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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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US Two Footers / Re: Henschel loco
« on: November 05, 2018, 12:20:35 AM »
try asking on, Someone there might know or recognize the man in the photo. I will bet there are 30 to 50 of those in the US.
Mike Nix

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 26, 2018, 12:48:53 AM »
Just curious what do you call soft wood and what hard wood, some consider anything that loses it's leaves hard, but some only count oak,elm,walnut and such as hard. I like some of the softer hard wood  like poplars, basswood and birch for heating because they give up their heat quicker.
Mike Nix

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
« on: October 20, 2018, 01:42:09 PM »
Very Nice, I like the Volvo rail car and am glad to hear you have so many young members.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:08:00 AM »
Let's hope everything goes well, if you lay another 560 on saturday that leaves only 120 for sunday if my math is right. Great work!
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:31:27 PM »
Well I as one who has never laid track and couldn't make it this year because of previous commitments I think the track laying crane is a great idea. I plan to be there next year and see how many spikes I can bend.  :)
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:57:22 AM »
Great job everyone, not only is the bridge " saved" but it has been put to it's original use!

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

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