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Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Dana Deering on October 18, 2021, 03:22:43 PM »
I have a 1954 Ford NAA and it is rugged and dependable. I’ve used it haying and logging and it is still going strong. Don’t abuse it and it will be with us for a long time.

Museum Discussion / MOVED: Life Membership poll
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on October 18, 2021, 01:48:33 PM »
Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Jeff Schumaker on October 18, 2021, 10:27:12 AM »
My father grew up on a farm and had an 8N. It was a tough little tractor.

Jeff S.
Museum Discussion / Re: Membership Update
« Last post by Mike Fox on October 18, 2021, 07:41:31 AM »
It has been a couple years, so I thought I would post an update. Since last reported, we now have over 1200 active members. There has been an uptick in Life Membership, and I would say 2/3 of the Life Memberships purchased lately are new members.

This time of year, I am putting about 8 hours a week (plus working my full time 55 hr a week job) on membership duties due to the Fund Drive. The rest of the year I average 4 hrs a week.

Speaking of the Fund Drive, it is progressing very well, but I will leave the details to the newsletter. If you have donated, thank you. If you haven't, please consider doing so.

And lastly, if you are reading this and you are not a member, consider joining.
Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on October 17, 2021, 08:25:18 PM »
subj: A Hidden Gem!

Wow! What a beautiful day it turned out to be. We visited for the first time today, with our 4 month old and 9 year old daughter.
I just wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you for a day that we will remember forever.

Everyone was so delightful. It was well organized, meticulously clean and just a general breath of fresh air. We look forward to the release of the winter dates for the Christmastime rides.

Thank you all, for all that you do! We had such a wonderful time today.

The Salamone-Graves Family
Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Benjamin Richards on October 17, 2021, 08:04:16 PM »
That Ford is a nice machine. Small, yes, but tough as nails. As James observed, "it just wants to run." Basically an 8N with overhead valves and live hydraulics. Would sure look nice pulling the hay wagons at Sea Lyon...somehow a Kubota with a bucket doesn't quite do it for me.
Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by James Patten on October 17, 2021, 03:48:55 PM »
This afternoon I drove over to the Museum to pick up the volunteer log for another round of data entry.  When I pulled in, Dave and others were admiring the "new" tractor.  Someone wanted to get pictures of it for the paper, so they started it and drove it around the parking lot.  It runs better than some of our other equipment!  It's also smaller than the picture in the news led me to believe, about the size of the Mitsubishi.
Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Stephen Lennox on October 17, 2021, 02:52:12 PM »
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 19-20 October 2021

*  Track work, prep for tamper work (Tues), tamper work on main line (Wed), complete work on house track switch, select/load rail for same (pending)
*  Shop work, passenger car truck rebuild, vacuum brakes
*  Tuesday morning school charter
*  Engine house build continues
*  Campus clean up

Note:  Blaze orange doesn’t just mean Halloween, deer season is under way. It’s always a
           good idea to wear orange when working on track and walking the main line.
Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on October 17, 2021, 10:55:16 AM »
We have had official conversations with the FRA and they have made it clear that what they value most is a close, honest relationship and that they be part of the process.  There will be significant transitional concerns to our entire organization- both the FRA and our managers want to see that transition occur smoothly, over time, in advance of actually coming under their jurisdiction.  Dropping a crossing in- whether connected or not- would need to be presented to the FRA as a concept- and their endorsement sought- in order to honor the spirit of our discussions with them to date.

Let’s not forget there are other relevant entities to include in such planning including the W&Q, the town, the state. Finally- as soon as the road is crossed we are facing another round of significant environmental permits. 

Right now we are working hard to normalize and systemize the routine maintenance of our growing physical plant (equipment, buildings, track, etc) and attain a level of sustainability regarding the balance of operating expenses to operating income.  We want to keep moving forward with our FRA relationship, and “down payments” on future potential expansion- however that needs to be concurrent with this idea of normalizing the sustainability of our operation.

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Jeff Schumaker on October 17, 2021, 10:32:10 AM »
If the town is going to redo Cross road - this would be the time to put the grade crossing in - to include a second track for the runaround.  There is usually grant money for grade crossing work through the state DOT and it might help costs associated with the Cross road rebuild.  Signal equipment could probably be reused from the several OOS branch lines in the state.

Question - If the crossings were put in, but not connected to the mainline, would the museum still come under FRA regulations?

Jeff S.
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