Since what I’ve got doesn’t really fit in the NECLSTS thread, here’s a bit of travelogue.
Drove from near Baltimore MD to Jon’s place in Danbury CT, and had a good chat and view of his layout (as reported on the NECLSTS thread)
Lots of rain while driving the last 3.5 hours to Littleton MA, but got here safely. I got an AirBnB just down the road from Bob’s digs.
The place is done up in the “primitive” style but has all the necessities. All frames with hand-hewn timbers.
Messed around with more DS&CVRR research in the AM, long story…
I next visited a very cool business around the corner. The gentleman collects, (perfectly) restores and sells wood burning stoves. His shop is in the former Littleton train depot, and his office is in the caboose. Sick fun, right?
Some jaw-dropping work:
More gorgeous stuff within the depot. This white unit weighs almost half a ton:
I then drove up to Lowell MA, very cool 1800’s industrial town designed around a system of canals which energized its earlier mills. A main exhibit there (run by the US park service) is the Boott Cotton Mill. Here’s a limited view of the facility from the outside.
In the “weaving room,” they turned on the line shafts. It was quite amazing.
Another view of the same, with a worker bringing one of the looms online. We would turn four on.
Here’s a detail view of one of the looms in operation. If you look closely you’ll see the shuttle shooting back and forth.
I drove back to Littleton (just 20 minutes from Lowell), and Bob gave me a tour of his layout. The intro view is amazing!
Had a great time chatting and looking and drooling. So much so that I forgot to take any more pics! Oh well; I’m sure you’ll find some elsewhere on Bob’s site.