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Volunteers / Re: January 2023 Work Reports
« Last post by Bill Reidy on January 28, 2023, 09:49:29 PM »
* I'll let someone who attended the show report on it, but as of now we made over $4700 there today (known thanks to our Square POS system!).

Show team managers will have better information, but I'm not surprised based on the show attendance I saw today.  If not as strong as pre-pandemic, it was very close.

A couple of photos of our tables in the Narrow Gauge Corner 78 of the Young building.




Our tables are next to our friends at the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad Museum.  A photo of SR&RL president Sharon Barber talking with Savery Moore today.


And Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum has a nice display in the Better Living Center.


As noted in this post, Cindy's family and friends are remembering Don Sanger this weekend.

And as noted in this post, Maine Locomotive & Machine and Edaville have an outdoor display this weekend.


Seems like the Maine two-footer community is well represented at West Springfield this weekend.
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Volunteers / Re: January 2023 Work Reports
« Last post by Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on January 28, 2023, 09:30:29 PM »
[90's POP-CULTURE CALLBACK WARNING!]
Now is time on SPROCKETS ven vee DANCE!  ;D ;D ;D
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Edaville and Maine Locomotive & Machine Works' have a terrific display outdoors at the Amherst Railway Society's West Springfield, MA show this weekend.  A few photos...

Edaville No. 11 was under steam, blowing the whistle from Maine Central's No. 470 now under restoration.


Planned 2023 Edaville events.


The outdoor tent's booths for Edaville and ML&M.


A sign displaying ML&M's abilities and achievements, not a surprise to us.
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Volunteers / Re: January 2023 Work Reports
« Last post by Mike Fox on January 28, 2023, 06:42:16 PM »
We also checked on the new heating unit in the bathroom.



I put a new waterpump on Dave Allens dozer after the one that was on it started leaking last week.

Then was able to work on the sprockets of our dozer.

The machining exposed these voids in the casting, and I cleaned them up and welded them.



After welding and grinding



And slapped some paint on them

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Volunteers / Re: January 2023 Work Reports
« Last post by James Patten on January 28, 2023, 06:06:02 PM »
Work done on Saturday Jan 28:

* Mike was tinkering on vehicles.
* Linda and Nicole were working on archives.
* I gave a tour to some visitors.
* I'll let someone who attended the show report on it, but as of now we made over $4700 there today (known thanks to our Square POS system!).
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Two Footers outside of the US / Preserved South African two-footers
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on January 27, 2023, 10:17:46 AM »
Here's what may be the final chapter of "The Soul of a Railway" series about the two-foot gauge railways in South Africa. It covers the locomotives that have been preserved in that country as well as around the world.

https://sites.google.com/view/soar-system-6-natal-part-27/home
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Volunteers / Re: January 2023 Work Reports
« Last post by Mike Fox on January 26, 2023, 12:25:59 PM »
Suppose to freeze up tonight so any slush will turn to ice..
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Volunteers / Re: January 2023 Work Reports
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on January 26, 2023, 09:35:32 AM »
Today’s storm turned to rain early and mostly melted.  Dan and I will run up to clear the rail- but not much worry.  Next week’s prediction has changed- now with only a couple inches over Tuesday/ Wednesday, so all in all things look less intense- at least for now. 

Thanks
Jason
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General Discussion / Re: Lower Road bridge abutments demolished
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on January 25, 2023, 11:27:54 PM »
The various studies are predicated on moving the Portland station to somewhere along the CSX/PanAm mainline and away from Thompsons Point. The issue is that the good station sites are not available - and the shopping plaza where Union Station was has just been sold to Maine Medical Center.

If the ex-GT route is chosen, there is no provision for connecting to the Downeaster south of Portland - one of the major drawbacks of selecting that route. Instead, they propose a cross-platform connection at Yarmouth Jct.
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General Discussion / Re: Lower Road bridge abutments demolished
« Last post by Benjamin Richards on January 25, 2023, 11:12:21 PM »
It would certainly be awful if MNGRR were forcibly expelled from their location. However, it would be nice if the Downeaster actually dumped you off somewhere useful in Portland; the current station site is not conducive for actually taking the train to the the city (unless you are going to the children's museum, which we did once). While that's currently a minority of riders, if intra-state service is expanded, it will become more important. The Ocean Pier appears to be a logical choice, but it would do to Portland what Boston already suffers from: no through-running.

And if you think your favorite rail preservation project is "hard", compare that to the idea of restoring street running on Commercial Street...
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