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Messages - John Scott

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Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville 75th anniversary
« on: April 29, 2022, 04:06:04 AM »
I started to learn about the Maine two-footers in the 1960s, when I read Linwood W Moody's excellent book. That led me to make the trek to Edaville, in 1972. There I rode the old mainline in Rangeley behind Monson #3.

All I am saying, really, is that Edaville was truly seminal when it came to the preservation of the Maine narrow gauge lines and Ellis D Atwood should always be honoured for the part he played. Moody, too.

Fifty years later, I see the collection at Sheepscot steadily growing and it gladdens my heart. It means that the next generation understands and it remains committed. These are more than just railroads, these are community connections from a simpler time.

Everyone involved with keeping these connections should enjoy a well-earned sense of accomplishment.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2022 Work Reports
« on: March 13, 2022, 07:14:49 PM »
Agree, assisting a project that is both engaging and of lasting value, that fits well with the environment, in company with like-minded people, is the attraction for all of us.

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Volunteers / Re: February 2022 Work Reports
« on: February 19, 2022, 11:01:19 PM »
True Maine backwoodspeople!

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Museum Discussion / Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
« on: October 02, 2021, 02:14:29 AM »
A truly captivating movie that demonstrates that it is the people who matter most.

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Work and Events / Re: Wheel Progress was made today at the WW&F...
« on: August 14, 2021, 10:12:08 PM »
These wheelshop photos are very interesting and greatly appreciated. Wheel work is of high importance on any railway. When I worked for a reasonably large integrated railway, rolling stock maintenance accounted for about 30% of outgoings and wheel work for about 30% of that.

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Work and Events / Re: Wheel Progress was made today at the WW&F...
« on: July 07, 2021, 08:43:48 AM »
Great photo-essay, thank you.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 01, 2021, 11:25:04 PM »
Thanks, Mike, for the video and photographs. Together, they give a very good idea of the experience. Riding a narrow gauge train through the woods in Spring is pretty good. The propelled ascent of the mountain was spectacular. I would have attended the AGM, except that its commencement would have been at 4am Sunday, here in Melbourne. Through your efforts, many have been able to enjoy the occasion.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 15, 2021, 08:08:20 AM »
Is it planned to have a drop pit? If so, that should not be in the through road as through movements would then be obstructed. A drop pit should connect two parallel roads so that a wheel set can be passed from one to the other, via a connecting pit.

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Hopeless, as described above, on all my quite new Apple devices (desktop, phone and MacBook Pro) but just lovely on my old series II iPad which is running iOS 9.3.6 and which cannot be updated. It must be an Apple incompatibility issue.

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Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 21, 2021, 08:21:45 AM »
Very impressive to see what can be conveyed in a 24 inch box car!

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 16, 2021, 10:16:50 PM »
Gordon has explained matters correctly, where fitted bolts are concerned

Tapered dowels are used for the accurate relative location of mating parts which are separated clamped together by bolting. There is a separation of functions. Effectively, a fitted bolt combines the functions of location and securement.

Locomotive frames are subject to great fluctuating stresses and, accordingly, they have a tendency to crack. In general, susceptibility to cracking may be associated with welded construction. My main purpose in raising the subject of frame bolting was to ensure that there would be no danger of frame cracking from welding.

During a locomotive restoration project, now many years ago, I had the experience of partly dismantling bolted bar frames and the efficacy of the fitted bolts impressed me greatly. The bolts were tough to remove but, have no fear, they were eventually carefully replaced as the project proceeded to a successful conclusion.

In general, welding can be very successful for a multitude of applications but a necessity for post-weld heat treatment can reduce the practicability of that approach.

It is good to know that everything is well thought out and under control - as usual at the WW&F.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 16, 2021, 08:51:11 AM »
Those frames would have been originally put together using bolts that were individually turned to size and driven into reamed holes before being finally tightened. The result is very secure.

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Head Tide Wreck of 1905-09-12
« on: January 16, 2021, 08:48:57 AM »
Without really knowing the preferences of Conservancy, I just wondered whether a leap back to historic origins might actually appeal.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2021, 08:26:46 AM »
I wonder whether the use of fitted bolts is intended for the assembly of the frames (rather than welding)?

JBS

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Head Tide Wreck of 1905-09-12
« on: January 15, 2021, 07:57:41 AM »
In the third post of this thread, Mike Fox drew attention to the former name of Trout Brook - Carleton Brook (according to the spelling shown on the postcard).

I remember some recent discussion about the name to be given to the (temporary) northern terminus that is being created at Route 218. It will be the destination, for some time. According to my knowledge, a final decision has yet to be made.

I wonder whether consideration has been given to naming the terminus "Carleton"?

JBS

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