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Museum Discussion / Re: Outside the box idea for revenue
« on: July 09, 2020, 01:06:46 PM »
A lot of people must like the wilderness as they are sold out this year @ $330 for the 1st night.  The siding where the caboose is set off is 5.5 miles south of Durbin, WV and is very remote with no cell service.  You can fish or wade/splash in the Greenbrier River which runs alongside the line.  They provide everything you could need including firewood and a snakebite kit.  The Durbin Rocket only runs Thu-Sun.  The morning run picks up the caboose(s) where guests are leaving and brings them into the Durbin Depot where a cleaning crew attends to the caboose before picking up new guest for the afternoon run back down the river to the siding.  Back in 2015 when I made reservations in early January, all that was left for that year was a couple of dates for a Thursday.  Great memories that I will treasure forever.

Museum Discussion / Outside the box idea for revenue
« on: July 09, 2020, 11:09:58 AM »
This probably would go against the authenticity aspect of the WW&F, but I'll toss it out there anyway.  How about outfitting a caboose with RV-type amenities and rent it out for nightly stays at TOM.  Instead of destroying the historic fabric of an old car, a new one could be built with modern conveniences.  I'm sure lots of people would like to spend a night and it could bring in a steady source of income when the railroad is running. 

Back in 2015, my wife and 2 adult children spent a night on the Castaway Caboose which operated on the Durbin Rocket line in Durbin, WV.  We had a great time and would love to do it again, but my health condition prevents that.  I'm including a link to the Castaway Caboose as well as a couple of photos from our adventure.

General Discussion / New South African luxury hotel
« on: July 07, 2020, 11:48:43 AM »

Make sure to check the time before approaching the nest.

What is the black "thing" under the concrete tube?  Is it metal or plastic?  I am assuming it is to spread the weight from the column.

Would it be prudent/feasible/possible to cut the wheel diameter down on a lathe from 24 to 20 inches?

I've been following the progress (and a lot is happening) on the EBT.  A recent video posted on the Railroad's Facebook page showed the new owners moving 4 hopper cars that haven't moved for many years.  Many had their side sheets rusted through at the bottom.  I know that a couple of years ago, the WW&F purchased some couplers from there.  I can't believe they're going to save all those rusted out hoppers.  If they do scrap some, does the WW&F need any more couplers?  Also are the wheel diameters somewhere near the size of the 2-foot gauge rolling stock?  If so, it might be cheaper to buy some wheelsets and narrow the axles than to have new wheels cast.

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:15:07 PM »
I blew out my flip flop
Stepped on a pop top
Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home

Jimmy Buffet

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 25, 2020, 03:18:11 PM »
Dumb question - why does the large middle opening look big enough for a rail car if the tracks end before reaching the end of the building?  Are their future plans to continue tracks on out that big set of double doors?

General Discussion / Snowpiercer TV Show
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:07:25 PM »
I saw an ad for a new TV show which features a post-apocalyptic ark-like train.  I believe it is adapted from a movie a few years back.  The first episode is tonight (5/17) at 9:00 Eastern time on TNT.  Here's a link for the trailer:

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 06, 2020, 05:49:35 PM »

I think that part is covered by our Engineering Department.  That's not to say that some re-engineering would be required if somehow a South African Garrett would show up on the property.   :o

A Garratt would need some major re-engineering on the turntable as well.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: April 30, 2020, 11:31:34 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away
« on: April 12, 2020, 04:55:44 PM »
From the song "Paradise" by John Prine

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam
I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin'
Just five miles away from wherever I am

General Discussion / Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:36:06 PM »
Just read that John Prine passed away on April 7th from coronavirus complications. I really like one song he did about the Appalachian coal-producing region.

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