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Benjamin Maggi

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Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« 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?

Graham Buxton

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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2021, 01:57:27 PM »
Hard to beat this for an interesting load for a pair of flatcars:  ;D




Original thread:
https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3483.0.html
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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2021, 06:34:13 PM »
There are many photos of WW&F flatcars loaded with logs. There is also that famous photo of a flatcar with a boiler on it in Wiscasset. The WW&F also used flatcars to carry coal to the blanket mill. I would imagine that such things as farming equipment would also have been shipped on flatcars. There is a photo around of a John Deere mowing machine on the platform at one of the stations.

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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2021, 06:43:02 PM »
The Kubota has ridden a flatcar, and in fact has been used for ditching from the flatcar onto the flatcar (and then emptied the same flatcar from the flatcar).

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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2021, 07:41:55 PM »
A few more -

* The original WW&F tool house (across from the water tank) was moved on flatcar 118 up to it's current location in 1995.
* Locomotive 9's former boiler is on flat 118 right now.
* A load of shop machines that belong to MNG (former B&SR equipment that was at Edaville for years) was shipped on a flatcar from Sheepscot up to ML&M last year. 
* A 1932 Ford pickup was tied down on a flatcar for a photo freight about 6 years ago. We know of a Model T Ford that was shipped to Palermo on the narrow gauge in the 1920's so carrying a road vehicle is a prototype load.
* There is a news report of a portable sawmill being shipped on a flatcar from Wiscasset to Alna Center in the early 1920's.

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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2021, 08:20:36 PM »
Here is another interesting load . . .


Those are the Pavilion trusses getting loaded for transport to Alna Center, thread link:

https://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3462.120.html


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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2021, 09:04:23 PM »
We have also hauled the dozer on a flatcar, the Prebles Station was moved to TOM.. The wall blocks for the retaining wall on the Mountain, culverts.. The 4 foot culverts Sheepscot to TOM..
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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2021, 09:03:04 AM »
There are many photos of WW&F flatcars loaded with logs. There is also that famous photo of a flatcar with a boiler on it in Wiscasset. The WW&F also used flatcars to carry coal to the blanket mill. I would imagine that such things as farming equipment would also have been shipped on flatcars. There is a photo around of a John Deere mowing machine on the platform at one of the stations.

That boiler may have been going up to the woolen mill in North Vassalboro. I have come across a news article about an industrial steam engine shipped up there.

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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2021, 08:24:23 PM »
Loads of ties and rails are relatively common...or anything else needed on a work train.  With the sides up, loads of gravel for ballasting.

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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2021, 10:25:19 AM »
Thank you all for the great ideas!

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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2021, 11:23:20 AM »
Stewart posted a recent photo to the NGDF forum showing two WW&F flat cars flat cars at the WW&F with loads, here:
https://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,418762,421271#msg-421271

While one of those looks like a tankcar, it really is a flatcar with a tank on it.

With "modern" tankcars, the car frame is the tank, but the WW&F tankcar at the WW&F  is just a loaded flat.   8)


[Edited to reflect that the WW&F does not own the flat car with the tank.]
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2021, 11:42:07 AM »


While one of those looks like a tankcar, it really is a flatcar with a tank on it.

Yes and no. It was built originally as a flat car. But it was modified to hold the tank, which is more or less permanently mounted now.
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Re: Interesting flat car loads at museum?
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2021, 03:12:00 PM »
There is a picture or two of the stationary steam engine loaded on a flat.

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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2021, 06:35:58 PM »
The tank car is owned by MNG.  It is an original B&SR tank car, substantially restored at WW&F.  As Mike said, it was standard practice back then to mount tanks permanently on flat cars.  So that particular "flat car" was never WW&F.

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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2021, 08:53:08 PM »
Here is the load Steve was talking of. Done special for a photo charter this past winter, and will not be replicated again easily because the stationary engine is now in a boxcar. Photos by Steve Lennox.



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