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Messages - Bill Baskerville

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Based on what Jason Sobczynski has posted on the site the purchase papers have been signed and there was an extension granted by the Texas DEQ allowing them until around the first week in February to move the locomotive. 

Any extra funds donated not used to purchase and relocate the locomotive to the Texas Railroad Museum will become seed money for a new campaign to make the locomotive polish the rails again.

The Royal Palm Railway Experience which is operated by the Orlando and Northwestern Railroad in The Royal Palm Railway Experience which is operated by the Orlando and Northwestern Railroad will become the eventual operator of the locomotive on their tourist/entertainment railroad.  They will assist in funding the restoration and subsequent moves of the locomotive to Florida.

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Wow, As of 9 pm Tuesday evening the total raised at the GoFundMe site to save this locomotive stands at $55,751.  The total went up $581 while I was typing this. 

However, the environmental remediation company has raised their price so the total now needed is $65k.  I would expect the funding to be at or near the $65k by tommorrow when purchase agreement is scheduled to be signed.  The Texas environmental department has granted a weeks extension to scrap or move the locomotive.

Perhaps the success of this preservation operation is a indication of why our preservation fund drive to save the Moose-Trout-Brook Bridge was so successful.  Perhaps we could add further emphasis to the preservation message of our activities.

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Ed,

Thanks for the heads up.  I made a donation and passed it on to my local NRHS chapter which may prompt other donations. 

All the museums and rail preservation enthusiast need to stick together as best we can.

Bill

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:22:52 PM »
Dwight,

The places I have noted that still have missing joint bar bolts are:

3 places missing bolts twix Sheepscot north yard limits and Jayne's Way Crossing
2 bolts missing near Sutters Crossing South Whistle Post
9 places missing bolts twix four joints south of Albee's crossing and 2nd Phone Post North of Alblee's Crossing
2 places missing bolts south of the old TOM Rail Pile south of the South TOM switch

There are also a few bolts missing from the frog on both Alna Center switches which will take some care in installing them as the quarters are so close.

This doesn't include inside the SS yard limits where there are lots of missing bolts.

When I did my last slow travel of the line a couple of years ago, this was all that was left to do on my attempts to complete this project.

If nothing else happens between now and my summer visit in July and August perhaps I will be able to complete this project.  Of course, as so often the case, something else more important or more urgent comes up and jumps in the front of the 'to do list' line.

Bill

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:42:38 PM »
If Davis grade runs from the first curve to the power lines that appears to be about 1,500 feet of track.

About where is the 600 feet of track we are going to rebuild? 

I seem to remember that the track is embedded in mud from the old logging crossing thru a small cut to the north which might be about 300 feet.  I think the turtle pond is just after that.

Am I remembering the correct crossing and cut?

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:54:01 AM »
Fred,

We all come back to see what you have cut down and how you are doing.  Catching up on "Fred'isms" is the most fun of the work weekends.

Plus, we all aspire to be as active as you are as we wend our way through life.

Bill

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:07:15 PM »
67 looks terrif as is. Just don't ever "wrap" it in huge ads like Abq buses.

Funny you should mention that - Saturday we were thinking once the Mountain Extension is complete we paint it some bright neon color, park it at the end of the track by 218, with a "Visit the WW&F Railway Museum!" message on it.

...with a photo of Fred smiling and waving.

I like the Fred waving Picture Idea.

Why go with a picture? Take one of Fred's chairs from TOM and set it down by 218. Provide Fred with a small table and some lemonade. ;D

Jeff S.

Put a chain saw beside the chair so he can explain how he singlehandedly cleared the ROW, which he almost did.

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:30:47 PM »
67 looks terrif as is. Just don't ever "wrap" it in huge ads like Abq buses.

Funny you should mention that - Saturday we were thinking once the Mountain Extension is complete we paint it some bright neon color, park it at the end of the track by 218, with a "Visit the WW&F Railway Museum!" message on it.

...with a photo of Fred smiling and waving.

I like the Fred waving Picture Idea. 

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:52:52 PM »
Bet that tie inserter will save LOTS of drudgery out on the line, especially with more track coming.  ;)
Ya gotta run a demo video!

I have a feeling it will get a good workout during Spring Work Weekend.

Jeff S.

My understanding that the planned SWW work on Davis Grade will provide the opportunity for the new tie inserter to prove it's mettle.

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:50:56 PM »
Work done on Saturday Feb 10:

* Machine shop: Jason and Alan were hatching something...

Ducks??? :o

Jeff S.
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Well Jeff, there is the steam locomotive shop mascot duck that occasionally appears in various photos of projects in the machine shop.

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:18:36 AM »
Zack has really done an amazing job on 67.  Very impressive.  I noticed on the North end of 67 there are differences in the hand rails between the top two and the bottom two. 

Why are the two lower hand rails bent in different directions?

Plus there is a center hand rail.  Is this so one can cross over the couplers standing on the end sill buffer blocks? 

Also, could someone take a picture of the lower piece of steel bar that looks like it may be part of an uncoupling lever?

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:30:03 AM »
Bill,

I was told that we were targeting 1910, or thereabouts.  I looked around at pictures and put together things that looked like they were from that period.  This includes my bowler hat a la Ira style, which I now consider a Ira Memorial.  That I created from a regular black hat with an appropriate brim that I steamed and reshaped to the bowler style.  That being said, I know Ed Lecuyer found a source that looks very authentic down to the proper buttons for the suspenders and shirt materials. 

Now that my face is worn and creased I know when I wear my bowler hat I get my photo taken a lot when I am brakeman on the passenger trains.  Baseball caps weren't used back then.  Newsboy hats were the most common.

There are several conductors outfits in the house if you want one of those. 

On days that we are making photo runs, or tourist visitor days I try and dress for the duty that I have for that day, brakeman, conductor, fireman or engineer. 

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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:18:17 PM »
All these comments about clamps is putting a strain on the subject.

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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:24:26 AM »
I am glad to see that, even with all that is going on in the shops and down the line, we are still advancing the Eames vacuum brake project. 

Has anyone thought to make a progress post on the Facebook or web page of the grant provider?

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:12:04 PM »
Of course when it is a balmy 7 degrees below zero the sky usually is beautiful.

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