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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: July 03, 2020, 10:24:23 AM »
The Strasburg Rail Road makes the point very succinctly at the very top of their web page:

We’re doing our part to keep you safe, but we can’t do it alone. The success of our Reopen Plan requires the cooperation of all our Guests. Guests of The Strasburg Rail Road are invitees to private property and, as such, are required to follow all of our policies. In accordance with our current policies, our Guests help us ensure the health and safety of all by agreeing to the following:

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: July 01, 2020, 08:04:21 PM »
What about Pennsylvania and Virginia?

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot Station Buildings in an Ad
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:53:48 AM »
Two thoughts:

1. Any publicity is good publicity.

2. Ad people are notoriously geographically ignorant.

Concerning using a tip car or two for spot ballast work, adding a couple of sliding gates similar to those seen on the rear of a dump truck to the slopes of the tip car would place ballast where needed. Something like this.....

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Steamin' in the rain
« on: June 13, 2020, 09:04:54 AM »
Puffing Billy has a two-truck Climax geared engine they restored and use on special trains. They burn that eucalyptus wood, and due to all the oil in the wood, it burns like mad. They call it "atomic wood." They also use it for firing up the regular steam locos.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Steamin' in the rain
« on: June 11, 2020, 02:39:17 PM »
The Puffing Billy is very much an up-and-down line, with steep grades in both directions. I believe the ruling grade is 1 in 30 or a bit over 3% in either direction. The line also features numerous steep curves.

Museum Discussion / No 10 news, and here comes No. 11
« on: June 11, 2020, 02:29:22 PM »
Over the past couple of months, there has been a lot of discussion back and forth among members and friends concerning the possible sale of No. 10 with the idea that its sale would help fund the construction of a new locomotive, No. 11. Building No. 11 has become necessary by the new Mountain Extension, with its challenging grades and curves.

The negotiations for the sale of the locomotive have ended, so No. 10 will remain at Sheepscot for the foreseeable future. That said, a new plan has been developed that will return No. 10 to service while at the same time work will begin to build No. 11. The first phase of the plan calls for work to construct the boilers for both locomotives simultaneously. There are major benefits to doing this, not the least of which is cost savings that will be realized in performing some procedures at the same time for both boilers. 

At the same time, a small team of WW&F members will start construction of No. 11. In fact, some parts have already been ordered from outside vendors. While this approach may slow No. 10's return to service, it will accelerate the construction of No. 11. No. 10 should be ready to should be ready for use in 24-30 months, and the timeline for No. 11 is 4-1/2 to 5 years.

To support the project, the museum has opened a FundRazr crowd-funding site. The goal for the first round of fund-raising is $17,000, which will boost the funding for the first year of the project to $50,000. Anyone is welcome to donate to the project at

Other Narrow Gauge / Steamin' in the rain
« on: June 09, 2020, 10:12:05 AM »
On the 30" gauge Puffing Billy Railway in Australia. Notice engine 14A, which was converted to oil firing a year ago. Also the small Garratt G42. It is really hustling along in a couple of scenes.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: June 08, 2020, 08:02:01 PM »
In this corner of Pennsylvania, one must have a referral from a doctor to get a test.

My suggestion is to first clear all the loose dirt away from the rail and the crossing so they can see exactly what additional damage there may be to the track itself other than the bent rail. Get a look at the ties to determine their condition and whether they can be plugged. Then bring another rail to the scene and bolt it to the bent rail. Use that as a lever to slowly bend the rail back toward its original location. Actually, over-bend the rail just a bit so it will stay somewhere close to the original position. Respike the rail to gauge, starting at the end closest to the camera while holding it in place with the lever rail. Drawing closer to the broken joint, it will be necessary to hold the rail in place with bars so the lever rail can be removed. Then make up the joint and drive the few remaining spikes. It will probably be necessary to remove a few spikes from the adjacent rail to force the joint itself back into gauge.

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 30, 2020, 08:23:37 PM »
Thanks for the report and the excellent photos, Mike.

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:15:40 PM »
Please. Not black. Too hot in the summer! Can we compromise with gray?

Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:40:48 PM »
A T-shirt -- yes, please! With a pocket, if you please.

General Discussion / Re: Steam Shovel found in Michigan Lake
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:06:11 AM »

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