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Museum Discussion / Re: POLL - Fundraising Special Train
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on May 29, 2020, 05:21:42 PM »
We've considered running the Ranegely in conjunction with fundraisers to benefit the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, and the partnership we share with them. However, all plans for such an event were tabled for a variety of reasons - including the pandemic.

We'll have to see what 2021 brings on that front.
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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Last post by Stephen Lennox on May 29, 2020, 05:14:25 PM »
Nice job Cindy. This particular logo would also make a great T-shirt.

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Museum Discussion / Re: POLL - Fundraising Special Train
« Last post by Tim Stuy on May 29, 2020, 05:00:46 PM »
Even if it was an extra fare, I would like to ride in the Rangeley, the SR&RL parlor car.
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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Last post by Bill Baskerville on May 29, 2020, 04:37:13 PM »
Way to go Cindy.... Well Done!
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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Last post by Al Michelis on May 29, 2020, 04:16:04 PM »
I just ordered mine.  Perfect, as the ones I use now don't fit right (or is that left?) uh, correctly.
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Volunteers / Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on May 29, 2020, 03:03:34 PM »




Official WW&F Face masks are now available for purchase through our gift shop. Cindy has been keeping the shop open for online/mail-order purchases.

Get your mask (and other supplies) at:
https://giftshop.wwfry.org/product/black-face-masks/388?cs=true
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General Discussion / Re: Steam Shovel found in Michigan Lake
« Last post by Keith Taylor on May 29, 2020, 02:53:14 PM »
I’m guessing that Mike Mulligan left it behind?

Keith
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AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« Last post by Bob Springs on May 29, 2020, 01:11:32 PM »
I have experimented with HOn30 and found the biggest problem is reliable power pickup from the track.  Keeping the wheels and track totally clean seems to be the main issue.  There is a sure fire way around this.  Battery power R/C, and yes, systems are now small enough to do this in HOn30.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbooLfzvvAk 
Adapting this technology would take some tinkering but could be well worth it.
Also consider that using a mechanism from a smaller scale to model narrow gauge in a larger scale means the model bodies have more room for the tech stuff and to add more weight. 
Going back to using basic track power, just adding more weight helps a lot.
While HOn30 uses N scale track and mechanisms the SCALE is HO so all those structures, figures, etc. that HO offers are there for one to use and HO has, by far, the greatest selection.
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AUCTIONS / Re: Maine 2 Foot Forney (kit)
« Last post by Pete Leach on May 29, 2020, 11:28:20 AM »
So, reading through the instructions, this is an HO scale model that would run on scale 30 inch gauge track, aka HOn30. This is the same scale and gauge made popular by Bob Hayden and Dave Frary many years ago. These models run on N Scale (9mm gauge) track. The instructions posted recommend a Bachmann N-Scale 0-4-0 Dockside Switcher mechanism to power the model (Available on eBay and other sites.)

This is still an active form of modeling Maine 2-ft railroads. Chris McChesney (co-author of the Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley series) was very successful in getting these very small locomotive models to run. He even wrote a book on the subject and is available on Gary Kohler's Portland Locomotive Works website.

I personally have tried and failed to accomplish what Chris and others have done. My eyes are too bad, my fingers are too fat, and my abilities are lacking... I am modeling my version of the WW&F in O scale, 30 inch gauge (On30).

This would be a great model for someone willing to take the time to build and tinker with the mechanism (not included).
Good luck,
Pete Leach
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General Discussion / Re: Steam Shovel found in Michigan Lake
« Last post by Wayne Laepple on May 29, 2020, 10:06:11 AM »
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