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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Smokey Joe's Cafe
« on: April 14, 2009, 05:08:41 PM »

Troublemaker Alert!

I think we should have a caption contest for the picture.
How about "Joe, about that smoke....."
I'm sure someone can do better.  :D

Museum Discussion / Something to dream on...
« on: March 16, 2009, 04:17:44 PM »
Wonder if we'll ever see one of these in Wiscasset again? 

Museum Discussion / Historical Photo Recreations
« on: March 10, 2009, 10:54:16 AM »
In reading the topics on building 'new' old cars and trucks, and studying the picture Stephen included of the gravel train at Head Tide, I had a question:
Have we ever thought about or discussed the idea of recreating some of the pictures that were taken of the original railway?
This would provide a ready made 'script' for the picnic, charters,  or other seasonal events.
(The Mason's wreck pictures might not be doable except with Photoshop.  ;)  )
Any comments? Favorites pictures? Old idea?
How about a 'what if', such as the FS&K connection that Dana has researched?

Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Palen/Fay/Joking Around
« on: November 26, 2008, 11:40:09 AM »
Well, after seeing the Bridgton Yard site for the first time during the Fall Field Trip I can see that the tanks I saw were not the ones that were in the yard.  Tanks, but no tanks.
:P  Uhhhhhh
Dana's been listening to too many political speeches this fall, methinks....

Work and Events / WW&F No. 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 03, 2008, 11:15:56 AM »
Work on #9 has gone pretty slow since last spring, what with all the outdoor activity during the warm season and the need to run steam every weekend.  The pace should pick up now that we are back inside for the winter.
My understanding is that the boiler is about ready for tubes over at Boothbay Railway. In the shop at Sheepscot the major frame break around the left front driver pedestal has been repaired, and the frame around the slots for the spring hangers have been reinforced. The new rear frame side assemblies have been riveted together. The piece that will tie the front and rear frame together has been cast (successfully, this was the second try) and awaits machining. Repair has begun on the right front frame in front of the driving box pedestal where the piece that goes under the cylinder casting bolts to the main frame had been 'working' and loosened up. This will also get a new, longer binder to better reinforce this joint. The pivot castings for the equalizer bar and brake rigging are in the process of being bored for bushings.

Major overhaul of the cylinders has not started, as they will need boring and the left side will get a sleeve. The rest of the running gear will also get an overhaul as needed.

I would expect that much of the work on the frame will be done this winter, and a lot of smaller stuff will get some attention. The third Saturday of the month has traditionally been #9 day.

If you search back through the forum topics you should find some pictures and descriptions of a lot of this work.
Our goal is to have as much of the original machine as possible while having a reliable locomotive that will pass any anticipated future regulatory requirements.  

Work and Events / WW&F No. 10 - Official Work Thread
« on: September 18, 2008, 04:42:07 PM »
I've been working on refurbishing the spare Metropolitan injector for # 10 and can report pretty good progress.
For those who have pondered the magic that occurs inside of one of these devices here is a picture of it in pieces:

As you can see there's a lot going on in there!

The shiny parts are the two new tubes that I made to replace the damaged old ones. The internal valves which control the steam flow have been refinished and I'll be renewing a couple of the outside linkage parts to reduce the play.

Hopefully in a couple of weeks our fireman's side injector will no longer be the PITA that it is now.

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