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Messages - Rick Rowlands

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This is an organization that thrives on reaching goals, and I don't think we would be content to not pursue lofty goals.  Once 11 is built and 218 is reached, will the WW&F be content to just run what we have or will there always be a desire to set and achieve another lofty goal? 

I think the real uniqueness of the WW&F is the ability to achieve great things.  But what happens once all of those great things have been done?  Just something to think about.

Museum Discussion / Re: A WW&F Christmas
« on: December 24, 2018, 10:40:04 PM »
From your two footed friends in Ohio, we wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Volunteers / Re: At the HRA Spring Conference
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:25:18 AM »
It was good to meet you Steve, and to see Wayne again. 

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: March 24, 2018, 04:02:11 AM »
next pic

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:51:13 AM »
Since it would be rather impossible for a real face to face meeting, here is an HON30 comparison between a Maine Forney and the 58 and with a standard gauge boxcar.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 14, 2018, 11:38:50 AM »
Just abrasive blast the boiler before putting the Apexior on.  Never have to worry about it again. 

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 13, 2018, 05:59:19 PM »
It is a rectangular piece of steel that is placed at the bottom of the firebox to fill the space between the outer firebox sheets and the inner firebox sheets. 

In this video you can see a rivet being installed in the mud ring.

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:09:19 PM »
I went up to JS Company in Middlefield, OH today to witness the hydro test of 58's boiler.  It passed with no leaks in the pressure vessel itself, just a leaking throttle gland and a couple of studs to take care of. 

The work done to the boiler was as follows:

1) replace lower half of front tube sheet
2) replace one broken staybolt
3) install new tubes and ferrules
4) install new dome lid studs
5) replace lower half of smokebox including doubling plate

Total cost $12,450.   This is a state inspected boiler (Ohio) and does not fall under the FRA at all.

I plan to get it moved back here next week sometime and immediately begin the final assembly of the locomotive.

Jason's plan is to submit a proposal and see where that goes.  If it is not accepted then they will begin the process of refunding the money.  Not giving up quite yet.

Museum Discussion / Re: Engine house
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:17:41 PM »
Perhaps the material being referred to is transite.  I have seen roundhouse smokejacks made of an asbestos/portland cement board called transite.  It is nonflammable and rather durable, ideal for smokejack linings.  Unfortunately that material is no longer available due to health hazards associated with it.

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: February 24, 2018, 02:10:49 AM »
Quick update on the J&L 58.  Tubes are half installed.  The shop plans to finish them up next week, then do the hydro and assuming all is well then it comes back to Youngstown to be mounted back on the frame. 

All of us on the "Save the 503" team thanks everyone who has donated to this effort.  It is truly amazing to see how many railfans, modelers and historians have joined together for this.  We will make this happen, one way or another!

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: December 24, 2017, 01:56:17 AM »
So far I am using all 100 RB.  The western extension down the hill to the front of the property will be 115 RE, which if you think the 100 looks big, that 115 will look absolutely ridiculous. 

It is correct though.  A 1920s article on the narrow gauge at J&L stated that the entire railroad is laid with 120 lb. rail on steel ties.

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:58:33 AM »
I built it for the 58.  It is 10' x 20', just big enough for the locomotive. 

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: December 22, 2017, 02:54:36 PM »
Work is continuing on the J&LNG on three fronts.  First is extension of the mainline to the north property line.  We have another 100 feet to go to get to the end of what we can build, and in there will be a turnout leading to a future engine servicing area. 

Second is the ongoing restoration of the J&L 58.  Work on the 58 will be a bit more pleasant over the winter now that the west enginehouse doors have been installed and window panes installed.  Just a little more trim work to do and the enginehouse will be complete.

Third is the rebuild of our 5 ton Brookville, J&LNG 64. I am just about ready to put the regauged wheelsets under the frame, then we start remounting all of the drive components.  The original flathead Ford V8 and manual transmission was trashed and is being replaced with a 302 and C6 automatic transmission.  It will take a bit of shoehorning to get everything to fit, but ought to be an improvement over the old drive. 

We plan to begin limited train operations in May, being open and running on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Initially the Brookville will be our motive power until 58 is completed and operating.

Merry Christmas from your friends the Ohio two footers!

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