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Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 12, 2019, 04:28:38 PM »
It's F&M coach 2 = SR&RL coach 21, built by Jackson & Sharp in April 1903 as the first half of an order of two cars. After the railroad shut down in 1935, the car body (sans trucks) was purchased from the scrappers by a local resident in Avon, ME and eventually found its way to Edaville after WWII.

The other car in the J&S order was F&M combine 3 = SR&RL combine 14, which is supposed to arrive at Sheepsot later this year.

Museum Discussion / Re: Wood you Believe it
« on: May 07, 2019, 07:46:10 PM »
Not to mention finding, cutting, splitting and drying enough hardwood each year, lack of space on top of the tank, and other logistical issues.
In short, it would not appear to be practical.
Too bad, it sure would smell better.  ;)

I think it's easy to underestimate how much wood would really be required. The Maine Railroad Commissioners' Reports include data on fuel consumption, and in 1894 (to choose a year at random) the Monson RR reported it was burning 300 cords per year. That's a lot of wood for just two engines on a 6-mile railroad (okay, 8 miles if you include the quarry branch). Similarly, the Franklin & Megantic said it was burning 550 cords a year.

(Question: I believe the Sumpter Valley runs their Heisler on wood, so how  do they manage their wood supply?)

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 04, 2019, 01:46:55 AM »
Columbus Day is still a federal holiday though, regardless of what the state government wants to call it.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 01, 2019, 05:16:07 PM »
The ballot says 2:00.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 01, 2019, 03:10:30 PM »
I noticed that the museum website (under "Events") shows the Annual Meeting as happening at 1:00 rather than 2:00. Is 2:00 the correct time?

Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 28, 2019, 02:22:27 AM »
* Machine shop: was the busiest that I recall seeing it.  At the north end was the MNG Flatcar: the flatcar that arrived earlier this week as part of the ballast fleet was upside-down in the shop getting end beams put on (in replacement for the end platforms), and coupler work.   

By 8:30pm the flat car had been flipped over and was on trucks again.

Yes, thank you Ben for organizing this walk on the B&B. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot about this famous but enigmatic little railroad, and I was delighted to meet Don Ball who graciously autographed my copy of his book. Also thank you Bill for posting photos.

Museum Discussion / Re: ROW Vegetation control
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:52:47 AM »
I expect that annual mowing would still be required.

Museum Discussion / Re: ROW Vegetation control
« on: April 14, 2019, 02:02:38 AM »
I was going to say much the same thing as Graham (1. "seed bombs" are made with clay, though we have plenty of that at Sheepscot, and 2. good wildflower seed mixes can be rather expensive), but he beat me to it!

Museum Discussion / Re: ROW Vegetation control
« on: April 13, 2019, 05:43:23 AM »
The SR&RL had 3 stock cars of more conventional design with outside braces and slatted sides, Nos. 490-492. There are very few photos of them to document their use, but with more than one car on the roster we might infer there were two-foot gauge stock trains at some point (or at least the expectation of them). There was a livestock chute or ramp for loading the cars in Strong, and presumably another in Farmington at well.

That's the Dduallt Spiral. It's a spectacular bit of railway.

Here is a Google satellite view of the tunnel:,+UK/@52.9692649,-3.9703565,513m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x48650cd167441ae7:0xe9cce3c9627da57d!8m2!3d52.998337!4d-3.944894

Note this is the "new" Moelwyn Tunnel completed in 1977, not the "old" tunnel on the earlier alignment (slightly to the east) that was flooded by the Tanygrisiau hydroelectric reservoir:

That's some very fine slate masonry.

Good answer.

I don't know. Personally, I would love to see them moved under cover and conserved somehow.

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