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Volunteers / Re: Independence Day Express at Sutter's Crossing...
« on: July 06, 2009, 06:01:20 AM »
Nice photos Stephen. They look great. Yeah, on the 2 p.m. trip, coming south, I looked to the west, and there were some big clouds, and we knew we were going to get wet on the next trip, and sure enough, at around 2:40 ish, it poured for about ten minutes or so, then let up a little for the 3 p.m. trip. By the time we got to Alna Center, it had changed to a light drizzle.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Smokey Joe's Cafe
« on: July 05, 2009, 07:48:55 PM »
"Now Joe, this trip I would like a little more than 105 lbs, that way we might actually make it back on time, and I don't have to scream at you the whole time, oh, and actually put the coal into the fire box, don't roll around in it like you normally do."

"Okay Dana, what should I do with this oil can though?"

The siding at TOM, is fairly level, or at least that is how it appeared the last time I was there. Shortly after the woods crossing, the main starts to go down hills, showing evidence of a very steep grade. I don't understand what everybody is concerned with for the 1. something back up move south to Alna Center. I would much rather see that, so that the railroad grade at TOM remains the way it was back when the railroad was in its glory in the early 1900's.

As far as spring switches, I personally would much rather to not see any ever exist on the railroad. Working with them at Conway, and seeing videos of Strasburg, they are very dangerous. I have heard of equipment going on the ground because of them, and also, if you have a spring switch, its been my experience, that the train crew doesn't look at the points, even though they are supposed. No offense to the museum or anything, but I personally feel that if spring switches are to be used, then I will stop being a member of the train crew. They may be faster and easier, but I just dont like them. Get down and throw the switch, and the funny thing is that the ones that want spring switches are the ones that aren't going to be throwing them.

Work and Events / Re: 300 Ties Delivered
« on: June 22, 2009, 04:24:24 AM »
If I remember correctly, the ties are spaced out at 2' on center, which means there is enough ties for 600' of track.

Volunteers / Re: Steam Crew Availability/150 Volunteer Hours
« on: June 20, 2009, 08:53:30 PM »
Personally, I like the hole 150 hour rule, however, I have known guys at the museum, who make exceptions for people to start doing things here and there a little early, if you show genuine interest in the museum, and show up at least twice a month. I don't want to get any one in trouble, but I am just saying that is how I have experieced a few things in the past with becoming a brakemen. However, some people, have shown up, seemed real interested and then all of a sudden just decided to quit showing up all together. If the WW&F's crews would have spent time training this person, it would have only been waisted effort. I think it is honestly up to the BOD, and training officers as to who they think may be able to sneak in here or there to do a little bit of training in private, like I got when I first started.


P.S. Please no one take this the wrong way. Like I said, I like the 150 hour rule, but maybe a consideration can be made for the ones that have worked/volunteered on a railroad before. However, make sure that they are commited before any type of training.

Work and Events / Re: Friday 6-19-09 steam, mixed train pic
« on: June 20, 2009, 08:42:28 PM »
Wow. Thanks Steve. Love the first pic, with the train in the rain. Very prototypical I think. It doesn't get much better than that, and even better yet, you don't see many pictures of a mixed train in the rain.

Work and Events / Re: Friday 6-19-09 steam, mixed train pic
« on: June 20, 2009, 07:09:45 PM »
Wow. Nice pic Steve. Do you think it may be possible to add some more of the other pictures that you took from yesterdays event?


Museum Discussion / Re: Prebles at MHV
« on: May 12, 2009, 08:42:50 PM »
Love the pics. What a nice little building. Love the No Small Depots sign, luckily no one caught on to what exactly it was you guys were moving that day. lol.


Work and Events / Re: WW&F Photo Freight on
« on: May 07, 2009, 04:26:59 AM »
That video is incredible. I love the shot of the train coming up the ladder. Especially as you can hear the old girl work harder as she starts up the grade. Also, when the train was posed for a few minutes with the crew out next to the engine. Well done Steve.

Hey Steve,

Thanks for the link. Looks like the tamper is coming along nicely. I thought Jason was going to put four tampers together, and then we would just have to move them from one side to the other.

Work and Events / Re: Easter photo freight
« on: April 12, 2009, 05:57:34 PM »
Wow. Thanks for the second pic Steve. I am looking through all mine and my dads W, W, & F books to find the original pictures that we tried recreating. I will keep you guys posted on how the search goes.


Work and Events / Re: Easter photo freight
« on: April 12, 2009, 09:55:36 AM »
Hey Steve,

Great photo. Love the way the smoke turned out. Looks like that is from the second run by. Do you think you, or maybe somebody else can post the two photos that we tried recreating yesterday, with Dana, Brian, and myself, and the other photo with Dana, and me holding the oil can. Talk to you later.


Work and Events / Re: where to stay for work session
« on: April 02, 2009, 05:33:40 PM »
Hey all,

Just wanted to let you guys know that due to my current work schedule at work, I plan on being at the museum for the Spring work weekend. I look foward to it.

Track work at Conway Scenic is a little different from that of the narrow gauge, aside from the machines that we have. At first I thought a neumatic air hammer was the greatest thing in the world, however, it won't work on every tie. Some ties are to hard, so the air hammer just bounces off the spike, so then we have to finish them off by hand. All in all, a spike maul is also a lot lighter to carry than an air hammer.

I was dissapointed to miss the fall work weekend, due to my work schedule, but hey, such is life.

Talk to you guys later.


Ps. When do you guys start working on Fridays for the work weekend?

General Discussion / Re: Maine Central Mountain Division
« on: August 12, 2008, 07:19:29 AM »
It would be nice to see at least passenger trains return to Fryeburg once again.

A few people at work (Conway Scenic Railroad) would also love to see a Conway Scenic train run to Fryeburg and transport people back and forth to North Conway.


General Discussion / Re: WW&F in Railpace
« on: August 12, 2008, 07:11:47 AM »
It is a great photo. Some guys at work (Conway Scenic Railroad) were looking at the book on Friday, and I happened to peak over Rudy's shoulder and see the WW&F. So I instantly said, I volunteer there. The other guys look at me, that looks like a good railroad, where is it at. So, I told them that it was near Wiscasset, and that I used to, and now only on occassion still fire that steam engine. Then Rudy chimes in, wouldn't it be nice to see steam here sometime soon.

Then there was another picture that show a guilford engine, except for it says Guilford Fail System, instead of Guilford Rail System. We all started laughing.

Talk to you guys later.


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