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Volunteers / June 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:05:27 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of June 1:

* Ties: Fred has been cutting ties, may want to cut more
* Boxcar 67
* Track work
* Machine shop work
* Car shop extension and drainage

Volunteers / MOVED: Rick Knight Carpool
« on: May 18, 2019, 05:55:06 PM »

Moderator Announcements / 4/29/19 outage
« on: April 29, 2019, 06:12:40 PM »
At some point this afternoon the forum crashed, somehow.  Ed told me about it, and after some Googling I found out how possibly to fix it.  Which worked.

No idea what happened, or how.  Hopefully should be stable for a while.

Volunteers / April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 03, 2019, 06:49:45 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday April 6:

* Flatcar 34
* Car shop organizing, insulating, and sheathing
* Outdoor spring cleaning

Volunteers / March 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 27, 2019, 07:50:39 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday March 2:

* Mountain Extension: more clearing, this may be it if we get enough people.
* Car shop insulation
* Flatcar 34

Volunteers / February 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 30, 2019, 07:45:42 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Feb 2:

* Mountain Extension: felling trees & burning slash working between the bridge and the clearing.
* Car shop insulation
* Flatcar 34

Museum Discussion / Membership Rates Rising May 1 2019
« on: January 26, 2019, 05:50:29 PM »
Although this is in the newsletter, I think it worth announcing here: membership rates will be rising on May 1 2019. 

Annual memberships are currently $30, on May 1 they will become $35.
Life memberships are 10 times annual, so currently $300 going to $350.  With the rise in life rates, for the first time half of the life membership income will be going to the Endowment.

So renew (or upgrade) today!

This link was forwarded to us by the president of the Pleasant Point Museum & Railway on the South Island of New Zealand.

Volunteers / 2018 Volunteer Hours
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:05:30 PM »
With just a few hours left to 2018 (at least on the US East Coast), let me encourage all that have off-site hours for the year to please compile them and send them to me.

Volunteers / December 2018 Work Reports
« on: November 28, 2018, 07:46:41 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Dec 1:

* Charter: there's a charter Saturday for a retirement party.  Some train crew may be needed for that.
* Tree cutting: Starting at the north end (by the bridge) and working south.  Be careful coming off the south end of the bridge, the ground is very rough (until we get snow on it).
* Historical group meeting: Dave and I (and maybe others, not sure) will be attending a morning meeting of local historical groups.  Part of the reason is to get ready for Maine's 200th anniversary in 2020.
* Machine shop: crane rails and insulation.

Museum Discussion / A letter of encouragement
« on: November 18, 2018, 05:55:19 PM »
We received this letter in the mail from a donor to the 21 Campaign, which I thought should be shared to the forum.  Although the donation applies to the 21, the message in the letter applies to the forum and the Museum as a whole.

This donation is in recognition of the tremendous progress your whole team has made in 2018.  As you know, the list of accomplishments the museum has made this year is long, varied and inspiring.  You have an exceptional team of employees and volunteers who worked together to get all of this done.  I only wish I lived closer so that I could donate some of my own "sweat" to help in meeting your goals.

I want to add how important your "Forum" is to keeping my interest and enthusiasm about your progress high.  I read it at least daily.  The many postings and pictures keep me up to date and make me feel almost like I am there.  Without them I'd lose my connection and interest in your wonderful organization.  Please encourage your "posters" to keep it up.

Consider yourselves all encouraged!

Other Narrow Gauge / WWI Documentary - They Shall Not Grow Old
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:11:35 PM »
For those that haven't heard, there's a new documentary of the First World War "They Shall Not Grow Old".  The film has been colorized thanks to the computer processing power of Lord of the Rings movie fame Peter Jackson.  Film from those days is faster than today, so the computers added frames to films.  I just watched it on BBC Two and was duly impressed.  Commentary is provided via voice overs of interviews of WWI vets from the 1960s, I believe.

There is some footage of some of the trench railroads.  At least a minute's worth, although I can't tell you exactly how much because the feed froze at that time.

Parts are not for those who are squeamish, as you can imagine. 

Volunteers / Alan Downey - TV Star
« on: November 03, 2018, 06:32:03 PM »
I heard today that Alan Downey made an appearance in a political TV ad.  The video can be found at  You can see him at 8 seconds in.

Here's a quick screen grab:

Volunteers / November 2018 Work Report
« on: October 31, 2018, 06:48:50 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday Nov 3:

* Track work - Let's eliminate the slow order at the north end of Davis Grade!  And perhaps work on staggering the joints at north end of Cockeye curve.
* Machine shop
* Percival deck - I think Zack has a little bit more to do on it.

No passenger trains - the season ended last weekend - and no Albion Day.  Wear blaze orange!

Volunteers / September 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 29, 2018, 06:57:29 AM »
Anticipated work for weekend of Sept 1 & 2, 2018.  Note that we are not open on Labor Day (at least for train rides).

* Bridge
* Mountain Extension (although no Mike this weekend)
* Caboose 320 cupola
* Operations etc

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