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Messages - Roger Cole

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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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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?

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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

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

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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?

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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

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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:

http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32&Itemid=144


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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.

https://subscription.timeinc.com/storefront/universalForgotPassword.ep?magcode=RA


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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. 

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/02/26/news/midcoast/maine-passenger-rail-extension-will-be-limited-to-three-summer-weekends/

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Museum Discussion / AMTRAK Downeaster trial extension
« on: March 01, 2018, 07:58:05 PM »
The TRAINS Newswire had an article mentioning that AMTRAK was planning to extend the Downeaster this coming August for 3 weekends to Rockland.  Intermediate stops will be Bath, Wiscasset and Newcastle.  Since Wiscasset isn't too far away, perhaps some sort of shuttle service could be offered between there and Sheepscot for AMTRAK riders wishing to visit the WW&F.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 24, 2018, 07:10:36 PM »
Setting dates for a restoration can be a dangerous thing.  Ask the Western Maryland Scenic Railway about their ex-C&O 1309 rebuild.

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Museum Discussion / Re: steam heat in passenger cars
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:18:00 PM »
The Strasburg Railroad coaches have working coal stoves for winter use.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 02, 2018, 03:51:36 AM »
3' 6" is also known as Cape Gauge as in South Africa.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 01, 2018, 08:19:41 PM »
I noticed mention of a South African diesel.  Sandstone Estates in South Africa has been collecting all sorts of railroad equipment as well as farm equipment, aviation, etc.  They supplied the Welsh Highland Railroad with a Garratt locomotive as well as several gondolas, so they do sell equipment on occasion.  The link below lists their rail inventory as of a few months ago.  Scroll down past the Cape gauge equipment to the 2-foot gauge stuff.  They have more equipment than needed for their excursion loop.  They have several 2-foot diesels--one of them was a GE.  They also would have some wheelsets as well. 

http://www.sandstone-estates.com/images/pdf/Sandstone_Stock_List_Nov2016.pdf

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: January 31, 2018, 06:01:31 PM »
Isn't there the remains of a 2-foot narrow gauge diesel in Portland.  I think it is being used as a parts source for Edaville's two other diesels from the same batch created by GE for the Whitin Machine Works.  It might be cheaper and easier to resurrect that hulk than build a totally new engine.

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