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Messages - Wayne Laepple

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The modern reefers shown in the photo have satellite heating and cooling controls. Back in 1984, when I became general manager of a short line railroad, we were still hauling potatoes in reefers that had axle-driven fans to circulate air through the load. Over the long and hot Labor Day weekend, our main line connecting railroad let four cars of potatoes from South Carolina sit in their yard. When we delivered them, the customer opened the door on the first car and discovered that the entire load had turned to mush. They were the last cars we ever delivered to that customer. It wasn't our fault, but the loss of those 100 carloads a year hurt us a lot more than it did our mainline connection.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 12, 2022, 07:34:12 PM »
Coach 9 does look great, doesn't it?

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 10, 2022, 01:42:23 PM »
The 2021 Build 11 fund raising has concluded with a final total of $97,784! This represents 196% of the original goal of $50,000. It's an incredible achievement, thanks to the generosity of over 100 donors. A special word of thanks to those folks who have donated month after month, as well as to the anonymous friend who gave us $25,000 as a dollar-for-dollar match. In fact, thanks to everyone!

Stay tuned. The 2022 fund raiser for No. 11 kicks off tomorrow, January 11.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: January 07, 2022, 12:51:01 PM »
I understood that Coach 9 was going to Bay 4, the woodshop.

General Discussion / Whither coal?
« on: January 07, 2022, 12:23:34 PM »

Boothbay Railway Village / Re: B&SR #11
« on: January 06, 2022, 06:27:51 PM »
Why not direct your inquiry to Boothbay Railway Village, Ted?

Other Narrow Gauge / Furka Dampfbahn rotary action
« on: December 20, 2021, 08:37:11 AM »
Here's the Furka Railway in Switzerland, showing off their serious snowfall and rotary snowplow in action:

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: December 17, 2021, 06:24:18 PM »
The WW&F used the old Edaville patterns for the new trucks. I hauled them to Cattail Foundry from Maine. As I understand it, the new pair of J&S trucks will go under Coach No. 9, and the rebuilt old trucks will go under the ML&M's Franklin & Megantic coach.

Volunteers / Re: December 2021 Work Reports
« on: December 08, 2021, 04:12:33 PM »
Some years ago now, when we started thinking about the Whitefield section house, I suggested it be placed north of the water tank on the same side. I thought it would be a nice scene, especially if there was a handcar sitting outside the building. I was told in no uncertain terms that it would ruin all the photos and would clutter up the area.

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.

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