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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Am I a Maine Native?
« on: May 31, 2023, 05:25:46 AM »
That three generation guideline only needs to apply to one side of the family. If you were born in Maine and your mother was not but your father’s family goes way back then you are a native Mainer.  This is all based on what I have heard over the years and it gets complicated and the rule book is almost as thick as a railroad’s.

Now I’ll really stick my foot in it. One way I evaluate  “native Maine-ness” (whatever that really is) is whether a person says “noth-eastah” or “nor’easter” when describing a northeast storm. I spent a lot
of time while growing up working with and listening to old time Maine folks and I never heard one use the latter term, always the former.  No Mainer worth his salt would ever pronounce a letter r if they can avoid it.  I also read a letter to the editor in Downeast magazine from the early 60’s in which an old fisherman said about the term “nor’easter”:  “there is no such quadrant, it is ‘noth-east’.”  So when I hear someone say “nor’easter” I always think they are likely “from away”.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Am I a Maine Native?
« on: May 22, 2023, 05:14:34 AM »
I have always been told that to qualify as a “native Mainer” you had to be born in Maine and have “three generations in the cemetery”.   Nowadays the definition of Mainer vs. Native Mainer has become so watered down that I’m not sure what a Mainer is. I do know that my family came to Maine in the mid 1600s from England and with 10 generations having been born here I feel safe to call myself a native Mainer.  The trouble with that is that the family tree doesn’t have many branches! ;)

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2022 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 04, 2022, 08:41:15 AM »
Do we know how many people have been to every FWW since 1997?

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 24, 2022, 05:01:16 AM »
From the Bridgton News, April 12, 1889:

“The first lot of cattle ever sent over the narrow gauge went down to the Junction Monday. There were two carloads of them;  18 head of fancy working oxen, belonging to W.W. Hall of East Dixfield, who, assisted by F.D. Hanson and Eden Cross, had bought them in this place and vicinity. Among them was a nice pair bought of Darwin Ingalls weighing 3900 lbs., and another pair of the same, of choice 4 year olds, white faced;  one pair of nicely matched, of 3500 lbs. weight, bought of R.O. Moulton of Sweden; and one pair, twins, very fancy, bought of Nathan Palmer”

Who is going to be making the decision as to which photos are included and which are not?

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 03, 2022, 07:52:56 AM »
Outstanding workmanship!  Just beautiful.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 22, 2021, 03:26:02 PM »
He is going to cut out the windows later.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 21, 2021, 06:31:47 AM »
Thanks to all of the pre-planning and preparation by Marcel and to his expert guidance, the sheathing crew was able to get the east and west walls nearly all closed in. A little was left undone on each side so that the corners could be completed at a later date. Marcel still needs to do some adjusting to make the corners come out right.  Once that is done the south end of the car can be closed in. Marcel had already done the north end by himself!   Kyle Blanchette and Nicole Ormimski worked on the west wall while Dan Malkowski, Nick Simoneau, and Yours Truly worked the west side. Marcel provided the supervision and worked both sides as needed. The result is truly a testimony to Marcel’s meticulous skill.  It was fun to get a break from track work and to contribute my two cents to the restoration of a B&SR car.

« on: October 21, 2021, 07:37:05 AM »
I have no doubt that Bryce will do a great job.

What’s the difference between an onion and a bagpipe?

No one cries when you cut up a bagpipe.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 18, 2021, 02:22:43 PM »
I have a 1954 Ford NAA and it is rugged and dependable. I’ve used it haying and logging and it is still going strong. Don’t abuse it and it will be with us for a long time.

Volunteers / Re: August 2021 Work Reports
« on: August 20, 2021, 11:23:00 AM »
Regarding the turntable. My guess is that if Edaville had only one turntable it would have been the one from Bridgton Junction because Mr. Atwood bought all of the Junction trackage. If it was the Junction table than it is the turntable that was originally at the Harrison yard. Ed Mead states in “Busted and Still Running” that the Harrison table was moved to the Junction when the Harrison branch was abandoned. The old Junction table must’ve been replaced with the “newer” Harrison table. Also, there is a photo in a couple of Bridgton books that shows what could be the initial scrapping of the Bridgton Yard turntable.   Possibly Atwood bought both? One for parts?  I don’t know, but my guess is that the table we now have is the Junction/Harrison turntable.

Volunteers / Re: June 2021 Work reports
« on: June 28, 2021, 07:38:42 AM »
Great photos, Bill. Maybe the one of Dave should be titled “The Umpire Strikes Back”.  Anyway, a lot of work got done on Saturday and we had a good crew. Dan did an excellent job coordinating the track work. It’s great to see the younger folks take on leadership roles. It’s good to know that the railroad will be in good hands for years to come.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 23, 2021, 07:06:57 PM »
And I don’t think there is any original Maine Two Foot precedent for naming that type of track. There was only one turntable on all of the Maine two footers that had those tracks that I know of and that was at Kingfield on the SR&RL. I have never seen any reference as to what those tracks were “officially” called so Garden Track would be fine.

Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: May 05, 2021, 07:43:03 PM »
On our farm we had a Farmall F14 that started by hand crank that we used on the belt driven silage blower that was in service until the 1970s. I started that tractor by crank many times. My aunt has it now and it still runs like a top. We had a cordwood saw powered by a Model A engine, also hand crank start, that we used in the firewood business until 1997. Some of us do have experience with hand cranked starting though I can also say from experience that the romance goes out of it pretty quickly.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Turntable
« on: April 26, 2021, 11:01:14 AM »
Could be!

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