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Work and Events / Easter photo freight
« on: April 11, 2009, 09:44:16 PM »
Last trip of the day was a freight train with a couple of planned photo run-bys at Humason Trestle and Cockeye Curve. The trip lasted about an hour, with 13 of us riding along in the caboose. THANKS to the crew, Patrick, Brian, Joe, Dana and Jason, for making this happen!

Two Footers outside of the US / 2 ft gauge 4-8-2 in Brazil
« on: April 02, 2009, 09:37:07 AM »
Check out this 2' gauge 4-8-2 Henschel in Brazil... imagine this monster rolling through the Maine woods? 

General Discussion / UK cylinder damage (not for faint of heart)
« on: March 30, 2009, 09:52:25 AM »
British Railways standard 5 4-6-0 No.73096 at the Mid Hants Railway in England on 3-14-2009. Word is it may have been another severe priming incident.

Anyone know how often something like this would have happened back in the day?

General Discussion / Trainfestival 2009...
« on: March 26, 2009, 05:21:32 PM »
Have you seen this?

This event just keeps getting bigger....especially now with the addition of the SP Daylight 4449 traveling from Portland, OR all the way to Michigan to attend.

Volunteers / Images from the shop(s)
« on: March 15, 2009, 09:18:31 AM »
Sheepscot is a beehive of activity with so many upcoming events, and the operating season fast approaching.
Here's a glimpse of just a bit of it from Saturday 3-14-09...and of course there was more going on that I missed photo ops of, including another great lunch that Fred put together! Thanks again, Fred!

Josh, expertly bending conduit for the upgrades to the electrical system...

Bob worked the big drill press...

as Linda was busy readying the giftshop...

Zack cut trim boards in the shop extension...

while Mike made special joint bars...and lots of sparks!

Other Narrow Gauge / Lawndale Ry boxcar restoration
« on: March 08, 2009, 08:34:51 PM »
Last week, Zack recounted the story of bringing boxcar 309 to the museum (from Connecticut), and the intense restoration that ensued. The condition of the Lawndale Ry boxcar in this article bears quite a striking resemblence to our 309. And next time you're at the museum, go into bay 3 and take a closer look at the original siding from the 309, then go look at the restored car...notice the varying width of each board, replicated exactly on the entire car. Thank you Zack, Marcel, and everyone else who worked on bringing the 309 back from the farm...literally.

Two Footers outside of the US / triple headed Garratts...
« on: March 07, 2009, 06:14:30 PM »
Ran across these gorgeous Hannes Paling images on (This is Sandstone Estates, So. Africa)

And this beast of a 2-8-2 also taken by Hannes Paling

More steam in South Africa here:

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Time to build the Vassalboro...
« on: March 01, 2009, 11:41:39 AM »
Now that Vassalboro is famous (or perhaps infamous), maybe it's time to capitalize on the name ;-)

General Discussion / Speaking of L&RP Magazine...
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:13:52 AM »
Hey all, former editor of L&RP Magazine, Bob Yarger, has created a new Yahoo group for the purpose of posting photo links of locomotives. I don't know about you, but I've always found that Bob has a special knack for digging up really interesting stuff on the web. I've just joined this group and have already been treated to some amazing pictures I'd not seen before, including historic images of logging in the Lincoln, NH area (Beebe River RR), and much, much more.
Check it out at:


Other Narrow Gauge / Argentina 30" inch gauge - pictures
« on: January 21, 2009, 04:24:00 PM »

Volunteers / Bernie's whistle *PICS*
« on: January 18, 2009, 01:09:31 PM »
All, more amazing "behind the scenes" imagery from our pattern maker Bernie Perch. Thanks, Bernie!

Aside from the many wonderful patterns and parts Bernie makes for the museum, he is also very involved in the operational restoration of CNJ No 113,
a standard gauge Alco 0-6-0 built in 1923 in Schenectady. The 113 is currently located in Minersville, PA.

Below are photos of an all-new reproduction Jersey Central RR three chime steptop whistle created by Bernie. The reason for 'building new' was that originals were scarce -- none could be found for purchase or donation. Then several years ago one became available for measurement. Without knowing if an original would ever become permanently available, or if he might end up having to "make one," Bernie took the time to record its exact dimensions. The 113 group spent several years inquiring through a multitude of sources and the internet, to no avail. Finally Robert Kimmel, Jr., president of Railway Restoration Project 113, asked Bernie to make the patterns for a brand new whistle.
Active Brass in Telford, PA was chosen as the foundry. Casting such an object is a complicated endeavor, and it took considerable effort to explain how to set it up. The first two castings were OK and worked under air pressure, but the pattern and core box took quite a bit of tweaking to finally come up with the excellent casting seen in the photos.
The following images show the plans, pattern and core box (which represent about 125 hours of work), the partially finished rough casting, and the finished bell atop a Western Locomotive supply ( bowl/valve assembly.  Jeff Hosford of WLS prefected this assembly for his own projects and it was the exact design the group wanted, so there was no reason to duplicate his excellent efforts.
The Project 113 group doesn't intend to actively market this whistle.  A few will be cast for those close to Project 113 and friends.  On December 28th, the whistle was tested on NH&I #40 and worked beautifully.  It is being shown on this forum to show what can be done when exact parts are not available, and to honor the many others out there working toward similar goals.

Bottom Photo: Leo Luciani

ok, put on your "I can't believe they run that fast on that track" glasses, and click here:

Museum Discussion / Live discussion anyone?
« on: January 06, 2009, 08:13:33 PM »
We haven't had a live discussion for quite a while... In the past we've set up a specific day and time, and everyone just logs on at that time and we discuss whatever... If anyone is interested let's hear from you on this thread...

For testing purposes here's a link to the chat room:

Work and Events / Long lost picture from Annual Picnic...
« on: January 05, 2009, 04:54:20 PM »
hey all, shot this picture of No 10 pulling the photo freight during the 2008 Annual Picnic, but for some reason I don't think I ever even looked at the image. While transferring files to dvd the other day I happened to notice this sequence which has Dana hanging out the window of No 10 cruising through AC in a 1/30th of a sec pan shot...

So I've uploaded it to railpictures here:

I have to say, I can't wait to see No 9 in scenes like this!!


General Discussion / The opposite end of the spectrum...
« on: December 27, 2008, 07:48:14 AM »
I shot this picture yesterday afternoon in Rochelle, IL at the railfan park. Yes, there is an actual UP/BNSF sanctioned facility set up smack dab in the crux of a set of double diamonds, for the sheer enjoyment of the railfan community. There is an open-air shelter, complete with picnic tables and all-weather speakers -crackling with scanner talk from both railroads; an enclosed (heated and air conditioned) building with a huge model railroad, vending machines, and bathrooms. There are also several outdoor displays including a centercab Whitcomb side-rodder, and some smaller "critters" for the kids to play on. And to keep this post connected to the narrow gauge, they also have some "less than standard gauge" strap rail set up, in approximately the same location it was in 100+ years ago (who knew?!)

It just struck me how this area is at the opposite end of the spectrum to what most people are used to -- with railroad police giving the evil eye in most places. And to think that just last last week I was standing in the solitude of the Maine woods watching No 10 pulling its train through the snowy scenery... interesting contrast to say the least! Anyway, I promise NOT to photograph, or post any more of these, just thought you all might enjoy it!

In the photo, a UP stack train has just crossed over the BNSF and is heading for downtown Rochelle...

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