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Frank Winters lived to be over 100 years old, and dead in the mid 1960s. So much for accurate news items.
His lawyer was his estate executor - who in 1988 (?)  sold the W&Q/WW&F rights-of-way property to Harry Percival for $4000 to stop the estate having to pay taxes on those properties.

I got this information from a former Maine Secretary of State who lived in Woolwich when he was 95 years old. He told me many stories about Winters - but said I shouldn't quote him. Example: at age 99 Winters married a women in her late 20s, and gave up his drivers license at age 100 when he was involved in an injury causing auto accident. 

Other stories included how he got the two KC locomotives to Wiscasset by outfoxing a State Policeman, and how he applied for tax free status for his restaurant (I believe in Lewiston) because he saidit was a school for training waitresses.

And many more!

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: February 28, 2019, 09:48:39 PM »
All of this discussion forgets one fact. The cushions will have a habit of disappearing.

I can see it now - the Conductor is required to take an inventory after each trip, and fill out a report that all cushions are present. If they aren't, the conductor will have to come up with the funds to replace the missing cushions.

This may sound ridiculous, even if Mainers are probably among the most honest people anywhere, but I have been a member of churches which had cushions in a box at the rear of the church to be used on the hard pews, and many of them disappeared over the years and had to be replaced on a regular basis.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 22, 2019, 04:03:14 AM »
Or maybe this image during early Peck era.

Museum Discussion / WW&F Uniforms
« on: February 22, 2019, 03:56:23 AM »
Check out the uniforms in this Fourtin Powell Collection image

There is one piece that we don't own before the Head Tide Station location. This is between the road and the station lot. Then we own almost to the Alna town line - but it is not very far past the Head Tide Station location.
We do not own very much of the trackage beyond the Alna line in Whitefield, I think there is about a three mile stretch we do not own. From there we own quite a lot of the rest of the Whitefield trackage.

I believe it is privately owned and maintained.

Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 23, 2018, 11:51:08 PM »
Thanks Fred for not blowing me in.     ........OOPS

Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« on: July 27, 2017, 06:12:45 PM »
Anything is possible. After Harry got sick, I took over the membership duties. We had 485 members and everything was handled on an old Brothers word processor. (i.e) every letter was customized and then typed out by the machine - it took forever.) James Patten - bless his hard working soul - got me on a new tailor made membership and donation program that I used on my PC at home. From 1998 until 2003, I picked up all mail at the Alna Post Office daily and all work was done in Maine at my home in Nobleboro.

Come December 2003, Ellen & I bought a house in the East Bay across from San Francisco. We lived in California 6 months of the year from 2004 thru 2008 when I gave up the administrative duties at the WW&F. During those 6 month periods, ALL WW&F mail was forwarded to my California address, and all dues, donation and business letters for the WW&F was originated by me and mailed from California. We know of no delays or lost mail during this time. There were over 1115 members by that time.

The difference back then was that all correspondence of any kind for the museum was done by me and me alone - sort of a dictatorship (but there was no lack of communications as I saw and controlled everything) - but thank goodness it seemed to work.

All should give many thanks to Mike, James, Gordon, Elizabeth, and the other volunteers that now handle this vital work of the museum.

Sorry John - but going towards Wiscasset will not increase ridership. We own about two miles of right of way to the Wiscasset town line - but there is 1800 feet in the middle of this that we do not own. We own 500 feet of right of way in Wiscasset, but three miles of right of way reverted to the original landowners. And there are three houses built on the right of way with no room to build shoo-flys around them.

SO - getting 2 miles closer to Wiscasset does absolutely nothing to increase ridership.

Monson Railroad / Re: Unusual early Monson photo
« on: March 17, 2016, 03:33:03 PM »
I did manage to purchase the Monson photos - but not the Kennebec Central images. - They were already sold.

Hope to get them to the Archives in the next month. It appears that we already have 90% of these images in the Archives.

Monson Railroad / Re: Monson 3 at depot
« on: February 24, 2016, 01:46:37 AM »
I was a little late offering to buy the whole lot of Monson & Kennebec Central for the WW&F Archives - two others were ahead of me - I hope they are also thinking of the museum archives, and not their own dark closets where no one will ever see them again.

Museum Discussion / Re: 2015 Volunteer Hours
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:57:05 PM »
James, the actual statistic you are looking for - or should be - is equivalent full time employees.

You start with 365 days and subtract the standard minimum 2 weeks of vacation and ten holidays and then the weekends.

Thus 365 - 14 - 10 - 100 = 241 workdays for a normal paid employee with no sick days.

241 times an 8 hour day = 1928 hours a year

Then divide your total volunteer hours by the 1928 hours a paid employee works a year and it equals the equivalent of 8.8 employees

That's pretty good - as I only average 2.5 equivalent employees in a year working full time at the Western Railway Museum Archives. When you add up the shop, track and overhead wire volunteers, it probably equals the WW&F effort. The Western Railway Museum also has about 1050 members.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 08, 2015, 10:44:35 PM »
A visitor five or ten years ago told me that he was a young neighbor of Alice's -, and that they did in fact steam up #9 - have no idea whether he was speaking the truth.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: Monson #3
« on: November 30, 2015, 03:56:33 AM »
I opened my Sunday Newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and found an AP photo of Monson #3 and the Polar Express Train with the headline - "Full Steam Ahead for Polar Express' Holiday Season" on page A11.

"Steam emerges from a vintage 1913 locomotive as the Polar Express gets under way Friday in Portland, Maine. The popular train, based on the well-known children's book, has rides scheduled throughout the holiday season for about a mile and a half along Casco Bay to the 'North Pole' ".

Museum Discussion / Re: A visit to the National Archives
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:08:34 AM »
I find I still have the Val Maps for the KC , Monson and WW&F on my computer. If anyone wants copies, please contact me by email. I gave paper copies of the SR&RL & B&SR to the Archives many years ago.

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