Author Topic: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers  (Read 11813 times)

Gordon Cook

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0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:14:57 AM »
From the Trains newswire:

"GENEVA, Switzerland – Beginning last month Swiss Federal Railways, known throughout Europe as “SBB,” hired a herd of sheep to work in its embankment maintenance department. The herd of 80 sheep works 22 hours a day, tasked with eating the grass along the tracks – a first in Switzerland, USA Today reports.
 The sheep have their own website; a Twitter following, #sbbmääh; and a blog, in which the head sheep talks about the herd’s life on the pasture."

AND, we could have nice woolly sweaters!
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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2015, 09:45:44 AM »
Maybe something we should consider, I'm sure Fred and crew would appreciate the help on the slopes.  ;D
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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2015, 10:10:29 AM »
When I lived in western North Carolina about 30 years ago, goats were sometimes employed to control kudzu growth. They were the only critters who would eat the stuff!

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2015, 01:54:39 PM »
Not a baaaaad idea.

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2015, 07:03:05 PM »
A relevant link.

Too bad our right-of-way goats are gone.  We could have a webpage for the "Sheepscot Mills Goats."
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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2015, 10:12:58 PM »
Hmmmm, we may have to sick the SPCA on the SBB, unless of course the sheep are doing this of their own free wool.

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2015, 11:13:27 PM »
Too bad our right-of-way goats are gone.  We could have a webpage for the "Sheepscot Mills Goats."
I was wondering if anyone else remembered these little guys. I think they were owned by the people in the yurt. I still remember operating #52 up Cockeye Curve and coming onto the tangent at Sheepscot Mills to see several goats along the right-of-way. To say I was surprised would be an understatement. :)

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2015, 07:09:04 AM »
Steve, 

"Their own free wool"   

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2015, 07:27:10 AM »
We have several locals who have signs out "goats for rent" in the Groveland/Georgetown area (Mass).

I am sure you must have farmers in the Wiscasset area that would rent/loan goats. That is common practice around here.

They also provide free fertilizer pellets as part of their service. Sort of a byproduct.
 
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Andre Anderson

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2015, 10:06:45 PM »
All of the goats that I have seen are usually pretty friendly so you don't have to worry about the little ones getting to close, in fact the ones I had contact with out here in Oregon were attention hounds, they just loved being petted and loved upon. This really might be away to keep the weeds down along the right away.

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2015, 11:07:19 PM »
Generally speaking, goats are usually more friendly than sheep, although there are always exceptions and will eat a more tolerant diet.

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2015, 01:31:49 PM »
If they chomp weeds around the Sheepscot area, they'd be known as "yard goats".  ;D
SHEEPscot area? 
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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2015, 03:05:58 AM »
If they chomp weeds around the Sheepscot area, they'd be known as "yard goats".  ;D
SHEEPscot area? 

Well all we would have to do is get some sheep from Scotland then we would have "Sheepscot".  :D  ::)

I will retire at this time.  ;D

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Re: 0-2-2-0 Grass Chompers
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2015, 08:50:34 PM »
If they chomp weeds around the Sheepscot area, they'd be known as "yard goats".  ;D
SHEEPscot area? 

Well all we would have to do is get some sheep from Scotland then we would have "Sheepscot".  :D  ::)

I will retire at this time.  ;D

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Wouldn't that be Sheep-Scotts? OR Scotch-sheep?  ???

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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2015, 11:23:15 PM »
Any good Scot will tell you Scot is a Person from Scotland, While Scotch is what they drink. So since we are not drinking the sheep and they came from Scotland they must be Scotsheep or Sheepscot but not Scotchsheep!  ::) ;D :D

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