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Work and Events / Re: WW&F Railcar!
« on: March 13, 2009, 07:54:06 PM »
From what we've seen so far on the line, the pilot would probably end up as more of 'turkey scooper upper' . I haven't seen any cows of the bovine variety. There was one moose that ambled through but I'm not sure of the gender (Don't start!), and the occasional porcupine.

General Discussion / Re: Wiscasset pronunciation
« on: March 13, 2009, 07:46:09 PM »
As Auntie says when she agrees with something:
"Why, shoe-ah!"

Does anyone out there know the origin of "pleg" ? As in to bother someone.  I remember that we were admonished not to 'pleg' our siblings, but while I understood the meaning, I never understood where it came from.

General Discussion / Re: Wiscasset pronunciation
« on: March 11, 2009, 06:07:23 PM »
If you go 'way down east' to Eastport or Lubec you can experience some serious tidal changes. Not sure about 40 feet, though.
Where I grew up in southeastern RI there was a serious accent, mostly among the oldtimers now. My dear 96 y/o Auntie (that's auhnt,  not ant!) still speaks in the local dialect. I have always been 'Gawdy' to her. I remember being convinced that a local family was named Cotta. (really was Carter)
It's been my observation that the traditional 'r-less' accent is stronger along the entire New England coastline, but that's anecdotal, and I don't know if that is true. Certainly anyone from a Boston suburb is easily identified as soon as they speak, and it's a lot different than the Kennedy accent, for sure.
I do enjoy hearing the traditional accents at the museum, and I mean that sincerely. I lost my accent when I went up to Boston to go to school, and miss the familiar voices of my youth.

Museum Discussion / Historical Photo Recreations
« on: March 10, 2009, 10:54:16 AM »
In reading the topics on building 'new' old cars and trucks, and studying the picture Stephen included of the gravel train at Head Tide, I had a question:
Have we ever thought about or discussed the idea of recreating some of the pictures that were taken of the original railway?
This would provide a ready made 'script' for the picnic, charters,  or other seasonal events.
(The Mason's wreck pictures might not be doable except with Photoshop.  ;)  )
Any comments? Favorites pictures? Old idea?
How about a 'what if', such as the FS&K connection that Dana has researched?

Museum Discussion / Re: Snow removal
« on: March 08, 2009, 08:54:16 AM »
Ummmm, that crossing ice is scary!! 
Mike, do you think it'll be gone in 3 weeks? A sprinkling of rock salt might speed things up if we don't have a good long warm spell soon.

General Discussion / Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
« on: March 04, 2009, 06:00:36 PM »
McNamara figured it out again!

Here's a picture of the wireless remote control:

Pulllease don't tell Jason.

General Discussion / Re: OK Winter, I Surrender
« on: March 04, 2009, 09:33:01 AM »
Ahh, but we turn the clocks ahead this weekend. Tempus Fidgets, as they say.
Spring will seem all the more wonderful this year as the black flies swarm,
And Dana's gentle urgings will once again ring out across the forests.... ::)

An Image of Summer to brighten your day:

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Time to build the Vassalboro...
« on: March 02, 2009, 02:31:06 PM »
Better not tell Fred about this:  he has already been traumatized by the skinny dippers last summer...:)]

But seriously, folks, I think that Stewart's 'topless diner' idea is absolutely hilarious and we could do it for the picnic.
running joke, so to speak.  ::) I can see the TV clips now....
 A couple of tables and chairs and a gas grill set up on #126, and Fred in an apron would do it and get the kind of media attention that we need. (or maybe not).

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Re: WHR 'Golden Bolt' Ceremony
« on: March 01, 2009, 11:17:00 AM »
Congratulations to all of you there in Wales on this important milestone. Your accomplishments are an inspiration for us who are working on  rebuilding the WW&F Ry over here in Maine, USA.

Work and Events / Re: Car shop Interior (Lots of Pictures)
« on: February 22, 2009, 01:13:15 PM »
Looks like we need some 'telltales' for the low overhead clearance in there...;)

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 22, 2009, 10:47:44 AM »
It's been a while since the work on #9 has been reported on here, so I'll start by a brief description of last Saturday's (Feb. 21) work:
Boothbay is getting to 'crunch' time on the boiler, and remaining work involves finishing pieces for the throttle assembly so it can be assembled into the steam dome along with the dry pipe. A new throttle body and valve spindle has been cast and machined. It is a copy of the original but cast with 'code-worthy' materials. Several other pieces are needed, the biggest of which is the piece which makes the right angle turn from the dry pipe up into the throttle. This 'elbow' has a number of assembly and safety requirements, so is being machined out of a roughly 6 inch diameter solid chunk of steel. Assembling all this stuff in the dome is complicated by the inability to get underneath the throttle, so everything has to be done from the top, including making the steam-tight joint to the dry pipe in a way that satisfies 'what-if' fail-safe concerns. The large lathe can handle the turning and boring of this piece. Fortunately, the lathe was moved early in the morning into it's new place in the shop extension and wired up so that that piece could get started.
Other parts include the bell crank which turns the  corner for the throttle rod and pushes up on the throttle valve spindle to open it. This part also has to be made from traceable material, and so of a piece of the remaining steel from the dome flange is being used. This was torch cut to rough shape (basically an 'L') and then machined to required thickness and shape.
Also needed is the stem which reaches up through the valve spindle from the bell crank. Again, a large piece of the correct material is being 'whittled' away to create this part.
We have the original Portland Co. drawings for these parts, so as much as possible they will be duplicates of originals.
Unusual and notable was that 3 machinists were simultaneously working away at 2 lathes and a milling machine.
I believe that some pictures were taken, and Jason Lamontagne may want to add a comment about the progress on the boiler at Boothbay shops.

Work and Events / Re: Long lost picture from Annual Picnic...
« on: February 12, 2009, 10:47:01 AM »
Hey Brian, I guess you're feeling left out, so here's one for you:

Taken on the last day of the fall 2008 work weekend, as we were returning to Alna Center on the Brookville.
That's Brian on the left and Dana's back (Sorry, Dana)  :)

Here's another picture of #10 coupling up to take our tired but happy track crew back to Sheepscot:

Work and Events / Re: WW&F Railcar!
« on: February 08, 2009, 12:51:09 AM »
Some pictures from the WW&F version of "The Lord of the Rings":

With apologies to Johnny Cash, fortunately no one fell in:

The ring master dropping a hot tire onto the wheel center:

Basically, the assembly went very well, with Jason's modified Model T rear end going together nicely, and then the wheels were pressed on over at Ken Boudin's (I think that's the right spelling) machine shop, thank you Ken! Once that was done, it was back to the new car shed extension where the tires were heated up and dropped onto the wheel centers.
The culmination of many many hours of work by our volunteers and a big leap forward for the Model T railcar.

Work and Events / Re: Car shop extension 2
« on: February 02, 2009, 11:24:14 AM »
I know this suggestion is a little late in coming, but as I was standing in the new area, with the cold but bright sun streaming in the south-facing doorways, I thought that it sure would be nice to have a couple of windows in those doors. They wouldn't have to be fancy, and would provide light inside especially in the winter time. The new extension is a really nice, large, unobstructed space which should be a pleasure to work in. Natural light was a common feature of many factories and workshops in the 19th and early 20th century. The door windows can be added later on when the weather is better, but it might be easier to plan for them now while the doors are being rebuilt.

Work and Events / Re: Locomotive #11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2009, 10:32:36 AM »
sightons (spelling, John M.?) 


    elementary particle carrying the sinister force. These particles emerge from the eyes of spectators, and even remote and future viewers (therefore, the number of psitons out of a video camera can be huge!). Since psitons carry the sinister force, then:

    The probability of success of an action/demonstration is inversely proportional to the number of psitons falling on it.

Hmmm, somewhere Murphy and Smoot are smiling...

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