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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 16, 2015, 05:11:25 PM »
I can't help it! I keep going back and looking at the photos.....  ;D

Considering the quality and quantity of work done I am thinking a classic builders photo is in order - complete with blocked out background. Or, if possible, a photo with the whole restoration crew.


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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 07, 2015, 08:16:12 PM »
With all the great photos and stories the saga of No. 9's re-birth should be made available in book form. (hint)

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 06, 2015, 08:55:01 AM »
Well Done, well done.

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 02, 2015, 04:12:28 PM »
Please don't do the white walls. That's like drawing a beard on the Mona lisa

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General Discussion / Re: Cooking Baked Beans in a bean hole
« on: May 31, 2015, 08:05:01 AM »
The Lumberman's Museum in Patten Maine holds a traditional Bean hole dinner every year.

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Work and Events / Re: Shingle Mill Work Day
« on: May 11, 2015, 05:48:39 AM »
What a great project and addition to the WW&F!

I can see this rig setup in a small clearing with a nice pile of cedar logs and that wonderful aroma only a shingle mill can have.
That well maintained Continental Red Seal is a treasure in itself.

Most fantastic!

Best regards,

Terry

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: shipping hay
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:14:14 PM »
While not directly related to the WW&F this thread brought to mind a story related to me a number of years ago concerning the Eagle Lake & West Branch or more accurately the field surrounding the EL&WB.

During the railroads operating season (June through November) Joe Giguere ran the Plymouth switcher at Tramway. During the winter he drove a Lombard tractor out of Churchill. His family had a cabin on the Jaw's road. Anyway, one year Joe and a young friend decided to get some hay off the field at Tramway. They made a raft they could tow behind Joe's boat which had an early outboard.

At Tramway Joe made a crude hay press which would press the hay into bales which could be tied with wire and then loaded onto the raft. With the raft loaded-up they headed back to Churchill. All went well until the outboard caught on fire. Somehow they found themselves abandoning the boat for the raft loaded with hay which may have been akin to jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Anyway... desperate to save themselves and their flammable cargo Joe managed to un-screw the motor mounts using a long pole following which the flaming outboard sank with a hiss to the bottom of the lake. They were eventually rescued by some fisherman who happened along.

Interestingly a few years ago I was interviewing an elderly gentleman who along with other members of his family lived and worked in the Allagash in the 1920's and 30's. When I told him that story he jumped out of his chair shouting "That was me! That was me! I was with Joe that day!!"

Needless to say, that moment was one of the high points of my historical research.

Best regards,

Terry Harper

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Museum Discussion / Re: The roundhouse floor
« on: October 25, 2014, 06:20:30 PM »
Hello Mike,

The best thing I have found are the stall matts sold at Tractor Supply. They don't slip and they are comfy to the aging feet.
I have half a one in front of my mill and another for the lathe.

Best regards,

Terry

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Museum Discussion / Re: 2014 Calendar wins award
« on: August 31, 2014, 07:24:34 AM »
That will do Stephen, That will do.  ;D

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Maine Narrow Gauge RR Co. & Museum / Re: J. Emmons Lancaster - RIP
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:49:58 PM »
Thank you Glenn,

I remember Emmons well - He was one of the "Old Breed" who's depth of knowledge and experience was boundless.
I have always felt privileged to have known him.

Best regards,
Terry Harper

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Hello John,

Our library here in Fort Fairfield has a complete bound set. I love thumbing through them

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US Two Footers / Re: Two Foot Railroad for sale in NH
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:50:44 PM »
Hello Glen,

I am so glad you had the chance to meet a good friend of mine and visit his 2 foot empire. As you no doubt discovered he has had a very active live in the world of railroad preservation and in particular working with steam locomotives.

I remember well during the big ice storm a number of years ago I traveled over there for a work session. He had a big generator cranking away and we were working blissfully in the shop when his wife along and wondered why we had power but the house didn't.

All good time!

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General Discussion / Re: Interesting way to rerail a locomotive
« on: May 18, 2014, 08:18:45 AM »
Interesting!

We used similar style of jacks on the EL&WB project. While they could lift 60 tons each they only had a six inch lift and were very slow - beats doing it by hand!




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Looking at the aerials there does not seem to be room for a loop. You will have to move to the other side of the car to enjoy the other side of the swamp.

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General Discussion / Re: Life in the Polar Vortex - Round 2
« on: March 08, 2014, 08:09:19 AM »
It's all those new heat pumps sucking the warmth out of the atmosphere.  ;D

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