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Other Narrow Gauge / The East Broad Top Railroad!
« on: November 12, 2008, 01:06:43 AM »
IM A HUGE FAN OF THIS RAILROAD ITS THE BEST AROUND! But im Just woundering is all the frieght cars in Rockhill and Mount Union are going to be restored operational by the Friends Of The East Broad Top! Man I also miss EBT 2-8-2 #14 because it has my most favorite steam whistle that I ever heard! Last B-bring back EBT 2-8-2 #16 & #18 because they have been in the roundhouse ever sinice the EBT closed down in the 1960's!  ;D

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend '08 - photos
« on: November 12, 2008, 12:58:02 AM »
Thanks to everyone who posted photos, it's good to see views of the many projects from that weekend.  The railroad is now big enough that you can be working in one area and not see everthing that happened on projects in other areas.  I have been to every track weekend since they started in 1997 and they get better each year.  That first track weekend, Columbus Day 1997, we finished the first (Davis) curve and built the crossing.  It was a big deal since we ran the train (just engine 52, box 309 and flat 118) up where you couldn't see it from the station.  That was the first time we had a track project with a set goal.  I remember that if you needed something, you had to walk down to the yard to get it.  We have come such a long way since then!

I should mention that there is a member, Paul, from Mass who spent the week at Sheepscot prior to the track weekend.  He did alot of work in the shop.  One project was to remove all the old temporary wiring from the machine shop.  Another project he completed was to fabricate and install slide plates for the stub switch.  He also installed new gather plates under the three running rails and spiked them in place.  The stand and target were painted and everything oiled.   Take a look at the three way stub next time you get to Sheepscot.  The switch looks and works so much better now.  Maybe one of our regular volunteers can get photos of the plates and points.
LOL! Did you Try Walking to The Yard from Were the New Track Is at right now! :D ;D :D ;D

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend '08 - photos
« on: November 12, 2008, 12:55:13 AM »
Awsome Work on the New Track! As I Said earlier Laying New Track is so fun that its Like a Big New Adventure To Me! Keep up the good work! =D  ;D :o ::) ;D

General Discussion / Re: The Virginia & Truckee Reconstruction Project!
« on: November 12, 2008, 12:36:01 AM »
Carson City. I stumbled across a web site about it.
Plus there is a better map in the first site on the top of the links list! It shows the part by part map I found of the V&T new route!  :o ;) :)

General Discussion / Re: The Virginia & Truckee Reconstruction Project!
« on: November 12, 2008, 12:25:18 AM »
Carson City. I stumbled across a web site about it.
Thats the site were I got the map! Its a great site about the project!  :o ;D

General Discussion / Re: The Virginia & Truckee Reconstruction Project!
« on: November 12, 2008, 12:19:30 AM »
I Have a Map Of The V&T New Route Construction and The line is divded into 4 parts!
1=Virgina City to Goldhill.
2=Goldhill to Overman Siding.
3=Overman to Haywards Siding. 4=Haywards to HWY 50 Bridge.
5=HWY 50 Bridge to Carson City Terminal! This will in Total make the V&T over 16.3 Miles From Vrigina City to Carson City. :)

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Disneyland Railroads #3 & #4s History!
« on: November 11, 2008, 10:33:51 PM »
Okay Thanks Keith! Now as For Engines #1 & #2 are not Real Engines! They are full size Replica working engines built in The Disneyland Railroad Back shop! They are like a Model Train brought to full Size! But both do Replica a Certain Real Locomotive! #1 Is A Reblica of Central Pasific 4-4-0 #173 Which the Real one was Built in the Central Pacific Railroads workshops at Sacramento in 1872, #173 is in fact Walts Favorite Engine And #2 is A Reblica of B&O Coal burner 4-4-0 #774 which The Real One was built in 1887 by Rogers! :D

Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: November 11, 2008, 07:53:31 PM »
Ken,  To bolster what Steve said - there are a number of things to consider with each piece of track expansion .  First is tree cutting which depends on the crews that show up and the weather they have to deal with in the winter.  Next is grade preparation - stump pulling, wash out repair and leveling which is mostly done by a contractor.  That's the first big expense.  Of course ties, rail, spikes, bolts and joint bars must be purchased too.  Another big expense is the stone ballast which must be purchased and trucked in.  

We have done all these things over the last 12 years I have been going to Sheepscot.  The basic rule has been to build 1,200 feet of new track each year or two.  I won't say (as some do) that we are just limited to running between Sheepscot, Alna Center  and eventually Head Tide but that's a real good start.  I think we will make up our minds about further expansion once we have those three stations to run between.  The deciding factor is that we must maintain every foot of track we put down.  It's more fun building new track than maintaining the older parts of the line.  My point is that I have seen our mainline grow over 2 miles since I've been going and I never get tired of going back to help build more.  I think our present formula works well for our size and financial situation.   

Now Thats Why I Like new track Plans like the New Line being Consteructed on the V&T! Laying new track is like an Adventure to me!  :D :D

US Two Footers / Re: Chicago 2-foot
« on: November 11, 2008, 07:39:55 PM »
Plus those underground trains are preserved at IRM!  :D

US Two Footers / Re: Chicago 2-foot
« on: November 11, 2008, 07:38:19 PM »
I been to the zoo some times and I was born to late to see the trains! Does anyone have any photos of the zoo train?  :(

General Discussion / The Virginia & Truckee Reconstruction Project!
« on: November 11, 2008, 07:35:29 PM »
Im A Huge Fan of the V&TRR and So far There past part 2 of The Project which now makes the V&T 5.8 Miles From Virgina City to Haywards Siding! Now Only 10.9 Miles to go! Who else here is a Big fan of the Railroad? Plus I Hope the new line will be Conected also to The Navada State Railroad Museum so their Equipment can also run escursions on the V&T as well! :D

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Disneyland Railroads #3 & #4s History!
« on: November 11, 2008, 04:24:32 PM »
Now on the Disneyland Railroad #4! #4 was Built by Baldwin in 1925 as a 0-4-0 Saddle Tank Engine for the 36 inch Raritan River Sand Company of Central New Jersey for about 25 years! Then it was Sold to the 36 Inch Pine Creek Railroad in Freehold New Jersey were the Saddle Tank was Removed And was giving a Tender! It ran There for about seven Years until being Sold to the Cowboy City Amusement Park near Farmingdale New Jersey but was never operated so it was Retired! It was Sold to a New Jersey Railfan named Jay L Wulfson who will then sell the Little 0-4-0 to Disneyland and was Change from a 0-4-0 tender engine into a 2-4-0 and was named Ernest S Marsh and was #4! Its Builders Plates are #58867! Note The Tender on Number 4 today is not her Tender that she got from the Pine Creek Railroad! That tender was To Difficult to Restore so it was Sold to Ward Kimbells Grizzly Flats Railroad and was Coverited to an LGB Open Car! The Tender now was built by the Disneyland Back shops! :D

Other Narrow Gauge / Disneyland Railroads Steam Engines History!
« on: November 11, 2008, 04:13:19 PM »
Well In my book Of The Walt Diseny Railroad Story! #3 Fred Gurley was Originally a 0-4-4 Built by Bladwin In 1896 for the 36 inch 24 mile Line Of the Lafourche Raceland & Longport Railway in Louisiana and then was transferd to the Godchaux Sugur Company also in Louisiana on the 36 Inch Line to and From the Suger Plant on the 48 mile long Railway and was Letterd #1 were it worked there for about 15 years until it was Retired to C.W. Witbeck and Then was later sold to disneyland Where it has been there for the past 46 years as a 2-4-4! Its Baldwin Builders Number are #14065!

General Discussion / Maine 2 footers on Trainz 2004 and 2006!
« on: November 11, 2008, 03:58:39 PM »
Ive been downloading Them from for a While and They are cool Models! Especially The Stock cars They look exatly like The Disneyland Railroad Stock Cars and Even The Frieght Cars even look like the ones on Walts backyard Railroad The Carolwood Pasific Railroad! Which Is why Im build A Large Scale 2 Foot Route of hes Carolwood Pasific Route on Trainz 2004! Does any one else have this Game?  :D

Same Here! :D

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