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        You are not alone; the Durango Railroad Historical Society just built a similar shed in Silverton, Colorado to protect their collection of freight cars. There  are pictures of it over on the Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum. They used that broad gauge track that is three feet across!

Ted Miles, Narrow Gauge fan

US Two Footers / Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railroad
« on: August 27, 2020, 03:31:23 PM »
This two-foot gauge, half-mile back yard railroad at Alpine, San Diego County, California was powered by a 2.5 ton gas locomotive by Brookville Locomotive works in 1935. The caboose is patterned after the Colorado & Southern #1009 caboose, which is also being restored in California. 

Starting about 1990, Mr Ray Athey built and operated this fun little railroad. By 2018, he was no longer able to operate it and it was donated to the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum. I hope they re-build it; the kids will love it!
Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Lawndale Ry boxcar restoration
« on: August 23, 2020, 01:35:12 PM »
The Southeast Narrow Gauge and Short Line Museum has continued to advance; they bought a couple of D&RGW gondolas to obtain the trucks etc to go under their Lawndale and other freight cars. They have also added some standard gauge cabooses and a dining car. And best of all; most of the equipment is under a shelter.
Ted Miles, WW&F Member, narrow gauge fan 

Other Narrow Gauge / Another bell story
« on: August 23, 2020, 01:03:17 PM »
As we know from my previous post, I like railroad bells. I was reading the blog of the Sumpter Valley Railroad which brought a pair of Sumpter valley locomotives down from the White Pass & Yukon Route.  Both of the locomotives were missing their bells.

Turn back to the 1980s, a family in Skagway needed a dinner bell, and got one off the dead line of the White Pass. Years later, they and the bell traveled down to Idaho and eventually heard about the Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration and the missing bells. 

An offer of the bell was made; and it took about 30 seconds for the museum to say yes. So you ask, how do you tell which locomotive the bell came from? The bell in Idaho is complete with its bell frame, while the #20 still has be base of the frame bolted to the top of the boiler. Thus, it is the 19's bell and in addition, the bolt holes lined up nicely.

Mostly brass parts are taken off derelict locos to be melted down; but not always. Sometimes these artifacts do return to the proper homes. If anyone is out in eastern Oregon, the Sumpter Valley is a fine narrow gauge operation and they are doing some excellent restorations. 

Ted Miles WW&F Life Member

        It is great to see your project moving ahead again! At least in August you will not have to worry about frozen ground the way you did last year!

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 24, 2020, 05:11:26 PM »
That picture on the museum's Facebook looks great! All the sills really look good; it is not easy to find top quality lumber these days; Is it yellow pine?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

General Discussion / Keith Rucker-Antique Machinery Blog
« on: July 04, 2020, 12:22:50 PM »
        I found a You Tube blog that might be of interest to folks here. Keith restores old time shop tools like Monarch lathes and Cincinnati drill presses in his back yard shop. He has a Cincinnati drill press similar to the one that has just arrived at the WW&F Shop. He also works on a three-foot gauge Industrial 0-4-0 by Vulcan Iron Works at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. They also have a steam powered saw mill. The museum just had a person in Ohio built it a new boiler. Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member 

Museum Discussion / Koppel Tipple Cars
« on: June 23, 2020, 05:07:34 PM »
         My WW&F roster says the museum owns three Koppel tipple cars. Looking for more information about them, I found that Arthur Koppel & Company of of Chicago was the American subsidiary of Orenstein & Koppel in Germany prior to 1917. After the US entered the world War, the assets were seized and a new company Koppel Industrial Car & Equipment Company was created as a subsidiary of Pressed Steel Corporation. The market for narrow gauge equipment dried up and they went out of business about 1937.

The old newsletters report one or two cars came up from West Thompson, CT.
 And one of them came with the Brookeville loco from Robert Paine at South Wellfleet, Cape Cod. A later newsletter reports this one was built by Fairmont not Koppel.

I still wonder about what year the cars were built? Is any data cast into the steel frames?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member and narrow gauge fan 


Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 22, 2020, 06:02:12 PM »
           If I recall correctly, the toilet room in the W & Q#3 is missing. But I have a drawing that calls for a toilet room in the #2 and #3. Are you planning to put them into the old and new passenger cars?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member 

          I just watched some more video of the event. Once again I was struck by the number of people who were out in the night of a Maine winter to make it happen. It was great to see the WW&F #9 in her earlier guise as SR &RL #6.  I am sure Alice Ramsdall would have been pleased! Ted Miles, WW&F Member

        do you have any idea when you will be able to re-start the construction on the
Pavilion? You were doing so well last year! I think modeling it after a historic Maine building is a great idea!  Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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

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