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Work and Events / Re: Fall Work Weekend '08 - photos
« on: December 03, 2008, 11:17:10 PM »
Something else to consider. By the time we reach Route 218, we will have over 3 miles of track to maintain. In my experience, the number of volunteers who turn out to maintain track is considerably smaller than those who show up to build. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, it's just that construction is a lot sexier than maintenance. And those of us still standing will be some older than we are now!

I think the folks who are "regulars" at Sheepscot will confirm that just rousting out a gang to go out and raise low joints or reline a curve is a difficult proposition. I don't see that changing for the better any time soon, I'm afraid.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:10:32 PM »
The ad says it's 1500 track feet. That's 3,000 linear feet of rail. At 60 pounds per yard, that makes 30 tons.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: December 03, 2008, 09:34:02 PM »
Make a phone call. Ask if there are joint bars and what the price per ton is. Find out what the drilling is. Then the powers that be can decide whether it's worth pursuing. I believe 1500 track feet is about 30 tons of rail, plus the bars, so there would be one full truckload plus.

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When I worked for the Maryland & Pennsylvania RR in York, Pa., I often looked at the former Billmeyer & Small plant, which was directly catty-cornered from the M&P's station and office on east market Street. The building was later damaged by a runaway gondola that derailed and crashed into the corner of the structure. A couple of the East Broad Top's coaches were by B&S, and somewhere in my stuff around here, I have a cast iron plate with "B&S" cast into it that secured the rods that held the bolster in place on a Billmeyer & Small boxcar from the Tuscarora Valley RR.

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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / WW&F Roundhouse Fire
« on: December 03, 2008, 09:06:56 AM »
However, both no. 6 and no. 7 were stored out of service in the roundhouse. Both were in need of major repairs, if I recall correctly, and as they were the largest engines the railroad owned, were the most expensive to operate and repair. I suspect they had been parked at least partly because they were so costly to use and there wasn't enough traffic to justify the cost of repairs. Correct me if I'm misinformed.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Roster of Surviving Maine 2' Locomotives
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:14:44 PM »
Thanks for gathering and propagating this information, Ed. It is indeed a concise guide to the surviving two-footers and will undoubtedly be useful to folks who browse this site, especially if they take the time to look for this thread and read it.

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Museum Discussion / Re: 60# rail located in Mass.
« on: December 01, 2008, 06:16:46 PM »
The very first thing that must be done is determine the ownership of the material. Once that's determined, someone "official" has to ask the owner for the material. Someone has to decide whether it's worth the effort for  200 track feet of rail. A dozen 60-pound rails weighs a bit less than four tons, not much of a truckload. How many volunteers live near Lowell and would be willing to participate in a takeup party? I'm too far away, I know that.

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Work and Events / Re: Car shop extension 2
« on: November 30, 2008, 02:39:42 PM »
Wow! Thanks for the photos, Steve. These guys make it all look so easy!

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Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: November 27, 2008, 10:14:01 AM »
What? Are they multiplying up there in the woods? 15 switch stands? Oh my goodness! :o

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Before we get too carried away on this subject, let's all pause and give thanks for the track we have and those who struggle to maintain it. And remember that it's still 5,000 feet or more to Route 218. And after that, we have lots to build in the Sheepscot terminal area. ;)

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: You know you're a WW&F fan when ...
« on: November 26, 2008, 06:05:47 PM »
You know you're a WW&F fan when you patiently explain that the initials on your shirt or cap don't stand for the World Wrestling Federation or World Wildlife Foundation -- and then explain what they do stand for.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:39:58 PM »
I understand the price of relay rail has decreased, but not to the extent of scrap. The price seems to vary, based on demand. Relay 132 pound, one of the most popular sections, is still around $1,000 per ton. I don't know about 60-pound, though.

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Museum Discussion / Re: Track availability
« on: November 25, 2008, 07:13:11 PM »
Just to add a bit of perspective to this discussion, several months ago, our museum received a credit of $700 a ton for scrap 70 pound rail. Today, I read on another forum that no. 1 melting scrap is selling for $50 a ton at the mill. They are not even quoting scrap rail.


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Museum Discussion / Re: Finally . . .
« on: November 24, 2008, 05:50:11 PM »
Very nice, John, very nice!

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Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: You know you're a WW&F fan when ...
« on: November 23, 2008, 10:34:09 PM »
you drive 538 miles one way for a three-day weekend of building track, then drive home and go straight to work.

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