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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Volunteers / Re: November 2017 Work Planning
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:03:35 PM »
Years ago I worked for a farmer here in Minnesota. Back in the late 40's there was little rural phone service. His neighborhood got together and built a magneto phone system with old phones. 10 or 15 years later when the phone company came through they made sure that they " bought them out" even though it was an informal arrangement. I guess they could have formed a company and been competition to the big boys because they were there first.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:26:20 AM »
Those cutoffs look like nice blocking material.

An interesting whistle, I have a similar whistle with a nine inch tall bell that came off my great uncle's traction engine. Have you blown yours on high pressure air? Wear ear plugs if you do, I speak from experience. Mike Nix

General Discussion / Re: American Precision Museum
« on: October 28, 2017, 01:08:30 PM »
I have also been there, I was impressed by the video about truly interchangeable parts, and some of the very old lathes.
Mike Nix

Original Railway / Re: "standard" font(s) used by WW&F on publications
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:57:32 PM »
The fact is the fonts were most likely what the printer had on hand. You would probably find the same fonts in work by the same printer done at that time. I have also heard of creating your own fonts on your computer.
Mike Nix

General Discussion / Re: AT&SF manuals
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:16:37 PM »
Sell them on Ebay and donate the proceeds?

Bill, thanks for the photos.

We had a tour of it when the narrow gauge convention was held in Oregon, fantastic place, and the indoor G gauge, narrow gauge layout was something else. The staging tracks even had scenery.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 09, 2017, 12:09:27 PM »
I checked the clearance requirements. Standard gauge requires three foot three inches on each side, I think the widest equipment used on the WW&F was 7 foot so 7+6'6" =13' 6". for safety's sake, and to allow the crew to easily walk by a train stopped on the bridge we should not go narrower than that.
Mike Nix

That looks real nice!

Great, get er down the mountain!
Mike Nix

Nice video, it was interesting to compare the whistles.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:18:40 PM »
prepare to construct a new coach from scratch
I was wondering if you would have any use for two brake shafts with ratchet wheels and pawls from a standard gauge caboose. I also have a number of cast iron brake wheels. I can send pictures and any measurements you would need.
Mike Nix

General Discussion / Re: Miller Hook Couplers
« on: January 30, 2017, 09:59:51 PM »
Yes there is one in Rhinelander Wisconsin. It still has the Miller hooks, but the spring platforms have been converted to solid ones. The hooks are slotted for link & pins so railroad never saw a need to change them as it was a link & pin road. When the road shut down the car was left on a siding and used as a cabin. It was never stripped when they scraped the line, it even has it's trucks. It's 3 foot gauge. A nice museum if you get a chance to go there. If you do check out the brand new clock case oil headlight they found in an old ware house in Rhinelander in the last few years. Luckily it was donated to the museum and not sold to a collector.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 08, 2017, 03:04:04 PM »
Just curious. Is the horizontal seam in the barrel going to be welded or riveted? If it's riveted what style of joint will be used?
Thanks, Mike Nix

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