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Messages - Stephen Piwowarski

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Volunteers / Re: WW&F Work Needs
« on: November 13, 2020, 09:43:30 AM »
John M.- Sounds like a great John P. and Steve project- maybe we'll tackle this today. Will post back here later today if it gets done. It's done. See photos under 'Telephone improvement at Rose Wood Crossing' thread.

Also, AC platform has been repaired though it needs yellow paint for line which it might get tomorrow or wait depending on weather.

Volunteers / Re: WW&F Work Needs
« on: November 09, 2020, 05:36:28 PM »
Great list.

Alna Center platform rot now off the list. Add to the list Alna Center sta. south side siding.

Volunteers / Re: November 2020 Work Reports
« on: November 07, 2020, 10:17:34 AM »
Al and Mikes statements above make good sense.

For some additional perspective on this the school I teach at in Dresden (next to Alna)has been doing remote learning for the past 2 weeks due to a COVID case within the school. Despite Dresden’s low population, people come from other places or work places where the virus is more prevalent.

Since we all travel from many places to get to the railway and don’t live in a generally isolated community, taking extra precautions makes sense so we don’t transmit the virus from one community to another.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: ‘The Steam’ short film
« on: November 02, 2020, 10:56:48 PM »
That coupler shot jumped out at me as being odd too- certainly something that we wouldn't do on the WW&F- no reason to do it here. As Ed says, we aren't aware of their particular situation. It is an extended knuckle, which keeps your hands a bit further away, but still someplace I'd prefer to keep my hands away from.

Other Narrow Gauge / ‘The Steam’ short film
« on: November 01, 2020, 03:07:52 PM »
Hi all,

If you get a chance check out this 16 minute short filmed at the Yosemite Sugar Pine RR on passing the torch- it’s quite good. Enjoy


Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Shocking Development at Sheepscot
« on: October 31, 2020, 01:47:47 PM »
From the random facts department: The actor who uttered these famous lines, "I'm shocked, shocked," Claude Rains, is buried in Moultonborough, NH.

Finally grounded.

Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 21, 2020, 08:37:27 PM »
Hi John, I’ll be conductor on Saturday. I think we can arrange for that to happen.


Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 11, 2020, 01:00:13 AM »
Thanks to some work that Joseph Gilbert and I did on Friday, there should be magneto telephone service from EOT to SS. Please give it a try. Calls are free and socially distant.

Many thanks to you both. I can call most anyone I really want to talk to from the phone located in nearby Alna Center station. Alas, I still have to use the regular phone for everyone else.


Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 07, 2020, 08:55:54 PM »
Slick design on the retaining cribbing! Great work guys! Thoughts on a similar system using earth anchors at SS north of the platform?

Museum Discussion / Re: WMTW visits WW&F
« on: September 17, 2020, 09:05:24 PM »
Indeed- We’ve already directly linked at least a few visits to the WMTW show. It was a very nice job by the news team and their crews. As for the power driver... developed by Wiscasset Shop crews in 1908 ;)

Museum Discussion / Re: FOR SALE: Home in Wiscasset Including ROW
« on: July 23, 2020, 10:03:32 PM »
As someone who sought out and purchased land abutting the WW&F right-of-way, I will say for anyone either looking to relocate to the area, have a second home in the area or simply make an investment that ultimately also benefits the museum and railway you love, this is a wonderful way to contribute to the railway if your considering it in your own long term plans.

Similarly, several members could potentially come together, purchase a property, parcel our the R-o-w to the railway, then sell the property afterward, or keep it for their own use.

Volunteers / August 1st 9AM-5PM Train Crew Training Session
« on: July 17, 2020, 10:05:38 PM »
August 1st from 9AM to 5PM, the WW&F will hold a day-long training session open to all. This session will formally introduce and review the newest edition of the rulebook.

The day will be broken into 2 parts:
The AM session will be a classroom-style introduction to the rulebook with time for questions & review.
After lunch, the PM session will consist of in-the-field learning on the railway demonstrating correct methods for certain operations. Again, there will be time for questions & review.

The training session is recommended for all volunteers because the topics covered are of value to anyone on or around the railway. This training session, while a step toward becoming a member of a train crew, is only one piece of the program.

This session will be offered annually; attendance, and the passing of a written test based upon the session, is required at least once every 3 years for train crew members to maintain their qualification.

Volunteers / Re: July 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 17, 2020, 03:24:07 PM »
I saw some puns on here. Better cut it off before it grows too unwieldy. Then again, if I log off, I might pine to read it once again.

Museum Discussion / Re: Lincoln County New article on WW&F
« on: July 10, 2020, 01:11:24 PM »
In general the article does a nice job with capturing the spirit of the Museum in these trying times. Basically, come hell or high water, we've got a railroad to build (but we'll do it safely according to all good sense and provided guidelines). There are a few details which those of us close to the ng will recognize as misunderstandings but with so much going on, its easy to see how someone could arrive at those.

The reporter did spell both my last name and Dave's correctly, which I consider a win!

Museum Discussion / Re: Outside the box idea for revenue
« on: July 10, 2020, 01:07:59 PM »
If this is spot for outside box thinking personally felt that the organization should rework it's youtube channel and start doing a series of videos and talks discussing history and ongoing projects.  These types of videos are very popular and some great examples are the Tank Museum of Bovington in England and Lawrie's Mechanical Marvels:

With all media people that come to shoot think some might help in creating these types of video's which would serve purpose of some revenue from ad's as well as getting word out on the railroad to others around the world.

That's quite clever Joseph. I did one sort of informative-educational video for the railway on the flanging machine we built a few years back and that was well received and generated some followers. I think something like this needs to be pretty well planned out, curated, and would need a champion to dedicate themselves (and the volunteer time) to making it happen. I think it is a great idea, but I know, given the other plates that I balance in terms of marketing and interaction, I could not add it to my personal stack right now. If someone else was interested in taking this on , I'd be interested in hearing from them!


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