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Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: December 01, 2022, 09:48:42 PM »
Many years ago when I was in private practice I represented an inventor (and dear friend) who had invented  a wireless (radar) in the ear hearing aid that could also be used as a voice activated cell phone. This was just a before Bluetooth was starting to become common. Anyway, for various reasons, Motorola was tangentially interested with another entity in licensing the patent. We were invited to the then headquarters in Schaumburg, IL. As part of the dance we were taken on a tour of Motorola’s private museum. Motorola got its start making car radios way back when. My eyes fell upon a radio-walky-talky device like you would see in old WWII movies. The curious thing was that it was damaged. I asked the guide why they would display a broken radio.
It seems the railroads around the Chicago area and beyond used them. Motorola noticed a very high incidence of warranty returns from the railroads that did not exist with other non-railroad customers. Motorola sent a team to follow the crews around to see if they could figure out why. It turns out the brakemen and conductors were using them as what the guide called “wheel chocks” on their freight trains. It was a “run what ya brung” sort of thing. Maybe Joe Fox has heard of this😉

Volunteers / Re: Thankful and Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 25, 2022, 09:33:43 PM »
One of your relatives is a rock? I’ll just leave this right here…

Volunteers / Re: Thankful and Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 23, 2022, 09:26:02 PM »
While I am thankful for all of our members, I am especially thankful to those that are at Sheepscot during the week and on Saturdays. We would absolutely not be the museum we are without their dedication. I could not do my job without all those who step up day in and day out. I won’t name them because to a person they would tell us that it’s not them that should get credit but others. They would also be embarrassed at the attention. That is the secret and power of the WW&F. Thank you to all of you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 02, 2022, 08:17:16 PM »
Unfortunately I had a change of plans and will not be going to Phillips on Saturday. I do promise good weather for all who attend.

Volunteers / November 2022 Work Reports
« on: October 30, 2022, 01:40:31 PM »
Just a reminder that our now annual work day in Phillips is next Saturday, November 5, 2022. We plan to leave Sheepscot at 7:30 a.m. Sharon has requested a count for lunch purposes. As those who have attended previously, lunch alone is worth the ride. Please post here if you plan on attending. Hope to see you that day.

Beautiful photos Kevin!

Work and Events / Re: Model railroad sale during the fall work weekend
« on: October 04, 2022, 08:50:33 PM »
No earlybirds😉

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: September 28, 2022, 08:41:26 PM »
A fitting send off to a life well lived.

Volunteers / Re: September 2022 Work Reports
« on: September 15, 2022, 09:40:32 PM »
So, I should miss more meetings then?

Museum Discussion / Re: Roster of Surviving Maine 2' Gauge Equipment
« on: September 02, 2022, 08:35:58 PM »
The Albion Historical Society owns a Buda powered gas locomotive. Might be a Plymouth.
Plymouth locomotive No. 52 owned by the WW&F
Brookville gas locomotive No. 51 owned by the WW&F.

Volunteers / Re: August 2022 Work Projects
« on: August 27, 2022, 10:40:25 PM »
Bill, you’re spoiling us! That should make things easier.

Good question Andrew. I don’t have an answer to that. Maybe Bill has the answer, Gail will check the paperwork she has from Arcadia.

By necessity that will be made by the publishers. The book committee (Linda, Bill and Gail) will submit probably an excess of photos to the Arcadia folks. We have been told to only submit high quality (res) photos to them so that will be a limiting factor.  This is not a contest. Photos that best show the Museum, it’s history and it’s people will be used.

Not as of yet but the sooner the better because once we submit our proposal the time clock starts.

We have been approached by Arcadia Publishing about doing a book for them. Since the original railroad has been covered in many books we have decided that it will be about the Museum itself. As such, we are looking for photographs mainly since the Humason Brook bridge was completed. That was about the time everyone started going digital. Linda has many photos prior that time.
If you have any and would like to see them published in our book, please submit them to Linda Zollers at with a copy to;; and We will be covering all areas of the Museum - shop work, buildings, track work, operations, gift shop - everything. We especially want photos of people both familiar and not so familiar. Please be sure to include your name, date of photo and location. Please also identify anyone in the photos. You will also probably be asked to sign a permission form by Arcadia. Please note well that you will retain ownership of your photos. Send as many as you would like. Make sure to send high res versions suitable for publishing. You will also receive credit in the book. There will be extra credit for photos of me looking like I’m actually doing something productive.

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