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Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:05:49 PM »
Hey guys I have a question, is the milk car 65 back at WW&F for winter storage or is it not there this year?

Museum Discussion / Re: Maps of the WW&F Museum
« on: February 05, 2019, 07:44:52 PM »
That’s sounds great, so you guys feel a lot more confident at building a road crossing at Sheepscots and getting the railroad Involved with the FRA as I remember years ago you guys were talking like it was not worth building that road crossing. I’m glad your operation has expanded so much since you guys first started.

I’ve have yet to see any photos or video of the current Edaville operating their two steam locomotives #11 or #21 as of late. Lately I’ve only seen them run Thomas trains. Do they still have those two engines?

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: I found this on Google Maps
« on: February 01, 2019, 09:59:07 PM »
So is that remaining bit of track saved for future used or will it eventually get taken down? Does it have a future with the current Edaville?

Massachusetts' Two Footers / I found this on Google Maps
« on: February 01, 2019, 12:11:41 AM »
When I was looking up Edaville Railroad on google maps I noticed that a good portion of the old loop is still there. Has Edaville taken that remaining section down or are they still plan on keeping it for possible expansion?

Museum Discussion / Re: Maps of the WW&F Museum
« on: February 01, 2019, 12:02:36 AM »
Are there still plans to eventually extend the railroad to Head Tide or have those plans been canceled and the end of the line will end at the Highway?

General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: January 31, 2019, 09:57:07 PM »
Hello everyone. I’m Matthew Gustafson. Yes I know I’ve introduced myself before but that was back during my high school years and my life has taken a dramatic turn, I now volunteer at the Illinois Railway Museum in the Steam Department. You can also check out my Train Videos on my YouTube channel here or check me out on Facebook here

Are there plans to ship them oversea's for a short term lease once they are finished? :)

Volunteers / Re: 2013 Spring Work Weekend
« on: May 16, 2013, 04:31:35 PM »

We have in the next town to me an institution called the Wenham Museum (Wenham, Mass.)  It has an entire basement filled with various model railroads which kids can run by pushing a button. All scales are represented, from G to Z. All of this was put together in the 1970s by a group of dedicated men who were into model railroading.  Most of them volunteered their time. Only a couple were part time paid personnel. There were about a dozen in all. Guess how many are active today?  3 or 4, and they are all in their 80's with various health issues. All the rest have either died or are in nursing homes.  No younger people have been found to replace them. First, because the entire railroading hobby is aging, and second, because those younger men with an interest, don't have the time to devote to the museum.


This is the main problem for me. Im 21 years old and from the age of 14 Ive been interest at volunteering at the Illinois Railway Museum and I always itching to go down there and help them out but there are certain problems that are keeping me from doing it (the main reason is money) I was told from a IRM member of the Steam Crew while I was giving a tour of their steam shop building and I ask them whats the best way to volunteer at this museum (While being able to support myself also) and he told me that the best way to do that is to for one "find a good job that can support yourself and or your family and whenever you have free time come on down here an work with us for fun and enjoy keeping our history live on to the future" Well I have a job but its pay is still not good enough for me to get my own place yet, so until I do so, Im stuck where I am but once I move out of my home, I will be making trips there a lot to help out because then I won't have the problem of driving for a hour and a half there and back and don't have to worry about parents thinking "Its to far away for you to drive"

The Point is I hope that people around my age (the 3rd Generation) will one day find the time to replace the (2nd Generation) of volunteers at every Railroad Museum across America who are right now working hard to get people around my age group interested and to hopefully soon have them take their place so they can have a enjoy retirement and watch their replacements take over the work they started.

Ive look up on Google map and I notice there is a decent amount of whats left of the older and longer loop that is no longer used with the tracks still in place? Does anybody have any photos of whats left of ROW on the old loops with the tracks still in place. It would be nice for the New for the new Edaville to restore the remaining trackage on the old loop and add a balloon loop or wye at the end of ROW so that future generations can at least experience of what Edaville was like back in better times?

Work and Events / Re: North Yard Project - Official Work Thread
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:02:45 PM »
I don't know if this is the right topic to ask this but when the turntable is built will it be powered by manpower or by levers and cranks?  ???

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Just to point out....
« on: April 25, 2013, 11:52:46 AM »
Thanks guys although Ive turn 21 on April 2nd (So Ive been 21 for a while now) but anyways I might offer that to the engine crew if they give me a cab ride in the #9 once its completely restored back to operation and I will take the engine crew up on that offer after the day is over. :)

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Just to point out....
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:40:38 PM »
I can buy you guys beer now because Im 21 years old now... Hopefully I will remember this so I can give the you all a beer when I come over the visit the WW&F hopefully soon.  ;D

Work and Events / Re: TCDA No. 65 (Reefer) - Official Work Thread
« on: April 16, 2013, 05:32:26 PM »
Are there plans to bring to car back to the WW&F this year or will it remain on display where it is at?

Update from Edaville's Facebook page

New Steam Engine Update.

I just filled the completed boiler tonight for the first time and hope to give it a prelimanry hydro tomorrow or Friday if i get the chance. So far all looks good. The ASME stamping of the boiler with the inspector is scheduled for April 2. The boiler
will be going on the frame in the next couple of weeks. Photos will follow.
LOL thats my birthday for April 2nd. I hope it passes its inspection

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