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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.

US Two Footers / Newest 2-foot steamer
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:16:00 PM »
This locomotive is a mostly new replica of a World War I Davenport locomotive, used by US forces in France. The frame, drivers and cylinders are original; everything from the wheels up is new. It has air brakes, which were not used on the originals. Owned by someone in California, I understand.

Other Narrow Gauge / Puffing Billy Railway shutdown
« on: March 21, 2020, 12:23:52 PM »
Australia's Puffing Billy Railway has announced it will shut down effective Monday, March 23, for three months. That puts their reopening close to the end of June, right in the middle of winter in Australia.

Two Footers outside of the US / New sugar 2-footer in Australia
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:32:39 PM »
Here's an article about a new sugar railway being built in 2020 in Australia.

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Signal at Phillips depot
« on: December 15, 2019, 04:19:00 PM »
Does anyone out there have any information regarding the semaphore signal on the platform at Phillips? Specifically, information concerning the operating lever mechanism? One of my Australian friends is interested in signals and inquired about it. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Two Footers outside of the US / Sandstone 2019
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:27:21 PM »
Check out the Baldwin 4-6-2 no. 52 as well as all the other cool stuff here!

General Discussion / Another steam weekend
« on: October 16, 2019, 03:23:00 PM »
WW&F member and volunteer Don Fenstermacher was absent from the Fall Work Weekend this year, but there was still steam involved. Don and his son and grandson helped run the 25th anniversary outing of the North American Steamboat Association at Lake Nockamixon Park near Quakertown, Pa. Ten boats were in attendance.

Here's a nice report from a local television station, which includes some screen time for Don, as well as shots of his boat,

(Note: He still wishes he could have been in two places at once!)

Two Footers outside of the US / New two-foot track in Queensland
« on: October 07, 2019, 02:28:17 PM »
Here some brand new two-foot gauge track in Queensland, Australia. Laid with jointed rail and concrete ties made in-house by the sugar company.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / Another L&B report
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:43:57 PM »
In addition to the usual Thursday work report, the L&B this past weekend held the first of two fall work weekends. A large crew spent a couple of days clearing parts of the L&B right-of-way that have been dormant since 1935. Scroll down along the right side of this link to see photos.

Two Footers outside of the US / Swedish two-footer
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:44:05 PM »
Here's a two-footer in Sweden. Check out the outside Stephenson valve gear on the engine. Also, it appears the diesel follows the steam train with a water tank to put out any fires it may start. Also note how much difficulty they have with one of the turntables.

Other Narrow Gauge / What about multiple gauges?
« on: June 09, 2019, 03:21:04 PM »
Here's a photo taken by Robert Wilson in Gladstone, South Australia, in 1969, when the five-foot gauge and 3-foot six-inch gauge lines were being converted to standard gauge. How would like to be the guy whose job it was to keep that turnout properly adjusted?

Museum Discussion / May Trains magazine article
« on: April 01, 2019, 06:45:34 PM »
The article "Making Tracks" in the May issue of Trains magazine, which I just received Saturday, describes how they built 10 miles of track in one day as part of the original Transcontinental Railroad. I couldn't help but notice that some of what we do at the WW&F is very similar to what they did 150 years ago! A great deal of the success in that feat was because of preparation in advance, and our folks are very good at that.

There are some fascinating details, such as how they spiked the rails to the ties as the rail laying continued almost without pause. There were people whose job it was to set all the spikes, and as they moved forward, other men followed, each man striking each spike on each side of the rail only once before moving ahead to the next tie. That must have been something to see! The entire activity must have appeared to onlookers as a slow motion ballet.

Two Footers outside of the US / Sugar trains in Queensland, Australia
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:41:14 AM »
A nice video of sugar cane harvest trains in the northern part of Queensland. How about those side rods flailing away?

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