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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 30, 2021, 10:33:32 AM »
In fact the blue prints posted at the beginning of this thread also show the rafters squared with the track. As was done originally, and in most likely every other enginehouse/roundhouse.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: November 30, 2021, 09:40:52 AM »
Every other engine house, roundhouse, I have seen has the rafters meet in the middle of the beam, as it makes everything much easier to have the rafters square with the track. Such as hanging things from the roof, like smoke jacks, interior materials, etc.

Some simple measures could be a chalk line on the beam, and figure out an angle to cut the rafters to make the end butt together.

I suppose having the rafters offset at an angle doesn’t really matter too much. But it will definitely affect the way the pitch of the roof is. Normally engine houses/round houses like this have the roof pitch with the stall of the tracks.

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Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« on: November 02, 2021, 09:38:25 PM »
From what I could see, the kids were all extremely eager to learn about things at the museum. And some of them were talking about attending previous events and how much fun they have had. So it is always nice to over hear different things about the smiles and joys we bring to local families, as well as the outsiders of course.

So many smiles today, and so many thank you’d. It was amazing to see and hear how the museum adapts for different school and educational groups.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: October 09, 2021, 07:45:12 PM »
Having engines running or fired up inside the building, and things won’t stay white for very long.

Amazing progress.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: September 10, 2021, 06:49:04 AM »
Very exciting times are ahead. 😁

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Volunteers / Re: August 2021 Work Reports
« on: August 29, 2021, 08:46:46 PM »
Can we take and print the rules test online? Also, I must say the fence posts look great. Love the trail relocation efforts. Looks great to see a formal trail in place now.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 23, 2021, 07:20:39 AM »
So what about the proposed outside storage track adjacent to roundhouse track 3. Will it be No. 4 or maybe 3A?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't turntable tracks that aren't attached to anything and aren't under cover called Garden Tracks?

They are called radial tracks.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 23, 2021, 07:13:56 AM »
It was great to see a few new volunteers yesterday as well.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 21, 2021, 09:11:55 AM »
It is not clear from the drawings what the walls are going to be made out of? Will they be wood or some other material?
Great Drawings by the way!

Ted Miles, WW&F Life Member #270

Hey Ted, the actual structure itself will be wood just like the original Wiscasset enginehouse.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 18, 2021, 09:15:57 PM »
Great work to everyone involved. This will be as exciting as the coach project once things start to really develop and come together.

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Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 04, 2021, 06:57:57 PM »
The wheels never even attempted to slip under my gentle touch. #9 hauled that train up the hill with extreme ease, and she could have definitely handled more train. Back in the day they would pull 6-8 cars up the mountain with an engine like #9. Coaches being much heavier, 4 coaches would be around the max I would imagine.

Near the top of the grade I allowed the train to slow considerably to allow a smooth stop at ToM. One thing you learn with years of throttle time is how to minimize your effort and allow certain things to work in your favor. Running a train is like an art, and the longer the train the more patience and skill you need to have and you always want to know, where your train is at behind you. Not so important with a short train, but with a two mile long train the train behind you may be in 3 different states of travel so you need to exercise extreme caution in making adjustments of any kind.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 24, 2021, 04:18:03 PM »
That is great to hear Ed. I am very excited to hear what the news might be. Very pleased to see active progress on #11 and a few other important projects.

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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 22, 2021, 11:27:57 AM »
Conway Scenics stalls are right to left, stall 1, being the run through stall, then stall 2, then the shortest stalls being 3 & 4 furthest from the main line. Most railroads have numbered stalls or tracks starting out from the main line.

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Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: February 21, 2021, 11:17:01 AM »
Though every machine has its own “charm” if you will, tampers are overall much easier to operate than tie inserters. But both machines can drastically “ruin” track in a split second.

As far as museums or other railroads go, we are very fortunate to have such a wide array of people with different qualifications doing different things. But even better than those with the experience is those who so eagerly are willing to train and share their knowledge.

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Work and Events / Re: Eames Train Brakes - Official Work Thread
« on: January 14, 2021, 10:06:41 AM »
Just watched the test video, very impressive. Well done to everyone involved with the design and implementation.

In either case, I am excited to see the continued development of the vacuum brakes.

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