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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.

And here is a close-up of the placard on No. 18:

Here is No. 16:

Here is a photo I took of No. 20's tank in 2014.

Not just one or two, but three: the tender tanks from SR&RL engines 16, 18, and 20 survive and are on display in Phillips. The tanks for 16 and 18 were found buried under fill in the Phillips yard and were identified by comparing their dimensions to the Baldwin specs and photos. (These two engines are often assumed to have been identical, but there were actually some small differences between them.) How 20's tank survived I don't know, but it was also somehow missed by the scrappers.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 22, 2019, 06:04:41 AM »
One thing that has always interested me- has anyone seen a photo of a WW&F conductor or train crew in a traditional uniform?

That's an interesting question. Flipping through Two Feet to Tidewater, I see photos on pages 61 and 123 that appear to show a crewman wearing a traditional conductor's uniform. However, the caption on page 61 identifies this individual as the mail clerk Charles Crosby, *not* the conductor. If this is correct, then I wonder if the extra formality could have had something to do with the mail clerk's status as an armed federal employee rather than a railroader per se. The pictures date from ca. 1902 and 1910 and show passenger trains rather than mixed trains.

Passenger conductors and trainmen on the SR&RL certainly wore traditional uniforms, but on the WW&F I don't know.

According to reports on climate change, the ocean waters would flood our location at 218 and the  Trout Brook bridge.

Head Tide is almost right at current sea level, as the name implies. If we're building for the long term, future sea level rise should be considered as a limiting variable for northward expansion as well as southward.

Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: February 09, 2019, 06:11:03 PM »
Thanks, Jeff! That's great to hear.

Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:36:24 PM »
Kayakers1107 is  now selling a B&W negative of No. 2 on the turntable at Albion in 1930. This is a photo I don't recall seeing before.

Museum Discussion / Re: Map of WW&F Museum
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:42:40 PM »
One thing we are in desperate need of is a regular track crew. Which will also be taken into consideration.

In other words, we shouldn't build more than we can maintain.

General Discussion / Re: National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 28, 2019, 02:40:50 AM »
Likewise, I got to meet John Bush briefly when I visited the C&TS in 2014. I was staying in Chama, and first thing in the morning I walked down to the depot where I found a group of railfans gathered with coffee in hand watching the crew getting 487 ready for that morning's train. In the middle was John Bush himself, and he greeted me warmly as I walked up. I immediately felt welcome and at home, and that small gesture left a really positive impression on me. He's a great guy.

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