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Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: March 10, 2019, 03:10:43 PM »
Just as comparison.
Here is an home built 2 ft, tie changer in action:

and after some maintenance work with a new cylinder and some paint:
bottom of blog post.

US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 16, 2018, 09:11:13 AM »
I think the drawings in the link are scaled down versions of the drawings in Richard Dunn's excellent book Narrow Gauge to No Man's Land.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:00:32 PM »
This is a rare photo of the original version of the 600 mm Baldwin 4-6-0, built for the French military railways of Morocco before WWI.

Thus the origin of the more "austere" version built in large numbers for the British WWI field railways.

Dag B

US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 15, 2018, 10:42:09 PM »
Quite a coincidence. I had never heard of the place, but just a few hours before I read this thread, I ran across this collection of photos:

Right click to see all 10 images, or "<- Back to photostream" to see an overview.

Dag B

An absolutely remarkable design of a station building at a heritage railway.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:09:37 PM »
Is the 303 Vacuum Brakes?

Yes, as you can see from the brake hose.
Here is the small and discrete ejector.
The narrow gauge lines i Britain are very mixed these days with 600 or 2" gauge, air or vacuum brakes. Not very compatible.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« on: December 05, 2018, 07:31:58 PM »
Well, there are many variants that can easily be mixed up.
The French fortresses had already before the war the Fairlie/Pechot-Bourdon type of articulated locos. During the war most of them were built by Baldwin.

The British started in a haste by taking a standard 0-6-0 Hunslet design and lengthened it by adding a forward truck/bogie, quite original! But it was well liked, but way too few.
Ordering more 4-6-0 from  Baldwin, this company took a very similar design they already had for the French military lines in Morocco (one of the largest 600mm/2" networks, about 1300 miles!), simplified it and built it in large numbers. Not very popular, prone to derail, but Baldwin built a lot of them.  Hunslet on the right, Baldwin on the left.

The British ordered more locos from Alco, they came out with a 2-6-2 outside framed tank. Really good locos. After the war most found their way to the colonies. Only three survived in France (one now on Ffestiniog).

When the US entered the war your army ordered more 2-6-2 from Baldwin. But they modified their 4-6-0 design and built a 2-6-2 with inside frames, not as good as the Alcos. A fair number of these inside framed 2-6-2 were built by Davenport. One Davenport preserved in Fort Benning.

The locos in the Sandstone brochure are one US Baldwin inside framed 2-6-2 and a British (LDR) Baldwin 4-6-0.

Baldwin also built a number of 0-6-0 saddle tanks for France.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Electric two footer
« on: November 08, 2018, 10:54:16 AM »
Formally the state owned company Deutsche Reichsbahn was registered and remained in the East Germany. It was not until September 1949 that Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal Railways) was formed in the nely formed West Germany.
Finally in 1994 DB took over DR and was renamed Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) after the merger.

US Two Footers / Re: Henschel loco
« on: November 05, 2018, 10:46:15 AM »

Obviously not easy.
My own guess is that it could be Hen 23033/1936 plinthed in Akron, OH.
A lot of details are the same. But no definitive identification.

By the way, the picture in my link is flipped, right hand driven car and left hand driven loco.

US Two Footers / Re: Henschel loco
« on: November 04, 2018, 03:17:39 PM »
Yes, I can see that.
But all Henschels at Bothbay didn't come directly from Germany I think?
And there are a number of similar locos in the US.

US Two Footers / Henschel loco
« on: November 04, 2018, 08:36:55 AM »
Does anyone know which Henschel loco this is and where?
Looks similar to the Boothbay engines.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Concrete ties for two-footers
« on: October 23, 2018, 07:56:39 PM »
Currently we are using used CCA Pressure Treated ties, that started off life as guard rail posts in the State of New Hampshire. We also have some used standard guage ties that were cut to 5 feet. Some of those are reaching the end of their life.

I see, CCA has been banned from this type of use in Scandinavia for the last 10 years.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Concrete ties for two-footers
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:57:28 AM »
I visited the Polish 600 mm railways a few times in the late 1970-ties, when steam still reigned.
There they had quite a lot of concrete ties. Although there was some kind of resilience pads between the rail and the tie, I remember it was very noisy and uncomfortable to ride over these "modernized" stretches.

Talking about Australian ties, we bought a load of Australian Eucalyptus/Jarrah ties in the mid 80-ties. They are still in reasonable good shape. But we never repeated it, went back to creosote impregnated spruce ties instead. Except for the extension of the line (between Läggesta and Taxinge) were we could "borrow" a full (std. gauge) train load of used European beech wood ties from the Swedish national rail. Borrowing means that we can return them for destruction when we take them out of the track.
There is an ongoing debate within the European Union on the use of creosote. They want to ban it totally, but it would be a catastrophe for all preserved railways. And no one has been able to prove them to be a real environmental hazard when used in the track.

What kind of ties and impregnation do you use on WW&F?

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
« on: October 21, 2018, 07:30:03 AM »

Thanks for kind comments.

The Volvo is a true gem with original transmission; inline, flathead 6 cylinder gas engine (just the sound of it!), non-sync gearbox and all mechanical pedal brake operating double balanced brake blocks on each wheel (takes mm precision to adjust).

But its origin is not 600 mm gauge. Built for carrying Sunday mail bags and very few passengers (no mixed trains running on Sundays) on the 802 mm (31.6") Hällefors Fredriksbergs Järnväg. I still think it fits well into the historical scenario we try to create, as three out of the seven public carrier 600 mm gauge railways in Sweden had similar solutions with rail cars/buses built using highway vehicle parts. (Similarities between Maine and Sweden are obvious.)
It was beautifully restored in the 1980-ties, very complicated work to fix the rotten woodwork and rusted plates in the curved rear of the car body.

Mariefred is a more than nice place to be with its old 18/19:th century centre and the old castle. We have a close cooperation with the steamer s/s Mariefred, a unique ship as it has operated between Stockholm and Mariefred every year since it was built in 1903!

Two Footers outside of the US / ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
« on: October 20, 2018, 12:52:02 PM »

First, congratulations to all of you at WW&F to all the astonishing achievements of the last year. Pure joy to follow!

Some updates from a collogue on the other side of "the pond".
Updated blog with photos from the End of Season Gala, Track work, Day of young members, Youth camp etc., with summaries in English:

Some really good photos from one of our long time supporters Tommi:

For those who don't know us, some basics:Östra_Södermanlands_Järnväg


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