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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Volunteers / camping for the fall work weekend
« on: October 03, 2019, 09:22:45 PM »
I was wondering if there is anywhere in the area that I could park my van to sleep in it? I would want a place with 24 hour restrooms . Also can we shower at the house? I don't mind paying as I would pay at a truck stop anyway.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 30, 2019, 05:11:54 PM »
The narrow gauge convention is planned several years ahead so I would think the next open year is at least five years from now so 2024 or 2025
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread
« on: August 17, 2019, 10:00:48 AM »
So is the car going to be rebuilt as it was in service of as it came from Edaville?

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:22:39 AM »
So what is the condition of the tank on this one? would it hold water if it was needed?

Museum Discussion / Re: Reflections on 30 Years of the WW&F
« on: August 15, 2019, 02:06:20 PM »
When I was a teenager I realized that there were two kinds of people in the world. Those that said it can't be done, and those that found a way to do it. I'm glad that the volunteers at the WW&F have been the latter kind. Keep up the good work, and I hope to see you in October.

Museum Discussion / wheel chair accessibility
« on: July 30, 2019, 06:03:01 PM »
I'm not suggesting this is something we need to do but there has been discussion about this before and this certainly is an idea. With larger wheels something like this might work on rougher ground and could be kept in a small shed when not needed near the track.

Work and Events / Re: Moving passenger cars from MNGRR to WWFRY
« on: July 18, 2019, 11:59:00 AM »
Here's a video of the original move to Maine.
Mike Nix

US Two Footers / Re: J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad
« on: July 03, 2019, 07:53:46 AM »
Rick, using non standard points and frogs on your switchs is not a problem, you simply need to calculate the radius and length of the closure rail needed for the frog number and point length you are using. Yes you will have a nonstandard switch that will be longer than normal but it will work fine. I have books with the info in them if you need it.
Mike Nix

Original Railway / Re: Forecaster May 15th, 2019 article
« on: June 08, 2019, 08:23:55 AM »
I don't know if I would have wanted to do business with Frank Winters, but it sounds like he would have been an interesting person to know.
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:42:52 AM »
I like the look of the TU4, it looks like a American design. If the museum were to decide to purchase one, I think that a representative of the museum would have to inspect any locomotive before purchase to check the condition of the wheels, trucks and frame to insure that it could be rebuilt at a reasonable cost.  As far as remotoring a small locomotive, there are standards for the bellhouseing where the transmission connects. What the metric standards are, and what motor to use is something that should be looked at before a purchase. I know this is all a few years down the road, but it is an interesting idea to pursue.
Mike Nix

Museum Discussion / Re: Photos along the main line
« on: May 21, 2019, 10:44:13 AM »
I like that, nice view of the railroad. That must play in both directions or in the reverse order it was taken? That would be nice to do on some of the other parts of the old road beds of any of the railroads we discuss on the forum. Much better if the brush and trees have been cleared but a virtual walk on an old roadbed would be nice for those who can't do it in person.

Museum Discussion / Re: Wood you Believe it
« on: May 05, 2019, 07:47:12 PM »
Just thinking out of box, can #10 be easily converted to wood?  I think we can use the same grates.
In my experience firing a much smaller locomotive it is best to use the fuel it was designed for. Yes you could fit in "dead" plates to reduce the grate area but it would take a lot of wood to keep up steam, from what I see in the pictures there is only enough for two of three weeks if you fired with straight wood. If kept off the ground hardwood lasts several years for use as firewood. I don't think it would be worth the effort.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 03, 2019, 08:37:41 AM »
Well they'll still keep the holiday, government workers would strike if they lost a holiday that most other workers don't get!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 30, 2019, 08:22:25 PM »
Thanks Brendan for the photo's, it looks like it's not that far to the bridge. The stakes and photos really help show the work still to be done.
Mike Nix

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