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There is a plan to get a rotary phase convertor for the machine shop to replace the diesel generator for 3 phase power. We have determined that the planned electric service cannot support the current required by the convertor so that issue has to be addressed and the campus wiring plan will need to be modified and installed first.

In the meantime a replacement water pump has been purchased for the generator and will be installed soon, time and weather permitting.

Work and Events / Re: Wilmar (the) Tamper - Official Work Thread
« on: January 16, 2021, 06:57:51 PM »
Echoing Dave's comments..
Many thanks and congratulations to Wayne for his tireless and patient efforts.  We are so fortunate to have such skillful and knowledgeable volunteers.
Two very important additions to our museum.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 16, 2021, 03:28:48 PM »
The bolts aren't tapered.
This method of attachment is used for assemblies that will undergo repetitive stresses that could loosen a bolted joint.
The parts are clamped together in their final location, then the bolt holes are reamed be be the same diameter and in perfect alignment, and the non-threaded portion of the bolt is turned to be a light interference fit in the hole. The bolt is then driven in and retained by a nut.
This ensures that there cannot be relative movement between the assembled parts and the integrity of the joint is not dependent on the friction between the parts and the tightness of the bolt.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 13, 2021, 07:47:55 PM »
No. 11's  frames are all tucked in. Picture from Jason...

I think that that the horizontal legs can be trimmed quite a bit now that they're in place.

Hopefully it won't be that long before we'll retrieve them to start assembling No. 11. That will be truly exciting.

Volunteers / Re: January 2021 Work Reports
« on: January 07, 2021, 12:07:47 PM »
Good to see that all of our equipment is getting some needed attention.
Speaking of which, any tractor news?

Volunteers / Re: October 2020 Work Reports
« on: October 09, 2020, 01:04:06 PM »
Agreed, an elegant solution to the problem of unsupported ballast tending to work downhill.
Maybe apply them to the track near the pumphouse at Sheepscot and the turntable lead?

Armchair track foreman question: Should the cribbing be tied to the track structure itself or left to float?  I'm thinking more in the horizontal plane than vertical.

General Discussion / Re: Keith Rucker-Antique Machinery Blog
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:01:35 PM »
If you are bored some night and enjoy British industrial heritage, search for Fred Dibnah on Youtube.
Warning: if you're afraid of heights or mangling of the English language, he might not be for you.

General Discussion / Re: Corona virus and railroading
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:29:08 PM »
isn't this the "Precision Scheduled Railroading" fad that the industry has embraced now?
Longer, fewer trains cost less, at least so they claim.

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 15, 2020, 01:40:53 PM »
I once moved her out with a come-along.
Boy, that was painful. Didn't try that again.

If I remember right, you get about an inch or maybe two out of each 'stroke' of the car mover.  While you can break the static friction, it is difficult to keep her moving and still be able to push.

I thought we would be able to fire up inside the new roundhouse? Doesn't that mean we won't have to push an engine out anymore?

Work and Events / Re: Roundhouse - Official Work Thread
« on: May 14, 2020, 12:37:26 PM »
It is, however, a great aerobic exercise device.
It only takes moving #9 a few feet to get in your workout.

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 06, 2020, 01:45:18 PM »
Would a layer of ballast over the pipe help?
It might lock together and resist the clay's tendency to flow and find a weak spot?

Volunteers / Re: May 2020 Work reports
« on: May 03, 2020, 06:12:54 PM »
I wonder if some kind of support structure over the middle of the culvert right under the track might help?
Is it the vibration and weight of the passing trains or is this a freeze/thaw phenomenon?
Armchair engineers are curious.  :D

General Discussion / Re: 2 Foot Model Parts
« on: April 20, 2020, 01:18:30 PM »
Bachmann produced a very nicely detailed line of On30 locomotives and cars, including replicas of both inside and outside frame 2-4-4T's. They are O scale and run on HO gauge track.   I think they are pretty close to some of the SRRL engines but someone can correct me on that.
Unfortunately they are no longer producing the Forneys but  they can be found on Ebay. Microengineering sells appropriately scaled flex track and switches.

Stirring the pot...

I still think a key clue is the two rings that clearly have something in or around them in one of the pictures.
They did survive to the 1940's when this fan trip happened, so they must have had a purpose. If they weren't used it might be likely several would have been damaged or lost by then.
There is a picture taken at one end of one of the coaches of the conductor and a train crew member (or zealous fan) which shows the stove, but no rings there?

To me it doesn't make sense to hang canes or umbrellas right if front of each window, especially something that will bang around as the coach rocks.
The round shape and orientation perpendicular to the wall is just wrong for curtains of any style that we are used to. Curtains would also be a high maintenance item in a day coach.
They don't look sturdy enough to hang on to, and how often would there be people standing? Was there a commuter rush into Bridgton? :)
They are at every window, but in addition there are hat and coat hooks that are not at every window, so it would seem that they are not for clothing accessories.
In one coach they are plain rings, while in the other they appear to have a decorative element added. While there are some examples discovered of baggage racks with rings below them, rings are sometimes used as a decorative and supporting element for shelf brackets. In this case, it's unlikely they would be simply decorative because they are separate items. But those rings under the baggage rack may be for the same purpose.

With all that said, I still don't have any better ideas.  But it's a good mystery and entertainment. Don't give up!

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