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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2019, 01:39:01 AM »
Work done on Saturday Feb 9:

* Cutting: south side of the bridge has been cut.  Clear sailing to almost the end of the straightaway.
* Flatcar 34: Zack worked to get the bolsters and draft gear on.
* Car shop: Jay was installing more insulation.
* Thinking: Several parties were doing heavy duty thinking work.

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2019, 12:27:14 AM »
The forecast calls for plowable snow tonight- perhaps 8”.  We’ll plan a late start tomorrow, to allow everyone to dig out.

We’ll run a plow extra tomorrow, Wednesday February 13, after lunch. 

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2019, 12:20:33 PM »
Anticipated work for weekend of Feb 16-17:

"Steam and Sleighs/Steam and Saws"
* Public steam trains on both Saturday and Sunday, with sleigh at Alna Center.
* Mountain Extension: tree cutting at/near end of track on Saturday.  Come prepped for burn holes in your clothing.
* Shop insulation
* Flatcar 34
* Whitefield Lions Club Train and Dollhouse Show: Augusta Armory.  We have 3 tables, with two attendees.  A third would be greatly appreciated.  I leave Sheepscot for Augusta at 8.

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2019, 01:28:28 PM »
Any recent photos of flatcar 34?

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2019, 02:11:12 PM »
There are several recent photos of the progress of B&SR Flat 34 on the WW&F Facebook page.
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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2019, 01:31:10 AM »
No. 9 posed next to a self propelled steam fire pumper being delivered to Maine Locomotive and Machine for boiler work. No. 9 was out making trips for fireman training.



Fred plowing out the right of way at 218 this morning. We plowed out the right of way down to the bridge.





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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2019, 02:12:57 AM »
What a unique picture of 9 and the steam powered fire pumper.
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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2019, 02:28:00 AM »
That is one cool photo.  Should be next year's calendar.
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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2019, 03:04:08 AM »
More cool photos. Thanks, Brendan.

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2019, 10:41:48 AM »
Thanks Brendan for those, I would say, cold pics.Will the WW&F firemen train as firemen to use that  steam firepump .I hope all my fire will warm you up a bit. Oh my god ! It"s high time I stopped the lousy puns.

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2019, 02:56:13 PM »
Nice photos, Brendan Who does the steam pumper belong to? How was it loaded onto a flatcar?

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #26 on: February 15, 2019, 03:34:56 PM »
Nice photos, Brendan Who does the steam pumper belong to? How was it loaded onto a flatcar?

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I don't know who owns the steam pumper. The steam pumper came in by truck to ML&M and had just been unloaded when we stopped for a picture. We were heading north and uncoupled from the train so people could take pictures.

Thanks Brendan for those, I would say, cold pics.Will the WW&F firemen train as firemen to use that  steam firepump .I hope all my fire will warm you up a bit. Oh my god ! It"s high time I stopped the lousy puns.

I don't believe our crews will have anything to do with the fire pumper. After the boiler is fixed I believe the pumper will be shipped off to it's new owner.
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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2019, 03:26:47 AM »
Brendan:

I know it may have been hard to tell, but was the Pumper purpose built to be
self-propelled, or was it a conversion as some were. Most being internal combustion
drive units replacing the front truck. 

The problem with a steam driven pumper was they had to raise steam to move at all.
Whereas with horse-drawn steam Pumpers steam could be raised by the time they got to the fire.
The horses providing the forced draft. Unless the conflagration was next door.   

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2019, 10:06:58 AM »
Steam driven. Note the big steering wheel. This design was a modification of the horse drawn steam pumper, and this may still have the tow points.

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Re: February 2019 Work Reports
« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2019, 10:39:57 AM »
The problem with a steam driven pumper was they had to raise steam to move at all.

Some steam driven pumpers may have been kept 'hot' with steam pressure in the boiler while slumbering in the fire house.  That was also true in the case of some horse-pulled steam pumpers.

For instance, linked is an instruction manual for horse pumpers,  "Handbook For American Fire Engine Company Steam Engines" that references connecting the pumper to "house steam" while in the fire house:
https://www.legeros.com/history/steamers/1897-manual.shtml

One section from that Pumper Handbook booklet ...
Quote
THE ENGINE HEATER.

A stationary heater for the fire engine consists of a small boiler, placed at some convenient point near the same when in quarters. It is connected with the engine boiler by means of automatic couplings and suitable circulating pipes, the entire arrangement being adapted to maintain the water contained therein at any temperature desired.

Although the best types of fire engines boilers require but a few minutes time to generate a working pressure from cold water, the general adoption of the many modern improvements for facilitating the movements of the men and apparatus has made the stationary heater an essential part of a complete equipment.

A very reliable and satisfactory heater for this duty is built by the American Fire Engine Company. It is fully shown in the accompanying illustrations, and explicit directions for operating the same are appended.

Experience proves that the life of the boiler is prolonged by being kept constantly in a state of activity, and the elevated temperature of the water insures prompt and efficient work by the steamer at the very time when a few moments delay may breed disaster.

It seems reasonable to expect that the same "house steam" system already in the fire house would have been used to keep steam propelled pumpers ready to move in short order (after disconnecting the "house steam" lines, of course).
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