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Would there be any copies of station registers showing freight shipped or received in Two Feet to Tidewater?

Dave Crow

Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:51:39 AM »

Glad to hear your friend was able to access Coach 8 for a ride.  Maybe you need to have him come back and see how much of the campus he can explore.  And there are several levels of that exploration; how many places he can access, and compare that to how many areas he can access comfortably and easily.  Wendy uses both manual and electric wheelchairs, and while she can get around, a lot of bumps cause her back pain due to the jolting.  And pain can be a major deterrent for keeping wheelchair-bound folks away or from enjoying the total experience we are trying to offer.

Off my soapbox now.

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 10, 2017, 04:53:40 PM »
Do we happen to have a copy of the order that was placed with Jackson & Sharp for Coaches 2 & 3?  Possibly the colors for everything would be on either the order itself or on the order confirmation from J&S?

Just a thought.

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: 2017 Spring Work Weekend
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:16:24 PM »
Typically show up around 7 AM at the museum.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 20, 2017, 12:19:56 PM »
Many of the pressed glass patterns can be sourced through stained glass supply houses; older commercial glass houses also have a lot of specialty glass options available due to old home restorations and other architectural demands.  Baltimore Streetcar Museum has used Chaudron Glass for years; I remember looking through books of glass samples when researching "ripple" glass for one of the streetcar restorations.

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« on: April 20, 2017, 12:16:49 PM »
Harold, it appears your patterns for the dies were a large part of the reason the formed sheet looks so good!  Congratulations.

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 10, 2017, 12:18:34 PM »
Bill, the following are some photos of the baggage section of the SR&RL combine in Portland.  These are the slats to keep parcels and boxes from jamming against the door.  Also included is what the door from the passenger to the freight section of the combine looks like:

See you in a couple of weeks.

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 08, 2017, 03:39:41 PM »
Bill, normally there are a set of vertical wood slats inside the baggage area into which the door slides. These slats probably kept the baggage person from stacking or leaning items such that the door could not open. In any case, they would block the view out the window.
I believe our caboose has similar sets of vertical slats as well, if you need a reference. I can send a photo or two on Mobday when I'm back at my computer.

Work and Events / Re: North Yard Project - Official Work Thread
« on: April 07, 2017, 06:09:07 PM »

We have a smaller version of the same mill - with a similar adjustable-angle head as well - in the heated portion of the shop; right now it is cutting babbit to the proper radius for a replacement bearing.

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: North Yard Project - Official Work Thread
« on: April 07, 2017, 01:12:28 PM »
Thursday, April 6th, Wayne Laepple came down to Baltimore to work with me on the switch points; we also had a session on March 9th.  The second set of points have the first several machining steps complete: both sides of the head machined to 15 degrees (wheel side) and 6 degrees (mate side with stock rail) as well as the one side of the base machined off in line with the 6 degree taper so it can nest up against the stock rail.

Yesterday we machined the base off of the left side point and then flipped it on its side to start the tapered undercut so the point can rest up on the stock rail.  We managed to undercut a little under 6 feet of the point, but either a second set up on the mill or judicious use of an angle grinder will be required to finish off this point.  I plan to undercut the right side point next week; the points can then come north for final tweaking before installation.

A second pass undercutting the base of the rail:

An end shot (not the best photo quality) showing the undercut:

Thanks again to Wayne for coming down to Baltimore to help out with the machining!

Dave Crow

Volunteers / Re: March 2017 Work Planning
« on: March 07, 2017, 04:29:57 PM »
Dave, it would be dicey/impossible getting an auger truck to the site in order to drill holes as well as to set them - if you're thinking they could be used as the vertical piles for a retaining wall?  Maybe a post hole auger mounted on a Bobcat(R)?  If we do have to drive piles, I suggest sections of rail so there is no chance they will rot in any of our lifetimes...

Work and Events / Re: North Yard Project - Official Work Thread
« on: February 17, 2017, 12:50:18 PM »
Wayne Laepple came down to Baltimore yesterday so we could machine another switch point for the North Yard.  We managed to perform the first two machining steps as well as cleaning and oiling the mill bed (no-one at BSM had used the mill as a mill, only as a work bench!) in about 4-1/2 hours.  Thanks, Wayne, for coming down for the day!

As my buddy, Matt, would say, "Making metal chips."  This is the 15-degree outside face, where the wheel flange meets the point:


And the second step, machining the 6-degree back taper to nest against the rail:

On our next work session, in about two weeks, we will work on the right-hand mate to the left-side point shown above.

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 16, 2017, 01:08:41 PM »

I'm not sure if you remember, but when Coach 8 was at Edaville, vandals set fire to it and it had a major rebuild from the floor up.  Others can correct me, but I believe the damage to one end of our Coach 3 (if you look inside the access hatch into the platform roof area, there is charred wood) occurred then, as Coach 3 was coupled to then-numbered 26.

Nice work on the doors!

Dave Crow

General Discussion / Re: Miller Hook Couplers
« on: January 31, 2017, 05:39:56 PM »

I don't know if you read the Railway Preservation (RyPN) Interchange Forum, or the Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum, but folks from one of the museums out west had discussions about their restoration and even had CADD drawings for the Miller Hook couplers (and platforms) they replicated.  Randy Hees is now out at Nevada RR Museum, and if it wasn't Nevada, then possibly Western Railway Museum...

I did a quick check on RyPN and found that Mid-Continent restored Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railway #63 and included the Miller Hook couplers on the car.

Dave Crow

US Two Footers / Re: Designing New Two Foot Gauge Trucks - Need Advice
« on: December 09, 2016, 06:16:28 PM »
Hi Rick,

I'm being lazy because I don't have any of my books close by...

Take a look at the Sandy River museum's web site; I seem to recall some photos of at least one of their boxcars with all of the neat boxcar stenciling, which includes empty weight, loaded weight, and capacity - or some other values that allow someone to perform really basic math to come up with what you want.

Randy Hees and the guys at Carter Brothers Preservation have similar size/loading boxcars, about 10-12 tons capacity, and I think their journals are also around 3"x5" =/-.

Dave Crow

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