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Museum Discussion / Re: Property/Houses for Sale Along/Including WW&F ROW
« on: November 17, 2023, 07:15:05 PM »
This is a property that has been flipped.  It sold approx. 3-4 years ago for around 90K.  From appearances, it looks like they put about 100k into it, so 190,000 total.  Not a bad rate of return if it goes in the 300's range.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 01, 2023, 08:57:23 PM »
No worries Mike,  I'll be glad to bring up some more of that nice Blaschak Anthracite for you.  The Germans and Japanese have been buying up heaps of it.  Let's get a smokejack or a stack penetration in that roof so we can get a pot belly going in the engine house.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 01, 2023, 04:15:44 PM »
I would think that a coal pot belly stove would be a no-brainer for the engine house.  There will be many times when the engines are cold but other type of work would be needed to be performed on them.  Doing that in the dead of winter is tough on both mechanics and equipment. I don't think we would be making the progress we are making in the shop areas if it wasn't for the coal stoves going. 
Lastly, with a little lesson on thermodynamics, the heat loss of #9 is directly proportional to the delta T between the engine and outside environment.  The warmer it is inside, the less heat is lost to the atmosphere.  Thereby , the load on the engine circulating system would also be less.

BTW - there is two nice large pot belly stoves for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 29, 2023, 06:35:32 PM »
Look'in mighty fine there Brendan.  Any thought given to add nylon brush sweeps under the doors to cut down on dirt and drafts?

Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 11, 2023, 12:28:04 PM »
Eric and his "Minions" were very busy beavers over FWW.  The amount of work accomplished was awesome!!!

Volunteers / Re: October 2023 Work Reports
« on: October 03, 2023, 06:30:27 PM »
probably in the 5-ish range.  I have an 8 to 8.5 hr drive.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 02, 2023, 12:14:31 PM »
What is the planned activities for Build 11 from Wednesday through the weekend?  I need to plan on proper clothing for the jobs required.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 02, 2023, 12:10:28 PM »

And me most of all since I have held onto my "Run the RR for a day" reward from the boiler fundraiser for 10 & 11.  (Yes it's been that long ago).  #10 holds a special place for me and my son.  I grew up not far from Vulcan Ironworks, and my son used to manage the shortline which still services the complex and would switch cars into and out of Vulcan.

Volunteers / Re: October 2023 Work Reports
« on: October 02, 2023, 12:04:37 PM »
Will need a couple of extra hands late Wednesday PM as I will have a bunch of castings and patterns from Cattail Foundry and also a Car Heater for Coach 9 and a few other things.  The truck will be full.

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 01, 2023, 07:25:12 AM »
Will there be a second red coat or clear coat for durability?

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2023 - Official Work thread
« on: October 01, 2023, 07:21:33 AM »
Russ, does your beverage mavin actually bottle Moxie?  According to my info there is only 3 licensed bottlers (outside of Coke) that can produce Moxie.  Catawissa, a bottler in Seattle, Washington area and a third in the Minneapolis area.  Check the fine print on the side of the bottle to see who bottled it.

My schedule will not allow for me to purchase Moxie from Catawissa at this late date.  I have a few bottles at home for those who are desperate for a fix.  Just PM me with your request.

I am so glad to see Victorian Christmas returning to the RR.  We have spent so much time and effort erecting that wonderful pavilion at Alna Center, it should be the destination for our Christmas Trains.  I hope that Santa, and "hopefully" vendors will participate and have a Christmas Market similar to what you find in Europe.  There is plenty of space and even some side "tents" would add to the event.  Only issue I see is how to either tarp or drape the sides/end of the pavilion to cut down on cold/wind/rain/snow for the people inside.  I do hope that the event is a whole weekend so more families can enjoy the event.  Prior weekend's should still be to Sea Lyon for Christmas Trees, etc. if Sea Lyon wishes to continue.

Museum Discussion / Re: Property/Houses for Sale Along/Including WW&F ROW
« on: September 18, 2023, 04:18:16 PM »
Would make a nice Air BnB for members.  Anyone interested in forming an investment group?

Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2023 - Official Work thread
« on: September 12, 2023, 07:03:41 PM »

I can make it out there.  I don't know if they have a phone but in person would probably be more effective.  Does anyone have a list of items that are in-process?  That will help get me up to speed a lot faster.

Volunteers / Re: September 2023 Work Reports
« on: September 12, 2023, 12:28:01 PM »
Seeing how the weather forecasts are developing and analyzing the Hurricane tracking models, it is strongly suggested that the workweek activities be redirected to ensuring that the ROW and Campus drainage systems are inspected and cleared of any possible debris before the weekend and that all possible equipment be moved inside under cover for their protection.  Chances are increasing that the railroad will be impacted by heavy rains, tropical storm force wind, and possible tornadoes from Hurricane Lee even though the eye of the storm will stay offshore.  Lee has become huge in size and strength, far better to err on the side of caution than risk major damage to the RR.

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