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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: September 16, 2021, 01:32:19 AM »

Check your SPAM file. I have sent you some PMs and have not heard from you.

Looked in our SPAM file and found dozen+ that should have gone through. With
no idea why they went to SPAM


Volunteers / Re: September 2021 Work Reports
« on: September 06, 2021, 01:49:48 AM »
Mower does have a cup holder  ;D

Volunteers / Re: August 2021 Work Reports
« on: August 15, 2021, 12:29:27 AM »
Will the planks be added as they were in the pic of the B&S location?

To be clear the wheel support radius would have to be changed if it were
to be put back at original location & TT length?

As long as there is room where it is going and locos fit all is good. :-)

A prophecy of containerized freight?  ;) Just a century too soon?

>In point of fact, however, it is suggested that, this difficulty may be readily overcome.  “At the meeting of two roads of different gauges, side tracks can be brought parallel with each other under a simple gallows-frame crane, which, by a single movement, not necessarily occupying more than two minutes of time, may transfer two car bodies, each sixteen feet long, from the narrow gauge trucks to a platform car, thirty-two feet long of the common gauge.  Two bodies carrying five tons each will be only a full load for one strong platform car of the ordinary dimensions, and they and their contents may be transported over the trunk road upon such a car with every usual guaranty of safety and despatch.<

Museum Discussion / Re: 2 foot in Australia
« on: July 18, 2021, 02:07:22 AM »
Though the program is titled Trains Across Australia - it is not much about trains.

Mike Portillo did walk in cane field , took the throttle on a 2' engine, and visited
Tully Sugar plant- I think he spent more time in a bar singing Waltzing Matilda. {^¿^}

It is a travelog program not a train program - so unless you want to just see Australia landscape......

Museum Discussion / 2 foot in Australia
« on: July 13, 2021, 02:10:12 AM »
Have not had a chance to watch yet but
Great Australian Railway Journeys (Kuranda to Townsville)
on PBS did a section on 2 foot Sugar Cane RR.

Don't know if it was national but will rebroadcast Saturday at 3PM local time in the
Minneapolis/St Paul area.

The little I saw he was in the cane field then took a cab ride. Will watch and report.

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 10, 2021, 01:32:49 AM »

I would recommend Semi - Transparent Stain rather than paint. If there
is any moisture in the wood it will push the paint off the surface.

People had/have that problem with decks when I worked in the hardware store. Also make sure all 6 sides
get coated, as they will be in an environment that is not entirely dry.

Looking good.



It is a shame some many expressions get dis-used or pass into history.
It is what makes conversation interesting - besides it makes the younger generation
wonder what we are talking about. Turn-about is fair play.  :D

Few stories

Many years ago my parents were on a bus tour in Denmark - one couple from Brazil & one couple from Argentina
had to speak English to understand each other. (Portuguese & Spanish - though probably not the same as the "old Country")

An attendant in a Norwegian train station spoke perfect english - with a London accent. (not BBC accent)

Another Norwegian in a shop in Stavanger spoke English with a Texas accent because he worked on North Sea drill rigs.

While parting and waiting to board a train (in Sweden) my cousin turned to help a young lady with a carriage - he spoke
to her in English because he had been talking to us (in English)- she replied in English. 2 Swedes speaking English in Sweden.
I thought that was humorous.  ;D


Like France, and I have heard Germany, people in northern US have trouble understanding
people in southern US , vice versa,- and sometimes in-between. Though television has blurred the line of regionalisms,
accents and dialect.

Not many years ago people from a Swedish university came to Northern Minnesota to study Swedish (& Norwegian)
of 150 years ago because the language did not change here but did in Sweden. When we visited a cousin in Sweden
in 94 he said my father spoke pretty good 70 year old Swedish. Dad learned Swedish that long ago.

Many years ago there was what was called a "Bell Goat" or "Judas Goat". It was trained to lead sheep off railcars at the
slaughter house. Don't think that is what you had in mind.

BTW it took me 3 1/2 years to get through 2 years of Spanish (not sure learn is correct).

Volunteers / Re: June 2021 Work reports
« on: June 15, 2021, 01:49:10 AM »
I think you will find that the number of Brand Names the that have become Nouns
will fill pages.

aspirin is another story, and in Britain Hoover became a verb.(and a noun?)

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 12, 2021, 02:42:55 AM »
If you want to go back further than Bernz-O-Matic it was Prest-O-Lite,
(Acetylene air torches) Sold quite a few tanks to plumbers in the 70s
before they started moving to 20# propane tanks.

Before plumbing it was used for auto head lights and may have been used
on #9's early headlight- looking at early photos when it was #5. Just speculating.

When scraping out a bunch of iron awhile back we used Propane-Oxy because it was
a lot cheaper than Acetylene.

Looks good Mike

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 05, 2021, 03:03:42 AM »
Mike the Choochoo Nix

That is true if the meter is on the side of your house.
At our farm (McLoud Co-op - Carver County  - MN) the meter is on the pole (also a disconnect switch)
in the middle of the yard. Everything from there to the different buildings is our responsibility.

As i see it the meters are in the Electrical Building so everything from there is the Museum's

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 04, 2021, 02:52:11 AM »
Electrical Cables may emit EMF but water & drain lines not so much.
Unless there is a tracer wire like Natural Gas lines.

We (about 15 households) lost phone & computer for a long weekend because
the Tracer mis marked the location by 8 feet.

Plus if you want to dig you have to wait till the Tracer gets there & after the electrical building (power pole)
all lines belong to the property owner so it is not a free service. You don't have to ask how I know.

I know Mike is a busy man, much in demand, but maybe a young person could be delegated? That is a young person
is anyone younger than Fred or myself.

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