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Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 03, 2020, 02:41:19 PM »
         This back wall business is still happening; the Colorado Railroad Museum built a brick six-stall Restoration Roundhouse in 2000. Just a few years ago, the Colorado  Historical Society donated the D&RGW #491, one of the largest class of narrow gauge locomotives that ever ran on the D&RGW. They had to re-build the back wall of one stall for her to fit inside the building!

I hope the new WW&F #11 will fit in the building when she is ready to go inside.

Ted Miles, WW&F and CRRM Member 

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 03, 2020, 02:32:49 PM »
At the Western Railway Museum, our car Barn Three is a closed car barn; the only time when visitors can go in there with our highest quality Interurbans is when a Docent takes a tour through the barn. I would hate to see some vandalism in the Rangeley, after all these years. 
Ted Miles WW&F Member and WRM volunteer tour guide

Museum Discussion / Re: Maine Loco & Machine Works Diesel
« on: April 23, 2020, 01:22:17 PM »
        Thank you for mentioning the Haws Refactory loco; I had it on my Pine Creek roster but did not have the construction number.

The question about US Steel #10 and #11 still stands.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member, narrow gauge fan 

Museum Discussion / Maine Loco & Machine Works Diesel
« on: April 18, 2020, 05:15:47 PM »
Recently i saw a small Diesel belonging to the Maine Loco & Machine Works. the caption said it came from the Pine Creek Railroad in New Jersey. Their roster contains three Plymouth Diesels from US Steel in 24" gauge. They are #10 and #11 and one Number Unknown.  One was leased or sold to Maine Narrow Gauge in 1998; does anyone know which is which?

The move to Maine is a good thing, as the Pine Creek track gauge is 36" not 24". So it means that these sales will make some dollars for Pine Creek Museum and put the little guys to work.

The other  24" gauge Diesel at Pine Creek is the Haws Refractories No Number; it is a Plymouth gas Model JLA/2 built in 1942 which was converted to Diesel in about 1979.

Thanks for your help.

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2020, 04:14:10 PM »
I just read in the newsletter that Harold Downey moved from Texas to Maine in order to be closer to the museum! Now that is what I can a dedicated volunteer!

Harold, Thank you so much for all that you do; the new WW&F #9 should have a brass plate somewhere to thank you. I know it would have been built later; but thanks to your shop and your skills it will be much sooner!
Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member 

Museum Discussion / March/April Newsletter
« on: March 26, 2020, 07:08:25 PM »
        My copy just arrived in sunny San Francisco this day. I have all of them; and it is better than many, with news of the many and varied winter activities. The picture of the Sandy River #6 is great. Alice Ramsdall always thought of her locomotive in this way. The report on the window project for the new passenger car is amazing; white oak is great! The upgrade for the W&Q #2 is a good thing too, white oak was also used in Maine ship building.

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member since 1989

General Discussion / Re: US vs. France - Taxation Representations
« on: March 26, 2020, 05:30:17 PM »
          I gave a contribution to a Canadian railroad museum; but my tax adviser said the IRS would dis-allow it as Canada is a foreign country, I am afraid that you in France may run into this same regulation about foreign donations. But I enjoy your comments.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Re: Car barn
« on: February 05, 2020, 03:24:55 PM »
        Here is a reply to my own question.

The frame is up at long last on the Car Barn. As I said above, a Car Barn is the best thing a railroad museum can do to preserve the collection of passenger and freight cars.  Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread
« on: October 28, 2019, 09:13:46 PM »
Now that the new flat car for the #14 tank is well along; has the tank been inspected to see what it needs for repairs?

It would be very useful as a fire suppression car; rather than just a display. In any case the tank needs to be painted top to bottom.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Another Tank Car
« on: October 28, 2019, 08:57:57 PM »
The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad was at Nevada City, California until 1942. Today it is remembered by the Nevada County Railroad Museum. They had several tank cars. The #187 tank was used a local gas station after the railroad was abandoned in 1942. The museum built a new flat car for the tank about 20 years ago. Now another iron tank has turned up a few miles from the museum. A new Florence & Cripple Creek type flat car will now be built for the #185 tank.   

Ted Miles narrow gauge fan   

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 21, 2019, 01:26:03 PM »
I think that Head Tide would be a great place to make the northern terminal of the railway. There would be a manned station building there and the historic church is another historic site to draw visitors.

It would mean moving buildings off the right of way and building a station building replica. As other folks have said, "Never say Never" Look what we have done in the last 30 years.

Ted Miles, WW&F member

Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: October 21, 2019, 12:54:35 PM »
I was also going to mention the Whitin Machine Works locomotives down in Portland. For body ideas, you might look at the pictures of the #2 which may still be down at Edaville. It was red the last I knew.

General Electric Erie Works put a lot of design into those locomotives; thus saving you considerable time and drawing effort. Also from GE; their model 25-tons is another good design, I am not sure if one could be re-gauged from 36" to 24" because of the motor size. But it is worth looking at. 
Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Museum Discussion / Re: Happy 30th Anniversary!
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:43:54 PM »
I am a big fan of the narrow gauge and Maine in general. Happy anniversary to the museum! With a little luck, the museum will some day celebrate its 90th anniversary like the Seashore Trolley Museum is doing this summer! The 30th anniversary newsletter was a great piece of reading! And I should know,  I have all of them.

Ted Miles, WW&F Life member

Museum Discussion / Rangeley Parlor Car
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:14:51 PM »
I have never seen pictures of the parlor car in a train at Edaville or at the Maine narrow gauge at Portland. So it must have taken some work for it to make that recent trip to the Top of the Mountain and back. Oiling the journal boxes and checking the air lines would be just a start. What else was needed on this one of a kind antique?

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 01, 2019, 07:58:16 PM »
        You are putting down lots of rock that the original railway never had. Is it because the area is now considered a wetlands/preservation zone these 21st century days?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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