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Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: November 25, 2020, 12:45:42 AM »
I'm not sure I wanna go down the rabbit hole of discussing historical value and "artifacts", but I'm going to add a small part of my two cents.

All of this stuff was designed to be used and that included moving to new railroads and having new identification affixed to them (examples: #9 & coach 3). It's a normal act to add the WW&F tag along with the Rutland tag (although practice would be to replace it). It's not being destroyed by adding the tag if it's reversible. Collecting things and not using them is a waste, and in this case they'll be treated better even with that use than they have been for a long time.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 20, 2020, 09:58:49 AM »
Any idea why there is an extra stud on the end of the car?
Mike Nix

My guess is that's where the ladder attaches.

Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 19, 2020, 08:54:40 AM »
Wow, glad I didn't mention that the snow braces were installed this week.

Between this and posting a pic of "6" in the snow last winter, you're just pushing for there to be a freak snowstorm Friday night.

Volunteers / Re: November 2020 Work Reports
« on: November 11, 2020, 09:22:23 PM »
John, a new horse team is going to be used for the winter ops at Sea Lyon farm, the steam crew met them at Alna Center for an introduction to #9, the steam, the noise and of course the whistle. Hence the training for the horse team.

I suspected as much. Civil war re-enactors who work with horses (either for cavalry or artillery) spend a lot of time "bomb proofing" their horses.

Museum Discussion / Re: Dynamo Productions Charter >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: November 04, 2020, 02:42:40 PM »
Very nice photos, Kevin.  And having fairly comprehensive captions "adds significant value", ;D as the phrase goes.  Thanks for the link.

The 2nd photo in the series, of the "Monson Method" threw me some.   From what I recall seeing at FWW 2019, the coal bin wasn't close enough to the track to directly throw coal into a tender.    But then I thought that things might have got moved around when the two storage tracks were added on the NW edge of the turntable.

The bin is.....close enough (and tall enough), but you have to be used to throwing full transfer scoops (same size as scoops used on standard gauge) a fair distance in an accurate arc. I put my accuracy at about 85% of the coal I threw made it into the bunker (1 scoop landed on the roof and a fair number of nuggets hit the side of the tank and fell down). It's not something we can make a habit of only in that the coal gets lower in that spot every time you do it. Eventually it would be too low to get enough height to clear the bunker wall (also it's tougher on the bloke doing it...).

A you could also say it was a "declining days of SRRL" method too as there's video of the engines being coaled from gondolas in the waning days of the railroad. Both the Monson and SRRL distances were a lot closer due to it being yard trackage, though.

Volunteers / Re: November 2020 Work Reports
« on: November 04, 2020, 10:52:42 AM »
Also on Saturday (actually all week - already underway), our friends at Maine Narrow Gauge in Portland are also hosting a track work party. Volunteers are needed as they are replacing 500 ties, and associated track work.

Thanks for the plug, Ed.

MNG will also be working Friday and Sunday if any of you wanna get in a little bit at both places. Monson 3 will be out and about all weekend.

General Discussion / Re: Fluke Accident
« on: November 03, 2020, 12:44:32 PM »
So is this a reverse of the "I once caught a fish THIS BIG" story?

Museum Discussion / Re: Dynamo Productions Charter
« on: October 28, 2020, 10:14:58 AM »
2nd (edited) video has shown up:

The charter namesake video hasn't shown up yet but I think he usually has a couple camera's worth of footage to splice together.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: WW&F acquires historic locomotive
« on: October 15, 2020, 09:14:39 AM »
It's number 13. The volunteers that I've ever talked about locomotives agree that 12 is reserved for when we rebuild 6 sometime in the next 30 years.  ;D

Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 09, 2020, 09:02:36 PM »
Will there be sufficient space between the rail and the timbers to place and operate a track jack?
You can set the jacks up inside the gauge, too. The tall jacks might be needed to do it that way, though. Of course that's assuming you're carrying stone to the spot from the flat.

Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:14:53 PM »
Just out of curiosity. Are those gonna be set any lower into the stone than shown in the pics? I'd hate to see what happens when a locomotive with outside frames gets close to them.

Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 01, 2020, 09:53:49 AM »
In a normal world you'd have a second section arriving as the first section is departing A/C.  Thereby the SeaLyon wagons are not making any movements without passengers.  But we'll need #10 back online for next year ......

Timetables prior to the lockdown included 2nd class trains that would travel a set time behind the 1st class train and they'd pass in Alna Center or sheepscot. There was also provisions for 2nd sections. You can see an example of the 1st\2nd class dynamic in this video from last year's annual picnic.

Monson 3 handled the 2nd class train and is still able to whenever we go back to being able to run multiple trains since WW&F and MNG are on very good terms right now.

Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: September 30, 2020, 11:06:07 AM »
We also can't fit another car in the runaround at top of mountain.

Museum Discussion / Re: Hayrides
« on: September 01, 2020, 08:49:34 PM »
When the pumpkin trains were running last year the folks from sealyon were doing hayrides with the tractor from top of mountain to the "pumpkin patch".

They also did horse sleigh\cart rides during steam & sleighs.

Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:42:59 PM »
Bravo to Catherine.  This will make the tank car much more appealing!  I know she's been waiting to do this a long time..
From a fb post on the matter.

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