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Messages - John Kokas

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:39:33 PM »
Seriously Guys!  I think we're scraping the bottom of the punster pile here.  I know we are capable of better (sic) wit.  :o

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Museum Discussion / Re: steam heat in passenger cars
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:16:26 PM »
Correction:  Shipmate is made in Bedminster, PA - not 15 min. from me.  They used to be in CT.

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Museum Discussion / Re: steam heat in passenger cars
« on: February 11, 2018, 10:37:05 PM »
I came across a website for small wood/coal stoves for shipboard use.  Go to shipmatestove.com and look at their "Skippy" model.  It's just about the right size and BTU output for our small coaches.  It also has the lagscrew holes in the legs which will meet our needs and with a 4 inch flue and damper which should match our roof openings.  A little bit pricey but a nice unit and made in New England.

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Museum Discussion / Re: steam heat in passenger cars
« on: February 10, 2018, 04:16:00 PM »
IMHO we should have stoves versus steam heat to stay historically and period correct.  The Strasburg reproduction might be a bit big for our needs.  I have a smaller "caboose" stove that I use out in my shed which I think is a Chicago Stove Co. unit.  They made identical units for cabooses and buildings, the only difference was the caboose stoves had duck feet with a hole for a lag bolt to screw into the floor.

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Museum Discussion / Re: ROW owned by WWF Ry museum
« on: February 07, 2018, 02:53:07 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if we find out that there is ROW that is still (owned / easement) that is not on township maps anymore.  It is common practice for township engineers to have discontinued easements removed from maps so they can reduce costs of redrawing and as they like to do in PA, have the property revert to the adjacent landowners so they can TAX THEM!

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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:03:09 PM »
Careful, our Moderator may have to clamp down on this topic!  ;D

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: February 04, 2018, 12:59:31 AM »
Looking real good guys.  Mike you threw me off with the picture of Bob on the ice with the Mason's shot.  Had to look twice as I thought I saw a baby Trout-Moose standing next to Bob.   :D

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 03, 2018, 12:45:25 PM »
Robert,

Due to the scaled down size of your proposed engine, I would suggest you look more at a 4BT engine rather than a 6BT.  They are available up to 140HP which is only slightly less than the original engines on a 44 tonner.  There are lots of surplus or re-man engines available for very reasonable prices.  Also I would look at diesel-electric as they would not require transmissions, gearing, etc. They would also be period correct since both GE and I-R were building boxcabs during the 1920's-30s.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 01, 2018, 08:39:51 PM »
I believe we have several members who are from "Down Under".  There have been mill closures and some scaling back of 2' trackage over the last 10 years.  It might do us well to contact them and ask if they could make some inquiries or to at least sniff around on their local railway forums.  Never know what may turn up.

As far as South Africa is concerned - their stuff is probably too big/heavy for our track.  BUT!  I did not know they had a 2' BALDWIN 4-6-2 Pacific!  A possible engine #12 or 13?

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:16:12 AM »
Bernie,  can any parts of this pattern be used for #11 castings?  Can't wait to see the finished product - another work of art..

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: January 30, 2018, 12:00:10 AM »
I would suggest looking at a center-cab design with two engines.  Each one connected directly to its end truck.  The one advantage is if you have a road failure of an engine, you have the remaining one to get you home.  Think of a scaled down GE 44 tonner.

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Work and Events / Re: Steam Train Snow Day - Feb 17, 2018
« on: January 29, 2018, 11:14:17 AM »
I'm sure Fred will find them   ;)

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: January 28, 2018, 08:48:30 PM »
I know it's posted somewhere on the forum - but I can't find it.  When is SWW this year?  Its not on the museums events webpage yet.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:03:51 AM »
NO,,,,  Fred is not taking a break,  he's managing!  Note the Director's Chair!  :)

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Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 28, 2018, 12:00:22 AM »
Happy Birthday Fred!  And many more......

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