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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #480 on: June 12, 2021, 02:42:55 AM »
If you want to go back further than Bernz-O-Matic it was Prest-O-Lite,
(Acetylene air torches) Sold quite a few tanks to plumbers in the 70s
before they started moving to 20# propane tanks.

Before plumbing it was used for auto head lights and may have been used
on #9's early headlight- looking at early photos when it was #5. Just speculating.

When scraping out a bunch of iron awhile back we used Propane-Oxy because it was
a lot cheaper than Acetylene.

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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #481 on: July 09, 2021, 09:16:03 PM »
Build 11 - July Update



Over several days in June, various members of the No. 11 engineering group worked at Sheepscot. They installed new cranes in bay 1 and bay 3 of the shop. In addition, during another work session they completed all the components for the rear frame extension of No. 11 that required bending. Several of those items were machined and found to be within 0.01 of perfect.



Gordon Cook has produced an image of the Phase 1 work on No. 11, the assembly of the main frames of the locomotive. As work progresses on the actual assembly, we will update this image.



We received the welcome news that pattern work for the locomotive's cylinder half-saddles is proceeding at Dakota Foundry. They have sent us several photos.



Thanks to a couple of eagle-eyed members, we have been able to acquire an appropriate steam gauge and a genuine Eames Vacuum Brake gauge though on-line auction. Several WW&F members contributed funds to allow the purchase of authentic items needed for No. 11.



Our 2021 fund raising for No. 11 is proceeding amazingly well. As of July 11, we have received $39,677.00, including $12,820.00 in matching funds from our anonymous donor. This brings us to 51% of the $50,000 Challenge (which concludes on October 31st) and to 80% of our overall goal for 2021!

Meanwhile, we've sent out more 20 of the full-size builder's plate replicas, as well as 10 of the 3-D printed version. Our raffle for one of the bronze plates has raised more than $350 - and there are plenty of tickets available. The drawing takes place on Saturday, October 9 during the Fall Work Weekend.

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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #482 on: July 31, 2021, 10:25:29 PM »
I just sent in a bit to the matching grant for the WW&F #11.

And I have a question. why is boiler work for the #10 and #11 shifting to the Maine Locomotive and Machine Works instead of Boothbay Railway Village? Do they not want the work?

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« Reply #483 on: July 31, 2021, 11:15:43 PM »
Boothbay Railway Village no longer holds the ASME accreditation required to construct boilers.  ML&M does, and they have been active partners in many of our activities.

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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #484 on: August 01, 2021, 11:15:49 PM »
Dick Glueck took and shared these photos from Cattail Foundry in Lancaster County Pa.  They were very cordial and he had an excellent tour of the place. Photos were taken with permission and shared (with permission) via Bernie Perch.

While these photos are not of the Build 11 project specifically, Cattail is manufacturing many of the castings for the project, along with Coach 9.
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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #485 on: August 01, 2021, 11:16:34 PM »
2 more photos from Cattail...
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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #486 on: August 02, 2021, 09:42:51 PM »
2 more from Cattail
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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #487 on: August 02, 2021, 09:43:28 PM »
Last photo from Cattail...
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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #488 on: August 10, 2021, 09:00:24 PM »
Build 11 - August Update



GOAL!!!
Arguably more exciting than watching the Olympics, the WW&F "FundRazr" goal of $50,000 in 2021 for building locomotive no. 11 has been achieved this week! Thank you to all who have contributed; your generosity will ensure that the project does not pause in 2022 due to a lack of financial resources.

That said, we're not quite out of the woods yet! We still need to raise $3500 to complete the $50,000 challenge set forth by one of our most generous donors. Lean more and donate at:  build11.org

Of course, any funds raised above and beyond our 2021 goal will make the 2022-2025 campaigns all the easier.



If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you know that the national economy is roaring ahead, but at the same time is plagued with a shortage of willing workers. This problem has led to a delay in the manufacture and delivery of crucial components from Dakota Foundry for No. 11. That being the case, we are temporarily shifting our focus from No. 11’s frame to No. 10’s boiler.  In the coming weeks, we plan to flange the last few pieces for No. 10’s firebox, make some modifications to the front and rear tube sheets, and then take all those parts to Maine Locomotive & Machine. ML&M will move ahead with manufacturing the new boiler, welding the components as we provide them. The shell is already at their shop.

Meanwhile, Gordon Cook is designing a fixture and jigs for the flanging machine. It will be used to form the large radius curved sections of the top of the door sheet and the rear tube sheet. The idea is to hold these large sheets in the proper position to achieve the best results. They are difficult to maneuver in the flanging machine, and the pivot will ensure that they will have the correct radius.

And our own shop crew is now actively seeking machinists who would like to volunteer their talents towards the Build 11 project. In short, we are ready to machine a plethora of castings and parts - and could use some help. If you are a qualified machinist in the Midcoast Maine area, please email us at info@wwfry.org to learn how you can help Build 11.



It is also planned to modify our home-built Beatty-style flanging machine to serve as a brake, adding another layer of versatility to this most useful tool. With that, we will be able to manufacture various parts for coach No. 9’s trucks. While we have a number of parts already on hand made for us by Cattail Foundry, we need a few more components before we can begin to machine and then assemble the trucks.  As for Coach No. 9 itself, the exterior is essentially complete, so Eric and Ron and Lou will soon turn their attention to the interior of the car.



And to the delight of our hard-working steam crews, a brand spanking new Nathan “Simplex” No. 4 boiler injector, made by Eccentric Engineer of Orange, California, has been purchased and is being installed to replace a troublesome “legacy” injector on locomotive No. 9. Some minor modifications of the piping will be necessary, as will making a bracket to hold the device. If this injector proves successful on locomotive No. 9, additional injectors will be ordered for locomotive No. 11.

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« Reply #489 on: August 11, 2021, 11:41:58 AM »
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It is also planned to modify our home-built Beatty-style flanging machine to serve as a brake...

As in a train brake?  We have to toss it out the end of the car like an anchor.

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« Reply #490 on: August 11, 2021, 12:05:14 PM »
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It is also planned to modify our home-built Beatty-style flanging machine to serve as a brake...

As in a train brake?  We have to toss it out the end of the car like an anchor.

It will probably take at least two people to lift it in order to toss it off!! :)


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« Reply #491 on: August 11, 2021, 06:31:46 PM »
I recall years ago on a excursion over Laveta Pass eavesdropping on a father intently explaining to his son that the hand brake wheel on the open car we were riding was used to drop the emergency anchor which would catch the ties to stop the train. I made no attempt at correction.   




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« Reply #492 on: August 13, 2021, 05:38:52 PM »
Boothbay Railway Village no longer holds the ASME accreditation required to construct boilers.  ML&M does, and they have been active partners in many of our activities.

And rather than having to truck materials back and forth, we can Use Our Train For Freight! Actual deliveries! Spotting flatcars on industrial spurs. Swoon!

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« Reply #493 on: September 09, 2021, 11:00:10 PM »
Build 11 - September Update

Flanging and more!

On August 31 and September 1-3, several members of the No. 11 Project group worked at Sheepscot flanging boiler components for both No. 10 and No. 11. Straight flanging was done on the backhead and the throat sheet for No. 11 and the throat sheet for No. 10.



Here, Wayne Laepple (center) and Jason Lamontagne (left) are positioning the first sheet for bending in the flanger.

Fortunately, these bends were all straight bends so no heating of the sheets was necessary. Gordon Cook (far right) and Rick Sisson (not pictured) devised a stop that allowed us to make the bends at the correct angles. For the first try, a sheet of MDF plyboard was tried. It worked fine for the initial bends, but as we progressed, the force of the flanging operation caused fasteners to elongate the holes in the pltboard. Sections of steel bar stock were successfully substituted and the work continued.



The first attempt to use steel bar as a stop, seen here, was unsuccessful. A second try, bolting the bar directly to the sheet, worked much better.

The next work session will include additional flanging of No. 11’s throat sheet, the more difficult to execute curves. This operation will require heating the sheet to make it pliable. At this time, we expect to do that in early October.

While it may seem like we did not accomplish much at this session, a good deal of time was necessary to lay out the bends to follow the contours of the sheets. The actual forming operations took less than a third of the entire time we worked.



Here, the toggle of the flanger is just beginning to bend the steel for the initial bend.



In other news, the arrival of the “shop annex,” a 12 x 24 foot structure that has been positioned adjacent to the shop, was followed by the installation of a rack for storage of lengths of flat, angle and round steel stock, steel shelving, and bolt bins. Materials from several locations in the shop have been consolidated into this structure, which will also house various tools and equipment not frequently used that occupied valuable floor space in the shop. Thanks to Brendan Barry, the storage spaces have been set up and lighting has been installed.



Finally, we are pleased to announce that the fund raising for No. 11 continues to move forward. As of today, the total donations raised in 2021 amount to nearly $59,500. At this time, we need just $979 to fully access the $25,000 matching challenge donation received during the spring.

Put us "over the top" for 2021 at www.build11.org
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