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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread on: May 21, 2017, 02:45:43 PM
The whole goal of 1015 involves filling washouts. Having "stuff" on board provides needed fill. Grin
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2  Other Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) / Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Return of the Rails...Again! on: May 13, 2017, 04:03:11 AM
Gray has the advantage of more nearby attractions, ease of Turnpike access, and closer proximity to their volunteers. Also, rumor has it that the last meeting between the MNG folks and the Bridgton folks consisted of each group saying, "What are you going to do for us?" I gather the Gray folks are more receptive, although not $500K receptive. Grin
-John
3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Captions Needed... on: May 11, 2017, 03:54:53 AM
I'm reminded of the "inspection pit" that Jason built many years ago at the south end of Bay 3, long before we had a real pit.
4  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: 2017 Spring Work Weekend on: May 02, 2017, 07:43:22 PM
Very, very good! All accessible to your friendly local newsletter editor, too. Grin Grin
-John M
5  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread on: May 01, 2017, 08:07:58 PM
At least the paint will be dry then
I saw a picture of Bryce and Dan sitting on it. I hope it was dry then, or they'll suffer from Yellow Butt.
6  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Flat Car 1014 - Official Work Thread on: April 27, 2017, 02:00:54 AM
Is the coupler hole big enough?
7  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Boiler plate flanging machine on: April 22, 2017, 02:40:43 AM

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
8  Worldwide Narrow Gauges / US Two Footers / Re: Loon Mountain April 2016 on: April 19, 2017, 07:47:38 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
9  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 Official Work Thread on: April 19, 2017, 05:11:20 AM
On the subject of clerestory glass, do we know if the WW&F used clear glass, frosted glass, or etched glass?

-John M
10  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 10, 2017, 02:14:50 AM
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
11  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 10, 2017, 02:11:41 AM
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!
12  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning on: April 09, 2017, 02:55:10 AM
* 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
13  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread on: April 08, 2017, 12:46:49 AM
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
14  General Topics / General Discussion / Re: Building track in 1910 on: April 04, 2017, 07:54:31 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.....
15  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: FS&K Ry - A little teaser! on: March 31, 2017, 04:01:20 AM
Interesting that almost all of those red lines actually existed at one time!
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