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Messages - Ed Lecuyer

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Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: June 28, 2022, 05:57:40 PM »
Wilmar had it's first day of production tamping, today.  700 track feet tamped.

Photo by Stephen Lennox.

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Volunteers / Re: WMTW Visits the WW&F July 2nd
« on: June 26, 2022, 07:22:08 PM »
Yes, this will be live TV.

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Museum Discussion / Photo Album from Jeff Terry
« on: June 23, 2022, 07:46:13 PM »
Railroad historian, preservationist, and author Jeff Terry visited the WW&F on 6/11/22.
He has shared this album of photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jterry618/albums/72177720300037091

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Volunteers / Re: June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 22, 2022, 09:21:16 PM »
Wednesday also:
* X-Over Switch repaired and installed at ToM. (Jay, Steve P, Dan, Jason)
* Inspection of the SS Platform; Solutions discussed. (Jason, Brendan)

The media event was filming for a segment within an upcoming show on Wiscasset area attractions by a Boston-based evening newsmagazine. Hosted by Dave B & Steve P., they interviewed several volunteers, including Paul (model T), Zack, Eric, and probably others. They took the train to ToM where they met SeaLyon Farm and rode Linda Verney's horsewagon to the lavender fields. More details will be released once we know when it will be aired.

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Volunteers / Re: June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 18, 2022, 07:37:33 PM »
Three "BBQ & Farmstand Express" trains ran, carrying roughly 180-200 passengers to ToM for a cookout hosted by SeaLyon Farm.

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Volunteers / Re: June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 14, 2022, 03:08:51 PM »
Gentlemen, please Watt yourself, or you may get moderated.
(Resistance is futile.)

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This email was received in the general email box for the museum. It would be nice if we could support this young man in his endeavors.

Dear Volunteers of Wiscasset, Waterville, Farmington Railroad,

As a mother of a train enthusiast reaching out to other train and history enthusiasts, I am writing to invite you to a live presentation about the American Freedom Train in Ellsworth, ME in June 27 at 6 pm at Constitutional Hall—225 High Street Suite 2 (Maine Coast Mall).

There is also a live stream event of it on “Jack’s Train Talk”.  Jack is a 14 year old who is interested in getting the American Freedom Train running again. Please join us either live or online for the video presentation and the discussion afterwards.

Kathy Dunn



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Volunteers / Re: June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 11, 2022, 08:26:49 PM »
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* Public trains

Big shout-out to the crews today for stepping in when TWO different crew positions were suddenly vacated. Everyone cooperated (including several "on the ground"). Our ~140 passengers (including the annual Mason's picnic and those who came to "Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails") had a steam train ride thanks to these efforts.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Planning a trip to the WW&F
« on: June 10, 2022, 08:10:40 PM »
Hi Tim,

Most trains will be operating to Trout Brook Station after August 6th.
This includes:
Sat. Aug 6th: Grand Opening Celebration
Sat. Aug 13th: Annual Picnic
Sun. Aug 14th: Photo Special
Sat. Aug 20th: Sheepscot Valley Steamtrain and Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails
Sat. Aug 27th: Sheepscot Valley Steamtrain and WWI Reenactment
Sun. Aug 28th: Sheepscot Valley Steamtrain and WWI Reenactment
Sat. Sept 3rd: Sheepscot Valley Steamtrain and Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails

We will not be operating public trains on 9/10 or 9/17.
We will resume the Sheepscot Valley Steamtrain on 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, and 10/22.

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Work and Events / Build 11
« on: June 10, 2022, 08:03:42 PM »
Monthly work sessions have continued to be productive, with more progress on No. 11’s rear frame. Everything has been drilled and bolted together, and the large rear frame extension castings that will enclose No. 11’s firebox has arrived. It needs some machining before it can be attached to the rear frame, but it’s shown fitted to the rear frame in these photos:





There was much excitement at Sheepscot on May 17, when just as the diesel locomotive was unloaded, a second truck pulled in bearing the two new cylinder half-saddle castings for No. 11.  A few days later, however, a detailed inspection of the castings revealed several flaws which rendered the castings unacceptable for use.

The foundry was contacted, and following some discussion, they agreed to manufacture two new castings and ship them to us, at no cost to the Build 11 Project or the WW&F. This process will take a couple of months, as minor modifications to the patterns are necessary and new cores for the patterns must be made.

While we were all disappointed at this turn of events, the final outcome will be satisfactory. More importantly, the long delay in receiving the cylinder half-saddle castings does not materially delay the assembly work now underway on the rear frame.



Our fund-raising for No. 11 is making slow progress toward the $70,000 goal. Right now, we are focused on reaching the $25,000 mark in contributions. That will unleash a $25,000 matching grant from the Candelaria Fund, immediately moving our fund-raising total to $50,000, or 51% of our goal. Please consider making your dollar for dollar donation count right now!

http://www.build11.org

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 09, 2022, 11:53:41 AM »
[Moderator's Note]
This statement was authored by the Build 11 team in advance of the normal 11th-of-the month updates. Also, Stewart has posted some good photos of the frame being constructed on our Facebook page.



There was much excitement at Sheepscot on May 17, when just as the diesel locomotive was unloaded, a second truck pulled in bearing the two new cylinder half-saddle castings for No. 11.  A few days later, however, a detailed inspection of the castings revealed several flaws which rendered the castings unacceptable for use.

The foundry was contacted, and following some discussion, they agreed to manufacture two new castings and ship them to us, at no cost to the Build 11 Project or the WW&F. This process will take a couple of months, as minor modifications to the patterns are necessary and new cores for the patterns must be made.

While we were all disappointed at this turn of events, the final outcome will be satisfactory. More importantly, the long delay in receiving the cylinder half-saddle castings does not materially delay the assembly work now underway on the rear frame.


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The railroad is hard to miss, but there is also a steam train in the upper left.
That etching of Wiscasset pre-dates the construction of the W&Q/WW&F. The track (and train) represent the Knox & Lincoln Railroad (later the Maine Central Rockland Branch.)

The W&Q/WW&F was constructed on pilings in the river, roughly where the ships are docked in the drawing. The pier in the upper right was removed prior to the construction of the narrow gauge.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 30, 2022, 12:19:44 PM »
That, and it's a lot easier to keep the crown sheet covered with water if the locomotive is facing uphill.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 29, 2022, 11:02:23 PM »
"Edison" has a timer feature so it can turn itself on and off. No hot pink detector required.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 28, 2022, 06:44:57 PM »
Also on Sat. 28th:
* Three public passenger trains, including one "Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails" with Midcoast Conservancy. The weather forecast looked troublesome, but the rain held off completely, making a great day for a scenic steam train ride. Carried close to 100 passengers.

* Crew training: Pete Stevens and Cody McFarlane worked the brakes with Bob Cavanagh. Dave Buczkowski worked alongside Bill Reidy as Conductor.

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