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Museum Discussion / Track Materials Question
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:40:56 AM »
Can someone answer this question(s):  What is the preferred spike size that we use at the museum?  Who do we currently buy from?

Museum Discussion / A new connection with a sister museum
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:29:35 AM »
This SWW my wife and I tried something different by staying in Bath.  As part of our vacation we visited the Maine Maritime Museum just south of the Bath Iron Works shipyard.

Imagine my surprise when touring the grounds that I come across a section of mast from a Maine Schooner.  Yes, a large section of foremast from Mr. Winters "Luther Little" now stands proudly at the museum.  Upon checking out I got a chance to talk with several members of the museum staff and explained the connection between themselves and us.  They were completely unaware of the connection between the railroad and the schooners.  One of the members said they would make a point to visit Sheepscot and also about some possible archive research to learn more about the two ships if we had anything in our records.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:39:27 PM »
One of the things I really miss from Maine is Moxie soda.  Picked up several cases on the way home from FWW but alas it's almost gone.  I can get it through Amazon or Walmart but the price with shipping was crazy.  So just for grins I googled Moxie and discovered that Moxie is being bottled under license by the Catawissa Bottling Company, Catawissa PA, (just across the Susquehanna from Bloomsburg).  So now I can pick some up on my trips to State College and not feel deprived anymore.  Yippee......... :)

Museum Discussion / WW&F RPO
« on: June 17, 2017, 06:28:13 AM »
Did the WW&F ever have an official RPO?  If so, what car number was it and what was its history?  Could we replicate one if the desire and funding/manpower is available in the future?

General Discussion / Merry Christmas 2016
« on: December 23, 2016, 03:35:30 PM »
May everyone have a Merry Christmas / Happy Holiday this year.  Please make sure Santa gets your request for coal in your stocking, all coal donations will be happily accepted in the coal bin at Sheepscot!   ;D

Museum Discussion / A question of maples
« on: October 24, 2016, 07:38:52 PM »
I got a surprising request from my grandchildren the other day.  "Grandpa do you know how to make maple syrup?"  Growing up on a farm in northeastern PA, maple sugaring was a time honored tradition with many families as well as mine.  Obviously my answer was yes, and immediately the response was can we make some this winter?  So I am already making plans to build a small homestead type evaporator/finisher from a 55 gal drum and leftover parts.  As I was thinking about my own situation, I started to wonder if we have sugar or black maples along the ROW, up around AC, and the sawmill clearing.  Since I know that sugaring is a long standing tradition in Maine, I was wondering if this is something we might want to entertain in the future.  All thoughts/comments welcome.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / WW&F Passenger Cars
« on: July 29, 2016, 08:23:58 AM »
Does anyone know if original drawings and details still exist for the passenger cars that ran on the WW&F?  Would we be able to re-create them? (In the future)

I hope we bring back the old Alna Center station name.  It's been missing from the timetable for far too long and it's almost in the right location.

Work and Events / Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 13, 2015, 10:19:39 AM »
With completion of track to TOM and looking at the future expansion, what is happening with the planning and design for the Trout Brook bridge.  I know there was mention a Looonnngggg while ago from someone who offered to help with the design who was a bridge design engineer but that discussion has fallen silent.  As a person with an extensive construction background, the lead time to accomplish such a task is long indeed.  Between environmental impact statements, design review, local and state approvals, this process can take several years.  IMHO it is time to get this process going in earnest as we may very well find ourselves building down the mountain only to find out that the bridge becomes a major obstacle.

Now if we only could find WW&F stuff for "G" guage..........

General Discussion / MM&A Railroad files for Bankruptcy
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:57:41 PM »
Via various news sources; Maine, Montreal, & Atlantic RR has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy as a result of its accident in Quebec, Canada.  Company is headquartered in Hermon, ME just outside of Bangor.

Hope our member(s) who are employed by them come out ok........

Museum Discussion / Wiscasset Airport (For Non-Commercial Flights)
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:51:29 AM »
On a serious note, what is the closest airfield to the museum?  A grass strip with about 1,500 ft would work for me as long as "guest" aircraft were allowed to tie down there and have 100LL (100 octane low-lead) available.

Volunteers / Corn Chowder Anyone?
« on: October 10, 2011, 04:25:06 PM »
After many comments and the decision of my own taste buds - we have a winner......

This years corn chowder was by far the best I've ever had.  Ladies - would someone be willing to share the recipe?

Museum Discussion / Rotarys, Flangers, and Plows! (Oh My!)
« on: February 27, 2011, 08:03:43 AM »
I think this last snowfall should end the plow versus snowblower debate.  As observed, plowing only works until the depth equals the plow height;  hence why the Colorado lines went with rotary plows.

Museum Discussion / Updated 5 year plan
« on: November 21, 2010, 06:55:00 AM »
When is the "new" 5 year plan going to be finished and posted?  We still have the 2005 version on the website and it's almost 2011.

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