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Work and Events / Re: B&SR tank car rebuild
« on: August 16, 2019, 03:57:12 AM »
A detail Brendan pointed out to me on Sunday are the bolt holes showing where the stake pockets on the ends of each side of the car were located before they were moved over to make room for the stirrup steps. This means the side sills are original B&SR wood, which is amazing.
(Flatcar 14 as built by Portland Co. had no steps, just like our flatcar 118. The steps were added later when the B&SR was under MEC ownership.)

The trucks are mismatched, but one of them has Griffin wheelsets with SR&RL markings.

Museum Discussion / Re: Building Switches the Old Fashioned Way
« on: August 15, 2019, 09:22:22 PM »
Wow Philip!
I never knew you went back that far with the WW&F.

The photos of your late brother remind me of another important piece of what we share - that is the ability to spend time with loved ones while volunteering here. Some of my best father-daughter times were at the railroad. Now my daughter is all grown up, living in China (the country not the town in Maine), and I have those memories to cherish. I think of her every time we pass along Albee's field - where the second photo was taken during the Spring Work Weekend in 2008; the first photo is from 2003, looks like we're on the ladder.

Thanks, Ed. I like to think of the things we build in this world (like the railroad) as a way of preserving the memories of people who were with us then but who are now gone, and as a way for others in turn to remember us.

Yes, I joined in the first year as annual member #40 (I had to dig out my old membership card to confirm that), but then allowed my membership to lapse a few years later when I was in college and the complexities of adult life became too distracting. Then I rejoined five years ago after a gap of almost 20 years with a much higher member #, which means I missed out on a lot. :)

Museum Discussion / Re: Building Switches the Old Fashioned Way
« on: August 15, 2019, 07:12:47 PM »
(Anyone got more "old days" photos they want to share?)

I believe I've posted these on the forum before, but here are two pictures from July of 1990. That's 15-year old me in the blue shirt with my late brother Steve and, of course, Harry Percival (second picture, far right).

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: WW&F Visits....
« on: August 03, 2019, 10:48:10 PM »
I was in Tucson, AZ for a conference last week, and when I had a free day on Thursday I took a 350-mile side trip to Clifton, AZ to see some of the remains the Coronado RR. This little 20-inch gauge copper-mining line was one of the earliest railroads in that state, dating to 1879.

Here I am with Coronado RR No. 8, a Porter 0-4-4T built in 1897 (C/N 1735), on display near the former Arizona & New Mexico Ry/El Paso & Southwestern RR/Southern Pacific depot on AZ Highway 191 in Clifton.  (The AZ & NM was originally narrow gauge as well, but 3' gauge rather than 20".)

Museum Discussion / Re: wheel chair accessibility
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:40:57 PM »
My wife Kara has also suggested we have additional benches or other seating, both along the walkway and scattered around the campus, so visitors have convenient and obvious places to sit down. This is especially important for people with mobility issues (not all of whom are in  wheel  chairs), but would enhance the visitor experience generally.

I'm planning to be there for at least part of the weekend (which days I'm not sure yet) and look forward to spiking.

Work and Events / Re: Moving passenger cars from MNGRR to WWFRY
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:05:27 PM »
You're right Dana, which I guess means the caboose can really only be numbered 32 if it has the cupola and not 101, just as combine 14 can really only be 14 with the "flat" roof and not F&M 3.

Work and Events / Re: Moving passenger cars from MNGRR to WWFRY
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:04:42 AM »
The caboose could be B&SR 32 on one side and 101 on the other.

Likewise, SR&RL combine 14 could be lettered on the other side as F&M 3 (even though it never ran under that number without its original clerestory roof).

Work and Events / Re: TCDA No. 65 (Reefer) - Official Work Thread
« on: June 27, 2019, 02:06:18 AM »
Indeed, good catch.

Maybe also a brake wheel and cut levers on the couplers?

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Bridgton & Saco River Box Cars
« on: June 26, 2019, 03:29:22 PM »
That sure looks like B&SR 64. It was built by Laconia in 1905 in the same batch as our 67. The color would have been gray with red lettering.

Volunteers / Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« on: June 19, 2019, 02:20:14 AM »
I'm going to try to be there on Saturday as well.

Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: June 16, 2019, 11:23:41 PM »
What is the vertical lever to the right of the brake wheel?

That's the cut lever for the coupler.

Volunteers / Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« on: June 10, 2019, 09:51:18 PM »
Thanks, Jason. I saw the very rainy weather forecast and was going to ask if track work was still on.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: What about multiple gauges?
« on: June 09, 2019, 10:50:11 PM »
I'm pretty sure the only dual gauge left in Antonito is a short piece of display track (including a turnout) in front of the C&TS depot, plus a few rail lengths on either side of the grade crossing with the famous "End of Standard Gauge" sign. Other than that it's all gone now, and the narrow gauge and standard gauge are no longer physically connected at Antonito.

There is still a bit of dual gauge on the EBT in Mount Union though, for now at least.

Volunteers / Re: June 2019 Work Reports
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:56:40 PM »
Thanks, Jason.

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