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Thanks Wayne. In my furtile mind (on account of it being full of fertilzer) I was conjuring up visions of those proposed dining and sleeping cars which were supposed to offer first class accomodations to exotic Quebec.  2000km of line cries out for such service!

Museum Discussion / Re: Maine Christmas video
« on: December 09, 2018, 05:18:40 PM »
Very nice!

Wayne, did those systems ever have extensive passenger service or anything approaching common carrier freight service?

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:50:17 PM »
It's interesting that Alco built the outside framed version, while Baldwin opted for the less-steady-riding inside frame design. I think Baldwin only built two inside framed locomotives for the Maine common carrier two footers. B&SR 6 and Sandy River 16, later SR&RL 8. Both 2-4-4t's had a reputation for teetering along in an unsteady, top heavy manner. 8 even capsized at speed, killing her engineer. I would have thought such history would have prompted Baldwin to really push an outside framed engine for the military applications.

Baldwin built 495 of those pannier tanked 4-6-0T engines for the British Government, 1916-17, weighing a bit over 16 tons each. They also built 280 of those little push-me-pull-me "Pechot" 0-4-4-0 lokies for the French, weighing in at about 14 tons, along with 20 tank engines of an American design and a bunch of gas-mechanical engines. All told, they built over 1000 60cm locomotives for the french alone! These totals don't even count the 2-6-2T's and gas lokies built for the American Efforts.

War is expensive in so many ways!

Work and Events / Re: Maine Locomotive and Machine switch and siding
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:54:17 PM »
Wow! That was quick!

Great System!

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: More news from Sandstone
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:51:16 PM »
That's really cool stuff! I didn't realize Baldwin built any of those 2-6-2T engines! I always just assumed they stuck with the 4-6-0T's, which seemed less practical for reverse moves.

Looks like the Baldwin sits a little higher than the Alco.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: A ride to the front
« on: November 24, 2018, 10:51:31 PM »
Alain: It does appear to be one of those 2-6-2T's. Some were built by Davenport Locomotive Works also. Maybe some other builders as well. Cute little locos!

Two Footers outside of the US / A ride to the front
« on: November 17, 2018, 09:05:47 PM »
I was searching for a very good German WW1 trench railways video which i had stumbled across once. I continue to stumble, but still can't find that video. However, this one cropped up. Hope you enjoy it!

That is so cool! Thanks Wayne!

Makes Quebec seem like not such an unreasonable goal!

Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F receives award for Moose Brook bridge project
« on: November 13, 2018, 04:17:13 PM »
Very nicely written article! I never cease to be amazed by the projects undertaken and completed by the WW&F. The bridge project seemed to well up out of nowhere, then suddenly, there is a beautiful, sturdy structure in a pristine setting! #9 has turned out to be a stellar performer. Hearing that perfectly timed exhaust testifies to the quality of her restoration. I never tire of hearing that sound!

Congratulations to all the dedicated folks of narrow focus in the North woods!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension Before and After Pictures
« on: October 14, 2018, 04:28:07 PM »
Nice presentation, Mike! Really puts things in perspective.
The transformation is astounding!


Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:39:51 PM »
I'm sure this is a much better roadbed now than any of the original 2 footers ever dreamed of! Great job!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 15, 2018, 09:36:21 PM »
And ya done good!

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: September 15, 2018, 11:01:44 AM »
Absolutely amazing! Everything planned out to the "n"th degree and executed perfectly!
I can't wait to get a look at this, in person!

Thanks to all you dedicated and talented folks.


Nice video, Joe! Really gives a good overview of the tremendous amount of work being accomplished!


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