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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:16:23 PM »
Hi folks.
Glad you are interested in the AMTP. If the association does'nt own its facilities, see previous posts, it owns the whole rolling stock  the operating one and the one  displayed in the museum. Among the operating rolling stock there is the steam locomotive  # 2 built in 1870 that it is the oldest two-foot locomotive in running order that still exists in France and maybe in Europe .It was lent to the AMTP in 1969 then eventually purchased. In 1992 it was fit with a new boiler and had been used since then when special events coupled to a small four seat car. It was very popular.
But due to worn out wheel treads and piston sheets it was sent last Fall to a  repair shop in southern France that  discovered  when testing the boiler a few leaking  tubes. The wheel treads and the piston sheets has been fixed up but as regards the tubes  the AMTP is waiting for a  via grant from the Departement of Culture to change all the  boiler tubes given the expense . Fortunately the locomotive is listed. Anyway the locomotive  will be in running order in 2020 to celebrate its 150th birthday during a special event.
 

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Museum Discussion / Re: #9 max steam pressure
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:08:58 PM »
Hi Jason

Thank you so much for answering my question so fast  after your busy day cutting and burning trees. I'm glad that event was popular It was a great idea. Your explanations are very interesting.Out here the AMTP locomotive max steam pressure is 176 PSI/ 12 bars. I think that the water quality is the  main boiler  corrosion factor. In Pithiviers the water is rather chalky and we have to treat  it. The locomotives were fit with blow down valves 30 years back. Actually these are  the  boiler tubes that are often rust ridden and out here we 've got often leaks despite the water treatment.Some of the engineers think that the tubes are not thick enough.  What about the water in Alna  Do you treat it ?

Have a nice Sunday

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:44:12 PM »
Hi Kyle,
Thanks for your kind words about  the AMTP. Can you remember the very day you came to Pithiviers maybe we met then. Thank you for the photos as well. On Septmber 9th 2013 I was the conductor and I had a trainee with me. On October 6th 2002 I was at the #9 throttle. I'll soon give you good news of the #2 Schneider.. Best regards.

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Museum Discussion / #9 max steam pressure
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:59:07 PM »
I've caught on a notice put up in the cab that the maximum steam pressure in the boiler is 140PSi. I'd like to know if it was the same pressure when it was built in 1891 or if it is the mandated pressure required by the authority that checks the boiler.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 16, 2018, 01:27:03 PM »
Alain: Thank you so much for the WWFRy posting on your site.  My wife took 4 years of French back in high school.  I'm looking forward to having her refresh her language by reading your site to me!
Hi Gary
Thank you for logging on to the AMTP website kindly fixed up by Ed. If your wife needs help to translate anything let me know it'll be a treat for me to assist her. Where are you from Gary and why did you join the WW&F ? If you want to know more about me you can read the Who am I section in the General Discussion chapter  of this forum. Then you can log on to my fb page Alain Delassus /Uncle Scrooge where you can see quite a lot of photos of that French two-footer and   to its fb page Musée des transports de Pithiviers.
Have a nice week end.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:49:24 AM »
I fixed Alain's link.
Thank you so much Ed.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:06:44 PM »
It's hight time I went on giving you further information about the AMTP. Actually contrary to the WW&F Ry museum the association does not own any land or building. All the facilities in Pithiviers belong to the SNCF the French nationnal RR company the AMTP has signed a lease with. The main line belongs to the Departement du Loiret and at the far end of the main the loop has been built on a land that  is owned and shared by several villages.The AMTP does not pay any rent for the main and the loop. In 1966 the end of the line was at the roadside where there was a cross over  built by the TPT in the middle of nowhere .
In 1971 the line was extended to a sizeable clump of trees and a land  away from the road that belonged to the AMTP  a cross over a siding and an american triangle to turn the locomotive were built. In 1996  the clump and the land were sold to the  community of villages that had purchased a large land close to the AMTP facilities.
Finally in 1995 and 1996  the loop was built on the land owned by the community of villages  and a station as well.  As for the TPT  right of way it went on to Toury along the road.
By the way if you want to see a nice pic of the WW&F  log on to the AMTP website https://www.amtp-cfpithiviers.com/ click on infos pratiques then on autres réseaux.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 09, 2018, 11:14:01 PM »
That makes me dream. I love overalls.They are so comfortable to wear. I've got a few of them . Out here believe me or not only pregnant women wears them.

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Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!!
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:42:34 AM »
I do agree. As a new member the last newsletter is the first one I got out here in France . I've really enjoyed it because as I live far away from Maine  it's seem to me that I was somehow holding in my hand a concrete piece of that endearing two-footer. fb and such likes that I've discovered recently are very practical but as far I'm concerned they'll never take over from printed media .Thank you so much. I long for the next release.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: January 19, 2018, 06:08:37 AM »
Hi folks.
I don't forget you. I've been far away from home for a while enjoying both dramatic volcanoes and a now famous false alarm.   I'm leaving for northern France. I'll continue the AMTP story as soon I'm back you can bank on it. By the way don't hesitate to visit my fb Alain Delassus alias Uncle Scrooge there are quite a lot of pics about the AMTP. I guess you'll find it easily.
See you soon !

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:21:00 PM »
 Working in such a cold (- 17 C)  goes to show your dedication to that two-footer once more . It will take the line and the trains  far away northward .

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: January 01, 2018, 05:22:35 PM »
Hi folks,
Well, at the bottom of all this I mean AMTP there were the TPT (Tramway de Pithiviers à Toury)and two for non profit organisations  called FACS (fédération des amis des chemins de fer secondaires) and AMTUIR ( association du musée des transports urbains et inter-urbains ). Google them for further information.
The TPT closed down in December 1964 after the last sugarbeets campaign and the main and branch lines  started to be dismantled.
But a few members of those both non for profit associations that often came in Pithiviers to watch and took photos of this endearing two-footer decided on saving a part of it. They got in touch with the  Loiret branch of the French National Department of Bridges and Roads ( Administration des ponts et chaussées) that ran the TPT. and the "Préfet" of the Loiret . After quite a lot of meetings  and mails and the funding of the AMTP in January 1966 the" Département du Loiret " gave to the AMTP 2miles of the main line from Pithiviers on, the TPT railroad facilities in that town, 2 steam locomotives , a rail car and a few freight cars.
I'll go on telling  you the AMTP story  soon.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:32:13 PM »
Hi,
Happy to get news of #10 boiler and learn that everything is A-OK. Working in such temps isn't a bed of roses neither for men nor metal.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: December 30, 2017, 01:24:24 PM »
Hi John,

Merci et Joyeux Réveillon du Jour de L'An!

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:49:32 PM »
Hi!
I don't forget you but I'm a bit busy these days around. In January I'm gonna start to tell you the story of the A.M.T.P and of course the one of the Tramway de Pithiviers à Toury( T.P.T.) well known as the Decau  for Decauville the company that started it up in1892.

Happy Holydays !

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