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Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Puffing Billy hy--rail
« on: February 22, 2019, 09:17:23 AM »
The shadow on the rail says there is one set of rail wheels behind the gator as well. They just guide, as propulsion is provided by the rubber wheels.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 21, 2019, 11:44:13 PM »
We were in a unique spot last weekend, and were able to produce that load of wood. We have stacks of hard wood that Fred can get this summer if he has time, or we can get after the tracks are in.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 20, 2019, 10:39:46 PM »
We should have everything needed for the projects listed. Just need help doing them. 😁

Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 19, 2019, 09:27:05 AM »
Sometimes everything works as it should. Just enough snow on the ground so it wasn't hard for the walking or sleigh. The ice is a nuisance, but expected with winter. Next year we could be under 3 feet of snow.. We never know.

It is a great start to the year.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:52:15 PM »
Alain, it was tough.. I wanted to jump right in and help but the crew was all set with plenty of brakeman and Steve P. as conductor. Something he was very comfortable doing. My sister said he had a great voice for it (deep and clear).

I have been a participant in several events thrown by the museum,  but never a patron.. So today I was. But, I did give the family a guided tour. So does that count as working?? We even visited the bridge..

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 17, 2019, 06:14:35 PM »
I did not take a head count, but we had about 12. I was lonely at the start, trying to get the fire going. Another volunteer showed up and helped get the fire going good, followed by a third volunteer, then the train. And once the help showed up, they were ready and so was the fire..

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 17, 2019, 06:00:28 PM »
Went for a ride today. My sister had purchased tickets for the 10:30, so the Mrs and I tagged along..

And a couple of shots with Bill and Bob

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Flanging snow on the D&S
« on: February 17, 2019, 12:53:40 AM »
Very nice!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 17, 2019, 12:21:34 AM »
First off, a HUGE thank you to all that showed up today. It was a great day, after a slow start, thanks to mother nature. Ice filled crossings delayed the arrival of the work train, but when they showed up, there was no stopping.

Walking in this morning.

Here is my "Dang, I forgot to get a before photo" photo, we had only taken a few trees down.

Same angle after the train left.

And here is the train leaving to go south..

And a look at different angles of the great progress today.

And a look at where we will be next weekend. Come join us!

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 16, 2019, 09:06:58 AM »
Steam driven. Note the big steering wheel. This design was a modification of the horse drawn steam pumper, and this may still have the tow points.


Quite honestly, I don't think expansion will never be talked about. No matter where the railroad is constructed to, there will always be more. Some will be physical barriers (218 & Verney Dam) others will be paper barriers. We have just proven the paper barriers can be figured out and worked through, after successfully gaining the required permitting to install a bridge.
Baby steps.

Bill, that sounds like the same thing I was told. But, the DEP and Army Corps may think otherwise of just lowering the water level. So there may be state involvement there.

A quick google shows it actually has a name. Verney-Leighton Marsh Dam. It is also on Topo maps, which the DEP and Army Corps use as reference.

All this is not insurmountable. We just need to see what can be done and do it.. Just like building the retaining wall or intalling a bridge... It can be done..

The dam is not private, I believe, and someone can correct me if I am wrong, that the state fixed the dam up at one point in time. The only way to know for sure is do some research. I think we are several years from deciding what to do there.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:57:33 PM »
Views like the attached image can be seen this weekend. Please come join us.. Lets make this huge..

Volunteers / Re: Steam and Saws
« on: February 10, 2019, 03:14:55 PM »
Steam and Saws February edition is coming up. This Saturday..

This is what to expect.

We will be working around the end of track. There are several trees along the newly laid track that need to go. The plan is to cut the trees, drag the brush north to a couple of burn piles, chunk up the wood and bring the flat car down to load the wood. The wood will stay on the flat car for delivery to Sheepscot.

The trees immediately along the track will be a priority, and if we have enough people can break into groups like we did last time. This area has lots of soft wood, which burns quickly but also produces lots of sparks. So expect burn holes in your clothing.

This area, being so dense, will look entirely different when we are done. Please come and enjoy the day. Listen to Freds play by play commetary. Bring something to toast on the fire.

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