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Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Newest Sandstone report
« on: August 30, 2021, 05:10:33 PM »
My apologies. I’m traveling right now so don’t have access to all the stuff on my home computer. I’ll give it another try when I get home.

Two Footers outside of the US / Re: Newest Sandstone report
« on: August 24, 2021, 05:16:54 PM »
Here's the latest news from Sandstone in South Africa. Two stories with photos in this link.

Work and Events / Re: Wheel Progress was made today at the WW&F...
« on: August 14, 2021, 10:34:04 PM »
We really should produce a video showing how all this works.

Volunteers / Re: August 2021 Work Reports
« on: August 12, 2021, 11:47:40 AM »
As always, I am amazed and proud of the amount of important work accomplished by these very dedicated weekly volunteers, as reported faithfully by Steve Lennox. I am in awe of you folks.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: August 08, 2021, 04:36:46 PM »
I believe at least some of the J&S works is now occupied by Delaware Car Co. It's visible from the Amtrak line.

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: August 01, 2021, 12:27:05 PM »
Just the other day I saw a photo taken at the Didcot Railway Centre in England of locomotives similarly posed, and I though it would be cool to do the same thing at the WW&F. Now you guys have done it! Congratulations.

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: July 26, 2021, 02:15:44 PM »

Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: July 20, 2021, 05:26:35 PM »
Thanks for posting the cool B&W photos of B&SR/MNG No. 7, Brendan. Makes me want to come to Maine in August.

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 19, 2021, 03:07:09 PM »
Or maybe a scale drawing of the proposed track and structure layout?

Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 19, 2021, 09:44:13 AM »
He needs a John Deere B!

Two Footers outside of the US / Newest Sandstone report
« on: June 24, 2021, 04:11:25 PM »
Here's the most recent news from the Sandstone Estates in South Africa. The Class NG 10 is a Baldwin 4-6-2 about the same size as the Sandy River 2-6-2's.

A couple of additional observations concerning language and dialects.

I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where the Amish and Old Order Mennonites all speak "Pennsylvania dutch," which is a dialect of German and Swiss with many archaic usages. They speak English as well, though at home the vast majority speak "dutch." My father's people came from southern Germany, and their dialect was known as schwabendeutsch.  Classes in Pennsylvania dutch, for kids and adults, are offered in area public schools.

Some years back I visited the southwestern US, and I spect a couple of days in Chama, New Mexico. Hanging around the Cumbres & Toltec yard in the evening, one heard the locomotive hostlers chattering in Spanish, but some English words, like injector, lubricator and smokebox were heard as well. I was told that the Spanish they spoke was from the 16th century, when their ancestors first settled in the area, before the pilgrims made it to Massachusetts!

I first encountered "sprag" around the anthracite mines here in Pennsylvania. They had piles of wood turnings about 18 inches long, pointed at both ends and about 3 inches in diameter at the middle. They would be thrust into the spokes of mine car wheels to stop them or hold them in place since they had no brakes. I remember seeing workers hanging on the sides of rolling cars jam a sprag into a wheel. The word can either be a noun or a verb. I've also heard it used in a totally different context, to mean to suddenly and forcefully end a discussion, as in "The chairman spragged that conversation before it got out of hand."

I knew a French woman, a teacher of English, who visited Maine some years ago. She was somewhat shocked when she discovered that she could hardly communicate with the Quebecois people she met. She determined they used many archaic idioms and words and phrases from the 17th and 18th centuries that are no longer used in modern-day French.

I would also comment, Alain, that railroading has its own vocabulary, and even its own regional words and phrases. For example, in New England, a device to hold a   rail vehicle in place is called a "trig," while in the mid-Atlantic the same thing is called a "chock." Some railroaders refer to it as a "block," and I've heard some railroaders also call it a "sprag."

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