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Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: September 28, 2008, 08:32:05 AM »
24 miles?  hope this isn't a typo.......... whom is it, if that can be disclosed?  We all know this won't last forever......... Just sent my check for the "rail fund".

Boothbay Railway Village / Re: B&SR coach 11 at Boothbay
« on: September 28, 2008, 08:14:02 AM »
Are there any blueprints that exist for any of the passenger equipment?  Would be a really great project to "recreate" an original coach or combine.  Long term project of course....................

Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: September 28, 2008, 06:50:44 AM »
It would probably be cheaper to buy new 60# rail from Poland and ship it to Portland.....

Does anyone know how much 60# rail is still available from Kovalchik?  I also seem to recall that there was a pile of it somewhere down in Florida ????

Museum Discussion / Re: 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: September 20, 2008, 06:04:49 AM »
Stu -  There's always more than one way to "skin a cat".  The AA of course has an electric system - have a trailer with electric brakes and one can manually actuate them using a brake controller from the cab.  In fact as I'm thinking about it, I believe I have an old one in my shed.  I'll have to bring it up with me - 7 pin connection.   :D

Museum Discussion / Re: 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: September 19, 2008, 05:06:26 PM »
Hey - take the truck one step further, how about towing a trailer with a "modified" antique car with 2ft guage wheels on the back. (hint hint)

Of course when it's finished................... ;)

General Discussion / Re: How's this for turntables?!
« on: September 14, 2008, 11:00:04 AM »
Maybe something we should at least look into.  Lot cheaper than a pit-style one..........

Work and Events / Re: Ties
« on: September 13, 2008, 07:10:03 AM »
Was thinking the same thing... Sounds like an opportunity for the "local" sawmill to get up and running - especially as more clearing for both the museum area expansion and ROW extension are developed.  Would make a great addition to have log trains to an operating sawmill.  I would think that 6"x8" would be an ideal cross-section for the line due to the lighter loading.  Is there a company in the area that does creosoting?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Station - Official Work Thread
« on: September 04, 2008, 05:32:30 PM »
thanks for the info Wayne, had a hard time trying to get the distance right.  For the sake of discussion, would it possibly make sense to consider "breaking trail" with the conservation folks and actually clear the ROW (trail width only) so that the RR could connect with the conservation area.  This might make for some good relations, PR, and also some potential business. what's everyone's thoughts?

Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Station - Official Work Thread
« on: September 03, 2008, 04:55:12 PM »
How far from end of track is the planned conservation lot & trail-head?
Might be a great add-on for the museum to have a conservation connection and "guided" nature walks. (school trips  ;) )

Museum Discussion / Re: 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 29, 2008, 06:03:12 PM »
Not a problem Dale - there's one Science teacher already on board  ;)

Museum Discussion / Re: 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 25, 2008, 06:52:43 PM »
Great ideas guys, I've been to some steam "threshers" gatherings over the years and they are truely something to see.  Maybe throw in some Lumberjack competitions/demonstrations to boot.  Add an outdoor dinner with Lobster, Salt Potatoes, and Corn on the cob and I'll drive through a CAT5 hurricane to get there.... ;D

Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: August 24, 2008, 10:05:57 AM »
Agree that current pace is about right but the issue of supply is a valid concern.  Recent #1 steel scrap has been as high as 15 cents/lb but in currently 9 cents.  I have it on good authority (scrap dealer) that Sept-Oct rates are again climbing to the 12-13 cent range.  Food for thought...........

Also concur that maintenance is a pain but necessary evil.  Hand work is even more taxing.  Has anyone thought of finding or getting plans for a tamper from WHR or others?  That would make life a lot easier.


Museum Discussion / Re: Engine Air Compressor Lubricators
« on: August 23, 2008, 08:36:51 PM »
James, Ira, et al.

Have contacts with FRA myself and "rumor" issue of having non-connected RR's coming under FRA jurisdiction - has not gone away.  When it comes about is anyone's guess but it would be wise to be preparing a "Plan B" if this does come about.  As I read the reg's, one could probably get away with a "6" brake under a historical equipment clause.  Better safe than sorry.......................


Museum Discussion / 1910 Days/Old Steamshovels
« on: August 23, 2008, 08:27:09 PM »

As a "Pennsy" person, I would be willing to bet that your "horse" farmer is Amish but the more northern folks are Mennonite by the use of mechanized equipment.  The true Amish don't believe in steam, gas, or diesel powered equipment.  Also ditch the telephone, radio, etc.  They truely live as if it were 1808, not 2008.  What is amazing is that they are the most profitable per acre of all farmers in the U.S!  What do they know that we "modern" people don't?


Museum Discussion / Re: Engine Air Compressor Lubricators
« on: August 08, 2008, 05:42:04 AM »

thanks for the info, but this raises another question.  how are we going to handle the "FRA" issues regarding future issues of compliance?  as far as i know, hand brakes or an "Eames" style of vacuum brake is not legal.  although not prototypical, wouldn't a small "AB" or at least "ABD" type system be installed.  pumps and parts are available.  your thoughts................


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