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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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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

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 04, 2021, 05:33:51 PM »

Plus if you want to dig you have to wait till the Tracer gets there & after the electrical building (power pole)
all lines belong to the property owner so it is not a free service. You don't have to ask how I know.
Interesting, here in Minnesota they locate everything right up to your building, but anything you put in going out from your building is your responsibility. That is to say if it was installed by the utility than it's located for free.

Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 30, 2021, 12:35:20 PM »
It ain't pretty, and it ain't neat but a screwdriver (i know use the correct tools)
driven through the can also works.
I guy I worked with did that, he wasn't to handy, still couldn't get the filter off and had to have the car towed to a shop.
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: Video
« on: March 21, 2021, 06:59:01 AM »
It's impressive, I saw them riveting one of uthe wheels together. He bought Dakota Foundry because he didn't want some corporation buying it and refuse to make small and one of parts he needed for the Case. Of course it also fit nicely with his existing company in his business model .
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: BUFF B-52, Air Force, Snoring, and French.
« on: March 10, 2021, 09:12:06 AM »
Some railroaders use FRN for railfans. It stands for Fricking Railroad Nut, or something close to that. Heard it from a young woman whose father worked for thr railroad.
M. Nix

It also looks fine on my old unupdateable I-pad.

General Discussion / Re: RR Spikes/rail/
« on: February 28, 2021, 07:49:12 AM »
While he knows railroading as it is his job,
i laughed when he said that spikes are low carbon steel while holding one marked HC on the head for High Carbon!
M. Nix

Volunteers / Re: February Work Reports 2021
« on: February 28, 2021, 07:40:20 AM »
Are you just thinning the trees in that area?
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: Toledo, Peoria, and Western H-10 class
« on: February 14, 2021, 01:44:20 PM »
A nice looking locomotive, very clean lines. Was she built light because of the track or was it just a chance thing that that was the weight when she was built.

Work and Events / Re: Photos - WW&F photo charter January 16/17
« on: February 11, 2021, 07:56:04 PM »
Your photos look great, yes some are a "moment in time" and may not be as clear as some like but they show what it was like. I also noticed that they are balanced in composition, just not in the conventional sense.
M. Nix

Museum Discussion / Re: Public Camping/Overnights at ToM (or elsewhere)
« on: February 01, 2021, 03:15:34 PM »
I think the caboose/ cabin is a good idea, however we are a volunteer organization and maintaining it would be problematic. If it was done, I think the best idea would be to lease it to someone local and let them take care of renting and cleaning it. As part of the arrangement we could provide transportation via the railroad.
Mike Nix

Also older motors are problematic on a vfd. The insulation has too low a tempertaure rating. Motors on vfd 's run hotter. Electrician friend told me this.   

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Northern Pacific No.8
« on: January 13, 2021, 08:58:03 PM »
maybe it was a typo, but I thought they had 2.

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