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Volunteers / Re: New Breakfast Location
« on: May 08, 2022, 09:52:03 PM »
We've been to The Cracked Egg, 560 Gardiner Rd (ME 27) north of Wiscasset several times.  Great food and staff. 

Museum Discussion / Re: Steam and Sleighs makes The Bangor Daily News
« on: February 14, 2022, 10:50:13 PM »
Excellent account, Gordon!  Thanks for sharing the winter two-foot experience.

A number of years ago Sue and I were slogging through the shore line mud and we saw what sure looked like the top of a rear tank from one of the earlier engines - this was over the left outfield fence.  Being in salt mud I don't know how much is left today.  There had been some discussion on the Forum on this, which IIRC was used as a water tank in or near the car shop.

Volunteers / Re: New Breakfast Location
« on: August 12, 2021, 12:59:24 PM »
Thanks, Dwight, I'll let the "CT-NY Expedionary Group" know.

Museum Discussion / Re: Steaming Together: Arrivals and Departures
« on: August 08, 2021, 08:22:47 AM »
Once again thank you everyone for your hospitality and all the effort that went into the Annual Picnic Steaming Together event.  Sue and I had a wonderful time and it was so good to see our WW&F friends and projects in person. 

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: January 26, 2021, 11:37:02 PM »
I just emailed a friend in Australia the news.  He will be pleased to learn that Wilmar landed at its new home at the WW&F on January 26, a very much celebrated holiday (Australia Day) in its native land.   

General Discussion / Re: Steam Shovel found in Michigan Lake
« on: June 12, 2020, 10:02:47 PM »
We have a well-known submerged steam shovel in central CT.  The top of the boom is visible on the northeast side of CT route 9 near Berlin. It's in a flooded clay pit, brick making was common in the area.  Supposedly there is narrow gauge quarry trackage in the pond as well.  I heard the pit's pumps quit, it flooded and the owners gave up.  I have heard other accounts concerning what happened, but none revealed when this took place.

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 02, 2020, 08:31:12 PM »
If I knew your meetings were so concise I would have joined - I had a quarterly meeting of the Railroad Museum of New England at 3pm and since I'm the secretary I had to set myself up for our first ever general membership meeting.

General Discussion / Re: Ship's Chow Hall is now The Hot Spot Diner
« on: March 11, 2020, 10:21:59 PM »
The former location in Dresden is becoming a child care center, according to the newspaper article.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 08, 2020, 11:51:16 PM »
Saturday Sue worked in the gift shop assisting Cindy, unpacking from the recent Amherst Ry Society train show in W Springfield MA; later they worked in  Percival house kitchen - made Shepherd's Pie (actually "Cottage Pie" as it was beef not lamb [got that info from an Englishman] - it was delicious!) and a delicious chicken/corn chowder.  I ran a few errands in and for the shop, spread a lot of grit over the icy walkways all over the campus then reported to the kitchen for KP duty to assist Cindy and Sue.  It was nice hearing the whistles of our #9, Monson #3 and last but not least Bridgton & Saco River #7.  Best of all it was so good to see people from the WW&F, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum and the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works all working together to make this Grand Reunion event happen.  As Carly Simon sang: "These Are the Good Old Days."

Work and Events / Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
« on: January 18, 2020, 11:57:46 PM »
As of last fall I drove up by the Alna firehouse and got a wee bit of AT&T service there. 

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Re: Visit 9/29/19
« on: December 18, 2019, 10:27:10 PM »
Bill - hopefully no "ghost trains" ran that night!

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Re: Visit 9/29/19
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:33:22 AM »
Thanks for the report and photos Mike.  It's time for Sue and me to go up there again - maybe for Old Home Days next summer unless Sue has a college reunion (UM Farmington) coming up.  Hey I'll be retired and MAYBE have some time for more than one trip.

Museum Discussion / Re: Reflections on 30 Years of the WW&F
« on: August 26, 2019, 09:59:14 PM »
Jason, I thoroughly enjoyed your memories of your early days at the WW&F.  I didn't get there that often, but I seem to remember one time back before the turn of the century meeting you at the WW&F during the time I was learning a lot about the 2 footers.  I think you had ridden your bicycle to the WW&F that day and you were primarily working on track at this time and you said your goal was to have track to the same standards as Harlan White had on the Sandy River.  I must have just finished reading one of Jones's Sandy River books as I knew of Harlan White's work.  I remember thinking that if this young lad was that familiar and interested in the history of the 2-footers then there is a good future up here.  Since then I remember talking with other younger members such as Joe Fox and more recently Bryce Weeks, Dan Malkowski and James Noblini to name a few - yes, there is a lot of good youth around there. 
Now that I'm one of the old timers at my "home" railroad museum I try to spend extra time encouraging new and especially younger members there, usually adding "I started getting into rail preservation back in the 1960s when I was your age."

Museum Discussion / Re: Reflections on 30 Years of the WW&F
« on: August 18, 2019, 03:19:15 PM »
I was up at the work weekend when Emily was helping out,  quite covered with Maine clay mud and really enjoying herself.  One thing she did was moving some rather large stones to the slope of  the Albee's crossing approach road and I'm sure they're still there if the logging equipment didn't disturb them.  I've mentioned that weekend to family and friends that I have ridden with on the train when passing that point.

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