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General Discussion / So how was Springfield?
« on: January 26, 2009, 01:03:53 PM »
Anybody care to give us a report on the Springfield show?

Did WW&F-ers behave themselves? ;)

Other Narrow Gauge / Patten Travel Visits... EBT?
« on: January 23, 2009, 08:03:29 AM »
..."Patten Travel" visits...

Patten Travel has gone international because of my Wales trip in 2007 and my trip to Quebec City last year with my wife.  Although no trains were ridden in Quebec City  :( :'(  That will hopefully change this year - either a trip to Pennsylvania (EBT! Strasburg! Amtrak!) or Montreal is in the works.

Work and Events / Tree cutting to start 12/27/08
« on: December 24, 2008, 11:07:20 AM »
Zack says that tree cutting on the Right of Way will start this weekend, 12/27.

We will first be cutting at Head Tide, where the ROW comes out of the Head Tide Cut and approaches the road to Head Tide and the red cape property.  We don't own this land, but the owner is giving us an easement in exchange for cutting the ROW.

After that I think we're going back to Sheepscot and finish cutting off the parking lot by the road.

What we do after that I have no idea.  It's a long walk in to the Mountain.

Volunteers / 2008 Volunteer Hours
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:22:06 AM »
We are nearing that time of year again...when I enter everybody's hours from the log book into the computer and spit out thank-you letters for everyone's time.

Anybody who has any off-site time that they would like recorded, please be sure to get them my way in the next couple of weeks.  The list of people includes, but is not limited to: Keith, Ed, Allan, Frank, Bernie, Gordon, and others.

Moderator Announcements / Promotion
« on: November 19, 2008, 08:12:56 PM »
I'm happy to announce that Ed Lecuyer, heretofore the assistant moderator, has been promoted by mutual consent to be the primary moderator on this forum.  I have demoted myself to the role of assistant.  Ed's doing all the work anyway, so he should reap the benefits.

His salary has been doubled and the health, retirement, and other benefits that come with the job have been given as well! ;D

Two Footers outside of the US / Australian Two Foot
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:02:41 AM »
I noticed a new person on the board who lives in Australia and involved with the Light Railway Research Society.

At one time Australia had over 1800 miles(!) of two foot gauge lines, mainly sugar cane mill lines.  I'm guessing there weren't a lot of Common Carrier lines.  I think I've seen that some of these mill lines have modernized to a great degree.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Merriddyn Emerys hauls record 13 coaches!
« on: November 05, 2008, 08:23:41 AM »
I saw on one of the discussion forums for Wales that Double Fairlie Merriddyn Emerys (spelling is probably way off) hauled a record 13 coaches the other day.

Glenn/Frank, I don't know if you guys counted coaches on the day we took our trip, but there had to be at least 11 coaches.

Museum Discussion / November is Hunting season
« on: October 29, 2008, 08:08:25 AM »
Deer hunting season starts on November 1, ends the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Volunteers should wear something that's bright orange colors, or be near somebody that's wearing orange, even near Sheepscot.

General Discussion / Alna VFD Hunter's Breakfast
« on: October 29, 2008, 08:05:54 AM »
This Saturday, November 1, the Alna Fire Department will be hosting a hunter's breakfast, from 4 - 9 AM.  Proceeds benefit the Department.

This is a good way to show your support of Alna's VFD.  I've gone to the breakfast for many years now, it's always good eating.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Busy day at MNG
« on: October 27, 2008, 02:03:23 PM »
Saturday (the 25th) I went down to MNG for the morning to help with their track day.  Turns out they had quite a bit going on.

- A boom truck had arrived and was helping to remove the engine from loco #1 and install another engine.
- Later that day the boom truck helped to remove the cab off loco #7.
- Tie replacement along Fish Point (this is what I was involved with)
- Dodged the regular passenger train, operating in push-pull mode.

I helped replace perhaps a dozen or so ties, first removing some then helping to spike some.

As part of the tie replacement there was an air compressor and someone on the crew was doing some initial tamping with it, shoving stone under the ties to keep the level and alignment.  Ultimately from MNG's forum it looks like they replaced 40 ties, the total number they were looking to replace.

It's certainly a very different environment from Sheepscot, with lots of people walking, jogging, biking, rollerblading, or otherwise propelling themselves by you at any given time, on the pathway next to the railroad.  I'm used to the woods where you're well away from it all.

Work and Events / Car shop extension
« on: October 18, 2008, 09:39:52 PM »
As noted in other messages, the shop extension east & west walls were framed up during the work weekend.

2x6's were put at the top of the walls today.  Steel I-beams also arrived and had holes drilled.  The lumber got all moved around to make way for the I-beams.

Museum Discussion / WW&F on Channel 6 on 10/16 @ 7 PM
« on: October 15, 2008, 02:01:34 PM »
WCSH Channel 6 will be showing the WW&F's work weekend on their 207 program on Thursday October 16 at 7 PM.  This was film taken on Saturday.  Repeats will probably also be shown during a weekend later on.

For those of you out of state, go to and click on the 207 link.  They may put the piece on the website as streaming video (I don't know if they do that or not).

General Discussion / News topics at the top
« on: September 10, 2008, 06:57:57 AM »
Somebody has a sense of humor: "Rail roading" and "Tie Fighting".

Must be Ed putting in the News, because it isn't me (even though I have a good sense of humor).

Work and Events / John Craft Charter on Friday October 3
« on: September 09, 2008, 07:16:00 AM »
We have up coming a very big charter.  John Craft, one-time director of the C&TS and current operator of Steam Specials (http:/, has chartered the railroad on Friday October 3 for an entire day - 6 AM (before sunrise) to 9 PM (well after sunset).  And for this we need your help.

We need people not only for train operations (although I think Jason has that fairly well covered) but to be part of the scenery.  People to be coach passengers, farmers or families at Alna Center, handcar operators, and so on and so forth.  Not only will there be a number of run-bys, but the plan is to have an evening photo shoot at Alna Center.

Additionally, we'll need a number of people a week or two before to help prepare the grounds for the charter.  All modern elements will be removed from the scene, as much as is possible.

As you can guess, the charter alone will be a major income generator for the Museum, never mind what the participants will spend in the gift shop.  So please make your plans now to attend and to help make this a great charter for these people.

Work and Events / Track work Friday Aug 8
« on: August 01, 2008, 12:01:37 PM »
I am running a track crew on Friday August 8.  I hope to work on Davis Grade, leveling and more importantly lining certain areas.

Track crew will leave as close to 7:30 as we can manage.  We'll break for lunch, of course.  Quitting time will be around 4, or whenever everybody gets too tired to keep going.

Zack has promised us some stone, so if we have it we'll ballast a little first where we're going to be working, then set up for jacking and tamping.  If we don't have the extra ballast, we may work elsewhere (I'll determine that this weekend).

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