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Messages - Mike the Choochoo Nix

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Volunteers / Re: December 2020 Work Reports
« on: December 18, 2020, 09:38:20 AM »
12 - 15" just north of Bath.  A bit more than the 1-3 forecast...
WOW, looks like winter there started with a Big Bang!
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: Electric Building - Official Work Thread
« on: December 10, 2020, 06:07:32 PM »
I think the museum is on the right track buying a phase converter, they are not that expensive and a good one will last for years. Check out American Rotary's website if any of you are wondering about them. They are not the only game in town but they show what the current equipment is like and they show their prices.
M. Nix

Looks Great!

Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: November 25, 2020, 06:07:09 PM »
My option is to put a second tag on the lantern but not to cover the old tag. Why? A second tag can not be easily seen it most photos and does not devalue it to most collectors and museums. It May someday increase its value as an artifact used by the museum. If you were removing of replacing something then it might be questionable, but to add a tag that shows a later use, I don't think it hurts.
M. Nix

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 20, 2020, 08:40:39 PM »
Now I know what I'm looking for I can see the bolt holes where the ladder rungs attached.
 Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 19, 2020, 09:57:03 PM »
Any idea why there is an extra stud on the end of the car?
Mike Nix

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: November 14, 2020, 08:02:28 PM »
With the salt air it might be a good idea to pressure wash it as soon as the weather warms in the spring.

Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 31, 2020, 06:02:26 PM »
  Brian got Two working, They didn't work long. He's going to order some parts. I told him James would be happy to pay for the parts. If we can fix the older ones it will be great!

A lot of parts that are no longer supplied by the manufacturer are available  online. The dealer told me parts weren't available for my old chainsaw, I found that everything was online as aftermarket .
M. Nix

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Shocking Development at Sheepscot
« on: October 29, 2020, 08:58:15 PM »
It's pun reading some of the posts on here!

Museum Discussion / Re: Switch lanterns on high mast switches
« on: October 05, 2020, 08:17:15 PM »
Just a note, the position and color of lenses is easily changed. Used lenses should run no more than $25 each and are often less in a lot with several of them. Ones of the wrong size or color  are easily resold.
M. Nix

General Discussion / Re: Investor(s) Wanted - Wiscasset Woods Lodge
« on: September 29, 2020, 04:34:55 PM »
I would first find an investor who would act as manager and run the place.

Volunteers / Re: August 2020 Work Reports
« on: August 16, 2020, 09:16:39 PM »
You definitely need different size drill presses. A small one for holes 1/2 inch and under and smaller parts, a medium size one for larger parts that one man can lift onto its table and bigger holes. The radial is for big parts and large holes but it's also useful for small holes in big parts that are hard to reposition for drilling.
M. Nix

1700 for that motor / generator was cheap, but no one should second guess and think we missed s good deal. No one but the buyer knows how high it could have gone. I just bought some retaining wall blocks for six dollars, I would have paid up to $175 for them but no one else wanted them.
M. Nix

I second the roll up curtains inside. They won't detract from the outside appearance of the pavilion but would provide shelter from wind and blowing rain and snow. Blocking the wind is the most important thing as most of our visitors will be dressed for the weather.
All that being said we can wait until the finances improve to plan the details of the curtains.

General Discussion / Re: Keith Rucker-Antique Machinery Blog
« on: July 05, 2020, 08:27:29 AM »
I watch Keith's videos all the time, Keith is leading the restoration of a locomotive stoker engine for the Nashville locomotive being restored. There are a couple of other good machinists on U-tube, with several good videos about removing broken bolts correctly. Adam Booth is a good one
M. Nix

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