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Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Return of the Rails...Again!
« on: June 07, 2017, 11:20:17 PM »
Combining the railroad with other economic elements could prove a winning idea and might expand Bridgton's role in the Sebago Lake region's economy.
This is important since Gray's fervor for this opportunity seems to have waned.

It would also justify Bill Shelley's vision of and many contributions to the original concept. 

Best Regards,

Hi Guys,

For everybody who wants to see operating B-class locomotives preserved for the next generation ... onward ...


Hi Guys,

I just came across these 3 beautiful new videos taken along the entire preserved route of the EFOM, between Sao Joao del Rei and Tiradentes.

The link is for Parte 1.  Partes 2 and 3 may be reached by other links supplied on the right hand side of the screen. 
What an outstanding museum operation!!!


Two Footers outside of the US / A Two Footer in Greece
« on: June 01, 2017, 11:11:16 PM »
Hi Guys,

Here's a nice recent video of the "Pelion Train" that still operates from Ano Lechonia to Millies - near Volos.  Edgar Mead had a brief write-up in his book "Narrow Gauge to the Hills".

Best Regards,

Love it Wayne!


Volunteers / Re: April 2017 Work Planning
« on: April 01, 2017, 04:33:26 PM »

      Homer Simpson

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:04:32 AM »
This old Government Contractor is impressed with the proactivity you folks display in your dealings with the various regulatory agencies. 

Your attitude is both responsible and mature.

There can be great benefits to all parties when everyone is on the same page and surprises can be kept to a minimum.

Cheers Guys,

US Two Footers / Re: How much MTF right-of-way is hike-able?
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:26:42 PM »
Hi Phillip,

Thank you so much for your follow up and your effort in matching the photo locations.  Since my last post I've re-read Moody's account off his own latter day explorations published in the new addendum of the most recent printing of "Maine Two Footers."  Both his and your trips remain fairly timely. 

Do you have any photos of Madrid Jct. or the F&M below Salem?

US Two Footers / Re: Jones & Laughlin 58 Restoration
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:15:01 PM »

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Kalahari #122 at speed
« on: January 08, 2017, 05:16:25 PM »
Yes indeed!


Hi Wayne,

You're right on the money.

It was supposed to be the first true passenger train in 25 years.  But there was a delay by the Ministry of Transport in passing the line for passenger service.  The RR had to run a train, people had signed up specially for the first trip.  So the train was deemed a freight train and the Ministry allowed the "freight train" to run as scheduled.

Luckily, none of the "freight" was damaged.

Best Regards,


Two Footers outside of the US / Kalahari #122 at speed
« on: January 08, 2017, 01:39:19 PM »
Nice short video shows South African Railways #122 at speed.  The loco is an NG15, 2' gauge 2-8-2 tender locomotive.  An interesting design point is the front pilot wheels and the lead driving wheels are actually set up like a 4 wheel truck to keep the fixed wheelbase as short as possible.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: An interesting narrative from WWI
« on: January 05, 2017, 10:56:47 PM »
Thanks for sending the link!

I love the stories and I love those little trench trains!  The proportions are all wrong.  Who wouldn't like that!

Best Regards,
(in Columbus, GA - The home of Fort Benning and a WW1 Davenport 2-6-2T)

In his book "Talyllyn Adventure", L.T.C. Rolt wrote extensively of the early days of preservation on the railway and learned first hand that the Talyllyn Railway has it's own  "Guardian Angel."
When the Talyllyn's preservation era began (1951), money was really tight and the Railway sorely needed all the passenger revenues it could get.  This meant that at least one of the Railway's locos had to run.  But that was the rub.

Of the railway's two locomotives only "Dolgoch" (built 1866) could be considered "operable".  "Talyllyn" (built 1864) wasn't going anywhere. 

To run, "Dolgoch" needed an operating certificate.  This meant the "Old Lady" would have to be inspected.  Part of that inspection would be to ensure that boiler sheet thickness was adequate.  At the time, the only way to do that was to drill a hole into the boiler barrel and check the surrounding sheet with a micrometer. 

The sweat poured down like rain.

On the appointed day, locomotive inspector arrived and went to work.  He drilled the hole, took his measurements and everybody held their breath.  The verdict was rendered.  The sheet thickness was exactly at it's lowest allowable limit.  The locomotive was passed for service and the rest is history.

Later, when it became "Dolgoch's" turn for a thorough shopping, it was found that the inspector had serendipitously drilled his hole at the thickest point in the boiler.  If the hole had been drilled ANYWHERE ELSE, Dolgoch would have failed inspection.

Wayne wrote,

"I'm pretty certain that my visit to the Talyllyn in 1977 is what first turned me on to two-footers. I have been a railfan as long as I can remember, but the Talyllyn is what did it for two-footers."

Hi Wayne,

Yup,  the Talyllyn is one of those things that just strike you as being an unassailable good.  You know that a person is "OK" if they respond positively to it.  You pass.

Best Regard,

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