Waushakum Live Steamers Fall Meet 2009
The forecast for the weekend was pretty gloomy so my wife came up from home and met me at the commuter parking lot in Killingly CT after school and we headed up to Holliston. I live 32 miles south of where I work and that is about 40 miles south of Holliston. My thinking was that, if the weather was a complete blow out of the weekend I could at least get some photos on Friday evening before the big rains arrived. That plan worked out fine and we had a great time Friday evening. On the was home later in the evening we were looking for a place to eat and stumbled across Falzone's in Douglas MA on Rt. 16. We had the best Italian dinner in ages and the bill was only about $35.00 for us both. Highly recommended!
When I woke up on Saturday the rain was pounding down and I decided to forego the 70 mile drive up to Holliston. Sunday however the driveway was dry and I headed out at about 8:00AM.
I took quite a few photos and a number of fellows told me they would send along a paragraph or two about their equipment so please check back after a while to see if they followed through. As always if you recognize an engine feel free to let me know who it belongs to and I will update this page. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Meet video
This handsome rig belongs to Bill Shields. I recognized bill's name from his postings on the Chaski board and we had a pleasant chat The boiler is propane fired and when I saw it the tank was coated with frost.
Just last night I was looking at some Heisler plans. My current project is almost done so I am looking for a new project to keep me off the streets and out of the bars. This engine was built from Kozo plans.
Two of Joe Ng's great locos
My wife loved this loco since is a great rendition of the 12" = 1' train that we rode from anchorage to Denali National Park several year ago.
John Stewart sent this info 8 September 2009, thanks John for contributing to the page and thanks for participating at the meet.
Rich Hubbard (R) arrived and Russ Steeves operated the hoist while Rich unloaded his equipment.
NEMES president Dick Boucher
Not sure on this one but it might be Fr. Finelli running the B&M Mountain
Chris Colby running his B&M Mountain (from BobbyT)
Chris Colby sent this info 5 September 2009. Thank you Chris!
The Boston & Maine Railroad's last purchase of steam locomotives was its Class R-1 "Mountains" built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in four groups starting in 1935 with the last 5 coming in 1941. These eighteen 4-8-2s (# 4100 through #4117) each weighed 416,100 lbs and among the heaviest 4-8-2s built in the United States.
They had 28 x 31 cylinders, 73" drivers, a 240 psi boiler pressure and a tractive effort of 67,900 pounds. The final order was Class R1d, which had Worthington SA Type Feedwater heaters, roller bearings, Baldwin Disc Drivers, and Centipede Tenders. The first thirteen of these locomotives were sold to the B&O in 1947 and the remaining five were retired in 1955 and 1956.
Specifications for R-1Class
Wheel Arrangement: 4-8-2
Length: 105' - 8"
Drivers: 73" diameter
Weight on Drivers: 269,300 lbs
Total Locomotive Weight: 416,100 lbs
Locomotive & Tender Weight: 788,800 lbs
Grate Area: 79 sq ft
Cylinders: (2) 28" diameter x 31" stroke
Boiler Pressure: 240 psi
Tractive Effort: 67,900 lbs
6 Wheel Truck Tenders:20,000 gal water and 21 tons coal
Centipede Tenders: 23,000 gal water and 21 tons coal
1.6" to the foot, approx 14' Long, approx 1500 lbs dry, boiler capacity approx 25 gal, tender capacity approx 50 lbs coal, 30 gal water
100-125# operating pressure; 3 relief valves; steel boiler, copper tubes;
steam injector, axle pump and two steam driven water pumps; steam brakes for
engine; steam ejector for train brakes (vacuum). built in about 18 months by
Moe's Locomotive Works near Hamilton Ontario Canada, completed in 2003 from
prints of prototype.
Close ups of the B&M Mountain (from BobbyT)
On Sunday morning I net Russ's grandson
. Russ Steeves Fitchburg Northern
I didn't catch the pooches name but he sure enjoyed riding behind the Heisler.
This is Fr. Jay's mom 1 September 2009 I just received from her:
87-year old Jim Stuart with his Tom Thumb in the steaming bays
Also down from Montreal was Jim Scott. Thanks for being a part of the meet Jim!
Bill and Sue Brackett of NEMES. Bill is the fellow who keeps the calendar up to date
(L to R) are Mike Boucher, his shy wife and not so shy son James.
At noon the tent was crowded with folks enjoying lunch.
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