Some Assembly Required….

Some Assembly Required….

Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Almost two-and-a-half years ago, I started on a project to make some 28-foot, WW&F-inspired box cars. The idea was to create an easy-to-build "kit of parts" that would allow me to turn out a fair number of good-looking cars quickly. My first idea was to make the kits similar to the old Sandy River Car Shops kits, which consisted of a milled floor and roof, a couple of end blocks, skins, and a few details. Well, that's not what happened. Instead, after a good bit of discussion and work with Rich Brungard (Marsh Creek Miniatures), a master for a resin cast floor was designed. After a number of holds and waits, I finally got a test shot and my master. The test shot made its debut on the railroad a…
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Kimberton 2016 Meet “Report”

Kimberton 2016 Meet “Report”

Locomotives and Rolling Stock, Shows and Events, Structures and Scenery
I've just returned home from this year's Mid-Atlantic Narrow Gauge Guild Module Meet (affectionately know as "Kimberton"), and thought some of you might want to know how the meet went. I enjoyed seeing many long-time friends, and shooting the breeze, both at the fairgrounds and on the porch at the French Creek Inn. Attendance was down a little over last year, which was disappointing, and most dealers reported slow sales. As usual, since I go into a show with no expectations, I consider that I did quite well -- I was able to go to the show and sell or barter off a number of items that I'll never use, come home with a few items of higher value that I will use, and also bring home the same amount…
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WW&F #9 Is Running!

Locomotives and Rolling Stock, Miscellaneous
Boy, was I ever in the wrong place yesterday! Yesterday, at 2:45PM, WW&F #9 made her first moves under steam since June of 1933 at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, Maine. Unfortunately, I wasn't there, but a couple of other fans were, and shared some video. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Thanks to YouTube user bunky41058 for those clips! Eric Schade put together this nice video. It's about 20 minutes long, and is a good look at yesterday's festivities. Eric posted the following on his YouTube page, along with the video: She was built in 1891 by the Portland Company in Portland Maine. She served the Sandy River Railway as #5 then Sandy River and Rangely Lakes RR as #6 until…
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Custom Decals

Custom Decals

Locomotives and Rolling Stock
The past few weeks, since the On30 meet up in Milton, PA, I've been itching to get back to work on the railroad. I've also been working with Newell Sage on getting some custom decals made for my rolling stock. After a few days back and forth, I think we've got the first design ironed out. [caption id="attachment_3135" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Corrina & Searsport 28' box car mock-up[/caption] This design is based on Wiscasset & Quebec practice, and I think it's a great representative "look" for my Corinna & Searsport. I'll be mocking up some more car designs over the coming weeks. At the same time, I'm working with Rich Brungard to get some custom underframes made that will be generic for use on flat cars, low-side gondolas, and boxcars. The…
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Return of Ol’ No. 5

Return of Ol’ No. 5

46.5 - Corinna, Locomotives and Rolling Stock, Structures and Scenery, Suppliers
Corinna &Searsport 0-4-4 Forney #5 was returned to service today, and is shown here already back at work shifting cars in Corinna. I went to Steve Sherrill's annual mini-meet today, and picked up #5 from Les Davis. Once again, Les has done a superb job of painting and weathering. Also shown here is a quickie composite of part of a background from Trackside Scenery. I got to see one of these backgrounds installed on Steve Sherrill's layout to day, and they're fabulous. Joey at Trackside Scenery can do a fair amount of customization of his backgrounds, and I'm thinking that they could be just the right thing for some or all of the layout.
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Radio Control v. DCC/Sound for the Corrina & Searsport

DCC, Dead Rail, Locomotives and Rolling Stock
This is going to come a a shock, and I almost can't believe that I'm actually contemplating this: the removal of most, if not all, of the electrical wiring from my layout, and switching to battery-operated radio control. I'd probably also lose the servo-controlled turnouts in favor of hand-throws. [caption id="attachment_2294" align="alignright" width="180"] Deltang Tx21 Transmitter[/caption] I'm contemplating this after seeing first-hand the performance of the radio throttles and receivers from Deltang at an operating session on Steve Fisher's layout this past weekend. A few locos had been stripped of most of the electronics supplied by the manufacturer to make room for the receiver and batteries. With the exception of one transmitter battery going dead, they ran all day! No stopping for shorts or mystery DCC problems (which did occur). [caption id="attachment_2293"…
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C&S Acquires Two Additional Locomotives and Shop Projects

Locomotives and Rolling Stock
New Locomotives Based on some information received this past weekend, management decided to acquire two additional locomotives. A pair of inside-frame Forney type locomotives were financed, and the railroad has taken delivery of the two new locos. As delivered, the two locomotives are of the 2-4-4 wheel arrangement and have wood cabs, as shown in the "builders photo" to the right. Both locomotives will receive new cabs, pilots and other modifications prior to being placed into regular service. The new locos will be numbered 7 and 8. In the Shop Work continues slowly on #17, the outside-frame 4-4-0. The new cab is ready, and once some of the "plumbing" and running boards are relocated, it can be installed. A new boiler was also recently acquired that, along with some other parts on hand, stands ready…
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Passenger Car Length for WW&F

Locomotives and Rolling Stock, Research
I was looking through some books, and discovered that WW&F passenger cars were much shorter than I thought -- only about 36 feet. Many of the other Maine 2-footers had much longer cars. The upshot is that Bachmann On30 passenger cars are suddenly just the right length, and need only be narrowed to be "right" for Maine. Very cool that what I was going to just accept is actually prototypically correct.
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