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Messages - Hunt Dowse

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Museum Discussion / Re: Seeking pledges for lubricator for No 10
« on: June 24, 2017, 03:45:31 AM »
Count me in for $50.

Museum Discussion / Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« on: March 23, 2017, 07:59:25 PM »
Great pictures and descriptions!  Thanks for all of the FB posts, Start.

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Sandy River photos on eBay
« on: November 05, 2016, 12:51:41 PM »
Here's a link to a series of photographs of the Sandy River RR on eBay.  Looks like they came out of one collection.

Work and Events / Re: 2016 Fall Work Weekend
« on: August 18, 2016, 08:04:10 PM »
Wiscasset Woods (aka Wiscasset Motor Lodge in years past) is almost full for FWW.  They have four rooms left for the weekend.  As Saundra wrote just now in an email, "Our reputation for a great breakfast, good rooms...and a big wedding that weekend have just about filled the place.  Please get the word out to others coming up for the work weekend."  Nothing like success to fill up the place.....

Museum Discussion / Re: Wiscasset Motor Lodge Under New Ownership
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:36:32 AM »
Sara and I just made our reservation for the Wiscasset Motor Lodge for the SWW.  Saundra mentioned that they do have several (9) rooms left but that anyone wanting a room might want to call pretty soon.  !0% discount for WW&F volunteers and a hot breakfast, as mentioned before.  We always enjoyed the stay at the WML under Nancy and Bill's ownership and look forward to meeting the new owners.

Museum Discussion / Re: Pledges Needed for #9 Lubricator
« on: November 09, 2015, 10:18:10 PM »
I'll also pledge $100.  This would be a smart addition to what has been an astounding restoration of #9.

Here's a link to some whistles and great pictures over at the FR and WHR:
They do a good job on Facebook keeping the news of the RR current.  Not as good as Start and the crew do with the WW&F Facebook page....

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:00:20 PM »
That's a good article on the successful purchase of the last piece of the ROW on the way to 218.  Congratulations to everyone involved in making this happen.  And according to the announcement at the SWW, it is indeed 23 acres.

Volunteers / Re: Amherst 2014
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:35:06 PM »
Very impressive all around.  Thanks for all the pics for those of us not there.

Volunteers / Re: Victorian Christmas 2013
« on: November 26, 2013, 01:39:49 PM »
How much help is needed for the Victorian Christmas?  There must be several "volunteer opportunities" to put the day together.  With luck, it'll be too cold for track work...

Volunteers / Re: November 2013 Work Planning
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:32:37 AM »
Fred's tractor was pressed into service on the work weekend to load stone at AC.  The rear of the tractor needs some weight to counteract the stone.  There were discussions about fabricating a weight barrel to attach onto the 3-point hitch.  That would make loading a lot easier.

Work and Events / Re: 2013 Spring Work Weekend
« on: April 22, 2013, 06:23:50 AM »
Looking forward to the weekend and seeing all the progress since last time.....and the good weather, too.

Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: January 17, 2011, 09:30:34 AM »
The storm of 1936 was severe here in southwest NH and was the final blow to the standard gauge RR that ran from Nashua through Hancock's Elmwood Junction and over to Keene.  I live within about a mile of the old Elmwood Junction where the east-west Keene Branch intersected the north-south Winchendon MA to Concord NH Branch.  The flood took out several short bridges here in Hancock as well as others on the way to Keene.  That there was a standard gauge road here still boggles the mind  since the track layout could be described as tortuous at best.  It would have been much easier to do a 2 - footer here.  Like so many other short RRs of the era, the Keene Branch ceased operations after '36 although the Nashua trains were still running over the tracks to the Monadnock paper mill in Bennington up to about 10 years ago.  That rail is still there just in case the need arises ever again.  The remaining RR ROW east/west as well as north/south provides great running/walking and riding trails in all directions.

Other Narrow Gauge / TV 11/28:Celebrating America's Steam Railways
« on: November 28, 2010, 05:11:24 PM »
On Public TV tonight, a 3 hour show celebrating North America's steam railways.  From NHPTV: "Explores the impact of the steam engine by visiting historic railways from Alaska to New Hampshire."  Also being shown on Maine PTV.  Probably been on before but worth a look.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F Railcar!
« on: May 16, 2010, 03:31:31 PM »
Great work on another piece of history for the WW&F.  I have a gas tank from my '23 roadster that needs a pin hole or two soldered up but otherwise is an original, under the seat type tank.  The Museum is welcome to have it if that's what you need.

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