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Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: December 03, 2013, 05:55:02 PM »
Thanks for the words of whistle, Hansel.

Having spent my first 20 years in the "Garden State", I can certainly raise no objection to a CNJ sound! I think it is great that operating museums can give us sights and sounds not experienced for generations.

As for #9, I wonder if she carried the whistle she was equipped with on the S.R.&R.L.? Perhaps there was a standard Maine Central noise maker which made it on to it's subsidiary's power.


Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: December 02, 2013, 11:31:42 PM »
Thank you, Wayne.

      The thought would have never entered my cluttered, noisy mind. Your explanation pierced the background noise (maybe tinnitus) like that shrill whistle in a factory setting!

      I'm curious, is the current chime whistle on #10 in line with what the W.W.&F engines had, or would they have had a single tone hooter?


Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: December 02, 2013, 08:13:49 PM »
Thanks Mark.

I was fooled by the super clean exhaust in the video into thinking they'd gone propane . Must be using some of that Boothbay anthracite!

That whistle does convey a certain sense of urgency, though #21's melodious tones are more respectable.


Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:11:38 PM »
That makes sense. Looks as though they haven't installed the number glasses in the headlight, either.
I'm guessing they were very eager to try her out when they got her home. Comfort later!

Does anyone know if she is a coal burner?


Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:15:00 AM »
I think I found a match for that whistle.

Looks like that crew gets plenty of fresh air, too!


Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:38:42 AM »
Thanks for the video, Mark.

That whistle will certainly get your attention!
I know you New Englanders are a hearty breed, but viewing this video from Virginia has me wondering if they plan on putting some glass in those big window holes.


Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:05:24 AM »
Porter parts? Looks like a good start for a W.W.&F. #4!

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: November 29, 2013, 11:26:45 PM »
My compliments to Boothbay and Edaville, both. I never got to Edaville during it's heyday. I was up that way with my folks, sometime in the late 60s but they were closed on the day we stopped by.

Maybe now Boothbay can get back to their S.D. Warren engine (I hope).

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: November 29, 2013, 10:19:35 PM »
That is a really cool looking little engine. Is it a conversion from one of the 30" gauge saddle tankers?


I don't think this 60cm railway system has been discussed in this forum. At it's greatest extent, the railway had something in the order of 200 miles of track. There were multiple branchlines, serving small villages in this portion of western Poland. Sugar beets seemed to be one of their greater sources of revenue, at least towards the end.
I think I read that the last of the system, about 100 miles, was abandoned in 1994! They appear to have dieselized in the late '70s with big siderod 6 wheelers, looking for all the world like big vacuum cleaners. There is a whole flock of videos taken during an excursion, or series of excursions in 1992, put on by some German group (I wonder if the local population was having flashbacks?). Now that my wife has shown me how to post these things, I'll put up some more.

Looks like dirt ballast and definitely no air brakes.

Happy Thanksgiving to all,


Two Footers outside of the US / Re: "Luisa" del Huatusquito
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:45:06 AM »
Thank you, Glenn for the neat pics. Maybe the folks up in Phillips should go for a raid down Mexico way! That engine looks like a great start for a Sandy River mogul.
I actually got to ride that 30" #12 out in Montana, about 8-10 years ago. My father-in-law lives about 15 miles from Virginia City, which is to say, the middle of no where. We were out there for a visit and my f-I-l mentioned they had an operating steam locomotive down the road. As on previous trips, I had seen the dilapidated and burned carcass of the Alder Gulch Railway in Nevada City, (a mile or two from Virginia City) I didn't put much stock in his news. When we took a ride down that way, I was very pleased to see that delightful outside framed jewel in steam! We purchased tickets and managed to talk our way into the cab. It was very close quarters. The engine is deckless, with the back of the firebox flush with the back wall of the cab. They were firing her with used motor oil. My youngest son and I, along with two other fellows and the engineer and fireman found places on the tender deck and on top of the tender to ride! I found it interesting that the fireman filled the boiler to the very top of the glass prior to departure. Maybe that was on account the steep grades (maybe 5%?). Anyway, she was a neat little hog! On the trip back, my f-I-l rode in (or around) the cab with my son. I rode back in the train (old 4 wheeled side dump cars) with my wife and other son. I think there were four cars and the slack action was spectacular!

 I think the engine is currently out of service, in need of major boiler work. Too bad, hope they have good luck.


Kennebec Central / Re: Kennebec Central locomotives
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:01:05 AM »
Thank to everyone,

I really didn't think there could be such plethora of Portland portage possibilities! There is much to Ponder! The story about the original engine(s) coming across the ice from Randolph reminds me of an old print in a book about the Pennsylvania which depicts coaches being hauled across temporary track laid on the ice-bound Susquehanna river at Havre De Grace, MD sometime during the 1840-50s. Cold winters, then! And braver men than I!

I will purchase Two Feet to Togus, probably on my next visit. Somehow it just feels right buying it in person!


Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Two footers in Queensland, Australia
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:23:43 AM »
That is quite cool! I'm pretty sure sugar cane wouldn't grow in Maine. Maybe maple syrup trains?

Kennebec Central / Re: Kennebec Central locomotives
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:19:47 AM »

Thanks, once again. I looked longingly at that book last time I was at Sheepscott. Next time I'll have to make the jump!


Kennebec Central / Re: Kennebec Central locomotives
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:23:41 PM »

Thanks for the prompt response. I had never considered the trolley line. Makes a lot more sense than off loading them to a skiff for a voyage across the Kennebec.
Was the trolley line fairly close to the KC at Togus?


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