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General Discussion / Re: What if.............
« on: March 01, 2009, 10:21:21 AM »
I hope I did not imply that if I built this that the museum would be obligated to allow me to run it on the line. I don't think I asked that. All I am saying is "what if". What would have been the natural progression of the railroad and it's motive power/cars is all I'm thinking about. I can only be member (soon to be) from a distance until I retire out of the Airforce.

General Discussion / Re: What if.............
« on: February 27, 2009, 08:12:20 PM »
No doubt I agree 100%. I just like to think outside the box sometimes.

General Discussion / Re: What if.............
« on: February 27, 2009, 06:51:34 PM »

This is what I am thinking of. I want to be a part of the museum and I also want to have my own locomotive, so why not build something that "would have, might have or should have been". Just kicking ideas around.

General Discussion / What if.............
« on: February 26, 2009, 10:35:43 PM »
What if........
The WW&F survived the great depression, and found a way to keep the line's perverbial head above the water, what do you think the line would have looked like? Rolling stock? New locomotives? The reason why I ask is i have been working on a gas/diesel-mechanical locomotive design (24" gauge) that would be in-expensive to build and operate, but I want it to have the look an feel of the 1940's style that was present in trucks. I mean like chrome trim, a rounded grill ect. Kinda like a GE 44 tonner built by Ford. Small and usefull.
Anyway, I'm glad to see you gents are plugging away at the car shop. Looks great.

Volunteers / Re: Bernie's whistle *PICS*
« on: January 18, 2009, 02:26:19 PM »
WOW! :o

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 13, 2009, 07:32:29 PM »
Are you going to use the traditional way of fitting the tires by a gas-fired ring to heat it up then install?

Work and Events / Re: Car shop extension 2
« on: January 10, 2009, 10:18:33 PM »
How is the Car shop heated?
You guys are some really talented carpenters!!

Museum Discussion / Cheap Places to Stay near Sheepscot
« on: January 05, 2009, 08:06:42 PM »
If someone came to help out, what places are there to stay that are free/cheap? What would be an interesting place to have too is a small bunk house or barracks done up in period fashion, rough wood bunks and all with the obligatory wood stove.


Ballast hopper for track work and fill.

Work and Events / Re: Tree cutting to start 12/27/08
« on: December 28, 2008, 11:53:48 PM »
HAHA. Septic Heights. Sounds like the place I want to live. NOT!   ;D

Museum Discussion / Re: preservation and hokum
« on: December 28, 2008, 05:48:49 PM »
I'll throw my .02 worth in, being that I have watched the thread for a while now.

The top of the mountain seems to be the best spot to stop the line re-construction for many reasons, and here they are:
I gives time, man power and funds to complete the parking area and restrooms. It allows for ROW maintenance to catch up. During the "pause", rail, ties and other supplies can be stockpiled ready to go once the line resumes building. It gives time to plan and fix the landslide and to allow for the Trout creek bridge to be finished (Marines?).
I think shifting the focus to maintaining the ROW and facilities to support more and different ways of income are good.
About the rolling stock, having a sharper focus on #9 to complete it will be good for the RR. Having 2 steam locos operating will help attendance increase.
My suggestion too is to build (or locate one and modify it) a ballast hopper for ROW work.
I know these things take time, money and manpower. Additional activities like the pumpkin patch trains, Ice cream trains and others to increase ridership are all good ideas.
Now, when can I start to build the WW&F light plant building and put a Fairbanks morse generator in it? Bio-diesel and all.......(when I retire from the Airforce)


Archives (General) / Re: Moderator preferences
« on: November 14, 2008, 09:11:48 PM »
Test 1234..........

Ok it worked.

Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: Engine #1
« on: September 09, 2008, 03:10:13 PM »
What happened to the engine? Throw a rod? Spin a bearing? Have you looked into what other Cummins engines have the same bolt pattern or very close to the OEM engine? Just curious and I am trying to get details/specs on this loco.


General Discussion / Cylinder oil
« on: August 19, 2008, 01:52:06 AM »
What type of cylinder oil is used on #10? I know #10 is not superheated so would the lube oil used be different than a loco that has a superheater (and thus a hotter steam output)?
What will #11's driver wheel diameter be? What would the cost of a new boiler be in today's dollers?
Thanks, just leaner some more about these locos.

General Discussion / Baldwin Class 10-12-D 4-6-0T.......
« on: August 12, 2008, 08:49:58 AM »

Hey all,
I stumbled across this Baldwin/Alco WWI War Department 2' locomotive on a UK site and was thinking, would a design like this fit the stateside profile of a narrow gauge line? I have seen some references to this type being used in highway/road construction, but that's it for the states. I know it was used a great deal overseas and a few are still around.
How difficult would it be to find plans for this class? Since it was a War Department Loco would the plans be in the Library of Congress? I like the layout of the design and would like to find the plans for it.

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