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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.

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.

Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:19:22 PM »
A Kodachrome slide of Albion yard in 1939, with grazing cows and rails still in place:

That's truly fantastic work, Mike. It looks amazing.

General Discussion / Re: WW&F in Narrow Gauge World magazine
« on: September 27, 2017, 05:08:40 AM »
I was visiting the UK last week, and riding the Welsh Highland Railway between Caernarfon and Porthmadog on Friday 9/22 I started chatting with a group of men in the same carriage who turned out to be members of the Welshpool & Llanfair, "checking out the competition" as they said. When I mentioned I was a member of the WW&F they said they had seen Wayne's article in Narrow Gauge World and were eager to learn more about our progress. So, we definitely have the attention of the British narrow gauge community now.

(Interestingly, though the Welshpool & Llanfair is a substantially larger operation than the WW&F - 8.5 miles of track and 17 locomotives - it sounded like they are dealing with a number of the same issues and questions we are, e.g. how long a ride is optimal for the general public, the need to hold special events to draw in non-railfan visitors, whether it's worth trying to rebuild to their original terminal in Welshpool which is across town from the current end of track and so would require multiple level crossings, etc. Such things are apparently universal in the railway preservation world.)

Original Railway / Re: Fred Fogg
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:30:55 AM »
Circumstantially related (or perhaps not) to the topic of Fred Fogg and Philip H. Stubbs and the early history of the W&Q, someone on Ebay is selling an 1880 Knox & Lincoln RR pass issued to none other than "P.H. Stubbs, Clerk, Sandy River RR".

(There is also an 1881 Bangor & Piscataquis RR pass issued to Stubbs for sale, but the Knox & Lincoln one is more interesting I think.)

I don't think windmills for pumping water were ever common in New England, for the simple reason that the ground water table is generally pretty shallow and surface water is abundant in comparison to other parts of the US, so deep boreholes simply weren't necessary in most cases.

Original Railway / Re: Burnham Overhead Crossing
« on: September 08, 2017, 02:15:58 AM »
What an incredible find! It's easy to assume that everything there is to know about the history of the Two-Footers is already known, but there is still new material out there just waiting to be discovered.

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."

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.

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