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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.

Other Narrow Gauge / An interesting three-foot line in England
« on: July 13, 2017, 09:35:46 AM »
Here's a 10-minute video clip shot in 1929 of the Southwold Railway, an 8.75-mile line in the south of England. Lots of fascinating details to be seen.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / L&B "LYN" makes first move
« on: July 08, 2017, 04:13:17 PM »
A scene to quicken the heart of every two-footer fan, perhaps to be repeated at Sheepscot in the not too distant future:

This is a new-built replica of a Baldwin 2-4-2T built for the Lynton & Barnstable Railway in England in 1898, scrapped in 1935. The replica has roller bearing axles and rods, piston valves and superheating, none of which the original had. Also a Lempor exhaust system and a gas-producing firebox.

Right now, we could be encouraging visitors who are interested to leave the train at Top of the Mountain and walk any of several trails in the area, then take a later train back to Sheepscot. The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association has built trails, including one that touches the west side of our land at Top of the Mountain. Or a trail around the property could be developed, perhaps by a local youth seeking the Eagle Scout award.

Two Footers outside of the US / South African narrow gauge 2-8-2
« on: May 24, 2017, 09:52:49 PM »
This South African Railways NG-15 2-8-2 stalls on the grade and backs down for another go at it. He really roars up the hill. Shades of the SR&RL!

Two Footers outside of the US / Two foot action in South Africa
« on: May 22, 2017, 08:41:28 PM »
Fifteen years ago on the Avontour line, with a NG-16 2-6-2=2-6-2.

General Discussion / an open invitation
« on: May 21, 2017, 07:02:22 PM »
Any WW&F folks who may be visiting south-central Pennsylvania this summer are invited to visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, right across the street from the Strasburg Rail Road's station. And if you come by on a Tuesday or Wednesday and let me know in advance (by PM here), I'll be glad to meet you and give you the nickel tour, including a visit to the restoration shop which is not generally open to the public.

And if you happen down this way between Aug. 16 and 19, be sure to take in the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Steam Engine Show at Kinzer, Pa. It's the largest and oldest event of its kind east of the Mississippi River. It features well over 100 steam engines, as well as gas and diesel tractors. There are also multiple stationary steam, natural gas and diesel engines, two steam railroads and a huge flea market.

Hope to see a few WW&F hats, shirts or bumper stickers around here this summer.

Wayne Laepple

General Discussion / Building track in 1910
« on: April 03, 2017, 08:05:26 PM »
No hard hats, no gloves, no Insta-track. Apparently they relied on the weight of the equipment to hold the gauge!

Other Narrow Gauge / Another Christmas train
« on: December 18, 2016, 12:13:56 PM »
Here's another narrow gauge Christmas train, a little further west and higher in elevation:

Other Narrow Gauge / International recognition
« on: September 30, 2016, 10:06:33 PM »
Today I received September issue of "Narrow Gauge," the quarterly magazine of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society in Victoria, Australia. The WW&F rated two pages of the magazine's 32 pages. On one page was a report by my friend Russ Hicks about Rick and Brenda Sisson's visit to the railway last November. Rick especially wanted to see the brand new Baldwin-style cylinder half-saddle casting made for the PBR. On the opposite page was the map of the WW&F and three photos I had sent to Russ.

I'll have the magazine with me next week for anyone who might want to have a look, and I plan to give it to Rick since there are a couple of photos of him (and Brenda) included. I should also mention that Rick and Brenda met up with Linc Reed-Nickerson, a long-time WW&F member who works part-time at the PBR.

Two Footers outside of the US / narrow gauge in Uraguay
« on: August 16, 2016, 09:53:22 PM »
This link showed up today from one of my friends in Australia. It covers a short narrow gauge industrial railway in Uruguay that shut down in the 1980's and still had 27(!) 0-4-0T locomotives on hand, most of which still remain. Enjoy!

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / We need one of these
« on: August 14, 2016, 08:49:09 PM »
As seen on Friday at the National pike Steam Gas & Horse Association near Brownsville, PA

Work and Events / W. A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop
« on: June 03, 2016, 02:58:07 PM »
I was going to add this newspaper story to the thread about the Eames Vacuum Brake system, but I thought it should stand on its own to show how wide and deep support for the WW&F is. The W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop is in southwestern Pennsylvania along the Monongehela River.

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