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Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 23, 2021, 06:18:55 PM »
Work done on Saturday October 23:

* Engine house: more boards went up, finishing up center bay east wall and run-through bay east wall (after the east wall was straightened).  Brendan assembled the corner post between bays 2 and 3 and erected it late in the afternoon.  Brendan also installed a bridge over the pit to the east door.
* Machine shop: Alan was at work turning an octagonal piece of metal into a round piece of metal.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was at work.
* Coach 9: Zack finished assembling one of the truck assemblies and started working on the next.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 20, 2021, 06:50:08 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday October 23:

* Engine house - construction on going.
* Machine shop/Coach 9 work
* Woods track move/crossing construction to future storage area
* Final day of Pumpkin trains - the pumpkin trains are sold out, but the regular trips are still available.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 17, 2021, 03:48:55 PM »
This afternoon I drove over to the Museum to pick up the volunteer log for another round of data entry.  When I pulled in, Dave and others were admiring the "new" tractor.  Someone wanted to get pictures of it for the paper, so they started it and drove it around the parking lot.  It runs better than some of our other equipment!  It's also smaller than the picture in the news led me to believe, about the size of the Mitsubishi.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 16, 2021, 07:46:32 PM »
Work done on Saturday October 16:

* Engine house: More boards went up, some on the main west wall and some on the middle bay west wall. 
* Garage: Mike did some re-arranging of the first bay of the garage to accept a "new" tractor (see the story at for further details, middle of the article), and worked on some vehicle repairs.
* Boxcar 56: Marcel was working on it.
* Coach 9: Zack was working on assembling a core piece of one of the trucks, a wood-steel sandwich with new wood.
* Board meeting at 4.

Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: October 16, 2021, 06:55:48 AM »
From an email accompanying a donation:

We "bought" a lifetime membership a couple of years ago, but we are always so impressed by what the museum and its volunteers are able to accomplish (love the newsletters!), that we felt compelled to make another donation.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 13, 2021, 06:47:28 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday October 16:

* Engine house construction
* Machine shop/coach 9 work
* Pumpkin Pickin' trains
* Board meeting 4 PM

Volunteers please park at the corner lot.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 12, 2021, 10:00:02 AM »
Not at this time.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 09, 2021, 06:14:23 PM »
Work done on Saturday Oct 9:

* New track: Track was laid for all 3 bays of the engine house from the turntable.  Ties were laid out for the through track and the outside track.  The center track flangeways were cleaned out and the diesel ran into and out of the center bay.
* Enginehouse: Brendan put up the posts for the vehicle door at the rear of the structure.
* Coach 9: Harold and Alan were both working on projects which will benefit the coach.
* West of garage ground works: Mike moved the gas shed over a bit, relocated some items next to the upside-down trailer, and worked to re-align the woods track to its new location in preparation for putting in a crossing.  It's not moving far.
* Computer work: Russ and Ewa worked on the laptop I hosed earlier in the year, on the archives computer, and on the office computer.
* Parking lot: Mike and Steve P put lines down on the ground for the parking lot.

This closure is being postponed, date to be determined.  I-295 will be stay open.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 06, 2021, 06:48:05 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Oct 9:

* Pumpkin Pickin trains, although the pumpkin trains are essentially sold out.
* Construct track at end of track Sheepscot (Engine House area)
* Engine house construction

No board meeting this weekend as regularly scheduled, it's the following weekend.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 02, 2021, 05:50:19 PM »
Work done on Saturday Oct 2:

* Engine house: Because of the threat that the crane truck would go away next week, it was decided to use it to raise the remaining east/west walls, as they had been completed during the week.  The walls went up and it was discovered the door in the east wall was off by a few inches, so the crew fixed it.
* Coach 9: Harold was working on coach seat castings.  Alan was working on a piece for the press which will help fix the truck frames.
* Wood and ash shuttle: Pete and Cody were shuttling ashes and split wood throughout the day.

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

Museum Discussion / Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
« on: September 28, 2021, 05:35:32 PM »
Maine PBS is airing this before Connecticut.

First airing is Thursday, September 30, at 10 PM.

The second is Saturday, October 2, at 2 PM.

There may be a way to stream the film, which will be posted here when it becomes known.

Museum Discussion / Re: Signage at Trout Brook and Elsewhere
« on: September 28, 2021, 09:55:08 AM »
The State limitation you're thinking about is with Official Business Directional Signs (OBDS), those blue-and-white reflective signs that you see on the highway. 

Any sign we put there would be subject to Alna's sign ordinance - which is somewhat restrictive as to size.  Think the size of one at Sheepscot is the max size.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2021, 08:18:35 PM »
... The shrubbery ...

...queue Monty Python - "We want - A Shrubbery!"

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