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About $5000 more to go, if you haven't donated now is the time.  That's only 500 people giving $10 each. Remember that any money left over will go toward restoration .
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:12:52 AM »
Is that last picture one of the places that need drainage? I noticed the water.
Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / Re: steel for arch bar trucks
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:54:28 AM »
Carl, Maybe, PM me.

Museum Discussion / Re: steel for arch bar trucks
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:51:53 AM »
when I can come out and bring it I'll contact you about the lengths needed, I have a friend with a commercial saw, it would be easiest to cut it to the right lengths here.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: January 31, 2018, 01:21:24 AM »
What are you using for wheels?

Museum Discussion / steel for arch bar trucks
« on: January 26, 2018, 01:36:44 AM »
Is the museum interested in some new 1/2 x3 steel to use in trucks? I know we are a few years away from using it, but I got a real good buy on this and could donate some if it was wanted.
Mike Nix

Original Railway / Re: WW&F Pile Driver/Derrick
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:59:47 AM »
contractors would have had small portable pile drivers, I have the single drum steam winch from one, bought it from a contractors son. It would have used steam from a vertical boiler. They could have gotten one easy enough if they needed to.
I will also note, it's only about 3'x4'x3'high , something like it could have easily fit on a boom car and taken steam from a locomotive.

Museum Discussion / Re: plowing snow
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:44:57 PM »
Your welcome. Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / plowing snow
« on: January 05, 2018, 03:57:23 AM »
This is a link to a dearborn snow plow that was made to fit a ford 8n tractor. I have seen what i was told was one and they would make a excellent second  plow so the crew would not have to switch the plow to the other end of the locomotive.  scroll down, red v plow.
Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / Re: Flag stop stations
« on: December 24, 2017, 01:16:31 PM »
One wonders what stations and other spots had phones for use by the train crews and other employees!
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:12:26 AM »
It's nice to see then stood up, with the people, tractor, and cars in the pictures it really gives a perspective as to how big the bridge really is . Great work!
Mike Nix

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

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