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Museum Discussion / Re: Plowing Ahead - Snow removal discussion
« on: March 07, 2023, 08:20:34 AM »
With the steeper angle and longer cut this would go through the heavy snow and drifts much more easily than the plow on #52 right now.  Maybe we should take Rick up on his offer.  I always thought it would be cool to design and build a scaled down version of either a Jordan or Russell plow for the line.

Volunteers / Re: February 2023 Work Reports
« on: February 26, 2023, 08:15:57 AM »
Chip up those sugar maple branches.  They make great smoker fire fuel and especially wet chips for smoking.  Of course for those who prefer a little sweetness to their meat.

Volunteers / Re: JB Smith - Character of the County
« on: February 06, 2023, 08:38:14 PM »
It's stories like these that surprise, awe, and inspire me.  As a retired teacher, at-risk youth is a tough crowd to begin with.  But what JB has accomplished is worthy of a humanitarian award.  JB is just as much of a gem to this community as the railroad museum itself.  Not to mention he makes being a steam locomotive engineer very very cool. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Brunswick-Rockland passenger trains?
« on: February 04, 2023, 01:34:08 PM »
Might be a business opportunity for a small "jitney" service.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT test fires #16
« on: February 03, 2023, 08:23:10 AM »
Wonder which engine is next in line to be restored?

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 15, 2023, 08:25:17 PM »

Wawa started off as a deli, farm stand, and dairy.  They combined and created the mini-stores similar to 7-11.  Gas pumps were added much later in it's corporate existance.   Corporate HQ is in (you guessed it) Wawa, PA.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 15, 2023, 08:25:39 AM »
Readers note to Moderator:

Decisions,  decisions .......................... ;D ;D ;D

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 14, 2023, 10:37:23 PM »

Once you get a Wawa you'll never go back to Duncan Donuts .......  Better than Starbucks coffee and a lot cheaper.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 14, 2023, 03:46:43 PM »
Not to debate the quality of subs but "Jersey Mike's" has better subs and franchise deals.  But when I'm on the go, I can always count on a good Wawa sub.  (Not available in New England - yet !)

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 14, 2023, 08:19:23 AM »
(If only it was true  :-\)

Unknown to many, someone bought the winning Mega Millions ticket for the WW&F.  Upon hearing the news Dave gathered the BOD and secured the votes to immediately hire real estate specialists and attorneys to help with the huge task of re-obtaining original ROW's not currently held by the museum or its associates.

Jason is scrambling to find personnel to hire full-time as the board has committed to rebuilding the entire line as well as a whole new fleet or locomotives and rolling stock.  Mike Fox has been appointed Construction Manager for the expansion of the line and is already gathering the required personnel and contacts to get the required Environmental and Construction permits in place for a 2024 kickoff of new construction.  Steve P. has already made contact and has set up meetings with Wiscasset town officials to obtain land from the town in order to build a new station for the WW&F on the site of the old Maine Central Wiscasset station.

Stay tuned folks as things are going to move rapidly.  If you are interested in a full time position, please leave a message on the museum's voicemail and the appropriate person shall contact you shortly.  For the volunteers, the BOD has directed to expand the work-weekends to four per year due to amount of work that will be available.  Dates have yet to be established.

Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: December 31, 2022, 10:04:04 AM »
Re: the removal of extra ballast from top of ties -  good little project for #51 and a couple of the tip cars.  Shovel off the tie tops and put it in the tip car and then spot drop ballast at those low joint location(s) that confound the track crew all the time.  Great job for a couple of guys on a slow day or weekend.

Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: December 29, 2022, 01:09:02 PM »
How about steam powered leaf blowers  ;)

Just got my Amazon smile Email for the 3rd Qtr.  The WW&F received $105.76 for a total of $1,761.23 so far.  If you use Amazon, make sure you get registered for Amazon smile.  There is no fee and you get the same service as your regular Amazon account.  Every penny helps.

To sign up for it go to:

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 23, 2022, 12:04:37 PM »
Interesting observation Dante.  I know from speaking directly with the Catawissa owners that the syrup they use to make their Moxie has the same ingredients and proportions that was used back in 1923. (year of the bottling agreement)  If your claim of a different taste from Orca is true, and I have no reason to doubt you, then someone is "cheating" on the formula.  Now as far as $30/case for Catawissa Moxie, that is actually very reasonable considering the cost of transportation these days.  Since cheap Diesel is now over $6.25/gal here in PA, I would not be surprised that prices will be going up again.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 22, 2022, 06:13:17 PM »
Actually, I am relieved that Orca is making Moxie the right way.  Looks like I'm no longer needed to bootleg Moxie from PA.  Good thing - Those Revenuers are getting faster and faster cars and it's only a matter of time before they catch up to my hot rod truck.   :o ::) ;D 

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