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Would it be prudent/feasible/possible to cut the wheel diameter down on a lathe from 24 to 20 inches?

I've been following the progress (and a lot is happening) on the EBT.  A recent video posted on the Railroad's Facebook page showed the new owners moving 4 hopper cars that haven't moved for many years.  Many had their side sheets rusted through at the bottom.  I know that a couple of years ago, the WW&F purchased some couplers from there.  I can't believe they're going to save all those rusted out hoppers.  If they do scrap some, does the WW&F need any more couplers?  Also are the wheel diameters somewhere near the size of the 2-foot gauge rolling stock?  If so, it might be cheaper to buy some wheelsets and narrow the axles than to have new wheels cast.

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:15:07 PM »
I blew out my flip flop
Stepped on a pop top
Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home

Jimmy Buffet

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 03:18:11 PM »
Dumb question - why does the large middle opening look big enough for a rail car if the tracks end before reaching the end of the building?  Are their future plans to continue tracks on out that big set of double doors?

General Discussion / Snowpiercer TV Show
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:07:25 PM »
I saw an ad for a new TV show which features a post-apocalyptic ark-like train.  I believe it is adapted from a movie a few years back.  The first episode is tonight (5/17) at 9:00 Eastern time on TNT.  Here's a link for the trailer:

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 06, 2020, 05:49:35 PM »

I think that part is covered by our Engineering Department.  That's not to say that some re-engineering would be required if somehow a South African Garrett would show up on the property.   :o

A Garratt would need some major re-engineering on the turntable as well.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: April 30, 2020, 11:31:34 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away
« on: April 12, 2020, 04:55:44 PM »
From the song "Paradise" by John Prine

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam
I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin'
Just five miles away from wherever I am

General Discussion / Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:36:06 PM »
Just read that John Prine passed away on April 7th from coronavirus complications. I really like one song he did about the Appalachian coal-producing region.

Museum Discussion / Re: March/April Newsletter
« on: March 26, 2020, 10:00:10 PM »
Mine arrived a couple of days ago in "almost heaven" West Virginia.  One end was pretty mangled up.  Fortunately the newsletters are also posted on-line.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 15, 2020, 09:24:38 PM »
What's to keep the water in the tender from freezing?  Is there a steam line running through it?

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 10:56:48 PM »
Sounds like another corollary of Parkinson's Law - Equipment collections tend to expand to fill all the available space.

Museum Discussion / Date/Time on discussion forum
« on: February 03, 2020, 09:59:12 PM »
I'm sure this question has been answered in the past but here goes.  Is your time based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)?  If so, why?  I would imagine Eastern Standard Time since that is where the museum is located.

Alain - In the USA, there's a tradition known as "topping off" or "topping out" when a tall structure is complete.  It involves placing a tree at the top.  Supposedly, the first topping off occurred when the Great Pyramid at Giza was built.

Work and Events / Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
« on: January 15, 2020, 11:13:57 PM »
On a family vacation to New England back in 1977, we swung by Edaville.  #3 (with diamond stack) was the power that day. 

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