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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook bridge and the thawing
« on: March 22, 2019, 04:36:28 AM »
Alain, I'll attempt to answer your question, hoping that a better informed member will correct me if my answer is wrong.

The bridge rests on two bents, one on each side of the brook. Each bent has 11 vertical piles, to which various horizontal and diagonal wooden structural members are fastened.

But in addition, on each side of each bent--upstream and downstream--a pile called a batter pile is driven into the ground at a small angle away from vertical, so that the point where the batter pile enters the ground is a little further away from the vertical piles than the top of the batter pile is.

I think the angle from vertical is about the same as the legs of a man would have if he's standing with his feet about 1/4 to 1/3 of a meter apart. I believe the batter piles, especially the ones on the upstream side of the bridge, are intended to absorb the impact of ice or other objects flowing downstream, and thus protect the bents.

Those piles look very sturdy to me, so I think they will do the job.

That is splendid work, John. Thanks for alerting us!

Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« on: March 09, 2019, 03:34:17 AM »
The letter from Just Wold is Just Wonderful!

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Puffing Billy hy--rail
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:31:17 AM »
Wayne, I'm guessing that there's also a pair of flanged wheels behind the John Deere that the fat tires block from this view. The tipoff is the short lengths of what appear to be hydraulic lines peeking out beyond the tire.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: February 19, 2019, 03:02:27 AM »
As elbows age and develop arthritis, oil is probably better than grease anyway. I vote for elbow oil.

Work and Events / Re: Monson no. 3 at Spring Work Weekend
« on: January 29, 2019, 11:53:21 PM »
Sure glad I'm not the driver tasked with backing up that rig so that it lines up properly with the woods track. Or is it equipped with some sort of digital-optical wizardry that automates the task?

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: January 21, 2019, 02:58:30 AM »
Wow, Mike. Impressive! I've never used a chain saw, but am guessing a task like that sure isn't something you'd want to try the first time you use one.

Work and Events / Re: Shop Building Improvements - Official Work Thread
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:59:59 AM »
Chock full o' Rock Wool.....lotta itchin theyah!  ;D

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 08, 2019, 04:02:46 AM »
Thanks, Mike!

Volunteers / Re: January 2019 Work Reports
« on: January 07, 2019, 02:43:34 AM »
Mike, what is the planned minimum width of the right-of-way between Locations 1 and 17?

Splendid! Thank you, John.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: 7.5" Gauge Loco 10 Model
« on: December 19, 2018, 01:58:24 AM »
Ayuh, that was some bah-gin!

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: 7.5" Gauge Loco 10 Model
« on: December 17, 2018, 04:02:10 AM »
Bob Springs, you are surely entitled to charge extra fare to anyone wishing the luxury of those snazzy red chairs!

Museum Discussion / Re: Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: December 17, 2018, 03:53:42 AM »
Eric, did you perhaps post a link other than the one you intended? The list that appeared when I clicked on the link provided showed many many RR items, but either no whistles or maybe one or so.

General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:26:03 AM »
Great to see that walking beam on what was probably a ferry boat. At least one of the Hudson River Dayline ships plying the Hudson River between New York City and destinations such as Bear Mountain, Poughkeepsie and Albany also had a walking beam. Another had a three-cylinder compound engine with the cylinder axes horizontal and their connecting rods directly driving the horizontal paddlewheel shaft. I have fond memories of the Dayline trips made by my high school junior and senior classes in 1945 and 1946. Would somebody on the Forum know when the Hudson River Dayline quit using steam power? 

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