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Messages - John Kokas

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 22, 2019, 12:17:56 PM »
Brendan,  do you plan on sandblasting or just wire-wheeling the frame.  Looks like a good time for a total rebuild before May comes around.  I have a feeling the trailer is going to get some miles on it this year.

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Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:44:58 PM »
Lots of zooming - but finally saw the C/G marking.  It's nice when someone has done it for you.  Looks like it cleaned up pretty well for its age.

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Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: March 20, 2019, 01:23:02 PM »
If the guide wheels were brought in equally from both sides then the unit should balance (with the jaw head attached), of course.  I don't believe Mike's pics show a completely assembled unit.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 19, 2019, 11:53:42 PM »
Might it be the time for some new trucks to be manufactured?

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 19, 2019, 10:03:54 PM »
I assume the trucks need some TLC before going under #34.

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 17, 2019, 11:26:56 PM »
So to get this thread going again, the question remains - did the BOD decide on B&SR livery or WW&F?  Inquiring minds want to know......

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I would strongly suggest to get some closed cell foam sheet and cutout profiles of specific tools as they would be organized in each drawer.  We did this in the USAF and it made finding and storing tools amazingly easy.  At the end of the day, you can quickly scan and check for missing tools before you lock up.

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 17, 2019, 02:52:22 PM »
Can't wait to see what #67 will look like.  Is it getting new/rehab'ed trucks also?


As we are doing all this restoration work, are we including provisions for the vacuum braking system?

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Volunteers / Re: WW&F Offering Workshops for 2019 Season Car Hosts
« on: March 17, 2019, 02:47:58 PM »
Ditto Bill, Bob, and Jeff!

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 17, 2019, 02:24:00 PM »
No time to store stuff.  What's the next project for the Carpentry shop?

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 17, 2019, 02:22:04 PM »
Be thankful folks that Alna is not in Nebraska.  Damage is unreal!

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Work and Events / Re: B&SR #34 flat car - Official Work Thread
« on: March 16, 2019, 06:07:06 PM »
Thanks for posting Brendan;  I am always amazed by the work Zack accomplishes from rough timber.  I hope that Zack has, or will get, at least a couple of apprentices to learn the trade and all the little secrets these cars hold over the years.  Zack is not only a Master car builder and carpenter but an artist in the true sense as he knows what the various woods can/will do and gets the right wood for the right place for the right job.  I am in awe...…….. :)

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Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: March 12, 2019, 01:50:14 AM »
The biggest thing that is going to effect the higher load lifting is whether the rail clamps are functional and properly clamped or not.  I've seen similar types flip with lesser loads because someone forgot to set the clamps.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2019 Work Reports
« on: March 07, 2019, 01:07:15 PM »
Not to mention Joe, if we're hauling revenue freight and mak'in no money we might have to paint all our motive power blue and "Consolidate" our operations.   :o

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Work and Events / Re: Box car #50
« on: March 06, 2019, 12:36:19 PM »
I know its more money and effort but I am happy to see a restoration versus a cannibalization.

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