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Museum Discussion / Re: Building new rolling stock for WW&F!
« on: December 10, 2008, 11:03:39 AM »
The tankcar needs a lot more than paint.  It has considerable damage that will need repaired first.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscott property plan
« on: December 10, 2008, 10:54:03 AM »
What about a sand mound leach bed North of "A" parking lot and and West of "J" car barn?  Bury septic tank just North of "D" restrooms and withing hose length of parking lot for access by pump truck.  This option shouldn't add a considerable cost to overall project.  It would offer a shorter run between septic tank and leach bed.  Sand mound leach beds are common here in Pennsylvania, in areas of poor soil absorbtion.

Museum Discussion / Re: Building new rolling stock for WW&F!
« on: December 07, 2008, 10:10:52 PM »
Railroad cars have there handbrake wheels on the 'B' end of the car.  Exception are cabooses (some other non-standard cars), which have a brake wheel at each end.  Thus our cars have their B Ends in either North or South direction.

Left and Right are as facing the coupler.  Thus the 'A' End Left is on the same side of the car as 'B' End Right.  A caboose's 'A' and 'B' ends are marked by an letter A or B above the door. 

Moderator Announcements / Re: Headlight Message Indicators
« on: December 06, 2008, 09:40:12 AM »
Can not see Headlights with Mozilla Firefox (my browser of choice).

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: WW&F Roundhouse Fire
« on: December 03, 2008, 04:44:45 PM »
Another good reason to build the roundhouse and car barn from steel.  I would bet that if the W.W. & F. Ry had had that choice, they would have chose it.  I know we want everything to look as the original, but we could keep the color scheme and go for safety.  By the way, a quote for an all steel 25' x 100' car barn was around $39,000.  Even with super insurance, we could never replace the equipment that we could loose in a fire.

Museum Discussion / WW&F Track Expansion: Across from 218 and/or Cross Road
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:41:11 PM »
Laying (disconnected) track in either or both directions would be good idea.  Handcar, model T car and/or fly wheel engined cars could add to the "ride" and ridership.  Finding a few hundred feet of very-light rail shouldn't be too difficult.  But finding time, people and money maybe a little more troubling.  BTW, how far could we go in either direction before crossing a public road, private land or some physical obstruction that would require major work and/or money? Gee, a railway with North, South and Middle Operating Divisions, interesting thought.

Museum Discussion / Re: 2ft Tampers [was Australian Two Foot]
« on: November 14, 2008, 01:23:30 PM »
Plasser Australia built the 2 foot tamper model GWS 75.

Here their URL

Plasser America is at

Good Luck!

Museum Discussion / 2ft Tampers [was Australian Two Foot]
« on: November 13, 2008, 08:57:49 AM »
Most impressed by 2-foot gauge tamper (and regulator).  I guess our way of laying track is still the "best" way.  But, a tamper and regulator shared amongst Maine's active museums might be nice.

Museum Discussion / Re: Car Barn
« on: October 25, 2008, 06:14:52 PM »
So, how high is the 302?  Barn or house or shed or garage, call it whatever.  I just have a corporation interested, that may make an offer we might not want to refuse.  Time will tell!

Museum Discussion / Re: Car Barn
« on: October 24, 2008, 10:53:01 PM »
Another question : what is the maximum height of any car that might ever be stored in the car barn?

A width of 24 feet would give 4 feet from car side to wall (both tracks) and 4 feet between cars.  The purpose of the car barn, first and foremost, is to protect assets that can not be replaced.  Therefore, all steel construction without windows or "plastic" skylights.  Two 8' x ?' steel roll up doors and a 4' x 7' steel walk-thru door.  Ask Knox & Kane what fire can do to a railroad and their equipment was "replaceable".

As to power and lights, those are nice rainy days projects for the future.

Museum Discussion / Car Barn
« on: October 24, 2008, 11:57:46 AM »
With the surveying for the new car barn completed, I have a couple questions.  1) What are the proposed dimensions?  2) What type of construction will be used? 3) Could a steel building be used?

Museum Discussion / Useful Stuff on eBay
« on: September 29, 2008, 05:07:02 PM »
I am starting this as a means of finding related "stuff" on eBay and not over bidding each other for the same items.  I have been bidding on track jacks and I don't want to drive up members also bidding.  Also this is a place to alert members as to whats out there currently on eBay.

Currently: Fairmont wheels, cast wheels, some axles, etc. at

Track Jack:

Spike Hammer:

General Discussion / Re: Maine Headlight
« on: September 27, 2008, 01:06:03 PM »
Same seller has the bell in that picture for sale. Also "Located at railroad museum in Alna, Maine".  Seller says he is in Nobleboro, ME.

Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:25:02 PM »
Well not living in Maine, I can only report what I find searching for rail sources.  While the mainline is being converted to a trail, maybe any yard tracks or sidings would be lower weight rail.  It won't hurt to have someone look or at least call them.

Work and Events / Re: Track Work
« on: September 02, 2008, 06:41:58 PM »
I was thinking of the unloading and then reloading the truck bringing in the rail.  Not every day tracking laying.  The W.W.& F. "Gandy Dancers" will handle that.

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