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Other Narrow Gauge / 30-inch gauge Baldwins in Argentina
« on: December 13, 2008, 08:31:08 PM »
This photo from Glenn Christensen shows a very solid looking 2-8-2 Baldwin in Argentina... based upon the design of SR&RL No 23, but updated. Thanks, Glenn!

Other Narrow Gauge / 30 inch gauge Baldwins in Brazil
« on: December 12, 2008, 06:24:10 AM »
Ran across this link on the Narrow Gauge Discussion site ( ). Check out the roundhouse full of 2-foot, 6-inch gauge Baldwins... photos were taken in 2001.

Volunteers / Pictures from the railway...
« on: November 30, 2008, 08:07:48 PM »
While riding along with Brad and Dwight on Saturday's tree clearing expedition, I had one of those moments. I'm sure we've all had them, where you suddenly realize how beautiful your surroundings are. I was standing on the deck of the flatcar and we were just about at Sutters when I turned around and looked south.

Volunteers / Frozen flag...
« on: November 30, 2008, 12:44:22 PM »
no trick photography, no coat hanger, but the result of a rainy, windy, and cold night in Maine!

Work and Events / Car shop extension 2
« on: November 30, 2008, 12:29:02 PM »
Pictures of the work being done on the car shop extension, taken Sat. 11-29-08

Steve Zuppa, Leon Weeks, and Mike Fox take a breather before wrapping up for the day...

...but of course none of this would have been possible without Fred's roofing brackets!!

General Discussion / Valley RR to rebuild Chinese SY into New Haven J-1(a)!
« on: November 07, 2008, 11:32:19 AM »
From J. David Conrad's Valley RR blog:

The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad never had a steam locomotive No. 3025. Their class J-1 Mikado 2-8-2s were numbered from 3000 to 3024 and none survive, in fact, no New Haven steam locomotive escaped the scrappers torch. But what if the New Haven had purchased one more steam locomotive and what if it had been saved? It might look like this concept drawing courtesy of former New Haven Railroad Historical Society President Alvin Lawrence.
The basis for the above is, of course, the Valley Railroad's "new" locomotive, recently purchased at an auction in Pennsylvania. While planning the rebuilding of the "new" locomotive, a number of employees and volunteers suggested that since we must build a new cab anyway, why not build a typical "US" style cab and while we're at it, make it look like a New Haven cab with the classic arched windows, and how about putting a New Haven "Sunbeam" headlight on it, and, and, and.
So, the plan is to modify the appearance of our "new" locomotive to resemble a New Haven class J-1 and incorporate as many "New Havenisms" as we can manage. Some of the J-1s even had "clear vision" tenders like ours (we'll modify the sides of ours to suit). When finished, No. 3025 will be a decent representation of New Haven steam power and right at home on a former New Haven branch line.

More info plus photos can be found here:

General Discussion / Waaaaay off!
« on: October 29, 2008, 05:03:16 PM »
Some of you know my brother down in Nashville, a professional musician, tours with some very big name here he is playing along with the Eagles Hotel California on his new guitar!! He's pretty good for a lowly bass player!  ;)

Work and Events / Fall Work Weekend '08 - photos
« on: October 10, 2008, 10:13:09 PM »
Pictures from Friday. A crew of 30+ volunteers was able to put down 300' of track in some absolutely gorgeous weather!! More to come...

General Discussion / USATC 611 for sale at TVRM
« on: September 29, 2008, 07:32:50 PM »
Hey, someone tell Dwight the 611 is for sale!!

Yep, that's Dwight at the throttle back in 1961.

General Discussion / How's this for turntables?!
« on: September 13, 2008, 06:34:25 PM »
Lance Gleich took these pictures up at the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Ry (also known as the Portage Flyer) in Ontario. The railway is less than a mile long and has one of these homemade turntables at each end.

Thanks Lance!

Volunteers / Preparations for work weekend...special soup!
« on: September 13, 2008, 06:05:14 PM »
Kitty Laepple adds corn to the first pot of the day of Pennsylvania Dutch chicken corn soup.
Kitty and Wayne are bringing this soup to the fall track weekend!!

About an hour later, the soup is done, and Kitty carefully transfers it into an
airtight container for freezing. It'll taste mighty good at Saturday's or Sunday's
lunch! (mmmmmmmmmm)

General Discussion / 2317 derailment at Steamtown
« on: September 12, 2008, 08:18:33 AM »
Looks pretty serious. The 2317 ran across a grade crossing in which the flangeways had been filled in up to the railhead. What sort of damage could this cause??

General Discussion / WW&F volunteer sighting...
« on: September 07, 2008, 02:20:44 PM » Jim Thorpe, PA. Here's Gordon Cook and Wayne Laepple about to ride behind some big steam, R&N 4-6-2 No 425. The 425 is a 1928 Baldwin originally built for the Gulf, Mobile & Northern. Hat's off to Andy Mueller and the R&N shop crew for getting the 425 back under steam!

Rumor has it that as the train passed through White Haven, Bernie Perch, who lives along the right of way, had rigged up WW&F No 11's bell outside for the benefit of the passengers. Many oooh's and aaaahh's were heard! Way to go, Bernie!


Work and Events / Saturday's rail moving party
« on: August 31, 2008, 06:58:47 PM »
All, a few pictures of the rail-moving party from this past Saturday. Two car loads of surplus 70 lb rail, over 20 tons, were loaded by volunteers and hauled south to Sheepscot.

Museum Discussion / More pictures - Antique Machinery at the picnic
« on: August 29, 2008, 07:41:21 AM »
All, a few shots of some of the antique machinery at this year's picnic.

Herman and Patrick swap harrowing tractor stories...

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