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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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General Discussion / Re: Video
« on: March 21, 2021, 07:59:01 AM »
It's impressive, I saw them riveting one of uthe wheels together. He bought Dakota Foundry because he didn't want some corporation buying it and refuse to make small and one of parts he needed for the Case. Of course it also fit nicely with his existing company in his business model .
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: BUFF B-52, Air Force, Snoring, and French.
« on: March 10, 2021, 10:12:06 AM »
Some railroaders use FRN for railfans. It stands for Fricking Railroad Nut, or something close to that. Heard it from a young woman whose father worked for thr railroad.
M. Nix

It also looks fine on my old unupdateable I-pad.

General Discussion / Re: RR Spikes/rail/
« on: February 28, 2021, 08:49:12 AM »
While he knows railroading as it is his job,
i laughed when he said that spikes are low carbon steel while holding one marked HC on the head for High Carbon!
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: February Work Reports 2021
« on: February 28, 2021, 08:40:20 AM »
Are you just thinning the trees in that area?
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: Toledo, Peoria, and Western H-10 class
« on: February 14, 2021, 02:44:20 PM »
A nice looking locomotive, very clean lines. Was she built light because of the track or was it just a chance thing that that was the weight when she was built.

Work and Events / Re: Photos - WW&F photo charter January 16/17
« on: February 11, 2021, 08:56:04 PM »
Your photos look great, yes some are a "moment in time" and may not be as clear as some like but they show what it was like. I also noticed that they are balanced in composition, just not in the conventional sense.
M. Nix

Museum Discussion / Re: Public Camping/Overnights at ToM (or elsewhere)
« on: February 01, 2021, 04:15:34 PM »
I think the caboose/ cabin is a good idea, however we are a volunteer organization and maintaining it would be problematic. If it was done, I think the best idea would be to lease it to someone local and let them take care of renting and cleaning it. As part of the arrangement we could provide transportation via the railroad.
Mike Nix

Also older motors are problematic on a vfd. The insulation has too low a tempertaure rating. Motors on vfd 's run hotter. Electrician friend told me this.   

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Northern Pacific No.8
« on: January 13, 2021, 09:58:03 PM »
maybe it was a typo, but I thought they had 2.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Northern Pacific No.8
« on: January 10, 2021, 10:51:42 PM »
It's at the county fairgrounds, there were two of them, does anyone know what happened to the other one? They used to have some of the cars they pulled as rustic street displays in downtown Brainerd.

US Two Footers / Re: J&L Narrow Gauge Snowplow
« on: December 25, 2020, 12:38:12 AM »
It was from a tie plant in Minneapolis if it's the one Valish had.
If I understand the plant location it was near the Mississippi and was a superfund clean up site.
M. Nix

It looks real nice, great work as usual.
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: December 2020 Work Reports
« on: December 18, 2020, 10:38:20 AM »
12 - 15" just north of Bath.  A bit more than the 1-3 forecast...
WOW, looks like winter there started with a Big Bang!
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2020, 07:07:32 PM »
I think the museum is on the right track buying a phase converter, they are not that expensive and a good one will last for years. Check out American Rotary's website if any of you are wondering about them. They are not the only game in town but they show what the current equipment is like and they show their prices.
M. Nix

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