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Messages - Ken Fleming

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General Discussion / Albums
« on: September 15, 2016, 03:34:49 PM »
I would like to suggest the photos from major/long term projects be posted in seperate albums, in addition to their topic. Projects like box car 67, turntable, TOM mills and other major works. These albums would provide a continuous view of the progress, minus comments.  Comments and original photos would still reside in the topic thread.  These albums would have a seperate header and could give vistors to the forum a quick overview of what's happened or happening.  They could also be on the home page.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: We need one of these
« on: September 04, 2016, 08:47:28 PM »
I thought it might be a lap seam boiler.  I don't think very many portables were built with butt strap boilers.  Most were built lap seam was good enough.

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: We need one of these
« on: September 03, 2016, 03:27:33 PM »
Wayne, I didn't get to Rough and Tumble this year.  Did you get the info on the portable engine?  This is what we need.  Also could be used to steam lobster, clams, potatoes and corn for the/a picnic.  It would fit on a flat car, making it really portable.

Who is going to guard all of this stuff at TOM?  I think we have been lucky at Sheepscot and AC.  But there is no one around TOM and no road access for Fire Company or Police patrol.  There are alot of not nice people in this world.

Work and Events / Re: A bit of history on our patternmakers lathe
« on: August 28, 2016, 10:55:58 AM »
Some day, we'll have to enlarge our machine shop or build a new one for all of neat, old machines.  Perhaps adding a forge for blacksmithing.  There may be some value in doing work for other restoration projects.

Work and Events / Re: Boiler plate flanging machine
« on: August 28, 2016, 10:26:16 AM »
Would other projects see a need for our machine and thus rent or barter for its use?

Museum Discussion / Re: 10 + 11 = 21: WW&F needs 2 New Boilers
« on: July 30, 2016, 05:59:52 PM »
$130,000 divided by 1,000+ members = $130 divided 52 weeks = $2.50 which is one Starbucks coffee.  So, let's give up one coffee a week and send it to the fund. Might can come from many!

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Turntable - Official Work Thread
« on: July 29, 2016, 08:22:43 PM »
You also give the rolling stock a spin annually to equalize weathering.

General Discussion / Oh Doctor Beeching!
« on: July 16, 2016, 01:29:54 PM »
Oh Doctor Beeching is on YouTube.  It is a TV Britcom filmed on the Severn Valley Railway. Dr. Beeching was the fellow who cut 2300+ stations and 5000+ miles of British Rails in the 1960's.

Just search YouTube for "Oh Doctor Beeching!" and start with season 1 episode 1. I stream this program to my tv.  Great rainy afternoon tv watching.

General Discussion / FRA Training Video
« on: July 16, 2016, 09:46:07 AM »
Produced after the 1995 explosion of CPR 1278.

Federal Railroad Administration Steam Locomotive Safety Training Video

Work and Events / Re: Box Car 67 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 11, 2016, 10:02:09 PM »
One would wonder if Booth Bay would trade their WW&F box car for a restored #67 box car?  That would give us the last missing piece of original rolling stock.

Museum Discussion / Re: Interesting New Book
« on: June 26, 2016, 08:59:30 PM »
It's $4.99 on Amazon. Free for prime members (to borrow).

Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: May 28, 2016, 07:25:02 AM »
Do these vacuum hose couplings break apart like glad hand couplings do?  Or must they be broken by hand?

General Discussion / Green Valley Line (Old Time Radio Show)
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:09:53 PM »
The Green Valley Line is "the story of a back-country railroad in the early years of the 20th Century". Not much is known about the people or history of the Green Valley Line old time radio show. There's a real live quality to the show, since there's misreading of dialogue, and skewed inflections, but that's a great deal of the charm with this rarely-heard local show. It has simple, direct dialogue and almost no sound effects except for the great sounds of the trains and some random railroad office sounds such as typewriters and such.

Interesting.  Go to site to read the rest of the preamble.  There 26 chapters, downloadable.

Volunteers / Re: A few stories ...
« on: May 08, 2016, 05:39:53 PM »
Isn't the clapped bolt the same bolt that holds the bell to its frame?

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