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Museum Discussion / Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Last post by Benjamin Maggi on June 11, 2021, 01:21:59 PM »
I have a pair of flatcars that I built based on equipment currently at the museum. The decks look kind of plain. Does anyone have any pictures of interesting uses or loads for the flatcars?
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Wayne Laepple 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. 😄
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Graham Buxton on June 11, 2021, 12:42:21 PM »
How come the young guy is the one of two sitting in the group photo? ;)
My response would be that its not about age, its about those in the front row not blocking our view of those in the second row.  Having two rows allows the photo to be more of a close-up, and better suited for publication in the WW&F newsletter.
 :)
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by John McNamara on June 11, 2021, 12:08:54 PM »
That's Alan Downey who is doing great things making the WW&F machine shop a truly professional, safe, and capable facility.
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Bill Reidy on June 11, 2021, 11:45:35 AM »
How come the young guy is the one of two sitting in the group photo? ;)
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by John Kokas on June 11, 2021, 10:01:29 AM »
Keith,  we're dating ourselves by using Bernz-o-matic terms and equipment.  According to my son who is a union steamfitter, nobody uses the old Bernz equipment.  Even oxy-acetylene and oxy-propane is falling out of favor.  The go-to these days is Oxy-MAPP gas torches as they are about 225 degrees hotter than even oxy-propane and also more compact and cheaper to operate.
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on June 11, 2021, 09:06:36 AM »
Understood, Keith, yeah those wouldn’t quite cut it...
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Keith Taylor on June 11, 2021, 08:55:22 AM »
Thanks Jason, when I saw the oxygen hose paired with the fuel hose I asssumed oxy-acetylene.
The description just said propane which brought to my mind the plumbers little Bernz-O-Matic torches!

Keith
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Jason M Lamontagne on June 11, 2021, 08:47:49 AM »
Hi Keith,

These are indeed oxy/ propane torches.  The largest oxy/ acetylene rosebud we can run on our standard gas kit can provide 175,000 BTU/ Hour.  These oxy/ propane torches are providing 400,000 BTU/ hour minimum each.  The difference is incredible- and propane is substantially cheaper than acetylene.  We still have the oxy acetylene kit for small heating jobs and cutting.

Thanks,
Jason
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Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Last post by Keith Taylor on June 11, 2021, 08:12:23 AM »
Ed, I realize it sounds like once again I am being a nit picker.....but looking at the excellent pictures that does not appear to be “propane torches” being used but rather the much more powerful Oxy-Acetylene torches used in welding and flame cutting operations.
Keith
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