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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2019, 02:30:51 AM »
Johnny McNit-Picker!  ;D

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Volunteers / Re: Summer Work: Trim the Trains!
« on: July 05, 2019, 03:59:00 AM »
Ed, I imagine you wish you could also get free of the tyrannical annual sapling attack along the right of way. Recollection of my feeble attempts at the task a dozen or so years ago is that unless the saplings were tiny, perhaps 1/4 inch in diameter, when the spinning blades hit one the kickback would tend to swing the trimmer, and me--very annoying for one as puny as I am.

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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: June 29, 2019, 03:23:59 AM »
All photos fine now. Marvelous work! Thank you, Alan

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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: June 28, 2019, 03:08:51 AM »
Alan, with my iMac20 desktop, photos 2,3,4 and 5 didn't appear, nor did photos 7and 8. Am wondering whether anyone else had same problem. Anyway, thanks for a fascinating post!

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US Two Footers / Re: J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad
« on: June 26, 2019, 03:20:11 AM »
Rick, thank your the link to the video. It was nice to observe in action the particular variant of Walschaert valve gear on No. 58.

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US Two Footers / Re: J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad
« on: June 25, 2019, 02:34:53 AM »
Rick, I'm guessing there's "some wicked squealin," as a Mainah might say, when 58 goes around that 40-foot radius curve. Do you perhaps have a link to a sound recording?

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Work and Events / Re: Concert SATURDAY June 22, 2019: Darlin' Corey
« on: June 20, 2019, 08:12:13 PM »
Page 14 of the June 14 issue of The Free Press, a weekly published in Rockland ME, has a six column-inch illustrated article giving the dates, artists, trip times, ticket prices and other information on the Music on the Railway concert series. I'm not sure what the boundaries of the coverage area are for that paper, but judging from the addresses shown for people writing letters to the editor, it reaches at least Belfast to the north, Waldoboro to the south, and Hope and Appleton to the west, plus several of the islands in Penobscot Bay to the east.

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Work and Events / Re: New ramp track
« on: June 19, 2019, 04:13:26 AM »
Elmer Gantry sure is proving to be a great addition to the museum's equipment.

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Museum Discussion / Re: New front end loader for the railway.
« on: June 15, 2019, 01:43:47 AM »
Let's hope that Justin Case won't need an excessive amount of a Justin  ::)

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Museum Discussion / Re: New front end loader for the railway.
« on: June 14, 2019, 02:37:31 AM »
Paul, I don't suppose it was donated, but if it was, we could consider Franky Freeloader. 

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Work and Events / Re: New ramp track
« on: June 14, 2019, 02:21:35 AM »
Thank you Brendan for this excellent photo-and-caption explanation of the project.

I'm just curious about the Hitachi backhoe. Is it a rental?

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 04, 2019, 04:05:32 PM »
Harold, the Museum is WWF.......wicked WICKED fortunate to have you doing this marvelous work!

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Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 26, 2019, 05:01:42 AM »
Thanks for the great pictures, Bill! Two of them reminded me of bivouac during basic training at Fort Dix NJ in April, 1951. After long march we were turned into a rocky field at about 1 AM and told to set up our pup tents. About 6 AM we were waked up by the cry of "FIRE!!" The mess sergeant had managed to set his kitchen tent ablaze. Don't remember how we got it out, but the mess sergeant was so grateful that we "firefighters" got extra big servings.

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Original Railway / Re: Water tanks on the WW&F
« on: May 26, 2019, 02:46:57 AM »
There was a discussion in the Forum, I believe on 5/24/2019, of water tank locations on the WW&F, which I tried to find tonight without success. In it, Jeff Schumacher thought he might have seen a map in the book Two Feet to Tidewater showing tank locations. I suspect what Jeff recalled was the track diagrams by Linwood Moody on pages 255-258. From those diagrams and photos elsewhere in the book I came up with the following list of water tanks shown on Moody’s diagrams, in which miles figures mean miles from Wiscasset. I took mileage figures from the timetable, and those presumably referred to the station locations, so the exact mileage to the tanks would be slightly different. I hope I didn’t miss many tanks.
1. By the Wiscasset shop
2. Mile 1
3. Head Tide 9.1
4. Between North Whitefield and Coopers Mills 20.4
5. Weeks Mills 28.2
6. Newell’s 31
7. Crosby Tank 43 (about ½ mile south of Albion station)

On Weeks Mills to Winslow Branch
8. South China 31.5
9. North Vassalboro 39.1

I would think that in addition to those 9, there would have been one at Winslow, but Moody’s diagram for Winslow didn’t show a tank. It did, however show a LOT of water in the Kennebec—many wavy lines!

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: May 23, 2019, 02:58:57 AM »
Alain, you humor reminds me of how hard I laughed at Jacques Tati's hilarious movie Monsieur Hulot's Holiday way back in the 1950s. Non-stop laughing all the way through. My rib cage was sore for several days afterward

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