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Boothbay Railway Village / B&SR #11
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:54:05 AM »
Now that the B&SR #11 which is currently a full coach; has been back to boothbay railway Village for a few months, is there any sign of work starting to do the proposed restoration to a three-door combine?

It is going to be a good looking, one of a kind in Maine car if and when it happens!

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Colorado Railroad Museum is moving ahead.
« on: August 04, 2017, 09:46:00 PM »
The Colorado Railroad Museum is the oldest railroad museum in the state. They moved to their present site in 1958 and have a large collection of 3-foot equipment as well as standard gauge equipment.

They have brought in a crane to lift two of their car bodies onto shop trucks. Once the D&RGW #307 passenger car and D&RGW #168 baggage car get moved into the Roundhouse/Restoration Shop they will build passenger car trucks for them.

They are just finishing a pair of passenger trucks for their Uintah #50. This is a wood combine with steel sheathing over it. There are only three passenger cars left from that famous railroad.

The South Park #191 is the oldest steam locomotive in Colorado, built by Baldwin in 1881 as their C/N 4,919. It is cosmetically restored at the museum. It ended up in Wisconsin and Bob Richardson sent a Thunder Bay Lumber Company (local) locomotive in trade for the South Park 2-8-0. It is getting spruced up for the Narrow Gauge Convention to be held later this summer in Denver. 

Ted Miles, CRRM and WW&F Member

Work and Events / Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:25:05 AM »
Perhaps people can share their thoughts about the roundhouse that goes with the turntable;

now that it is happily turning around. If I missed one please say where it is.

Will the structure be built to plans or just to historic photographs?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Museum Discussion / Re: Seeking pledges for lubricator for No 10
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:47:52 AM »
Congrads to all of you who pledged the dollars to purchase the lubricator.

I see the announcement of the purchase on the Facebook pages.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Museum Discussion / Re: Portland Company builder's plate?
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:17:03 AM »
I think there is a Portland Company builders plate in the collection of the Phillips Historical Society.

I do not recall the number; but people who do such things know how to transpose numbers as necessary.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Original Railway / Re: Alna Station at Top of the Mountain????
« on: July 04, 2017, 10:11:11 PM »
         Ellis Walker  discussed Alna Station in a couple of his musings. He was aware of the movements and
suggested that a sign be placed along the right of way to name the original location.

If you do not have the Musings in book form; I understand the re-print is now available in the museum book store.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Como, Colorado
« on: June 29, 2017, 06:14:49 PM »
The South Park, later Colorado & Southern left the little town in 1941. Now it is coming back; the depot has been restored, the stone round house has had work and they are laying track between them at present.

The Historical Society has an Alaskan steam locomotive being restored for operation at Como later this summer. To see photos and information check the Narrow gauge Discussion Forum.

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 Official Work Thread
« on: June 07, 2017, 02:05:22 AM »
         I hope this is the right place to ask this question. If not; maybe someone can more it?

I heard that a set of Jackson & Sharp passenger trucks are at the WW&F Museum.

Why not use them under the new #9? The original passenger car was a J&S car. Just the wheel sets for a pair of new trucks will run into a lot of money. Maybe it is better to spend the money on the lumber.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

         Just to make sure this topic does not get too serious; the Colorado Railroad Museum used to operate the next door, the Iron Horse Motel. They put reproduction number plate door numbers on the rooms. Some were round and some were rectangles.

Now many years later the motel is long gone and the door numbers are turning up on the E-bay for sale as real D&RGW number plates. Back then it was not possible to make them in plastic; so they are metal.

How time fly's by!

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member, narrow gauge east and west!

Work and Events / Re: Flatcar 118 repairs
« on: May 18, 2017, 07:37:27 PM »
         I am curious, when the #118 was re-built in 1989 were the end sills oak? This was long before the Copeland mill connection was made; so they may have been Douglas fir. 

It looks the new ones are now oak. This is a much longer lasting hard wood.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 18, 2017, 07:20:33 PM »
         I assume that the new doors were delivered sometime in the last month. I hope to see some pictures of how the doors were hung inside the now combine. Since there are two of them; it will make the car into a very useful piece of passenger equipment. Perhaps on a Thursday morning?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Museum Discussion / Trains for August 1983
« on: May 12, 2017, 08:41:32 PM »
         Most of us are familiar with the August article about Alice Ramsdall and the Sandy River #6 as she liked to call her.

For years I have wondered who the author Peter J. Rickershauser was. Now a person over at the Narrow Gauge discussion Forum has answered the question. He was later an Assistant Vice President of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Anyone who will drive from New Jersey to far northeastern Connecticut to look at a steam locomotive has to have some railroad in his life!

The old Railroad Magazine for January 1968 also has an article about Alice Ramsdall. She was#61 in the Interesting Railfans series. If it isn't on line someplace; the issues are in many public libraries. 

Ted Miles, WW&F Railway Museum Life Member     

Now that all the Maine Two- foot antiques are back in Maine; I thought a list might be of interest:
                      #4    rail bus        Boothbay Railway Village
                      #9    parlor car     Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.& Museum
                      #11  combine       Boothbay Railway Village
                      #14  combine       Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.& Museum
                      #15  combine       Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.& Museum
                      #17  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
                      #18  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
                      #19  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
                      #20  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
                      #21  passenger     Sandy River Railroad
Ted Miles, WW&F Ry Museum Member

General Discussion / Re: Miller Hook Couplers
« on: March 24, 2017, 01:37:27 AM »
Dear Dave,
                To further your understanding; Randy Hees is executive director of the Nevada State Railroad Museum- Boulder City; which is down near Las Vegas.

The V&T collection is up at the State Museum branch in Carson City, NV and that is the branch that has the passenger car with the replica Miller hook platforms. They are thinking about restoring a second car with those antique couplers.

The Western Railway Museum is where I work and it is an electric museum; none of our cars had Miller platforms. Although some of them have link and pin couplers.

The Society for the Preservation of Carter Brothers Railroad Resources at Fremont California; is also a narrow gauge collection. They too are planning restorations that will need Miller hooks. They have a good web site!

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan east and west

Museum Discussion / Re: Will the SR&RL #6 briefly run on the WW&F?
« on: January 31, 2017, 12:27:38 AM »
         The thing to do if you want to show a SR & RL locomotive is to do it with the Sandy River Railroad Museum. That way they could share the costs of the paint, signs and vinyl etc.

And if you really want to go all the way; you can get Bickford Transportation to take he up to Phillips for "old home days" and run her on home rails. i wonder how many locomotives have run on four railways?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

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