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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:10:33 PM »
Ira, Oh No!

Now we will either have to rewrite the history on the origin of Dunkin Donut's, or get a corrected version from Bill Reidy who, I have it on good authority, knows the true history of Dunkin Donut.

 ;D

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:03:35 PM »
But Ed,

We were beginning to have so much fun with this dilemma.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:01:35 PM »
Good idea Fred.

Now we need to:
1. Have the Superintendent amend the speed limit in the rule book.
2. Greatly improve the brakes so we can cross the bridge at 200 mph and still stop before 218.
     Achieving this speed going down the mountain should be easy.
     Slowing down going up the mountain should also be easy.
3. Complete an engineering study to increase the boiler pressure to allow acceleration from zero at 218 to 200 mph by Trout Brook Bridge.
4. Increase the engine cylinder size to utilize the increased pressure to enable the aforementioned acceleration.
5. Implement the engineering study recommendations in our locomotives. (note I have left 51 and 52 out of this proposal)

Now my brain hurts again....

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:05:27 AM »
Ira,

And I though I invited whimsy and tomfoolery.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:04:05 AM »
Ok.... help me out here....

One bridge that is 47 feet long
Two approach spans, each 12 feet long
According to my meager math skills that adds up to 71 feet of span
Across a 74 foot gap....
What am I missing here????

Is our wonderful machine shop working on a new star trek levitation device for the other three feet?
Will the three foot gap be divided into half so each end of bridge will only require the trains to jump a 1 1/2 foot gap????
Oh.... wait.... I figured it out.... if we put a 3/4 foot gap between each end of the bridge and the approach spans.... then.... will the radius of the wheels allow them to bridge (pun intended) the gap???? 
Might work on the locomotive with the larger wheels but what about the cars....

Oh well, it snowed today and cabin fever is setting in and now my brain hurts....

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:50:02 PM »
I see in some of the pictures that we have a new grade crossing on the woods track in the parking lot.  Will that stay?  Has it been named?

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:11:09 PM »
Wayne,

Of course if you could have your wife bake before you leave you could take the rejects to the First Class Dining Facilities at Chez Fred.  I am sure they would be enjoyed by all.

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Museum Discussion / Re: newsletters
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:56:51 PM »
John,

I know I read the newsletter as soon as it hits the electron super highway.  Then I get to read it again when it arrives, usually much later, in my snail mail box. 

The good news (pun intended) that at my stage of ageing mental deterioration it almost seems 'new' news.

Bill

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:07:38 PM »
But wait... we have that great new fork lift to help unload.  Just put a pallet on the tail of the truck or on the forks and slide everything off onto it, than take the castings and couplers to theirs new temporary home to await construction of new cars...

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:32:40 AM »
One thing we all know about Wayne is that he thinks things through and is thorough.

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:27:34 PM »
Good Show Wayne!

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General Discussion / Re: Engine wiper
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:56:38 PM »
Now Dave,

Carefully tread around those who sometimes take threads off into the wonderful world of wacky and tomfoolery.

I shan't include any names as the list might include me... 

And don't let the punsters loose on the next series of puns that seem to appear with no apparent cause.  Those Maine Narrow-gauge folks are a smart bunch in addition to being dedicated, hardy and hard workers.

Bill

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Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Work Planning
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:05:46 AM »
Now I know why they chained down the trusses.  The answer is in the Trout Bridge Thread.  They were afraid it would float away and get hit by one of those drones or helicopters.  Hence, they had to chain it down to keep it out of the air traffic.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:02:28 AM »
Congratulations to Jason, Mike and all the others who are doing such a yeoman's job on keeping our Museum on 'track' and 'moving forward'!

A big hoorah for all.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:27:52 PM »
Clever John, Very Clever...

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