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While the forum appears well on my ipad.....the main WW&F web page is horrendous.

And evidence of a pad lock up top.


Ed, on my ipad the site looks fine. However some pages show the padlock at the top and the one I am looking as I write this it doesn’t appear.


I’m guessing that machine will not be really useful for No.60 drills?
As I recall a No. 60 is 0.040” diameter.....


General Discussion / Re: Who Am I? or, Let's Introduce Ourselves
« on: March 02, 2021, 03:32:30 PM »
Phil from South Windsor, here.


Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / Re: Car barn
« on: February 02, 2021, 05:23:12 PM »
It just goes to show you - we’re all same. We build a building so we have more storage room and then we immediately fill it. Then we build another building and....
As we have all been taught....Nature abhors a vacuum!

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Location of B&SR excursion train
« on: January 24, 2021, 10:43:13 AM »
In October 1960 I was 19 years old and took 5 photos of a B&SR excursion train. I labeled the slides "Cripple Creek RR" but think that was in error. You can see these by going to my web site: Select Railroads and then the first video titled "Bridgton & Saco River Railroad". Any help in locating where I was would be appreciated.
There is a possible explanation for your labeling. In one of your photos you can see a small  0-4-0  saddle tank locomotive. One of the “projects” that Jay Wulfson, Pierre Rasmussen and James Wright had was operating another one at the amusement park “Cowboy City” near Farmingdale, NJ. The locomotive was labeled Copper Creek, and in the off season the locomotive was taken to the Pine Creek location for storage and repairs.


Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Location of B&SR excursion train
« on: January 24, 2021, 05:24:58 AM »
There is a reason that the Shay has “B&SR” lettered on the tender. That Shay was owned by Edgar T. Mead the noted Maine Two Foot Gauge author and researcher. And in fact the headlight on the Shay was from a B&SR locomotive.

Bridgton & Saco River Railway / Re: Location of B&SR excursion train
« on: January 23, 2021, 07:17:40 PM »
I can tell you exactly where that was taken. Yes, it is the Pine Creek Railroad, but not at Allaire State Park. This was the original location of the Pine Creek on NJ Route 9 in Marlboro, NJ near Freehold, NJ. At this time it was the private property of Jay Wulfson who later went on to run the Middletown and New Jersey and then create the Vermont Railway. When Mr. Wulfson left NJ he gifted the assets (but not the land) to the newly formed New Jersey Museum of Transportation and the railroad was relocated to Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, New Jersey.
I know this as I spent countless hours in the cab of Lima Shay 3314, Ely - Thomas Number 6.


All true, but VFDs have advantages too, like infinitely variable speed control and jog functions. You can tell the motor to turn a quarter turn and stop.


There is a plan to get a rotary phase convertor for the machine shop to replace the diesel generator for 3 phase power. We have determined that the planned electric service cannot support the current required by the convertor so that issue has to be addressed and the campus wiring plan will need to be modified and installed first.

In the meantime a replacement water pump has been purchased for the generator and will be installed soon, time and weather permitting.
Has any thought been given to using a variable frequency drive instead of a rotary converter.? They supply a true three phase output and are the size of a shoe box.


I'll have some pictures of the new lathe next week, and more once it comes over to the shop. It's an incredibly nice machine. To give a sense of scale, it's a 40" swing x75" capacity machine, 15' long end-to-end, and about 13,000 lbs. Factory scraping marks are still visible on the cross feed ways.

As for 10EE's- I ran a couple while I worked at the machine shop at UT Dallas- they are fantastic machines. But I struggled to justify us bringing in a lathe that has such (relatively) limited z-capacity. They also fetch a premium if they are in good condition, and while their constant torque drive system is one of their selling points, it can be a costly repair in the event of failure. In the end a donor purchased a Monarch 12CK for us which came out of Lie-Nielsen's tool and die shop. It is in fantastic shape and will make for a nice improvement over the current "small lathe" (less wear, cam-lock spindle nose, quick change gearbox, quieter, higher top-end speed) while matching it's capacity.

Alan.....this is the first I’ve heard of the Monarch 12CK coming to the museum. It sounds like a fine machine!
Hopefully the virus situation will improve and I will again be able to visit the railroad in person.

I'm looking forward to seeing Wilmar on the rails at Sheepscot.

Jeff S.

What I m looking forward to the new (at least to us!) Lodge and Shipley lathe.
Now all we need is a nice Monarch 10EE lathe for smaller work......

Monson Railroad / Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
« on: January 07, 2021, 02:10:18 PM »
It’s well ventilated.....


Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 23, 2020, 12:20:53 PM »
The assembly of the coach 9 kit continues to impress!

Wow! I didn’t know La Belle made them quite this big!


Volunteers / Summer Sausage
« on: December 21, 2020, 12:38:02 PM »
Many years ago my wife and I lived in the Allentown, PA area when I worked for Conrail. One day my crew stopped for lunch at a butcher / delicatessen near Bangor, Pennsylvania. In the meat counter there was an item that looked suspiciously like kielbasa. I bought a ring of it to take home for dinner. Ginny boiled it up and served it on noodles.
That night both of us had the worst stomach aches and nightmares you could imagine. It was about that time that we found out that “ring bologna” was a heavily spiced garlicky cold cut....and not meant to be served hot!
It was years before either of us could look at the stuff....


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