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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 27, 2020, 08:05:21 AM »
Am I seeing a steel subframe for the roof structure?
Yes, here are comments by Harold on that subject:

Wayne,  basically yes, but not every position.  There are "iron carlines" at every second window post.  The wooden carlines are spaced one at each window post and one in between  Thus, every fourth position gets an iron carline.  At that position, two wooden carlines sandwich the iron carline, and there are bolts holding them together.   

While the originals were probably wrought iron, and forged, we will most likely deviate and have them waterjet cut from hot rolled steel plate.

Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 25, 2020, 03:46:08 PM »

The nearest 3-phase to the museum is shown as downtown Wiscasset, on Hooper Street, which serves the elementary school.

While I am not disputing that comment, if you zoom in on the map in the area of the intersection of Cross Rd and Alna Rd, there is a curious  ;D 3-phase red line segment shown about 1000 feet from the WW&F, just north of Sheepscot Rd intersecting Alna Rd.  Here is a screen capture:

And if one looks at that location on Google Maps, guess what is there ... a substation!  :)

Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 25, 2020, 12:05:56 PM »
This is one wall inside one of our electrical containers.

I'm guessing that by "our" you are referring to "your" employer - do I have that correct?

Noting the "480 volts" label on one of the breaker boxes, suggests that box is 3 phase.   Is there any plan for 3 phase in the shop facility at Sheepscot?    (Regardless of whether the WW&F would 'like' to use 3-phase for certain equipment, if that capability is not on the power poles on Cross Road, then  3 phase is not likely an affordable option.)

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: A Fictional Day
« on: November 24, 2020, 02:04:36 AM »
As Jason notes, "Its a fictional day", ;) so some parts have not occurred yet, but  they could.
The sucessful partnership with SeaLyon Farm (Pumpkin trains etc) is rather remarkable in this context, as we have  paying  passengers riding to TOM for a 'horse' transfer to  SeaLyon  Farm when they could simply more easily just drive  directly to SeaLyon Farm.  Clearly, those passengers are riding for the experience, not the destination. As the planned facilities at TOM come to fruition, I believe we will see more of that.

While I am not a Facebook fan,  this  is hard to beat ...

Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: November 22, 2020, 11:12:19 PM »
Remember olden days Dymo Label Makers?  ::)     Before handheld computerized label printers?  :D

Well, there is a Dymo labeler that uses stainless steel or aluminum 'tape' to produce metal labels:

The price is more affordable:

Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: November 22, 2020, 09:03:55 PM »
The products shown here can make the type of raised metal lettering that John describes:

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: November 18, 2020, 09:27:12 PM »
It will transit the Panama Canal to Kingston, Jamaica ...
Arrrrg!  :'(   Avast ye mateys!      :-[

I thought that I would be the first to  post pirate puns/(talk like a pirate) as Kingston at one time was called Port Royal and was a pirate haven ...  :o

Now its just a boring container transshipment  port ...

Kingston Harbour in Jamaica is the seventh-largest natural harbour in the world.[1] It is an almost landlocked area of water approximately 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) long by 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) wide.[1]  Most of it is deep enough to accommodate large ships, even close to shore.[1] It is bordered to the north by the city of Kingston, the capital of Jamaica; to the west by Hunts Bay and the municipality of Portmore; and to the south and east by the Palisadoes strip, which protects it.[2]
The harbour is home to the Kingston Container Terminal, Jamaica's largest port.
Hopefully Wilmar does not get kidnapped & ransomed, :o possibly to some other 24" operation!

Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 13, 2020, 09:22:13 PM »
The image  below is an extreme enlargement of a portion of one of Mike's photos posted here.

While the enlargement has produced significant graininess, under the chute at the back of the concrete truck you can see  [sticking out of the ground] various vertical  PVC conduits that were buried before  the concrete was poured. Those PVC conduits are now inside the building, but close to the wall so that they can connect to electrical equipment cabinets that will be mounted on the wall. I recall seeing  conduits  there during FWW 2019, so at least some of them had been in place for quite some time.   I don't know exactly where the other end of each conduit is, but presumably there is at least one conduit going to each of the major buildings at Sheepscot  scheduled to have electric service. I think the pole that is behind the concrete chute (but still close to the PVC conduits) is where the Power Company transformer serving the Electric building will be located.

At this point the conduits are empty, but as progress continues, cables will be pulled thru each conduit and hooked up to breaker panels in the new Electric building.

Hmmmm, doesn't the WW&F own a sawmill?   And some timber land?  Shouldn't we be rooting for higher lumber prices?!?     :P
Think trainloads of cut lumber heading south from TOM to eager buyers!  ;D


Volunteers / Re: Telephone improvement at Rose Wood Crossing
« on: November 06, 2020, 03:36:08 PM »
Ooohhh, could it be that the Faraday Cage / 'Electrical' Building is really just a disguise (ssshhhh) for John's improved teleporter?  8)

Now I understand why that structure has a "window". That is really the 'time traveller portal'. :P


Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: November 06, 2020, 02:19:06 PM »
John is probably referring to this thread:

Lots of different options presented there.    But the electrical building would need to have a 'secure' area for the breakers etc, and clearly the structure that is getting constructed is not large enough for that along with selling tickets.

Museum Discussion / Re: Dynamo Productions Charter >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: November 04, 2020, 05:29:19 PM »
Does anyone have any legacy photos of how it was done in Wiscasset back in the day?  I seem to recall Stewart telling me that they had some sort of coaling arrangement in the yard, but it was crude when compared to the coaling tipples we see on larger railroads, such as in Chama.   I seem to recall that the B&SR used some kind of bucket and pulley arrangement.   Perhaps the WW&F had something similar?

This photo shows the Wiscasset crane and the coal bucket that gets hoisted to coal the locomotive:

The photo was previously posted by Brendan in this Turntable thread:

Museum Discussion / Re: Dynamo Productions Charter >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: November 04, 2020, 01:42:09 PM »
Very nice photos, Kevin.  And having fairly comprehensive captions "adds significant value", ;D as the phrase goes.  Thanks for the link.

The 2nd photo in the series, of the "Monson Method" threw me some.   From what I recall seeing at FWW 2019, the coal bin wasn't close enough to the track to directly throw coal into a tender.    But then I thought that things might have got moved around when the two storage tracks were added on the NW edge of the turntable. 

Moderator Announcements / Re: EDited posts
« on: November 03, 2020, 10:35:04 AM »
Re: EDited posts
I saw what you did there.  ;D

(Ed is one of the punney people populating this phorum.) ::)

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