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Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 19, 2018, 06:16:29 PM »
Do the wooden boxcars have any sort of metal frame under them?

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:32:31 PM »
If (or when) the decision is made to push track beyond 218, would the turntable have to be relocated or is there enough land for another track around it?

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 09, 2018, 09:54:18 PM »
Actually, heavier jointed rail is typically 39 feet long (to fit within a standard 40 foot gondola).  I'm going to make a wild guess that in the days when lighter rail was king, the standard gondola would be 30 feet so 28 foot rails would make sense.

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 24, 2018, 05:28:07 PM »
Would anyone have a photo of "Insta-track" that they could post?

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 18, 2018, 08:58:15 PM »
Were above-ground wires on poles ever considered?  I know--it wasn't present on the original line.  It was, however, present on so many railroads in the time period that the WW&F is trying to emulate.  This symbol of 20th century railroading is disappearing at a phenomenal rate.  I'm typing this as I'm looking at the green PRR telegraph insulator on my desk, a gift from my sister-in-law. 

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 16, 2018, 02:59:19 PM »
Was the original roadbed ballasted or were the ties set on the ground like a lot of logging railroads did?

Great presentation!  The posts showing the many steps in rebuilding this right-of-way are fascinating.  I remember being similarly fascinated a few years ago by the monumental effort in rebuilding the Welsh Highland Railway. Most people don't realize how much work it takes to bring a long-abandoned right-of-way back from the grave.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 11, 2018, 03:23:32 PM »
Are the pilings sharpened like a pencil before pounding or are they driven down flat?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:28:52 PM »
John Henry told his captain,
"Well, a man ain't nothin' but a man,
But before I let your steam drill ** beat me down,
I'll die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord.
I'll die with a hammer in my hand."

** Power Hammer

While browsing through some family slides, I came across a photo of #3 at Edaville in 1977 (it looked different back then).

This is great news.  I assume that this will be taking place along Casco Bay.  The last I heard was that the MNGR&Museum had to vacate their trackage in Portland by the end of 2017.  Were they able to negotiate an extension?  Is the move to Gray still the plan?

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 22, 2018, 10:20:55 PM »
If you have MSWord 2007 or later, there is an option to publish the document as a .PDF

Museum Discussion / Re: Engine house
« on: March 02, 2018, 11:02:23 PM »
Jerry Jacobson's Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek Ohio has smoke jacks.  Back when it was being constructed in 2011, they posted several photos of the jacks during construction and in place.  From one photo, there appears to be a damper mechanism in them to prevent heat loss when venting is not needed.  The link is below:

Museum Discussion / Re: AMTRAK Downeaster trial extension
« on: March 02, 2018, 07:16:06 PM »
Gary - if your problem is you can't remember your password for TRAINS Newswire, click on this link and you will be sent a reset password link.

Museum Discussion / Re: AMTRAK Downeaster trial extension
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:34:57 AM »
TRAINS Newswire is maintaned by TRAINS magazine and is usually pretty reliable.  They quoted their source as the Bangor Daily News and with a little "Googling", I came up with a link to that article which is publically available.  TRAINS Newswire unfortunately sits behind a paywall which is only free for TRAINS subscribers.

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