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Messages - john d Stone

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Thanks John! looks like some very interesting reading!

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Work and Events / Re: Monson no. 3 at Spring Work Weekend
« on: January 31, 2019, 10:53:10 PM »
It's amazing how #3 looks like a giant next to the SD Warren engine! The Boothbay folks sure did a nice job on that restoration! I believe that SD Warren had some pretty far ranging plant trackage. I wonder if they might have had an auxiliary water tender for the longer hauls.


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General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 20, 2018, 05:56:00 AM »
Found this on Northeast Railfan.net. Appears to be a scrap line at Harmon,NY, dated 1933. 1910 is on the right.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Victorian Christmas Photos
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:12:31 PM »
Beautiful! Looks like it was a great day! Thank you for sharing.

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US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 15, 2018, 07:50:01 PM »
Thanks Dag! Those photos really flesh out this post! The drawings are fantastic! It seems that Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette ran an article on this pike, maybe 20+- years ago. I don't get that magazine, but I'm certain that other WW&F guys probably do. Reference to that article keeps popping up when I've scrounged around for further information. I'm guessing this operation didn't last much into the 30's. That area was hard hit by the chestnut blight and, of course, the depression didn't help things either.
West Virginia remained a haven for steam logging roads up into the early 60's. Standard gauge Meadow River in Cass being a prime example. I wonder why the war surplus stuff didn't seem to take off in those woodsy places. Logging roads are rough and ready operations, using a minimal amount of grading with murderous curves and grades to reach very temporary destinations. Very SR&RL like.  Sounds like an ideal application for cheap, light weight, 60cm equipment!

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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« on: December 15, 2018, 07:29:51 PM »
Much nicer cab on that Moroccan engine!

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US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 14, 2018, 09:18:50 PM »
Bill, from what I can tell, almost all of the equipment was Army surplus 60cm battlefield light railway equipment. In looking at some of the video footage of the light railways, it does seem significantly smaller than the Maine two foot equipment. I believe those little prairie tank engines only weighed about 16 tons, or almost 3 tons lighter than #9! And from the looks of the ease of effort with which the battlefield track components were handled, I'm guessing rail weight in the 25lb range, maybe less. Gotta run some little stuff on those toothpicks!

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US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 14, 2018, 05:42:31 PM »
never say never

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US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 14, 2018, 05:39:30 PM »
And I'm not even from West Virginia

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US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 14, 2018, 05:37:48 PM »
pay went up

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US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 14, 2018, 05:36:12 PM »
possible eureka

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US Two Footers / Re: West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:47:41 PM »
Ok. Posting these photos is beyond my paygrade.

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US Two Footers / West Virginian slim logger
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:29:53 PM »
I ran across this sub-two foot system, which once ran in the deep woods of West Virginia, just across the border from Virginia. It's a 60ccm system which once connected with the standard gauge Winchester and Wardensville in Wardensville, WVA. The equipment is WW1 surplus. 2-6-2T's, maybe 5 of them and identified as Vulcan products, provided the inspiration to roll the lumber to the interchange. It looks like they weren't real particular as to where they put then engine. The line was owned by Winchester Lumber Company, some photos also calling it the Lost River Railroad, which sounds like a Disney attraction. A couple of photos identify it as the "J. Natwick & Company". I think that may have been a company which succeeded Winchester Lumber/Lost River.
The map shows three branches radiating from Wardensville, which appear to be several miles (or should I say kilometers, since it's 60cm?) in length.

I stole these pictures from the "Wardensville" fb site. I've tried to attach photos with this fascinating lecture, but was rebuffed at any, as they apparently exceed four, which is the maximum allowed. I will attempt an additional post, which will not exceed four.

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General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:49:56 PM »
I would guess that #1904 is an 0-6-0t, judging by the view of the backhead as they clear the crossing. There's no tender on the frame, as the Shays have, and the boiler appears to be centered, rather than shifted to the left to accomodate Shay cylinders, valve gear and drive shafts. Such a cool movie! Real gritty!

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General Discussion / Re: New York City film - 1911
« on: December 13, 2018, 07:46:00 PM »
Fascinating stuff! Did you notice the brakemen on the cartops, passing signals for kicking cars! Takes some real sea legs for that!

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