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Messages - Roger Cole

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Museum Discussion / Re: Wood you Believe it
« on: May 08, 2019, 04:19:13 PM »
A couple of houses along our rural road in WV still burn coal for heat in the winter.  When traveling by their homes, I immediately go back to memories of steam engines from my youth.

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 30, 2019, 03:31:20 PM »
Will a runaround track just before Rt 218 be part of the FWW tracklaying or will that come later?

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Joe Fox - Check your Messages.

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My National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) bulletin arrived today.  I've been a member since 1982.  Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the whole issue was devoted to the WW&F Railway.  A great article and lots of great photos to boot.  Unfortunately, it appears that the article predated the installation of Trout Brook Bridge and the rail extension during FWW.

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General Discussion / New York City film - 1911
« on: December 13, 2018, 06:46:34 PM »
An interesting "slice of life" in the better part of New York City taken in 1911.  Featuring transportation modes of the day - horse-drawn vehicles, early automobiles, streetcars, electric commuter trains & steam-powered ferries.  Note how everyone seems to be dressed up and slim compared to today.

https://www.facebook.com/thevintagenews/videos/1946985898931342/UzpfSTE5MzMzMDA3MTI3ODoxMDE1NjA5Nzc3NDQzMTI3OQ/

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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 08, 2018, 07:31:07 PM »
Did any of the Maine 2-footers ever have a coaling tower or were they all fueled from a coal pile on the ground?

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: A ride to the front
« on: November 26, 2018, 12:59:14 AM »
Amazing footage.  I found it interesting that none of them were wearing helmets if they were in occupied territory.

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US Two Footers / Re: Henschel loco
« on: November 05, 2018, 01:04:26 AM »
The Bucksgahuda and Western Railroad near St. Marys, PA has a 2-foot Henschel named "Otto".

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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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?

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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.

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