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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Work and Events / Re: Boxcar 56 for Hobo Service
« on: May 06, 2024, 02:42:56 PM »
Planning down used 3/4 inch boards would also work, just run over them with a metal detector first to make sure that no metal was missed. That would also give a new appearance to them, crates would have been usually new unless one was being reused.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 07, 2023, 04:38:35 PM »
Yes you can polish brass with a wheel. However you must use a light touch and watch that you don’t round the corners. I used to polish much softer aluminum at a job that I had years ago.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Historic Photos
« on: March 11, 2023, 09:57:52 AM »
Definitely ties, in the last photo you can see that they rebuilt a stretch of track. Looks like it was a major derailment, big enough to make the news. Some research would be in order, wish that I lived closer.

M. Nix.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: February 19, 2023, 08:06:18 AM »
Nice work Stewart, cutting every shingle on the last three layers. Wow!
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2023, 09:58:07 AM »
Having the frame together will be a major milestone as everyone will be able to see something other than a collection of parts. We will be able to see how big the locomotive will be. I’m looking forward to watching as parts large and small are added to the frame. Making parts is important but watching it grow as parts are added will be fun.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 53 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 05, 2022, 12:23:57 PM »
Is the motor to be used from the locomotive going to be getting a full overhaul before it is installed. I would think we want every part of the loco refurbished to tolerances that will insure trouble free service. I know this a big project and will take time and money but we may as well get a trouble free product. I'm not saying you won't do a good job, I think a total tear down and inspection of everything is a must.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 53 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2022, 06:19:51 PM »
Ah! Outside frame trucks, can be narrowed easier than conventional ones I would think.

Museum Discussion / Re: Steam and Sleighs makes The Bangor Daily News
« on: February 15, 2022, 09:33:32 AM »
Back in the day they recorded when trains were late and bad weather conditions but the little details about what it was like and the difficulties of operating in the adverse weather conditions were often not well recorded.  By running public trains in the winter you have added to the historical record more details of what winter running in bad weather was like. Truly bringing history to life!
M. Nix

The modern reefers shown in the photo have satellite heating and cooling controls.
After thirty years of babysitting those same reefers on semi trucks I can tell you they need that satellite link because those units can go down at any time without warning. Mostly it's just small things like relays and solenoid valves but they are still not cooling or heating.
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: January 2022 Work Report
« on: January 01, 2022, 08:22:54 PM »
Considering the challenges of the past year I think what the Sheepscot crew has been able to accomplish is fantastic!
M. Nix

Museum Discussion / Re: Signage at Trout Brook and Elsewhere
« on: September 29, 2021, 06:04:53 AM »
So what is a sign? Is a sign on a building saying "restrooms" a sign? Are our station names signs? Is a sign saying "property of WW&F, No Tresspassing" a sign ? Now we must stay on good terms with the town, but getting an ok that an information sign, of a certain maximum size, that is  set back a certain distance from public right of way is not considered a sign under the ordinance, might be a plan. Think outside the box.
M. Nix

Very very nice, some of the photos would make great postcards!
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 05, 2021, 08:09:49 AM »
Wouldn't blue flags be the most appropriate anyway? The car should not be moved until the ice cream serving is done and the power cord is disconnected right?

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