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Messages - Wayne Laepple

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(raises hand) I can attest to all of the above. Last October, during the Fall Work Weekend, I had a bout with dehydration while working with the flanging machine. I felt a bit woozy and sat down, but not quite soon enough, and I fainted for a few moments. I drank some water when I came to, but in the meantime, a 911 call had taken place, and I got to ride the an ambulance to Miles Hospital in Damariscotta and stay overnight while my condition was observed and evaluated. Since, then, I am very cognizant of the need for regular water breaks, and this past week, while working on No. 11's frames, two bottles of water were always close at hand. While everyone at Miles Hospital was great, I'd rather not make another visit!

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 30, 2022, 04:19:53 PM »
I'll be there, Gordon. Looking forward to it.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 30, 2022, 10:43:40 AM »
Thanks for the great photos, Brendan. Much has been accomplished a a very short period of time! Well done to all who made it happen!!

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Cleanup
« on: July 17, 2022, 09:14:32 AM »
Looks great! Well done, all!!

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 11, 2022, 07:11:52 PM »
I am more than pleased to announce that this afternoon, we reached (and surpassed) our initial fund-raising goal for No. 11 for 2022. With the support of many donors, we hit the $25,000 mark, which triggers a $25,000 matching grant from the Candelaria Fund. When we receive those funds, we'll have $50,907 toward the final goal of $70,000 for this year. That's $19,093 we still need to raise. I know we can do it! Thank you, thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. More donations and donors are welcome, too!

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UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Problem in Wales
« on: July 04, 2022, 07:31:43 AM »
The Talyllyn Railway had a problem this weekend.

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Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: July 01, 2022, 09:35:59 PM »
The two people most responsible for the donation of Wilmar to the WW&F have retired from Wilmar Sugar Ltd. I'm not sure to whom a picture would be sent, nor whether the new folks would even be aware that it happened!

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General Discussion / Historic question: Rexall Trains
« on: June 30, 2022, 06:07:27 PM »
A friend in Ohio is putting together a history of the "Rexall Train," which ran through the northeast in 1936. He has documented that the train was in Bangor on Aug. 19 and in Concord, NH on Aug. 20. However, the train's itinerary designates a stop in Augusta on Aug. 20 as well. Has anyone ever seen any documentation of such a stop, or was it perhaps a water or service stop only, rather than a public display stop?

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Other Narrow Gauge / The news we've been waiting for
« on: June 24, 2022, 08:53:50 AM »
EBT No. 16 making smoke for the first time since 1956!

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See also RYPN.org "AFT 2.0."

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General Discussion / Re: WW&F in Pennsylvania
« on: May 30, 2022, 09:35:01 AM »
2102 sure did make all the right noises! If you want to experience a big steam engine working hard, these are the trips to ride. Three more this summer, and then several in October.

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General Discussion / WW&F in Pennsylvania
« on: May 30, 2022, 08:40:30 AM »
On May 28, my old pal and fellow WW&F member and volunteer Don Fenstermacher and I, along with our wives, rode the first Iron Horse Ramble featuring 4-8-4 No. 2102, on the Reading and Northern. Don and I had taken our first ride behind this engine way back in 1962! I was wearing my WW&F shirt, and Don had his WW&F hat on. We attracted some attention during the layover in Jim Thorpe, with a number of folks asking whether we had come from Maine and were involved with the WW&F. Of course, we were more than happy to discuss our favorite narrow gauge with anyone who asked.

And if you were wondering what an Iron Horse Ramble is, take a look at this short video clip. 2102 is one serious steam locomotive! Here she is, clomping through Nesquehoning, Pa. on the 1.2% grade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaqSWVUGQuQ

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 53 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 20, 2022, 12:30:08 PM »
Believe me when I say $30K for a double truck two foot gauge diesel locomotive would be a bargain! I have searched the world over for such a bargain..

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It took me a while to figure out where this was. I finally resorted to Google Maps and the address.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 19, 2022, 03:08:57 PM »
Yes, Steve, No. 53 is big compared to what we're used to. But park it next to an SD-70 and it's pretty insignificant.

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