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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« Last post by John McNamara on October 10, 2021, 08:49:42 PM »
Will the bypass track actually clear a wide engine such as no 8?  It looks very close to the engine house corner to me..

Bob
Time for a variation of the classic sign "Will Not Clear Man on Side of Car;" "Will Not Clear Wide Engine."
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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Bob Holmes on October 10, 2021, 08:13:53 PM »
Will the bypass track actually clear a wide engine such as no 8?  It looks very close to the engine house corner to me..

Bob
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Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Fred Morse on October 10, 2021, 04:42:41 PM »
55 volunteers signed in the sign-in book Sat!
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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on October 10, 2021, 02:35:32 PM »
The table we are installing is an original B&SR table from either Bridgton Junction or Bridgton- we aren’t sure which.  It was modified and used by Edaville to access their machine shop.  MNG acquired the table in the early 1990s and moved into storage in Maine.  MNG still owns the table and has generously lent its use to us as an extension of the Narrow Gauge Collaboration.  Should MNG ever seek to use the table for other purposes, it is readily removable and can be replaced with a newly constructed equivalent or conventional roadbed.

The table was originally 28’ long; Edaville converted it to a 40’ table so they could turn coaches.  That conversion included replacing the original 24’ ring rail with a 30’ ring rail.  The original wheel carriages were lost during that conversion.  We have shortened the table to 31’- so as to allow use of the existing  (edaville installed) wheel carriages and 30’ ring rail.  This also preserves the option of returning tue table to 40’ length someday. 

The female center bearing was mounted on a large concrete block in storage in Gray.  Rather than move that block, Mike removed the original casting and we made a new concrete center block- which is already installed.

We hope to finish a few repairs on the table and install it this month.  There’s a lot on our plate though…

Thanks,
Jason
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Work and Events / Re: Mountain Extension - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Thomas Evans on October 10, 2021, 01:21:22 PM »
I've obviously been asleep at the switch.
Could someone fill me in on this turntable that's going in at The North End?
(origin & history - the complete history from its beginning until now).
A picture would be nice as well.
Last I knew there was talk about some giant crane part, but now it's something from the B&SR by way of MNG.
And where was that center pivot casting that Mike had to rescue? - Bridgeton or Portland or Edaville or where?

Thanks - Tom
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Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Bill Reidy on October 10, 2021, 11:27:21 AM »
Train crews were quite busy yesterday as well.  The Pumpkin Pickin' Trains to SeaLyon Farm have been very popular, and checking just now, I see the remaining two Saturdays are now sold out.  Tickets do remain for the Sheepscot Valley Steam Train service.  A couple of photos from yesterday.

Maine Narrow Gauge's B&SR No. 7 prepares to depart Sheepscot northbound at 2 p.m. with Train No. 11.  Her consist:  WW&F flatcar No. 118; Maine Locomotive & Machine Works' Franklin & Megantic coach No. 2; MNG's Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes combine No. 14; and WW&F caboose No. 320.


WW&F No. 9 arrives at Sheepscot at 2.21 p.m. with Train No. 10.  Her consist: WW&F coach No. 8; W&Q coach No. 3; MLMW open car No. 130; and MLMW caboose No. 554.


More photos from yesterday's engine house track work can be found here.
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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Bill Reidy on October 10, 2021, 10:51:00 AM »
Some more photos from yesterday (Saturday, October 9th).

Spiking the east rail on the new House 2 lead.


After House lead 2 was spiked and partially ballasted, Dana Deering prepares to cut the west rail on the new House 3 lead.


The three house leads were completed by mid-afternoon.


Ties were also laid out for the House and Service tracks that lead down from the Sheepscot Upper (Car Barn) Yard.  This photo shows the lower portion of the Service track route to the turntable, bypassing the Engine House.


A view from the upper yard, showing the planned route of the two tracks:  Service track on the left bypassing the engine house, and the House track on the right that will enter on the House pit track.  These tracks will be built another day.


Laying out the last of the ties approaching the Barn 1 switch.


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Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Wood Craftsmanship
« Last post by Ted Miles on October 10, 2021, 12:30:37 AM »
The Dispatch is the C&TS Dispatch is the news magazine of the Friends of the C&TS. The last two issues, volume 34, #1 and #2 cover the  re-construction of the #470. Some wood and iron parts of the original car are patterns built into the new car. If you are a member, or like me have access to a railroad library; take a look at this amazing project. Several of the museums have re-built passenger or freight cars; but this one is #1 for complexity and good looks. Also the first pair of Pullman trucks to be built in Colorado, I believe.
Ted Miles, CRRM Member 
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Volunteers / Re: October 2021 Work Reports
« Last post by Mike Fox on October 09, 2021, 07:49:58 PM »
Testing the rails in the enginehouse with 52.



How it got there









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Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Joe Fox on October 09, 2021, 07:45:12 PM »
Having engines running or fired up inside the building, and things won’t stay white for very long.

Amazing progress.
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