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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Museum Discussion => Topic started by: Benjamin Maggi on June 11, 2021, 01:21:59 PM

Title: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Benjamin Maggi on June 11, 2021, 01:21:59 PM
I have a pair of flatcars that I built based on equipment currently at the museum. The decks look kind of plain. Does anyone have any pictures of interesting uses or loads for the flatcars?
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Graham Buxton on June 11, 2021, 01:57:27 PM
Hard to beat this for an interesting load for a pair of flatcars:  ;D

(https://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/carbarn/IMG_9863.jpg)


Original thread:
https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3483.0.html
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Wayne Laepple on June 11, 2021, 06:34:13 PM
There are many photos of WW&F flatcars loaded with logs. There is also that famous photo of a flatcar with a boiler on it in Wiscasset. The WW&F also used flatcars to carry coal to the blanket mill. I would imagine that such things as farming equipment would also have been shipped on flatcars. There is a photo around of a John Deere mowing machine on the platform at one of the stations.
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: James Patten on June 11, 2021, 06:43:02 PM
The Kubota has ridden a flatcar, and in fact has been used for ditching from the flatcar onto the flatcar (and then emptied the same flatcar from the flatcar).
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on June 11, 2021, 07:41:55 PM
A few more -

* The original WW&F tool house (across from the water tank) was moved on flatcar 118 up to it's current location in 1995.
* Locomotive 9's former boiler is on flat 118 right now.
* A load of shop machines that belong to MNG (former B&SR equipment that was at Edaville for years) was shipped on a flatcar from Sheepscot up to ML&M last year. 
* A 1932 Ford pickup was tied down on a flatcar for a photo freight about 6 years ago. We know of a Model T Ford that was shipped to Palermo on the narrow gauge in the 1920's so carrying a road vehicle is a prototype load.
* There is a news report of a portable sawmill being shipped on a flatcar from Wiscasset to Alna Center in the early 1920's.
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Graham Buxton on June 11, 2021, 08:20:36 PM
Here is another interesting load . . .

(https://i.postimg.cc/PqwZjkn9/0102201523.jpg)
Those are the Pavilion trusses getting loaded for transport to Alna Center, thread link:

https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3462.120.html


Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Mike Fox on June 11, 2021, 09:04:23 PM
We have also hauled the dozer on a flatcar, the Prebles Station was moved to TOM.. The wall blocks for the retaining wall on the Mountain, culverts.. The 4 foot culverts Sheepscot to TOM..
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on June 12, 2021, 09:03:04 AM
There are many photos of WW&F flatcars loaded with logs. There is also that famous photo of a flatcar with a boiler on it in Wiscasset. The WW&F also used flatcars to carry coal to the blanket mill. I would imagine that such things as farming equipment would also have been shipped on flatcars. There is a photo around of a John Deere mowing machine on the platform at one of the stations.

That boiler may have been going up to the woolen mill in North Vassalboro. I have come across a news article about an industrial steam engine shipped up there.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Bob Holmes on June 12, 2021, 08:24:23 PM
Loads of ties and rails are relatively common...or anything else needed on a work train.  With the sides up, loads of gravel for ballasting.

Bob
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Benjamin Maggi on June 14, 2021, 10:25:19 AM
Thank you all for the great ideas!
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Graham Buxton on June 14, 2021, 11:23:20 AM
Stewart posted a recent photo to the NGDF forum showing two WW&F flat cars flat cars at the WW&F with loads, here:
https://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,418762,421271#msg-421271 (https://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,418762,421271#msg-421271)

While one of those looks like a tankcar, it really is a flatcar with a tank on it.

With "modern" tankcars, the car frame is the tank, but the WW&F tankcar at the WW&F  is just a loaded flat.   8)


[Edited to reflect that the WW&F does not own the flat car with the tank.]
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Mike Fox on June 14, 2021, 11:42:07 AM


While one of those looks like a tankcar, it really is a flatcar with a tank on it.

Yes and no. It was built originally as a flat car. But it was modified to hold the tank, which is more or less permanently mounted now.
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Stephen Lennox on June 14, 2021, 03:12:00 PM
There is a picture or two of the stationary steam engine loaded on a flat.
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Bob Holmes on June 14, 2021, 06:35:58 PM
The tank car is owned by MNG.  It is an original B&SR tank car, substantially restored at WW&F.  As Mike said, it was standard practice back then to mount tanks permanently on flat cars.  So that particular "flat car" was never WW&F.
Title: Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
Post by: Mike Fox on June 14, 2021, 08:53:08 PM
Here is the load Steve was talking of. Done special for a photo charter this past winter, and will not be replicated again easily because the stationary engine is now in a boxcar. Photos by Steve Lennox.

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZKKXgkRj/Resized-20210113-085925.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8kbqtk1j/Resized-20210113-090010.jpg)