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Museum Discussion / 38th National Narrow Gauge Convention
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:34:53 AM »
Are there any plans to have a booth at the convention ? Since I live in Minnesota I would volunteer to help man a booth if needed.

Museum Discussion / steel for arch bar trucks
« on: January 26, 2018, 01:36:44 AM »
Is the museum interested in some new 1/2 x3 steel to use in trucks? I know we are a few years away from using it, but I got a real good buy on this and could donate some if it was wanted.
Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / plowing snow
« on: January 05, 2018, 03:57:23 AM »
This is a link to a dearborn snow plow that was made to fit a ford 8n tractor. I have seen what i was told was one and they would make a excellent second  plow so the crew would not have to switch the plow to the other end of the locomotive.  scroll down, red v plow.
Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / Wheel chocks
« on: July 01, 2015, 02:46:24 AM »
These are on eBay, they are in New York, I don't know if you need any, or if the price is fair, but if a member lived near where they are , and could pick them up to save the shipping it might be a worthwhile purchase.
Mike Nix

General Discussion / 32 pound rail
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:19:02 AM »
I was wondering about the joint bars found on the R O W for 32 pound rail. It seems like an odd size, was it the same height as 30 pound rail with a thicker web, or a larger head. I find no mention or it in any listing of standard rails. I know a lot of different sizes and profiles were made over the years and was wondering about the old WW&F rail.
Mike Nix

General Discussion / Interesting way to rerail a locomotive
« on: May 18, 2014, 12:15:02 PM »
I I found this on u-tube
Mike Nix

General Discussion / Speeder cars 1942
« on: April 07, 2014, 12:46:22 AM »
Here's a link to an article on speeder cars. One page has a picture of a early 40's rail fan event on the B & S R.

Mike Nix

General Discussion / loco on railswap
« on: May 30, 2010, 02:58:28 AM »
Interesting, $35000 + a boiler + a cab + whatever other repairs are needed.

General Discussion / Model T rail car
« on: February 21, 2010, 09:53:22 PM »
I received an email with a link to this picture of a standard gauge Model T based rail car, and I thought some of you might enjoy it. Talk about nails and bailing wire! It would make quite a model.

Mike Nix

Two Footers outside of the US / Sandstone Estates Railways 4-4-0
« on: May 24, 2009, 01:38:43 PM »

Nice loco's, anybody ready for a road trip  :) .

   Not for the museun, but they would be fun to see, ride in, or behind.

Mike Nix

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Video "Ride the Sandy River"
« on: January 17, 2009, 02:57:42 AM »
Has anyone written a guide to the video that tells were each scene was filmed and what's in the background? I have the VHS tape I bought before DVD's were common.
Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / 2009
« on: January 02, 2009, 02:04:02 AM »
Well 2009 is here. What does the board hope will be accomplished in the comming year. And please no wishful thinking by members, I want to know what the Board thinks can be completed.
 Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / Bilboards/Advertising
« on: December 31, 2008, 03:57:08 AM »
Watch for the 100 foot high billboard coming soon....oh wait, we can't do that (Maine has an anti-billboard law).

We don't want to get people mad at us, but does that include trailers? Here in the midwest it's the semi trailer billboard. "but it's not a billboard, it's a trailer"
 Mike Nix

Two Footers outside of the US / The movie Australia
« on: November 30, 2008, 08:08:08 PM »
I went to see the movie Australia last night. There is a cameo apperance by a 2 foot gauge locomotive. It's only for a couple of seconds in the background of the "Darwin" scenes, no good views but I did a little research and here's some links to info about the loco. It is an 0-6-0 Hudswell Clarke 1067 of 1914 "Homebush".

The Darwin scenes were filmed in Bowen Australia, They laid track in the street just for the movie.

Mike Nix

General Discussion / Inter library loan
« on: November 25, 2008, 03:46:37 AM »
We all would like to have access to every book on railroads that was ever printed, but none of us has the money to buy them all or the space to keep them. The answer to that is to use the inter library loan system. You can get just about any book to read for two weeks just for the cost of the postage to your local library. It is an inexpensive  way for all of us to increase our knowledge about the trains we like.
Of course we should buy our "keepers" from the museum.

I've used this system many times, especially for out of print books.

Mike Nix

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