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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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General Discussion / Re: Keith Rucker-Antique Machinery Blog
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:27:29 AM »
I watch Keith's videos all the time, Keith is leading the restoration of a locomotive stoker engine for the Nashville locomotive being restored. There are a couple of other good machinists on U-tube, with several good videos about removing broken bolts correctly. Adam Booth is a good one
M. Nix

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Museum Discussion / Re: Wheel standard and turnout drawings
« on: June 18, 2020, 09:25:33 PM »
if you have the frog number or angle and the length of the points and of course the gauge everything else can be calculated. This assumes that the switch was laid properly with no kinks.
M.Nix

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AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« on: June 02, 2020, 05:49:53 PM »
As to the scale, If the hole for the boiler in the front of the cab is 3/4 inch than it has to be O scale as that would be three scale feet. HO would scale closer to six feet, way too big.
As was stated before, it's a O scale model with HO instructions!
M. Nix

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 19, 2020, 09:16:42 PM »
"The roof is on"
Praise the Lord for those dedicated volunteers !   
M.Nix

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 24, 2020, 08:59:48 AM »
In regards to fire protection in the car barn, If it isn't already the rule, I hope the board makes it clear that NO torch work or grinding  or anything with an open flame or sparks is allowed to take place in or near there.
M. Nix

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Deep Thoughts...
« on: April 07, 2020, 12:57:03 PM »
and no one has cabin fever!

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Covid19
« on: April 07, 2020, 12:54:20 PM »
I think fear and lack of money will impact travel until next year. I'm calling this epidemic " The Great Pause" as it's a pause in our usual routines no mater what our life was like before it.
M. Nix

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 04, 2020, 07:58:00 PM »
Those look nicer than store bought ones for a house.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Howe truss bridge
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:42:07 PM »
The Howe and the Pratt may be the most common types of bridge trusses. The difference is that the Howe has the timber at angles and the rods vertical , the Pratt has the timber vertical and the rods at an angle.
M. Nix

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another though would be to bolt a strip of 1/4 inch steel plate between the 2x12s. I'm no qualified to do the calculations but i'm sure we have some members who can.
M. Nix

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Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:07:35 PM »
I agree with Gordon, everything can wait. If we lose the whole season it's not the end of the world. Our current completion dates are only what we wanted to do, not what we needed to do.
M. Nix

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Volunteers / Re: March 2020 Work Reports
« on: March 09, 2020, 12:50:59 PM »
Chilled wheels could be turned with a tool post grinder, however if the wheel needs to be turned too deeply than the hard chill is ground off and you have a soft wheel that will wear quickly. Sooner or later we'll have to bite the bullet and buy some new wheels to keep everything rolling smoothly.
M. Nix

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Museum Discussion / Re: Date/Time on discussion forum
« on: February 03, 2020, 10:24:40 PM »
I have also wondered that, the time shown for posts is somehow "off".

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Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 02, 2020, 09:46:33 PM »
Any plans to put a phone in Prebles station?
M. Nix

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Museum Discussion / Re: Maine 2-Foot Grand Reunion >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: January 29, 2020, 04:48:13 PM »
Kevin, on lithium ion batteries, at the Narrow Gauge convention I went to a clinic on dead rail battery powered locomotive. The one thing that was stressed was that battery packs should have a controller circuit built into them to prevent rapid discharge and rapid recharge, the two things that cause fires. Check with the manufacturer to see if the batteries in  your socks have those. Some batteries are sold without those so buyer beware.
Mike N.

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