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Messages - John McNamara

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US Two Footers / Re: Two-Foot Gauge Electric Trolley Line
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:01:38 PM »
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We work on the line one day a week, usually Sunday since the rest of the week is taken up with a paying job! Currently in the works is the replacement of the signal system, which I installed originally around 2001 but has been a problem due to the trees and branches constantly knocking down the codeine.
I'm glad to hear that you are going wireless, as "codeine" is bad stuff to be "knocking down." I know that you meant code line, but once an editor, always an editor.

-John M

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: March 15, 2019, 12:38:40 AM »
There's no "rack." It's strictly adhesion. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: March 10, 2019, 02:13:10 AM »
Benches in the non-door part of the car are 196 inches long by 16 and 7/8 inches wide. There are holes in the floor indicating that this section of the car once had walkover seats. It probably will again.

In the part of the car where the door is,the short bench is 125 and 5/8 inches by 16 and 3/4 inches. The long bench on the non-door side is 225 and 1/2 inches by 16 and 7/8 inches.

Thanks to Rich Currie for his assistance.😉

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Work and Events / Re: Box car #50
« on: March 05, 2019, 06:53:03 PM »
So 50 is bound for restoration at ML&M?

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 03, 2019, 08:09:55 PM »
I was going to suggest having white shelves and red shelves with a small dab of paint on items to indicate their appropriate shelf, but then I remembered the red zone / white zone scene from Airplane.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvdNCDVmRPo
Lest people think that I'm being frivolous (heaven forbid), I really mean that we should have a means of identifying what goes where. I once belonged to a railroad club where people marked their tools with colored dots. A fellow whose initials were RED obviously used red dots on his possessions. Yellow dots identified club tools, etc.  Adopting a color code of red for running gear, green for cab stuff, blue for air/vacuum, yellow for electrical, would only be needed for small parts.

Putting like stuff with like stuff is also valuable. For example, in Alice's Room, the first bay on the right of the entrance contains magneto telephone stuff. The bays on the right outside that room contain electrical stuff.

I would be happy to provide printed 4x8 card stock labels and thumbtacks for the shelves if someone would sent me a list of the categories for these labels.

John M

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 03, 2019, 04:50:55 AM »
I was going to suggest having white shelves and red shelves with a small dab of paint on items to indicate their appropriate shelf, but then I remembered the red zone / white zone scene from Airplane.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvdNCDVmRPo

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Museum Discussion / Re: THANK YOU EMERY RAIL HERITAGE TRUST
« on: February 26, 2019, 06:57:30 PM »
Many thanks to Ed, our champion grant writer whose pen is evidently full of green ink. ;)
-John M

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: February 24, 2019, 09:40:00 PM »
To continue my P-alliteration from previous posts, perhaps we ponder pew pads?

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 Seating
« on: February 24, 2019, 05:00:10 PM »
I agree with the boarding passengers that Coach 3 is the far more inviting car. I anticipate that the forthcoming Coach 9's similar style will be met with similar enthusiasm. Coach 8 has its advantages, however. Passengers get to sit side-by-side or across the aisle from each other, an especially attractive feature for groups. Passengers encumbered by crutches, backpacks, child car seats, or other paraphernalia are much better off in Coach 8. Seating capacity is enhanced by variable width seating for variable width passengers. Perhaps padding to pamper pompous passengers' ponderous posteriors?  ::) That's a nice suggestion for ample alliteration, but doubtless a maintenance nightmare.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:58:14 AM »
As elbows age and develop arthritis, oil is probably better than grease anyway. I vote for elbow oil.
Of course, you would vote for elbow oil since your nickname is "oily" from your journal lubrication work. ::)

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Work and Events / Re: Steam & Sleighs Recap
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:55:46 AM »
One question: did anyone ride to Top of the Mountain to ski or snowshoe or hike?
I manned the caboose/hut and found that the January Saturday had sparse attendance - only about three parties of two each. The February Saturday event was more active - perhaps ten parties of two each. I don't know about the February Sunday event. Perhaps someone else can comment.

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Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Michigan's Huckleberry Railroad >>>Photos<<<
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:07:43 PM »
But then I forget, we are paid in all the cookies we can eat during the Work Weekends.
So that's where all the cookies went. ::)

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General Discussion / Re: National Geographic Film: The Railroader
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:47:11 PM »
Beautiful and moving beyond belief.
-John

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Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 29, 2019, 02:02:18 AM »
A few photos from the Amherst Railway Society show at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.  John McNamara organized our WW&F show crew that included Susan Hackett, Marcel Levesque, Duncan Mackiewicz, Dan Malkowski, Joan Mehan, Cindy Rhine and Nancy Weeks.  Nancy provided great lunches for the crew both Saturday and Sunday (Thanks!).
Many, many thanks to the crew, especially to the Transportation Department (Bill, Joan, and Cindy).






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Museum Discussion / Re: Smithsonian RR tours and the WW&F
« on: January 25, 2019, 03:09:37 AM »
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The second group had a really neat setup.  They all had radio receivers with a transmitter or two, so that I could talk to them without yelling.  It worked well on the train where the group was split into two cars. We should come up with something similar.  Something for smartphones, perhaps.
The use of smartphones is an interesting idea since almost everyone has one, there's no wires, and the owner maintains the batteries. Communicating to the riders is an interesting problem, as shouting only works for about half a car and fails utterly if the group is in more than one car. On the other hand, a PA system is disgusting and non-historic.

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