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1  General Topics / General Discussion / Re: John Poor--Founder of the Portland Company on: July 20, 2017, 03:52:22 AM
I apologize for getting the name of the railroad wrong. According to an article in Wikipedia, it was the Atlantic and St. Lawrence in the U.S., and the St. Lawrence and Atlantic in Canada,

The Wiki article mentioned that during WW II, bauxite from British Guiana was shipped to Canada over the line because of the Battle of the Saint Lawrence, in which 17 German U-boats were involved and many ships sunk.

Wiki has an article about that battle, as well.
2  General Topics / General Discussion / John Poor--Founder of the Portland Company on: July 18, 2017, 04:42:30 AM
Interesting article here about Poor’s founding of the Portland and Atlantic Railway as well as the Portland Company. He also bought a railroad magazine for his brother Henry, which got into publishing ratings on railroad bonds. That appears to have been the origin of todays’ Stadard and Poor’s 500 Index of stock prices.

3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Ice Cream Social news article on: July 12, 2017, 03:10:50 AM
Couldn't help noticing also that the page had a bunch of announcements re upcoming events at the Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden where yours truly resides.
4  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: 52 running in Portland July 4th on: July 04, 2017, 05:39:23 AM
Thanks for the pictures & captions, Brendan. And for the transport effort too, of course! Nice to see the cooperation between the museums.
5  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: TCDA No. 65 (Reefer) - Official Work Thread on: July 01, 2017, 02:44:36 AM
Brendan, thank you! Here's wishing the newly repaired Yeti many trouble free miles.
6  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 25, 2017, 02:22:23 AM
Hansel, I especially appreciated your video because when Eva and I rode the 1:30 train last Sunday, there was so much noise in Coach 8 I couldn't hear No.9's exhaust at all. Thanks!
7  General Topics / Moderator Announcements / Re: May 28 2017 Forum crash, and recovery on: May 30, 2017, 07:45:49 PM
James, you are a saint!

You took our ailing forum into Saint James Infirmary--IT Wing, and made it well again. Hurrah!

Thank you so much!
8  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Other Narrow Gauge / Re: East Broad Top "The Current Chapter" on: May 20, 2017, 05:13:29 AM
Thank you Matthew for the splendid photography, and the evocative, poetic prose as well!
9  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration on: May 01, 2017, 03:56:34 AM
For these Porter locos, the ratio of weight on drivers to rated tractive effort was about 5.6. Generally for steam locomotives intended for road service the ratio was around 4. Sounds like the Porter locos in question were sure-footed beasts.
10  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration on: April 30, 2017, 03:12:09 AM
Good going, Rick and crew. Man, those drivers and that frame are massive!
11  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 17, 2017, 04:10:49 AM
Keith, I think that derives from 180 for Mom plus 180 for Dad.  Grin
12  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Music of early 20th Century on: April 09, 2017, 03:45:15 AM
Carl, couldn't resist adding this tongue twister song from World War I, sung by Billy Murray, a popular entertainer of that time: "Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers." My siblings and I used to get a kick out of playing it on an old cabinet style wind up Victrola in our attic. My dad had inherited it from his dad:

13  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Old Yarn Mill on: March 29, 2017, 10:48:59 PM
I wish this old yarn mill, featured in yesterday's Bangor Daily News, could be alongside our line in Alna:

14  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: March 2017 Work Planning on: March 14, 2017, 03:27:54 AM
All my life it's always been YIN and Yang. Who's this MING person? Is nothing sacred anymore?  Cheesy
15  General Topics / General Discussion / Re: Settle Carlisle RR on: March 03, 2017, 03:28:19 AM
The Southern Railway in England had a class of 4-6-0 locomotives with four cylinders, the angular intervals, in degrees, between its four cranks being 135 – 90 – 45 – 90.

This resulted in eight evenly spaced exhaust beats per revolution of the drivers, resulting in what was called an eight-beat exhaust.

One of the class, No. 850, the Lord Nelson, has been preserved. At about 8:00 in this YouTube video the exhaust beats are distinct enough, and the view of the drivers unobstructed, so that you can clearly hear/observe the eight-beat exhaust.

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