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Museum Discussion / How's the water?
« on: June 02, 2011, 11:51:45 PM »
I love Stephen's photo now being used for the main page. Anyone know what the creek's water temperatures are in the various seasons?

General Discussion / Appalachian Trail in ME
« on: June 02, 2011, 11:46:54 PM »
How far is the Appalachian Trail from the WW&F rail? I hiked a couple of miles of the trail last Sunday down here in Georgia and met someone who had graduated from my high school, albeit five years after I did back in the days when everything was in black and white.

Museum Discussion / Critters near or on the ROW
« on: May 27, 2011, 11:41:07 PM »
Seeing woodchucks living on a kudzu vine-covered embankment beside the road I live on made me wonder if there are any critters that riders can see as they take the train trip there. That brings forth a second question, is there anything natural, or maybe unnatural, that would make good field trips for school kids?

General Discussion / White Christmas
« on: December 25, 2010, 07:52:30 PM »
I know you guys will laugh or snicker at my excitement but Atlanta, GA is having its first white Christmas since shortly after the Civil War. Wooo wooo wooo! It has snowed almost all day and we have about 2 inches to show for it because it isn't really sticking, it is just setting atop the grass. Hope you got a little, too!

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Had the 2-footers had their druthers
« on: November 06, 2010, 12:32:52 AM »
Had the 2-foot railroads been able to hook up and the scrappers not have gotten them, how long might they have lasted as one railroad?

Museum Discussion / Metal detectors?
« on: September 27, 2010, 11:12:36 PM »
Going to the beach on the coast of Georgia a few weeks ago and watching many people with metal detectors walking over the same area made me wonder if any members have walked the ROW with such an instrument and, if so, what were some of the oddest RR artifacts found?

General Discussion / How's the economy up there?
« on: August 29, 2010, 10:26:25 PM »
I noticed here north of Atlanta, GA that subdivisions which just stopped building dead in their tracks two years ago are now seeing an explosion in house building. What is it like in Maine? I'm seeing more people on the highways on weekends and filling mall parking lots. I hope that means better days are ahead. Whoa, let me mix another metaphor in. I hope that means clear sailing ahead.

Volunteers / Gandy dancing
« on: July 10, 2010, 12:02:28 PM »
Do you guys sing songs or cadences while laying the rails and associated duties?

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / heavy engine maintenance
« on: June 11, 2010, 12:48:46 PM »
Did the WW&F do its own heavy maintenance on locomotives or was there ever any real heavy maintenance done? Do these small engines hold up better than wide gage loks because there are fewer stresses on them?

Museum Discussion / Getting engines ready for daily work
« on: June 03, 2010, 10:59:26 PM »
What does it take to get the steam and diesel locomotives ready for the day and then to put them away at night?

Museum Discussion / Only things for sure are dues and taxes
« on: February 22, 2010, 11:52:49 AM »
Are dues tax deductible?

Museum Discussion / Museum greeting cards
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:23:01 AM »
Do you put out your own holiday cards? That photo by Stephen that us used on the home page is impossibly beautiful. Looks like something Thomas Kinkade would paint with the beautifully illuminated pine trees. If you don't, you and Stephen ought to work something out.

General Discussion / Frozen lakes
« on: February 20, 2010, 08:45:45 AM »
Do lakes ever freeze in Maine or is that even farther north? My high school physics teacher told us you could put a piece of dry ice on a lake, push it and it would travel for miles. Someday, I'd like to see that. There doesn't seem to be such a video on Youtube. I searched last night.
Jock Ellis

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / met a Ffestiniog rider in GA
« on: January 24, 2010, 07:43:11 PM »
At the retirement party this afternoon for our old pastor, I sat next to a fellow who had a British accent and asked him where he was from. South of Manchester and just north of Wales, he replied. So I asked him if he'd ever ridden the Ffestiniog Rw. "Funny you should ask that," replied the fellow who appeared to be in his middle 30s. "I hadn't until just before Christmas when I went down there and took a trip on it."
As we were leaving, he showed me cellphone photos of the Farley-type engine he'd ridden behind, the glass-sided observation car and the countryside. Sounded like fun!
Jock Ellis

Museum Discussion / Boxcar grabirons
« on: November 01, 2009, 11:08:43 PM »
I'm trying to scratchbuild a hi-rail S scale wooden boxcar. Can anyone tell me how far apart the grab irons are, how wide they are and how far from the sides do they stick out.?
Jock Ellis

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