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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Seeking pledges for lubricator for No 10 on: June 23, 2017, 11:43:45 AM

There is a lubricator on eBay we'd like to get for No 10.  We are seeking pledges to cover its cost, up to $1000. We have a bid in now at $500- the bidding ends next Friday, June 30, 2017.

This is hoped to be a replay of a lube system we put on 9.  It's an improved lubrication system for some remote parts of the running gear.  Normally these areas are oiled by hand, with great difficulty.  Because of that, they are often poorly oiled (or not at all), and when they do get oil, the tip of the oil can introduces contaminates to the bearing area.  Everyone loves the improvement on 9 (compared to the old way on 10 before removal from service), and have been asking the shop to do the same on 10.

I'll pledge $100.

Please let us know if you can help!

2  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Pledges Needed for #9 Lubricator on: June 23, 2017, 11:37:21 AM
A nearly identical lubricator has come up- and we are interested in it for no 10.  See new thread..

3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / WW&F RPO on: June 21, 2017, 02:44:40 AM
I'll admit the last time I looked at the issue was probably 6 years ago, and the SVCA acquiring that piece rings a vague bell.  I suspect they haven't developed the piece much since they've gone through this merger in the interim, but perhaps they intend to.  I don't know. 

Fair point on the idea that we have the start of a trail system.  It would probably take some doing to extend it to our West line, but its got to be doable on some level. 

I'd like to see a x-country ski trail network out there as well, and offer a ski train service, someday. 

Now is the time to bounce ideas around.  Time will allow them to congeal, or get narrowed down as appropriate.

see ya
4  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / WW&F RPO on: June 21, 2017, 12:54:03 AM
I've only followed this thread on the periphery- but I want to point out that we have approached the conservation association about just such an alliance several times.  There was agreement in concept- but technical barriers.  The first is that their land doesn't abut ours at ToM- it only touches corner to corner.  For them, that corner is at the far reaches of their property, and their trail network doesn't come anywhere near our ToM property.  Then there's the additional detail that there is no trail network on our property. 

Both parties agreed in the potential mutual benefit- but had to acknowledge the tremendous volunteer effort it would take to build and maintain said trails.  Neither group currently has those volunteer resources.  So the entire idea got tabled, with hopes to revisit it.

Since then, the SVCA has merged into a larger group, with administration consolidated out of town.  We still have some contacts, but not nearly what we previously had.

So- there are viable ideas on the table- but execution is not as easy as it may appear.

See ya
5  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 13, 2017, 02:29:45 AM
Fred wanted to inspect the ballasting work Saturday, so several of us took the railcar out.  It's been several days and as many car loads, but the area from Albee's Crossing to Rosewood Crossing is finally looking nice, between this ballast dressing and the tamping st work weekend.  Some ties need changing, some lining, and some kink unbending- and that'll be a great stretch.

Thanks for having us go out, Fred!

See ya

6  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 Official Work Thread on: June 08, 2017, 12:19:00 AM
There is a tentative arrangement to utilize the existing J&S trucks and build new, appropriate trucks for coach 9.  There's still some details to settle- so for now I'll post more details in the members only section.

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7  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 07, 2017, 02:42:17 PM
The MP 7 stone spreading has proceeded this week- although more will be needed.

If Joe has marked ties, ties could be distributed.

Tamper is still down.

See ya
8  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Bullard Vertical Turret Lathe Available on: June 03, 2017, 01:15:20 AM
That would be a great machine to have.  What is its footprint?

$2200 sounds a little high for scrap price.  Even at the highest scrap value I found of $190/ton, that'd be a 12-1/2 ton machine. 

Do you think the owners would accept a counter offer, a little closer to its realistic scrap value?  At $2200, the additional cost of shipping would likely make it out of reach for us.

9  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: June 2017 Work Planning on: June 03, 2017, 01:10:49 AM
We also worked on cleaning and organizing bay 4 (long overdue), and started making some auxiliary components for the flanging machine which will greatly increase its abilities (and get us over a small hurdle).

10  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: May 2017 Work Planning on: May 30, 2017, 11:22:00 PM
Saturday, May 27 got sucked into an alternate universe...
11  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread on: May 21, 2017, 12:19:51 PM
WOW!  I can't wait for Monday!  LOOK AT ALL THAT FLAT SPACE!!!!!
12  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 Official Work Thread on: May 19, 2017, 12:43:08 AM
Given the ornateness of the car as built, and the constant dumbing down of the niceties thereafter, we've got every reason to believe the center piece, the long skinny one which we got from the car, is original.  There are about 14 or 15 like it in the car; the others are clear plain panes, or plastic.  

Looking at the interior builders photo on the Delaware public archives, zooming in on those windows, shows a pattern.  Obviously color and the exact pattern can't be discerned, but what circumstantial evidence we have supports our belief.  

I presume they were made by hot stamping colored glass in 1894, just as now.

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13  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Flatcar 118 repairs on: May 18, 2017, 09:04:30 PM
The original car had southern yellow pine side, intermediate and center sills.  It had oak end sills, needle beams, and draft gear.  That is from the Portland Co specs. 

We use oak when oak was specified; we use Doug Fir when southern yellow pine was specified.

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14  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: May 2017 Work Planning on: May 17, 2017, 01:04:12 PM
We should be getting stone on Friday.  If there's a willing Saturday crew, it'd be great to dress the main around MP 7 where the lifting happened.

Hopefully, beginning in June, a Saturday crew can run stone to some specific areas, so the weekday crew can lift and tamp once or twice a month.

See ya
15  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: May 17, 2017, 12:53:07 PM
I believe there may be a time for that- but probably not this time.  Mike has broken the entire stretch of mainline down the mountain into a series of segments or sections.  This year is the first section, and the work required during the mandated work window is all machine work.  Some work stages of some sections will require a major hand work effort, but at the moment it looks like those efforts don't need to be held to the mandated work window.  As such, Mike has been aiming those for the existing work weekends.

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