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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend 2023 - Official Work thread
« on: September 12, 2023, 06:08:57 PM »
John, there are a bunch of castings in progress at Cattail.  We don't know the status, since we lost Wayne as our main interface.  Would you be willing to check and see if they have any finished that could be brought up to Maine?

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 28, 2023, 12:12:31 PM »
Kevin, sorry it is not possible to re-cut tempered safety glass.  We appreciate the offer.

Work and Events / Re: Northwest parking lot
« on: April 15, 2023, 03:07:05 PM »
All I can say is WOW!  That's a lot of new flat area.

Volunteers / Re: January 2023 Work Reports
« on: January 13, 2023, 07:52:19 PM »
Journal boxes and other castings are mostly for Loco #11.?

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 06, 2022, 08:05:27 PM »
Wow, those are beautiful!

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 06, 2022, 06:38:45 PM »
Ron, the photos in your last two posts aren't visible. 

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 24, 2022, 05:02:41 PM »
Ron, post a picture of the transom door hinge you just made, next to the original. 

All of the brass parts are practically jewelry, and will really add to the authenticity of the new coach. 

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 14, 2021, 04:35:54 PM »
With new press brake attachment!

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 28, 2021, 01:51:40 PM »
It was quite a bit of work to make the flooring.  Over about three weeks, visiting about 6 different Lowes and Home Depots, picking through the 2x10x8, 2x12x8, and 2x10x16 stacks, I selected only boards that were perfectly clear.  I needed about 70 eight foot equivalent lengths.  I got really good at sorting through and restacking the bunks of wood.   

After that, all were cut down the middle, jointed one face, and planed to 7/8" thick (turning 5/8" into chips).  Sometimes they needed re-jointing as they warped after planing, during the process.   Then joint one edge, cut to final width, and finally tongue and groove every one.    I made sure for the last planing pass, that every board went through without touching the planer setting so that the thickness were all the same. Oh, and then I cut off about 16" of each board, since we only needed 78" lengths.

All that because no-one makes 7/8" thick T&G yellow pine.  It is all a 32nd under 3/4".   

We did get a quote from a custom milling shop for this and it was around $5k.  I think it was about $1200 for my raw material.  So the quote was probably very reasonable, considering the effort it takes. 

The generator fix wasn't as simple as it sounds.  The engine is a 3 cyl Italian made VM Motori diesel engine.  Its model number plate didn't correspond with any known version.  We found a British parts supplier for VM diesels and they helped us determine the correct water pump.  Then, of course we had to import it from England. 

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: January 27, 2021, 01:55:03 PM »
Ted, see the first post in this thread, by Wayne

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2021, 07:30:03 PM »
They did a 45 deg cut, then two passes at 22.5 degrees on the table saw.  Followed up with jack plane to bring down the peaks.  Finally, sanding with a form at the correct radius. 

ETA:  That clear douglas fir makes some real pretty corner posts. 

Museum Discussion / Re: NG Freight Car Construction - Tech Question
« on: July 26, 2020, 07:06:54 PM »
Tom, it isn't a simple answer.  A good example is that on the recently restored tank car. Titled: "B&SR Tank 14 - Official Restoration Thread."  If you go through that thread there are some good pictures that should show what you want.  Also look for previous threads about flat car restoration.  There have been a couple. 

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 24, 2020, 06:05:35 PM »
The sills were special order clear douglas fir from Viking lumber.  They had the wood shipped from the west coast, then milled at their location.

Volunteers / Re: 2019 Volunteer Hours
« on: July 07, 2020, 09:32:12 AM »

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