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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:19:01 PM »
I assume the roofs on the trusses get covered with shingles. Is that correct?

General Discussion / A reminder
« on: May 12, 2018, 01:31:26 AM »
Just a little note to remind anyone who might be contemplating a trip to the mid-Atlantic region this summer. The 70th annual reunion of the Rough & Tumble Engineers will take place at Kinzers, PA August 15-18, 2018. A huge event, with more than 100 steam tractors, stationary engines, a belt-driven machine shop, lots of gas tractors, many stationary natural gas, diesel and gasoline engines, etc. Sawmill and shingle mill, too. Steam shovels, too. Not far from the Strasburg Rail Road and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, either.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:23:28 AM »
Has Dana retired as roadmaster/track supervisor?

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:49:45 PM »
I have used what Joe refers to as a "tie ladder," and it works quite well. The absolute most important thing, however, is that the lining bar used to move the tie have a sharp tip that really digs into the tie. Otherwise, the person using the bar must be very careful not to fall down!

It's also very helpful to "wake the tie up" by using a pick to loosen the ballast along both sides of the tie.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:38:57 AM »
I wonder who the guy is, closest to the camera, in the photo above. Jodhpurs, high boots, short jacket. Maybe the crew boss?

Work and Events / Re: April 2018 Work Weekend prep and work
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:37:59 PM »
Apparently the word has not yet gotten to Maine. No need for people to hold up shovels. A new, self standing model has been released recently.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Items at Brookline Auction on 4/15/18
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:09:06 PM »
Any word on the outcome?

Volunteers / At the HRA Spring Conference
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:57:32 AM »
On Saturday afternoon, Steve Piwowarski and I were taking a break between sessions at the Heritage Rail Alliance Spring Conference at Strasburg, Pa. We were standing in front of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania looking across the road at the Strasburg Rail Road, when we saw a person wearing an orange T-shirt and a WW&F hat. We looked at one another and said "That looks like Bryce (Weeks)." So what was he doing here? Turns out he and his grandmother, Nancy, had traveled to Pennsylvania to visit relatives and stopped by the Strasburg for a little broad gauge therapy. One just never knows when another WW&F member will show up.

The conference sessions were quite worthwhile, as was the networking, and Steve and I will have a report for the Board at its next meeting.

Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 12, 2018, 02:14:52 AM »
It appears to me that you have shifted the outside rail to allow for staggered joints in the curve, which would help avoid kinks. Am I correct?

General Discussion / Building a railroad with camels
« on: April 08, 2018, 11:33:16 PM »
When the Australian transcontinental railway was built, they used camels! Check out this old film from the Australian national archives. There are parts of it that are in rough shape, but the rest is quite fascinating.

Museum Discussion / Re: Dave Buczkowski TV interview
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:32:42 PM »
Well done, Dave. Well done!

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 29, 2018, 12:22:03 PM »
So maybe this is an ancestor of Fred's truck.....

When I saw the title of this thread, I thought maybe it would show a UniMog!

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:24:25 PM »
Same here.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 25, 2018, 02:37:58 PM »
Having written a number of similar plans during my railroad career, then later on sitting through the hearings on such plans, I can attest to the quality of this one. I just wish many of those I heard were so well done! Great work, guys.

US Two Footers / Re: Florida Railroad
« on: March 22, 2018, 12:04:01 AM »
Hello --

I looked at the Shay list at and could not find a two-foot gauge Shay anywhere in Florida. Perhaps you want to take a look and see what you can come up with. There weren't that many two-foot gauge Shays built.

Cheers -- Wayne

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