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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 15, 2023, 08:25:17 PM »
Graham,

Wawa started off as a deli, farm stand, and dairy.  They combined and created the mini-stores similar to 7-11.  Gas pumps were added much later in it's corporate existance.   Corporate HQ is in (you guessed it) Wawa, PA.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 15, 2023, 08:25:39 AM »
Readers note to Moderator:

Decisions,  decisions .......................... ;D ;D ;D

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 14, 2023, 10:37:23 PM »
Mike,

Once you get a Wawa you'll never go back to Duncan Donuts .......  Better than Starbucks coffee and a lot cheaper.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 14, 2023, 03:46:43 PM »
Not to debate the quality of subs but "Jersey Mike's" has better subs and franchise deals.  But when I'm on the go, I can always count on a good Wawa sub.  (Not available in New England - yet !)

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / MegaMillions award to the WW&F
« on: January 14, 2023, 08:19:23 AM »
(If only it was true  :-\)

Unknown to many, someone bought the winning Mega Millions ticket for the WW&F.  Upon hearing the news Dave gathered the BOD and secured the votes to immediately hire real estate specialists and attorneys to help with the huge task of re-obtaining original ROW's not currently held by the museum or its associates.

Jason is scrambling to find personnel to hire full-time as the board has committed to rebuilding the entire line as well as a whole new fleet or locomotives and rolling stock.  Mike Fox has been appointed Construction Manager for the expansion of the line and is already gathering the required personnel and contacts to get the required Environmental and Construction permits in place for a 2024 kickoff of new construction.  Steve P. has already made contact and has set up meetings with Wiscasset town officials to obtain land from the town in order to build a new station for the WW&F on the site of the old Maine Central Wiscasset station.

Stay tuned folks as things are going to move rapidly.  If you are interested in a full time position, please leave a message on the museum's voicemail and the appropriate person shall contact you shortly.  For the volunteers, the BOD has directed to expand the work-weekends to four per year due to amount of work that will be available.  Dates have yet to be established.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: December 31, 2022, 10:04:04 AM »
Re: the removal of extra ballast from top of ties -  good little project for #51 and a couple of the tip cars.  Shovel off the tie tops and put it in the tip car and then spot drop ballast at those low joint location(s) that confound the track crew all the time.  Great job for a couple of guys on a slow day or weekend.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: December 29, 2022, 01:09:02 PM »
How about steam powered leaf blowers  ;)

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Just got my Amazon smile Email for the 3rd Qtr.  The WW&F received $105.76 for a total of $1,761.23 so far.  If you use Amazon, make sure you get registered for Amazon smile.  There is no fee and you get the same service as your regular Amazon account.  Every penny helps.

To sign up for it go to: smile.amazon.com

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 23, 2022, 12:04:37 PM »
Interesting observation Dante.  I know from speaking directly with the Catawissa owners that the syrup they use to make their Moxie has the same ingredients and proportions that was used back in 1923. (year of the bottling agreement)  If your claim of a different taste from Orca is true, and I have no reason to doubt you, then someone is "cheating" on the formula.  Now as far as $30/case for Catawissa Moxie, that is actually very reasonable considering the cost of transportation these days.  Since cheap Diesel is now over $6.25/gal here in PA, I would not be surprised that prices will be going up again.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 22, 2022, 06:13:17 PM »
Actually, I am relieved that Orca is making Moxie the right way.  Looks like I'm no longer needed to bootleg Moxie from PA.  Good thing - Those Revenuers are getting faster and faster cars and it's only a matter of time before they catch up to my hot rod truck.   :o ::) ;D 

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Joint Bar Spacing
« on: November 22, 2022, 09:07:54 AM »
I believe that part of the reason for having staggered joints on curves is because the physical roadbed upon which we run is in far better condition than it ever was during actual operations.  With all the drainage, compaction, road cloth, and ballast that we have added over the years has really stabilized the ground versus pumping mud and cinders.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 22, 2022, 09:02:15 AM »
I am pleased to hear that Orca is bottling Moxie with Cane Sugar.  That now makes two bottlers for Moxie (Orca and Catawissa) that do it right.  Let's keep supporting those local bottlers.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2022, 07:34:19 PM »
Grates are all there and in good shape.  will need a new ashpan but it's a simple sheetmetal tray.  I made one in metal shop when I was in Jr. High that probably would fit it.  Will also need a new mid wrapper, the existing one is thin sheetmetal but will make a great template.  The important cast iron guts are in great condition.  I will let the powers to be decide who and when patterns and molds get done.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2022, 02:33:48 PM »
HOT WIRE ALERT:  Coach 9 gets Heat.

Coach 9 will be getting its own heating system in the near future.  The WW&F is now the proud owner of a #16 car heater courtesy of John Kokas catching a chance ad in Facebook Marketplace.  The unit was sitting in the former owner's basement since the 1950s and was claimed to have been owned previously by a shop employee of the Reading Railroad for over 30 years.  The unit is in remarkable condition and has been disassembled for transport to Maine.  Hopefully we will take the time to make molds/patterns of the various pieces in order to produce similar heaters for other cars in the fleet in the future.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2022 Work Reports
« on: October 26, 2022, 05:12:44 PM »
Was it ever decided whether or not to install guard rails on the Trout Brook bridge?

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