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Messages - Vincent "Lightning" LeRow

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That's the original sheathing of 309. The shadow of the number can be just made out on the in the 4th photo

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: History Channel visits WW&F
« on: April 02, 2015, 07:18:45 PM »
Time to 'jack up' the bell and whistle and build a new locomotive underneath...

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: Relocating update to Gray?
« on: January 15, 2015, 12:03:08 PM »
MNGs current rail was pulled up from yard trackage and re-laid in it's current position.  The contract stated that we use standard gauge ties with one rail spiked in the running position for std. gauge track. (this directly led to the surfacing issues that MNG is dealing with now) The rail was worn when MNG acquired it and is even more so now.  To re-lay the 85 lb would be foolish, as it only has a few years of usable life left in it.

Again, is not Maine Narrow Gauge Museum the real owner of #3?   So the Phillips folks are basically on the hook for a rebuilt locomotive, which they don't own. And the MNG gets a rebuilt locomotive for free, plus lease payments from Phillips.  Is that correct?

MNG is the current owner of #3, and leased to Phillips for a rebuild, no payments on top of that.  At the time of the lease (before issues with #10 and consequently all of the Dylan built Edaville boilers cropped up) the expected work was new tubes and running gear work (timing, tramming, wheel turning etc.).  with volunteer labor factored in 25k was a reasonable, perhaps slightly optimistic, number for materials and occasional expertise.

It has been said before "if what is known now was known then, this lease would not have happened."  Hind sight is  20/20.

As a whole, let's stop trying to demonize MNG for this.  They did not intentionally lease a lemon.  They are not trying to gut another organization for a free rebuild.  #3 was the regular engine for quite some time before re-doing #4, which was estimated to be in worse condition than #3 and spent many years plinthed in the museum building.

The intended plan was to lease #3 to Phillips where it could run as-is without a form 4, and with a suspected light overhaul (tubes and running gear) it would return to MNG with approximately 5-10 years of form 4 left.  It would have been a boon to both parties if things went to plan, but the plan was only good until the battle started.

The runarounds were nixed due to the inconvenient location of the eastern runaround.  If the eastern runaround were located at a Franklin St. stop as it were before the ocean gateway project, runarounds would most likely be re-instated as standard operating procedure.  but, the current location adds another stop on an already short trip, and thus lowers the visitors experience.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: National Train Day 2012
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:23:10 AM »
The track crew usually starts gathering materials and etc. arround 9 and shoves off arround 9:30-10.  Work is usually winding down about 4:30 for clean up and we put the engine to bed before 6.  Just in time to head to Beckys for dinner!

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Bridgton Yard
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:19:54 PM »
Hi All,

Does anyone have a good idea of how the Bridgton Yard was laid out circa 1930-1940?  I have been doing some research and only found a photograph of the yard throat. I watched Guss Prats Riding the Maine Two Footers and got a few good views of the roundhouse area.  Any images (or maps  :P) would be very helpful!

Thank you,

Work and Events / Re: Reefer 65 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:50:09 PM »
We need to get ladder rail measurements from car 312 at Boothbay to design car 65s side ladders and stirrups.

Why wouldn't 309 be the same as 312?  Aren't they the same series of cars?

the "Polar Express" Lettering is a magnet.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 17, 2012, 11:34:16 AM »
Take a look at the locomotive photographs in the original railway section of the museums website.  There is a photo of #7 showing the cranks and counterweights.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: Is MNG running steam any more?
« on: December 30, 2011, 10:10:08 AM »
Number 8 has not been in operating condition for several years.  it is likely she will be displayed where people can see her rather than being holed up in the back of the engine house.  This will also allow our main diesel to be stored inside.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: Steam engine fire at MNG
« on: December 30, 2011, 10:07:31 AM »
In addition to the new structure a replica car that was no longer serviceable (no couplers and junky fake trucks!) was moved adjacent on blocks to provide additional storage space and room for crew members. As an added bonus getting the car off-rail provided another cars-worth of space in our cramped yard.

Volunteers / Re: Turner Dairy Reefer Project
« on: November 16, 2011, 03:24:04 PM »
Doesn't that mean that the trucks being used will have to be overhauled?  ???  I thought the trucks used under this car were junk/spare parts...  :-\

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: Maine Narrow gauge Museum Roster
« on: October 24, 2011, 02:14:08 PM »
The roster for the museum is quite large, and after the recent re-organization is still being compiled.  as far as rolling-stock here is what i can pull of the top of my head.

boxcars # 60, 70, 62, 52, 56, 57, 54, 67, 51
flanger # 40
plow #2
tank car #14
passenger cars/combines #4, 12, 14, 19, 15, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25, 9 (rangely), 54, 55 (5x series origionally boxcars) (2x series rebuilt from flatcars at edaville)
open cars #102, 105, 103, 106, 104
Cabooses #553, 557, 32
flat cars #601, 602 (60x series from whitinville machine works) #205 (the remains of the Elthea, still has end platforms and arrived like this from edaville)

and for locomotives/track cars/etc.

steam #3, 4, 7, 8
Diesel/gas #1, 3(crunched), 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
Vose inspection car, SRRL railbus, farimont speeder

This isn't intended to be a complete list but does represent the majority of the collection. I will try to update this as i remember more...

General Discussion / Re: G-Gauge Forney
« on: September 14, 2011, 12:26:40 AM »
Try LGB or PIKO.  they have recently gotten into that sort of thing.  I saw several nice models of SRRL stuff by LGB only a few weeks back at Wolfs Head Nursery in PA.

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