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Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 07, 2021, 11:22:21 AM »
Mike - After working on the truck, you must be exhausted.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: East Broad Top receives $1.4 million state grant
« on: January 05, 2021, 02:33:47 PM »
Here's a link to an interesting article from 2002 when it seemed like the EBT was all but finished.

The East Broad Top railroad was awarded a 1.4 million dollar grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to assist with 5 projects.  One of them is an "Events Facility" at Colgate Grove, the old end-point of the excursion where the train would be wyed.  The TRAINS Newswire article didn't describe what the "Events Facility" would be - A pavilion or an actual building.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Museum Discussion / Heavy duty 2-foot snowplow
« on: December 27, 2020, 08:40:44 PM »
I saw a post over on the Railway Preservation site by Rick Rowlands who has a heavy-duty plow available if it is something the WW&F could use or possibly the MNG.,3877.0.html

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 51 (The Brookville) - Official Work Thread
« on: December 26, 2020, 07:49:30 PM »
Do you have a photo of No. 51 you could post before it went down for repairs?

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Porter Replica No.7 Ginger
« on: December 24, 2020, 02:01:21 PM »
Pretty sure that was JNR steam.  A railfan friend and I had spent a week in Japan earlier that year photographing the rail networks there.  This shot was taken during a snowstorm at Ishikawacho Station as best I remember from 51 years ago.  It's hard to see but a worker is filling a switchpot to ensure the switch doesn't freeze up.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Porter Replica No.7 Ginger
« on: December 24, 2020, 01:30:32 PM »
Back in 1969, my Navy enlistment was coming to an end and I was being sent stateside from the Island of Guam.  Our plane stopped in Japan for refueling & dropping off/picking up more military folks.  Just after takeoff, I looked out the window and took this shot, the last I'd ever see of Japan.

Museum Discussion / Re: Merry (Victorian) Christmas - 2020 Style!
« on: December 24, 2020, 11:35:46 AM »
What a GREAT idea and video.  I was sent a link to a video that combines steam and Christmas music (although it isn't 2-foot gauge).  Have a very merry Christmas!

Volunteers / Re: December 2020 Work Reports
« on: December 16, 2020, 11:18:21 AM »
I get the feeling that somewhere down the line we're all going to have to take a quiz on this.

Looking fantastic!  It should be a great spot for concerts, wedding receptions, family reunions, etc. during mild weather months.

Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: December 09, 2020, 02:12:14 PM »
This thread had comments on three-phase power a while back.  I have attached a screenshot from a local Facebook page here in West Virginia.  I don't know if you would have any use or need for a 10hp three-phase motor.  I also don't know if that is a reasonable price either.  If there is interest, you could always make an offer.  I can't believe they're going to get a lot of interest in their motor down here in rural West Virginia.

Volunteers / Re: December 2020 Work Reports
« on: December 03, 2020, 01:49:44 PM »
Work completed Tuesday and Wednesday 1-2 December 2020

*  Heavy rains and winds

*  Locomotive #9 Vacuum brake test to include coaches #3 and #8
    conducted all afternoon.

Here in Appalachia we had about 10 inches of snow.

Vacuum brakes suck!

Your organizations mechanical ability is amazing.  You built your own homemade tamper and boiler flanger.  I'll bet given the opportunity a standard-gauge ballast regulator could be "slimmed down".

I don't know if this might be a possibility for track of the right weight, but 49 miles of rail from Cape Charles, VA on the Delmarva Peninsula north to Hallwood, VA was petitioned to be abandoned back in 2018.  I don't know the weight of the rail or if they have begun removal yet, but trains stopped running that year.  I have attached a link to a Sep 2018 newspaper article.  In it there are 2 photos showing the rail.  One is mainline and the other is a siding.  The siding rail looks to be fairly light.  If anyone can tell the weight by looking at the photos, please let me know.  If there is interest, the Cape Charles Historical Society might be able to help.

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