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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Water tanks on the WW&F
« on: May 27, 2019, 09:15:45 AM »
Gary, this was to fill the wayside water tank. The era I was talking about would have been the 30's-40's (RF&P, not WW&F). I think a stationary steam engine may have been used to power the pump during earlier times. I was wondering if the WW&F had to use similar arrangements or if they located the tanks where gravity
could do the job.

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I found this video of the Kaiser's little trains during WW1. The German 60cm steam locos are homely enough to be cute while it appears that the gas powered jobs have an open topped cooling system!
The destruction that is seen during the film is a stark reminder of the brutality of that war.

https://youtu.be/V0N5sr-CAw4

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Water tanks on the WW&F
« on: May 26, 2019, 09:38:03 PM »
Am I right in assuming that all these water tanks had to have some sort of heat for the winter? And as far as filling these tanks, did any of them have to have a pump? I remember a fellow I worked with, many years ago, who's father was pump tender at Milford on the RF&P. I think he said they used a gasoline engine to power the pump.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 11, 2019, 01:37:57 AM »
I thoroughly enjoy being part of the track gang. I don't possess many marketable skills, but being able to offer up a little (very little) muscle effort to further the cause is quite satisfying. This Spring session was a particularly beautiful experience. Though the weather was iffy, having two Forneys shuttling stone to us was pure two foot immersion! As Joe said, what has been accomplished by the WW&F is absolutely amazing. The Maine woods is a wonderful place to grow a railroad!
Thank you, Dana and Joe, for all of your expertise in keeping the efforts of the troops focused.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:57:04 AM »
Alain, we were actually quite fortunate. What rain we had was not much more than a drizzle. One real positive effect was the dramatic steam displays from the engines!

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:57:32 PM »
Monson #3 looking work ready.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:54:40 PM »
#9 does a great Kennebec Central imitation.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:49:20 PM »
#3 gives her level best on 3%.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:46:36 PM »
#9 gives us the run-around at Top of the Mountain.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:43:46 PM »
Dispatcher Ed sorts things out.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:41:31 PM »
Brakeman Dan at his post.

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:16:06 PM »
A happy crew

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Work and Events / Re: Spring Work Weekend 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:14:24 PM »
That's a beautiful photo album of the Spring Work Weekend! Thanks Brandon Barry!
I took a few moist shots from Saturday.
It was certainly a great time, as always!
Many thanks to all the great folks who spent so much time and effort preparing every last detail.

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I have a thought! (First one this year)
In view of the failed bypass proposal, I can see a narrow gauge park-'n-ride revenue producer just waiting to be harvested or jumped on or slaughtered!
A parking lot and auto-train loading facility could be constructed at the 218 crossing, with a similar setup on the east side of the Sheepscot at the route 1 crossing.
Daily departures from either end could whisk trainloads of impatient auto folks around that pesky highway bridge!
We could avoid the common carrier complications by pointing out that such service on a two footer is quite uncommon!
In keeping with "Precission Railroading", which is all the rage these days, I think distributed power is the way to go, sprinkling Henschels and tiny Baldwins throughout the train. Throttle commands would be transmitted via state-of-the-art bell cord, or chord, if multiple bells are employed.

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Thanks John! looks like some very interesting reading!

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