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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:50:48 PM »
If these cars are junk, how about grab irons, cut levers and other useful hardware? Nick would probably sell scrap price.

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Work and Events / Re: Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:34:16 AM »
If this deal a once in  lifetime  buy, why only 5 pair?  We need 2 pair for current projects and several for RIP track forever.  They don't rot!

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Volunteers / Re: July 2017 Work Planning
« on: July 15, 2017, 01:11:53 AM »
Tie replacement can be done using the Kubota.  We changed out 400 ties using a tractor mounted backhoe. After spikes are pulled, you straddle the track and push tie up to rail using side of bucket.  Then you reach over to other end of the tie and with the points of the bucket to pull tie out.  Older ties work great because you can really stick the points in. It's slick with practice.  Ties can be inserted using the bucket like cupped hand.  It took us longer to pull the spikes and get the tie plates out the way, then did to pull/replace the tie.

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Save the trees for feed stock for our saw mill.  Log trains into mill and flats of lumber out.

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Work and Events / Re: Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 04, 2017, 03:10:34 PM »
Interesting way to "Hy-Rail" the Kubota.

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General Discussion / Re: Government Surplus
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:30:30 PM »
I my real point is to have someone from the museum open an dialogue with August Surplus office.  Just a friendly call every now and then.  Invite whomever they are to visit the museum to see what we do.  There may only an odd ball items of interest to us, but we'll never know if just sit on our hands.  If wishes were fishes, we would have us fry.  You can't see if you don't look!

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General Discussion / Re: Government Surplus
« on: May 13, 2017, 01:04:40 AM »
Its time to wake the Surplus topic.  Someone needs to establish a contact in Augusta.  The one I had has retired.  I still have access, but due to health problems I don't have the time anymore.  There are still a lot $12 hammers out there (lol).

Base closure and never ending wars have created a lot surplus stuff.  We need to get our hands in the pot!

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 03, 2017, 10:43:12 PM »
Try Bill Gates.  I read somewhere he is a rail fan.

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Original Railway / Re: WW&F Wiscasset Route 1 Crossing
« on: March 19, 2017, 02:26:57 AM »
I have always assumed the all of W&Q and WW&F piles were driven by a marine pile driver company.  But, I wonder if the railway had a pile driver for repair and/or renewal?  Marine or rail?

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Volunteers / Re: March 2017 Work Planning
« on: March 14, 2017, 03:32:03 AM »
If you are over sixty, you should remember "Ming the Merciless" from Flash Gordon TV.  Early fifties.  LOL

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Work and Events / Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« on: March 12, 2017, 01:53:58 AM »
Did you for magnaflux it for cracks? Or dye penetrate it.  Cracks are sneaky.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: An interesting narrative from WWI
« on: January 07, 2017, 06:50:23 PM »
My father served in Battery B, 68th CAG in France.  Battery B had modified 6" naval guns and their shells were delivered by the "little trains" as they were called.  My father was a brakeman on the C.B.& Q. when he was drafted.  So the two-footers were interesting to him.

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General Discussion / Re: Government Surplus
« on: December 31, 2016, 05:25:52 AM »
I went back over "Surplus" topic and saw that there appears there has been no activity since 2012.  To remind members we are approved for getting "stuff" from the State of Maine and the Federal (GSA) Government at little or  no cost.  I still have the password for Maine and GSA.  We should be looking for stuff on a regular basis. I have seen surplus bridges like the Iron bridge. Miles of track (x-ammo depot) and switches. Trucks, trailers and flat large enough to span Trout Brook and built to carry two Abrams tanks.  The contact info is in first message in this topic or call me (717-355-0917).

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Volunteers / Re: December 2016 Work Planning
« on: December 22, 2016, 09:17:04 PM »
It's time to order a bundle switch brooms and station them at mainline switches.  Also stick a couple onboard train.  Easy to find do a internet search for them.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2016 Work Planning
« on: December 20, 2016, 03:02:53 PM »
We need to get a propane torch like below for melt ice/snow from switches.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Portable-Propane-Weed-Torch-Burner-Fire-Starter-Ice-Melter-Melting-w-Nozzles-/171350910636?hash=item27e54f66ac:g:lGIAAOSwPhdU7yJC

heck Harbor Feight or local hardware store.

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