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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:12:18 AM »
I'm glad the cut levers are heading north as well. It wasn't clear to me if they were included or not.

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:20:34 PM »
Here are some more pictures from Friday:








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Interesting -- I went to college about 10 miles away from Freeville in the 1990s (i.e. ~20 years ago), and this is the first I've heard of this equipment. Where exactly is it located?

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 21, 2017, 05:46:33 AM »
It was also good to meet in person Philip Marshall and John Kokas.  Always great to talk with fellow two footers. 

Thanks Rick, it was really good to meet you too!

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That is a truly beautiful map, Ed!

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But for another very similar whistle ~20 years earlier on a different engine, see pictures of F&M No. 1 at Carrabassett on Two Feet Between the Rails volume 1 pages 174-175 and 176-177.

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If you have the Two Feet Between the Rails books, see for example the picture of No. 7 jacked up on blocks in the Phillips shop, volume 2 page 71 (which, oddly enough, is credited to the collection of Bob Werner).

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Speaking of SR&RL whistles, I recall reading that Edgar T. Mead purchased several of them when the railroad was being scrapped, at the same time that he acquired the railbus. I'd love to know where they ended up.

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I've been going through all my SR&RL books looking at whistles in the photos, and I'm quite sure at this point that it's not from No. 15 or any of the other "big" engines. (Bob Werner may have been an authority on SR&RL motive power, but I just can't see what he was thinking here.) However, there are some photos of No. 7 (P&R 'Calvin Putnam') with a whistle similar to this, even down to the pointy "acorn" nut on top. So, if it really is from an SR&RL engine, then my best guess would be No. 7.

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Welcome, John.

As I said on NGDF, I haven't seen a badge like that before but I seen no reason to think it's not what it purports to be, especially if you acquired it in Farmington.

Do you have a picture of the whistle? I'm really curious to see what it looks like, and I wonder what Bob Werner's reason was for thinking it might have been from SR&RL No. 15 in particular if it's not marked.

Both pieces are very rare and deserve a good "forever" home, and I hope that you would consider donating them to the WW&F Railway Museum archive (which includes artifacts from all the Maine Two-Footers and not just the W&Q/WW&F).

-Philip Marshall


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Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm
« on: October 31, 2017, 12:38:00 AM »
not our fault Charles 2 hated puritans and gave us to his brother the duke of York...
[snip]
...but I think it should include the town of Brookhaven as well so all puritan settlements and manor land are included.

Well going by that criterion, shouldn't the town of Huntington should be included as well? It was named in honor of Oliver Cromwell's hometown of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire after all, which certainly suggests there were Puritans present in 1654 when it was settled, plus it's east of the Line of the Treaty of Hartford of 1650 which defined the boundary between New England and New Netherland.
(I'm sure that no one who isn't from eastern Long Island has any idea what we're talking about here, so my apologies for furthering the tangent away from the original topic.)

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: October 27, 2017, 03:53:19 AM »
I'm looking forward to it! (It's not everyday you get permission to remove heavy pieces of metal from EBT property, so this will be an adventure.)

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General Discussion / Re: American Precision Museum
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:52:09 PM »
I can recommend the American Precision Museum as well. They have a really neat collection of early machine tools, and the story they have to tell will be of interest to anyone with a love for New England industrial history (which I expect includes most of us). Windsor is also an interesting town in its own right, Vermont's first capital as I understand.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 12, 2017, 03:31:00 AM »
Regular watering next summer would be a good idea as well. The first year after planting is a critical period while the tree gets its new roots established.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 09, 2017, 03:12:39 AM »
Also on Sunday afternoon there was a delivery of some additional bridge timbers and hardware. Steve Z and I unloaded and stacked them next to the woods track.

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