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Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: December 02, 2018, 07:59:36 PM »
This discussion just reminded me of an aircraft jet engine that Contrail Conrail rigged to blast ice and snow from track. I saw it in action one winter during the years (1972-2004) my wife and I lived in Richmond MA in a house about 400-500 feet west of, and about 25 feet higher than, Conrail's Boston MA to Selkirk NY line (ex Boston and Albany). It came through after a particularly bad blizzard, and I heard it approaching from a long way off, thinking,"What in tarnation is that?! Boy, did that thing send snow and ice chunks flying! You didn't want to be anywhere near it.

Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« on: December 02, 2018, 07:25:43 PM »
Bill Reidy, thank you very much! You are already demonstrating that the Newsletter will be in very good hands when you assume the reins from John McNamara. And John, many, many thanks for your long service in keeping us informed!

Volunteers / Re: November 2018 Work Report
« on: November 27, 2018, 05:04:02 AM »
I'm trying to remember whether there was ever discussion re blasting flangeway ice out with steam. Anybody recall such?

Original Railway / Re: WW&F, coal, and Togus
« on: November 17, 2018, 05:34:32 AM »
Jeff, my guess is Maxcy's or Windsor would be the transfer point, perhaps dependent on the road conditions and gradients involved between either of those two points and Togus.   

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: November 17, 2018, 05:04:16 AM »
Pumping a hand car up "The Ladder" north of Alna Center siding must have also been tough, especially after having climbed the long grade "up the mountain."

Volunteers / Re: Alan Downey - TV Star
« on: November 04, 2018, 01:50:36 AM »
Where was the scene filmed?

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: ÖSlJ, Mariefred, Sweden
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:48:23 AM »
Thank you so very much for this excellent information, Dag! Makes me wish I could hop a plane for Sweden tomorrow, to see it all. And the steamboat is icing on the cake!

Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 21, 2018, 01:35:48 AM »
As track condition worsened, I would imagine that just standing on the walkway was a real thrill, to say nothing of walking.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR boxcar 56
« on: October 19, 2018, 04:46:54 AM »
I keep reading about Freudian slips. If he was as smart as they say, wouldn'tcha think he would have fitted himself out with sanders after a while?

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 01:17:22 AM »
It would be great if somebody posted a bit of video taken as it goes through that curve just north of it in the last picture.

Christopher Dadson, here's hoping that the weather gods will smile on that festive occasion!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2018, 03:24:26 AM »
Can somebody tell us what was the combined weight of Jeff's dump truck and the load of stone?

I'm wondering how that weight would compare with the weight of No. 9 with normal boiler water level and with coal bunker and tender tank full.

Gorgeous engine...and a most impressive wall alongside it as well!

Volunteers / Re: September 2018 Work Reports
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:37:12 AM »
John, the first three phrases in your Step No. 6 make for interesting reading. ;D

Thanks, Bill,for alerting us to the write-up in the Wiscasset Newspaper--with quite a bit more information that the Free Press had. I bet the Sept. 8th presentation by Ron Ginger at BRV will be very interesting.

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