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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 08, 2021, 03:51:55 PM »
         The top  of the car looks to be close to the ceiling of the shop in the pictures. Will the car have to be moved outdoors to get the roof installed? And what size will the new wheels be?

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 26, 2020, 05:36:57 PM »
         The clerestory roof frames look very close to the bay ceiling. Are you going to be able to finish the roof planking in the Engine House? I assume it will be stored in the Car Barn, when not in use?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 13, 2020, 10:40:14 PM »
          Will the new passenger car get vacuum brakes? Or is that just for the #9?

Ted Miles, WW&F Member and narrow gauge fan.   

 You and the crew did a great job! You need to send some pictures to the Maine Maritime museum to show them the great piece of re-cycling that you have done!

Ted Miles, WW&F  Life Member

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / B&SR #34 flat car
« on: November 24, 2020, 09:25:22 PM »
I am interested in the recent history of this flat car before it was re-built in the WW&F Shop in February 2019 for the Spring Work Party.

One photo in the threat says it was a kit at Boothbay Village. So when did it move from Maine Narrow Gauge Museum to Boothbay? Did they own it?   

Most of the B&SR flat cars were re-built at Edaville into Open Side Excursion Cars; was the #34 one of these? 

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 13, 2020, 02:27:51 AM »
         The pictures appear to show that the box car did not have freight trucks.

Does the museum have a pair to put under it? If not, the wheel sets are the expensive part, the arch bars are less so.

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: November 02, 2020, 03:46:03 PM »
The question with which I started this thread still stands. Now that the Trout Creek Bridge is in and the track laid, will 2021 be a good year to build the Roundhouse?

It is especially important now that the WW&F Railway Museum is providing storage for so much of the Maine Narrow Gauge equipment.
Ted Miles, long time WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT is SOLD! New non-profit to open RR in 2021
« on: October 29, 2020, 07:43:28 PM »
Now that the EBT foundation has been around for a while; there is lots of video showing up on Facebook etc. about the narrow gauge line. A recent one that made my day was about the restoration of the EBT #1033 ballast or rock car. The crew used the belt-driven machine shop tools to punch holes in some new steel sheets and they rivetted them into place. Right Way to go guys! Later a paint crew from the Friends of the EBT painted the car.  Later it was seen on the ballast trains. Another neat bit is the announcement of a fire suppression system for the Machine Shop and the Roundhouse.   

Ted Miles, narrow gauge fan.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 29, 2020, 03:54:30 PM »
What are the 1"x4" pieces next to the sills for? I would think they would be a water trap and cause the sill to rot.

Ted Miles, WW&F enthusiastic member!

        You and the gang have built one substantial pavilion there. I can't wait to see the roof sheets go in place . Maybe they will be ready soon!

Ted Miles, very narrow gauge fan

 You guys are so narrow-minded; what are you ever going to do if you visit the Baltimore Trolley Museum which is five-foot, four and a half inches gauge?

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member, Built #11 supporter

        You are not alone; the Durango Railroad Historical Society just built a similar shed in Silverton, Colorado to protect their collection of freight cars. There  are pictures of it over on the Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum. They used that broad gauge track that is three feet across!

Ted Miles, Narrow Gauge fan

US Two Footers / Descanso, Alpine & Pacific Railroad
« on: August 27, 2020, 02:31:23 PM »
This two-foot gauge, half-mile back yard railroad at Alpine, San Diego County, California was powered by a 2.5 ton gas locomotive by Brookville Locomotive works in 1935. The caboose is patterned after the Colorado & Southern #1009 caboose, which is also being restored in California. 

Starting about 1990, Mr Ray Athey built and operated this fun little railroad. By 2018, he was no longer able to operate it and it was donated to the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum. I hope they re-build it; the kids will love it!
Ted Miles, WW&F Member

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Lawndale Ry boxcar restoration
« on: August 23, 2020, 12:35:12 PM »
The Southeast Narrow Gauge and Short Line Museum has continued to advance; they bought a couple of D&RGW gondolas to obtain the trucks etc to go under their Lawndale and other freight cars. They have also added some standard gauge cabooses and a dining car. And best of all; most of the equipment is under a shelter.
Ted Miles, WW&F Member, narrow gauge fan 

Other Narrow Gauge / Another bell story
« on: August 23, 2020, 12:03:17 PM »
As we know from my previous post, I like railroad bells. I was reading the blog of the Sumpter Valley Railroad which brought a pair of Sumpter valley locomotives down from the White Pass & Yukon Route.  Both of the locomotives were missing their bells.

Turn back to the 1980s, a family in Skagway needed a dinner bell, and got one off the dead line of the White Pass. Years later, they and the bell traveled down to Idaho and eventually heard about the Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration and the missing bells. 

An offer of the bell was made; and it took about 30 seconds for the museum to say yes. So you ask, how do you tell which locomotive the bell came from? The bell in Idaho is complete with its bell frame, while the #20 still has be base of the frame bolted to the top of the boiler. Thus, it is the 19's bell and in addition, the bolt holes lined up nicely.

Mostly brass parts are taken off derelict locos to be melted down; but not always. Sometimes these artifacts do return to the proper homes. If anyone is out in eastern Oregon, the Sumpter Valley is a fine narrow gauge operation and they are doing some excellent restorations. 

Ted Miles WW&F Life Member

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