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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 02, 2024, 01:17:15 PM »
The notations are the result of x-ray inspection of the castings to insure there were no areas that were porous or otherwise weak.
The issues found were small and not in critical stress areas and the castings passed all the tests that we required for acceptance. We don't think the sand inclusions will affect any machined areas of the parts.
We're really pleased with the quality and response of this foundry, located in Springfield, MA.

Thanks Gordon!


Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 01, 2024, 07:54:22 AM »
I’m curious, on the castings I see several notations of “sand inclusions.”
Will this affect machining?


I think Dan had his Wheaties that morning!


General Discussion / Re: Swiss lake steamer operations
« on: June 21, 2023, 06:28:41 AM »
It had a huge walking beam - I remember that, Though I remember most of the boats
had Walking Beams.

Glad Midsommar
If it had a walking beam it was “The Robert Fulton.”  The Hamilton was not a walking beam boat.


General Discussion / Re: Swiss lake steamer operations
« on: June 20, 2023, 07:44:39 AM »
        Your class trip would have been aboard the Hudson River Day Line's side wheel steam boat Alexander Hamilton.
Ted, in 1953 it could also have been the Robert Fulton as that wasn’t taken out of service until 1954.

General Discussion / Re: 7.5 in scale live steamer for sale (B&SR #7)
« on: April 22, 2023, 04:31:12 AM »
Ed, the Disney story is not true. In fact Walt Disney’s backyard railroad was 7 - 1/4” gauge which was the standard for 1-1/2” scale.
The 7 - 1/2” gauge issue happened in the Chicago area. There was a 7 - 1/4” gauge railroad at a private home in Michigan. A Chicago area banker visited the line and was impressed with the size and heft of 1 - 1/2” = 1’ scale. He decided to build a locomotive of that size and he wrote to the owner of the Michigan line asking about the track gauge. Unfortunately the owner of the Michigan line, who was also a tinplate toy train operator mis-measured the gauge. In the tinplate world where they use tubular rails, they measured the gauge from the center of the rail head to the center of the rail head. This Lionel Std. Gauge tracks that are 2 - 1/8” gauge, were advertised as 2 - 1/4” gauge! So the Michigan owner measured to the center of the rails and came up with 7 - 1/2 inches! The fellow in Chicago built a beautiful Hudson type loco and other live steamers in the Chicago area built to 7 - 1/2” gauge so they could run on the bankers track. His line became famous and when the folks in California started to build to the larger scale….they wrote to the chap in Chicago for details. And that was the beginning of the issue.
Keith Taylor (former East Coast Secretary of the International Brotherhood of Live Steamers)

General Discussion / Re: 7.5 in scale live steamer for sale (B&SR #7)
« on: April 21, 2023, 01:15:16 PM »
Wider tires!
I don’t think wider tires would make the gauge narrower! :)

Its the back to back that would be a problem between the gauges.

Tom C.
Tom….yes that is true. There are several tracks that accommodate both 7 - 1/4” and 7 - 1/2” gauge equipment. The issue I was trying to point out is that if someone here in the Northeast wants to buy a 7 - 1/2” gauge locomotive, they will not be able to run at any of the local tracks.

General Discussion / Re: 7.5 in scale live steamer for sale (B&SR #7)
« on: April 21, 2023, 11:53:17 AM »
Wider tires!
I don’t think wider tires would make the gauge narrower! :)

General Discussion / Re: 7.5 in scale live steamer for sale (B&SR #7)
« on: April 21, 2023, 10:48:18 AM »
Remember that a 7 - 1/2” gauge locomotive would not fit any of the tracks here in New England.
In all of New England, New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania….the tracks are 7 - 1/4” gauge. This is true also of Eastern Canada and virtually all of the rest of the world. It is only in the southern U.S. Mid-West and Western U.S. where the tracks are gauged at 7 - 1/2”.
If any member is thinking about this locomotive and hopes to run it on the many club or private tracks here in the Northeast….it won’t fit the tracks.


General Discussion / Re: "On the cab"
« on: February 19, 2023, 01:05:46 PM »
Wayne, back when I started on the railroad (longer ago than I care to think about!) there were still quite a few engineers around that had started in the steam days. In particular I had many conversations with the late Charlie Strunk. In his later years Charlie had been the senior engineer for the High Iron Company and their many excursions in the New Jersey, and Pennsylvania region. I never heard Charlie use that term…but I know he spent plenty of time with his butt on the cab window sill. Charlie ran the last trips on the CNJ with center cab locomotive 774.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: January 02, 2023, 09:57:54 AM »
A piece of 2x4 works great, especially if the wheel bites into the wood.
On the Lehigh Valley RR we used a chain on either side of a wheel to secure equipment.
All around the service tracks at the round house you would find chains laying on the ground to be used as wheel chocks. They lasted a lot longer than 2 x4’s!

Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: December 29, 2022, 04:17:18 PM »
i think flame throwers would be more fun….

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 13, 2022, 10:41:39 AM »
So, no nut on the other end?

Jeff S.
Jeff. are you referring to a hex nut on the bolt? Then yes they will have retaining nuts. If you are referring to the nut holding the wrench..then a big yes to that too!

Museum Discussion / Re: HOn30 Kit of SR&RL 6 (WW&F 9)
« on: November 08, 2022, 09:27:39 AM »
Don't miss the "About us" page, here:  8)
Kenji and his friend Koji stayed with us when they visited the WW&F several years ago. They were here from Japan to attend the Narrow Gauge Convention in Rhode Island.


Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 06, 2022, 07:25:08 PM »
Ron, the photos in your last two posts aren't visible.
I see them on my iPad.

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