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Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: December 08, 2022, 08:23:30 PM »
During the FWW I took 52 and an early morning 4 car work train to TBS.  The fall leaves and frost were on the rails.  On return and after two attempts up the mountain we left the two coaches north of the bridge and took the two flats up with no problems.  The return trip with the two coaches also had no problems.  The previous day with the same 4 car train and dry rails were no problem. 

Doubling the hill... it's not just a myth.

The experience was discussed in this October 2022 Work Reports thread post.  It was a brilliant, unexpected moment recreating a bit of WW&F history some 90 years later.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 30, 2022, 10:13:01 PM »
Without commenting on numbering skates, I have wondered if there were someway to hang a skate on each car, near the non brake end, without compromising the historical accuracy of our fleet.  Suggestions anyone?  right now we just throw them onto flat cars, coaches, cabooses (cabeese?).  On our visitor cars they can eastly become a trip hazard.

Rather than figuring out where to locate or store a skate on each car, wouldn’t it make more sense to simply leave several skates in the areas where cars are normally parked? Maybe put a skate on each locomotive for the occasion when a car or cars may be left at some unusual location.

Thanks, Bill.  The additional skates are greatly needed.

A few thoughts from an operating crew perspective:
-- Skates are needed when cars are moved to some siding on the road where there is likely a grade.  I'm not a great judge on grades, so I am biased to using one when setting off a car.
-- I don't see the need and don't want to have a skate on board each car while in public operation.  It would be an unneccesary tripping hazard most unwelcome by me, as there's no way to stow a skate safely in most coaches.
-- For freight and maintenance-of-way cars, it might make some sense to have a skate directly assigned to some.
-- Wayne's suggestion to place skates in central location(s) at Sheepscot makes sense to me.  Perhaps at the north end of the car barn and the north end of the shop bays, and likely on each freight/MOW car.  Ben and others have done a terrific job in provisioning other train crew tools at Sheepscot Station.

"Every tool has its place" it is said.  The skates are another example, I'd say.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 30, 2022, 08:12:30 AM »
...However, when cleaning up my mess after painting SKATE on the first 10 I mistakenly discarded the hand made stencil.  Hence, I will have to make a new stencil to label the 12 new skates...

I personally don't think you need to worry about labeling the new skates with "SKATE" but perhaps my view is in the minority.  Regardless, the new skates are greatly appreciated, Bill.  Thanks!

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 27, 2022, 10:23:06 PM »
A few photos from yesterday, Saturday, November 26th.

Conductor Bryce Weeks leads a crew briefing prior to the day's public trains.

The day's train consisted of WW&F flatcar No. 118 (at the south end of locomotive No. 9 for the day, to handle transport of Christmas trees purchased by our guests at SeaLyon Farm), and north-to-south, Franklin & Megantic coach No. 2 (courtesy of Maine Locomotive & Machine), W&Q coach No. 3, WW&F coach/combine No.8, and WW&F caboose No. 320.  Here's most of the consist is seen here on the Turntable lead track where our passengers boarded, with Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes combine No. 14 on the House track on the right serving as our gift shop while our station platform is being rebuilt, courtesy of Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum.

A view looking back north from the temporary platform ramp.

A view inside our temporary gift shop inside SR&RL combine No. 14.

Fireman Dana Deering fills No. 9's tank, as brakeman Dan Malkowski oversees operations.

A couple of Saturday engine house photos have also been posted.

Apologies for volunteer names missed in the above captions.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 27, 2022, 08:45:45 PM »
A couple of photos showing progress on shingling the west wall of the engine house yesterday (Saturday, November 26th).

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 27, 2022, 07:54:01 PM »
Great news!  Thank you to all the donors and everyone working on this project.  And thank you, Wayne, for keeping us up-to-date on the project here on the forum and via the WW&F Newsletter.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 24, 2022, 10:41:05 PM »
The car was placed on the ramp track Tuesday morning for the trip back to Portland.

With the lower platform, how will guests in wheelchairs enter the cars?  Will the portable metal ramp still work?

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 23, 2022, 11:55:56 PM »
Some photos I took Tuesday.

Work completed on Tuesday and Wednesday 22-23 November 2022

*  Gift shop prep. (Cindy, Stewart, Paul R)

Some photos posted here.

*  Passenger truck rebuild continued with work on bearings. (Carlos, Jerry, Joseph G)
*  Coach #9 assembly/build continues  ((Eric, Ron)

Two photos posted here.

*  Engine house build continues  (Fred, Stewart, Zack)

And two photos posted here.

And the snowplow has been placed on No. 52 for the coming season.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Alluded to elsewhere, a project is now underway to provide a firmer foundation for the Sheepscot Station buildings and rearrange platforms for better guest flow during popular events.  A few Tuesday photos.

A temporary giftshop for winter events is being set up in Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes combine No. 14.  A view from the partially disassembled station platform looking into No. 14.

Inside No. 14 Tuesday morning.

A view inside the gift shop building, with Cindy Rhine and Randy Beach discussing the project. 

The largely disassembled platform.  A temporary platform ramp has been set up on the turntable lead track in the lower yard for our winter event passengers.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 23, 2022, 10:35:22 PM »
A couple of Tuesday photos.

Ron Ginger and Eric Schade discuss details on the next steps for coach No. 9's interior.

Jerry and Carlos Steinke work on final preparations to install the wheel sets in the refurbished passenger car truck frames in the background.  They've spent many, many hours preparing the trucks for the coach.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 23, 2022, 10:23:09 PM »
A couple of Tuesday photos of shingling the west wall.

Fred Morse working on the left, as Stewart Rhine works on the staging on the right.

Paul Richard assists Stewart.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Joint Bar Spacing
« on: November 21, 2022, 07:27:33 PM »
Reviving this old thread about parallel versus staggered rail joints.  I happened upon a November 19th photo showing track relaying at the Stwlan Dam Road level crossing renewal in Tan-y-Grisiau on the Ffestiniog.  The photo shows parallel joints along a curve. 

I'm guessing this has been and is the common practice in Wales.  I hope John Dobson and our other U.K. friends will weigh in.

I also understand Wales doesn't experience the deep ground freeze/thaw cycles that Maine does, and very likely has better soil conditions, particularly than mid-coast Maine, both of which would affect track alignment over time.

I know early on as the WW&F has been restored staggered joints were viewed as a concern for swaying cars at speed, but after many years of experience we've adopted staggered joints, particularly for curves, to avoid track kinks.

This post doesn't offer an answer for the practice historic Maine two-footers followed for track maintenance, but I think the comparison with Wales standards is interesting to learn.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 19, 2022, 09:05:16 PM »
I'm guessing the planned "Snow Siding" is to store the B&SR flanger and plow, and perhaps other equipment, off the woods track.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: November 05, 2022, 08:40:59 PM »
Thanks, Mike--greatly appreciated.  I had hoped to be there today, purposely clearing my work calendar, but then we had the all too frequent poor management work chaos intervene Friday, so I still had to work today and will again tomorrow.

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