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Museum Discussion / Re: Photos along the main line
« on: May 22, 2019, 08:09:44 PM »
Really interesting.  As you approach Trask Crossing you can see a car cross.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: May 22, 2019, 08:03:37 PM »
If you burn me ... you won't be surprised if you find clinker on the grate, I'm not first rate fuel anymore.
Alain,  Your last sentence was one of the best ones I have ever seen in the forum.  Not only that, nothing was lost in the translation.  Well Done!

Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: May 14, 2019, 02:38:33 AM »
I am noticing a dramatic increase in events at our Museum, many of which are only loosely based on our railway. I might be wrong (could that be possible?), but I suspect that you are the, or one of the, driving forces behind this increase in activity. If so, a tip of the bowler hat to you for your creativity and efforts. 

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 10, 2019, 07:22:25 PM »
...a big thank you to those volunteers who shoveled ballast with us during the SWW. ... Apart from track laying, track work is not considered the sexiest task on the work weekends but without it the railroad doesn't run.  I appreciate all of those folks who helped out on the track.
Though I found tasks on the Sheepscot side of Alna Center to keep me busy (like bringing up the lunch train) for the SWW, I have done my share of track work, both on the WW's and just general track maintenance.  Though the work is hard, I find the camaraderie of working with other volunteers for the love of our WW&F to be very rewarding.  Additionally, the skills I have had the opportunity to learn makes me the envy of all my local model railroad and NRHS friends.  Some folks pay a lot of money to enjoy what we share for the shear love of our Museum.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 01, 2019, 02:28:35 AM »
Surfacing and tamping just the outside of the track sure takes the whoop-dee-doos out of the track as seen in the shots before tamping.  Our track crew did an amazing job this past SWW.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:45:11 AM »
Wise comments Joe.

Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: April 18, 2019, 02:45:02 AM »
Looking good Mike.  Thanks for making our track work easier and more efficient.

Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 17, 2019, 09:27:46 PM »
Sounds like the TOM siding is in the perfect place for Mtn Extension supply trains to pass and keep the  trackwork moving!
Will there be drones keeping track of SWW'19 lotsa work?

Nine days and counting!


I have reviewed the Ops Plans put out by Ed and it is very well thought out.  Things should run smoothly from Alna Center to TOM to EOT with the ferry train bringing up late comers, food, supplies in case of breakdowns, etc.  I also am looking forward to the upcoming SWW activities.  It should be fun for all and a memorable event, just like the previous FWW.


Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: April 17, 2019, 08:25:20 PM »
If worse comes to worse, bring it to SWW so that we can help finish it.
I am planning on arriving mid day Wednesday and only have a two things I would like to do unless there are more pressing things to accomplish before the SWW. 

I can always have Start check me out on the proper operation of a paint brush.


Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:52:10 AM »

Great job, again, as usual!  I hope you can get it painted and back at Sheepscot for the SWW.  I know I am looking forward to seeing it and perhaps you can find a time to give us a demo.


Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 15, 2019, 08:30:35 PM »
Some of you may be wondering what and why I am doing what I am attempting to do.  When spreading ballast from the flat car to the space between the rail and the end of the ties, one usually doesn't have to bend over.  When spreading ballast from the flat car to between the rails one has to bend over and fling the ballast to between the rails.  Bending over is hard on backs for us old guys and gals.  Hence the brain storm, or other gaseous release, of how to make spreading ballast between the rails easier and faster. 

As many of you now know, the result is the ballast chutes, a picture of the final painted version is attached.  Like most projects, the result is a compromise between conflicting goals and limitations.  I have added a rear brace so the operator can place an adjustable foot under the handle end of the chute to reduce operator fatigue.  The limiting factors are the space between the rail head and the truss rods which limits the amount of slide angle.  I hope I have it correct.  I also had to guess as to the angle between the rails and the truss rods and hope that the flanges of the rail wheels aren't going to slip off if the chute is raised to high.  I also had to guess at a compromise location of the wheel barrow wheel so it wouldn't drag when rolling from side to side on the rail head and having to bend down to low (can't seem to get away from bending) to relocate the chute when the flat car moves.

Finally, the rear brace makes some assumptions as to the fall of the drainage ditches off to the edge of the road bed. 

All of this is to humbly say, this is my brain storm (see above mention of gaseous emissions) and I hope it works.  If, when put to use in a week and a few days it works, I will be happy.  If it doesn't work, or is a pain to use, feel free to put it on the Christmas Santa pyre.  If it could use some improvements, I would love to hear the ideas and will rework it when I am up there this summer.


Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 03:14:11 PM »
Tim Horton's FTW. Nuclear hot coffee and doughnuts for days.
I forgot about the Québécois.  Mille pardons.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 11:49:48 AM »

Let me get this straight, we are trying to convince a Frenchman, a country where food taste has been taken to ultimate limits, that "fast food" is actually food?

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: April 14, 2019, 02:20:14 PM »
Did I miss something?  On our flat cars the brake end truck is at the same end of the car as the break wheel.  It appears that this car either has brakes on both trucks, or the brake wheel is at the opposite end of the brake truck.

On a positive note, that flat car looks great!  Can we put plastic slip covers over it like my mother use to do for the sofa?  That way during the SWW so we won't get it dirty.

Museum Discussion / Re: ROW Vegetation control
« on: April 13, 2019, 06:27:47 PM »
There is a tourist railroad in Pennsylvania called the Colebrookdale that offers "Mudball Express trains let you throw wildflower mudballs from train".  They make mud balls with wild flower seeds embedded in them and visitors are encourage them to throw them out of the train in the spring. 

"Passengers will be encouraged to toss ecologically correct mudballs – yes, real mudballs, laden with native wildflower seeds – from the train. Riders, ages 6 years and up, will learn about both local history as the train runs through the scenic landscape rich with America’s iron-industry heritage and about environmental restoration - maintaining and restoring the Earth".


PS, painted the ballast chutes yesterday and today.

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