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Messages - Bill Reidy

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Volunteers / Re: March 2023 work reports
« on: March 24, 2023, 10:01:20 AM »
Now it's likely I won't be in Sheepscot tomorrow.  I do plan to be up April 1st, weather permitting.

Volunteers / Re: March 2023 work reports
« on: March 23, 2023, 07:03:45 PM »
I was hoping to cut between ML&M and the trestle this winter, and if some would like to do that Saturday that would be great. I can't join you though.

At the moment it looks like I can be in Sheepscot Saturday.  Anyone else interested in a cutting crew (including an engineer for 52 or 51 to get to ML&M and points north)?

Volunteers / Re: March 2023 work reports
« on: March 19, 2023, 06:43:07 PM »
Dan in his element, or more like wearing his element..

That's a brilliant photo of Dan.

A diagram of planned Sheepscot platform improvements published in the January/February WW&F Newsletter:

And the caption:  "Planned improvements at Sheepscot Station. Over the years, the foundations under our Sheepscot track platform, freight house and passenger shelter have shifted significantly, rendering the north end of the track platform and the shelter no longer safe for use. To remedy this, Chesterfield Associates will be shifting the freight house and passenger shelter out of the way, before driving new piles to support the platform, freight house and a new passenger shelter. The existing 100-foot track platform and freight house will be lowered about 12 inches, and a new 80-foot elevated track platform extension will be built to the north, as well as a new passenger shelter and walkway/ramp running on the east side behind the shelter, freight house and station. The existing passenger shelter will eventually be moved to Top of Mountain for reuse there. Once completed, we expect to use the north window of the station (marked by a star above) for passenger check-in, opposite the door to the gift shop."

With the existing 100' platform dropped 12 inches, I understand our wheelchair guests will be accommodated by the 80' elevated platform extension.

Volunteers / Re: March 2023 work reports
« on: March 16, 2023, 05:55:07 PM »
Yes, thanks Ed!  John McNamara and others put in a tremendous effort to get these all scanned and posted, documenting our history.  Glad to see the past issues are available again.  Though I do recall a post somewhere a few years ago by Fearless Leader stating I looked like I was 15 years old and weighing 90 pounds in the cover photo on the November/December 2003 issue.

Volunteers / Re: March 2023 work reports
« on: March 11, 2023, 10:03:48 PM »
Work done on Saturday March 11:...

* Brendan cut a hole in the floor of the main room of the house and installed a floor electrical plug, so that now we have easy-to-access power at the table.
* Dave was working on an addendum to our lease with the W&Q...

A photo of Brendan at work on the new plug on the right, while James and Dave are busy on the left (on the addendum?). 

Earlier in the day, Brendan tending to the coal ash bin.

And this morning, Fred Morse and Zack Wyllie talking as Fred tended a coal stove in the shop building.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 11, 2023, 09:45:27 PM »
Zack Wyllie finished up the shingling of the northwest corner of the center stall.  Zack at work this morning.

And the last of the staging removed in this after lunch view.

A few photos today of the piles that have been driven to support the new platforms and shelter.

This photo gives a sense of the planned length of the new trackside platform.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 11, 2023, 09:29:56 PM »
Jay Wiley and Marcel Levesque were busy today working on No. 56.  One photo as they discussed the day's work.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 11, 2023, 09:27:35 PM »
The No.10 crew had great success today! But only 1 photo.

Well, here's two.  One of Bryce at work with the jig.

And a close-up of the jig, or at least a portion of it.

Volunteers / Re: February 2023 Work Reports
« on: February 25, 2023, 11:52:11 PM »
A couple of photos of Mike at work this afternoon cutting a sugar maple, as James Patten looks on before adding the smaller cut branches to the fire.  I joined after lunch, after updating the public signboard outside our restroom building.


The larger hardwood trunks will be split and used for firing locomotives.

Zack Wyllie, Steve Piwowarski and Brendan Barry soon joined us as the fire died down.  They had been busy on other railway work today, along with many others.  We enjoyed sharing memories of past years by the fire, while talking about the current times and future.  As I was leaving, Brendan remarked about the sweatshirt I was wearing, of the Downeast Model Railroad Association of North Carver, MA--a club both his dad Bill, Brendan and I were members back in the 1980s.  A good reminder of the many friends I've met over the years.

Volunteers / Re: February 2023 Work Reports
« on: February 12, 2023, 09:59:25 AM »
What's "entrance interviewing?"

When a volunteer expresses interest in joining the train crew, regardless of background or experience elsewhere, they sit down with the training officer (currently Jason is filling this role) to go through the basic safety rules, talk through a few things, with the understanding that the candidate will learn the rule book, do their best to adhere to those rules, etc. After passing a Safety test, they then are free to serve as Car Host on any public train, and begin the steps towards Brakeman certification through the Trainman program.

Today, Cullen Maher officially entered the WW&F train crew program. Welcome Cullen!

Thanks, Ed.

And welcome, Cullen!

Volunteers / Re: February 2023 Work Reports
« on: February 11, 2023, 10:35:20 PM »
What's "entrance interviewing?"

Bless you, John.  I had the same question.

Volunteers / Re: February 2023 Work Reports
« on: February 08, 2023, 05:38:15 PM »
Brian W. and I will be at TOM cutting and burning, kind of entertainment for the guests. Anyone that wants to help, don't wear your Sunday best.

Hoping to join you.  What time are you leaving Sheepscot?

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