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Messages - Marcel Levesque

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 22, 2023, 11:30:17 AM »
Ahhhhhhh....the early years.  This area sure looks alot different now and the mainline had not yet reached Davis Curve.   This was at about the time of the transition from the Sheepscot Valley Railroaders to the WW&F Railway Museum.  Lest we cannot know where you are going until you know where you've been. 

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 21, 2023, 02:47:01 PM »
Flat car #126 was built with some of the metal components from Edaville open excursion car #202.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: October 31, 2022, 01:51:31 PM »
Jay Wiley and I will be going.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 15, 2022, 08:13:44 AM »
Yes one of the white roof panels was removed many years ago and yes there is goldish stencil scroll type work on that panel which went all around the edges with a significant pattern in each corner.  I did not have my camera with me that day however I did make a tracing paper trace of the corner pattern.  I gave the pattern to Jason and the last time I saw it was on the shelf in the office closet.  He may know where it is now. 

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 16, 2020, 02:11:31 PM »
The stripdown began last Thursday evening with the siding and ironwork being removed from the South end.  Last Saturday the roof was stripped of the asphalt rolled roofing and tarpaper along with what was left of a blue tarp.  I would say that the roof is 90%+ salvageable.  Applying the rolled roofing material whenever it was done did this car a great service.  There is some rot along the West side edge along with some insect damage.  Looked like the work of carpenter ants.  The fascia boards were removed along the entire perimeter and some rotted siding was removed for the North end.  The East door was removed and a general cleaning on the inside.  I evicted along of stink beetles.  Wow, what a stench!  My intent now is to remove the remaining siding to see what is salvageable before next weekend.  I, unfortunately, did not bring my camera so images are not available.  Early darkness now does not lend itself well to photographs after work.

General Discussion / Re: Velocipede
« on: October 27, 2019, 11:49:45 AM »
Yes, the photo was taken by Bob Cavenaugh and the velo belongs to fellow museum member Bruce Wilson.  It is an original Sheffield #1 and if memory serves was originally from the B&M.  Bruce still owns the velo and is in storage.  Bruce did bring it along to the museum on a few occasions to try in out.  I did not run very well because it needed alot of work.  Also the conversion from standard to narrow gauge was not very well done.  The biggest issue with narrowing up a velo is counterbalance.  The closer the outrigger wheel to the bike it is much harder to keep it from tipping over.  This problem is also compounded if is is a velo #2.  Usually a metal counter weight is necessary to offset the leverage/balance loss due to the shorter outrigger arm.  I have seen some modifiers use larger diameter, full steel wheels instead of wooden spoked wheels along with a counter weight to help with this balance loss.  Yes there is a built velo body upstairs in the shop building and I believe it was built by Ben Campbell.  However there are still many missing metal pieces to it. The only two footer to use a velo was the SR&RL. I believe there is a photo of it in one of Bob Jones' Two Feet Between The Rails books. 

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: October 15, 2019, 10:52:31 AM »
I hope that Harry is pleased.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: WWI Documentary - They Shall Not Grow Old
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:37:10 AM »
I received an excellent WW I narrow gauge video taken in France.  However, I did not see any Insta-track@ used in the making of this film.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: November 07, 2018, 11:54:05 AM »
I hope that there will be some kind of deflector or protection panel system to make sure that the outer sills of the car do not get damaged from ballast deflecting of the angled board.  The ballast stones are jagged and can ruin the out sides of the sills over time.

Volunteers / Re: October 2018 Work reports
« on: October 29, 2018, 02:23:38 PM »
Hmmmmm.......looks like a bucket brigade to me.

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2018
« on: October 05, 2018, 06:10:26 AM »
The third place Dwight mentioned is the Marketplace Restaurant next to the Subway sandwich shop.  That's my haut when I go to the railroad.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F 52 is on Ebay
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:03:13 PM »
It was August 2011 not 2001.  My error.

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F 52 is on Ebay
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:08:06 AM »
It is a photo of a Northbound train at Humason Brook Trestle.  It is a post August 2001 photo because that when the trestle was completed.  However track was not laid further North until that following October.  The engineer is either Fred, Dwight or John M.  The photo gets a little blurry after I tried to enlarge it.  My vote is for John M. for engineer.  The conductor is Frank Paul.  I do not recall when Coach 3 arrived nor do I remember what year Frank passed away.  I seemed like it was at least a year that Frank could not physically volunteer before passing on.  The window is post August 2001 to when Frank could no longer make it to the museum.  I miss Frank's stories about being a gunner's mate in the Navy.  RIP Frank.

Work and Events / Re: Spring 2018 Work Weekend
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:39:41 AM »
Ask the duck.

Volunteers / Re: January 2018 Work Planning
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:59:29 AM »
Correction James.  The museum tables are in the Young building not the Mallory building.

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