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Volunteers / Re: MANAGER NEEDED FOR ONGOING ISSUE...
« on: October 21, 2021, 09:09:28 AM »
I for one rather enjoy pipe music.  I might even be persuaded to scratch up a side drum somewhere. Then we'd have a REAL show.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 17, 2021, 08:04:16 PM »
That Ford is a nice machine. Small, yes, but tough as nails. As James observed, "it just wants to run." Basically an 8N with overhead valves and live hydraulics. Would sure look nice pulling the hay wagons at Sea Lyon...somehow a Kubota with a bucket doesn't quite do it for me.

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Work and Events / Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
« on: October 14, 2021, 01:33:16 PM »
Not to get too far off-topic, but our wheel loader is a real gem too. Once customers experienced the agility of an articulated loader in the 1960's, the rigid-frame concept was not long for this world.

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Volunteers / Re: MANAGER NEEDED FOR ONGOING ISSUE...
« on: October 11, 2021, 11:29:28 AM »
Parking lot looked good on Saturday with the chalk lines. I didn't see anyone on the road.

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General Discussion / Re: discussion forum pages
« on: October 11, 2021, 08:15:50 AM »
I was getting this a while back, but now http redirects to https automatically.

Which are you seeing in the address?

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Museum Discussion / Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
« on: October 01, 2021, 10:08:37 AM »
Just watched it. What a nice piece. What struck me most was the fellow from the Army Corps, actually. I got the sense that he was somewhat conflicted in his experience of it, and the role of the Corps in general. He seemed to be still processing everything in his mind, even while the interview was being conducted.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2021, 02:24:04 PM »
We are not going to be able to screen this area, it will likely create a traffic problem during operation. Last week while spiking down the turntable ring rail we had a southbound motorist stop in the middle of the road east of the table location get out and come around to the front of his car and yell over asking what we were building. That was for 4 vehicles and 6 guys, now imagine a steam engine on the table and a train sitting on the passing track. This will not be screen able but will likely create traffic issues in this area.

I think the worry of traffic snarls is unfounded. For 2019, Maine DOT daily traffic counts for Route 218 are 1,150 south of Dock Rd, and 1,040 north of W Alna Rd. No value for that section of 218 specifically, but we can extrapolate. Let's assume the worst: A slightly higher traffic count of 1200, and everyone travels in the compressed 12-hour span from 0600 to 1800. The math conveniently comes out to 100 cars per hour, or a little less than one car per minute each direction. Surely "one car per minute" can contend with a temporary obstruction.

As far as being a "distraction" or a "hazard" or a "curiosity": interesting stuff is happening literally all the time, everywhere. And people will gawk at it. Exhibit A: Me myself and I, Gawker-in-Chief. Just ask my wife ;D If someone, like the gentleman described above, makes poor decisions regarding where to park his vehicle in relation to a public road, that is, quite frankly, not our problem. To be sure, there are instances where folks use their property in a manner which "disturbs the peace". I do not believe a properly-operated tourist railroad such as WW&F disturbs the peace.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2021, 09:26:49 AM »
I do wonder what problem we're trying to solve with the fence/screen/gate/hedge/&c. Is it unwanted vehicular access? Accidental trail parking? Generally nebby people? The abutting land on both sides is owned by Mid-Coast Conservancy, who maintain the property and deliberately invite people to visit this particular area. One of the trails runs concurrent with the RoW all the way from 218 to Trout Brook.

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Museum Discussion / Re: LGB/Marklin Releases Model of #9
« on: September 17, 2021, 05:32:16 PM »
unlike rest of the scales

There's plenty of blame to go around. I have a Minitrix (N scale) PRR Decapod which is in fact their German-pattern 2-10-0 chassis, with a K4 boiler shell slapped on. The cylinders on the shell don't even line up with the side rods.

And then they took the same physical loco and painted it for AT&SF as well.

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Museum Discussion / Re: LGB/Marklin Releases Model of #9
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:19:03 AM »
I just also noticed the outside frames on 9!

Seriously though, for all the nit-picking, these are some great little pieces.

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Museum Discussion / Re: LGB/Marklin Releases Model of #9
« on: September 15, 2021, 11:56:36 PM »
The "desert Southwest" is an interesting backdrop choice... Pretty neat!

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Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: September 09, 2021, 11:31:59 AM »
Story #145 - "Bee"

Last Sunday a visitor came to ride the WW&F 87 years after her last trip.  Blanche "Bee" Plumstead-King came to ride the 3 o'clock train with 6 of her family members.  Bee, born in 1924, grew up in Wiscasset.  She told us of her one trip on the WW&F to visit her uncle in Palermo in the Summer of 1930.  She didn't recall much about the ride other than the smell of fresh cut hay as the train traveled through farm fields.  We interviewed Bee as she rode the train up to ToM and she noted that she started riding the Maine Central on a regular basis when she went to school at the Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.  She told us that the fare for a round trip in the mid 1930's was 15 cents.  After the ride she said that she enjoyed the trip and we asked to take photos of her.  She posed on the platform holding her ticket which she noted "it's the first WW&F ticket I've bought since my father purchased the last one in 1930".

The photo of Bee and her ticket is posted on the museum's Facebook page.

https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/blanche-king/151580

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General Discussion / Re: Right of Way
« on: September 02, 2021, 04:10:47 PM »
I hate to be like this, but...

The ROW is on the 218 side (west side) of the river at all points within 1/4 mile of Hollywood Blvd. The Whitefield Bridge was a bit further north, very close to what is now Spruce Ln off 218.

See this map for the points under discussion, which may help clarify the issue:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1CADkRMDCf9yHz9x8rhuLtGZb8aI&ll=44.149438770292655%2C-69.6090150700377&z=15

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Newest Sandstone report
« on: August 24, 2021, 08:11:14 PM »
Wayne,

That's just a link to an email, which presumably resides in your gmail inbox, which we can't see.

 :D

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You would think it means that, but that's a case of folk etymology. It never officially stood for anything, being made up by a marketing firm, but some suspect it was derived from the then-commonplace abbreviation "Hi-Fi" which indeed did stand for "High Fidelity", in reference to audio equipment. In that respect, one would expect pronunciation to be "High-Figh" and that is what I hear most often in the US.

Some folks I know pronounce it "wee-fee" but only in a facetious sense.

French speakers (and many other Europeans for that matter!) could certainly be forgiven for rendering Wi-Fi as "wee-fee" or "whiffy"; it's got one vowel, must be a monophthong! English does love to wrap diphthongs in single-glyph packages.

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