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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / WW&F pay scales
« on: February 07, 2009, 12:23:13 AM »
Does anyone know what the various crafts earned on the original WW&F or any of the other 2 footers?
Jock Ellis

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Photoshop Fun
« on: February 07, 2009, 12:21:29 AM »
If an early general manager could have had Thomas the Bank engine bring in boatloads of kids who wanted to ride behind him in Annie or Clarabelle, he would probably jumped at the chance to get Thomas on his line. To quote John Goodman's character in Oh, Brother, Where art Thou?, "It's all about the money, boys!"
Jock Ellis

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Seen at an intersection
« on: January 18, 2009, 08:59:53 AM »
It was red and it wasn't a car. Outside of that, I only really noticed the name Bridgton and the slogan. But I hope he lives around here. But why would anyone winter here? There isn't any snow.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Seen at an intersection
« on: January 17, 2009, 05:29:07 PM »
Stopped at an intersection in Cumming, GA on my way to work Friday, I had a red pickup truck with camper cap cross in front of me. Of interest was the white lettering on the windows of the cap that read,
Save the Rails.

What does this mean. And who in the north Georgia area might be having such a sign. I'd like to meet them.
Jock Ellis
Cumming, GA

Museum Discussion / Re: Cheap Places to Stay near Sheepscot
« on: January 15, 2009, 12:17:59 PM »
This is the most useful thread I've ever seen on the forum. Now, what are the various methods of getting to Sheepscot? Can you take a train?
Jock Ellis

Museum Discussion / Re: ROW North of Top of the Mountain to 218
« on: December 31, 2008, 11:53:08 AM »
Happy New Year tomorrow, everyone. Some might say ought-eight was a bad one, but it seems to have been AOK for the WW&F.
When did this washout occur? And just who ran a stream through our ROW without permission?
On a serious note, the owner of a middle Georgia railroad, which used to be a 10-mile long shortline before becoming a reporting mark railroad with 34 miles of rail cars and one leased Southern Railway SW-1 engine,  needed a new trestle. He didn't want to pay for one, so he built it himself. After finishing it, it ran his (well, actually the Norfolk Southern's engine) over it after setting the throttle and bailing out. It made it so he began using the line to again haul freight and never had a problem with it. I believe you said an engineer with the appropriate knowledge had offered his services? You shouldn't have any problems, either. It surely would offer a great photo op place. Can you get a utility such as telephone company or power company to donate or sell cheaply broken poles? It doesn't look like your bents will need to be very big for this.
Jock Ellis

Museum Discussion / Re: preservation and hokum
« on: December 28, 2008, 08:39:06 PM »
Some 40 miles north of Atlanta, GA, a farmer turned his corn field into a maze during the fall. People drove from miles around in such numbers that traffic on the 2-lane road was a nightmare and half the sheriff's deputies were out there. If you had a friendly farmer along the ROW who might be interested in such a money-making project, you could be the staging area for parking and run shuttles to the farm.
People ride the Grand Canyon RR to go to that attraction instead of driving so I feel sure that it will work.
I don't know how far Alna is from a big city or even Bangor but people will drive for many miles for fun on a weekend. I've read and realized that just about major attraction in the Atlanta area is designed to pick $100 from your wallet. I would guess that attractions in Maine are about the same.
What about a farmer's market on the museum property at the proper times of the year? I assume people still farm in Maine.
Jock Ellis

Museum Discussion / My Christmas WW&F shirt
« on: December 26, 2008, 11:20:37 PM »
My daughter asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I replied with the museum store's address and the size of denim WW&F Ry shirt I wanted. It is lovely and feels so good. Thank you museum store.
Jock Ellis

Museum Discussion / Let it snow, let it snow
« on: December 21, 2008, 09:08:42 PM »
I hope that if you lucky stiffs have snow for Christmas, you with camcorders will be out shooting everything and everyone so that you can put it into a snow removal video to sell at the store. I understand that there are some members up there familiar with movie editing.
Jock Ellis

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