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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Museum Discussion / Re: Maine 2-Foot Grand Reunion >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: January 29, 2020, 11:45:16 AM »
Thanks Kevin.

I clicked the link and clicked on the tank car picture. As I scrolled down three pictures were of the area, and then tons of pictures of the WW&F!

Work and Events / Re: Maine Two-footer Winter Photo Specials 2020
« on: December 31, 2019, 11:41:55 AM »
Thanks Kevin.
Mike Nix

A lot of the new generators are so quiet you don't need a "hush house" , at most just a screen like a fence panel. And the bigger they are the quieter they get.
Mike Nix

could a BBQ pit be concealed or disguised when not in use?

Museum Discussion / Re: New Paint Scheme for #52
« on: November 30, 2019, 01:27:34 PM »
Well people would have a hard time saying they didn't see the locomotive coming!

Why big bases on only some of the posts, did you hit some big rocks? The site looks great.
Mike N.

General Discussion / Re: Velocipede
« on: November 22, 2019, 09:31:45 PM »
I noticed the hooks on the side to hold shovels or other tools.
Mike N.

Work and Events / Re: Coal/Ash Facility - Official Work Thread
« on: November 13, 2019, 11:10:23 PM »
Question: does our planned facility have a weather cover available?  I remember a friend who spent a cold winter breaking coal on a pile that fed a 600 ton a day facility in the 1950’s!
I was wondering the same thing, one cover I had thought about was a used garage door that would cover the coal bin when it was in the up position and in the closed position would be upright behind the coal bin to allow filling it or scooping loads out.

Just a thought, nothing more.
Mike N.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:45:15 PM »
It sound like the project is in good hands and everything has been thought out.
Mike N.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:51:04 AM »
Maybe the car barn should be renamed "museum building" with a sign on it. While built as a car barn it is changing into to a museum + car storage. Also numerous  no smoking signs would be a good idea. I'm thinking at all entrances, and every 15 feet on each wall and maybe on stands between the cars.
Mike N.

Volunteers / Re: November 2019 Work Reports
« on: November 10, 2019, 03:52:12 PM »

* Machine shop: Alan was trying out a new toy he got, a drill bit sharpener.  He was making good progress.

I saw it during the work weekend, as a person who has dulled a drill and had to hand sharpen it to finish some job or other, I can see the usefulness of it. Post a picture and explain the range of sizes it can sharpen to a factory edge for the others members. A great item to have in any shop.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Work Weekends and volunteer labor
« on: October 23, 2019, 02:36:12 PM »
Mike is right about the planning.  So projects that have been discussed that can be done with small crews a once, are weed and brush cutting, tie replacement and I would add painting. Can anyone think of others that can be led by one person leading a small crew? I think building is fine but the crews would have to be organized ahead of time to assure a proper mix of skills.
Mike N.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 23, 2019, 10:56:34 AM »
I agree with what Dana said. If you think about seeing a building go up, or a new paint job on something can also be satisfying. If you look at the parking lot we could even have a major weekend moving and re organizing things. (could all the rail be sorted and stored af the top of the mountain ?) And tie replacement will be a major concern in the future. We may have a track maintenance weekend some years with several foremen and crews.  And after a day of replacing ties I think everyone will think that they worked on the railroad.

Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: October 20, 2019, 05:21:30 PM »
Since this is just a dream thread I'll contribute some thoughts. A diesel should be eight wheeled and should be either diesel hydraulic or diesel electric drive.  The weight on each truck should be around 22,000 pounds for a total of 44,000 pounds , and it should have a large enough power unit to give it 11,000 pounds tractive effort. That is about twice the tractive effort that #9 is supposed to have and about the same #6 was supposed to have had, with similar axel loading. This would allow the diesel to rescue any stranded trains and return with them.
Now one possiblity is to buy trucks from the Australian cane locomotives instead of the whole locomotive and use a new gen set made here. The frame could be shop built. I would favor a boxcab body, as it would be easy to build, roomy, and typical of early diesels.
Mike Nix

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