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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Shop building improvements on: July 14, 2017, 05:13:07 PM
I remember from my first visit in 1990 that there were concrete ties in the original section of bay 1 as well.
2  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Portland Company builder's plate? on: July 10, 2017, 05:42:29 AM
The Portland Co. builder's plate in Phillips is also C/N 621 (= KCRR No. 2). I'm pretty sure it's another one of the replicas Jason mentions above, though right next to it in the same display case is the real number plate for SR&RL No. 7 (P&R 'Calvin Putnam'), C/N 615.
3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: July 10, 2017, 05:12:14 AM
I know those holes are much bigger in reality than they appear in the pictures, so I agree a scale of some kind would be useful for those who haven't seen them in person.
4  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: L&B "LYN" makes first move on: July 08, 2017, 09:55:48 PM
Wow, classic Baldwin lines! The resemblance to SR&RL Nos. 17 and 20-22 (P&R 'Izaak Walton' and the Eustis engines) is really remarkable.
5  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Seeking pledges for lubricator for No 10 on: June 24, 2017, 10:24:52 PM
Put me down for $50 as well.
6  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: TOM Phase 1: Passenger Platforms and Hiking Trails - Official Work Thread on: June 21, 2017, 09:27:33 PM
Their Trout Brook Preserve has a trail that appears to be located in part on our ROW (just beyond the Trout Brook crossing).  

Will this be a problem as we build northward?
7  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F RPO on: June 19, 2017, 04:15:42 PM
I love Stephen's idea of carrying bicycles! Bicycling was a hugely popular activity in the 1890-1910 period, until the automobile became affordable to the common man, and there is evidence that other Maine Two-Footers offered this service to passengers. (I recently donated an original B&SR bicycle check tag to the archives.) It would be historically correct for the era we're portraying as well as great fun for our more athletically inclined visitors.
8  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Two Footers outside of the US / Re: South African narrow gauge 2-8-2 on: May 25, 2017, 08:22:27 PM
Yes, I believe both videos are from Sandstone Estate.

It's apparently quite an operation! See http://www.sandstone-estates.com/index.php/about-us-28

Here's a quote that says it all:
"Although we set out collecting Agricultural machinery we did not close our doors to any collector who wanted a safe haven for his beloved old bus or engine or piece of earth moving machinery. While the 2-ft Narrow Gauge railway is at the centre of our activities because it plays quite an important role in the ongoing transportation of items on the farm it should not be allowed to over shadow many of the other fascinating items of interest. Military vehicles, Agricultural Traction engines, buses, cars, ox wagons with oxen attached are all there. Finally, by way of clarification we are not a museum; we are simply a private collection of Heritage items on a commercial farm and the staff do their best to keep everything in tip-top condition and to show visitors around as appropriate."

I would love to get down there sometime.
9  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Two Footers outside of the US / Re: South African narrow gauge 2-8-2 on: May 25, 2017, 07:04:20 AM
What a neat video! Thank you, Wayne.

Youtube's ever-perceptive algorithms suggested this other video to me after watching the above. I'd love to have one of these elegant little outside-frame 4-4-0s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u99VjboT-U
10  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Flatcar 118 repairs on: May 15, 2017, 01:57:28 AM
If I'm not mistaken, the WW&F was the only Two-Footer that used bottom-operated couplers, so only the cars with original WW&F couplers (flatcar 118, boxcar 309, and the caboose) are bottom-operated.

(I assume the couplers on No. 9 are of SR&RL origin, and the couplers on coach 3 are from the B&SR via Edaville, which is why they're top-operated.)
11  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Flat Car 1014 - Official Work Thread on: April 27, 2017, 02:30:54 AM
Really nice job, Mike!
12  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Fred Fogg on: April 22, 2017, 04:03:32 AM
I'm fond of "Stephenson gauge" for 4' 8-1/2", but I'm afraid no one will know what I'm talking about so I never use it.  Alternatively, I have a friend from grad school who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in the former Czechoslovakia who refers to it as "Western gauge".
13  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Fred Fogg on: April 21, 2017, 08:20:16 PM
Yes, that's right. Narrow-gauge steam was still less than 10 years old in 1872.
14  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Fred Fogg on: April 21, 2017, 06:10:28 PM
Wow, very neat! 1872 is indeed super-early, especially for Maine given that the MEC had only just finished converting from 5'6" broad gauge to standard gauge the previous year. Who is the author of the booklet?
15  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 Official Work Thread on: April 19, 2017, 06:06:32 AM
I have found both Honduras and African Mahogany...Do we care which source.  The same sizes are not necessarily available in both sources.

I imagine the mahogany in coach 3 is West Indian or "Cuban" mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), but that species is now so rare due to historical exploitation that it's unavailable as lumber. Honduras mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) would be a good match, even if it's not exactly the same wood. I don't know if African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis) was even commercially available in the US in the 1890s, though it was already being exported to Europe by that time, apparently.
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