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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: February 10, 2020, 04:43:43 PM »
#7 in particular is a bit of a coal and water 'hog' in the literal sense.

We don't call her miss piggy for nothing.

7 Was coaled up on Saturday at lunch and didn't get a single nugget Sunday morning and we managed to make it back. Granted it was with less than a chute of coal left sitting on the turntable but we can blame that on the 300 pounds we probably lost when we enlarged the cab space during the rebuild.

Volunteers / Re: January 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 24, 2020, 10:26:29 PM »
I'm really not! Have you seen the types of characters I hang out with?  ::)

I wouldn't know. You never wanna hang out with me on 3... :-\

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:39:53 AM »
There's a plow in Portland specifically for this idea to use with 7. It's like anything in that it's a low priority project since there are working alternatives already as normal plowing there is done with 1.

There's a really low branch right in the middle of cockeye curve that's been looking prime since the end of the summer. It definitely looked lower every day I was there so it might not clear 15 feet.

Museum Discussion / Re: New Paint Scheme for #52
« on: November 30, 2019, 02:27:31 PM »
I like the buildouts on the side of the cab. Makes it possible to see up the train without leaning out of the cab so far.

Volunteers / Re: Watch your Tamper...
« on: November 22, 2019, 09:46:34 PM »
This mean that the track from the tank switch to the platform got leveled and tamped?

Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: October 24, 2019, 09:21:22 AM »
I will be attending the wedding of my cousin in Falmout MASS this weekend, so I will not be able to attend.

Work and Events / Re: Work Weekends and volunteer labor
« on: October 23, 2019, 10:41:14 AM »
I'd be more than fine doing tie changeouts on one of the next work weekends.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 22, 2019, 05:33:55 PM »
Operationally it makes more sense to build south, too. If you move the runaround switch south of the road and double track across the street (why cross just once when you can cross TWICE?) you can park the whole trainset at the platform and not have to re-position in order to run around.

You can also borrow a page out of the playbook of some other railroads and make the south track long enough for a full trainset to be able to be able to pass a standing train that's at the platform. You would pull the whole train south of the road then push back into the station (much more efficient than the current method of using the turntable for runarounds).

Volunteers / Re: October 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:30:22 AM »
As of 11:30 am today, power is back on at Sheepscot.  It had been out for 32 hours after the storm.

We celebrated by flipping the tank/flatcar frame over.

You needed power and lights to do that?

Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: October 08, 2019, 11:24:58 AM »
Here is a interesting locomotive that has come up for sale on sterling rail, long ways away and quite expensive but fun to think about.

It's also the size (loading gauge wise) of a Garrett. Very large. I think that's been brought up here before. I know it has in personal conversations with some people.

Is Ship's Chow Hall still open?

Last time I drove by a few weeks ago they were. I think it's for sale if you're looking to go into the restaurant business.

Volunteers / Re: camping for the fall work weekend
« on: October 04, 2019, 08:24:58 AM »
I thought there was a $10 a night fee recommended.
That's for the bed. Donations are still welcome though. I usually try to leave extra in the food bucket when I stay outside in the camper.

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Work Reports
« on: October 03, 2019, 08:16:17 AM »
128 around Boston isn't bad when I usually drive it heading to Sheepscot -- around 4.30 in the morning.

It's not too bad going up there at that time through Boston, least on a Saturday...

Volunteers / Re: September 2019 Track Construction
« on: September 13, 2019, 12:50:06 PM »
And, what the heck is a 'tie nipper'?

It's a lever mounted with a hinge to a tie plate so that you can hold the ties up tight to the rail on uneven ground while it's being spiked.

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