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Further thoughts to ponder:

Based on the location, orientation, and shape, they don't appear to be useful for hanging anything like a cane or umbrella, or other article of clothing, purse, etc.

The only obvious clue is that two clearly have something in them. I would guess something made of glass due the reflection of the flash. 

Early Wireless Antennae?  Did Tesla have a summer home in Maine?  ;D

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I would suggest we look at what is in the picture;

1. The rings are about 2" to 3" in diameter
2. The rings appear to be not very sturdy
3. The rings are oriented vertically
4. There is one centered over every window
5. They don't appear to swivel although their orientation to the wall is difficult to determine
6. There are coat/hat hangers in several locations
7. There are oil lamp holders already in several locations
8. Their usefulness would have to justify their expense.
9. Two appear to hold a large, light colored cup-like object

Based on these characteristics:
1. They would not hold anything very heavy
2. They are oriented in the wrong direction to hold any open container that would contain a liquid
3. They would be for something that is needed at every seat or window
4. The size is too large and are not necessary at every window for a conductor cord, and two have something in them
5. The size and shape make no sense for a ticket holder

I would suggest the key details are that they are needed at every window and two have something in them, which should be a clue. If that something was glass then most may have been lost, but what would they be for?

Honestly, I have no idea what they would be for. But it sure is fun to try to figure out.

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 10, 2020, 11:18:43 AM »
At the risk of wandering into the whimsical:

Maybe bend a little to the west and set up a 'run by' window. At least the engine crews would always be able to get lunch.
 
(Way too much time on my very clean hands.)  ::)

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 09, 2020, 05:56:07 PM »
Question: Is there a plan to extend the middle track south from the barn?

No.
Any further track expansion would cross over a septic tank, then end up colliding with the Percival House.
The Percival House would then be the subject of this mid-50s song:
https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/2390684/Rusty+Draper/In+the+Middle+of+the+House

I wonder what the whistle signal for passing through the kitchen is?

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Work and Events / Re: Car Barn Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: April 09, 2020, 05:53:58 PM »
Many thanks for all your efforts.
Pictures of progress and a better future are scarce right now. Seeing them helps a lot.

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Work and Events / Re: Rescheduling the SWW? Speculation Thread
« on: March 24, 2020, 10:22:48 AM »
Please, let's listen to the doctors and experts who do understand and know how this disease works and spreads. Citing meaningless numbers out of context can only encourage behavior that puts more people in danger and lengthens the outbreak.
I, for one, do not want to ever think that I may have passed this on to another person, and from what I read you really don't want to take the chance of getting a serious case.
The one thing we do know for sure is that all the projects and plans we have at the WW&F can and will wait, and we want all of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and fellow WW&F members to be here and healthy when it is safe to come together again.

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General Discussion / Spiked Rails Puts Train In Drink
« on: March 09, 2020, 09:00:56 PM »
How can a tender wheel get a flat? It's neither powered nor braked....

Waiting, waiting......

Uhhh, nail?   ::)

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Volunteers / Re: March 2020 Work Reports
« on: March 09, 2020, 02:19:25 PM »
AFAIK a lot of the wheels are ~100 years old and/or sub-optimal. (The casting date on one of 9's wheels was 1921 I believe.)
We're running out of options. It's getting to be a critical issue, similar to couplers, and will require a significant outlay of money to fix. As we have with many other challenges, we'll figure it out.

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Volunteers / Re: March 2020 Work Reports
« on: March 09, 2020, 12:08:05 PM »
A little background on #9's rear tender truck wheels: 
A flat spot developed, I think in 2018 or early '19, and has been getting progressively worse. It was becoming unacceptable during February's events.
Wayne was visiting last week for a few days, and I conferred with Jason to see if this issue could be addressed while no events were scheduled for a few weeks and help was available. The plan was to jack up 9,  remove the tank truck, turn the wheels, and reassemble.  With some luck this could be done in the time that Wayne and I could be there and not impact other activities.
What we discovered on Thursday, when the truck was finally out after carefully jacking up 9, was that only one of the rear wheels had a bad flat spot, and the other wheel did not, but was starting to 'shell' in one spot.
However, there was a problem.
As Jason explained, these wheels are 'chilled cast iron' which basically means that the running surface of the wheel is chilled in the casting process and results in a surface layer that is nearly as hard as ceramic. This makes them pretty difficult to turn, and our attempts to turn them were fruitless. Jason and Brian later recalled that this was their experience a number of years ago, after we relearned that lesson.
Hence the hunt for a substitute wheelset which wasn't very successful. All the serviceable wheelsets we have had already been used for other rolling stock. Jason had some other thoughts but on closer inspection none of them would have worked or would have meant days of extra work. We were kind of stuck until Brian generously offered the wheelset off his box 51.
After consideration of alternatives, it was decided to go with the substitution, which if all went well would result in 9 being back together sooner rather than later.
So the pictures above were the result of that sequence of events, work, and discoveries. The flat spot was smoothed out as much as possible and should be OK under a boxcar which doesn't see that much use.
Wayne reported that the tender truck was successfully assembled and replaced under 9 on Sunday, with some work to be finished on the boxcar truck.
Thanks to everybody who pitched in to help, and especially to Brian for his generous offer, again.

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Work and Events / Re: WCSH's '207' visits the WW&F
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:11:21 PM »
Excellent !!
It was nice that they took that amount of time to tell the story with emphasis on both history and the importance of the museum today.

On the Steam and Sleighs train a few weeks ago 9 stopped on the iced up crossing on the first train north. Actually, she started slipping as we tried to get the vestibule onto the platform and couldn't go any further.
Fortunately, we were able to back down off the crossing and then get enough momentum to get over it the second time through.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 26, 2020, 09:27:33 PM »
No pics here, either. Of course, yours from the other day didn't appear either, Gordon.
I was afraid of that. It worked for me but it was from Google pictures and that has happened before. I will see if I can fix that. Thanks.

(Clock ticking...............)

OK, I put the picture on ImgBB and I think it works now.

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Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: February 26, 2020, 09:17:48 PM »
I was excited to see that Harold had posted an update, but then discovered I don't see the pictures.  :(

Is it just me or is anyone else able to see them?

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Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 16, 2020, 10:10:07 PM »
And here's a picture of NOT Bill and Bob, I think. Both hitches on Sunday were very similar to my untrained eye and I am going by the difference in the harnesses.  But it is definitely #9.  ;)
Anyway, Lots of happy faces and another very successful event.

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Volunteers / Re: February 2020 Work Reports
« on: February 16, 2020, 09:33:53 PM »
Just the sloshing of the water in the tender keeps it from freezing during the day..the tank is not heated.

What Mike said and we can also run steam back into the tank if necessary with the water injectors. We would probably not risk the tank freezing as it is refilled often enough during the day, but if it had to sit still for a few hours in windy, really cold weather, or over night, like they did in the good old days, it could get interesting.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: February 10, 2020, 04:15:40 PM »
During the first Grand Reunion event, water for the engines became an issue later in the day, and 7 and 3 had to run back to Sheepscot to get watered up. So using the tank car was a good idea.

#7 in particular is a bit of a coal and water 'hog' in the literal sense.

Glad to see Mother Nature cooperated again with the nice snow and winter atmospherics. It's been pretty dreary down here in the lower climes.

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