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Museum Discussion / Re: Outside the box idea for revenue
« on: July 09, 2020, 01:07:55 PM »
Well, there is historical precedent in that some of the Sandy River equipment became hunting camps.  A replica caboose or boxcar could be turned into a camp, although we have plenty of other things on the burner now.

Museum Discussion / Re: Wheel standard and turnout drawings
« on: June 18, 2020, 10:45:04 PM »

I believe I was told  the rigid wheelbase of the various pieces of equipment likes a minimum frog number of 8.  The frogs (and the subsequent points) we machined for the north yard were number 8.  The frog angle is approx. 7.125 degrees (7 deg 7' 30"), and the switch points were 2 deg 12'.

Yes, the Maine State Archives have the Portland Company drawings, including one for the hollow, cast iron freight car wheel. 

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: TCDA No. 65 (Reefer) - Official Work Thread
« on: June 02, 2020, 03:44:22 PM »
Looking at the boxcar plans from which we built the replica car, the outer sills are 4-3/4" x 8" and the center 4 sills are 3-3/4" x 7".

Dave Crow

Museum Discussion / Re: Pictures of brakes on boxcar #309
« on: June 01, 2020, 04:28:05 PM »

Boxcar 65 was delivered with body-hung brake beams, I believe, as part of the 1906 10-boxcar order (65-74).  Virtually all freight cars on the WW&F had hand brakes only, and on the truck closest to the brake wheel, which made the brake rigging pretty basic (and easy to create when we installed brakes on several cars about 15 years ago).

I will try to dig up some of my photos of the underside of flatcar 119 that show the method of suspension for the brake beams.

Dave Crow

Looks like a farm implement caught the rail near the joint, snapped the bars and bent the rail; you can see beyond, near the far end of the crossing, that the rail that should join with this one is also bent slightly out as well.  i would guess the ties have either rotted away or damaged to the point of needing replacement, too.

Dave Crow

In addition to what Alan wrote, there was hesitation to install the ladders and the brake staff due to the fact that we didn't want kids climbing on the car while it was on display in Wiscasset.  I remember finding the brake wheel up in the locked storage room on the second floor of the carshop; the original brake staff had somehow been cut up by someone thinking it was rod bar stock and not a brake staff...  I could not find the lower brake staff stirrup nor the upper plate; I made measurements of 309's hardware in the thought of making replacements in Baltimore, but never got around to it.

Take a look at Peter Barney's book on WW&F freight cars as well the Gary Kohler and Chris McChesney's books on the WW&F; brake arrangements for the sister cars might be seen in various photos.  One thing that may or may not be true: the creamery cars might have had a pass-through vacuum brake line so the passenger cars behind it in the train would have a vacuum line for brakes.  Others more knowledgeable may chime in as well as the photos in the books mentioned may guide you as well.

Dave Crow

General Discussion / Re: 2 Foot Model Parts
« on: April 20, 2020, 12:34:27 PM »
Are we talking On30/On2-1/2, or HOn30/HOn2-1/2?

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2020, 03:50:55 PM »
Looks great, Brendan!

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2020, 02:12:54 PM »
Come off of the turntable lead...

(Ducks and runs for cover.)


Congratulations!  Can you tell us more how you found their location, what is the story behind how they got there, etc.?  You don't have to name the actual site if it's private land.  Any other neat "stuff" up there?

Dave Crow

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 06, 2020, 11:53:17 AM »
Are the boards on the north end of the bump-out from the old South wall, or re-used and cut down from the old East wall?

Dave Crow

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:35:40 AM »
Thanks, Philip and Anthony.  I remember re-installing the handbrake in #9's cab during the re-build, and possibly she had steam brakes on the drivers, originally?  I am not close to my Peter Barney books nor my Gary Kohler books right now.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: January 17, 2020, 08:32:13 AM »
I guess the only concessions to modern times will be the electric headlights on #9?

Volunteers / Re: January 2020 Work Reports
« on: January 08, 2020, 08:33:53 AM »
Is the basement of the Alna town office climate controlled? Will only paper archives get moved, or is the intention that other, larger items get moved, too?

Dave Crow


I know that here in Maryland, any solar panel installation tied into the grid must be installed by a solar-cell certified electrician, not just any licensed electrician.  If the solar array feeds to a bank of batteries that then run an inverter system to provide 120 Vac, that brings other parts of the National Electrical Code into the review process.  Not saying it can't be done, just saying it might not be as low-cost as some might want... 

Dave Crow

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