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General Discussion / Re: WW&F in Narrow Gauge World magazine
« on: October 03, 2017, 07:43:18 PM »
Thanks for spreading the good word Wayne!

John

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UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: "LYN" test run on the L&B
« on: September 30, 2017, 02:06:38 PM »
Sweet! Modern steam in a pretty little package!

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General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:15:06 AM »
I'm glad to see those 7500's went on to a new home with a good hand behind the throttle! I've always liked the standard cab as opposed to the wide body format. The fellow who was my conductor for many years in assigned service said that the 7500's had excellent "sleeping cabs"! Do they still have the horn valve you can quill, or did they get the solenoid?
 

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Deep Thoughts...
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:53:29 PM »
I thought they were cab-signal aspects.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:06:35 AM »
I bet it has some really nice truss work under that sheeting!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:01:23 AM »
I guess the topic has been fully covered. Should move on before we get board.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2017, 06:17:54 PM »
I guess they saw through your best arguments, Wayne!

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Museum Discussion / Re: Unsolicited Praise
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:59:53 AM »
I've visited railroad museums since I was a wee lad. WW&F was the first one I felt the desire to become a member of, for all the reasons stated in Mr. Howard's comment! That and it's also cool!

other John
 


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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:59:41 AM »
Plexiglass....hmm. Clearly, that's the solution!

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:57:00 AM »
Just got my Annual Fund Drive letter too. Cool looking structure! Almost seems a shame to cover up that beautiful wooden truss!

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Beautiful work Mike! You definitely made the grade! It will be so great to extend the track into this scenic area!

John

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Trip to Poland
« on: August 01, 2017, 02:03:51 AM »
I hope you're able to visit at least some narrow gauge systems during your trip. Eastern Europe held onto steam and narrow gauge decades after we moved on in the western world, as you well know. Maybe there is something to be said for repressive, totalitarian governments, from a railfan point of view! The Znin operation appears to have a display of 60cm equipment from the former PKP systems in a park, somewhere along their line. I don't believe steam is featured on either of the lines I've mentioned on a regular basis. If you can figure out their sites, perhaps you'll get lucky and hit a steam weekend. As far as conveying on-line information, perhaps John M. should cut me into the WW&F wayside phone system. More my level of communication capability!

John

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Trip to Poland
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:35:25 AM »
Dave, I know I sent you a link to the one 60cm outfit in Bialosliwie on Facebook. Too complicated for my burned out brain to figure out how to share here, but here's a nice video!
https://youtu.be/Klb0GPSErNw

And here's another operation, not too far away, at Znin. Both were heavily dependent on sugar beets. I think every tight gauge operation in continental Europe was. They apparently share equipment sometimes. Here's another nice video!
https://youtu.be/Q_Z05Y7TqEo

Have a great trip!

John

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: CRRC to Build Coaches for WW&F
« on: April 01, 2017, 01:40:10 PM »
A combo of Chinese-built coaches and used 0-8-0's? Wouldn't this be considered a Won-Ton disregard of the museum's mission menu?

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Original Railway / Re: Supposed success of the FS&K connection
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:24:16 PM »
I'm really enjoying reading this exchange. As Jason has stated, if traffic had to be transferred ultimately to ships, the FS&K would have saved a transfer as opposed to SR&RL-MEC at Farmington and MEC to ship at Portland (I assume). As the WW&F developed a rather successful coal transfer port at Wiscasset, I wonder if coal could not have constituted a significant back haul, perhaps even tapping into the Waterville market for this commodity. If they had managed to form a mutimodal transport partnership with schooner owners out of Wiscasset, a nice circuit of lumber to Philadelphia/Baltimore/Norfolk and a hold full of coal return would seem plausible.

I'm not really familiar with the area the FS&K would traverse between Waterville and Farmington. Were there any resources to exploit there? Much potential for development? I know that Mr. Atwood had developed an elevator factory and a pulp mill in Farmington Falls which might have developed into significant customers (maybe?).

Turning towards other traffic sources: More convenient access to Franklin County from Waterville and the coast may have helped develop the Rangely Lakes resort area and may have presented a quicker, more efficient route for mail and express to Franklin County from the Eastern/Southern parts of Maine. Sheepscot Valley traffic may have been less vulnerable to siphoning off to parallel MEC stations, had there been access to interchange at Waterville for traffic to/from the North.

I'm sure, in the long run, it couldn't have survived good roads and reliable trucks. Unless SR&RL had expanded further North into fresh stands of timber, I wonder if the forests up there would not have been exhausted much earlier with an additional transportation avenue.

Anyway, it'd be cool beyond words!

other John (I went to Miniatur Wunderland too! Es war wunderbar!)   

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