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Well deserved, Nancy.  I wasn't aware of your involvement with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife instructor program until Ed and Scott's post today, but I'm not surprised to learn the impact you've had there.  You've kept our volunteers well fed over the years, which has had a tremendous impact on our success.  Congratulations!

Museum Discussion / Re: Czech Czooch
« on: December 13, 2022, 11:42:41 AM »
I knew this thread would become a Praguelem...

I'm glad you took a Praguematic approach to managing the Praguelem.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: When we reach Wiscasset...
« on: December 12, 2022, 07:25:55 PM »
With the new technology the Downeaster can proceed all the way to TBS.
Weeeell, the Downeaster might just have a problem at the Trout Brook Bridge!  :o

Trout Brook bridge is a good point, which I didn't think of.  I said Sheepscot because some of the curves at Cockeye Curve and on the Mountain Extension would pose an equal challenge, I suspect.

Still...pretty amazing technology!!

It is amazing technology.  At first blush, my immediate thought was I would trust this about as far as I do(n't) for self-driving cars.  But in the context of Swiss railway engineering and application, this does look brilliant.

Museum Discussion / Re: Czech Czooch
« on: December 12, 2022, 07:06:24 PM »
HA!  Brilliant, Ed.  Thanks for your moderation and sense of humor.

Museum Discussion / Re: Czech Czooch
« on: December 12, 2022, 04:27:01 PM »
Please Czech your puns at the door.

Looks like our moderator just did.  He always Czechs our fun.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / When we reach Wiscasset...
« on: December 12, 2022, 01:23:17 PM »
...I understand we will be adopting the new technology described in this article so Amtrak's Downeaster can depart the Rockland branch at Wiscasset and terminate at Sheepscot Station.

Museum Discussion / Czech Czooch
« on: December 11, 2022, 06:51:24 AM »
And Czech out the visitor that is passing through on it's way to Brians....

Good to see the Czech engine light is off in these photos.

Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: December 08, 2022, 07:23:30 PM »
During the FWW I took 52 and an early morning 4 car work train to TBS.  The fall leaves and frost were on the rails.  On return and after two attempts up the mountain we left the two coaches north of the bridge and took the two flats up with no problems.  The return trip with the two coaches also had no problems.  The previous day with the same 4 car train and dry rails were no problem. 

Doubling the hill... it's not just a myth.

The experience was discussed in this October 2022 Work Reports thread post.  It was a brilliant, unexpected moment recreating a bit of WW&F history some 90 years later.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 30, 2022, 09:13:01 PM »
Without commenting on numbering skates, I have wondered if there were someway to hang a skate on each car, near the non brake end, without compromising the historical accuracy of our fleet.  Suggestions anyone?  right now we just throw them onto flat cars, coaches, cabooses (cabeese?).  On our visitor cars they can eastly become a trip hazard.

Rather than figuring out where to locate or store a skate on each car, wouldn’t it make more sense to simply leave several skates in the areas where cars are normally parked? Maybe put a skate on each locomotive for the occasion when a car or cars may be left at some unusual location.

Thanks, Bill.  The additional skates are greatly needed.

A few thoughts from an operating crew perspective:
-- Skates are needed when cars are moved to some siding on the road where there is likely a grade.  I'm not a great judge on grades, so I am biased to using one when setting off a car.
-- I don't see the need and don't want to have a skate on board each car while in public operation.  It would be an unneccesary tripping hazard most unwelcome by me, as there's no way to stow a skate safely in most coaches.
-- For freight and maintenance-of-way cars, it might make some sense to have a skate directly assigned to some.
-- Wayne's suggestion to place skates in central location(s) at Sheepscot makes sense to me.  Perhaps at the north end of the car barn and the north end of the shop bays, and likely on each freight/MOW car.  Ben and others have done a terrific job in provisioning other train crew tools at Sheepscot Station.

"Every tool has its place" it is said.  The skates are another example, I'd say.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 30, 2022, 07:12:30 AM »
...However, when cleaning up my mess after painting SKATE on the first 10 I mistakenly discarded the hand made stencil.  Hence, I will have to make a new stencil to label the 12 new skates...

I personally don't think you need to worry about labeling the new skates with "SKATE" but perhaps my view is in the minority.  Regardless, the new skates are greatly appreciated, Bill.  Thanks!

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 27, 2022, 09:23:06 PM »
A few photos from yesterday, Saturday, November 26th.

Conductor Bryce Weeks leads a crew briefing prior to the day's public trains.

The day's train consisted of WW&F flatcar No. 118 (at the south end of locomotive No. 9 for the day, to handle transport of Christmas trees purchased by our guests at SeaLyon Farm), and north-to-south, Franklin & Megantic coach No. 2 (courtesy of Maine Locomotive & Machine), W&Q coach No. 3, WW&F coach/combine No.8, and WW&F caboose No. 320.  Here's most of the consist is seen here on the Turntable lead track where our passengers boarded, with Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes combine No. 14 on the House track on the right serving as our gift shop while our station platform is being rebuilt, courtesy of Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum.

A view looking back north from the temporary platform ramp.

A view inside our temporary gift shop inside SR&RL combine No. 14.

Fireman Dana Deering fills No. 9's tank, as brakeman Dan Malkowski oversees operations.

A couple of Saturday engine house photos have also been posted.

Apologies for volunteer names missed in the above captions.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 27, 2022, 07:45:45 PM »
A couple of photos showing progress on shingling the west wall of the engine house yesterday (Saturday, November 26th).

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 27, 2022, 06:54:01 PM »
Great news!  Thank you to all the donors and everyone working on this project.  And thank you, Wayne, for keeping us up-to-date on the project here on the forum and via the WW&F Newsletter.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 24, 2022, 09:41:05 PM »
The car was placed on the ramp track Tuesday morning for the trip back to Portland.

With the lower platform, how will guests in wheelchairs enter the cars?  Will the portable metal ramp still work?

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