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General Discussion / Re: "On the cab"
« on: February 19, 2023, 01:05:46 PM »
Wayne, back when I started on the railroad (longer ago than I care to think about!) there were still quite a few engineers around that had started in the steam days. In particular I had many conversations with the late Charlie Strunk. In his later years Charlie had been the senior engineer for the High Iron Company and their many excursions in the New Jersey, and Pennsylvania region. I never heard Charlie use that term…but I know he spent plenty of time with his butt on the cab window sill. Charlie ran the last trips on the CNJ with center cab locomotive 774.

Volunteers / Re: November 2022 Work Reports
« on: January 02, 2023, 09:57:54 AM »
A piece of 2x4 works great, especially if the wheel bites into the wood.
On the Lehigh Valley RR we used a chain on either side of a wheel to secure equipment.
All around the service tracks at the round house you would find chains laying on the ground to be used as wheel chocks. They lasted a lot longer than 2 x4’s!

Museum Discussion / Re: Leaves on The Mountain
« on: December 29, 2022, 04:17:18 PM »
i think flame throwers would be more fun….

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 13, 2022, 10:41:39 AM »
So, no nut on the other end?

Jeff S.
Jeff. are you referring to a hex nut on the bolt? Then yes they will have retaining nuts. If you are referring to the nut holding the wrench..then a big yes to that too!

Museum Discussion / Re: HOn30 Kit of SR&RL 6 (WW&F 9)
« on: November 08, 2022, 09:27:39 AM »
Don't miss the "About us" page, here:  8)
Kenji and his friend Koji stayed with us when they visited the WW&F several years ago. They were here from Japan to attend the Narrow Gauge Convention in Rhode Island.


Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 06, 2022, 07:25:08 PM »
Ron, the photos in your last two posts aren't visible.
I see them on my iPad.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 19, 2022, 11:16:22 AM »
i always found 10’s cab to be much roomier making for a very pleasant cab ride experience.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 14, 2022, 03:40:38 AM »
Well a very quick look shows that decals were available in late
19th century:

Most likely not used on coaches at that time - labor was probably
cheaper than purchased product. Beside it still had to be installed.
I would bet that the decorative scroll work was done with stencils. And back in the day….the decals were all varnish transfer not water slide. I don’t believe there are any suppliers of varnish transfers left anymore.

Volunteers / Re: June 2022 Work Reports
« on: June 27, 2022, 11:02:29 AM »
Brendan and Ron are working on a milling machine, not a lathe.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 17, 2022, 12:55:10 PM »
While #53 was the star of today's deliveries to Sheepscot, the cylinder castings for #11 were also delivered.
[Photo by Jason Lamontagne]
Are we going to lose the deposit on the pallet? Looks like somebody broke one of the slats!

Volunteers / Re: May 2022 Work Reports
« on: May 05, 2022, 04:43:14 PM »
This is a major step up from our old Bridgeport we have in the shop now. There is discussion ongoing as to replacing the Bridgeport with this or keeping both. There are uses for both.

Today I reassembled the machine and started a full cleaning.
Those old round ram “M” head Bridgeports make really stout drill presses!


Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 29, 2022, 06:37:40 PM »
It is a wood planer Keith.

Thanks Mike…..I guess we need to keep an eye out for a metal planer.


Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 29, 2022, 04:56:27 PM »
Spring Work Weekend Day 1 - April 29:

* Planer shed - Brendan was supervising construction of a shed to house a new (to us) planer.

I must have missed the announcement, what is the story on the new (to us) planer? Is it a wood working planer or a metal planer?
A metal planer is a wonderful machine…..similar to a shaper but instead of the tool moving, the work moves beneath a fixed tool post.
A planer for wood is very nice, but a metal planer would be really cool!

Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 18, 2022, 07:12:23 AM »
Maybe we need a place where these initials are spelled out.
Lots of folks that are not local might enjoy knowing what we are talking about.
We need to remember that we have a large audience on this forum and not everyone is familiar with the terminology.
Thanks for the explanation!


Volunteers / Re: April 2022 Work Reports
« on: April 18, 2022, 05:12:16 AM »
Anticipated work for Tuesday and Wednesday 19-20 April 2022

Track crew:  cutting ties, prep begins for SWW  (Tues)
                   switching work cars from TBS

You got me…..I thought TBS was a Cable TV channel.
Sometimes we need to spell things out as not everybody reading these pages knows what local initials mean.


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