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Volunteers / Trimber framing, post/beam wood working skills
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:31:49 PM »
I am thinking of coming up to Maine next year to take the Shelter Institute's one week class on post and beam woodworking. I am doing it to learn a new skillset that I don't have and the VA can pay for the tuition. Would these skills be helpful in building cars/buildings at the museum? I would also stop by as well to visit before I left for home.


Two Footers outside of the US / Model T crew car?
« on: November 27, 2017, 05:25:33 PM »

General Discussion / AT&SF manuals
« on: October 03, 2017, 09:45:46 AM »
Hey all,
Is there any need at the museum for a Santa Fe diesel locomotive operations manual from 1968, air brake operating rules book and a time table from 1991? Or if someone would like them? I'll post a pic of them later after work or PM me and I can text the photos to you.


Museum Discussion / Specifications needed
« on: January 25, 2017, 02:51:22 PM »
Hey all,
I need some measurements from some of the equipment in the museum. I'm asking here since I don't know anyone personally at the museum to email. Here is what I need:

Median coupler height off the rail
Maximum axle loading for the entire line (for locomotives)
Maximum width of equipment (locomotive)
3/4 scale coupler dimensions for mounting in a locomotive frame
Minimum clearance for under-chassis

Also, would propane/gasoline fuel (dual fuel) be acceptable for fuel for a locomotive to be used on the line?


Work and Events / What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: January 06, 2017, 11:00:44 AM »
I thought that I could set a few personal goals that involves the museum this year and one is simple; become a lifetime member. The other is much more complex but I have been doing research for the last year as to what/how to accomplish this goal. I will try to start the drawings for W.W.&F. #s 54 & 55. I have been looking at the 1925-1940 era industrial switcher designs and trying to hypothesis what the RR would have done to have built or home-built for a possible transition/mixed use of non-steam locomotives if the RR lasted past 1933. Granted, the use of very common current day engines/drive train would be used to keep running costs down, but the sheet metal body would reflect the era's styling cues and operating routines. I know many might be reluctant to have such locomotives at all, but I see it as an opportunity to do something for the long term life of the RR/museum and keep it inline with a "what if" timeline, as well as providing a locomotive the is as heavy as the steam locomotives to serve as back-up power and use for work trains to save wear and tear on the more valuable locomotives in the collection. Please feel free to ask me anything, I am still drawing up the basics of the specifications. Also, I don't want to step on any toes by posting this, so if it is a bad idea or not welcome please let me know.

General Discussion / Sent package
« on: November 10, 2016, 07:33:32 AM »
I sent out a donation box of some items last week to the museum, could someone let me know if you get the box?


General Discussion / L.I.RR lanters
« on: October 24, 2014, 01:16:47 PM »
Well, since my post vanished when the server crashed, I decided to donate these two lanterns to the museum. I'll be mailing them out soon.

US Two Footers / Bucksgahuda and Western Railroad
« on: December 22, 2013, 12:12:01 AM »

Anyone know about this place?

Museum Discussion / Sheepscot Station Lighting
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:23:45 PM »

What type of bulb is in the green desk fixture?

General Discussion / Looking for a book
« on: September 25, 2012, 08:11:48 PM »
I saw it here before and I think it was in the gift shop at one time. What is the title of the book that covered thr Trench railways of WWI in France? It was first published in French then translated and re-published. I cannot find my info I had on that book. Thanks,

General Discussion / Lumber Mats
« on: February 05, 2012, 09:07:39 AM »
The reason we only got to Albee's crossing was that the lumber people had placed heavy timber MATS over our crossing planks then covered them with a number of inches of gravel which protects the crossing. I'm sure they will be removed as soon as their done lumbering. I wish we could have those 8 by 8 timbers that are bolted together, but I guess they cost quite a lot to build.

Just ask them about those timbers. They just might leave them for the museum.

Museum Discussion / Snowblower!!!
« on: January 10, 2012, 06:26:51 PM »

Check this snowplow/blower!! Off of

Interesting idea. The design might have a use up there?

Museum Discussion / Vintage lightbulbs for the WW&F buildings
« on: October 04, 2011, 05:16:34 PM » I have bought two of these bulbs and they look fantastic in my outdoor fixtures. I thought that they would lend a traditional look with the vitage fixtures that have been installed in the buildings there. site has some more types but a bit more pricey.

General Discussion / Atlas Car and Manufacturing Co.
« on: January 23, 2011, 03:06:10 AM »

I stumbled across a photo of a narrow gauge diesel electric locomotive used here in Hawaii for a sugar plantation and it might have been 24". The caption said it had 2 120hp Cummins engines and the photo showed it rode on the old-style built-up trucks, not cast. Any one have any information on this manufacture outside Wiki?


General Discussion / It's official: I'm retiring
« on: December 08, 2010, 12:55:41 AM »
Well, I got my hard copy disability retirement orders today, I'll be a civilian in March of 2011, just a few weeks shy of 15yrs in the service. Now, where ever I find a job is where I will settle at. Been a long battle for me this last year to get to this point. Whew, I need a beer. or two.

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