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General Discussion / Re: Private owner 2 footer
« on: December 06, 2021, 01:46:27 PM »
May I suggest that the frame of this locomotive is indeed Mr. Mead's locomotive? It's certainly possible that the original boiler was not repairable or would not meet American standards, so the owner secured another boiler and adapted it to fit..

General Discussion / Re: Tie Laying
« on: November 30, 2021, 06:40:34 PM »
I used to be able to "roll the hammer" like that tie replacement guy. Then I got old.

Some people call folks who drive spikes that way "twirlers," and I've also heard them called "whirly-birds."  It took me a couple of years to be able to do that. It was great fun to drive spikes that way with one or two others, taking turns striking the spike. Now, I am told, the Class I railroads no longer allow gang spiking. One man has to do it, and no other people are allowed within 25 feet while he's doing it. He must have hearing protection, safety glasses, a face shield and a hard hat. They took all the fun out of it!

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 26, 2021, 08:13:51 PM »
Locks. We need locks on the tool boxes.

I knew this would happen. It has happened at every museum I've ever worked at.

Other Narrow Gauge / More narrow gauge for Sandstone
« on: November 24, 2021, 10:20:55 AM »
The Sandstone Heritage Trust in South Africa is well-know for its extensive two-foot gauge railway and heritage museum, but the organization also owns a number of wide gauge (3'6") steam locomotives and other equipment. Most had been stored off-site at a former steam terminal in Germiston, but theft and vandalism was taking a toll on this equipment. So Sandstone decided to move everything to the estate. Below is a detailed report of how they moved this equipment by road to a new display area, with lots of cool details and photos. If you think this was easy, just contemplate moving a 4-8-4+4-8-4 Beyer Garratt on a truck!

Work and Events / Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: November 22, 2021, 06:29:45 PM »
I am still wondering about this tool car idea. We have two tool houses. I will guarantee that every time someone needs a tool from the tool car, and it's parked up on the Woods Track or somewhere else, that tool will NEVER be returned to its place. I can also guarantee that any time the tool car is needed, it will require half a day of switching to retrieve it.

I am told that the front engines on these locomotives were always considered slippery, since as water was used, there would be less and less weight on the drivers. In addition, the front sanders were steam-operated, and in places where it got colder, condensation would form inside the sand delivery pipes and clog the flow. The rear sanders were mechanically actuated by a series of levers and cranks through the rear cab window. Not a great arrangement, either. The NG16-class Garratt at the Puffing Billy Railway in Australia had all this replaced by air-actuated sanders, although running the air lines was a challenge for the engineering and mechanical departments.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / On the Vale of Rheidol Railway in Wales
« on: November 21, 2021, 08:03:04 PM »
Here's a neat video on the Vale of Rheidol Railway in Wales, shot this past week. There was a multi-day "Great Little Trains of Wales" event, and here's a South African Railways NG13 Beyer Garratt struggling on the grade with wet rail. If you listen carefully during some of the slips, you can hear one engine slipping while the other one keep pulling hard.

Volunteers / Re: November 2021 Work Reports
« on: November 18, 2021, 03:50:06 PM »
Boy, a lot of work was done over those couple of days. Great job, all!

Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« on: October 30, 2021, 07:09:42 PM »
This is a serious-looking piece of equipment! Is it strictly a forklift or can it be fitted with a bucket? What happens to the old forklift?

« on: October 21, 2021, 10:44:19 AM »
Well dang. Seems like no one cares much for pipes. I was sort of hoping for a bagpipe lament when I take my last ride on the WW&F to Top of the Mountain.

Museum Discussion / Re: Movie about #9: "The Nine Lives of #9"
« on: October 01, 2021, 10:13:53 AM »
What a great story! I agree with Benjamin. The Corps of Engineers guy had some feelings about what happened to the Ramsdell farm. I hope we'll be able to obtain copies and distribute this tribute far and wide.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2021, 12:09:10 PM »
Should we be having a conversation with the Conservancy folks about integrating their trail(s) with ours? One of their trails end across Trout Brook from our property, lacking only a bridge over the stream to connect to the road to Porcupine Palace, I believe. Figuring out how to connect with the Head Tide ROW trail may be a more difficult goal.

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: September 27, 2021, 07:57:27 AM »
While I agree that a more substantial gate is necessary at the edge of Route 218, I think the vast majority of motorists will just whiz on by and won't even notice the engine.

Museum Discussion / Builder's plate raffle in two weeks
« on: September 25, 2021, 11:07:35 AM »
Only Two Weeks Left - The special drawing for winners of the two  replica Baldwin builders plates will be held on October 9th.  A few tickets are still available: $11 each or two for $20.  The winning ticket gets the full size bronze replica and the second prize is the (smaller) 3-D printed plastic replica.  You need not be at the railroad to win, winners will be notified.  Stop by the gift shop on a Saturday or purchase raffle tickets at to support the building of our brand new steam locomotive #11.

If you go to YouTube and type in "Victorian Iron Horse Roundup," you will find many, many videos of these historic events.

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