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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: September 20, 2017, 04:29:01 PM »
Yet more good news from just slightly to the north of Sheepscot.

Yesterday we set the boiler into place and welded on the first of the 4 supports to the firebox. This marks the first time since 2008 that the frame and boiler have been together and was the last major (projected) hurdle in the reassembly process.

Next steps will be finishing up installing the support brackets, plumbing, grates, brakes, smokebox, and tank work, (probably in that order).

Our current goal is to have the boiler "fire ready" by the time the FRA inspector makes his annual visit in November. Not saying that this will be when the first fire is placed, but just that we have the ability to do so if he requests it.










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Work and Events / Re: Ice Cream Social II 2017 images
« on: September 01, 2017, 01:30:05 PM »
Great pics as usual Stephen.

Did you ever process those pics from Easter?

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:12:47 AM »
More good news!

Today water was placed in the boiler and pumped up to regular operating pressure (150 psi).

A few small leaks were found around some stays and rivets, but overall the results were very encouraging.

We're currently on track for a boiler lift sometime on or before Labor Day.

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: August 14, 2017, 07:49:36 PM »
For those that haven't had the opportunity of hearing in person from myself or other members of the MNG steam team via the facebook group, there have been a large number of steps forward for the B&SR 7 project.

Two weeks ago all of the tubes were loaded in the boiler, rolled, and seal welded.

Between then and last Friday the last of the rigid and flexi stays were headed over and stay caps installed on the flexis. The lower 4 rows of stays were seal welded inside the firebox on on the outside wrapper sheet.

Boiler plugs were test fit and installed on all of the openings so that the first water test can take place. The throttle and turret will be reinstalled when this is taking place.

The first test fill will be planned to take place sometime in the next week to two weeks. Once we check for any and all leaks we'll do a test hydro and place the boiler back on the frame.

Stay tuned.

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: April 18, 2017, 02:55:42 AM »
Progress update on #7 for those that don't follow the facebook page.

3 side sheets are done with threaded stays and the flexi-stays are 95% done. Half of the mud ring rivets went in today.

All that's left with the boiler itself is the throat sheet stays, the welded stays, the other half of the mud ring rivets, and welding on the steam dome collar. Once that all is done we can put tubes in and hydro the work.

Link to video of riveting from today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRgjk9naeAs

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General Discussion / Re: Settle Carlisle RR
« on: March 02, 2017, 06:44:52 AM »
Most 4 cylinder engines (Like the GWR Saints, Castles and Kings) in the UK are paired and offset 90 degrees (180 inside R/L to outside L/R) to balance each other. Those run incredibly smooth and sound like the correct number of beats per revolution as opposed to the 3 cylinder designs.

"God's Wonderful Railway" (GWR) did everything in style.

"Great Way Round" if you ask the guys at the museums over there that specialize in the Southern Railway.

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General Discussion / Re: Settle Carlisle RR
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:28:08 AM »
Note: Tornado is a four-cylinder engine, so its exhausts make it sound as if it is moving faster than it is.

Tornado's 3 cylinders offset 120 degrees, which is why she sounds so much faster for her big drivers.

Most 4 cylinder engines (Like the GWR Saints, Castles and Kings) in the UK are paired and offset 90 degrees (180 inside R/L to outside L/R) to balance each other. Those run incredibly smooth and sound like the correct number of beats per revolution as opposed to the 3 cylinder designs.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 16, 2017, 04:52:33 PM »
I could be wrong, but I think only the regular Edaville engines have steam heat connections on them. I was actually considering hooking the line up on 3 last Saturday since we were running with coach 8 right behind the loco half the time.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Will the SR&RL #6 briefly run on the WW&F?
« on: January 31, 2017, 04:47:46 PM »
Bill, you can now add the WW&F to the list of revenue runs for #3..
I swear I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached. I only spent the last two weekends running with you guys.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Will the SR&RL #6 briefly run on the WW&F?
« on: January 31, 2017, 04:54:38 AM »
And if you really want to go all the way; you can get Bickford Transportation to take he up to Phillips for "old home days" and run her on home rails. i wonder how many locomotives have run on four railways?


There's a lot of engines that were run on at least 3 just in Maine service

3's been around the block (and the country for that matter).

Revenue service:
Monson
Edaville
Pleasure Island
Freedomland
Maine Narrow Gauge (GTR right of way)
Sandy River (P&R right of way)
WW&F

Non revenue operations:
Portland Termial (down Commercial St on snap track)
Monson
Billerica & Bedford
Long Beach (don't think was steamed in CA)
Various parades in Edaville times (sometimes steamed on the back of the flatbed)

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Museum Discussion / Re: Helper service with # 3 and # 9
« on: January 18, 2017, 02:29:04 PM »
Video uploaded by my mom who was on last weekend's trip of the 2nd runby with pusher service.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_3oY8EobsE&feature=youtu.be

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: Monson #3
« on: July 16, 2016, 02:26:14 AM »
So if we ride behind it in Phillips, do we have to walk back, since you only have crews going forward?

Well.....at least it's not that long a walk back if you take the wood's shortcut........

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: Monson #3
« on: July 15, 2016, 09:39:00 PM »
Monson #3, after a brief delay and being used in service 4th of July weekend in Portland, is back on the rails in Phillips.

She'll be running in service on SRRL trains tomorrow and as many open days as MNG can help provide crews for going forward this season.


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Museum Discussion / Re: Hand Spiking vs. Power Spiking
« on: April 19, 2016, 01:58:40 PM »
I know it's only been a day, but I'm surprised that nobody's brought up building a 2 ft work train complete with spike puller, tie puller/inserter, and spike driver sections. Already have the setout crane and the tamper, so that and a flat of ties and you're half way there! *ducks behind barricade*


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Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Turntable - Official Work Thread
« on: March 01, 2016, 10:00:43 PM »
Will the wheels get tires to prevent wear? Or are they too small?

Wheels are never too small for tires, Mike. I know of at least one 1.5" scale live steamer that has steel tires on cast hubs, and those are 9" in diameter.

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