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General Discussion / BUFF B-52, Air Force, Snoring, and French.
« on: March 06, 2021, 10:39:10 PM »
... overnight stays at Sheepscot (Percival House and campers) will not be allowed. ... Bob
Bob, For the record, when I left the Air Force I gave up dorm living for the remainder of my life.  Not that I have anything against snoring, and other bodily emissions... Ask any B-52 crew member or maintainer who was on Guam during the Viet Nam war. 

I have lodging arranged in Wiscasset.

I have just heard that the SSW has been canceled and there will be about 9 one-day work sessions spread over April, May and June.  My understanding is the dates are April 17 and 24, May 8, 15 and 22, and June 5, 12 and 26.

Having just received my second Covid shot I am thinking of planning a work visit week.  Is there as yet a plan for activities for those dates?

Of course travel will depend on the State restrictions on travel and the availability of lodging in the area.  I think the Wiscasset Motor Lodge is open and taking reservations for those times.

Work and Events / Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 15, 2020, 05:27:41 PM »
Other events, such as Spring Work Weekend, will be dependent on what the situation is at the April meeting.
I know how much we all love the Work Weekends, and those of us who live further away, really need our twice a year WW&F 2 Footer Railroad Fix. 
We miss the smell of steam and coal;
the sound of the whistles as the train comes from far away with lunch or to pick us up at the end of a satisfying day of working harder then we ever would at home,
the renewing of old friendships and making of new friends,
the great food that is not on our usual diets, and (for most of us) no one is monitoring our choices,
the satisfaction of helping to accomplish something greater than ourselves and that will outlast most of us.
The last point being that most of us are in an (age) group that places us in a club that we didn't ask to join.
We can't foresee the conditions a month from now, but I trust that our leadership will make the correct decision as that magic date approaches.
I am sure those wise ones who are our leaders, who along with their predecessors have gotten us to this point in our Railroad journey, will, if necessary, come up with an alternative SWW, perhaps a Summer Work Weekend.
Stay Safe Everyone.

Work and Events / Box car #50
« on: March 05, 2019, 10:48:12 AM »
Perhaps (probably) I have forgotten but what is the story on box car #50 sitting in the north yard?

Work and Events / Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: February 16, 2019, 11:22:41 PM »
A new piece of track maintenance equipment arrived at Sheepscot yesterday.

Last Fall the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento declared their tie changing machine surplus as they had snagged a newer, larger machine.  Wayne Laepple, working with Jason, James and myself made arrangements to have their surplus tie changing machine packed and shipped to Sheepscot where it arrived Friday. 

This new addition to our track gang's tool box will make maintaining our existing track go a lot quicker, and easier on our volunteers.  Keep in mind that portions of our track are 25 years old and maintaining what we have becomes more important as time marches on.

This un-budgeted opportunity was made possible by a friend of our Museum which allowed us to move forward quickly when the machine became available.  The gift includes funds for the re-gauging and any repairs or modifications.

Pictures to follow.

Work and Events / Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 18, 2017, 03:14:02 PM »
I'm here for two weeks with a few goals in mind:

Help Eric with documentation for new coach #9
Disassemble a seat from #3 to use it to create patterns for Coach 9 seats

Spring is starting to spring here in Maine.  I see reddish buds on maple trees. 

Harold, Eric,

If either of you are around the SWW, and if you have gotten the details worked out, perhaps you could brief me on the door and window requirements for coach 9 so the Southern Narrow Gauge Door and Window Shop can do some advance fabrication planning.

That is unless there is a more pressing need for other items.



We have been looking at the windows in detail.  (Maybe this should be moved to new coach thread).  We believe that the only original window is in the saloon (bathroom).  It has details that none of the other windows have.  I have measured all the critical parts, and will make a drawing with all the joinery.  They are pretty straightforward.  Mahogany for the wood, minimal decorative details.

I also have measured the end doors.  Still need to pull and measure a clerestory window.


Thanks for the info, I didn't realize the coach 3 windows were not original.  I also forgot all about the clerestory windows. 

Is not having Mahogany a deal killer?  I haven't searched for a source of Mahogany.


Other Narrow Gauge / Peru Rail to Machu Picchu
« on: March 10, 2017, 10:06:44 AM »
Yesterday I rode the 3 foot (Broadgauge) through to mile post 104. There we got off of the walked the Inca trail to the Sungate overlooking Machu Picchu. I can't seem to be able to put the pictures on the forum from my phone so I will have to wait until I return.


Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / HO Gauge WW&F Wiscasset station kit
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:07:12 AM »
I was doing some planning on a couple of HO gauge modules I am going to build for my local module group and needed a small station.  My local hobby shop suggested a Laser-Art HO 'Backwoods Junction Station', which I bought.  When I opened the box, low and behold, I discovered the following pedigree:

"This compact station is based on the 2 foot narrow gauge Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway's Wiscasset, Maine station..."  Needless to say I was delighted.   ;D   Of course now I know what colors to paint it.

It is a laser-cut wood kit PN 660. 

Alas, they don't offer it in other gauges.    :-\


Work and Events / Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 14, 2017, 12:50:03 AM »
Here is an update for both the away crowd and the Maine crowd who only see the Coach 8 part of this project.

Randy Beach, Jason and I have been doing preparation work for the Spring Work Weekend project to install Baggage (handicap) Doors on Coach 8.  We are using the attached Jackson and Sharp drawing of how the W & Q modified the coach as our guide.

Randy is working on Coach 8, I am creating the doors and Jason is keeping us on track and coordinating our efforts.  There was a picture of Randy working on coach 8 posted earlier on the forum, but I have lost track of where it is posted.

If you look closely at the attached picture of the new door frames you can see that the mortises have been cut into the two stiles and the bottom, mid and top rails.  The next task is to cut the tenons into the rails and mullions.  Then slots for the bottom panels and the top glass will also have to be cut.  The bottom panels have not as yet started yet, but I have located a large board to be planed down for that purpose.  Parts for two doors are at the stage in the photo.  I couldn’t get white oak, so the wood is red oak.

One of the issues I have been struggling with is how to get the doors, which are becoming heavier and heavier as the parts are created, from Virginia to Maine.  At first I thought of putting them on carrier rack behind my larger car.  That however, would create a lot of wind drag.  I then thought of putting them on the roof, but I now realize they will be too heavy for that also.  The good news is I just found someone who will lend me a small trailer upon which to transport them in April.

The plan is to open up the Coach 8 side and install one or two of the doors during the SWW.   I am sure Randy will be looking for help making the final modifications to Coach 8 and mounting hardware, painting and staining.

Brakie Bill

Museum Discussion / Caboose 554
« on: December 27, 2015, 11:25:04 AM »
Now that Ed has had a very successful Fund Raising Project to restore Box Car 67, I am wondering, what is the status of Caboose 554?  It would seem that now that we have two steam locomotives, two flat cars, a box car and a dairying car and soon, a second restored box car, a second caboose would be in order.  I think it would be nice, now that 554 is safely ensconced in our car barn to see it added to our fleet before someone else decides to move it to their 2 ft empire and we loose the opportunity.

Being away most of the year I am not privy to local discussions with Brian at ML&MW or between the Board members but was just wondering, if he wants to sell it could we make this our next spontaneous funding project?  I would be willing to look around under my sofa cushions to find some coin of the realm to start this project off.

Bill Baskerville

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