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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2023, 07:45:35 AM »
In Wayne’s memory, I hope anyone who hasn’t contributed to the build 11 fund will join me in donating in honor of Wayne. I am guilty of not contributing to the campaign thus far, but thought what better way to honor such an important part of our organization than by donating to a project he was such a huge part of.

Volunteers / Re: May 2023 work reports
« on: May 13, 2023, 07:25:25 PM »
42 people rode for Dwight’s train in his memory today. What a way to celebrate Dwight.

Today gave me a chance to reflect many fond memories Dwight. I didn’t get a chance to share them, but I remember when we all would be tree cutting the RoW, discovered the rails at Top of the Mountain, walked down the mountain, and countless other times. I can remember back when I first started, telling folks that half of our regular volunteers at the time lived in Mass. Dwight included. Many of these volunteers have since relocated to be closer to the museum. Dave B gave a brief speech at Alna Center and asked for a moment of silence. After the silence was a long blast of the whistle to honor Dwight. The engine, crew, and many others really went all out for our dear friend. (With what I suspect may be our first memorial train?) Going down the Mountain, and thinking of all the walks and days many of us spent alongside Dwight made me truly happy that he was able to see it completed.

Back to the day, there were an additional 86 passengers who rode with us for the full ride, or did the tea event. All of whom had an amazing time.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2023
« on: May 05, 2023, 08:58:41 AM »
I just wanted to share this little bit from some folks I talked to, met, and got to know over the work weekend:

First and foremost, thank you to EVERYONE who went above and beyond, like we are so widely known to do, for making everyone, including new volunteers feel welcome, and important. There were a few new volunteers that this was their first time being at the museum. I can not stress enough how great it is that we have and keep such a welcome environment.

Job well done to everyone, and as always, it was great to see everyone, make new friends, and to be a small part of such a tremendous organization. We are continuing to carry on the memory of many dear friends, and passing the memories of them along to future generations as well.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F featured in June Trains magazine
« on: May 04, 2023, 06:26:01 PM »
I got my magazine today, and read the article. Very nice indeed. Of other interesting note is his first time visit and impression of the museum.

During the Spring Work Weekend I had the pleasure of speaking to many new volunteers, all of whom said they thoroughly enjoyed their first visit.

It is great to see the museum get recognition, but it is even better to hear of awesome first impressions. A first impression is everything to any organization.

General Discussion / Re: 7.5 in scale live steamer for sale (B&SR #7)
« on: April 28, 2023, 11:17:01 AM »
I reached out to the guy in hopes to purchase the engine, but it has been sold. 😔 What a beautiful engine though.

As for the gauge issue, it should be relatively easy to regauge, outside frame and all. Maybe next time.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2023
« on: April 28, 2023, 11:12:14 AM »
Yes, ideally 8am is when people begin to gather now for track work as well as a few other projects.

Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: February 02, 2023, 01:45:27 PM »
Leaves are indeed a challenge to railroads. I stalled on a train at work this past fall. 9200’, 8600 tons with two engines. Tried suggesting we needed more power, but was told according to the book we were good for 9700 tons, ok to go. I argued that I don’t care what the book says, I am telling you the conditions of the track and this power. Yesterday we had 3 engines and 6,000 tons, 8,000’ and struggled to maintain 12-14mph going uphill. So we went, and stalled out a short time later. A few crews later, and the use of helpers 3 times finally made them decide to add power and leave the power on the train.

I think using leaf blowers on the mountain is a great idea, as Jason, and Steve have said. The trick will be to blow the tracks clear of leaves, and to blow the loose leaves onto the downhill side. It will take a little time to make this happen, but honestly this type of full clearing could honestly be done twice in the fall and should be ok so long as care is taken not to blow the leaves from the tracks to the downhill side.

So standard gauge railroads or railroads that run year round do this? No, however they use a high pressure washer in November to wash the “black rail” off. It’s called black rail because the crushed up leaves form a literal black rail grease, and makes the rails extremely slick. For both pulling and braking. Not fun. But this is their way of cleaning the tracks of leaves. As for the drainage, some places have the option of not worrying about it till it’s an issue.

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT test fires #16
« on: February 02, 2023, 02:11:29 AM »
As some of you may know, 2/1/23 the EBT test fired #16 and ran it under her own power in the Orbisonia yard. There has been great photos and videos posted in various media groups of the occasion.

Hats off to the entire EBT crew for the tremendous achievement and restoration undertaking in such a short turn around.

I must say, watching the videos reminded me of seeing #9 operate under her own power for the first time in decades. I am certain those guys had the same feeling we all did watching the testing of #9. 😊

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: December 01, 2022, 08:02:38 AM »
Maybe someone could make up some steel chocks to use instead of trigs? The wooden trigs seem to disappear very quickly, or are never easy to find when handling cars that need trigs.

Volunteers / Thankful and Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 23, 2022, 05:58:51 AM »
The amount of work and skill that we are fortunate and lucky to have at the railroad is truly amazing. Well done to all the volunteers who help make Harry’s dream possible, rather you can only help for 10 minutes a year, or several hundred hours a year. The talent, craftsmanship, and willingness to learn is inspirational.

And of course thank you to the generous donors who help fund the dreams and future.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the members and family at the WW&F.

I am proud to have my roots tied to such an amazing organization.

Volunteers / Re: A lovely compliment
« on: November 21, 2022, 08:35:39 AM »
When I visited the EBT back in July, call Dave, Linn Moedinger, and many others who knew of us had nothing but great things to say and so many questions about ongoing projects.

And I told them the work they have done is as equally spectacular and with amazing support. To get the pleasure to meet some great people in the preservation railroad inudstry (outside of our own talented folks) is truly amazing. There’s nothing more heartwarming than to hear other preservationists speak highly of the organization.

I must say that we are truly blessed, and fortunate to have such a wide base of skilled volunteers, members, donors, and friends.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 07, 2022, 11:07:24 AM »
Yesterdays celebration was truly incredible. What an honor to be able to host such a Grand Opening occasion. Hopefully the speeches were videoed.

From seeing the RoW with trees, seeing the rails discovered at ToM, hiking the railroad grade several times, seeing the rebuilding of the grade, organizing track material prep and helping with work weekends, and be around as much as possible, it is truly an impressive stretch of railroad.

To everyone who contributed as little as an hour, or several hundred plus hours, a job well done. Steve Lennox, you and your crew did phenomenal work to ensure the mountain was completed on time.

I look forward to seeing and helping with future track projects that may lay ahead.😁

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 05, 2022, 03:07:38 PM »
Wow. The craftsmanship in this car is truly fantastic. You don’t fully appreciate the detail, and fine detail until you see the amount of time and skill it takes. Keep up the great work guys.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 05, 2022, 02:59:56 PM »
Wow. Very interesting. All that work completed in essentially 4 years.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 05, 2022, 10:27:49 AM »
That is correct.

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