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Work and Events / B&SR Flanger 40 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 20, 2018, 05:28:59 PM »
The B&SR flanger from Maine Narrow Gauge arrived today.
I suppose that will occupy one bay of the shop over the winter?

Here's a small album of photos of a recent World War I event at the Moseley Railway Trust. The all-black 4-6-0 that appears in a couple of photos is a Baldwin 4-6-0T, and the motor car in the first view looks an awfully lot like a Fairmont.

US Two Footers / Interesting photo
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:50:16 AM »
The photo below, which appeared in the Lancaster newspaper last week, is interesting. It shows the Pennsylvania National Guard rifle range at  Mount Gretna, Pa. The range was part of a training facility that operated from about 1885-1935, and was served for part of that time (1889-1916) by the Mount Gretna Narrow Gauge Railroad, a two-foot gauge line that employed three lovely Baldwin 4-4-0 locomotives, the only two-foot gauge 4-4-0's to operate in the USA. While the focus is on the rifle range, in the distance, one of those 4-4-0's and a coach can be seen sitting at the platform. The line had one closed coach (seen in the photo) and seven open-sided observation cars that looked like WW&F No. 7 before it was converted to a combine. The railroad shut down in 1916 after one of the observation cars overturned on a sharp curve when too many people tried to board at once.

General Discussion / A reminder
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:31:26 PM »
Just a little note to remind anyone who might be contemplating a trip to the mid-Atlantic region this summer. The 70th annual reunion of the Rough & Tumble Engineers will take place at Kinzers, PA August 15-18, 2018. A huge event, with more than 100 steam tractors, stationary engines, a belt-driven machine shop, lots of gas tractors, many stationary natural gas, diesel and gasoline engines, etc. Sawmill and shingle mill, too. Steam shovels, too. Not far from the Strasburg Rail Road and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, either.

Volunteers / At the HRA Spring Conference
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:57:32 PM »
On Saturday afternoon, Steve Piwowarski and I were taking a break between sessions at the Heritage Rail Alliance Spring Conference at Strasburg, Pa. We were standing in front of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania looking across the road at the Strasburg Rail Road, when we saw a person wearing an orange T-shirt and a WW&F hat. We looked at one another and said "That looks like Bryce (Weeks)." So what was he doing here? Turns out he and his grandmother, Nancy, had traveled to Pennsylvania to visit relatives and stopped by the Strasburg for a little broad gauge therapy. One just never knows when another WW&F member will show up.

The conference sessions were quite worthwhile, as was the networking, and Steve and I will have a report for the Board at its next meeting.

General Discussion / Building a railroad with camels
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:33:16 PM »
When the Australian transcontinental railway was built, they used camels! Check out this old film from the Australian national archives. There are parts of it that are in rough shape, but the rest is quite fascinating.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / April Trains magazine
« on: March 05, 2018, 06:31:57 PM »
There is a nice four-page article with photos about the final year of the B&H by Lincoln F. Warren, who worked there before putting in 32 years on the New York central.

Other Narrow Gauge / narrow gauge and broad gauge
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:12:11 PM »
While undertaking some research on the early days of Pennsylvania's East Broad Top Railroad, in the board meeting minutes I found  multiple references to the Pennsylvania Railroad "broad gauge" as compared to the EBT's "narrow gauge." While I've seen present day comments about narrow gauge (2-foot), standard gauge (3-foot) and broad gauge (4'8-1/2"), they are tongue-in-cheek. This is the first authentic (1871) reference that I've come across.

Other Narrow Gauge / Narrow gauge action in New Zealand on Jan. 21
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:30:20 PM »
A 42-inch gauge 4-8-2 in action. BIG narrow gauge.

General Discussion / British garden railway Christmas
« on: December 11, 2017, 06:59:29 PM »
I received the following from my old friend Terry Kasabian, who is also a WW&F member who lives in Louisiana. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Hello All,

A nice, well made 13-minute video here...  a little story about a Christmas package being mailed using British-themed tinplate toy trains and lead figures, complete with passenger, station master, Royal Mail postmen, a Salvation Army Band... the works.  There is no dialogue, just use your imagination and follow along with the story.  There are authentic railway sounds, so turn on your volume control.

Mixed with the nighttime scenes and falling "snow" this was an enjoyable little interlude last evening during New Jersey's first snow of the season.  Someone has a wonderful outdoor railway, and has great talent with a camera.

So grab a cuppa (tea), sit back, relax and enjoy this one:

Other Narrow Gauge / Meanwhile, in Japan.....
« on: November 03, 2017, 05:00:19 PM »
Interesting steam/trolley operation.

Work and Events / Coupler Capers in Mt. Union
« on: October 23, 2017, 04:16:34 PM »
The Great Coupler Snatch of 2017 is on! The WW&F has purchased five pairs of 3/4 size couplers from the East Broad Top Railroad in Mount Union, Pa. It's now our challenge to remove the couplers from the selected cars and get them to Maine. Today I went to Mount Union and met with a representative of the railroad to select the cars and to get a better handle on how this can all be accomplished.

For this to happen, I will need some help. The plan at this time is to spend one day actually dropping the couplers from the selected cars. For this to happen, I'll need at least two volunteers to assist me in moving the torches and tools from car to car and standing fire watch during and after each cutting operation.

The EBT folks have volunteered to use their backhoe to pick up the individual couplers and move them to an assembly point for loading into a rental truck. This would probably happen a week or so after the initial visit. Help would be needed to move the couplers into the truck and tie them down for the trip to Maine. I'm hoping to coordinate this operation with the pick up of the castings for the Jackson & Sharp trucks so that all this heavy stuff can go to Maine in one trip.

The dates I have in mind for the first phase are as follows: Nov. 3 (Friday), Nov. 11 (Saturday), Nov. 17 (Friday), Nov. 24 and 25 (Friday/Saturday).

Dates for the second phase have not been set, since the EBT guys will have to let me know when they are available to move the couplers and load the truck, but I'm hoping it will be in early December (before snow flies!).

I do not think that either of the operations at Mount Union will take more than one day, so there would be no need for an overnight stay.

If interested in assisting, send me a PM and I'll try to coordinate and accommodate.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / "LYN" test run on the L&B
« on: September 28, 2017, 10:49:07 AM »
Here's LYN making one its first test runs on the L&B this week. You can hear that superheated exhaust over the wind noise and she comes up the 2% grade from Killington Lane toward Woody Bay station.

Two Footers outside of the US / Steam at Sandstone Estate in April 2017
« on: September 03, 2017, 02:56:55 PM »
Some wonderful scenes of two Garratt locomotives working a photo train at the Sandstone Estate in South Africa.

General Discussion / WW&F in Narrow Gauge World magazine
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:40:09 AM »
I'm pleased to report that an article I wrote for Narrow Gauge World magazine published in England has appeared in the September 2017 issue, with photos by Stephen Hussar. In fact, Steve's great photo of Bullet Bob running No. 10 is the cover shot. This magazine is published monthly and includes articles, news, photos and commentary about narrow gauge railways world-wide. It may be available over here at such places as Barnes & Noble or larger hobby shops, but is otherwise hard to find. I hope that the piece will bring more visitors to Sheepscot from across the pond. Special thanks to Steve, as without his photos, the article would not have looked so good.

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