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Museum Discussion / Re: LGB/Marklin Releases Model of #9
« on: September 17, 2021, 05:32:16 PM »
unlike rest of the scales

There's plenty of blame to go around. I have a Minitrix (N scale) PRR Decapod which is in fact their German-pattern 2-10-0 chassis, with a K4 boiler shell slapped on. The cylinders on the shell don't even line up with the side rods.

And then they took the same physical loco and painted it for AT&SF as well.

Museum Discussion / Re: LGB/Marklin Releases Model of #9
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:19:03 AM »
I just also noticed the outside frames on 9!

Seriously though, for all the nit-picking, these are some great little pieces.

Museum Discussion / Re: LGB/Marklin Releases Model of #9
« on: September 15, 2021, 11:56:36 PM »
The "desert Southwest" is an interesting backdrop choice... Pretty neat!

Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: September 09, 2021, 11:31:59 AM »
Story #145 - "Bee"

Last Sunday a visitor came to ride the WW&F 87 years after her last trip.  Blanche "Bee" Plumstead-King came to ride the 3 o'clock train with 6 of her family members.  Bee, born in 1924, grew up in Wiscasset.  She told us of her one trip on the WW&F to visit her uncle in Palermo in the Summer of 1930.  She didn't recall much about the ride other than the smell of fresh cut hay as the train traveled through farm fields.  We interviewed Bee as she rode the train up to ToM and she noted that she started riding the Maine Central on a regular basis when she went to school at the Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.  She told us that the fare for a round trip in the mid 1930's was 15 cents.  After the ride she said that she enjoyed the trip and we asked to take photos of her.  She posed on the platform holding her ticket which she noted "it's the first WW&F ticket I've bought since my father purchased the last one in 1930".

The photo of Bee and her ticket is posted on the museum's Facebook page.

General Discussion / Re: Right of Way
« on: September 02, 2021, 04:10:47 PM »
I hate to be like this, but...

The ROW is on the 218 side (west side) of the river at all points within 1/4 mile of Hollywood Blvd. The Whitefield Bridge was a bit further north, very close to what is now Spruce Ln off 218.

See this map for the points under discussion, which may help clarify the issue:

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Newest Sandstone report
« on: August 24, 2021, 08:11:14 PM »

That's just a link to an email, which presumably resides in your gmail inbox, which we can't see.


You would think it means that, but that's a case of folk etymology. It never officially stood for anything, being made up by a marketing firm, but some suspect it was derived from the then-commonplace abbreviation "Hi-Fi" which indeed did stand for "High Fidelity", in reference to audio equipment. In that respect, one would expect pronunciation to be "High-Figh" and that is what I hear most often in the US.

Some folks I know pronounce it "wee-fee" but only in a facetious sense.

French speakers (and many other Europeans for that matter!) could certainly be forgiven for rendering Wi-Fi as "wee-fee" or "whiffy"; it's got one vowel, must be a monophthong! English does love to wrap diphthongs in single-glyph packages.

Per an older thread:,1803.msg13893.html#msg13893

Quote'll see two baseball fields behind the Wiscasset Middle School. The field closest to the water is where the yard and shops were located, and in high summer, when it is quite dry, the outline of the turntable pit becomes visible in the grass in right field.

It also seems to me that a rough overlay map of the Wiscasset yard is floating around somewhere, but I'll be darned if I can find it.

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 26, 2021, 10:24:57 AM »
Train crews this week: PLEASE take extra care to round up your flags and RETURN them to the station when finished. I am out of town until 8/3 and cannot perform my usual Clerk tasks in preparation for the photo charter(s). We cannot be searching for flags on Saturday morning.

There are two sets of fairly new red flags in service, one pair the usual size and one pair slightly oversized. They seem to get split up frequently. It would be nice if those were matched to each other and used for the photo runs, instead of some of the older ones that look like they were used wipe down #9's running gear :D

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 06, 2021, 10:00:27 PM »
Bob, I think the template should be the track token flag inside the station. It has all the desired features and specifications. I could also make a drawing.

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 05, 2021, 07:56:35 PM »
So I actually have a little flag experiment going on... I made two pairs of new red flags over the winter. They went in service at the same time, in April. One set is the traditional duck canvas. The other is made from an outdoor synthetic, polypropylene I think it is. I'm interested to see about fade resistance, ease of laundering, and general durability. The synthetic material was significantly more expensive, but if it performs better, then I would consider using it for the decreased maintenance burden.

Half a yard of fabric will make two or three 18x20 flags depending on the width of the bolt. But what we really need are flag poles. If anyone knows who made those real nice split ones that are varnished and laser engraved, I would like their number  ;D

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 05, 2021, 12:18:50 PM »
I had to go back and reread the rulebook about the service connection a few times. I had originally thought it indicated a connection from one car to another car, like maybe something the conductor needed to know when uncoupling.  But then I remembered the most common usage for us, which is 52's engine block heater.

I agree the blue flag was probably the safest choice when ice cream was actually being served.

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 04, 2021, 09:45:18 PM »
I have noted the yellow flag situation. There does exist at least one pair; they must have been in use elsewhere. I am not sure if they were available earlier on Saturday, or if they had been in use on a prior day and left about. It has been a few weeks since I was able to get up to Sheepscot and do a "flag round-up".

At the same time, new expressions and idioms are being invented all the time, which make the older generation wonder what we're talking about. ;D It's the nature of language to change and evolve. After all, language is primarily a medium for transferring ideas.

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: June 30, 2021, 11:27:29 AM »
* Earth moving with Mike.

Sounds like a TV series!!  ;D ;D

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