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Wayne Laepple

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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #540 on: December 13, 2022, 06:40:15 PM »
True, James. But think of the extra eyes that would see it on other platforms -- YouTube, Facebook, etc.

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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #541 on: December 13, 2022, 07:56:48 PM »
True, James. But think of the extra eyes that would see it on other platforms -- YouTube, Facebook, etc.

I thought the video was excellent.  It's a great way for members/donors, who can't make it to Sheepscot or rarely get to visit, to see with their eyes how much is really happening, as described by the engineers and craftsmen who are actually doing the work.   Over the last few years, the incredible progress that has taken place up in Alna has created an expectation among members/donors that the funds they contribute will be well-managed and they will see tangible, near-term results.    This is a great way to continue to assure these folks that their expectations are indeed being met.    Perhaps it should be a quarterly thing on a WW&F YouTube channel, which can be linked to various on-line, RR-related boards like RYPN, NGDF, Trainorders, etc.   Our museum already has a very successful information campaign on social media platforms.    This might be a way to expand that even further.

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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #542 on: January 11, 2023, 08:25:40 PM »
Today, we are launching the 2023 "Some Assembly Required" campaign to fund the construction of locomotive 11.


WW&F #7 was damaged in an engine house fire and never repaired. It was scrapped in 1937. The Build 11 project is to replicate this lost locomotive for use on today's restored WW&F Railway.


The first 2023 work session on No. 11 started Tuesday, with Rick and Gordon working to ream out the last few holes in the rear frame for fitted bolts. This after Gordon designed a system to hold a ream in proper alignment using a lathe tailstock. The rear frame extension casting is back from the machine shop, ready to be positioned for bolting to the front and rear frames. Today, Rick and Gordon began setting up the front frame for eventual marriage to the rear frame while Jason was busy making the binders that will support the pedestals for the main drivers.



Rick Sisson and Gordon Cook ream out one of the final holes in No. 11's rear frame.



Gordon designed this reamer arrangement to fit in the small space and hold the reamer steady.



Today, Rick and Gordon began setting up the front frame for eventual bolting to the rear frame.


In other news, the 2022 Build 11 Project fundraising finished up with an amazing $84,279, more than 20 percent over the goal. Thank you to everyone who contributed. We're opening the 2023 Build 11 Project fundraiser today with a goal of $50,000. We've already got a few dollars in the pot from folks who contributed to 2022 but not quite in time for the end of the campaign.

Thanks for your continued interest and support. Learn more at www.build11.org
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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #543 on: January 13, 2023, 09:09:19 AM »
A note to add that Jason finished fitting the binders to the frames so that the frames would be properly supported as we moved them around. You can see them on the top of the frames in the last photo (the frames are upside down).
Binders connect the bottom of the frame where there are openings for the driving boxes. They complete a 'box' around that opening and are precisely fitted to tabs on the bottom of the frame so the joint isn't dependent on bolts alone.

Also, the reaming shown was done with a tapered reamer so that we could fit a tapered bolt into these locations. The joints around the x-brace center casting have to be very strong to resist the twisting forces as the locomotive goes over uneven track.
These two bolts also hold the brake beam hanger bar, which has to pass through the middle of the bolt. The hanger bar has to be removable to allow the brakes to be assembled. These hollow tapered bolts were custom machined to match the taper. Hence the extra precautions to make sure the reamed holes were accurate and the bolts were a perfect fit. We were very pleased with the final result.
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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #544 on: January 13, 2023, 11:20:32 AM »
Thanks for the detailed explanation, Gordon. It certainly fills in the blanks of my brief description.

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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #545 on: January 14, 2023, 09:51:22 AM »
Looking forward to the next update on the frame progress.

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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #546 on: January 14, 2023, 09:30:16 PM »


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Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #547 on: January 15, 2023, 09:58:07 AM »
Having the frame together will be a major milestone as everyone will be able to see something other than a collection of parts. We will be able to see how big the locomotive will be. I’m looking forward to watching as parts large and small are added to the frame. Making parts is important but watching it grow as parts are added will be fun.
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