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Volunteers / 2022 Fall Work Weekend Volunteer Parking
« on: September 10, 2022, 04:03:40 PM »
Hello folks,

We are looking forward to a busy FWW- which will include public Pumpkin Trains on Saturday.  With the influx of volunteers attending work weekend along with public guests are causing us, we are developing a parking plan for the day.  This is important for the safety of the road, and our relationship with our neighbors and the Town.  Generally, the plan will include volunteers parking at the corner lot (still need to confirm permission) and the west lot, while trying to leave the majority of the main lot for Pumpkin passengers.

As part of this plan, we are looking for 3-4 volunteers to serve as parking attendants.  Are any readers here, who plan to attend this year's FWW willing to serve in this capacity?  We are stretched thin crewing trains and managing work activities- so we are asking for help from this group of supporters in hopes of covering this very important concern.

Feel free to respond here, or reach out to Ed or I directly.

Further information regarding 2022 FWW activities will be posted on that dedicated thread under Work and Events.


Mtn Ext testing and training schedule (This list is for the railroad only- Brendan may add station work notes)

Week of 7/25/22: Re-set MP8 sign, final tamp turntable leads, assist with loco/ turntable testing.
Tuesday 7/26/22 Loco 9 TBS turntable testing
Wednesday 7/27/22 Loco 9 TBS turntable testing

Saturday 7/30/22 Afternoon, Loco 9 w/ 4 cars to TBS for crew training (Conductor, Engineer, Fireman, Brakeman training)

Week of 8/1/22: Set two new Yard Limit signs, final turntable adjustments as needed, any further final work deemed appropriate by Mr. Lennox
Tuesday 8/2/22 Loco 7 TBS testing
Wednesday 8/3/22 Loco 7 testing continued if necessary; otherwise possible full dress rehearsal both locos (if crew)

Work and Events / 2022 July 30 Rules Class
« on: July 10, 2022, 09:55:50 AM »
Hello folks,

I am just trying to get a qualitative feel of the potential attendance at this years Rules Class.  We may adjust the structure of the meeting depending on the expected participation level.

This year’s class is on Saturday July 30, 2022.  There is a general session in the morning, and break-out sessions for several disciplines (brakeman, engineer, conductor, etc) in the afternoon.  The afternoon will likely occur on the Mountain as territory training- with breakout sessions accommodated there on.

Feel free to answer the poll, respond to this thread, or both if you will or may attend.

Thank you.

Volunteers / Service Connection Rule and 52 Block Heater Reminder
« on: December 09, 2020, 07:21:28 AM »
Hello all,

A reminder that an orange or yellow flag displayed in the marker bracket of a piece of railroad equipment indicates a service connection to that piece of equipment.  Rule 24, page 15.

Anyone may inspect for and remove such service connections; it follows that after doing so you also remove the orange or yellow flag so as to not give a false indication.

Also: remember we prefer to keep 52’s block heater plugged in at all times in the winter, when parked outside. 

Punch line: if you use 52- and find it with an orange or yellow flag and disconnect the block heater for use, when you are done PLEASE plug the block heater back in and ensure the flag is back up.

We were frustrated yesterday to find the flag displayed but block heater not plugged in.  We didn’t use 52 yesterday as a result and altered our work plans accordingly.  It was probably just a matter of the last operator forgetting to do so, however I wanted to both post a reminder of the service connection flag concept and ask everyone to act with your best diligence for the sake of our other members.

Thank you,

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / A Fictional Day
« on: November 23, 2020, 01:59:57 PM »
I wrote this a couple of years ago, just for fun.  It's not meant as the "one" answer- it's just an exercise in thinking through one possible answer.  I never really knew what to do with it, but now as it becomes out of date, I figure I'll put it here before it's totally dated and irrelevant.  Happy reading...


Volunteers / WW&F Work Needs
« on: November 09, 2020, 12:54:08 PM »
Some general maintenance concerns for which we are looking for volunteers.  These are operating maintenance items which in most cases currently lack dedicated volunteers (except as noted).  Anyone interested should check in with the  department manager indicated, and if a sub-manager is indicated, also that person.

Buildings, Brendan: 
Window Glazing (THIS ONE IS DESPERATE).  We have dozens of windows which require complete reglazing and then sealing.  Many are right on the Sheepscot campus.
Window casing repair: the north window casing of Sheepscot Station needs a complete rebuild.  The last paint job required some innovative patchwork to make it through.
Chimney flashing repair: Shop bay 4 chimney flashing requires repair.
Painting.  Stewart.
AC Platform rod. 
Shingle new electrical building

RR Operating Department, Jason:
Sign maintenance.
Car/truck/brake inspection.
Car Bearing Service.  Phil B.
Magneto Telephone system.  John M. (more dedicated help please!)
Track/ switch inspection (and light repair): (Currently Steve L, Mark C, Dan M, more division of duty is required)
Vacuum brake system technicians.  Jonathan (again more needed)
Wooden Rolling Stock Repairs (Coach 8 is growing desperate- it's now kept inside!, caboose 320 needs more, etc)
Rolling stock paint.  Stewart. 
Station supply keeper.  (I'd REALLY like to see this filled).
Bookkeeper (tracking conductor's reports, dispatcher needs, other office related needs).  (Conceivably this could morph into a Chief Dispatcher position)
Mechanical maintenance/ overhaul (Brookville- Jay B, Fluids and light mechanics in 52, light steam maintenance)

Grounds, Mike.  (Note that Mike directly manages and/or performs all of these so these are listed mostly for general info)
Culvert inspection. 
RoW smoothing for improved mowing.
General mowing.  Randy.
RoW mowing.  Mike.

Off-rail equipment, Mike.
Overhaul: Trailer, Mitsubishi, Loader, tractor.  Brendan.
Overhaul: Kubota.  Mike
Overhaul needed: Forklift.
Running maintenance: fluids and light mechanics in all equipment.


Work and Events / 2019 FWW Operating Plan Notice
« on: October 04, 2019, 09:48:32 AM »
Hello all,

I want to highlight the fact that Ed and I are developing a very intricate and careful operating plan for 2019 FWW.  This involves a work train on the Mountain, with 6 individual support work crews, two passenger trains handling both SeaLyon pumpkin service AND material supply to the work activities.  Ed and I have it figured out (Ed has spent HOURS- last email came at 12:30AM), but I ask that everyone respect the plan and adhere to it as instructed.  Ed will be dispatching the entire Fall Work Weekend.  He will be drafting operating plans on Sunday; I'll review and we'll finalize them on Monday, with the intent to disseminate them to the crew by the end of the day Monday. 

Thank you all, we're in for a historic weekend in many ways!

Volunteers / September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:31:05 AM »
Hello all,

We plan to lay one crane cycle of track on the Mountain next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17/18.  Tuesday will be load out and ferry move, possibly followed by a soft start.  Wednesday will be production track laying.

There is a major spiking effort planned for that weekend, September 21/22, led by Dana Deering.

Please consider this a crew call for both work events!


Hello all,

If you are planning on attending this year’s (2019) FWW as a general track crew aid, and are able and willing to spike, please let us know here.

We have a hefty track laying goal this fall, with spiking being the major crew need.  The full intention is to retain hand spiking, for the community it builds amongst our volunteers, a demonstration and means of preserving this part of railroading’s past, and for improved quality.

There was mention made of not spiking all weekend.  A request: if you’re physically able but lack stamina for constant spiking, spend your days on the spiking crew anyway.  Rotation is critical.  Spend your off-spiking time on a nipping bar, or getting a drink.  Pick someone who is spiking and cheer them on!  The camaraderie is the source of the fun- it takes a village to make it happen.

Ive been meaning to post this- but Dana’s valid concerns are a timely kick in the butt.  Spiking this much track won’t just happen.  We can’t collectively leave it to “the spikers” and assume all will be well.

Friday, in particular, followed by Sunday, Monday and Saturday are the spiking crew pinch needs.  Please consider this the priority.

We’d like to address the concern with 3 concise efforts: preplanning, largely on this forum, so we can come to understand how many folks are coming with different work disciplines, including spiking, in mind.  Second we plan to have a coordinator stationed such that incoming volunteers can be directed.  Lastly we plan to make a concerted effort to keep the shop crew minimized.

In particular, the tank car project, if it proceeds will likely be carried out by four or so specific volunteers by invite.  In this way, other volunteers can feel welcome to peak in to see the progress, but can clearly understand that the work need is not in the shop.  This isn’t meant to keep it exclusive- simply efficient, and a way of keeping the focus where the greatest crew need is.

If this goes as planned- we may well be blowing No 9’s whistle by the shoulder of Rt 218 by the end of the weekend...

Ed, feel free to reposition this post as appropriate.

Thanks Dana, and thank you crew,

Museum Discussion / Google Maps
« on: August 03, 2018, 12:25:15 PM »
August 3, 2018

New Google Maps satellite view shows the turntable, bridge under construction in lot, new track on Davis Grade (albeit a little wiggly), and a steam train just north of Sheepscot Mills Crossing.,+Waterville+and+Farmington+Railway+Museum/@44.0616691,-69.623761,661m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x4caded372f244245:0x99e60ff947391b9f!8m2!3d44.060622!4d-69.623688

Volunteers / July 2018 Work Planning
« on: July 01, 2018, 06:24:43 AM »
Starting this thread in order to highlight that our planned summer work to install the bridge is getting underway and will be very intense at times.  Here’s a general request for any extra help we can get- we’ll put out specific calls for help on a day by day basis, as they’re needed.

I’ll put out a full task list and rough schedule under the bridge thread- so it’s a linear discussion over the next 3 months.  To foreshadow this week: heavy work days are planned for Tuesday and Thursday, with a lighter work day on Friday.  We plan to prep the stringers for the bridge approach spans (20 beams).  On Thursday or Friday morning we expect our large timber shipment to arrive: 22 pilings, and dozens of timbers.  We may start sorting those out.

Also this week- we will complete 309’s truck, as well as a repair on coach 3’s brake system.  There’ll be some prep for the upcoming ice cream social too.

Joe will continue trying to sprinkle in track work throughout the bridge project.  Initially, he’s hoping for some very limited help (1 or 2) this coming Monday (tomorrow).

See ya

Volunteers / 2018 Rules Review
« on: April 23, 2018, 02:04:01 PM »
Operating Crew:

This year's principal rules review session will be during dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2018. 

We will hold a secondary session, depending upon attendance at this session.

Following this, individual reviews will need to be held.

Note: attendance at one of these options is required for all operating crew.


Work and Events / Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: January 25, 2018, 04:44:38 PM »
Also, any particular ROW work planned for SWW?

SWW major projects:

1.  Rebuilding track on Davis Grade
2.  Building 2 story external staircase for north end of Percival House.

The next several (probably at least 6) work weekends will be devoted to new construction on the Mountain Extension, so we wanted to make a big maintenance but this spring as it’ll be our last chance for while.  Davis grade needs a lot of ties changed.  We’re going to take an aggressive tact.

See ya

Museum Discussion / Seeking pledges for lubricator for No 10
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:43:45 AM »

There is a lubricator on eBay we'd like to get for No 10.  We are seeking pledges to cover its cost, up to $1000. We have a bid in now at $500- the bidding ends next Friday, June 30, 2017.

This is hoped to be a replay of a lube system we put on 9.  It's an improved lubrication system for some remote parts of the running gear.  Normally these areas are oiled by hand, with great difficulty.  Because of that, they are often poorly oiled (or not at all), and when they do get oil, the tip of the oil can introduces contaminates to the bearing area.  Everyone loves the improvement on 9 (compared to the old way on 10 before removal from service), and have been asking the shop to do the same on 10.

I'll pledge $100.

Please let us know if you can help!


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