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Volunteers / Re: March 2020 Work Reports
« on: March 09, 2020, 12:08:05 PM »
A little background on #9's rear tender truck wheels: 
A flat spot developed, I think in 2018 or early '19, and has been getting progressively worse. It was becoming unacceptable during February's events.
Wayne was visiting last week for a few days, and I conferred with Jason to see if this issue could be addressed while no events were scheduled for a few weeks and help was available. The plan was to jack up 9,  remove the tank truck, turn the wheels, and reassemble.  With some luck this could be done in the time that Wayne and I could be there and not impact other activities.
What we discovered on Thursday, when the truck was finally out after carefully jacking up 9, was that only one of the rear wheels had a bad flat spot, and the other wheel did not, but was starting to 'shell' in one spot.
However, there was a problem.
As Jason explained, these wheels are 'chilled cast iron' which basically means that the running surface of the wheel is chilled in the casting process and results in a surface layer that is nearly as hard as ceramic. This makes them pretty difficult to turn, and our attempts to turn them were fruitless. Jason and Brian later recalled that this was their experience a number of years ago, after we relearned that lesson.
Hence the hunt for a substitute wheelset which wasn't very successful. All the serviceable wheelsets we have had already been used for other rolling stock. Jason had some other thoughts but on closer inspection none of them would have worked or would have meant days of extra work. We were kind of stuck until Brian generously offered the wheelset off his box 51.
After consideration of alternatives, it was decided to go with the substitution, which if all went well would result in 9 being back together sooner rather than later.
So the pictures above were the result of that sequence of events, work, and discoveries. The flat spot was smoothed out as much as possible and should be OK under a boxcar which doesn't see that much use.
Wayne reported that the tender truck was successfully assembled and replaced under 9 on Sunday, with some work to be finished on the boxcar truck.
Thanks to everybody who pitched in to help, and especially to Brian for his generous offer, again.

Work and Events / Re: WCSH's '207' visits the WW&F
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:11:21 PM »
Excellent !!
It was nice that they took that amount of time to tell the story with emphasis on both history and the importance of the museum today.

On the Steam and Sleighs train a few weeks ago 9 stopped on the iced up crossing on the first train north. Actually, she started slipping as we tried to get the vestibule onto the platform and couldn't go any further.
Fortunately, we were able to back down off the crossing and then get enough momentum to get over it the second time through.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 26, 2020, 09:27:33 PM »
No pics here, either. Of course, yours from the other day didn't appear either, Gordon.
I was afraid of that. It worked for me but it was from Google pictures and that has happened before. I will see if I can fix that. Thanks.

(Clock ticking...............)

OK, I put the picture on ImgBB and I think it works now.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 26, 2020, 09:17:48 PM »
I was excited to see that Harold had posted an update, but then discovered I don't see the pictures.  :(

Is it just me or is anyone else able to see them?

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 16, 2020, 10:10:07 PM »
And here's a picture of NOT Bill and Bob, I think. Both hitches on Sunday were very similar to my untrained eye and I am going by the difference in the harnesses.  But it is definitely #9.  ;)
Anyway, Lots of happy faces and another very successful event.

Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 16, 2020, 09:33:53 PM »
Just the sloshing of the water in the tender keeps it from freezing during the day..the tank is not heated.

What Mike said and we can also run steam back into the tank if necessary with the water injectors. We would probably not risk the tank freezing as it is refilled often enough during the day, but if it had to sit still for a few hours in windy, really cold weather, or over night, like they did in the good old days, it could get interesting.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: February 10, 2020, 04:15:40 PM »
During the first Grand Reunion event, water for the engines became an issue later in the day, and 7 and 3 had to run back to Sheepscot to get watered up. So using the tank car was a good idea.

#7 in particular is a bit of a coal and water 'hog' in the literal sense.

Glad to see Mother Nature cooperated again with the nice snow and winter atmospherics. It's been pretty dreary down here in the lower climes.

Museum Discussion / Re: Maine 2-Foot Grand Reunion >>>Photo Album<<<
« on: February 03, 2020, 05:23:12 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.

I would suggest you buy from a known brand and/or vendor, not from an unknown Ebay source, for example. The worst thing would be shorted wires in your socks or jacket. That could result in an overheated battery and wires, with potential for fire and burns.
Lithium Ion battery technology is well developed and shouldn't be a danger. It's in all portable electronics now, but the ingredients are potentially hazardous if punctured or overheated and the connections have to be reliable. That's a challenge in a garment with a long life expectancy and lots of wash cycles.

Mike quote "Fred was cutting so fast he had to keep shutting the generator off."

So THAT'S how he keeps going, and going, and going.....

Happy Birthday, Fred. 

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: January 20, 2020, 04:56:27 PM »
I wanted to commend everyone who made this event possible. This type of production doesn't happen overnight: it has been literally years in the making. Personally, I am in awe of the imagination, preparation, and work it took to pull this off.
The prep work was enormous in the last few weeks, and the advent of a real Maine winter made it a truly unique experience.
I was fortunate to be able to show up to a fully readied scene and participate for four days,  and I fully appreciate that I stood on a stage that was set by the participating organizations' leadership, volunteer dedication, donors, and talent.

To those involved in imagining the possibility, thank you.
To those that carried the load of pulling it all together, thank you.
To those that made sure everything was moved, fixed, safe, and ready, thank you.
To those that ran the trains, kept everything moving, fed the crews, cleared the snow, and spent hours in the cold, thank you.
To the crews that got three vintage steam engines ready, hot, loud, and created many goosebump spectacles, thank you.
To the fans and photographers who came from far corners to record winter 2 foot railroading in Maine, thank you.

Lets' do it again!

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: December 17, 2019, 03:16:08 PM »
Holy Cow!

 #8 looks like a standard gauge engine next to #9 !!

Volunteers / Re: Watch your Tamper...
« on: November 24, 2019, 03:00:51 PM »
Just a reminder in case there's more tamping time....
The turntable lead is leaning to the west.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Sandstone 2019
« on: November 14, 2019, 09:35:40 AM »
Thanks for the link. There's so much to see and experience there.
For more fun:

Now I think we need a WW&F video!

Volunteers / Re: November 2019 Work Reports
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:39:25 AM »
It should be noted that large size, good quality, new drill bits are very expensive. The cheap drills available tend to have inferior material and chip or break.
We have a lot of old but good quality drill bits but they aren't in very good shape, so this has been an ongoing issue for the shop force. Sharpening a drill properly so it has the correct angles is not easy, and poorly sharpened or dull drills make for a poor outcomes.
This machine will mean that we now have a whole set of properly sharpened drills.
So, thanks Alan, for the loan and set up of this machine.

Work and Events / Re: NOV. 2 - WORK-EVENT- ROCK THE MOUNTAIN!
« on: October 28, 2019, 07:07:58 PM »
I'm sure Ed will chime in, but we have a steam crew for Saturday, soooooo

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