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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2021, 08:01:46 PM »
Thanks Graham. I meant to post it here too, but I have been travelling this week.

Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: November 09, 2021, 05:43:59 PM »
The November/December 2021 issue of the WW&F Newsletter is now posted in the Newsletters section of the forum. It will be emailed (and mailed) to members shortly.

Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« on: November 01, 2021, 11:28:40 AM »
Also on Tuesday 11/2 is a large K-8 school group. Extra help showing the kids around would be appreciated.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 28, 2021, 04:17:55 PM »
Due to a variety of factors, not the least is the rain that dampened the prep work necessary, and the weather predicted for Saturday, we are postponing the track spiking session for the service track at Sheepscot until 11/13.

We are looking for ways to engage those volunteers who come on Saturday into existing projects.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 27, 2021, 04:20:09 PM »
I put in a article here about going back to Albion. I can't find it now. Where is it ?

It was split from this topic and moved to:,4130.0.html

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 27, 2021, 10:38:08 AM »
The track spiking may not occur, even if the weather cooperates. Jason will update us.
Instead, an alternative (indoor) large/group work activity is being formulated. Details will follow.

Besides the "Halloween Train-and-Treat to SeaLyon Farm", a special "Ride the rails to hike the trails" guided hike with Midcoast Conservancy is planned - this will include a train to MP8 and a "Grand Opening" ceremony for the new trail system at Trout Brook Preserve.

All events are weather dependent; we will be deciding tonight how we proceed.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 25, 2021, 02:29:46 PM »

We need volunteers for Thursday, 10/28 at 1pm to meet at Trout Brook Preserve to help our partners, Midcoast Conservancy, finish up the trail relocation.

The new trail officially opens on Saturday 10/30 with a special Grand Opening ceremony at 11:45am. A (nearly sold-out) "Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails" will be part of Saturday's festivities. We're hoping the weather cooperates!

Anyone who can help Thursday afternoon is welcome.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 24, 2021, 08:23:44 PM »
Saturday 10/23 also marked the end of 5 weeks of sold-out Pumpkin Pickin' Trains to SeaLyon Farm. This wraps up our busiest season for passengers.

A big thank you to everyone who helped crew these trains over the last 5 weeks, in absolutely no particular order:
Gordon C., Dan M., Steve P., Nicole O., Bill P., Jason L., Bryce W., Brian W., Ed L., James P., Wes C., Steve L., Bob C., Bill R., Jay M., Joe M., Trevor H., Bill B., JB S., Scott H., Dana D., Roger W., Chuck B., Jay W., Linda Z., Rick S., James N., Jay B., Eric S., Brian S., Ben R., John McN., Pete S. & Cody McF., Dave B., and John R. (apologies if I missed someone.)

And let's not forget Cindy R. (with her helpers Joan and Jim M.) for managing the sometimes crazy, chaotic gift shop. And a shout out to Nancy W. for keeping us all well fed each week!

Finally, thanks to everyone throughout the organization who worked behind the scenes to adjust to having to deal with parking and logistics for hosting 350-400 passengers each Saturday.

Together, we made an extra-special and unforgettable day for dozens of families. Well done, WW&F.

« on: October 21, 2021, 10:00:29 AM »
What's the definition of "perfect pitch"?

When you throw a bagpipe into a dumpster 100ft away, and you don't hit the sides.

I love a bagpipe duet.

When they duet at least 5 miles away.

« on: October 19, 2021, 11:25:00 AM »
I am pleased to report that this position has been filled.

Please join me in congratulating Bryce Weeks for stepping up to ensure that our parking lot is presentable each week when there is a large influx of passengers expected.

Meanwhile, just one more Saturday of volunteer parking in the field at 218/Cross Road. Thanks to all who are sacrificing their spaces at Sheepscot so that we can reduce the number of cars parked along Cross Road.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 19, 2021, 11:21:20 AM »
Help Needed for Sat. 10/23:
We're looking for someone who can serve as "Agent" at Top of Mountain on Saturday. This person would stay at ToM between trains to assist passengers coming to/from SeaLyon Farm, guard the railroad crossing during the run-around, and answer questions about the railway and the event. Ideally, this person would also be qualified to give handcar rides (or at least be able to assist with them.)

Linda had done this with great success for two weeks - bringing with her a book of WW&F photos to show off. However, is no longer able to do that (for now.) Last week, her absence was visibly noticeable, with chaos among our visitors.

Let me know if you are interested in helping in this manner.


Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: October 17, 2021, 08:25:18 PM »
subj: A Hidden Gem!

Wow! What a beautiful day it turned out to be. We visited for the first time today, with our 4 month old and 9 year old daughter.
I just wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you for a day that we will remember forever.

Everyone was so delightful. It was well organized, meticulously clean and just a general breath of fresh air. We look forward to the release of the winter dates for the Christmastime rides.

Thank you all, for all that you do! We had such a wonderful time today.

The Salamone-Graves Family

Museum Discussion / Re: "Steam Locomotives in Profile" to Visit the WW&F?
« on: October 14, 2021, 05:58:41 PM »
The £10,000 goal has been reached!

Steam Locomotives in Profile will be visiting the WW&F and doing a show on Forney-style locomotives.

Work and Events / Re: Casey the Bulldozer - Official Work Thread
« on: October 14, 2021, 10:40:02 AM »
Some may ask why repair instead of replace. Simple. This dozer fits our equipment car, and can be put almost anywhere along the railroad. Plus replacing it with something similar would be expensive. Money better spent on other projects or equipment.

Also, while the machinery we own and maintain is not "period appropriate" to 1894-1933, there is a certain charm to seeing older construction equipment toiling away at a museum.

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