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Other Narrow Gauge / narrow gauge and broad gauge
« on: January 26, 2018, 01:12:11 AM »
While undertaking some research on the early days of Pennsylvania's East Broad Top Railroad, in the board meeting minutes I found  multiple references to the Pennsylvania Railroad "broad gauge" as compared to the EBT's "narrow gauge." While I've seen present day comments about narrow gauge (2-foot), standard gauge (3-foot) and broad gauge (4'8-1/2"), they are tongue-in-cheek. This is the first authentic (1871) reference that I've come across.

Other Narrow Gauge / Narrow gauge action in New Zealand on Jan. 21
« on: January 26, 2018, 12:30:20 AM »
A 42-inch gauge 4-8-2 in action. BIG narrow gauge.

General Discussion / British garden railway Christmas
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:59:29 PM »
I received the following from my old friend Terry Kasabian, who is also a WW&F member who lives in Louisiana. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Hello All,

A nice, well made 13-minute video here...  a little story about a Christmas package being mailed using British-themed tinplate toy trains and lead figures, complete with passenger, station master, Royal Mail postmen, a Salvation Army Band... the works.  There is no dialogue, just use your imagination and follow along with the story.  There are authentic railway sounds, so turn on your volume control.

Mixed with the nighttime scenes and falling "snow" this was an enjoyable little interlude last evening during New Jersey's first snow of the season.  Someone has a wonderful outdoor railway, and has great talent with a camera.

So grab a cuppa (tea), sit back, relax and enjoy this one:

Other Narrow Gauge / Meanwhile, in Japan.....
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:00:19 PM »
Interesting steam/trolley operation.

Work and Events / Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:16:34 PM »
The Great Coupler Snatch of 2017 is on! The WW&F has purchased five pairs of 3/4 size couplers from the East Broad Top Railroad in Mount Union, Pa. It's now our challenge to remove the couplers from the selected cars and get them to Maine. Today I went to Mount Union and met with a representative of the railroad to select the cars and to get a better handle on how this can all be accomplished.

For this to happen, I will need some help. The plan at this time is to spend one day actually dropping the couplers from the selected cars. For this to happen, I'll need at least two volunteers to assist me in moving the torches and tools from car to car and standing fire watch during and after each cutting operation.

The EBT folks have volunteered to use their backhoe to pick up the individual couplers and move them to an assembly point for loading into a rental truck. This would probably happen a week or so after the initial visit. Help would be needed to move the couplers into the truck and tie them down for the trip to Maine. I'm hoping to coordinate this operation with the pick up of the castings for the Jackson & Sharp trucks so that all this heavy stuff can go to Maine in one trip.

The dates I have in mind for the first phase are as follows: Nov. 3 (Friday), Nov. 11 (Saturday), Nov. 17 (Friday), Nov. 24 and 25 (Friday/Saturday).

Dates for the second phase have not been set, since the EBT guys will have to let me know when they are available to move the couplers and load the truck, but I'm hoping it will be in early December (before snow flies!).

I do not think that either of the operations at Mount Union will take more than one day, so there would be no need for an overnight stay.

If interested in assisting, send me a PM and I'll try to coordinate and accommodate.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / "LYN" test run on the L&B
« on: September 28, 2017, 02:49:07 PM »
Here's LYN making one its first test runs on the L&B this week. You can hear that superheated exhaust over the wind noise and she comes up the 2% grade from Killington Lane toward Woody Bay station.

Two Footers outside of the US / Steam at Sandstone Estate in April 2017
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:56:55 PM »
Some wonderful scenes of two Garratt locomotives working a photo train at the Sandstone Estate in South Africa.

General Discussion / WW&F in Narrow Gauge World magazine
« on: September 01, 2017, 12:40:09 PM »
I'm pleased to report that an article I wrote for Narrow Gauge World magazine published in England has appeared in the September 2017 issue, with photos by Stephen Hussar. In fact, Steve's great photo of Bullet Bob running No. 10 is the cover shot. This magazine is published monthly and includes articles, news, photos and commentary about narrow gauge railways world-wide. It may be available over here at such places as Barnes & Noble or larger hobby shops, but is otherwise hard to find. I hope that the piece will bring more visitors to Sheepscot from across the pond. Special thanks to Steve, as without his photos, the article would not have looked so good.

Other Narrow Gauge / An interesting three-foot line in England
« on: July 13, 2017, 01:35:46 PM »
Here's a 10-minute video clip shot in 1929 of the Southwold Railway, an 8.75-mile line in the south of England. Lots of fascinating details to be seen.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / L&B "LYN" makes first move
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:13:17 PM »
A scene to quicken the heart of every two-footer fan, perhaps to be repeated at Sheepscot in the not too distant future:

This is a new-built replica of a Baldwin 2-4-2T built for the Lynton & Barnstable Railway in England in 1898, scrapped in 1935. The replica has roller bearing axles and rods, piston valves and superheating, none of which the original had. Also a Lempor exhaust system and a gas-producing firebox.

Right now, we could be encouraging visitors who are interested to leave the train at Top of the Mountain and walk any of several trails in the area, then take a later train back to Sheepscot. The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association has built trails, including one that touches the west side of our land at Top of the Mountain. Or a trail around the property could be developed, perhaps by a local youth seeking the Eagle Scout award.

Two Footers outside of the US / South African narrow gauge 2-8-2
« on: May 25, 2017, 01:52:49 AM »
This South African Railways NG-15 2-8-2 stalls on the grade and backs down for another go at it. He really roars up the hill. Shades of the SR&RL!

Two Footers outside of the US / Two foot action in South Africa
« on: May 23, 2017, 12:41:28 AM »
Fifteen years ago on the Avontour line, with a NG-16 2-6-2=2-6-2.

General Discussion / an open invitation
« on: May 21, 2017, 11:02:22 PM »
Any WW&F folks who may be visiting south-central Pennsylvania this summer are invited to visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, right across the street from the Strasburg Rail Road's station. And if you come by on a Tuesday or Wednesday and let me know in advance (by PM here), I'll be glad to meet you and give you the nickel tour, including a visit to the restoration shop which is not generally open to the public.

And if you happen down this way between Aug. 16 and 19, be sure to take in the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Steam Engine Show at Kinzer, Pa. It's the largest and oldest event of its kind east of the Mississippi River. It features well over 100 steam engines, as well as gas and diesel tractors. There are also multiple stationary steam, natural gas and diesel engines, two steam railroads and a huge flea market.

Hope to see a few WW&F hats, shirts or bumper stickers around here this summer.

Wayne Laepple

General Discussion / Building track in 1910
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:05:26 AM »
No hard hats, no gloves, no Insta-track. Apparently they relied on the weight of the equipment to hold the gauge!

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