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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:35:49 PM »
Nice job everyone, whose dog? Every railroad needs a dog!
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:24:39 AM »
The main bridge should not settle at all if the piling were driven properly.  Maybe the approach spans?
Mike Nix

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 19, 2018, 02:03:39 PM »
Mike -- should we get the magneto phone line wire in place and buried before permits expire next year for TOM to Route 218 right-of-way preparation?
Yes, especially in the shoreland zones (bridge and wall)
Could you just move them to the very edge of the right of way and not bury them ? Are you using the heavy line that the phone companies use for temporary service? That stuff seems pretty tough.
Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / tie replacement
« on: September 11, 2018, 05:32:34 PM »
I ran across this video, I don't know if it was posted before. Maybe in a few years we'll have one.

Work and Events / Re: New bandsaw for the wood shop
« on: August 29, 2018, 02:58:09 AM »
Nice. As a side note, I have seen large ones like that used in home built sawmills. No reason for the museum to do that but with some guides and rollers re sawing odd sized timbers would be doable. .   

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:17:10 PM »
Interesting thing about piles is most of the support is not the base it's the sides. Have you ever tried to pull a stake? It works the same way for downward pressure. A well driven pile will hold many times more than the area of it's base would suggest.
Just for fun here's a video of a steam pile driver that was used to build docks on the great lakes. The show also has a 600mm steam railroad.

Mike Nix

General Discussion / Re: The "Great War" comes to the WW&F
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:53:35 PM »
Alain, My grand father was on the gun crew of a 75mm field howitzer. He caught tuberculosis while he was serving and died before I was born. After my parents had passed away we found a box of items grandpa had kept. Among them was a small bent railroad spike like would have been used on the 600mm railroads. Did he bring it home from France? We'll never know but I think he did because there was no mines near where he lived in Oklahoma.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:41:10 AM »
what's the total number of piles to be driven?

General Discussion / Re: Ford Model A engines
« on: July 24, 2018, 02:32:07 AM »
Ford made the model A with two different body styles, 1928-1929 and 1930-1931 but maybe they didn't call the later ones an A. The engine block was used for an optional 4 cylinder motor until 1941 however it was updated with a better full pressure oiling system and other improvements. In the 1932 Ford it was called the Model B and in later years it was reffered to as the Model C.
Mike Nix

I don't know how far from authenticity we want to veer, but a comical moose trout crossing sign with a drawing of a moose trout at the bridge might but fun!

that whole area is ultra dry, it's one of five fires in that part or the country!

Museum Discussion / 38th National Narrow Gauge Convention
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:34:53 AM »
Are there any plans to have a booth at the convention ? Since I live in Minnesota I would volunteer to help man a booth if needed.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: WW&F Visits....
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:21:36 AM »
We went there on our first visit to Maine, And I second the motion it's worth a visit.

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 29, 2018, 01:34:22 AM »
much better, those look like solid rubber tires. an interesting conversion.

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:13:14 PM »
Is my Ipad not working right, or is the link bad, I just see a small box between the text.

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