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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."

Volunteers / Re: June 2021 Work reports
« on: June 17, 2021, 09:57:38 AM »
Thanks for that report of great progress on multiple fronts, Steve. You must have really been cracking the whip!

My first job was as a stablehand. I learned there the difference between straw and hay, at least as far as livestock goes. Hay is used for feed, while straw is used for bedding. I believe straw is the by product of harvesting grains, while hay is grown specifically for feeding animals.

Other Narrow Gauge / Extra wide narrow gauge
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:43:52 AM »
And you think we have problems? The 1600 mm (5'2") gauge Daylesford Spa Railway in Victoria, Australia, was victim of heavy rains and strong winds last week. More than 400 (!) trees have fallen across their line, with many others damaged and leaning that will also have to be felled before operations can re-open.

Museum Discussion / Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« on: June 11, 2021, 06:34:13 PM »
There are many photos of WW&F flatcars loaded with logs. There is also that famous photo of a flatcar with a boiler on it in Wiscasset. The WW&F also used flatcars to carry coal to the blanket mill. I would imagine that such things as farming equipment would also have been shipped on flatcars. There is a photo around of a John Deere mowing machine on the platform at one of the stations.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 11, 2021, 12:50:18 PM »
I’m sure Bill’s tongue was firmly in cheek with his question about front row seating. It just so happened that Alan and I moved faster than the other guys. 😄

I hope members will not be required to sing this ditty with the hands over their hearts.

Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 23, 2021, 10:18:11 PM »
You were a busy guy, Bill. I wish we'd had more time to visit while I was there. See you in October, I hope.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 23, 2021, 11:10:34 AM »
I've also heard them called "whisker tracks."

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 22, 2021, 04:12:42 PM »
The second builder's plate from No. 7, as well as the number plate from No. 6, survive in a private collection in New Jersey.

Other Narrow Gauge / EBT makes it to Colgate Grove!
« on: May 21, 2021, 09:57:27 PM »
Check out the EBT's Facebook page for a 65-minute video tour from Rockhill Furnace all the way to Colgate Grove and back to the Runk Road bridge. A work train was run May 20 to bring back a flatcar that had hauled ties and equipment to Colgate Grove, and the railroad's marketing man went along with a video camera. Worth watching and hearing his commentary.

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: May 17, 2021, 07:56:23 PM »
The Build 11 Project received a tremendous boost last week, when all six members of the team were on hand at Sheepscot for the week.  During the week, we manufactured a number of components for the locomotive’s rear frame. In addition to the actual making of these components, we reorganized and consolidated items stored in the No. 11 Project container, moving recently-delivered items into covered storage. Most of these items arrived by motor freight from Aqua Cut, a water-jet cutting operation in Syracuse, NY.

 Over three days, we used propane torches to heat various items prior to bending them in the flanging machine.  Most of the parts were in pairs, and in several cases there were right hand and left hand pieces, which required adjusting the position of stops to assure the piece did not move once the actual bending began. Several larger and heavier pieces required angled bends on both ends while others needed to be formed into a U shape. Because the steel was larger — some pieces were an inch thick and seven inches wide — we used two rosebud torches for heating, one one top and the other on the bottom of the workpiece. These were also a challenge to handle, since one end would be bent, then the opposite end of the piece was heated and placed back on the machine for the second bend. We were pretty pleased that these large pieces were formed precisely, with deviations from our measurements on the order of only 1/16 or 1/32 of an inch. We completed another 12 pieces.

By the end of the week, we had formed some 24 pieces. Six pieces we had planned to work were not included in the shipment from New York, so they will be worked at the next work session in June. We hope to hold monthly two or three day work events through the rest of the summer. After coach No. 9 is moved to the woodshop in June or early July, we hope to begin actually assembling the rear frame — the part behind the boiler that is supported by the trailing truck and contains the coal and water spaces — in Bay 2.

Team members include Jason Lamontagne, Harold Downey, Gordon Cook, Rick Sisson, Alan Downey and Wayne Laepple.

Two Footers outside of the US / Sugar mills in steam
« on: May 17, 2021, 12:27:22 PM »
Queensland sugar mills were still using some steam locos in 1973. Looks like the steam engines were the roasd haulers and the diesels did the switching at the mills.

UK (Welsh, British) Two Footers / 70 years of Talyllyn Railway
« on: May 17, 2021, 11:44:55 AM »
The Talyllyn Railway in Wales celebrated its 70th anniversary as a preserved railway this past Friday. Here's a YouTube that records the event. Someday the WW&F will do the same!

Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« on: May 16, 2021, 05:56:09 PM »
A good job well done, Mike!

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