shop bay 3 yesterday, December 30th, for installation in January, as described here.

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