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Messages - Wayne Laepple

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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Tree Clearing
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:59:49 AM »
As I said when this was first announced, this was a brilliant idea. I'm sure it will grow if it's done again.

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Volunteers / Re: February 2018 Work Planning
« on: February 13, 2018, 11:19:13 PM »
Carl -- This will be THE major project of the work weekend, beginning Friday morning and running through Sunday afternoon. I am sure there will be plenty of pre-work weekend staging of materials and other preliminary work. If they elect to pull all the spikes and bar the rails off the ties and out of the way, clearing the grade will go pretty fast. As for actually building the track, the WW&F gang has laid more than 1200 feet of rail starting on a bare grade in three days, so this 600 feet should be a walk in the park -- unless it's raining. Getting stone down on the whole works and getting it surfaced may be another story, but they are nothing if not persistent.

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Museum Discussion / Re: steam heat in passenger cars
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:17:04 PM »
Most coal stoves I've seen in cabooses and passenger cars are tied down to their base  with rods from the stovetop, in addition to being bolted or lagged to the floor, since many such stoves might come apart into their discrete sections in the event of a derailment or other accident.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sources for period clothing?
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:54:31 AM »
On a visit to the Drake Well Museum at Titusville, Pa. several years ago, I learned about a woman who worked with her husband in the oil patch in the 1920's and 30's. According to her recorded voice, she wore bib overalls backwards so that it was easy for her to go to the bathroom while out on the job. (No Job Johnnies at work sites in those days!)

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:20:07 PM »
Just as a matter of information, as well as a possible assist in the design of a new internal combustion locomotive, the early General electric steeple-cab electric locomotives were fitted with arch-bar trucks. See photo. This particular locomotive was later outfitted with a diesel engine and generator buy its original owner, the Warwick Railway in Rhode Island, and still later purchased and retrofitted with another larger diesel by the Strasburg Rail Road. Unfortunately, it was too small for their needs and scrapped.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:33:49 PM »
Here's a 1935-vintage 150 hp 0-6-0 diesel built in Australia. Still in existence, still operational.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 02, 2018, 02:29:51 AM »
Let us be clear that the Baldwin sugar railway diesels are NOT from Baldwin Locomotive Works, USA; rather they are by E.M. Baldwin & Sons of New South Wales, Australia -- no relation.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:43:46 PM »
Here are a couple of other Queensland sugar cane locomotives. These are in the 15-20-ton range and about 180 horsepower diesel hydraulics.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 01, 2018, 08:54:02 PM »
The Baldwin 4-6-2 at Sandstone is currently under restoration, so I think that one's a non-starter.

One of my mates in Oz is president of the Light Railway Study Society of Australia, and I've asked him if he can look into surplus locomotives. But having said that, we next must consider the cost of shipping a locomotive from Queensland to Maine, not to mention the possible difficulties in securing parts for such a locomotive. If nothing else, however, having some drawings and specifications may be useful.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:16:31 PM »
I have asked an Aussie friend if he can round up drawings and specifications of something like this.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:55:13 PM »
South African GE U8: way too heavy, way too wide. I was suggesting something along the lines of the attached photo.

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Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: February 01, 2018, 04:19:06 PM »
While the Baldwin trench locomotives are cool in their own right, they would not solve the problem at the WW&F. What is needed is a locomotive with both power and speed, to allow it to be used to rescue a train and bring it home. It might be worthwhile to take a look at some version of the diesel locomotives manufactured in Australia for use on the still-extensive sugar cane network in Queensland. Using already-proven and functional mechanical designs, the sheet metal surrounding it could be customized to look like a 1930's gasoline or diesel unit.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:35:05 AM »
Hi Harold --

We have had very good luck making silicon casting patterns at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. We've made builder's plates, number plates and quite a few small bits of hardware. Good luck!

Cheers -- Wayne

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Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:12:05 PM »
Last weekend in April. 27, 28, 29.

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Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Narrow gauge action in New Zealand on Jan. 21
« on: January 26, 2018, 04:21:18 PM »
But no open windows! What kind of steam trip is this?

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