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Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy hy--rail
« on: February 21, 2019, 09:59:24 PM »
Back in the old days, the puffing Billy Railway in Australia used motorcars, which they call trolleys, to patrol their railway. Then they used a couple of Ford Ranger pickups. Now they use John Deere Gators.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:58:34 PM »
Two quick stories about railroad work clothes. When he was growing up, my father had a neighbor who always left for work in a suit and tie, carrying a leather bag. My dad always assumed he was a doctor, until one day he was at North Broad Street Station in Philadelphia, and a train came in with his neighbor at the throttle in a full herringbone boiler suit. My wife's grandfather was an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and he always wore a full boiler suit and a necktie. On the big railroads, there were locker rooms for the train crews, and I'm fairly sure they wore different clothes to and from work than what they wore on the job.

But -- if you look at the photos in TFTT and the other Maine two-footer books, you'll see that the crews wore whatever they had as work clothes. I do recall one photo showing the RPO clerk on the WW&F wearing a long-sleeve shirt with a tie. I imagine our local fellows wore the same clothes all day, without a change. I think as long as our train crews do not wear AC/DC T-shirts or Red Sox ball caps turned backwards, we're okay!

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 19, 2019, 06:47:58 PM »
Steve, you must have gotten up oily to think of that one!  ;D

Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 19, 2019, 01:48:38 AM »
Thanks for the great report, Steven. Five hundred riders is nothing to sneeze at, for sure! The photos on Facebook sure showed it to be a popular event. One question: did anyone ride to Top of the Mountain to ski or snowshoe or hike?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:34:56 PM »
Lots of progress, but no people. How did that happen? Just curious how many helpers you had today, Mike.

Other Narrow Gauge / Flanging snow on the D&S
« on: February 16, 2019, 11:59:03 AM »
Here is a really nice pacing video of engine No. 476 and a flanger on the Durango & Silverton just the other day. Enjoy!

I am not a nay-sayer, not in either direction. But I do think it's important to recognize the potential obstacles that keep us from reaching our goals so we can start thinking about solutions. That is all.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:08:26 PM »
Blaschak Coal Corp., Mahanoy City, Pa. bagged or super sacks

While the W&Q does own some of the grade south of Cross Road, it is my understanding there is about 1800 feet in private hands before reaching the Alna/Wiscasset town line. Next is getting across Route 218 -- same issues only more so as south of Head Tide. An underpass or overpass would cost millions! To my knowledge, the WW&F owns very little original right of way within the Wiscasset town limits. There are at least 25 properties from which easement or purchase of right of way would be necessary. I'm not sure folks would want the train rattling their windows. And in the village, the current parking project has new parking along Railroad Street next to the Maine Central and at the end of the street, barring the way to Main Street. Finally, whether you believe in climate change or not, the sea level is rising, which would necessitate raising the embankment along the bay. Are these huge challenges worth it? I don't believe so.

Volunteers / Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:04:08 AM »
More cool photos. Thanks, Brendan.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:02:32 AM »
Great work, all! Thanks for the great photos, Brendan.

From what I can determine, the Alna/Whitefield town line is just north of the curve in the Sheepscot River, perhaps 2,000 feet or so beyond the station. This is the location of the gravel pit that provided gravel for the WW&F track. As mentioned above, beyond that is all privately owned. Realistically, if the WW&F wanted to, it could continue on to the site of the Whitefield bridge, about 3.2 miles beyond the Sheepscot station site. Of course, that would mean securing easements from the abutters. According to Linwood Moody's map, there had been a passing track in that area.

On the single occasion I walked down the right-of-way to the dam, I noticed that the outfall was mostly blocked by debris, which seemed to have raised the water level to some extent or other. Whether this was intentional by beavers or due to lack of maintenance I cannot say.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Michigan's Huckleberry Railroad >>>Photos<<<
« on: February 12, 2019, 02:29:54 PM »
And, if anyone is looking for a summer job, there are a number of openings at the Huckleberry RR. See below.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 08, 2019, 07:24:39 PM »
I have always believed one is only as old as one feels. Some days I feel like I'm 71, and other days I feel like I'm 40. When I'm at the WW&F, it's mostly 40's! This hobby and this place keeps me feeling young.

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