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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Joe Fox on December 08, 2018, 06:41:03 PM »
Wiscasset had a coal shed where flat cars were backed up a ramp track and hand shoveled into hoppers that gravity fed into the engine tenders as needed. In later years the building appears to have been used for car storage. The coal shed was the building built into the hill side just north of the roundhouse.

Other designs were ground level coal bucket stations. For todays modern purpose there has been talk of a coal bucket station similar to Bridgton Jct or Albion designed to allow for a dump truck to unload into.

As for tamping the ML&M switch I have hopes to do that on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.
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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Roger Cole on December 08, 2018, 06:31:07 PM »
Did any of the Maine 2-footers ever have a coaling tower or were they all fueled from a coal pile on the ground?
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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by John Kokas on December 08, 2018, 02:22:11 PM »
I have seen pictures of coal "sacks" (for lack of a better term), in use for railways in the UK and Germany.  Looks like they hold 1/4 to 1/2 ton and lift with straps much like those demolition bags that Waste Management advertises.  Maybe we should investigate use of those until a permanent coal facility can be constructed.
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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Joe Fox on December 08, 2018, 02:08:07 PM »
The old style coal pit would have worked well for a cement pad, as the coal is contained within the walls and on the pad. Or even if some spills, it will make a majority of the pile dirt free. Coal and dirt burn kind of ok in a stove, but not in a high heat force drafted fire.

However if we have a cement pad, it would be nice to see it placed where the coal pile will be permanently located. Unless we set up a way to build the pad for the roundhouse and set it up there temporarily.
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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« Last post by Ed Lecuyer on December 07, 2018, 01:15:42 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
A discussion of the WW&F's implementation of the Eames Vacuum Brake system has been moved to the members-only section of the forum.
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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Fred Morse on December 07, 2018, 08:20:13 AM »
The way the coal was frozen, it made a long, long dragged out pile. even if we had a cement pad it would have come out way beyond the pad. Also the truck arrived a day or Two early. I guess we should buy coal in warmer weather. The driver was 3 hours getting it out.
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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by John Scott on December 07, 2018, 07:25:50 AM »
On the subject of locomotive coal, there is no point in paying good money for good coal and then mixing with dirt to make clinker. A concrete pad for the front-end losing of coal needs to be a high priority.
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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« Last post by Carl Soderstrom on December 07, 2018, 04:32:12 AM »
Dag

tack!
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Volunteers / Re: December 2018 Work Reports
« Last post by Mike Fox on December 07, 2018, 01:05:27 AM »
Ballast last week Gawdon. No tamping yet..
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Museum Discussion / Re: A letter of encouragement
« Last post by Mike Fox on December 07, 2018, 12:43:39 AM »
"Could I take this opportunity to say how fantastic I think your achievements have been in the last 12 months. What you have accomplished is nothing short of amazing"
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