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Volunteers / Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:34:07 PM »
Would a zero turn cutter be of use?

Work and Events / Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:21:56 PM »
Us too!  We'd be there at all 3 concerts.

Or to Lake Loof Lirpa!

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:45:38 PM »
I really like your spirit "Can Do!" and the way you solve all problems that arise. Great to follow your development.

Sorry about the problems with the tamper. I am sure you will solve also those problems.
But just wanted to point out an alternative to consider.
We had an old, classic Matisa BL09M tamper bought for scrap price from Swedish State Railways some 40 years ago.
But in spite changing a lot of the parts, it continued to be quite temperamental.
Thus we bought a new one some years ago from this company in France, specialized narrow gauge equipment.
Their product is a rather direct copy of the Matisa BL09, built with Chinese components. They can custom build what ever you like, and it does not cost a fortune. Our new unit works quite well.

More pictures from our 600 mm railway on our blog:

Dag B Tried the first link and got a virus warning that was not easy to eliminate on my IPad.  Had to turn off power and wait for a minute and that eliminated the problem.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:14:58 PM »
Thanks to all for the work and the pictures.  Wonderful to see multiple generations in the work force! Looking forward to coming up with the family around Aug. 19 weekend.

Work and Events / Re: Shingle Mill - Official Work Thread
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:09:50 PM »
Thank you , Troy. Barb & I looked at it last night and she got a real feel for what it was like in winter logging.  Growing up I heard stories about river driving but never saw any by the late 40's early 50's.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 28, 2018, 11:43:23 PM »
Eagerly awaiting pictorial exhibits of the written progress being made!  Thank you.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 23, 2018, 01:39:29 AM »
If you have MSWord 2007 or later, there is an option to publish the document as a .PDF
Thanks Roger, yes I do have 2007 or later.  Just not use to having to use PDF files.  No sweat.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:05:57 PM »
Hi Ed et al, Sorry to say that my health precludes making many trips to Maine.  We are planning to be up there the third weekend in August.  I am versed in MSWord and Excel and would be happy to assist if any documentation can be worked on down here in MD.  I of course can read PDF but do not have the PDF write program.  Looking forward to August.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:35:35 PM »
Thank you, James.  I meant to say we are looking forward to our visit with or without #10!  We know that restoration is a lengthy process.  Here in Maryland boilers also have to be approved and pass state tests.  Same in Maine?

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:07:02 AM »
Hi  Any timetable for #10 to return to rails?  We know it's been a tough spring for temperature and hope that it warms up soon for you all.  We are trying to visit the weekend of the 19th in August with grandson and family and are looking forward to it!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 13, 2018, 04:41:23 AM »
Just saw a slide show on the digging of the Haarlem River Canal in NYC.  Permitting and financing were a problem even back then.  It took them 21 years to get started digging in 1893 and only 2 years to do it.  A great job getting all the approvals necessary for the "Down the Mountain" phase.  Congratulations.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 13, 2018, 04:34:53 AM »
Is that Kilroy, of WWII fame, portrayed on the blackhead?

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 11, 2018, 03:08:41 AM »
Great work guys!  Is welding next for the firebox? What are the steps to get the boiler through hydrostatic test?

Museum Discussion / Re: Engine house
« on: March 04, 2018, 07:01:54 AM »
Joe: Thank you for the explaination of smoke jack cooling via updraft air surrounding the hot exhaust.  It makes sense.   

Gary K U of Me. 1960 EPs worked in defense industry until 2003

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