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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 01, 2017, 10:33:26 PM
"Do'oh!"

      Homer Simpson
2  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: March 15, 2017, 02:04:32 PM
This old Government Contractor is impressed with the proactivity you folks display in your dealings with the various regulatory agencies. 

Your attitude is both responsible and mature.

There can be great benefits to all parties when everyone is on the same page and surprises can be kept to a minimum.


Cheers Guys,
Glenn
3  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / US Two Footers / Re: How much MTF right-of-way is hike-able? on: January 10, 2017, 05:26:42 PM
Hi Phillip,

Thank you so much for your follow up and your effort in matching the photo locations.  Since my last post I've re-read Moody's account off his own latter day explorations published in the new addendum of the most recent printing of "Maine Two Footers."  Both his and your trips remain fairly timely. 

Do you have any photos of Madrid Jct. or the F&M below Salem?
4  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration on: January 10, 2017, 05:15:01 PM
Nice!
5  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Kalahari #122 at speed on: January 08, 2017, 10:16:25 PM
Yes indeed!


Grins,
Glenn
6  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Two Footers outside of the US / Re: First Darjeeling freight in 25 years travels entire line on: January 08, 2017, 10:15:03 PM
Hi Wayne,

You're right on the money.

It was supposed to be the first true passenger train in 25 years.  But there was a delay by the Ministry of Transport in passing the line for passenger service.  The RR had to run a train, people had signed up specially for the first trip.  So the train was deemed a freight train and the Ministry allowed the "freight train" to run as scheduled.

Luckily, none of the "freight" was damaged.


Best Regards,
Glenn

 
7  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Two Footers outside of the US / Kalahari #122 at speed on: January 08, 2017, 06:39:19 PM
Nice short video shows South African Railways #122 at speed.  The loco is an NG15, 2' gauge 2-8-2 tender locomotive.  An interesting design point is the front pilot wheels and the lead driving wheels are actually set up like a 4 wheel truck to keep the fixed wheelbase as short as possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_0U8maQm7Uhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_0U8maQm7U
8  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Two Footers outside of the US / Re: An interesting narrative from WWI on: January 06, 2017, 03:56:47 AM
Thanks for sending the link!

I love the stories and I love those little trench trains!  The proportions are all wrong.  Who wouldn't like that!


Best Regards,
Glenn
(in Columbus, GA - The home of Fort Benning and a WW1 Davenport 2-6-2T)
9  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: Railroad with a heart of gold - The Talyllyn on: January 05, 2017, 05:01:20 PM
In his book "Talyllyn Adventure", L.T.C. Rolt wrote extensively of the early days of preservation on the railway and learned first hand that the Talyllyn Railway has it's own  "Guardian Angel."
 
When the Talyllyn's preservation era began (1951), money was really tight and the Railway sorely needed all the passenger revenues it could get.  This meant that at least one of the Railway's locos had to run.  But that was the rub.

Of the railway's two locomotives only "Dolgoch" (built 1866) could be considered "operable".  "Talyllyn" (built 1864) wasn't going anywhere. 

To run, "Dolgoch" needed an operating certificate.  This meant the "Old Lady" would have to be inspected.  Part of that inspection would be to ensure that boiler sheet thickness was adequate.  At the time, the only way to do that was to drill a hole into the boiler barrel and check the surrounding sheet with a micrometer. 

The sweat poured down like rain.

On the appointed day, locomotive inspector arrived and went to work.  He drilled the hole, took his measurements and everybody held their breath.  The verdict was rendered.  The sheet thickness was exactly at it's lowest allowable limit.  The locomotive was passed for service and the rest is history.

Later, when it became "Dolgoch's" turn for a thorough shopping, it was found that the inspector had serendipitously drilled his hole at the thickest point in the boiler.  If the hole had been drilled ANYWHERE ELSE, Dolgoch would have failed inspection.
10  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: Railroad with a heart of gold - The Talyllyn on: January 04, 2017, 10:39:25 PM
Wayne wrote,

"I'm pretty certain that my visit to the Talyllyn in 1977 is what first turned me on to two-footers. I have been a railfan as long as I can remember, but the Talyllyn is what did it for two-footers."


Hi Wayne,

Yup,  the Talyllyn is one of those things that just strike you as being an unassailable good.  You know that a person is "OK" if they respond positively to it.  You pass.

Best Regard,
Glenn
11  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Other Narrow Gauge / The Furka Bahn on: January 03, 2017, 10:16:05 PM
The Furka Bahn is a Meter gauge cog-assisted (Abt rack) and adhesion railway located in the Swiss Alps.  These two clips depict a round trip over the line.

Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZgm2Y8ju68

Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMHhKx0g8Lg


Enjoy,
Glenn
12  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Railroad with a heart of gold - The Talyllyn on: January 02, 2017, 05:24:01 PM
Here's an Oldy but Goody!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8nTquXf4sM

Do these guys seem somewhat familiar?


Best Regards and Happy New Year,
Glenn
13  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Two Footers outside of the US / Another current Darjeeling video on: December 27, 2016, 03:23:55 PM
... shows the train activity at the Darjeeling terminus and follows the tourist train to the loop at Ghum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gusKHyX6c4c
14  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / Two Footers outside of the US / First Darjeeling freight in 25 years travels entire line on: December 27, 2016, 02:57:25 PM
Excellent video!

Enjoy,
Glenn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMEKO4hAII4
15  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: 2016 Victorian Christmas Photos on: December 20, 2016, 05:22:58 PM
Nice job, Kevin!

I really enjoyed them.

Best Regards,
Glenn
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