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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Boiler plate flanging machine on: April 21, 2017, 09:40:43 PM

As expected, some buckling develops on the sharp corners.  Here's the cool part:  the flanger's available 200 tons exerted on the flange simply smushed those bumps flat.  Pretty much like they never existed.  

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We're achieving exact knuckle radii and flange locations within 1/32".

Is "smushing" legal in Maine?
I can remember many years ago, you and I used to joke that 1/32" was standard track crew tolerance. Grin

-John M
2  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / US Two Footers / Re: Loon Mountain April 2016 on: April 19, 2017, 02:47:38 PM
Neato! Cold weather does make for nice steam, and the location makes for multiple echoes. I gather the crew knew you like whistles, as there were some very interesting ones, especially at 2:28.

-John M
3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 Official Work Thread on: April 19, 2017, 12:11:20 AM
On the subject of clerestory glass, do we know if the WW&F used clear glass, frosted glass, or etched glass?

-John M
4  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 09, 2017, 09:14:50 PM
The only stress with the righting was climbing up the embankment after the pole was back up!
Indeed! Been there-done that. Sad I've contemplated removal of that whole installation. I do remember using it for its intended purpose, however. I think it was Jason, James, and I that ran out of gas with 51 and called for assistance.
-John M
5  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 09, 2017, 09:11:41 PM
The pole-righting was after the test.  I was doing the righting, before it the northward line was under stress from the leaning pole, afterward neither was under stress.  The stress was on the clip on the pole, not on the connection in the box.  So hopefully no negative effects to the line.
Pole-righting was good, but can someone test transmission again to make sure all is in order for Easter Eggspress? Thanks!
6  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 08, 2017, 09:55:10 PM
* During the main line inspection, the phone was tested successfully between Alna Center and Sheepscot.  The first telephone post north of Sutter's was found leaning precariously, pulling the phone line with it.  It was righted but should get some attention during the work weekend so it doesn't fall over again.
The successful test is good news. I hope that the test occurred after the pole-righting, just in case pole-righting changed something. I'm very anxious that the phone works well during Eggspress. Unfortunately, a family obligation prevents my attendance.
-John
7  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread on: April 07, 2017, 07:46:49 PM
I have a door question: How do the doors open (besides "very well")? Do they open into the car, out of the car, or slide along the inside wall, possibly into a pocket?

I can't wait to see them in service! Grin

-John M
8  General Topics / General Discussion / Re: Building track in 1910 on: April 04, 2017, 02:54:31 PM
This may also be an illusion, or at least part of the "gauge too wide" appearance, but the amount of tie outside the rails seems quite small. The appearance of inadequate space beyond the rail may just be my perception, as the WW&F is generous in that regard. The reason we are generous is to spread the load more evenly, and this brings up the issue of ballast. It appears they did use any, and I have trouble recalling early track-laying photos with ballast. We could start an entire new thread on early track-laying technique.....
9  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: FS&K Ry - A little teaser! on: March 30, 2017, 11:01:20 PM
Interesting that almost all of those red lines actually existed at one time!
10  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: It is all in the eyes of the beholder on: March 27, 2017, 04:11:30 PM
The title of this thread suggests that Ira's extensive cultural background includes "Smut" by Tom Lehrer. One of the versus is:

All books can be indecent books
Though recent books are bolder
For filth, I'm glad to say, is in
The mind of the beholder

When correctly viewed
Everything is lewd
I could tell you things about Peter Pan
And the Wizard of Oz, there's a dirty old man

-John M
11  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: It is all in the eyes of the beholder on: March 22, 2017, 03:01:25 PM
Was he drooling?
12  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Supposed success of the FS&K connection on: March 18, 2017, 09:12:35 PM
Tonight's nugget of knowledge from Wikipedia: "The name Reeperbahn means ropewalk, which is a place where ropes are made (Low German Reep = rope, the standard German word is Seil; Bahn= track)." Reeperbahn is now Hamburg's red light district. I know this because I passed through that area on the way to Miniatur Wunderland.
-John M
13  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Fred Fogg on: March 17, 2017, 02:22:28 PM
According to on-line calculations, 100K in 1896 was equivalent to about $2.5M today.
-John M
14  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Supposed success of the FS&K connection on: March 15, 2017, 08:14:51 PM
Let's ask Mike Fox to design a container-on-two-footer vehicle. Now that we have a container we can try it out. Grin
-John M
15  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: Shop Lights on: March 09, 2017, 11:44:20 PM
Josh Recave would know. I'll PM you with contact info.
-John M
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