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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: April 23, 2019, 02:20:34 AM »
Alain, if only we could restrict aging to fine whiskey and cheese!

Work and Events / Re: 2019 Easter Express
« on: April 23, 2019, 02:14:43 AM »
Love that shot with the little girl in the red rain jacket, lower left, pointing at Monson No. 3. Can practically hear her shouting, "Mom! Dad! Look at the engine!"

Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:36:21 AM »
Bill Baskerville, thanks for the explanation of those flanged wheels. Cool!

Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:30:07 AM »
Alain, I don't know whether Dunkin has invaded France or whether you've seen Dunkin Donuts stores in another country. In the USA, it has many stores where one can get donuts, coffee, coke, etc. Dunkin Donuts is one of the companies here often called "fast food chains." And, as shown by the carton on flatcar 34, at a Dunkin donuts store you can get food to take out in a carton.

Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 13, 2019, 01:51:41 AM »
Thanks for the explanation re the wheels, Bill, and for the laugh at the end!  ;D

Volunteers / Re: April 2019 Work Reports
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:13:29 PM »
Bill, about the bowl-shaped objects apparently coupled back-to-back to make the flanged wheels: I'm not familiar with them. Are they manufactured for that specific purpose? I'm guessing they were not designed for that but you saw their potential.

While on, gotta mention a trick our Mac just tried to pull on me: Lousy typist that I am, I mistyped "familiar," and that @#$%^&* infuriating correction "feature" in our Mac decided that I had meant "foamier" and plugged that into the sentence. Aaaargh how I hate that thing!! Tim Cook, quit torturing me!!! Yeah, yeah, I know. I should have taken that touch typing class back in high school.

Hi, square root of B squared,

That is ingenious! I recommend that all within 20 feet have really really good ear protection.

Thank you, Philip and Bill!

John Dobson, is there some labelled location on google's satellite view of the region that is near the Moelwyn tunnel?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook bridge and the thawing
« on: March 23, 2019, 01:54:48 AM »
Thank you, Dwight and Ed, for the important additional information.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook bridge and the thawing
« on: March 22, 2019, 04:36:28 AM »
Alain, I'll attempt to answer your question, hoping that a better informed member will correct me if my answer is wrong.

The bridge rests on two bents, one on each side of the brook. Each bent has 11 vertical piles, to which various horizontal and diagonal wooden structural members are fastened.

But in addition, on each side of each bent--upstream and downstream--a pile called a batter pile is driven into the ground at a small angle away from vertical, so that the point where the batter pile enters the ground is a little further away from the vertical piles than the top of the batter pile is.

I think the angle from vertical is about the same as the legs of a man would have if he's standing with his feet about 1/4 to 1/3 of a meter apart. I believe the batter piles, especially the ones on the upstream side of the bridge, are intended to absorb the impact of ice or other objects flowing downstream, and thus protect the bents.

Those piles look very sturdy to me, so I think they will do the job.

That is splendid work, John. Thanks for alerting us!

Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: March 09, 2019, 03:34:17 AM »
The letter from Just Wold is Just Wonderful!

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Puffing Billy hy--rail
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:31:17 AM »
Wayne, I'm guessing that there's also a pair of flanged wheels behind the John Deere that the fat tires block from this view. The tipoff is the short lengths of what appear to be hydraulic lines peeking out beyond the tire.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 19, 2019, 03:02:27 AM »
As elbows age and develop arthritis, oil is probably better than grease anyway. I vote for elbow oil.

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