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Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: MNG GE #1
« on: November 14, 2022, 03:09:01 PM »
I believe that B&M and MEC engines (and Portland Terminal) had a maroon body with gold stripes in the center paint scheme in the 40's and 50's. Check out Conway Scenic's engines 573 and 4268.

MNGRR No. 1 is maroon with an off white (maybe cream?) stripe.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2022, 09:01:13 AM »
I saw yesterday, the 10th, that the west and north windows were in, but not the east ones.
Start was starting to shingle the west wall.
Compliments to Brendan and the rest of the crew for excellent work!

Museum Discussion / September/October Newsletter
« on: October 26, 2022, 01:32:13 PM »
I finally finished reading the latest newsletter and I wanted to congratulate and thank Bill, Jason, and everyone who contributed for an excellent and thorough job of illustrating the planning and construction of the Mountain Extension.

Pulling all the details and history into a beautifully illustrated and written document really shows what a well planned and executed project it was, as well as a truly significant contribution to the rebuilding of Maine's history by the museum's volunteers and donors.

I would suggest that a link to this article be added to both the Facebook page and the museum's website to reach a wider audience.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 10, 2022, 04:40:34 PM »
Now that we know how to do it I think it would have been neat to rivet those support posts together.  :D

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: New WW&F Event
« on: October 07, 2022, 07:21:41 PM »
I guess it's not a good joke if you have to explain it...

What time is it when you have to go to the dentist?
"Tooth Hurty"  (or 2:30) 

Museum Discussion / WW&F on
« on: September 30, 2022, 10:20:11 AM »
The WW&F is on's list of best train rides in New England.
(I think we know who "Ed. L. from Brunswick" might be.)

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: New WW&F Event
« on: September 30, 2022, 09:59:18 AM »
I hope they will return before 2:30.   ???

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 20, 2022, 08:47:43 AM »
if I recall correctly, you can sit on the window sill in No. 10's cab. That makes a big difference as you can't sit on the sill in 9. Also if you're on the tall side you have to stoop slightly to stick your head out the window so you have to be either inside or out.
And, the brake wheel in 9 is in the way, and now the vacuum brake stand is there on the engineer's side.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 30, 2022, 03:18:33 PM »
We will be having a No. 11 work session this coming week, August 2, 3, and 4. All who are interested are welcome to join us at Sheepscot. We usually start around 9.

The primary task will be to continue reaming the rivet holes in the rear frame pieces. Right now the frame is assembled with bolts and we have carefully adjusted the alignment of the pieces so the overall dimensions of the frame assembly are in spec. To preserve this exact position of all the pieces, the process is to remove one of the bolts that is holding two or more frame pieces together, match ream that hole to a precise diameter, insert a precision bushing and bolt it through the bushing to hold the pieces in alignment, then repeat for another hole in that assembly.
Once two holes in a joint are reamed and bolted, the remaining holes can be reamed.
When we have all the rivet holes reamed, the frame can be disassembled. The precision bushings and reamed holes will guarantee the alignment of the frame and proper fit of the rivets when the rivets are set.
After all the holes have been reamed, final assembly of the rear frame can begin. 

Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 29, 2022, 08:26:23 PM »
Is the plan for runs from Sheepscot to Trout Brook to turn the  engine at each end or to use the turntable at TBS primarily for a runaround?

Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 21, 2022, 10:43:08 AM »
I'm not sure if it was mentioned  elsewhere, but in case you missed it, as it was explained to me the center pivot of the TBS turntable has to not only provide a pivot, but also support some of the weight on the bridge structure. So it is a 3 point suspension, if you will, with the ring rail supporting the outer ends.
The screw feature is to allow adjustment so that the appropriate amount of weight is supported, as well as compensate for wear in service. Hence the need for it to be adjustable. I am guessing the green stuff is grease to lubricate it and keep it from rusting up and seizing again.
As seen in previous threads, the original screw was impossible to move, so that Alan had to bore that out and make a new screw.

My apologies if I confused anyone. We are referring to a Digital Read Out, or an addition to the milling machine that electronically measures and reports the exact position of the table in a digital format. This enables accuracy and efficiency that is just not possible with the dials on the leadscrews of the table and knee and compensates for backlash and wear automatically.
Replacing the old one sounds like it will actually result in a better setup. From my very limited experience so far, the new ones are very useful, intuitive, easy to install, and not that expensive.
Thanks to Ron for setting this up and to Jonathan and Brendan for moving it. Not a trivial task.

No DRO??

Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 30, 2022, 10:47:14 AM »
A few comments on the start of construction of No. 11, our new, Maine built locomotive. After two years of active design, planning, and buying parts, Ric Sisson, Jason Lamontagne, Wayne Laepple, and Gordon Cook gathered at Sheepscot to begin putting her together.

On Tuesday, April 26th, the components for the rear frame that supports the cab and tanks were brought from storage and placed in the space in Bay 2 that was cleared out previously. This space will be the erecting hall for the locomotive.

Ric started by arranging the parts in their final locations and test assembled them to determine that the parts and their dimensions were correct. Many components such as the front to back sills were fabricated by a water jet process that cut them to size and added most of the necessary holes. The bolster for the rear truck consists of 5 iron castings that had been machined. These fit across the frame between the front to back sills. There is another casting that anchors the bracing of the frame forward of the rear truck. Gordon machined this casting to size on Tuesday to fit in its place in the frame.
Careful measurements ensured that the parts were located accurately.

Once all was checked out, we started match drilling holes in the center bolster casting (the one with the round pivot for the truck). Match drilling means that the holes in the sills which were cut by the very accurate waterjet process were used to locate the holes in the castings and mating components. By Thursday the bolster and forward frame brace casting had been drilled and assembled to the two center sills. Drilling started on the intermediate bolster castings on either side of the center casting. In the first picture Ric and Wayne are setting the location of one of the intermediate bolsters.
As you can see in in the second picture, these holes were finished on Friday and this subassembly was bolted up and is now is resting in its final location. That along with the side sills have been placed on leveling jacks to continue assembly. The jacks will allow an accurate adjustment of the position of the frame so that it is square and level.

In the coming months assembly will continue. We schedule No. 11 work sessions at the beginning of the month, so anyone who would like to help is welcome.

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Station - Official Work Thread
« on: April 25, 2022, 10:07:10 AM »
Great news!
Thank you to Mass Bay RRE. The generosity of our donors and members is truly a key to the success of the WW&F.

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