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Messages - Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: January 16, 2024, 10:18:53 AM »
Sunday afternoon 1/14 and all-day Monday 1/15, Brendan and his crew (that included James and Roger on Monday) finished fabricating and installing the strap hinges on the (second) center stall door.  By Monday afternoon the door was lifted into place and the pintles secured to the post, so the center stall now has a full set of working doors.  The west stall has been partially cleared out to facilitate building / hanging the last set of doors which have to be built.

Museum Discussion / Re: Victorian Christmas 2023
« on: December 16, 2023, 09:48:51 PM »
Two sets of stills were posted on the WW&F FB page: December 9th and December 12th.  There's also a video of #9 shifting at AC the only day we had snow.

Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: December 09, 2023, 08:21:13 PM »
Today was the second Saturday of the Victorian Christmas Market event.  I tended the bonfire at Alna Center as I have for years, it's a nice way to speak with visitors to see where they come from or how they heard about the railroad.  A local friend, Tucker delivered a load of mill slash prior to the first Saturday and the pile was near the fire pit.  This afternoon I noticed a fellow looking through the wood and he pulled a piece out and carried it towards the pit.  I thought he just wanted to help with the fire as people sometimes do but he brought the piece over to me.  He asked "may I buy this piece of wood from you?"   My slightly confused look prodded him to add "our long-time family dog just passed and I'd like to make a special headstone for him".   I had noticed that his little son and daughter were quiet while most of the kids were running around and playing on the stone pile.  I said "take whatever piece you want as a gift".   He thanked me and showed it to his kids which brought a slight smile to his daughters face.   As they boarded the train I thought "this is the kind of thing that makes our museum a great place to volunteer". 

Volunteers / Re: December 2023 Work Reports
« on: December 09, 2023, 08:05:12 PM »
Things went well at AC.  I spoke to a lot of people around the bonfire and many were first time visitors.  Pretty much every one said something like "this is so much fun, thanks for doing a nice family event".    Market sales were good as I saw guests carrying items onto the train.  One group of people who were gathered on the east side of the tracks (waiting for the return train) sang Jingle Bells. 

Volunteers / Re: November 2023 Work Reports
« on: November 19, 2023, 08:36:07 AM »
Upon hearing of Fred's passing, the FB team spent the better part of Saturday putting a special tribute together.  This morning the post went up with photos and stories from the last 25 years showing Fred in many roles at the railroad.  We wanted to do something to recognize his contributions and friendship over the last 28 years.

Volunteers / Re: November 2023 Work Reports
« on: November 04, 2023, 06:51:41 PM »
Work done at Sheepscot on November 4th -

* Vacuum Brakes - A planning/discussion meeting was held in the Percival House.
* Archives - Linda worked on some recent acquisitions including photos taken in Whitefield during the W&Q era.
* Engine 9 - Bob L with help from Pete, Jason and Cody winterized some of the parts in the cab.
* Boxcar 56 - Marcel worked on the rolling door hardware.
* Engine House - The final pieces of trim were installed around the north stall doors.  All the new wood was painted in the afternoon.
* Campus - Pete & Cody rounded up and inventoried the water can fire extinguishers.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 31, 2023, 03:35:46 PM »
Most of the metal roof was installed today by a combination of Steve Lennox's crew and Brendan's crew, known as the magnificent seven.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 29, 2023, 09:13:03 PM »
Look'in mighty fine there Brendan.  Any thought given to add nylon brush sweeps under the doors to cut down on dirt and drafts?

There will be wooden sills on top of the concrete that go up to the rail height + weather strip seals on the bottom of the doors.

Museum Discussion / Re: Then & Now: The Maine Central's Bar Harbor branch
« on: September 05, 2023, 10:09:47 AM »
I was on two of those trips over east.  Rode over with Fred in his Dodge truck that later became the railroad's plow truck.  I remember we all stayed at The Birches Motel and I shared a room with Fred.  I took slides back then, so I'll have to check my pictures from way back in the '90's.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: August 24, 2023, 01:46:25 PM »
One project this week has been to finish the inside header over the stall doors.  Insulation, vapor barrier and sheathing has been applied to all three door headers followed by a general clean-up of the center stall to prep for door construction.  Eng 9 is now back in the east stall and two new portable (floor level) platforms have been added to the pit, providing a place for the engine crews to step when entering / exiting the locomotive. 

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 19, 2023, 10:08:30 PM »
Yes, we did. 

* 320 was the first new wooden car built at Sheepscot and the first construction project I helped with in 1998. It is based upon a design drawn up for the F,S & K but never built. (note that the couplers, brake staff/wheel and railings are original parts salvaged from the WW&F flanger that was left in Albion in the 1930's). 

* 65, The Dairy car is also a complete new build, based on the modified Portland Company boxcars that were assigned to TCDA service.  I spent the good part of a Winter working on the interior woodwork with a small electric heater inside.  The car was finished in 2015.

* 126 is basically a new car although parts of it (mostly the metal components) were derived from the old Edaville built open car #202 that was in bad condition.

Of course, other cars have been rebuilt with all new wood such as flatcar #14 for the MNG SOCONY tank car and former B&SR flat 34. B&SR boxcar 67 is another example of a complete rebuild while stock/boxcar 56 is more of a restoration with Marcel preserving as much of the original wood structure as possible.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: August 17, 2023, 06:47:57 PM »
The east wall windows were finished today with the installation of sills, sill plates, casing and trim.

Volunteers / Re: August 2023 Work Reports
« on: August 16, 2023, 08:53:41 PM »
Also on Wednesday, August 16th -

* Gift Shop Crew - A trip was made to the Lincoln County Printers for cases of new train tickets as well as new the Build #11 booklets.  Mail orders for the 2024 WW&F calendars have required a number of visits to the Post Office as well.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: August 14, 2023, 07:09:07 PM »
As Mike and Bill's photos show, the picnic weekend was treated like a WW&F Work Weekend by the engine house crew.  So much work was done by 7 people that the east interior wall was completely covered in vapor barrier and shiplap sheathing in two days.  The photo of the completed wall (on FB) was taken Sunday afternoon as Tom was wrapping up carpentry operations at the front corner.  Brendan built a special temporary floor for us to set staging and ladders on which made things much better.  Two windows and the side door still need cleats, insulation and casing/trim and we hope to finish that this week.

Volunteers / Re: August 2023 Work Reports
« on: August 12, 2023, 07:52:23 PM »
Also -

* Engine House - The carpentry crew including Brendan, Fred, Zack, Tom, Megan, Melanie and Start spent a good part of the day installing the rest of the plastic vapor barrier and a good bit of the wood sheathing on the east interior wall.  The hope is to get the rest of the sheathing put up in the next couple days so the stall can once again be used for locomotive storage.  Construction of the stall doors should commence later this month.

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