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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 15, 2021, 10:47:23 AM »
I remember there was discussion at one point of having a blacksmith shop either inside or attached to the roundhouse. Is this still part of the plan, or will the forge remain outdoors?

It looks fine on my MacBook Pro laptop using either Firefox or Safari (I tried both).

US Two Footers / Re: C&NW 2 foot gauge
« on: February 21, 2021, 05:51:35 PM »
Exactly, it's supposed to have worked at a C&NW-owned tie treatment plant in Riverton, WY.

Museum Discussion / Re: "Top of (the) Mountain" to ya!
« on: January 26, 2021, 12:10:07 AM »
Which is more historically correct? Linwood Moody used the definite article and called it Top of the Mountain (with "the mountain" being the grade to the north), but what other sources are there? The name never appeared on the original railroad's timetable because it was never a station (until now), and Moody isn't always reliable, but I would be inclined to follow his usage nonetheless.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Location of B&SR excursion train
« on: January 23, 2021, 03:36:28 PM »
Could it be the Pine Creek RR in New Jersey? The Shay looks like Ely-Thomas Lumber Co. No. 6 which has been at Pine Creek since the 1960s and was formerly owned by Edgar T. Mead (who was a prominent fan of Maine narrow gauge in general and the B&SR in particular).

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: January 20, 2021, 10:48:08 PM »
What about the trackage in the Guinness brewery in Dublin?

I believe the Guinness brewery railway was 22 inch gauge. Is that close enough to count?

Monson Railroad / Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
« on: January 07, 2021, 02:30:29 PM »
Very interesting. "Pending" implies a sale is already in the works, so we will have to wait and see what happens.

My first visit to Monson Junction was on a family vacation in the 1980s, almost 35 years ago (!), and the building was probably unsafe to enter even then. I remember my dad poked his head inside (after asking my brother Steve and me to stay where we were) and found BAR waybills from the 1960s scattered around, so the station was still in use well after 1944.

US Two Footers / Re: 1880s and 1890s 2 foot gauge porter question
« on: December 28, 2020, 06:58:36 PM »
But did they built the 2 foot gauge porters with the 1880s and 1890s design like the photos I posted?

Do you mean with a closed wooden cab as opposed to an open steel cab? Both types were standard Porter options, so I'm sure they did.

US Two Footers / Re: 1880s and 1890s 2 foot gauge porter question
« on: December 26, 2020, 01:27:23 AM »
I have a question, did h.k. porter built any 2 foot gauge steam locomotives with the 1880s to 1890s design like they did for the 3 foot and 2'6 gauge?
Like these photos for example?

Yes, Porter was definitely building two-foot gauge engines in the 1880s-1890s. Wiscasset & Quebec No. 1 was a Porter 0-4-4T built in 1883 as Sandy River No. 3, to cite one prominent example. However, the only surviving classic 1880s-1890s Porter 0-4-0T saddletank engine in two-foot gauge I know of is Merced Gold Mining No. 1 (Porter C/N 1896, built 1898) in Coulterville, California:

The old Porter catalogs show they built engines in gauges from 18 inches up, and the several surviving 20-inch gauge Porters from the Arizona Copper Co./Coronado Railroad are well known, for example and

I understand the complete Porter construction list was published a few years ago by Kalmbach. I don't have a copy myself, but the data are available.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Porter Replica No.7 Ginger
« on: December 23, 2020, 10:30:08 PM »
40 million yen is about $386,000 at today's conversion rate.

Which sounds roughly equivalent to the £300,000 price tag I remember seeing advertised maybe 7 or 8 years ago for a new-build replica two-foot gauge Hunslet 0-4-0T, I believe by some associates of the Statfold Barn Railway in the UK. (I've always wondered how many they actually sold, if any.)

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 30, 2020, 12:46:27 AM »
I recall reading the SR&RL had a customer in Strong who raised beef cattle. There was a livestock ramp or chute for loading and unloading stock cars in Strong, but I've never seen any mention of a corresponding one in Farmington so I imagine the animals were just led directly between SG and NG stock cars on the transfer tracks.

Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: October 11, 2020, 02:37:20 PM »
I'm in Granby, CT now, which is pretty close to Chicopee. PM sent.

Volunteers / Re: July 2020 Work Reports
« on: July 10, 2020, 07:38:13 PM »
Is the SR&RL Vose railcar still coming?

General Discussion / Re: Keith Rucker-Antique Machinery Blog
« on: July 07, 2020, 10:38:43 PM »
I've been a Fred Dibnah fan since about 7 or 8 years ago when I first heard his named mentioned by a friend from the UK. I felt like I was late  arriving to the party even then, since he was apparently a big deal on British television in the 1990s and early 2000s, hosting multiple programs on industrial history and steam power, and had actually been dead since 2004.

Dibnah was famously from Bolton (near Manchester), a town once famous for its cotton mills, and he spoke with a broad Lancashire accent that was a big part of his persona as a colorful working-class everyman from industrial north of England.

For those not familiar with Dibnah,  a good place to start would be the episode of "Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam" on "the transport revolution", i.e. trains:

A more refined version of the Welsh Pony video first streamed on Facebook has now been posted on YouTube:

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