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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 24, 2022, 12:45:01 PM »

Are these parts being cast at Cattail Foundry?

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: AMTP in Pithiviers, France
« on: October 23, 2022, 01:36:49 PM »
New Holland is the spinoff company from Ford Tractor, which became Ford New Holland, which became just New Holland.  Company is based in, (you guessed it), New Holland, Pennsylvania which is about 20 miles northeast of Lancaster.  Great little town and a nice place to live.

Volunteers / Re: October 2022 Work Reports
« on: October 23, 2022, 01:31:29 PM »
I just love the beard and bowler hat combo on Dan - vintage 1900  ;)

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: New WW&F Event
« on: September 27, 2022, 07:51:43 AM »
You could always get a couple of chairs and bolt them down to a flat.  Cleaning on the fly and fits all the Covid protocols. ;D

Volunteers / Re: September 2022 Work Reports
« on: September 27, 2022, 07:47:58 AM »
When my kids were little, we took them over to a local NJ shortline which had a Christmas Tree mixed train.  What a hit that was with my kids, they still talk about it 30+ years later.  The key to the operation is how well one handles the trees.  We already have the flats, will need a tractor with forks, or some type of loading dock to transfer from wagon to flat as well as another setup for getting trees off the flats and to peoples cars.  In the case of my NJ experience, extra manpower was provided by the local Boy Scout Troop in exchange for a donation to the troop.

Volunteers / Re: September 2022 Work Reports
« on: September 26, 2022, 12:41:49 PM »
Only thing we're missing for "the season" is a Christmas Tree Farm with a station stop.  Is that something we can do with the surplus acreage we have?  I know seedlings are available from Department of the Interior for next to nothing.

General Discussion / Re: Unfinished Railroads
« on: September 22, 2022, 11:25:32 AM »
It should be noted that using Google Earth one can still find and follow the never used ROW all the way to the junction with the old MEC Belfast branch and into Burnham.

Nice little ditty, Ed  :D

General Discussion / Re: Lower Road bridge abutments demolished
« on: September 05, 2022, 01:13:10 PM »
Let's hope there will be a possible future for 470 on the Rockland Branch.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 19, 2022, 10:02:54 AM »
It will be a relief when the "official" MOW track/tool boxcar is completed and able to deliver tools and parts directly to a worksite anywhere on the line.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: August 17, 2022, 08:59:00 AM »
Will the station have a stove for winter operations?

Museum Discussion / Needed: Good photos/video of the Moxie Christening
« on: August 07, 2022, 03:59:22 PM »
If anyone has a good photo or two, or video of the Moxie Christening to celebrate the Mountain Extension opening, I would greatly appreciate it.  I plan to give a presentation photo and info to my friends at the Catawissa Bottling Company with permission to use it in their advertising.

I was surprised by the number of inquiries I got for cases of soda next time I'm up so I will make every effort to have it available during FWW with some for "the Frig" and additional cases for purchase - at cost.

Your assistance with the photo is greatly appreciated:     Sincerely,   The Moxie Bootlegger

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 28, 2022, 08:42:00 AM »
is the plan to have stained glass in the clerestory windows?

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 25, 2022, 08:27:18 AM »
Based on experience of a project decades ago.  Ceiling panels can be done with hardboard Masonite, formed to a shape/curvature via steam box and a mold with clamps.  Once formed and stable, they can be given to an artist for mural painting and a clear coat sealer.
This is not too different than what shipwrights would have done for forming/bending hull planking and deck boards on sailing vessels.  You might be able to get some technical help from the craftsmen at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: July 16, 2022, 05:09:01 PM »
When do we get some video of Wilmar in action?

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