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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:27:34 PM »
Hi you all !

      Funnily enough, there are two mechanical signals on the AMTP although there was none on the TPT neither on the other French two-footers, I think. Only  three-footers got a few of them. The first one is a danger signal that has been salvage from a  well known French three-footer the chemin de fer du Blanc- Argent that still partly exists nowadays. It's located at the  far end of Pithiviers station and concerns the westbound trains to Bellébat. It is intended to avoid a " cornfield meet" with an on coming eastbound train. When that signal is "on" you can see a square iron plate painted in white and red check that is at right angles to the track. It means STOP and it's an absolute signal of course . When the signal is "off" the iron plate is parallel to the track and  you can't see the painted face and then it means proceed if the go- ahead signal has been  given by the Pithivers station agent. At night the danger signal shows  two red lights when it is "on" and a green one when it is"off". In French such a signal is called "un carré" a square.  I'm going to tell you about the other mechanical signal,  a round one, later on.

      By the way go visit my fb page, every week I post AMTP photos, hopefully you can see those signals,  and follow me  on  the AMTP trip down memory line. Explanations and pic captions  are in English too. See you soon !

Work and Events / Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:52:47 AM »
Hi Stephen !
Great idea that Summer Concert Series, Wish we could be there, my wife and I love country classic and blue grass, a music and rhythm that match the chug and roll of an old steam country train so well.

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:20:41 PM »
 For sure you have to push it.

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:23:09 PM »
I second John  You all did a good job of work.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:43:24 PM »
Thank you Mike it's kind of you.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: June 06, 2018, 03:39:20 PM »
Hi Folks !
 Just posted on my fb page  an interesting  but kind of long ( I think so...) video about Bellébat site, lost in the French Midwest and the forth coming event" Bellébat en Fête" and the AMTP annual  Steam Festival . Just posted as well  an invitation on  a trip down" AMTP memory line".  Through  a digitized selection of my slides, I'm gonna show you the  AMTP story from 1973 on. And no biggie ! Most of my pic captions and explanations are both in French and English. By the way ,sorry for my yesterday, today and tomorrow English mistakes. Remember my fb page is Alain Delassus  aka Uncle Scrooge. CU soon!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 26, 2018, 10:33:22 PM »
 Hi Paul ! Sure they deserve it. Thanks for the word gangbusters  I didn't know this adjective. In French it  is " du tonnerre de Dieu"  like a hell of a something.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 26, 2018, 01:59:36 PM »
Good job of work ! In France in the early fifties  a branch was also tied to the highest point  of a beeing built house and my grand father said  it meant that the masons' work was over and that the owner of the house should buy them a drink. A long gone custom. Did the BOD members get you a drink  ?

Volunteers / Re: May 2018 Work Planning
« on: May 20, 2018, 09:37:57 PM »
It's mind boggling but thanks for the vocabulary lesson.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:23:24 PM »
I second Bill. Bravo!

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: May 04, 2018, 03:54:06 PM »
Hi! The Chemin de fer de Rillé in France uses  such a tamper. Once a year the track crew comes to Pithiviers to help the AMTP to repair streches of track and they bring their tamper along that  seems to work properly but you have  to push it. I'm going to post a few photos on my fb page. Chemin de fer de Rillé Website

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:11:24 PM »
Hi follks !
 Today I'm going to tell you about the museum of the AMTP that means Association du MUSEE des Transports de Pithiviers.The museum is as old as the association (1966). It is located close to Pithiviers station in the  disused  frieghtcar repair shop of the T.P.T.  The museum is rather large, it comprises three bays fit with  standart, three- foot and two foot- gauge tracks. At the back of it there is a large room that was the shop forge and the forge with its implements is still  there. The exhibits are steam locomotives and freight cars of course but quite a lot  of railroad artifacts as well, such as lanterns, caps, uniforms model steam locomotives etc . The museum was not exclusively  dedicated to the two footers let alone the TPT.  Over the past decades you could admire two electric streetcars  a three- foot gauge steam locomotive and loungecar  and a  three foot gauge railcar too . When I started out as a volunteer in 1973 there were even a old bus and a steamroller!    Still there were a few two- foot gauge steam locomotives. In the early 2017 a new and young leadershhip was voted an since then  things  has been changing a lot in the museum that little by little will be dedicated  to the two foot gauge and the TPT history. You can see a few vews of the museum on the AMTP website and fb. CU soon .

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:15:23 AM »
Thanks Bill for these interesting pics of that busy week end on the track and in the workshop . Everything is ready for the start of the operating season all due to the dedicated volunteers. Those who had planned and prepared  the  SWW over the past few weeks and those who were on the ground last week end. Bravo you all !

Work and Events / Re: Shingle Mill - Official Work Thread
« on: April 30, 2018, 04:15:49 PM »
Hi! Interesting movie from an historic past and not too hard to understand in so far as the guy is not speaking too fast. Thanks for posting it.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:23:41 PM »
Hi !
While  I was lying around doing nothing in my hometown you guys were doing a hell of job on the track . I was a  member of the track crew in decades on the AMTP so I know track works are no picnic but they are essential. No track no train.  I've really enjoyed the photos and the videos they 've have reminded me of  a lot of good memories. We have never used horses in Pithiviers,  I do admire the way their owners master them on this difficult terrain. Bravo you all !

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