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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 15, 2023, 09:58:07 AM »
Having the frame together will be a major milestone as everyone will be able to see something other than a collection of parts. We will be able to see how big the locomotive will be. I’m looking forward to watching as parts large and small are added to the frame. Making parts is important but watching it grow as parts are added will be fun.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 53 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 05, 2022, 12:23:57 PM »
Is the motor to be used from the locomotive going to be getting a full overhaul before it is installed. I would think we want every part of the loco refurbished to tolerances that will insure trouble free service. I know this a big project and will take time and money but we may as well get a trouble free product. I'm not saying you won't do a good job, I think a total tear down and inspection of everything is a must.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 53 - Official Work Thread
« on: April 02, 2022, 06:19:51 PM »
Ah! Outside frame trucks, can be narrowed easier than conventional ones I would think.

Museum Discussion / Re: Steam and Sleighs makes The Bangor Daily News
« on: February 15, 2022, 09:33:32 AM »
Back in the day they recorded when trains were late and bad weather conditions but the little details about what it was like and the difficulties of operating in the adverse weather conditions were often not well recorded.  By running public trains in the winter you have added to the historical record more details of what winter running in bad weather was like. Truly bringing history to life!
M. Nix

The modern reefers shown in the photo have satellite heating and cooling controls.
After thirty years of babysitting those same reefers on semi trucks I can tell you they need that satellite link because those units can go down at any time without warning. Mostly it's just small things like relays and solenoid valves but they are still not cooling or heating.
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: January 2022 Work Report
« on: January 01, 2022, 08:22:54 PM »
Considering the challenges of the past year I think what the Sheepscot crew has been able to accomplish is fantastic!
M. Nix

Museum Discussion / Re: Signage at Trout Brook and Elsewhere
« on: September 29, 2021, 06:04:53 AM »
So what is a sign? Is a sign on a building saying "restrooms" a sign? Are our station names signs? Is a sign saying "property of WW&F, No Tresspassing" a sign ? Now we must stay on good terms with the town, but getting an ok that an information sign, of a certain maximum size, that is  set back a certain distance from public right of way is not considered a sign under the ordinance, might be a plan. Think outside the box.
M. Nix

Very very nice, some of the photos would make great postcards!
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 05, 2021, 08:09:49 AM »
Wouldn't blue flags be the most appropriate anyway? The car should not be moved until the ice cream serving is done and the power cord is disconnected right?

About ten years ago we were driving through Quebec Canada on our way to Maine, we stopped at a tourist information center to get some information about the roads. The two young ladies there spoke very broken English but the young man spoke very good English. I asked him if he grew up speaking English and he said no, he spoke French growing up like everyone else that lived there but he watched a lot of American television !
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 18, 2021, 06:46:29 PM »
I have a friend that is an electrician, he marks circuits at the breaker and at the outlet or machine so there is no time wasted finding which circuit you have. It saves a lot of guessing. I hope our electrician has the same thought. And yes, you still check to make sure the power is off even when everything is marked.

M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 05, 2021, 03:04:22 PM »
Either way a good map is a must, I measured mine from the house and other buildings just to save wondering now close I am to the lines. For the museum it's a must to have a very good map of the electric, communications, drain and water lines so there's no guessing as to whether a locate is needed.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: June 04, 2021, 05:36:23 PM »
That looks nice, are the walls of the pit going to be block?
M. Nix

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