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Messages - Alex Harvilchuck

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Museum Discussion / Re: Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:35:00 PM »
Can we get rights to use the video and portions of it for museum purposes? Never hurts to have stock footage that can be assembled into a marketing video for propoective donors/foundations/businesses/granting institutions/sponsors ....

I'm really glad we didn't have to fill out the amount of paperwork that they did.

And they were waiting YEARS for it to get approved.
... So go buy a Town of Alna Selectman (or Selectwoman) a coffee!  :D

The Mountain extension isn't the only narrow gauge being built..... New news 6 March 2018

Our planning applications to extend the railway to Blackmoor Gate and Wistlandpound Reservoir are now approved.

Museum Discussion / Re: Engine house
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:59:15 PM »
I would like to see an airspace between the flue and the outer wall of any designed smokejack, along with proper spacing (treat these like a chimney) between it and wood framing. This may prevent a devastating fire someday, should the soot in the jack catch fire..

Plus line the smokejack with the Hardie Cement Board (comes in 4' x 8' sheets) and do the same with the door on the top. It's basically a chimney with a full-closing damper. Can use the Hardie trim to finish off the bottom and anywhere else one might think sparks could land.

I use a scrap of the Hardie board as a backer for the oxy-acetelyne torch when I solder large diameter copper pipes in situ. It is also resistant to a plasma torch - was in a pinch cutting in a tight spot.

Museum Discussion / Re: Engine house
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:56:44 PM »
Perhaps the material being referred to is transite.  I have seen roundhouse smokejacks made of an asbestos/portland cement board called transite.  It is nonflammable and rather durable, ideal for smokejack linings.  Unfortunately that material is no longer available due to health hazards associated with it.

You can line with James Hardie soffit material. Works well as a Fiber-cement board product.

Hmm, I'm not that far away from Freeville....Any details? PM if you'd like.

Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:13:58 PM »
If you bring us Moxie I will send you back with a six pack of Cheerwine!

I will raise you a 24 pack of Cherokee Red

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:20:34 PM »
Page 10 of the Summer 2015 NSPCB Newsletter indicates that the Moose Brook Bridge has already been treated with fire retardant.

Well that's what I get for not reading the entire link I sent! Does it need another coat since it was sitting outside un-assembled in Gorham?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:01:44 PM »
I am assuming we are liberally spraying the trusses with the fire retardant NSPCB suggests? It will be significantly cheaper to apply it to the trusses in the parking lot before they are installed and covered since it will be a one-time application. The exterior boxed-surfaces would need to be treated every 5 years.

For those interested in additional detail look at Page 8-9 of the Summer 2015 NSPCB Newsletter.

Also consider joining the NSPCB!

Museum Discussion / Re: MNG in need of car roofers
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:50:01 PM »
Being the right thing to do to help friends, neighbors and colleagues in a time of crisis, I blegged on NGDF and RYPN about the plight of the coaches and that MNG needs help.

Glad to hear SR&RL in Phillips could offer a spot under cover for Coach #19. I bet it's a bit soggy in the car.

Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm October 2017
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:09:02 PM »
Getting the word out .... on NGDF and RYPN

Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm October 2017
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:44:11 PM »
Might be worthy of a mention in the next newsletter ...

Original Railway / Re: "standard" font(s) used by WW&F on publications
« on: October 28, 2017, 01:01:08 AM »
So I sent the image off to some font geeks to chew on for a while ...

Original Railway / Re: "standard" font(s) used by WW&F on publications
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:23:44 AM »
This document ...

the top two lines and most of the rest look like Clarendon. Especially because of the tail on the lowercase "y" and a few other bits. Besley Clarendon seems to be the closest variant font since the tail of the lowercase "y" is tighter to the stem than a lot of the other variants. It is also an 1845 font and was used extensively with railroads....

The only problem is the "IN EFFECT NOVEMBER 11, 1907" looks like a second typeface. A weird tail on the "N"...

Museum Discussion / Museum Pinterest Page
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:05:45 AM »
Pinterest is one of the top 6 Social Media networks, so now we have a page for the Museum.

If you happen to have an account, please feel free to become a "Follower".

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