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Volunteers / Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« on: April 18, 2021, 09:23:37 PM »
I particularly like Bill Reidy's photo of the back side of the Head Tide Church.

Here is what seems to be a similar earlier view, although from a bit further away:

That earlier photo of Head Tide is from this thread:

Volunteers / Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« on: April 11, 2021, 10:03:07 AM »
Dave, letting the mud dry. I found a snake in the mud on the track when putting it back on and did not want to find his cousins..not a fan.
:o Wow!    Snake on a [dozer] track is nearly as bad as Snakes on a Plane Train.   :P

Volunteers / Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« on: April 10, 2021, 09:25:32 PM »
Thanks for the photo update, Bill.

Conductor J.B. provides whoopie pies to the engine crew as engineer Bob Longo looks on today.
I'll admit that I had to look up what whoopie pies were ...  ::)
It is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of usually chocolate cake, or sometimes pumpkin, gingerbread or other flavored cakes, with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them.
The whoopie pie is the official state treat of Maine (not to be confused with the official state dessert, which is blueberry pie).

The world's largest whoopie pie was created in South Portland, Maine, on March 26, 2011, weighing in at 1,062 lb.

More here:

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:12:06 AM »
Regarding the lighting, James posted this at the NGDF forum earlier:

The new coach  will be number 9.  We'll have all the Victorian accoutrements: brass luggage racks, ceiling hung  kero lanterns, gold leaf, etc.

Thread link:,414443,414445#msg-414445

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT: an Ace of a dump cart
« on: April 01, 2021, 08:07:07 AM »
This photo is in the April 2021 Friends of the East Broad Top newsletter:

(click image to enlarge)
FEBT track crew members fill the cribs between recently replaced ties with ballast on the ladder track during the March work session. – Wayne Wanzor photo

I thought that is an interesting Ace wheelbarrow!  :)

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 28, 2021, 08:56:37 PM »
All that because no-one makes 7/8" thick T&G yellow pine.  It is all a 32nd under 3/4".   
There was a time when 'standard lumber sizes' really were by the full 'inch'.  :)
It seems reasonable to think that when those cars were 'floored', standard lumber sizes were likely used.

In the USA lumber marketplace, there has been a difference between nominal and actual lumber dimensions for more than 100 years, according to this US Forest Service document: "History of Yard Lumber Size Standards"

Here is a thumbnail snippet from that USFS document mentioning pine from North Carolina in 1906:

(Click image to enlarge)
(The sizes mentioned in there are in "1/4 inch" increments, so 4/4 = 1.0 inches, 6/4=1.5 inches, etc)

So by that 'standard' 1x pine lumber from those 1906 Southern producers would be 7/8" thick. 
 Back when most lumber was cut from trees near the building site, regional preferences in the finished size of boards developed. But when the growth of the national railroad network allowed relatively 'cheap' long distance transportation of lumber (and other goods), standardized lumber sizes across the country became common.
 As railroad transportation typically was billed by weight, 'planed' boards (less weight than 'rough') gained a transportation cost advantage, and the actual dimensions of lumber were gradually reduced over a period of multiple decades.
 That Forest Service document was published in 1964, and at that time a 1x10 was 0.75" by 9.5", but since then it has shrunk to 0.75" by 9.25"

Work and Events / Re: New to us work truck
« on: March 28, 2021, 10:41:32 AM »
The truck landed this morning and was very popular.
So, I gather that the most important part of a new (used) truck  - - the radio  - - sounds good?  :P

Below I am providing an example of the 'forum / message board' option referenced by Mike in the post above:

Note that the image size does not overwhelm the text, but one can 'click' on the image to see a  bigger version, and then click again to see much larger version with full detail.

If you wanted to display the full size image 'inline', that is an option also. See this post to see that option in use with the same image above:,3966.msg50131.html#msg50131

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse construction.
« on: March 26, 2021, 08:41:21 AM »
Well, after evaluating all of the  . . . alternative track identification schemes  ::) . . . presented over the last several pages of this thread, the track numbers shown on the map/diagram posted by Bill Reidy on page 2 of this thread look more and more positively rational. 8)

Below I have linked that map from page 2 again:

(note: that is an example of a linked image from a 3rd party photo host, in this case, :) )

General Discussion / Re: How To - Pictures for forum
« on: March 24, 2021, 09:13:13 PM »
My suggestion is to use a "photo host".

The benefit of using a photo host is that the host typically manages the issues around resizing from the [potentially large] modern pixel counts, and should handle uploads from phones easily.    Using a photo host also means that the WW&F servers are not burdened by storing and serving up those images, therefore WW&F server resources can be less robust (and may be lower cost.)

 There are many such sites, including Flickr, Photobucket, Imagur, etc.  Some charge fees, and others are no fee.   I find that works well, and is free. Most of the time I upload to Postimage with a desktop, but loading directly with my Android based phone works well also.

There are more details in an earlier post I made here:,3337.msg40937.html#msg40937


Rick posted a video about the acquisition of two {more} two foot gauge locomotives, from Canada.

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Volunteers / Re: March Work Reports
« on: March 17, 2021, 08:54:18 AM »
We are looking for a camera and microphone that work on 32VDC from a steam turbo.
;D ;) :P A typical webcam is powered by the laptop USB port that it is plugged into. So without adding any other equipment, the webcam has power as long as the laptop battery holds out.

 If you really want to charge the laptop battery from a 32VDC turbo, choose a laptop that has an available 12VDC (car) charger accessory  and use a 32V DC-DC Buck converter to step that down to 12V. Here is one that is a bit overkill, but could easily power a laptop & webcam:

Note that one is likely to lose a viable WiFi signal before getting too far out of the Sheepscot  yard area.  ::)

Work and Events / Re: New to us work truck
« on: March 16, 2021, 12:17:13 PM »
One approach to deal with track gauge narrower than the vehicle rubber tire gauge is to have a 'friction drive' to the hi-rail axle. For example:

(Image is a 'thumbnail - click to see larger)
Photo credit:

When in use, the green "knobby" cylinder contacts the rubber tire and drives the steel wheels in contact with the rail.

Work and Events / Re: New to us work truck
« on: March 15, 2021, 09:14:20 PM »
I hope everyone took note of the abundance of smileys / emoticons on my post about the hi-rail gear!   ;D :o 8) ;) :P :-*

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 15, 2021, 02:19:22 PM »
Wood, wood before joining the WW&F I would not have thought that wood  would have been the commodity you use and work  most on a railway. In France we mainly use metal. In Pithiviers shop it's tough to find a tool intended for woodwork and volunteers at large don't have a gift at working wood.
However, there was a time when wood was a key ingredient of French boxcars, and woodworking skills and tools were needed.  As a relatively well-known instance, the "Merci" boxcars that were shipped to the USA are primarily wooden cars.  For those not familiar with the Merci boxcars, here is one link:

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