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Ira Schreiber

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #90 on: August 25, 2015, 08:46:30 PM »
Well, it looks like we have to take our lumps.

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #91 on: August 25, 2015, 10:41:43 PM »
Since WW&F will be running two steamers soon, is your coal order now bigger?
C&TS gets a similar semi load every week or two.
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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #92 on: August 26, 2015, 06:57:10 AM »
With #10 we usually go about 2 years or so between coal deliveries.  I think this time we went 2 years and 3 months.

With 2 steamers active for a while (#10 will eventually need to go down for repairs) I'm sure the pile will disappear much faster.  And even #9 alone will consume it faster.

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #93 on: August 26, 2015, 08:45:17 AM »
Looks like a run of the mine load like they get up at Conway. Where'd this load get sourced from and what type (Pocahontas, Pennsylvania, etc) is it?
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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #94 on: August 26, 2015, 12:30:31 PM »
We got this coal contact from Conway scenic- same stuff in theory.

PA coal.  Think run of the mine would have much larger chunks.  This rated at 2X6- though there's larger pieces.  I presume that's on account of holes in the screen...

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #95 on: August 26, 2015, 01:40:48 PM »
Probably Pittsburgh lump if the sizer was 2x6.

Hopefully it doesn't end up looking like this in about 2 months.


(Photo by Hansel)

We had a lot of problems with iron in our PA coal about 5 years ago. Burned great, but smoked like heck and sometimes left a few problems when it came to cleaning out the fire. Great coal if you're not worried about smoke, though.
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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #96 on: August 26, 2015, 02:31:39 PM »
I seem to recall a line from one of the late Fred Dibnah's BBC documentaries that "good steam coal is the size of a man's fist", or something to that effect.

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #97 on: August 27, 2015, 10:58:01 AM »
The stuff we had was too small and would clump if you didn't sprinkle it on one shovel at a time. Otherwise it worked pretty well, at times too well and the pop would go off even with the injector on.  You had to work to make it smoke a lot. Passengers in the open car on the way north appreciated that.
The fire needed to be cleaned out thoroughly after a run. If you didn't the next run would be frustrating, as the ash in the bottom kept the fresh coal from burning the way it should. Dumping more coal on didn't do much at that point and the gauge would sink slowly as we worked north up to Alna.

Every time we get a new load of coal it's a new routine. Keeps it interesting, that's for sure.
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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #98 on: December 19, 2015, 12:31:21 AM »
9 and 10 were steamed up today for pre Christmas train testing.











Christmas trains parked next to each other in the yard. Train "A" consists of 3, 103, and 320. Train "B" is 8, 118, and 554.





Train consist B at Alna center with # 9

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #99 on: December 19, 2015, 12:51:54 AM »
A question: When was the last time there were two steam locomotives in service simultaneously on the WW&F? Is this yet another impressive "first time since 1933" scenario?

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #100 on: December 19, 2015, 01:35:53 PM »
More superb pics.
Tnx.
The WW&F dispatcher will be busy, I'm sure.
Will 52 be involved?
If so, mercy me, hot rails city!   :D
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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #101 on: March 28, 2016, 09:20:13 PM »
Photo excursion mixed train at Humason Brook.

https://youtu.be/if6oUDuF-vE

Easter train in Cockeye Curve.

https://youtu.be/OlEIZ8uNP8E
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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #102 on: March 28, 2016, 10:01:49 PM »
Nice videos, Brendan. Thanks for posting them.

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #103 on: March 28, 2016, 10:32:51 PM »
I was wondering...are these 5 car trains the longest that have ever been run on the rebuilt WW&F?

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Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« Reply #104 on: March 29, 2016, 05:34:24 AM »
Passenger wise yes. But we ran a 6 car megatrain train a number of years ago.
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