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Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F 2018 in Reveiw slideshow, and speech
« Last post by Ted Miles on October 18, 2018, 05:37:25 PM »
      That was a great series of slides of pictures and music. Arlo Guthries song City of New Orleans has special meaning to me as my grandfather was a Railway Postal Service clerk on the Illinois Central. He must have been on that train manty times in the 1920s.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member 
Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« Last post by John Kokas on October 18, 2018, 01:59:47 PM »

With Wayne being down for the time being, I would be willing to come down to help out with the points.  Just PM me with what your plans would be.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« Last post by Dave Crow on October 18, 2018, 12:52:27 PM »
John Kokas,

Just getting around to responding to your message asking whether the PA and MD crew need to machine more switch parts in Baltimore...

Wayne and I only machined 33# rail to make frogs and points for the North Yard; the 12-foot lengths of 33# rail were about all we could lift on our own!  Each point had at least 6 steps in the production, and they took us about 5-6 days working 3 hours each day (I would take the afternoon off from my normal job) to create each point.  The frogs were a little easier as only two of the four pieces of rail required machining - and the rail was a lot shorter and easier to maneuver!  Some of those pieces I machined by myself, before the museum instituted a two-man rule when operating the big mill.  Even so, the frogs took 4-5 days to complete.

I don't think I'd want to machine 60# frogs when new ones are available, or additional used frogs might be available from where Wayne purchased others previously.  The 60# rail is taller, wider, and definitely heavier when it comes time to lift it up onto the mill table!  The larger size means it will take additional passes of the mill bit for each machining step.  If I were getting paid my day rate for the hours it takes to make a frog, the cost of a brand-new frog from Alabama would come out cheaper and get delivered quicker!

We still need to machine two more 33# switch points for the switch in to Bay 1; it has stubby, mine-type points, which really jolt you when making the diverging move.  When the points for the North Yard were transported up by Randy Beech, there was a fifth piece of rail which already had the "kink" in it; the kink is the first step in the process of making a point.  Another piece of 33# rail will need to be cut, bent to have a mate to the existing raw stock.

Just food for thought.

Dave Crow
Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« Last post by Richard Cavalloro on October 18, 2018, 12:41:37 AM »
I'm planning on riding the early train for our anniversary.  Can give you half a day labor if you need another set of hands or 2
Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« Last post by Mike Fox on October 17, 2018, 09:15:25 PM »
I put markers on mine. Nice flat stone works well.
Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« Last post by Carl Soderstrom on October 17, 2018, 08:33:29 PM »
I hope when you find the lids you take a GPS if you have one that will work that close,
but best is take measurements from fixed points and paint then inside the nearest door.
Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« Last post by Mike Fox on October 17, 2018, 12:06:15 PM »
We also need to uncover the lids for the septic tanks so they can be pumped. They are not that far down, and covered in Sand so should be easy digging. Equipment can't be used because the handles could break off.
Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« Last post by James Patten on October 17, 2018, 11:01:19 AM »
Anticipated work for Saturday October 20:

* Parking lot clean up and arranging.
* Machine shop prep and erection of crane rails.
* Dig to find the septic tank
Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« Last post by Joe Fox on October 17, 2018, 09:04:24 AM »
Hey everyone,

The 21 Campaign is certainly not forgotten and will resume in the next few months. Thank you to all of our generous donors andfriends of the 21 Campaign. I am working on mailing everyone an update in the mail. If you get a letter, please do not post about its contents or ask questions about it here, please do so by the contact method in the instructions. Hopefully all of you are able to attend.

In other news, I would like everyone to understand just how important #10 is to us as an ideal regular engine to run trains to ToM, or Alna Center.  And even as a usefull engine to have on work weekends and special events. We want #10 back just as much as everyone else so that we can have three operable engines again. The one time we used 9, 10, & 52 for Victorian Christmas it worked extremely well, and we miss that extra capability during big events.

As the museum continues to grow, along with our ever increasing events, some of which sell out, we have also proven a need for more passenger cars such as coach 9, and the increasing desire for the new 2-4-4t #11.
Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« Last post by Gary Kraske on October 17, 2018, 01:14:55 AM »
Ladies and Gentlemen:  Thank you for all the prodigious work over the past year especially and continually since the 1990's.  Barb and I are truly excited to see the daily and weekly progress reports on the various projects.  Thanks much for the before and after pictures and the continual word and pictorial updates.  We visited with the help of our daughter and her family this past August.  Rode the train I believe on Friday August 17th and thoroughly enjoyed conversation with James Patten and others plus other riders.  The gift shop ladies were great.  Thanks again from away.  Hope to make it back next year.  Barb & Gary Kraske
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