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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:47:15 PM »
The following was excerpted from a Trains News Wire report posted today.

WW&F receives HRA award

By Wayne Laepple

The WW&F received important recognition from the Heritage Rail Alliance in the form of its Significant Achievement Award during the annual conference held in Santa Fe, N.M. Nov. 7-10. Jason was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the museum's volunteers and friends.

The Significant Achievement Award -- Structures recognized the saving, reconstruction, moving and placement of a former Boston & Maine Railroad boxed pony truss covered bridge on the main line of the WW&F. The bridge arrived at the museum's Sheepscot station parking lot in kit form on October 4, 2018, and in only 11 months was reconstructed and then moved by highway about four miles and positioned over Trout Brook.

Most of this multi-faceted project was accomplished by museum volunteers. Under the direction of a professional covered bridge restorationist, the bridge was assembled in the museum's parking lot. A professional bridge engineer designed the necessary underpinnings and directed a commercial bridge and buildings mover who drove the piles and set the bents. An ingenious temporary bridge designed by WW&F members allowed the 48-foot bridge to be rolled into position without the use of a crane. The project was supported by a number of national, state and regional organizations, including the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges, which initially donated the bridge to the museum, several national and regional rail preservation trusts and foundations, and donations from members and friends of the WW&F Railway Museum.

The acceptance of this bridge and its subsequent construction was the impetus to plan the Mountain Extension, which saw the repair and preparation of more than half a mile of original WW&F roadbed for track. In October, during the museum's annual Fall Work Weekend, more than 100 volunteers laid over 1400 feet of track. Next fall, another 2,000 feet of track will be built to cross the new bridge, and in 2020, a runaround siding and possibly a turntable will be installed, allowing regular service to begin on the most scenic part of the restored railway, including the bridge.

Jason also accepted, on behalf of the family, the Friend of Railway Preservation Award recognizing the three generations of stewardship by the Ramsdell and King families of West Thompson, Conn. of WW&F locomotive No. 9, a two-foot gauge 0-4-4T built in 1891. Frank Ramsdell and his friend William Monypenny rescued No. 9 from the scrappers in 1937. Following Ramsdell's death in 1954, it fell to his daughter Alice to continue protecting No. 9, which she did ferociously, even waving a shotgun at a prominent New England railfan who demanded she sell him the engine.

Alice died in 1994, and her nephew Dale King became the caretaker of the long-held family dream to return No. 9 to steam. He knew that restoring the engine was well beyond his abilities, and so in 1995, he came to an agreement with the WW&F museum for a long-term lease that saw the locomotive moved back to Maine, where a 10-year overhaul began. This included a new boiler and rebuilding of the running gear and cab. On Dec. 5, 2015, No. 9 steamed over the two miles of the WW&F Railway, marking its first travel over the line since 1933. King was present for No. 9's formal dedication on August 13, 2016, when he spoke of his family's lengthy devotion to No. 9. 

Preserving No. 9 in 1937 may well have been the first effort by individuals to save an item of railway equipment from destruction. The efforts of the family over the next 78 years with the vision of allowing all people to experience this wonderful locomotive, now in service over the line it once served, is an inspiration to us all.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 06, 2018, 01:13:56 AM »
Those are rather fancy handrail standoffs, Bill. Most handrails I've seen are no more than sections of one-inch round stock, artfully bent and forged by a blacksmith. The guys won't know how to behave with such snazzy handrails!

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US Two Footers / Re: Henschel loco
« on: November 05, 2018, 02:08:55 AM »
That's the one, Phillip. I believe the man in Emporium would have been Dr. Charles Blumle. I knew him. He was a whistle and locomotive collector.

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US Two Footers / Re: Henschel loco
« on: November 04, 2018, 08:02:33 PM »
A similar Henschel was owned by an attorney named George Spohrer in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He had it on an island in the Susquehanna River in nearby Plains, where he had built a loop of track and a couple of passenger cars. The big Agnes flood in 1972 pretty much destroyed the place, and I don't know where the engine went. Mr. Spohrer died just a few years ago. I'll bet Bernie Perch knows something about this.

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Two Footers outside of the US / Electric two footer
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:14:28 PM »
This industrial line in the former East Germany is pretty interesting. One of those hopper cars would make a dandy ballast car. Looks like they need Joe to fix some track!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=312&v=P17Wo7ytxlc

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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:25:57 AM »
Were the new ditches working?

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Yes, even an open-sided building would serve to keep rain and snow off wooden rolling stock. And if properly designed, such a building could start out as a 40 or 50-foot long building and be added to as necessary, just like what was done with the Sheepscot shop. Such a building at TOM could also serve as a place to hide the basket cases and chicken coops.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:44:57 PM »
I had doodled around with some sort of chute that would be suspended from the stake pockets to direct ballast into the gauge and/or to the shoulders, so people could push the stone off the car and it would fall  directly to the place needed.

The Victorian Railways' narrow gauge (3'6") railways in Australian had their flatcars built with removable trapdoors along the center line of the cars. There was some sort of boxes that would cover each opening until lifted out, allowing material then to fall and be shoveled through.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 24, 2018, 01:35:12 AM »
Well, certainly, if you put it that way. A single switch off the main track, with another switch on the siding to allow for a parallel storage track, as well as access to ML&M, makes better sense. And I still think a single-end siding at this location is better than a double-ended one, for safety reasons.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Spur(s) to/at ML&M at Sheepscot Mills
« on: October 24, 2018, 12:29:58 AM »
If a siding were located on the east side of the main line south of the Sheepscot Mills crossing, it would be a good place to stash such rolling stock as the aforementioned flatcars, the ramp car and perhaps even derelict equipment awaiting shop time at either Sheepscot or ML&M. I would favor the switch at the north end and a large pile of dirt at the south end!

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Two Footers outside of the US / Concrete ties for two-footers
« on: October 22, 2018, 11:03:09 PM »
Here's an interesting piece that describes in some detail the operations of the sugar cane railways in Queensland, Australia, as part of a case study for the use of concrete ties and Pandrol fasteners. It should be noted that there is over 2,600 miles of two-foot gauge track in Queensland!

http://www.pandrol.com/case-study-pdf/TR01_p23-25.pdf

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Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 21, 2018, 10:56:43 PM »
What remains to be completed on car B&SR 67?

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Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 20, 2018, 10:37:08 PM »
"Second level of the storage container?" Details, if you please.

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Museum Discussion / Re: New open car on loan to the railway
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:43:37 AM »
I gotta ask -- where is all this additional rolling stock going to live? What is going to spend the winter outdoors? We've lost two car spaces in the shop, and we've added a flanger, a couple of derelict boxcars, and an open car, with a flatcar still to come. No matter how I figure it, some rolling stock will get snowed on.

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