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Volunteers / Re: January 2017 Work Planning
« on: January 29, 2017, 08:04:24 PM »
Sounds like what we call "glue blocks" in antique furniture. If one flips over a table from the 18th or 19th century it will often have these little chamfered blocks evenly spaced around the corner where the frame meets the top. They can also be found where legs join frames. chest tops meet their sides etc etc.  Someone at some point in history decided that merely gluing the top to the frame was not enough. Sounds like an industrial use of the same?

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: WW&F switch stands
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:10:09 AM »
They did use the switches I am talking about on the mainline but only in the Wiscasset area as far as I can tell. North of there I believe that they still used more than one style of switch which may or may not have had their signs at a uniform height.  They have one original switch. Maybe someone will measure the height of the main casting for you and you can scale that against photographs showing the target.

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: WW&F switch stands
« on: January 26, 2017, 07:44:20 PM »
Which type of switch stand? They used several different makes. I am particularly intrigued by the milk bottle shaped switch stands which are seen only in the Wiscasset yard and were presumably included in the first order of rail and switches ordered by the W&Q.  I have been trying to figure out the dimensions of these particular switches myself. They also appear to have some writing cast in an arc on their main body. Unfortunately I have not been able to locate a closeup photograph in which it may be read.

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Work and Events / Re: Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 17, 2017, 07:25:47 PM »
Still on the dump truck body idea - could we weld an old dump body to a steel skid or frame which could be temporarily placed at the end of one of the flat cars? It may need a counter weight at the other end of the car and still need outriggers which could be mounted to the dump frame. Just excited to see us head north and trying to think of ways to get the yardage of material we'll need out there. It might be nice to be able to dump from the end rather than the side as well. If we go with the tip cars can we build some sort of temporary trestle using standard framing material so that we are dumping directly into the washout rather than at it's edge? Has anyone done a yardage estimate of the material needed for the first fill? 

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Work and Events / Equipment Car 1015 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:26:32 AM »
Great project Mike! What is the history of your wheel sets and what diameter axles to they have?

As a more efficient alternative to using the tip cars to fill the large washouts/slides we must fill I had thought to myself that it might be possible to mount a dump truck body (possibly a cool antiquish one) to a frame on some sort of wheel sets. Given the narrow wheel base, it concerned me that it might become unstable as the body and load rose. To counter this I thought that outriggers similar to those used on railroad steam cranes could be deployed. It appears that they used steel outriggers which telescope in and out of box tubes affixed below the crane's frame. A little time consuming to deploy at each dump but  probably faster than using the tip cars due to the larger capacity. Just a thought.

Keep up the good work.

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Brothers across the pond. Thanks for another good one Glenn

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Volunteers / Re: December 2016 Work Planning
« on: December 29, 2016, 03:22:49 PM »
On a side note related to the museum's flanger project, I am posting two links to images at the B&MRR historical society's page which show 'mini plows' affixed to either side of cow catchers mounted on 440 locomotives. Really just scrapers in front of each lead wheel and designed to be retractable - though not while in motion. The section crews would have needed to be sure that all planking at crossings etc was below rail top height.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bmrrhs/31697946485/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bmrrhs/31697946255/in/photostream/

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Pretty cool - thanks for posting. Gives a whole new perspective to, 'Top of the Mountain'! Note the guy on top of the engine hammering apart oversize chunks of coal. This would never pass in our safety conscious culture. Sort of reminiscent of 1940s railfanning where you saw guys hanging all over moving engines and cars.

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Volunteers / Re: December 2016 Work Planning
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:36:41 PM »
Maine Central RR used to keep them at many switches on a simple stand. A tall stake driven in the ground with two small boards nailed opposite each other and sloping slightly toward the stake. The broom hung bristles up - always at the ready - no need to lug them around. You'd think they would have 'walked away' by the hundreds but whatever losses were incurred were deemed worth the convenience by management.

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Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: December 19, 2016, 07:15:27 PM »
The aerial photo at the top of this page is fantastic. Am I seeing things or is there a small building just north of the WW&F MCRR diamond? Looks like the MCRR may have relocated their section house down there. If so - must have been fairly short lived.

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Say we built south of Cross street and wanted to use one of our flats for ballast - could we get permission to block the street for half an hour or so - lay the snap track - push the flat across and remove the track?

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When or if we decided to lay an isolated stretch south of cross street maybe it would be nice to lay it with rail of a weight similar to what the W&Q was first laid with and ballast it as it was ballasted then(sand?). This would give folks an idea of what the early line looked like. Should we decide to connect it to the mainline at some point in the future upgrading the rails would be fairly easy.

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There are no wood frame cars crossing public roads anywhere in the US? No special consideration for 'heritage' lines?

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A couple of vintage ‘wig wag’ crossing signals would be awesome (in addition to modern flashers?). I would think that the regulatory powers would be happy with red flashers rather than gates. The Rockland branch is built for relatively high speeds and has very few if any gated crossings.

I imagine that a railroad crossing at such an angle is tough on motorcycles and certainly bicycles. Would it be possible to lower the angle slightly while staying within our right of way?

I totally agree with Joe – scenery is key and some of the nicest stretches we have access to are on either side of the roads in question.  Between 218 and the cut is fabulous and paralleling the road for a stretch won’t hurt either. People love to wave to drivers and vice versa. Great visibility and advertising.

If only to the first bend -  I think it would be great (and educational) to see track south of Cross Road even if we didn’t immediately connect it to the main line. It would give visitors a sense of Sheepscot station being on the mainline rather than a terminus. We could trundle hand cars over the pavement and let visitors experience main line handcar travel down to the beautiful scenery at the bend.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2016 Work Planning
« on: October 29, 2016, 07:09:32 PM »
Looks great! Any of the Maine two footers use derails?

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