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Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: April 22, 2021, 09:17:20 PM »
I saw the B&W machine at the East Broad Top several years ago. The EBT subsequently got their own and it has been used hard, especially in the past year. That’s where I got the idea to get one for the WW&F. During my short line railroad career, I bought one for my railroad. With a six-man crew, we could easily replace 75-100 ties a day.

Museum Discussion / Re: Tapestry Singers Visit the WW&F
« on: April 20, 2021, 05:16:34 PM »
I'll look forward to seeing and hearing this video.

Volunteers / Re: April 2021 Work Reports
« on: April 11, 2021, 04:01:11 PM »
Just so you remember that Whoopie Pies were invented in Pennsylvania, not Maine or Ohio!

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: EBT: an Ace of a dump cart
« on: April 03, 2021, 04:13:47 PM »
I have a catalog of track maintenance tools and accessories of 1920's vintage, which shows a wheelbarrow with a double flanged wheel and extra long back legs. This would allow it to be wheeled along one rail. The same catalog also included a side-dump wheelbarrow, a flat one-rail rig with a kick stand like a motorcycle to transport Edison batteries -- at least that's what was on it in the illustration -- and a very primitive one-rail tamper powered by an air compressor. Of course, all these things disappeared 90 years ago!

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Whithin Machine Works
« on: April 01, 2021, 12:40:09 PM »
The wheels, trucks and frame are all that remain. Whatever is left was at Edaville unless it’s been recently scrapped.

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Whithin Machine Works
« on: March 31, 2021, 07:10:18 PM »
There were three GE’s at Whitin, I believe. Two were built in 1948 or 1949, builder's numbers 30490 and 30491, and the third one (30580) was built in 1951. All three went to Edaville. Now one is at Maine Narrow Gauge, one is at Edaville, and the third one was wrecked. Its remains are also at Edaville, as far as I know.

Volunteers / Re: March 2021 Work Reports
« on: March 27, 2021, 08:49:34 AM »
Steve L -- Thanks very much for your detailed descriptions of the work you and the other weekday volunteers are doing. It's all very important work. I'm looking forward to spending some time with you guys in May.

Museum Discussion / Re: Trains Magazine
« on: March 26, 2021, 07:45:05 PM »
I saw the May issue of Trains magazine today. In addition to the WW&F being the led story, there is a lengthy feature about the revival of the East Broad Top. There is also a large group of photo by J.W. Swanberg of various rail preservation activity, primarily in New England. This is the annual "tourist trains" issue -- lots of good stuff.

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 26, 2021, 03:43:26 PM »
So what about the proposed outside storage track adjacent to roundhouse track 3. Will it be No. 4 or maybe 3A?

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 23, 2021, 09:43:06 AM »
Left, center, right. R, C, L. No confusion there!

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 22, 2021, 08:04:34 PM »
How about Letters, or maybe name each stall for a prominent Maine insect?

Volunteers / Re: March Work Reports
« on: March 17, 2021, 06:21:12 PM »
Perhaps there should be box or bin in some central location for such items to be dropped so that things don’t get misplaced?

Work and Events / Re: New to us work truck
« on: March 17, 2021, 08:46:58 AM »
I am forced to wonder why we really need a hy-rail truck. We have plenty of other rolling stock, and with the old Brookville No. 52 now repurposed as a track car, we can inspect the track in style. The Brookville will be better for track inspection, as the inspector/driver will not be looking out over that long hood!

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: March 14, 2021, 10:17:15 PM »
What is the enclosure in the rear corner of Track 2? And what are the six circles between Track 2 and Track 3 representing?

Work and Events / Re: Coach 9 - Official Work Thread
« on: March 14, 2021, 09:12:33 PM »
Even though I am not at Sheepscot often, and work the passenger train even less, I can recall two occasions when a passenger bonked their head when getting off the train.

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