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General Discussion / Albums
« on: September 15, 2016, 03:34:49 PM »
I would like to suggest the photos from major/long term projects be posted in seperate albums, in addition to their topic. Projects like box car 67, turntable, TOM mills and other major works. These albums would provide a continuous view of the progress, minus comments.  Comments and original photos would still reside in the topic thread.  These albums would have a seperate header and could give vistors to the forum a quick overview of what's happened or happening.  They could also be on the home page.

General Discussion / Oh Doctor Beeching!
« on: July 16, 2016, 01:29:54 PM »
Oh Doctor Beeching is on YouTube.  It is a TV Britcom filmed on the Severn Valley Railway. Dr. Beeching was the fellow who cut 2300+ stations and 5000+ miles of British Rails in the 1960's.

Just search YouTube for "Oh Doctor Beeching!" and start with season 1 episode 1. I stream this program to my tv.  Great rainy afternoon tv watching.

General Discussion / FRA Training Video
« on: July 16, 2016, 09:46:07 AM »
Produced after the 1995 explosion of CPR 1278.

Federal Railroad Administration Steam Locomotive Safety Training Video

General Discussion / Green Valley Line (Old Time Radio Show)
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:09:53 PM »
The Green Valley Line is "the story of a back-country railroad in the early years of the 20th Century". Not much is known about the people or history of the Green Valley Line old time radio show. There's a real live quality to the show, since there's misreading of dialogue, and skewed inflections, but that's a great deal of the charm with this rarely-heard local show. It has simple, direct dialogue and almost no sound effects except for the great sounds of the trains and some random railroad office sounds such as typewriters and such.

Interesting.  Go to site to read the rest of the preamble.  There 26 chapters, downloadable.

Museum Discussion / Vulcan 0-4-0T Work
« on: April 11, 2016, 11:46:24 AM »
These are videos that I found interesting.  I regret in life that I never learned to be a machinist.  I have had many machinists working for me, but never learned it myself.

The first two videos are making a new main rod bearing wedge for a Vulcan engine.  The third video is making of a new bolt for the bearing wedge.  The fourth video is the making of new copper gaskets for cylinder head.   The fifth video is "home" brass casting.  This individual has a series of videos of interest, check them out..

YouTube Videos:

Museum Discussion / 2 Ft. Railroad For Sale in Indiana
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:10:42 AM »

Museum Discussion / Plastic Railroad Ties
« on: March 23, 2014, 02:26:59 PM »
Plastic (actually composite) ties should be given some thought when replacing road crossing ties (or new crossings Rt. 218 and/or Cross Road).  They don't rot, don't split or crack, can be use like any other tie and come in lengths up to 32 feet.  Available from mainline to mining sizes.  The big thing is never having to replace them, thus the added cost can be justified.  Below are a couple of sites with composite ties and other building material.  A Google search will produce more info.  Even sold on

A pdf file discussing development of plastic ties:

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Buster Keaton
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:20:48 AM »
While coming off of my chemo treatment, I had time to watch the original "The General" movie with Buster Keaton as the star on NetFlix.  One of the last movies that he made was going coast to coast in Canada and back on a speeder.  You'll have to search for it.  I think its on YouTube.

The original version of The General didn't use fancy replica engines.  It looks like they grabbed whatever and just added funnel stacks (still good).  By the way Buster was a big railfan.

General Discussion / Rust Removal using Electrolysis
« on: November 10, 2013, 10:35:59 AM »
I thought that I would pass this along.  Rust removal can be a big problem for anyone restoring cast iron items.  The first video details the process and the second video shows that the size of the project is only limited by the size of the tank used.  The other videos are examples.

Really big tank.

Museum Discussion / Dry Pipe Failures
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:00:12 AM »
This link is for a PDF file from New Zealand addressing recent dry pipe failures and priming problems.  Very interesting.  My take away was using a small USB camera, with LED lights, to inspect the internals of dry pipes and could be used for other pipes.  Mount camera on something like an electricians fish tape and run down through the throttle valve for inspection.

General Discussion / Steam Powered Box Factory
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:48:55 PM »
Interesting video taken at an 1897 box factory.

General Discussion / Wasatch Railroad Contractor
« on: May 19, 2013, 08:39:07 AM »
The Wasatch Railroad Contractors has a good series of YouTube videos on railroad locomotive boilers.  They build new boilers (ASME S Stamp ), repair boilers and can supply boiler parts.  The videos are very interesting and informative.  They also have volunteer weekends (Ira) and open houses.  The link below is for their #1 video and from there you can link to the whole series.

US Two Footers / New 2 Footer in Upstate NY?
« on: May 09, 2013, 09:02:51 AM »
Utica Chenango and Susquehanna Valley LLC is a group building a test track to check out building 2 foot tourist railroad. Their link is below:

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / End of Line
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:05:30 PM »
This a Canadian film about the end of steam in Canada.

Work and Events / Kubota Excavator - Official Work Thread
« on: March 20, 2013, 07:32:27 AM »
My friends and I were discussing blacksmith tools at an auction yesterday and they said this sale has them plus a forge.  Then the conversion turned to the Case steam engines and shop tools.  Amos Zimmerman (owner) has tons of stuff not listed in the listing.  I suggest that everyone should take a look at the auction listing and the photo gallery.  Easy to get to from I-81.  The photos will enlarge. The backhoe looks interesting for our use.  

  Auction list:

  Photo gallery:

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