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Those crosspieces just cry out for classical glass insulators to create an open-wire telephone line.... ::)
-John M
John I was thinking the same thing!

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: January 09, 2023, 10:55:35 PM »
Uh oh - I'd better warn the troops down here in RMNE and Naug Land that the WW&F is nipping at our heels!

Volunteers / Re: PHONE LEFT AT PERCIVAL HOUSE - 8/6/22
« on: August 09, 2022, 09:45:14 PM »
Sue found it in the bathroom at the Percival House.  She was happy that it got back to the rightful owner and had been talking with Ron earlier that day.

Volunteers / Re: August 2022 Work Projects
« on: August 09, 2022, 09:41:47 PM »
Get well soon, Fred!  I'm sure someone willl save your seats for you.

It is so nice to have a First Selectman who "gets it" - it was a real pleasure to hear what Ed Pentaleri had to say.

Volunteers / Re: New Breakfast Location
« on: May 08, 2022, 08:52:03 PM »
We've been to The Cracked Egg, 560 Gardiner Rd (ME 27) north of Wiscasset several times.  Great food and staff. 

Museum Discussion / Re: Steam and Sleighs makes The Bangor Daily News
« on: February 14, 2022, 09:50:13 PM »
Excellent account, Gordon!  Thanks for sharing the winter two-foot experience.

A number of years ago Sue and I were slogging through the shore line mud and we saw what sure looked like the top of a rear tank from one of the earlier engines - this was over the left outfield fence.  Being in salt mud I don't know how much is left today.  There had been some discussion on the Forum on this, which IIRC was used as a water tank in or near the car shop.

Volunteers / Re: New Breakfast Location
« on: August 12, 2021, 11:59:24 AM »
Thanks, Dwight, I'll let the "CT-NY Expedionary Group" know.

Museum Discussion / Re: Steaming Together: Arrivals and Departures
« on: August 08, 2021, 07:22:47 AM »
Once again thank you everyone for your hospitality and all the effort that went into the Annual Picnic Steaming Together event.  Sue and I had a wonderful time and it was so good to see our WW&F friends and projects in person. 

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: January 26, 2021, 10:37:02 PM »
I just emailed a friend in Australia the news.  He will be pleased to learn that Wilmar landed at its new home at the WW&F on January 26, a very much celebrated holiday (Australia Day) in its native land.   

General Discussion / Re: Steam Shovel found in Michigan Lake
« on: June 12, 2020, 09:02:47 PM »
We have a well-known submerged steam shovel in central CT.  The top of the boom is visible on the northeast side of CT route 9 near Berlin. It's in a flooded clay pit, brick making was common in the area.  Supposedly there is narrow gauge quarry trackage in the pond as well.  I heard the pit's pumps quit, it flooded and the owners gave up.  I have heard other accounts concerning what happened, but none revealed when this took place.

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 02, 2020, 07:31:12 PM »
If I knew your meetings were so concise I would have joined - I had a quarterly meeting of the Railroad Museum of New England at 3pm and since I'm the secretary I had to set myself up for our first ever general membership meeting.

General Discussion / Re: Ship's Chow Hall is now The Hot Spot Diner
« on: March 11, 2020, 09:21:59 PM »
The former location in Dresden is becoming a child care center, according to the newspaper article.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 08, 2020, 10:51:16 PM »
Saturday Sue worked in the gift shop assisting Cindy, unpacking from the recent Amherst Ry Society train show in W Springfield MA; later they worked in  Percival house kitchen - made Shepherd's Pie (actually "Cottage Pie" as it was beef not lamb [got that info from an Englishman] - it was delicious!) and a delicious chicken/corn chowder.  I ran a few errands in and for the shop, spread a lot of grit over the icy walkways all over the campus then reported to the kitchen for KP duty to assist Cindy and Sue.  It was nice hearing the whistles of our #9, Monson #3 and last but not least Bridgton & Saco River #7.  Best of all it was so good to see people from the WW&F, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum and the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works all working together to make this Grand Reunion event happen.  As Carly Simon sang: "These Are the Good Old Days."

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