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US Two Footers / Interesting photo
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:50:16 PM »
The photo below, which appeared in the Lancaster newspaper last week, is interesting. It shows the Pennsylvania National Guard rifle range at  Mount Gretna, Pa. The range was part of a training facility that operated from about 1885-1935, and was served for part of that time (1889-1916) by the Mount Gretna Narrow Gauge Railroad, a two-foot gauge line that employed three lovely Baldwin 4-4-0 locomotives, the only two-foot gauge 4-4-0's to operate in the USA. While the focus is on the rifle range, in the distance, one of those 4-4-0's and a coach can be seen sitting at the platform. The line had one closed coach (seen in the photo) and seven open-sided observation cars that looked like WW&F No. 7 before it was converted to a combine. The railroad shut down in 1916 after one of the observation cars overturned on a sharp curve when too many people tried to board at once.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 15, 2018, 04:14:47 PM »
Thanks for the excellent photos and commentary, Bill. Even though I have walked the right-of-way several times, these photos provide a better visual than my admittedly fading memory. Well done!

Museum Discussion / Re: 2018 Operating Schedule
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:20:08 PM »
I totally support the present train schedule. I think operating a realistic train schedule is important. At the same time, I think it is equally imperative to further develop opportunities for passengers at Alna Center and Top of the Mountain. The Town of Alna's proposed walking trail to the meeting house comes to mind. Until we get the shingle mill/sawmill complex going at Top of the Mountain, we have to depend on our circular trail. I'm sure it could stand some clearing and improvements. Other ideas to occupy travelers up there are welcome.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:33:43 PM »
The original roadbed never got rolled, either.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 01, 2018, 06:06:28 PM »
Two more questions:

Is the new fill on the slide wider on top than the original was?

Is the fill material falling to its angle of repose?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:50:56 PM »
How is the contractor compacting the new fill material at the slide location, and what is holding the bottom to keep it from moving again?

Work and Events / Re: Alna Day - Saturday June 16, 2018
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:00:06 PM »
From what I have been reading and hearing from others in the tourist railroad industry, special events such as these are what draw visitors, not just a plain Jane train ride. Well done to everyone who had a part in making Alna Day happen.

Volunteers / Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:18:22 PM »
Or maybe some sort of walk-behind brush cutter or bush hog?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: June 11, 2018, 12:21:06 PM »
Short ties and two-foot gauge track won't slow down a yahoo in a big honking 4-wheel drive truck! I call for Jersey barriers at our property line with 218.

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: June 09, 2018, 06:50:53 PM »
Cab, cupholder, heater? You don't get any of these. Matter of fact, there isn't even a seat on this thing! You have to walk behind it.

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: June 09, 2018, 01:58:18 AM »
None of the above. Watch the video.

A new main line tamper could cost half a million dollars. It would have an air-conditioned cab with a cup holder.

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:48:45 PM »
Huh. I would have expected more. At any rate, it was a fun exchange with Dag.

General Discussion / Re: Alternative Tampers Abroad
« on: June 08, 2018, 12:38:41 PM »
Just for fun, I had a PM exchange with Dag regarding the French tamper, and we figured that the price of a new machine to us would be around $15,000. I wonder how much has gone into Big Joe over the years?

According to an announcement this morning by the Durango & Silverton RR, all steam trains are cancelled through next Sunday. They are trying to develop a plan using their diesels. Anyone holding reserved tickets is entitled to a full refund.

D&SNGRR Announces Suspension Of All Coal-Fired Steam Train Excursions Through Sunday, June 10

Historic 137-Year-Old Railroad to Provide Full Refunds to All Passengers Whose Excursions Have Been Canceled; Popular Scenic Railway Intends to Launch Alternative Diesel Train Passenger Service Later in June Once It Is Deemed Safe to Do So

DURANGO, Colo. - June 2, 2018 - PRLog -- The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR), which offers distinctive year-round rail experiences and special events to passengers of all ages in the remote, scenic wilderness and high-mountain landscape of Colorado's San Juan National Forest, today announced it is suspending all coal-fired steam passenger service through at least Sun., June 10, to ensure guest and employee safety during the containment of the 416 Fire.

In addition, the D&SNGRR confirmed today all guests whose excursions are canceled as a result of this decision will receive full, immediate and automatic ticket refunds. The announcement follows yesterday's D&SNGRR safety precaution to terminate passenger service today to Silverton.

"Passenger, employee and community safety is, and always has been, of paramount importance to the D&SNGRR, and it is our number-one priority throughout all aspects of the railroad's business," affirmed John Harper, general manager of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. "As a result, we strongly believe it is in the best interests of all parties concerned to suspend this service through at least Sun., June 10. In the meantime, we are closely collaborating with all first responders, and local, county, and state law enforcement and firefighting personnel, to provide any needed assistance in containing this fire. Additionally, we are proactively directing available resources and staff members to responding agencies as they continue fighting the 416 Fire."

Currently, the D&SNGRR is planning to launch an alternative diesel locomotive passenger service later in June once it has been deemed safe to do so. In the coming days, the railroad will announce all associated details, including fares, schedules, and itineraries, of these new products. The D&SNGRR also encourages Durango-area visitors and impacted passengers to visit the depot for free museum and scheduled railyard tours.

Volunteers / Re: June 2018 Work Planning
« on: June 03, 2018, 03:08:53 PM »
Some of those rusty bits and pieces look like automobile parts. I sort of recall a 1930's vintage car back in there somewhere. I wonder if someone was scrapping old cars there at one time.

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