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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 04, 2020, 08:14:35 PM »
But no drip pans or diapers under No. 7 yet. Now the floor is stained.

A decision was made over the weekend to forego bidding on any items at Milton. This was done because everyone was and is so involved in preparations to reopen the WW&F to the public next week that no one was available to make the trip down to pick up any items that might have been purchased.

John and I made the trip to Milton to inspect the items of interest. We did so, made our reports, and now it's up to others to decide whether to bid.

Volunteers / Re: July 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 23, 2020, 04:54:05 PM »
A good report, Steve. I like the details.

Two Footers outside of the US / New two-footer in Queensland
« on: July 22, 2020, 05:34:18 PM »
The Isis Central Sugar Mill in the Bundaberg region of Queensland, Australia, is working on a major expansion of its cane-gathering tram lines. This two-foot gauge line will be about 24 miles long when completed. Half of the new line follows the grade of a former government branch line purchased by the sugar company when it was abandoned in 1955.

Mill engineers were surprised to find that the timber trestle bents on several bridges are still good after 65 years. The bridges themselves are being constructed using beams recycled from other abandoned lines. The longest bridge is 21 spans. The entire new line will use 60-pound rail on concrete ties made in-house by the sugar company. Officials say the new rail line will remove 21,000 trucks from area highways once it is completed.

Isis currently operates 96 miles of line to transport 1.6 million tons of cane to the mill from more than 70 loading sites.

Below is a photo of a section of the new line. The sag at the crossing will be corrected when the road is rebuilt.

Two Footers outside of the US / Queensland Sugar Railways
« on: July 20, 2020, 01:38:08 PM »
Here's an interesting chart detailing the sugar-hauling two-foot gauge railways in Queensland, Australia.

3688 kilometers of line equals 2,298 miles
27 million tonnes of raw cane equals 29.7 million tons
119 kilometers equals 74 miles
2000 tonnes equals 2200 tons
40 kilometers per hour is 25 mph

The Cummins engine at the auction is a replacement for the original Cummins engines as used in all the small GE locomotives, including the Whitin units which later went to Edaville. This engine was a spare for the 45-tonners at ACF and is in rebuilt condition, or so I am told. It will bolt up to the deck plate on the 23-tonner.

I'm planning to attend the preview of this auction next week. There are several items of interest to the WW&F. In addition, I am inspecting some items for two other parties. Stay tuned.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:24:23 AM »
The Strasburg Rail Road makes the point very succinctly at the very top of their web page:

We’re doing our part to keep you safe, but we can’t do it alone. The success of our Reopen Plan requires the cooperation of all our Guests. Guests of The Strasburg Rail Road are invitees to private property and, as such, are required to follow all of our policies. In accordance with our current policies, our Guests help us ensure the health and safety of all by agreeing to the following:

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: July 01, 2020, 08:04:21 PM »
What about Pennsylvania and Virginia?

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot Station Buildings in an Ad
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:53:48 AM »
Two thoughts:

1. Any publicity is good publicity.

2. Ad people are notoriously geographically ignorant.

Concerning using a tip car or two for spot ballast work, adding a couple of sliding gates similar to those seen on the rear of a dump truck to the slopes of the tip car would place ballast where needed. Something like this.....

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Steamin' in the rain
« on: June 13, 2020, 09:04:54 AM »
Puffing Billy has a two-truck Climax geared engine they restored and use on special trains. They burn that eucalyptus wood, and due to all the oil in the wood, it burns like mad. They call it "atomic wood." They also use it for firing up the regular steam locos.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Steamin' in the rain
« on: June 11, 2020, 02:39:17 PM »
The Puffing Billy is very much an up-and-down line, with steep grades in both directions. I believe the ruling grade is 1 in 30 or a bit over 3% in either direction. The line also features numerous steep curves.

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