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Volunteers / July 2022 Work Projects
« on: June 29, 2022, 06:49:11 AM »
Anticipated work for July 2, 2022:

* Tail track prep - shape the stone north of the Rt 218 turntable and put down ties.
* Trout Brook Station - continued construction.
* Lavender trains - the first Saturday of Lavender trains.
* Engine house construction?
* Boxcar 56
* Machine shop?

Volunteers / June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 01, 2022, 06:48:00 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday June 4:

* Tie (or Tamp) and Dine - Ostensibly tie replacements on the main line, however this may be getting rerouted to working on the Mountain.
* Storage area - If Jeff has delivered gravel this week to the storage area, Mike will probably be busy moving it around.
* or Mike may be digging in the parking lot to put in culverts/drainage.
* Vehicle repairs
* Machine shop

General Discussion / Cross Road Repairs
« on: April 15, 2022, 11:46:10 AM »
From an email from the Town:

Depending on weather, work related to Cross Road repaving approved at this year's town meeting is expected to begin next week.  This work represents a large financial commitment on behalf of Alna's taxpayers. 

According to the Maine Department of Transportation, and the Maine Municipal Association, "improper drainage is the leading cause of road deterioration.  Ditches and drains are therefore a critical aspect of road maintenance."  With this in mind, and to protect the investment being made in this project, the ditching and grading contractor will begin ditching and ditching maintenance along both sides of Cross Road during the week of April 18, 2022.  Initial ditching work is expected to be complete within the next two weeks. 

Most or all of the paving is expected to take place during the month of May.  An additional notice will be sent, once a firmer paving schedule is available.  During this time, Cross Road may be closed intermittently to through traffic, with access being available only to residents of Cross Road.  Please plan accordingly.  Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Volunteers / April 2022 Work Reports
« on: March 30, 2022, 06:54:28 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday April 2:

* Track panel - continued assembly
* Vehicle repair
* Engine house construction
* Machine shop

Volunteers / 2021 volunteer hours
« on: March 13, 2022, 06:13:53 PM »
Anyone who has not sent me their 2021 off-site volunteer hours, please do so ASAP.

Volunteers / February 2022 Work Reports
« on: February 02, 2022, 07:50:41 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Feb 5:

* Plow train, departing as early as is practical (between 7:30 and 8)
* Steam & Sleighs - two trains on the hour, all hands on deck.
* Tree cutting & burning at Top of Mountain [Note, this is likely NOT to be occurring.]

[Mod Note]
An op plan for the plow train and winter storm clean up has been developed. We'll be publishing it shortly.

Volunteers / January 2022 Work Report
« on: December 29, 2021, 07:44:48 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday, January 1, 2022 - Happy New Year!

Assuming that people recover from their libations of the evening before...
* Cutting & burning crew, on the west side of the Sheepscot campus.
* Engine house (if Brendan's around, I don't think he will be).
* Machine shop/Coach 9 work

Volunteers / December 2021 Work Reports
« on: December 01, 2021, 07:50:13 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday December 4:

* Engine house construction
* Vehicle repair
* Christmas trains to SeaLyon Farms (sold out).

Volunteers / October 2021 Work Reports
« on: September 29, 2021, 06:46:55 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday October 2:

* Engine house construction
* Coach 9 machining of parts
* Pumpkin trains and a concert

Volunteers / September 2021 Work Reports
« on: September 01, 2021, 07:09:43 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday September 4, 2021:

* Shop Annex - continuing the move of "stuff" from the shop to the annex.
* Sheepscot back lot - I think Mike may be working on the back lot, moving dirt around.
* Public train ops.

Volunteers / July 2021 Work Reports
« on: June 30, 2021, 07:03:59 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday July 3, 2021:

* Lavender Ice Cream trains.
* Earth moving with Mike.
* Garden tool shed modifications.
* Tie cutting and stacking

Museum Discussion / Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
« on: June 21, 2021, 06:05:39 PM »
The Thompson (CT) Historical Society has created a movie about Locomotive 9, "The Nine Lives of #9", and is debuting soon.  Here's the info:

Movie Premiere: The 9 Lives of Engine #9
Saturday, August 14, 2021 at1:15 p.m. EDT
Thompson, Connecticut, Public School Auditorium

Join us for the fascinating story of little Engine #9 that was brought from Wiscasset, Maine to Frank Ramsdell's West Thompson farm in 1937. Find out what happened in this 55 minute movie. Showings will be held at 1:15 pm and 2:45 pm. Tickets are free but seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your tickets please contact Ginny at 860-933-5239 by call or text or email her Please indicate which show you want to attend and also the number of tickets. Six ticket limit per family please. Also open on August 14th from 1-4 pm: Ramsdell Transportation Room, TMHS Memorial Room and the Kenney Store and Villages Room.  For more details see:

Here's a link to the actual Facebook page:

Museum Discussion / Make Way for Goslings
« on: May 15, 2021, 08:43:43 PM »
A couple of weeks ago I noticed a young goose family wandering on the ROW south of Sheepscot.  Last Saturday I caught them crossing Cross Road.  One of the parent was standing in the road keeping an eye on traffic and on the kids, and when I approached got the family together to cross over to the pond.  This week they were missing.  Stewart said that he saw a hawk show up this past week, and the family disappeared, so I hope that they found safer digs instead of becoming a meal.

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Thank You from the SR&RL
« on: May 06, 2021, 06:16:41 PM »
I renewed my membership with the SR&RL recently, and in my receipt letter that came today was this hand written note.

On my behalf tell the WW&F guys a big thanks for helping the SR&RL
Regard, Jerry DeVos

This was thanking us for the work we did last fall building track into their car barn.

Volunteers / May 2021 Work Reports
« on: April 28, 2021, 06:50:28 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday May 1 - Annual Meeting day

* "Director's Special" - train ride for members going to MP 8, and also making stops at Top of Mountain and Alna Center (to review the pavilion).  I think departure is 10:30.
* Annual Meeting - online and in-person, in the car barn extension, at 2 PM.
* Machine shop organization
* Vehicle repair

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