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Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: August 13, 2017, 05:00:44 AM »
Bravo Ed and James! Thanks so much.

Work and Events / Re: North Yard Project - Official Work Thread
« on: August 11, 2017, 03:23:08 AM »
Congratulations, crew!

For the time being, Brendan's 3rd shot makes a dandy "What's wrong with this picture?" picture!  :D

Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: August 11, 2017, 03:07:41 AM »
Good luck! And bless you both for all you do to keep this great forum going!

Good going,team!

Question: Was it a big hassle getting the culvert from lengthwise on the flat car, as in Brendan's 3rd picture, to crosswise, for lifting by the crane?

General Discussion / Re: John Poor--Founder of the Portland Company
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:52:22 AM »
I apologize for getting the name of the railroad wrong. According to an article in Wikipedia, it was the Atlantic and St. Lawrence in the U.S., and the St. Lawrence and Atlantic in Canada,

The Wiki article mentioned that during WW II, bauxite from British Guiana was shipped to Canada over the line because of the Battle of the Saint Lawrence, in which 17 German U-boats were involved and many ships sunk.

Wiki has an article about that battle, as well.

General Discussion / John Poor--Founder of the Portland Company
« on: July 18, 2017, 03:42:30 AM »
Interesting article here about Poor’s founding of the Portland and Atlantic Railway as well as the Portland Company. He also bought a railroad magazine for his brother Henry, which got into publishing ratings on railroad bonds. That appears to have been the origin of todays’ Stadard and Poor’s 500 Index of stock prices.

Work and Events / Re: Ice Cream Social news article
« on: July 12, 2017, 02:10:50 AM »
Couldn't help noticing also that the page had a bunch of announcements re upcoming events at the Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden where yours truly resides.

Work and Events / Re: 52 running in Portland July 4th
« on: July 04, 2017, 04:39:23 AM »
Thanks for the pictures & captions, Brendan. And for the transport effort too, of course! Nice to see the cooperation between the museums.

Work and Events / Re: TCDA No. 65 (Reefer) - Official Work Thread
« on: July 01, 2017, 01:44:36 AM »
Brendan, thank you! Here's wishing the newly repaired Yeti many trouble free miles.

Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning
« on: June 25, 2017, 01:22:23 AM »
Hansel, I especially appreciated your video because when Eva and I rode the 1:30 train last Sunday, there was so much noise in Coach 8 I couldn't hear No.9's exhaust at all. Thanks!

Moderator Announcements / Re: May 28 2017 Forum crash, and recovery
« on: May 30, 2017, 06:45:49 PM »
James, you are a saint!

You took our ailing forum into Saint James Infirmary--IT Wing, and made it well again. Hurrah!

Thank you so much!

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: East Broad Top "The Current Chapter"
« on: May 20, 2017, 04:13:29 AM »
Thank you Matthew for the splendid photography, and the evocative, poetic prose as well!

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: May 01, 2017, 02:56:34 AM »
For these Porter locos, the ratio of weight on drivers to rated tractive effort was about 5.6. Generally for steam locomotives intended for road service the ratio was around 4. Sounds like the Porter locos in question were sure-footed beasts.

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: April 30, 2017, 02:12:09 AM »
Good going, Rick and crew. Man, those drivers and that frame are massive!

Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning
« on: April 17, 2017, 03:10:49 AM »
Keith, I think that derives from 180 for Mom plus 180 for Dad.  ;D

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