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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 04:52:07 PM »
Is it an optical illusion, or has Bryce grown a few inches? He looks taller than Dana.

Jeff S.

Not an illusion: he and Dan are clearly in the "spurt' stage of adolescence. And both are a pleasure to work with.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:31:56 PM »
Thanks, Mike. I assume then that the bridge is not in its final resting place yet.
Another question, how did you get to the top of the diagonals and tension rod to attach those? Was the sheathing left off there?

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:30:48 PM »
Unless there was some magic or I'm just missing it, the bridge was jacked up and the dollys and tongue disappeared at some point before the last batch of pictures. When did that happen?

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Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:38:11 PM »
Morning rush on a Saturday?

Probably being ironic...

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 06, 2018, 05:35:45 PM »
No "O S___" or "Ooopsies"   ? :P

That's great news.
What Paul said.
Saturday will be exciting and hopefully fun.

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Volunteers / Re: August 2018 Work Reports
« on: August 27, 2018, 01:39:07 PM »
In addition to the really exciting stuff, Gordon C. made and installed two brackets on #9 to support the engine vacuum brake rods. They will hopefully extend the life of the vacuum brake diaphragms by supporting the weight of the rods and reducing the amount of flexing that the diaphragms undergo. There is evidence in the wear pattern on the fireman's side rod that they were an original feature of the vacuum brake system.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 21, 2018, 12:45:03 PM »
Oh, Very Nice!
When I first saw the post I thought of a different kind of flanger, and was wondering what was wrong with the one we have!  ???

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 20, 2018, 11:16:31 PM »
Flanger??

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Very cool... JB certainly is one of the most prolific volunteers I know.
Now, how about a caption?

"Alas, poor Al, we hardly knew ye."   ::)

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 25, 2018, 02:30:28 AM »
Did I miss a discussion of a color scheme for the bridge?

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:49:05 PM »
Ya know, I'm sure it's the wine that's talking, but covering those trusses is like covering a work of art.
I completely understand the historical and practical reasons, but there could be a couple of steel beams under there!
It's like building a box around #9!!
Only partly :)

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:03:18 PM »
In the photo, what in the world is Jason doing  ??? ??

Jeff S.

Jason was the photographer director, and they are off camera to the left (west) in that picture. I assume he was either directing or otherwise talking to the  photographers.

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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 19, 2018, 06:34:45 PM »
What's the appropriate period dress for shovel leaning? 
I may take that position on Saturday. :D


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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:55:51 PM »
Thank you! Thank you!
One of the reasons I prefer to run 9 and 10 facing north was that those kinks were less of a problem with the engine pulling up the grade and curve. Heading south the tank truck does its thing nicely, leading the engine around the curve without the jolts.
When the Forney's are facing south, the weight of the train tends to push the engine into the kinks when drifting downgrade into the curve, which resulted in the engine harshly diving into the joints and making the kinks worse, not to mention causing a slight heart palpitation! I usually try to open the throttle a little there which reduces the shock.
As Joe mentioned, there's a couple more to fix.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Whistle Parity
« on: April 01, 2018, 03:26:45 PM »
Alna, ME:
April 1, 2018
Steam crews on the WW&F Ry. are concerned that they are falling behind in the whistle race in Alna.
On Saturday, March 31, it became apparent that WW&F's #9 whistle is no match for the much louder and multi-toned whistle on the Maine Narrow Gauge's ex-B&SR #7, which was in steam for the day. #7's crew could be seen with silly grins on  their faces as their bigger equipment overwhelmed #9's authentic but smaller hooter.
Rumors are that the leadership of the WW&F is considering the return of Bernie Perch's CNJ #113 whistle replica to regain tooting domination in the Sheepscot Valley. This would require the rapid return to action of #10 so that it would be available solely to carry and power the larger whistle at full volume.
Observers in the area remain skeptical that this will happen soon, since WW&F CMO Jason Lamontagne prefers historically accurate solutions. He is quoted as being confident that adding two more replica Portland Co. whistles to #9 will close the hooter gap without resorting to more modern appliances. "Size does matter," he explained, 'but it's not the only thing."

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