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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 Official Work Thread
« on: August 10, 2017, 07:02:51 AM »
Very neat picture! The thin layer of Edaville yellow really stands out.

So was the original color really brown, or perhaps maroon "lake" ?

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Deep Thoughts...
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:45:37 AM »
The answer may depend on whether CSX goes ahead with their rumored proposal to single-track the ex-NYC Water Level Route. :(

General Discussion / Re: How'd you like to feed this monster?!
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:12:42 PM »
It reminds me of the folk song, "Firing the Mauretania", about the firemen on the RMS Mauretania (sister ship of the ill-fated Lusitania):

"The Mauretania's a wonderful sight
Sixty-four fires a-burning bright
But you'll shovel coal from morning to night
A-firing the Mauretania."

Work and Events / Re: Shop building improvements
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:13:07 PM »
I remember from my first visit in 1990 that there were concrete ties in the original section of bay 1 as well.

Museum Discussion / Re: Portland Company builder's plate?
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:42:29 AM »
The Portland Co. builder's plate in Phillips is also C/N 621 (= KCRR No. 2). I'm pretty sure it's another one of the replicas Jason mentions above, though right next to it in the same display case is the real number plate for SR&RL No. 7 (P&R 'Calvin Putnam'), C/N 615.

I know those holes are much bigger in reality than they appear in the pictures, so I agree a scale of some kind would be useful for those who haven't seen them in person.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: L&B "LYN" makes first move
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:55:48 PM »
Wow, classic Baldwin lines! The resemblance to SR&RL Nos. 17 and 20-22 (P&R 'Izaak Walton' and the Eustis engines) is really remarkable.

Museum Discussion / Re: Seeking pledges for lubricator for No 10
« on: June 24, 2017, 09:24:52 PM »
Put me down for $50 as well.

Their Trout Brook Preserve has a trail that appears to be located in part on our ROW (just beyond the Trout Brook crossing).  

Will this be a problem as we build northward?

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F RPO
« on: June 19, 2017, 03:15:42 PM »
I love Stephen's idea of carrying bicycles! Bicycling was a hugely popular activity in the 1890-1910 period, until the automobile became affordable to the common man, and there is evidence that other Maine Two-Footers offered this service to passengers. (I recently donated an original B&SR bicycle check tag to the archives.) It would be historically correct for the era we're portraying as well as great fun for our more athletically inclined visitors.

Yes, I believe both videos are from Sandstone Estate.

It's apparently quite an operation! See

Here's a quote that says it all:
"Although we set out collecting Agricultural machinery we did not close our doors to any collector who wanted a safe haven for his beloved old bus or engine or piece of earth moving machinery. While the 2-ft Narrow Gauge railway is at the centre of our activities because it plays quite an important role in the ongoing transportation of items on the farm it should not be allowed to over shadow many of the other fascinating items of interest. Military vehicles, Agricultural Traction engines, buses, cars, ox wagons with oxen attached are all there. Finally, by way of clarification we are not a museum; we are simply a private collection of Heritage items on a commercial farm and the staff do their best to keep everything in tip-top condition and to show visitors around as appropriate."

I would love to get down there sometime.

What a neat video! Thank you, Wayne.

Youtube's ever-perceptive algorithms suggested this other video to me after watching the above. I'd love to have one of these elegant little outside-frame 4-4-0s.

Work and Events / Re: Flatcar 118 repairs
« on: May 15, 2017, 12:57:28 AM »
If I'm not mistaken, the WW&F was the only Two-Footer that used bottom-operated couplers, so only the cars with original WW&F couplers (flatcar 118, boxcar 309, and the caboose) are bottom-operated.

(I assume the couplers on No. 9 are of SR&RL origin, and the couplers on coach 3 are from the B&SR via Edaville, which is why they're top-operated.)

Work and Events / Re: Flat Car 1014 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 27, 2017, 01:30:54 AM »
Really nice job, Mike!

Original Railway / Re: Fred Fogg
« on: April 22, 2017, 03:03:32 AM »
I'm fond of "Stephenson gauge" for 4' 8-1/2", but I'm afraid no one will know what I'm talking about so I never use it.  Alternatively, I have a friend from grad school who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in the former Czechoslovakia who refers to it as "Western gauge".

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