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Museum Discussion / Re: "The Roundhouse" podcast about the WW&F
« on: February 09, 2022, 09:19:02 AM »
Its fun to see the awe in people’s faces when you tell them how fast the trains used to go. 😁 Course then the common question is, why don’t you go that fast now? To which a nice response is the slower pace allows for a relaxing trip back to yesteryear. And the average 15mph we travel is a good speed for everyone to look at the scenery and enjoy themselves.

Museum Discussion / Re: "The Roundhouse" podcast about the WW&F
« on: February 06, 2022, 03:39:28 PM »
Very interesting to listen to, and I found it very interesting. It’s always neat to hear how others started volunteering. Many view the two footers as toy like, and it was great to listen to hopefully educate others on not only the efforts we put forth, but also how important the original railway was.

Volunteers / Re: February 2022 Work Reports
« on: February 05, 2022, 08:54:56 PM »
It was certainly no easy stride to get the line open for the first run, but we did it. Many hands, both big and small, and we even welcomed some new volunteers today too. It was a great but exhausting day. Wish I could have stuck around for the second half of the passenger runs.

Volunteers / Re: February 2022 Work Reports
« on: February 04, 2022, 04:32:35 PM »
I will be at the museum around 730am tomorrow to help.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: December 08, 2021, 07:26:16 AM »
Looks great. Getting closer and closer to an enclosed building.

Will the rafters on stalls 1 and 2 be square with the track? A nice even roof layout is much easier to lay out, and work with, which is probably why the railroads all built them with rafters square with the tracks. Think of it like building an octagonal house. Make things square where you can and start front the outside in. Inside out makes things look funny. 

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 30, 2021, 09:33:32 AM »
In fact the blue prints posted at the beginning of this thread also show the rafters squared with the track. As was done originally, and in most likely every other enginehouse/roundhouse.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 30, 2021, 08:40:52 AM »
Every other engine house, roundhouse, I have seen has the rafters meet in the middle of the beam, as it makes everything much easier to have the rafters square with the track. Such as hanging things from the roof, like smoke jacks, interior materials, etc.

Some simple measures could be a chalk line on the beam, and figure out an angle to cut the rafters to make the end butt together.

I suppose having the rafters offset at an angle doesn’t really matter too much. But it will definitely affect the way the pitch of the roof is. Normally engine houses/round houses like this have the roof pitch with the stall of the tracks.

Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« on: November 02, 2021, 08:38:25 PM »
From what I could see, the kids were all extremely eager to learn about things at the museum. And some of them were talking about attending previous events and how much fun they have had. So it is always nice to over hear different things about the smiles and joys we bring to local families, as well as the outsiders of course.

So many smiles today, and so many thank you’d. It was amazing to see and hear how the museum adapts for different school and educational groups.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 09, 2021, 06:45:12 PM »
Having engines running or fired up inside the building, and things won’t stay white for very long.

Amazing progress.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2021, 05:49:04 AM »
Very exciting times are ahead. 😁

Volunteers / Re: August 2021 Work Reports
« on: August 29, 2021, 07:46:46 PM »
Can we take and print the rules test online? Also, I must say the fence posts look great. Love the trail relocation efforts. Looks great to see a formal trail in place now.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 23, 2021, 06:20:39 AM »
So what about the proposed outside storage track adjacent to roundhouse track 3. Will it be No. 4 or maybe 3A?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't turntable tracks that aren't attached to anything and aren't under cover called Garden Tracks?

They are called radial tracks.

Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 23, 2021, 06:13:56 AM »
It was great to see a few new volunteers yesterday as well.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 21, 2021, 08:11:55 AM »
It is not clear from the drawings what the walls are going to be made out of? Will they be wood or some other material?
Great Drawings by the way!

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member #270

Hey Ted, the actual structure itself will be wood just like the original Wiscasset enginehouse.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 18, 2021, 08:15:57 PM »
Great work to everyone involved. This will be as exciting as the coach project once things start to really develop and come together.

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