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General Discussion / Re: Keith Rucker-Antique Machinery Blog
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:01:35 PM »
If you are bored some night and enjoy British industrial heritage, search for Fred Dibnah on Youtube.
Warning: if you're afraid of heights or mangling of the English language, he might not be for you.

General Discussion / Re: Corona virus and railroading
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:29:08 PM »
isn't this the "Precision Scheduled Railroading" fad that the industry has embraced now?
Longer, fewer trains cost less, at least so they claim.

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 15, 2020, 01:40:53 PM »
I once moved her out with a come-along.
Boy, that was painful. Didn't try that again.

If I remember right, you get about an inch or maybe two out of each 'stroke' of the car mover.  While you can break the static friction, it is difficult to keep her moving and still be able to push.

I thought we would be able to fire up inside the new roundhouse? Doesn't that mean we won't have to push an engine out anymore?

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 14, 2020, 12:37:26 PM »
It is, however, a great aerobic exercise device.
It only takes moving #9 a few feet to get in your workout.

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 06, 2020, 01:45:18 PM »
Would a layer of ballast over the pipe help?
It might lock together and resist the clay's tendency to flow and find a weak spot?

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 03, 2020, 06:12:54 PM »
I wonder if some kind of support structure over the middle of the culvert right under the track might help?
Is it the vibration and weight of the passing trains or is this a freeze/thaw phenomenon?
Armchair engineers are curious.  :D

General Discussion / Re: 2 Foot Model Parts
« on: April 20, 2020, 01:18:30 PM »
Bachmann produced a very nicely detailed line of On30 locomotives and cars, including replicas of both inside and outside frame 2-4-4T's. They are O scale and run on HO gauge track.   I think they are pretty close to some of the SRRL engines but someone can correct me on that.
Unfortunately they are no longer producing the Forneys but  they can be found on Ebay. Microengineering sells appropriately scaled flex track and switches.

Stirring the pot...

I still think a key clue is the two rings that clearly have something in or around them in one of the pictures.
They did survive to the 1940's when this fan trip happened, so they must have had a purpose. If they weren't used it might be likely several would have been damaged or lost by then.
There is a picture taken at one end of one of the coaches of the conductor and a train crew member (or zealous fan) which shows the stove, but no rings there?

To me it doesn't make sense to hang canes or umbrellas right if front of each window, especially something that will bang around as the coach rocks.
The round shape and orientation perpendicular to the wall is just wrong for curtains of any style that we are used to. Curtains would also be a high maintenance item in a day coach.
They don't look sturdy enough to hang on to, and how often would there be people standing? Was there a commuter rush into Bridgton? :)
They are at every window, but in addition there are hat and coat hooks that are not at every window, so it would seem that they are not for clothing accessories.
In one coach they are plain rings, while in the other they appear to have a decorative element added. While there are some examples discovered of baggage racks with rings below them, rings are sometimes used as a decorative and supporting element for shelf brackets. In this case, it's unlikely they would be simply decorative because they are separate items. But those rings under the baggage rack may be for the same purpose.

With all that said, I still don't have any better ideas.  But it's a good mystery and entertainment. Don't give up!

Further thoughts to ponder:

Based on the location, orientation, and shape, they don't appear to be useful for hanging anything like a cane or umbrella, or other article of clothing, purse, etc.

The only obvious clue is that two clearly have something in them. I would guess something made of glass due the reflection of the flash. 

Early Wireless Antennae?  Did Tesla have a summer home in Maine?  ;D

I would suggest we look at what is in the picture;

1. The rings are about 2" to 3" in diameter
2. The rings appear to be not very sturdy
3. The rings are oriented vertically
4. There is one centered over every window
5. They don't appear to swivel although their orientation to the wall is difficult to determine
6. There are coat/hat hangers in several locations
7. There are oil lamp holders already in several locations
8. Their usefulness would have to justify their expense.
9. Two appear to hold a large, light colored cup-like object

Based on these characteristics:
1. They would not hold anything very heavy
2. They are oriented in the wrong direction to hold any open container that would contain a liquid
3. They would be for something that is needed at every seat or window
4. The size is too large and are not necessary at every window for a conductor cord, and two have something in them
5. The size and shape make no sense for a ticket holder

I would suggest the key details are that they are needed at every window and two have something in them, which should be a clue. If that something was glass then most may have been lost, but what would they be for?

Honestly, I have no idea what they would be for. But it sure is fun to try to figure out.

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 10, 2020, 11:18:43 AM »
At the risk of wandering into the whimsical:

Maybe bend a little to the west and set up a 'run by' window. At least the engine crews would always be able to get lunch.
(Way too much time on my very clean hands.)  ::)

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 09, 2020, 05:56:07 PM »
Question: Is there a plan to extend the middle track south from the barn?

Any further track expansion would cross over a septic tank, then end up colliding with the Percival House.
The Percival House would then be the subject of this mid-50s song:

I wonder what the whistle signal for passing through the kitchen is?

Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 09, 2020, 05:53:58 PM »
Many thanks for all your efforts.
Pictures of progress and a better future are scarce right now. Seeing them helps a lot.

Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:22:48 AM »
Please, let's listen to the doctors and experts who do understand and know how this disease works and spreads. Citing meaningless numbers out of context can only encourage behavior that puts more people in danger and lengthens the outbreak.
I, for one, do not want to ever think that I may have passed this on to another person, and from what I read you really don't want to take the chance of getting a serious case.
The one thing we do know for sure is that all the projects and plans we have at the WW&F can and will wait, and we want all of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and fellow WW&F members to be here and healthy when it is safe to come together again.

General Discussion / Spiked Rails Puts Train In Drink
« on: March 09, 2020, 09:00:56 PM »
How can a tender wheel get a flat? It's neither powered nor braked....

Waiting, waiting......

Uhhh, nail?   ::)

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