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Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Whithin Machine Works
« on: April 07, 2021, 04:27:44 PM »
As they say in the "house for sale" ads, it's a "handyman's special".

Museum Discussion / Revenue producing idea
« on: March 24, 2021, 09:59:51 AM »
The Wilmington & Western Railroad in Delaware offers a pixies & pirates train for the younger ones.  They also had a princess special last year and my Goddaughter's daughter loved it.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 23, 2021, 02:38:45 PM »
Huey, Dewey, Louie

General Discussion / Re: If you've ever wanted a park train
« on: March 21, 2021, 07:49:49 PM »
You would need proper signalling for grade crossings.

General Discussion / If you've ever wanted a park train
« on: March 20, 2021, 04:59:19 PM »
A 114 year-old amusement park in Clementon, NJ is being sold at auction.

From the article " reported that the park has almost 400 items on its inventory, including a 40-person arc swing, a 360-degree loop ride, a ferris wheel and a train system complete with cooled propane engine, rail system and three 18-foot long cars."

I don't know the gauge, but if you've always wanted a park train, here's your opportunity. They don't come up for sale very often.

Volunteers / Re: March Work Reports
« on: March 08, 2021, 11:41:37 AM »
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 9-10 March 2021.

Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway

                   Time Table No.15

Page 6:
                   Magneto Phone Ring Patterns

Dispatcher:                1 long, 1 short
Alna Center Station:   2 longs
Sheepscot Station:     1 long
North End of Track:    3 longs

The Long Rings should be at least 2 seconds long.
The Short Rings should be 1 or 2 cranks of the handle.

Every person on the operational crew should be familiar with the Magneto Phone System.

I can remember our family having a "party line" as a child.  Our ring was 1 long and 2 shorts.  I can remember a nosey neighbor who liked to listen in on other peoples calls.

Work and Events / Re: Rebuilding Fred's tractor
« on: March 08, 2021, 09:39:12 AM »
Your photos make it look so easy, but I know all the work it takes to strip down all the components to get to the clutch and engine block.  My father was an auto mechanic who did side jobs in our garage at night.  I remember the time a neighboring farmer brought in his Farmall for a clutch replacement.  My father welded up a steel dolly from old angle iron with steel wheels to allow the front section to be rolled away from the back section.  Of course, both ends had to have proper blocking. 

Museum Discussion / Re: Public Camping/Overnights at ToM (or elsewhere)
« on: February 07, 2021, 03:40:06 PM »
This one would have been a good fit period-wise, but someone just saved it from the scrap heap.  When these opportunities come up, organizations have to be able to act quickly.

General Discussion / Re: Conway Scenic spends down time clearing trees
« on: February 04, 2021, 08:50:33 PM »
The East Broad Top recently cleared trees around Pogue trestle -first time in 60 years.

Museum Discussion / Re: Public Camping/Overnights at ToM (or elsewhere)
« on: January 31, 2021, 10:37:39 PM »
If there's some sort of road to TOM, you could truck in a standard gauge caboose and outfit it similar to the Castaway Caboose. If there is no road, perhaps it could be moved sans trucks on a flatcar.  Two lengths of rail would be placed at TOM to standard gauge width. It would be stationary like the one on Bald Knob at Cass, WV.  It could produce quite a bit of extra revenue (the Castaway Caboose rates are $330 per night for 1 to 6 people).  The items to be worked out would be water & sewer as well as someone to clean the caboose between occupants.  Saturday occupants could take the scheduled train to the caboose and return on the Sunday train.  Occupants for other nights could perhaps be shuttled by the Model T.  The video link below shows the amenities on a Castaway Caboose.

Museum Discussion / Re: Public Camping/Overnights at ToM (or elsewhere)
« on: January 31, 2021, 01:30:08 PM »
Some day maybe the caboose will park where the camp is, it's nice and level. It's also where the siding is headed. Maybe make a little money from overnight guests as talked about in the past. A little stream running just below the camp and also a swimming hole nearby.

The Durbin & Greenbrier currently has 3 cabooses (cabeese) outfitted as RVs on wheels and is set to bring a restored camp car back as the 4th.  Pre-COVID, The cabooses were booked solid for the year in the first couple weeks of reservations being accepted.  My family and I spent one night in "the Castaway Caboose" back in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The best part for me was being taken from our departure point in our caboose to our own siding by steam.  It's a money maker for the D&GVRR and probably could be for the WW&F.  The Cass Scenic Railway (operated by the D&GVRR) also has a stationary caboose on top of the third highest mountain in WV, Bald Knob.  Instead of being pushed up and pulled down in the caboose, you take the regular daily steam-powered train to Bald knob along with your luggage and transfer to the caboose for your overnight stay.

+That track down the Virginia and Maryland was PRR main line,  Most likely too heavy for us to use.  It would most likely be 100lb PS or heaver.

Sometimes yards and sidings into industries are laid with lower-weight rail.

Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 21, 2021, 10:48:07 AM »
This question may have been asked before, but what will be the stationary steam engines purpose?  Power for sawmill and shingle mill at TOM?

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: January 20, 2021, 03:17:05 PM »
Perhaps we can get a sample of South African track, and some British track to round out the world wide acceptance of 2-footers.

Don't forget German dock railroads.

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: January 14, 2021, 03:31:06 PM »
Anything new on Wilmar?  Maybe he's having trouble locating Sheepscot.

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