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Work and Events / 2022 Spring Work Weekend
« on: January 14, 2022, 04:54:47 PM »
If held, the 2022 SWW will be April 29, 30, and May 1st.

Note that while the decision to hold the work weekend has not been finalized, the BOD did vote on 1/8/2022 that all attendees at the 2022 Spring Work Weekend should be vaccinated against COVID-19, with proof available upon request. This only applies to the Spring Work Weekend; other work dates/volunteer sessions do not (currently) include a vaccination requirement.

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Volunteers / NOTICE: MASK USE IS NOW IN EFFECT AT SHEEPSCOT
« on: January 11, 2022, 02:06:48 PM »
By Presidential order, in consultation with the Museum BOD, all volunteers and guests of the WW&F Railway shall wear a mask while in all indoor spaces, including, but not limited to: the Percival House, Shop Building, Car Barn/Exhibit Hall, Restrooms, and Gift Shop. Mask use on the train also remains in-effect by TSA mandate, for all passengers and crew in the passenger cars. (Steam locomotive crew are exempt as wearing a mask can create a greater safety hazard.)

Questions and comments can be directed to Dave Buczkowski; there will be no online discussion of this.

Effective 1/11/2022 and will remain in-place until further notice. This forum posting will be deleted once the order is rescinded.

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Museum Discussion / NOTICE: MASK USE IS NOW IN EFFECT AT SHEEPSCOT
« on: January 11, 2022, 02:03:42 PM »
By Presidential order, in consultation with the Museum BOD, all volunteers and guests of the WW&F Railway shall wear a mask while in all indoor spaces, including, but not limited to: the Percival House, Shop Building, Car Barn/Exhibit Hall, Restrooms, and Gift Shop. Mask use on the train also remains in-effect by TSA mandate, for all passengers and crew in the passenger cars. (Steam locomotive crew are exempt as wearing a mask can create a greater safety hazard.)

Questions and comments can be directed to Dave Buczkowski; there will be no online discussion of this.

Effective 1/11/2022 and will remain in-place until further notice. This forum posting will be deleted once the order is rescinded.

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Museum Discussion / WW&F is on the TOP 10!!
« on: December 16, 2021, 08:53:24 PM »
Our "Steam and Sleighs to SeaLyon Farm" has made a nationally-distributed list of the best winter train rides in the US:
https://www.timeout.com/usa/things-to-do/best-winter-train-trips-in-america

Before this press coverage went live today, we had already sold 13% of all available tickets for these trains. It's going to be a great winter on the railway!

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Volunteers / IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE
« on: October 04, 2021, 06:07:06 PM »
We have made arrangements to allow parking in the field at the corner of 218 and Cross Road.

We are strongly requesting that ALL ABLE-BODIED Volunteers, please PLEASE, park in that field on the following Saturdays:
October 9th
October 16th
October 23rd

Thanks!

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Volunteers / MANAGER NEEDED FOR ONGOING ISSUE...
« on: September 29, 2021, 10:02:42 AM »
Jason and I are hoping someone will come forward and tackle an ongoing need at Sheepscot. While this person would not necessarily need to be around every week, he/she would be responsible in seeing the task is attended to on all major operating days. This person would also work with the BOD and Superintendents to make and carry out necessary improvements. This is a leadership role.

Specifically, we need a Parking Manager.

This person (alone or with others) would ensure that the parking lot is attended on major operating days: set up/take down any temporary barricades, allow "all day" volunteers to be "boxed in" while those needing to leave early to have the freedom to do so, work with any construction crews on site to ensure their machinery and materials are not blocked (and to block machines that are not needed), etc.

More importantly, this person would recommend and execute any short or long term improvements. This could include signage, barricades, lining, etc.

Until we have more than sufficient parking in clearly defined spaces, this position is a must for our organization. Until now, a parking attendant (or two) has only been a last-minute nicety. With all the construction and lost spaces, it is a necessity for the safety and well-being of our visitors.

If you agree, please let me (or Jason) know. Even if you can't tackle the manager role, we still need helpers who will carry it out.

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Museum Discussion / LGB/Marklin Releases Model of #9
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:49:24 PM »
We're pleased to announce that LGB/Marklin has produced a licensed model of WW&F #9:
https://www.maerklinshop.de/en/detail/index/sArticle/63006




Note that while we were consulted, there are some fairly major differences between the prototype and the model (at least as pictured) that the designers did not address when retooling their existing Forney model.

However, by special agreement with LGB, every model sold will include a small book about the history of the WW&F and its current mission. As such, this will serve as a great ambassador to our museum to garden railway enthusiasts around the world.

Matching models of coaches 3 & 8 are also available. Apparently they too have chosen to paint coach 3 as "Wiscasset and Quebec"!
https://www.maerklinshop.de/en/detail/index/sArticle/63010
https://www.maerklinshop.de/en/detail/index/sArticle/63011


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Volunteers / New Breakfast Location
« on: July 26, 2021, 11:14:18 AM »
With the demise of Ship's Chow Hall (aka "Hot Spot Diner") a new location for the Saturday Morning meetup for breakfast has been established:

On Rt 27 North of Wiscasset after you go by the schools on the right is Maxwell's Market; we meet there at 6:30 AM Saturdays. Cheap but not much of a restaurant.   They have 5 chairs at the counter. 2 small tables with 2 chairs each. We sit at the small tables. Very few other customers that early. You get your own coffee, tea. Go to cooler for OJ.  Take cups/ bottles to casher to pay your bill.

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Museum Discussion / WW&F (via SeaLyon Farm) on Maine Public Radio
« on: July 23, 2021, 05:23:05 PM »
Marcia Lyons was interviewed today on Maine Calling to discuss our joint event "Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Trains to SeaLyon Farm." Check it out at:
https://www.mainepublic.org/show/maine-calling/2021-07-23/agritourism-in-maine-how-farms-attract-visitors-contribute-to-the-states-tourist-economy

While she doesn't appear until 30:18 into the show, the whole show supports and validates how Agritourism has become a major part of what we are doing at the WW&F.

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Volunteers / FREE EVENT TICKETS FOR VOLUNTEERS
« on: July 16, 2021, 10:08:46 PM »
In case you missed it, ALL current volunteers are welcome to book a ticket for themselves and their loved ones on the 4pm or 6pm Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train for Saturday 7/24!

Do so by signing up for the Rules Class - even if you aren't planning on attending the class, you can sign up for just the Volunteer Appreciation trips:
https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/322103/?full-items=yes&flow=no

Or email ed.lecuyer@wwfry.org and I'll add you to the guest list.

(PS: We also need a few of us to crew the trains; who can help?)

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Volunteers / RULES CLASS 7/24/2021 and VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION SPECIAL
« on: July 12, 2021, 08:44:27 PM »
Anyone on the train crew, or wishing to be considered for entry into the train crew program is encouraged to attend the rules class on Saturday 7/24.

To learn more about the classes, and to sign up, please visit:
https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/wwfry/items/322103/?full-items=yes&flow=no

As a special bonus ALL volunteers (even those who are not in active train service) and their immediate family are invited to be guests on the 4pm or 6pm Lavender Pickin' Dinnertime Train to SeaLyon Farm. Again, please sign up at the link.

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Museum Discussion / "Steam Locomotives in Profile" to Visit the WW&F?
« on: July 05, 2021, 03:48:44 PM »
The wildly popular UK-based YouTube program, Steam Locos in Profile, has announced that they are coming to the US for a series of profiles on interesting US locomotive designs. One of the topics they hope to feature are the Forneys of the Maine Two-Footers.

To learn more about this project, and to support the producer's efforts, please visit:
https://www.e-gmedia.co.uk/slipsintheusa

The full Steam Locos in Profile series is at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGOSmo9RDK7zjGc0-47RUNnEptePWCp7K

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Message from Saundra at Wiscasset Woods Lodge:

Hey, our rates our up this year so we've increased our WWF discount to 15% for stays of 2 nights or more and 20% for 5 nights or more. To get the discount either call us or enter "WWF" into the promo code section for 15% or "Shelter" into the promo code for the 20% discount.

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