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Kennebec Central / Re: Link and Pin Injuries
« on: August 17, 2008, 10:22:22 AM »
Early issues of "Railroad Magazine" had some great advertisements for rubber hands and limbs. Riding "up top" to apply hand brakes was another good way to lose your life or various appendages. And passing signals in a snow storm with a fusee was another way that many men were injured. In a way....I am surprised that with 20 employees, more didn't have crush injuries.

Boothbay Railway Village / Re: B&SR coach 11 at Boothbay
« on: August 17, 2008, 10:15:50 AM »
Hello Stewart, you mention red lead, which is in fact exactly what was used, and was also used by boat builders on wooden hulls. However...the red that I see used at the various Maine two foot gauge museums is not exactly the same shade as red lead. REAL red lead is actually a brownish red...and never glossy. I wonder if the modern paints are not able to exactly dupicate the color due to eliminating lead from the formula?

General Discussion / Re: Not narrow gauge, but way cool...
« on: August 09, 2008, 07:47:52 AM »
Another way to go is black around the numerals and red around just the lettering. I believe this was the standard way Baldwin painted the plates originally.
Here is a link to a picture of East Broad Top Number 17, that shows this way of painting the number plates.

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