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Volunteers / Re: April 2018 work planning
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:55:51 PM »
Thank you! Thank you!
One of the reasons I prefer to run 9 and 10 facing north was that those kinks were less of a problem with the engine pulling up the grade and curve. Heading south the tank truck does its thing nicely, leading the engine around the curve without the jolts.
When the Forney's are facing south, the weight of the train tends to push the engine into the kinks when drifting downgrade into the curve, which resulted in the engine harshly diving into the joints and making the kinks worse, not to mention causing a slight heart palpitation! I usually try to open the throttle a little there which reduces the shock.
As Joe mentioned, there's a couple more to fix.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Whistle Parity
« on: April 01, 2018, 03:26:45 PM »
Alna, ME:
April 1, 2018
Steam crews on the WW&F Ry. are concerned that they are falling behind in the whistle race in Alna.
On Saturday, March 31, it became apparent that WW&F's #9 whistle is no match for the much louder and multi-toned whistle on the Maine Narrow Gauge's ex-B&SR #7, which was in steam for the day. #7's crew could be seen with silly grins on  their faces as their bigger equipment overwhelmed #9's authentic but smaller hooter.
Rumors are that the leadership of the WW&F is considering the return of Bernie Perch's CNJ #113 whistle replica to regain tooting domination in the Sheepscot Valley. This would require the rapid return to action of #10 so that it would be available solely to carry and power the larger whistle at full volume.
Observers in the area remain skeptical that this will happen soon, since WW&F CMO Jason Lamontagne prefers historically accurate solutions. He is quoted as being confident that adding two more replica Portland Co. whistles to #9 will close the hooter gap without resorting to more modern appliances. "Size does matter," he explained, 'but it's not the only thing."

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 28, 2018, 03:48:55 PM »
Ok, I think I fixed it. Apologies for the confusion.
FYI, Google pictures seems to not work well for forums, I had to switch to a picture hosting site.

General Discussion / Re: Spanish Yeti
« on: March 28, 2018, 12:02:03 PM »
Arg, I got it to show on my end, sorry.
I'm trying to use Google pictures, it's probably only visible to me.
Any hints?

General Discussion / Spanish Yeti
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:24:31 PM »
In the train museum in Madrid, Spain:

I'm not sure what the spare tire was going to do for you...

Volunteers / Re: March 2018 Work Planning
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:45:37 PM »
Is there a plan for the egg hunt at AC?
It doesn't look promising that the snow will be all gone by Saturday.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:04:25 PM »
I, too, would like to extend my appreciation to those volunteers who put their energy and time into assuring our ability to legally and responsibly march northward.
As someone who doesn't enjoy filling out forms or similar exercises, it is all the more impressive to me. I would much rather be pounding spikes all day or standing over a lathe for hours than trying to divine what the acceptable answer to the obscure question might be.
This effort also required the savvy to anticipate and navigate the political process involved in keeping all the interested parties satisfied.
Congratulations and thank you.

We'd have to take off the wheels and replace them with two poles (pun not intended) for it to be one of those. The whining would be unbearable.

Now THAT would be a picture!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: January 14, 2018, 06:30:49 PM »
Thanks for the complete and interesting explanation. The map helps a lot to understand the distances.

The pics are a stark example of the serious nature of this job and how that lazy and shallow brook we all have seen in the summer can change dramatically.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:38:44 PM »
Looking at the pictures taken today I was wondering how our Trout Brook bridge and site plans match up against the conditions that you observed?
How extreme was this event compared to the worst case that is planned for? 
And did you check the previous work sites to see what they looked like?

Volunteers / Re: December 2017 Work Planning
« on: December 29, 2017, 12:11:33 AM »
Re: Pictures of Victorian Christmas Part Deux....
I think I prefer snow :o

Good job and congrats to all that made VC1 and VC2 happen.
Not rain, not sleet, not dark of night stops the WW&F!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 03, 2017, 03:10:28 AM »
Hats off to everyone for a smooth and well-planned job. Even the weather cooperated.
I'm really looking forward to crossing the bridge and then the climb up the mountain. It is going to be a really exciting feature of the railroad.
Can't wait.

General Discussion / Re: Amtrak to Wiscasset (and Rockland) in 2018?
« on: November 17, 2017, 01:03:18 AM »
Rockland is a changing demographic. It is becoming very popular with the younger generation who, having left the big city, are working on making their way in smaller cities and towns without the use of a car. If the trend continues, I could see Rokland becoming a draw for Downeaster traffic.


This makes a lot of sense. With real estate prices high in the bigger urban areas, people with some flexibility and portable skills (think young, internet, and programming for example) are looking for a place to settle and would naturally migrate to attractive but 'undiscovered' places. Portland has seen this already, and as prices rise there, further out becomes more acceptable.
It will occur at the expense of some of the natives, however, as real estate and other prices rise.

Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 25, 2017, 08:47:11 PM »
From Mike's pictures, I can almost hear 9 echoing through the trees on her way back from Head Tide...

General Discussion / American Precision Museum
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:49:27 PM »
We visited the American Precision Museum in Windsor, VT last weekend. It is located in a mid 1800s water powered factory building and has a collection of early machine tools mostly involved with how industry transitioned from hand made and custom fitted parts to precisely machined and interchangeable parts. This area of Vermont became a hotbed of innovation in the mid-19th century in inventing new and clever machine tools, originally for the firearms industry, but spinning off into all areas of manufacturing. The museum is staffed and run by volunteers.
There is also a collection of miniature machine tools made by one individual that all work and will have you wondering how he did it.
For anyone who is interested, it is a small but worthwhile museum to visit. You can also experience the covered bridge which spans the Connecticut river there between VT and NH. Yeah, it's a big one!
This coming weekend is the last weekend they will be open this year (no heat) and will be hosting a large maker and model engineering show.

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