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Museum Discussion / Flag stop stations
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:26:23 PM »
The Flag Stops at Sheepscot and Alna Center are interesting. Are there any historic inventorys that show just what furnishings were in them? 

I suspect the Sheepscot station in now furnished like an agency station; that had a person staffing it all day long. Looking at the historic pictures; I do not see any electric wires going to these stations.

However, they are in a museum which has an educational mission; so it it is not such a bad thing to over-furnish these little buildings. I find it wonderous that a typewriter has to be explained to the younger visitors! I guess being a Senior Citizen has experience beyong a 12 year old! 

What are your thoughts?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member and retired museum curator. 

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Archives (General) / Re: Narrow gauge wooden box needs help ASAP!
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:21:35 PM »
Folks,
          Back in 2009, the East Carolina and West Tennessee #434 box car was mentioned here. Now in reading the South East Narrow Gauge and Short Line Museum web site; I found that the car was indeed moved from New Jersey to Shelby, North Carolina and restored. It is one of sevral narrow gauge freight cars, and a standard gauge locomotive at the museum. The web site covers the re-building of the cars.

It looks like they took lessions from the work that the WW&F Shop does.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Museum Discussion / Re: New forklift
« on: November 06, 2017, 07:29:01 PM »
Thanks Mike. We have a couple of fork lifts at the Western Railway Museum and they are worth their weight in gold. Both in the shop and around the property.

Ted Miles, Member WRM

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:22:34 PM »
A further question now that the Pony Truss Bridge has been announced; which I think will be a wonderful piece of historic preservation. 

I imagine that the original abutments were cut stone. Are they still available? If not, will the new ones be poured concrete? They can be scribed to look like stone when they are done.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Maine Narrow Gauge Museum / Re: B&SR 7
« on: September 22, 2017, 01:17:35 AM »
Folks,
         I am glad to see the progress on the B&SR #7; it has been a long time since she was so together.

Withe the Monson #3 off in Phillips; it will be great to have another locomotive running on Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company rails!

Hopefully, this progress will tell the people in Gray; that the museum is serious about preserving the two-foot gauge past.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member 

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US Two Footers / Pacific Coast Borax #1
« on: September 16, 2017, 02:39:10 AM »
The Pacific Coast Borax Company ran mine tours as a tourist attraction in Death Valley before WWII. Today the little locomotive is on display at Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley National Monument. It is a gas-mechanical of 24 inch gauge; weighs about three tons. Built by Plymouth Locomotive Works as their c/n 77 in 1916.

I am not talking about the far larger Death Valley Railroad locomotive built to 36" gauge; and displayed at the same site.

I would love to see a modern picture or a link to one. I do have a real photo post card of it back before WWII.

Ted Miles, WW&F Ry Museum Member

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Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:23:05 AM »
Stewart,
             I am as I mentioned up above, one of the many people you have shown around the museum on a weekday. Now I have read your stories about the interesting people you have shown around. Thank you so much!
      I work at the Western Railway Museum and do a lot of the same things. I also enjoy the British visitors who seem to have such a feel for heritage operations, including two-foot operations. I had a visitor come on my tour about a month ago wearing a WW&F hat; and asked if he worked at the museum, he said he had visited the museum. So I showed him through our shop with the broad gauge electrical equipment.

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:51:01 PM »
The B&SR did not letter the cars in later years; but since this is an educational project; maybe some sort of lettering could be added to let the visitors know what the car is?

Is the box car in the Car Barn while the new concrete floor is being worked on in the engine house?

Ted Miles

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:37:54 PM »
Folks,
         I read the bridge announcement on the Facebook pages. I think this is a wonderful piece of historic preservation. Just another example of how the WW&F Railway Museum does projects with that extra effort that makes them really shine!  The next day my annul fund letter arrived; I will send a contribution!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Boothbay Railway Village / B&SR #11
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:54:05 AM »
Now that the B&SR #11 which is currently a full coach; has been back to boothbay railway Village for a few months, is there any sign of work starting to do the proposed restoration to a three-door combine?

It is going to be a good looking, one of a kind in Maine car if and when it happens!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:32:58 AM »
Joe,
       I read someplace that the original and 1905 replacement bridges were Queen Truss designs.
I hope that modern standards will allow something that looks historic on the site of the earlier bridges. and if steel is required it can be covered or disguised to look old.

So far the railway seems like it is 1910; I hope the agencies let the museum keep to that. In fact, not doing so would go against the Secretaries Standards for Historic Preservation.

as you can tell from my earlier posts this subject is important to me!

 Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:05:29 PM »
Folks,
         I ran across a reference to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. which said that it has to do with preserving salmon and trout streams.

A waterway with the name Trout Creek; would I am sure be of interest to such an organization!

I hope that a contact has been made. I know in California where I live; the sooner the better is the rule of thumb to go by in dealing with this sort of agency.

I am a historian, not an engineer; but I should think some steel in the new bridge; given the history of the bridge failing in service in 1905.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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Other Narrow Gauge / Colorado Railroad Museum is moving ahead.
« on: August 04, 2017, 09:46:00 PM »
The Colorado Railroad Museum is the oldest railroad museum in the state. They moved to their present site in 1958 and have a large collection of 3-foot equipment as well as standard gauge equipment.

They have brought in a crane to lift two of their car bodies onto shop trucks. Once the D&RGW #307 passenger car and D&RGW #168 baggage car get moved into the Roundhouse/Restoration Shop they will build passenger car trucks for them.

They are just finishing a pair of passenger trucks for their Uintah #50. This is a wood combine with steel sheathing over it. There are only three passenger cars left from that famous railroad. Recent pictures on their turntable at the web site show it looking rather good!

The South Park #191 is the oldest steam locomotive in Colorado, built by Baldwin in 1881 as their C/N 4,919. It is cosmetically restored at the museum. It ended up in Wisconsin and Bob Richardson sent a Thunder Bay Lumber Company (local) locomotive in trade for the South Park 2-8-0. It is getting spruced up for the Narrow Gauge Convention to be held later this summer in Denver. 

Ted Miles, CRRM and WW&F Member

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Work and Events / Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:25:05 AM »
Perhaps people can share their thoughts about the roundhouse that goes with the turntable;

now that it is happily turning around. If I missed one please say where it is.

Will the structure be built to plans or just to historic photographs?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member


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Museum Discussion / Re: Seeking pledges for lubricator for No 10
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:47:52 AM »
Congrads to all of you who pledged the dollars to purchase the lubricator.

I see the announcement of the purchase on the Facebook pages.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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