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Pictures from yesterday...
« on: January 25, 2009, 08:27:08 PM »
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Stephen Hussar wrote:
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It was decided to test fire and run a bit with new nozzles in No 10. After a bit of "reluctance" in the 20 degree cold, and fighting against the slippery snow-covered rails, additional experimentation was needed with different sized nozzles -- which were made on the spot in the machine shop.  This improved things markedly and another short run was made, this time up to Sheepscot Mills. Later, the 2 flatcars were added for weight and a run to Alna Center was made.

While beautiful to see steam in the snow, what must it have been like a hundred years ago -- crews having to endure winter on a daily basis...and with a schedule to keep -- as Frank says, back in the days before Gortex!

Photo of new nozzles inside spark arrestor.






Ray Davidowski replied:
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Those are some beautiful shots!

Bill Reidy replied:
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Beautiful photos, Stephen.  Wish I could be there.

Thanks!

- Bill

Dave Buczkowski replied:
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Steve,
Gail was so impressed with your photo of #10 it's now the background on her new laptop! I was mighty impressed as well, especially of the nozzle in action. I'll be changing my work background from Vern going through Cockeyed Curve to a more seasonal one. Thanks for the great photos!
Dave

David Johnson replied:
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OK Stephen I'll bite.  What location are we calling Sheepscot Mills?  Is this the location where the steam powered sawmill might go?  From the sounds of it the location is somewhere between the shop at Sheepscot Station and Alna Center.

The photos are great and I have changed my desk top from the fall photo at the trestle to #10 and the flats at Alna Center.
Dave

James Patten replied:
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It was cold out on that flatcar on the way north.  I kept my back to the wind, so it was only slightly less cold than it could have been.

I can only imagine how challenging it would be for brakemen to clamber over boxcars and flatcar loads to get to the brake - not easy in good weather, never mind when ice and snow have taken hold.  Then there's the log bunks on the SR&RL, which were logs riding on trucks.  Yeehaa!

fjknight replied:
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How about some videos to go with those pictures? It is very different to see steam operating at times just barely in the snow. Here are some short videos I shot with my camera. Listen carefully and you can hear the drivers slipping even when seemingly traveling along at a nice pace.

Frank

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGxLnJ9WmXA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPrseGa1ON0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTepbEgwkAM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-sCJyNnYUA

Mike Fox replied:
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David,
The Sheepscot Mills is Brian (Funslau???) property, where he is constructing or should I say reassembling a saw mill. This is at the former Halls crossing. Across the tracks from where the junky trailer was if you remember that. Eventual plans are for a siding to be built to the mill. This will enable us to drop off logs and pick up lumber.

Thanks Frank for the videos.
Mike

John McNamara replied:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTepbEgwkAM
The description section for this video says that Number 9 is pulling the flats and caboose through the yard. Not yet

Bill Reidy replied:
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Not #9 yet, but #10 sure looks handsome in the snow!

- Bill

Joe Fox replied:
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Yes it does. Thanks for the pics Steve, and thanks for the videos Frank. I can't wait to see the steam engine operate in the snow on Saturday.

Joe
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