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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 23, 2022, 01:04:37 PM »
Interesting observation Dante.  I know from speaking directly with the Catawissa owners that the syrup they use to make their Moxie has the same ingredients and proportions that was used back in 1923. (year of the bottling agreement)  If your claim of a different taste from Orca is true, and I have no reason to doubt you, then someone is "cheating" on the formula.  Now as far as $30/case for Catawissa Moxie, that is actually very reasonable considering the cost of transportation these days.  Since cheap Diesel is now over $6.25/gal here in PA, I would not be surprised that prices will be going up again.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 22, 2022, 07:13:17 PM »
Actually, I am relieved that Orca is making Moxie the right way.  Looks like I'm no longer needed to bootleg Moxie from PA.  Good thing - Those Revenuers are getting faster and faster cars and it's only a matter of time before they catch up to my hot rod truck.   :o ::) ;D 

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Joint Bar Spacing
« on: November 22, 2022, 10:07:54 AM »
I believe that part of the reason for having staggered joints on curves is because the physical roadbed upon which we run is in far better condition than it ever was during actual operations.  With all the drainage, compaction, road cloth, and ballast that we have added over the years has really stabilized the ground versus pumping mud and cinders.

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: OMG! You can get Moxie in PA......
« on: November 22, 2022, 10:02:15 AM »
I am pleased to hear that Orca is bottling Moxie with Cane Sugar.  That now makes two bottlers for Moxie (Orca and Catawissa) that do it right.  Let's keep supporting those local bottlers.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2022, 08:34:19 PM »
Grates are all there and in good shape.  will need a new ashpan but it's a simple sheetmetal tray.  I made one in metal shop when I was in Jr. High that probably would fit it.  Will also need a new mid wrapper, the existing one is thin sheetmetal but will make a great template.  The important cast iron guts are in great condition.  I will let the powers to be decide who and when patterns and molds get done.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 11, 2022, 03:33:48 PM »
HOT WIRE ALERT:  Coach 9 gets Heat.

Coach 9 will be getting its own heating system in the near future.  The WW&F is now the proud owner of a #16 car heater courtesy of John Kokas catching a chance ad in Facebook Marketplace.  The unit was sitting in the former owner's basement since the 1950s and was claimed to have been owned previously by a shop employee of the Reading Railroad for over 30 years.  The unit is in remarkable condition and has been disassembled for transport to Maine.  Hopefully we will take the time to make molds/patterns of the various pieces in order to produce similar heaters for other cars in the fleet in the future.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2022 Work Reports
« on: October 26, 2022, 06:12:44 PM »
Was it ever decided whether or not to install guard rails on the Trout Brook bridge?

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 24, 2022, 01:45:01 PM »
Ron,

Are these parts being cast at Cattail Foundry?

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 23, 2022, 02:36:49 PM »
New Holland is the spinoff company from Ford Tractor, which became Ford New Holland, which became just New Holland.  Company is based in, (you guessed it), New Holland, Pennsylvania which is about 20 miles northeast of Lancaster.  Great little town and a nice place to live.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2022 Work Reports
« on: October 23, 2022, 02:31:29 PM »
I just love the beard and bowler hat combo on Dan - vintage 1900  ;)

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: New WW&F Event
« on: September 27, 2022, 08:51:43 AM »
You could always get a couple of chairs and bolt them down to a flat.  Cleaning on the fly and fits all the Covid protocols. ;D

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Volunteers / Re: September 2022 Work Reports
« on: September 27, 2022, 08:47:58 AM »
When my kids were little, we took them over to a local NJ shortline which had a Christmas Tree mixed train.  What a hit that was with my kids, they still talk about it 30+ years later.  The key to the operation is how well one handles the trees.  We already have the flats, will need a tractor with forks, or some type of loading dock to transfer from wagon to flat as well as another setup for getting trees off the flats and to peoples cars.  In the case of my NJ experience, extra manpower was provided by the local Boy Scout Troop in exchange for a donation to the troop.

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Volunteers / Re: September 2022 Work Reports
« on: September 26, 2022, 01:41:49 PM »
Only thing we're missing for "the season" is a Christmas Tree Farm with a station stop.  Is that something we can do with the surplus acreage we have?  I know seedlings are available from Department of the Interior for next to nothing.

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General Discussion / Re: Unfinished Railroads
« on: September 22, 2022, 12:25:32 PM »
It should be noted that using Google Earth one can still find and follow the never used ROW all the way to the junction with the old MEC Belfast branch and into Burnham.

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Nice little ditty, Ed  :D

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