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US Two Footers / Newest 2-foot steamer
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:16:00 PM »
This locomotive is a mostly new replica of a World War I Davenport locomotive, used by US forces in France. The frame, drivers and cylinders are original; everything from the wheels up is new. It has air brakes, which were not used on the originals. Owned by someone in California, I understand.

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Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy Railway shutdown
« on: March 21, 2020, 12:23:52 PM »
Australia's Puffing Billy Railway has announced it will shut down effective Monday, March 23, for three months. That puts their reopening close to the end of June, right in the middle of winter in Australia.

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Two Footers outside of the US / New sugar 2-footer in Australia
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:32:39 PM »
Here's an article about a new sugar railway being built in 2020 in Australia.

https://www.railexpress.com.au/cane-rail-line-continues-apace/

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Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Signal at Phillips depot
« on: December 15, 2019, 04:19:00 PM »
Does anyone out there have any information regarding the semaphore signal on the platform at Phillips? Specifically, information concerning the operating lever mechanism? One of my Australian friends is interested in signals and inquired about it. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Sandstone 2019
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:27:21 PM »
Check out the Baldwin 4-6-2 no. 52 as well as all the other cool stuff here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjteRU-Xls4&feature=youtu.be


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General Discussion / Another steam weekend
« on: October 16, 2019, 03:23:00 PM »
WW&F member and volunteer Don Fenstermacher was absent from the Fall Work Weekend this year, but there was still steam involved. Don and his son and grandson helped run the 25th anniversary outing of the North American Steamboat Association at Lake Nockamixon Park near Quakertown, Pa. Ten boats were in attendance.

Here's a nice report from a local television station, which includes some screen time for Don, as well as shots of his boat,

https://6abc.com/community-events/all-aboard-the-north-american-steamboat/5615763/

(Note: He still wishes he could have been in two places at once!)

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Two Footers outside of the US / New two-foot track in Queensland
« on: October 07, 2019, 02:28:17 PM »
Here some brand new two-foot gauge track in Queensland, Australia. Laid with jointed rail and concrete ties made in-house by the sugar company.

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UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Another L&B report
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:43:57 PM »
In addition to the usual Thursday work report, the L&B this past weekend held the first of two fall work weekends. A large crew spent a couple of days clearing parts of the L&B right-of-way that have been dormant since 1935. Scroll down along the right side of this link to see photos.

https://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/

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Two Footers outside of the US / Swedish two-footer
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:44:05 PM »
Here's a two-footer in Sweden. Check out the outside Stephenson valve gear on the engine. Also, it appears the diesel follows the steam train with a water tank to put out any fires it may start. Also note how much difficulty they have with one of the turntables.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPfChiLF1Fc


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Other Narrow Gauge / What about multiple gauges?
« on: June 09, 2019, 03:21:04 PM »
Here's a photo taken by Robert Wilson in Gladstone, South Australia, in 1969, when the five-foot gauge and 3-foot six-inch gauge lines were being converted to standard gauge. How would like to be the guy whose job it was to keep that turnout properly adjusted?

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Museum Discussion / May Trains magazine article
« on: April 01, 2019, 06:45:34 PM »
The article "Making Tracks" in the May issue of Trains magazine, which I just received Saturday, describes how they built 10 miles of track in one day as part of the original Transcontinental Railroad. I couldn't help but notice that some of what we do at the WW&F is very similar to what they did 150 years ago! A great deal of the success in that feat was because of preparation in advance, and our folks are very good at that.

There are some fascinating details, such as how they spiked the rails to the ties as the rail laying continued almost without pause. There were people whose job it was to set all the spikes, and as they moved forward, other men followed, each man striking each spike on each side of the rail only once before moving ahead to the next tie. That must have been something to see! The entire activity must have appeared to onlookers as a slow motion ballet.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Sugar trains in Queensland, Australia
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:41:14 AM »
A nice video of sugar cane harvest trains in the northern part of Queensland. How about those side rods flailing away?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRIzE6MIM30&feature=youtu.be

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Two Footers outside of the US / Sandstone update
« on: March 07, 2019, 09:03:46 AM »
Here is a very detailed update of the goings on at Sandstone Estate in South Africa. Once you get past the differences in spelling and terminology, the photo captions are very informative. Must be nice to have almost unlimited funding!

https://www.sandstone-estates.com/images/pdf/feb2019/Feb_2019_Steam_Report.pdf

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Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy hy--rail
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:59:24 PM »
Back in the old days, the puffing Billy Railway in Australia used motorcars, which they call trolleys, to patrol their railway. Then they used a couple of Ford Ranger pickups. Now they use John Deere Gators.

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Other Narrow Gauge / Flanging snow on the D&S
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:59:03 AM »
Here is a really nice pacing video of engine No. 476 and a flanger on the Durango & Silverton just the other day. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSoYxGlx8k8&t=16s

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